St. Matthew Church
elcome to the Church of Saint Matthew, a faith-filled community located in Tolland, Connecticut. We are a Parish of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Norwich.

We extend a warm welcome to all who attend our church.  We hope that you will find our parish community a place where your life of faith will be nourished.  We also hope that you will share your special talents within the community.

Your prayers, your presence and your talents are most welcome.  Please introduce yourself after Mass.

May God bless all of us.

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My Dear Friends in Christ:

This is the time of the year that many priests are celebrating the anniversary of their ordination. Father Bill just marked his 43rd anniversary this past Wednesday, May 13th. I have been invited to a couple of celebrations of priest-friends who will observe their 25th and 30th, respectively. My own 50th anniversary will fall on Wednesday, May 27th, although I will celebrate it formally with parishioners, family and friends on Sunday, May 31st at a 2:00pm Mass. This past Wednesday I spent a good four hours or more going over photos for a PowerPoint presentation being developed by Rose Bossie of our parish. She and her husband, Ron, have been most supportive and excited to help me prepare for this special day. There will be over 120 photos from my childhood, my ordination and First Mass, and many of my life and ministry here at St. Matthew's with all of you. This presentation will be going on during the reception in our parish hall following the Mass. I hope many of you will be able to join me in marking this special anniversary and my retirement from active ministry set for July 31st of this year. I have been part of your life and you have been part of my life for nearly 19 years. While I will be sad to say farewell, I am happy at the prospect of entering a new phase of the priesthood in retirement. I am also happy that St. Matthew Parish will be under new pastoral leadership. Whoever the priest is, he will be very lucky and blessed to serve at St. Matthew's. I also trust that the Holy Spirit will inspire and guide Bishop Cote in appointing a good holy priest to be your pastor. That is my prayer each day.


Rev. Msgr. James P. Carini

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Meet the Parish Council
2012 - 2013

(Photo by Jennifer Grover)
Standing (L to R): Matt O'Brien, Frank Kenney, Connor L., Michael M., Tiffany T., Mike Carroll, Steve Cabaniss, Gary Kozlowski
Seated (L to R): Jim Marie, Linda Romejko, Brenda Falusi, Fr. Bill Olesik, Fr. Jim Carini, Debbie Secondo, Valerie Gilleran
Missing: Deacon Ron Freedman, Ann Nolan, Tom Skinner

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Haiti Mission
Help a Child in Haiti

The St. Matthew Underwriting Campaign for Haiti Mission gives parishioners the opportunity to help a child go to school. Parishioners who would like to support our mission to St. Pierre School in Ganthier may pick up a flyer on our windowsills or at the entrance to the Parish Center, or download a contribution form here. While these are tough economic times in our country, many children in Haiti have no opportunity for an education and don’t know where their next meal will come from. Help us help them! Now!!

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Haiti Earthquake
Please Help

For the immediate and desperate needs of the people of Haiti, we recommend direct donations be made online, by mail or by phone to either the Haitian Ministries for the Diocese of Norwich or to Catholic Relief Services by clicking one of the buttons below:


For one-time or recurring donations directly through St. Matthew to St. Pierre Parish and School, please click the link below and choose "Haiti Mission Fund":

Msgr. Jim's 50th/Retirement Party!
May 31st - 2:00pm

Please join us May 31st for our celebration. Mass begins at 2:00pm, with a pot luck reception following in the Parish Hall (BYOB). We will be welcoming many of Msgr. Jim's family, friends and colleagues to our Parish!

Please RSVP to Brenda Falusi or (860) 871-4494, if you plan on attending. We are still welcoming people who would like to participate in the Pot Luck - either by making a dish or a donation to the purchase of food. Contributions to a Parish Gift for Msgr. are also being accepted; contact Brenda or the Parish office for details.

2015 Annual Catholic Appeal
"Strength through the Holy Spirit"

Each year our parish and every parish in our Diocese is responsible for a portion of the financial obligation it takes to meet the ministry, programs and services of our Catholic Church. Together, with other parishes in our Diocese, we are able to reach so many more in need than our parish could ever reach alone. The 2015 Annual Catholic Appeal, "Strength through the Holy Spirit," is a call to each of us to help keep the mission of our over 25 ministries and programs strong. Missions that reach out to our Diocesan communities…helping those in need to find strength to overcome their hardships. Sometimes it's hard to envision how your one gift could make a difference in an organization the size of our Diocese, but it does

Please help the future of our ministries and programs. Visit to learn more, or click below to go directly to making your pledge.

Annual Catholic Appeal

Preschool Registration
2015 / 2016 School Year

St. Matthew Preschool will be accepting applications for our 3 and 4 year old preschool classes for the 2015-2016 school year. Your child is eligible for these programs if he/she turns 3 or 4 prior to January 1, 2015.  The 3's meet on Tuesday and Thursday from 8:45 till 11:45am.

Applications are accepted on a first come first served basis. For more information please email Eveline Siebesma or call (860) 872-0200 ext. 357.

An Application form may be downloaded HERE.

Connecticut Catholic
Legislative Network

The public policy and advocacy office of the Catholic Bishops in Connecticut

In an effort to face the challenges of the mission of the Church concerning those moral and social issues that confront us in society, the Bishops of Connecticut have created the Connecticut Catholic Legislative Network. Its purpose is two-fold:

1. Inform Catholics on current social issues from a Catholic perspective. It will send out newsletters and maintain a website:; and
2. Alert members about legislative issues being debated at the State and Federal level of concern to the Catholic community. Action alerts will be sent out with a user-friendly method to directly contact elected officials.

The increased participation of parishioners registering with this Network will go a long way in strengthening the voice of the Church in Connecticut. The Network will keep you informed as state and national issues of interest unfold. Join the Network and watch for informative newsletters and alerts.
(All information is kept confidential and is not shared with any other organization.)

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