Welcome 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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October 12, 2014
My Dear Friends in Christ:
October is Respect Life Month in the
Church. The USCCB (United States Conference of
Catholic Bishops) publishes a program that is
highlighted in liturgies and marked by special events
that call attention to numerous human life issues. The
theme of this year's program is: Each of Us is a
Masterpiece of God's Creation."Imagine
yourself pausing in front of a design of great beauty.
Your soul quiets and is filled with wonder and awe. If
art, created by man, can evoke such a response
within us, how much more is the same wonder,
reverence and respect due to each person we
encounter, who was handcrafted by the very God
who spoke the world into being? Now think of an
artist stepping back from a great work of art and
admiring his or her creation. When God created each
of us, He did so with precision and purpose, and He
looks on each of us with love that cannot be outdone
in intensity or tenderness. Moreover, the Lord invites
each of us to behold ourselves and each other with
the same wonder and awe. No matter how the world
might view us or others, let us treat each person as
the masterpiece that he or she is." (USCCB –
Respect Life Program)
Pope Francis said: "Even the weakest and
most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the
poor, are masterpieces of God's creation, made in his
own image, destined to live forever, and deserving of
the utmost reverence and respect."
To read many of the articles in the Respect
Life Program such as, Poverty and Abortion: A Vicious
Cycle; Healing Within Marriage From An Abortion;
Children As Commodities?; Solace And Strength In
The Sorrow Of Miscarriage, and many more, log onto:
www.usccb.org and click on Respect Life Program.
Rev. Msgr. James P. Carini
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
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!!
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":
Religious Education Registration _____________________________ September, 2014
Online registration for Religious Education begins Sunday, September 14th at 6:00 p.m.
and ends on Sunday, September 21st for registered parishioners.
The Faith Formation Office will be closed on September 14th. DO NOT CALL THE OFFICE WITH QUESTIONS UNTIL AFTER YOU HAVE READ THE INSTRUCTIONS as most of your questions may be answered. If you are not registering online, please Click Here to download a registration form, and Click Here to download an emergency form (not needed if registering for Home Study).
Forms can be mailed to:
St. Matthew Church
PO Box 100
Tolland, CT 06084
or you may place the forms in an envelope marked "Faith Formation" and drop it into the mail box located on the outside doors to the Parish Center.
Please register as soon as possible.
Preschool Registration _____________________________ 2014 / 2015 School Year
There are still openings in the 3 and 4 year olds classes for the school year 2014/15. 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.
Annual Catholic Appeal 2014 _____________________________ "Shine the Light of HOPE"
The Diocese of Norwich is most blessed with a faithful flock of Catholic stewards. Through the ACA, you can help to "Shine the Light of HOPE" on those in darkness by extending Christ's compassion to people in need. ACA supported ministries and programs demonstrate the corporal and spiritual acts of mercy, which serves as cornerstones to our faith. Your donation helps to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, and visit the sick. Your gift provides comfort, consolation, education and empowerment.
Please consider making your pledge to the ACA byclicking "Donate Now" below. THANK YOU!
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: www.ctcatholic.org; 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.) SIGN UP HERE!