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:

A Happy & Safe Independence Day Weekend!

A Blessing for America
Holy God, we have gathered this day with joy to celebrate and give thanks for America and your abundant blessing of America. May we never know a day in which America is not blessed. Continue to give us your blessing. God, bless America.

• Bless us with discomfort at easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships so that we may seek truth boldly, love fearlessly, and live from deep within our hearts.

• Bless us with anger at injustice, oppression, prejudice, and exploitation of people so that we may work for justice, freedom, and peace among all people.

• Bless us with indifference to race, nationality, and religion so that we may break down the walls that separate us and be united as one people.

• Bless us with sorrow for our misdoings, our injuries to others, and the misuse of our freedom so that we may seek peace, make amends, and heal broken relationships.

• Bless us with tears to shed for all who suffer pain or loss, for the poor, the hungry, the homeless, for refugees, and for the victims of violence and war so that with generosity and compassion we may reach out our hands to care for and comfort them and turn their sorrow into joy.

• Bless us with enough foolishness to believe that we can make a difference in our country and the world so that we may do what others claim cannot be done.
(Adaptation and supplementation of "A Franciscan Blessing")

Bless us and keep us; make your face to shine upon us, and be gracious to us; lift up your countenance upon us, and give us peace.
(Numbers 6:24-26)
God, bless America. Amen.


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":

Dessert Reception!
July 25th & 26th

Dessert Reception! July 25th and July 26th after each Mass to celebrate Msgr. Jim's Birthday and Last Weekend.

Our last weekend with Msgr. Jim will be full of celebrations, his retirement and birthday. Please come celebrate with us after each Mass. Bring a dessert or healthy snack to share!

We are looking for a few people to coordinate after each Mass: 5:00pm, 8:30 and 10:30. The Powerpoint presentation will be shown again during the reception. We are looking for people to coordinate the food, set up, and clean up for each Mass. Brenda Falusi is your contact, please let her know right away if you are available to coordinate, or if you would like to bring some food at (860) 871-4494.

St. Matthew and St. Bernard to be Yoked


Upon the retirement of Msgr. James Carini as Pastor of St. Matthew Church on July 31, Bishop Michael Cote has appointed Fr. Rick Ricard as Pastor of St. Matthew Church and St. Bernard Church assisted by Fr. Bill Olesik, Deacon Michael Berstene and Deacon Ron Freedman. Fr. Brian Maxwell remains on temporary assignment at St. Patrick in East Hampton. To learn more, click here or on a Church above to read Guidelines for Yoked Parishes in the Diocese of Norwich. More information will be provided in the coming months.

Dear St. Matthew and St. Bernard Parish Families,

In the Gospel of St. John chapter 17 there is a very intimate and powerful prayer that Jesus prays to the Father. In the conversation, Jesus asks the Father to watch over and bless His disciples. He prays, "I glorified you on earth Father by accomplishing the work that you gave me to do." I thought of that beautiful prayer when I received word that at the end of July I would be pastoring two of the most dynamic and faith filled parishes in our Diocese. The Holy Spirit is leading the Church into new and virtually uncharted waters. We will be a healthy community as long as we stay open to His guidance and remember, as we heard in the above prayer, that our combined efforts, patience, talents, time, and prayers give great glory to God.

I look forward to our future and know that God will bless us abundantly for our hard work. I kindly ask for your prayers and support as we begin a new chapter in our faith journey.

With Peace,
Fr. Rick

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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