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:

Friends in Christ: Today's celebration of Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion marks the beginning of the holiest days on the Christian calendar. The central scripture reading is the proclamation of the Passion according to St. Matthew. These words invite us into the solemn days of Holy Week as we walk with Jesus through his passion and death. On Holy Thursday evening at 7:00pm, we will come together as a parish community to celebrate the Liturgy of the Lord's Supper. It marks the end of the Lenten season and the beginning of the Triduum, the great three days of the Christian Pascha. Adoration will take place at the end of Mass until 11:00pm in the chapel. Good Friday is a deadly serious day, but it is not to be morbid or gruesome. The celebration of the Lord's passion should be austere, but never sad. We don't pretend that Jesus is dead when we celebrate his glorious passion. The risen Lord already reigns triumphant. On Holy Saturday, the Church waits at the Lord's tomb, meditating on his suffering and death. The Church fasts from the Eucharist. There are no communion calls. Viaticum for the dying is the only Eucharistic event permitted. As sundown approaches, we prepare to celebrate the Great Vigil with the lighting of the fire out on our lawn (weather permitting). We bless the new fire that breaks through the darkness and the Easter Candle that carries the new light into our church where it will spread to everyone. Baptism is celebrated this year for our elect, Daniel Capetta, This will be a happy night at St. Matthew's. Easter Sunday is joyous and it looks death square in the face, knowing that it has been conquered but is always there to fight on. I hope you can join us for all or part of this holy week. These days are days of deep prayer and great hope. Come to pray that the peace of Jesus may touch our world.


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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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.)

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":

More Than Just Donuts!

After Sunday Masses starting March 3, instead of just eating donuts, try some nutritious foods associated with healthy Mediterranean-style eating, like oatmeal, fruits, nuts, carrots & dip, and grape juice. The Mediterranean diet even testifies to God's creation. One expert calls it a "Divine Mix" and notes, "God knows what sorts of interactions take place within the foods, and we need further research to pinpoint them exactly!

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Lenten Schedule 2014

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 5th.  There will be two Masses with the blessing and imposition of Ashes after the homily at 9:00am and 7:00pm (both in the main church).  There will also be a Liturgy of the Word Service with Ashes at 4:30pm in the church.

Lenten Weekday Masses

9:00am M-F (Chapel)

Stations of the Cross
Fridays after 9:00am Mass (Chapel)

Confession Schedule
Saturdays 4:00pm
Monday, April 14: 7:00 – 8:00pm
Tuesday, April 15, 7:00 – 8:00pm
Good Friday, April 18: After Stations of the Cross
Other times available by appointment
Call 872-0200


Holy Week 2014

(April 13)
5:00pm Vigil (Saturday)

8:30am & 10:30am (Sunday)

(Tueday, April 15)
10:30am, St. Patrick Cathedral, Norwich

(April 17)
Morning Prayer, 9:00am (Chapel)
Liturgy of the Lord's Supper, 7:00pm
Adoration until 11:00pm (Chapel)

(April 18)
Morning Prayer, 9:00am (Chapel)
Liturgy of the Lord's Passion, 3:00pm
(Passion reading, Veneration of the cross, Holy Communion)
Stations of the Cross, 7:00pm
(Veneration of the cross and Confessions afterwards)

(April 19)
Blessing of the Easter Foods,
12:30pm (Church)
Easter Vigil, 8:00pm
-Blessing of fire & Easter candle
(outside on lawn)
-Blessing of Holy Water
-Baptism, Confirmation
-Renewal of baptismal promises
-Eucharistic Liturgy
(This is the Great Vigil and not an ordinary Saturday Vigil Mass. It is usually over two hours in length and the starting time is determined by sunset.)
No 4:00pm Confessions or 5:00pm Vigil

(April 20)
8:00am, 9:45am & 11:30am

-Sprinkling Rite
-Renewal of Baptismal Promises

(April 27)
12:00pm – 1:00pm (Lesson and Chaplet)

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 by clicking "Donate Now" belowTHANK YOU!

ACA 2014

Peschool Registration
2014 / 2015 School Year

Preschool registration for the school year 2014/15 is now open for Parish members. The 3's meet on Tuesday and Thursday from 8:45 till 11:45am and the 4's meet on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:45 till 11:45am.

Registration for everyone else will start on January 7th. Applications are accepted on a first come first served basis. For more information please email Eveline Siebesma or call (860) 872-0200 ext. 357.

Why Catholic?
Come explore why we are Catholic

Welcome to our fourth and final year of Why Catholic? This year, our theme is LIVE: Christian Morality. LIVE: Christian Morality looks at biblical justice and presents the principals of Catholic social teaching. The first six sessions center on the Beatitudes, on our freedom and responsibility, conscience, virtues, moral law, sin, mercy, grace, and the Church. The second six sessions focus on the implications of the Ten Commandments.

Our first six sessions start the week of October 6th. We have small groups meeting evenings and daytime.  Won't you join our small faith communities to share your faith experiences?  There is no need to have attended other sessions. 

If you would like to experience this faith enriching program, please contact Brenda Falusi at (860) 871-4494.

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