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:

It appears that Father Antoine Rene', pastor of St. Pierre Parish in Ganthier, Haiti, will be with us on the weekend of September 27/28. He was able to obtain a visa at the American Consulate in July and Father Frank Rouleau, our priest in Haiti, purchased his round trip ticket to JFK where we plan to pick him up on Thursday, September 25th. If you remember, last year we initiated CHRISTMAS IN SEPTEMBER to gather some Christmas gifts for the children of St. Pierre Parish. It went over very well! Father Rene' said that the children were delighted to receive these gifts. We plan to do this again. It will be extra special to have Father Rene' witness our children bringing gifts up to our "September Christmas Tree" at all the Masses the weekend of his visit. Because we will be shipping the items down in barrels, it will be necessary to limit the size of the gifts. Please keep this in mind. May we suggest black dolls, blocks, smaller cars and trucks, deflated soccer balls and coloring and art supplies. Please, nothing breakable or items requiring batteries. Keep in mind directions in English for games may be problematic. The gifts will be brought up to the "tree" during the offertory of the Masses on the weekend of September 27/28 (like we do for the Christ Child Mass). You may call Carol Freedman at 860-872- 9212 with any questions. Thank you in advance for your generosity.


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":

Please Consider Teaching
2014 / 2015 School Year

The Faith Formation office needs your help.

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Youth Explosion!  Be Fed!
Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014

The Youth of St. Matthew Church and other Parishes across our Diocese are working to feed children in Haiti with their many Feeding Children Everywhere events. The year long project will have its final packing event on Sunday, September 28, 2014, at St. Bernard's School, Uncasville. Please register to take part in this FUN and FULFILLING event. See Bridget Thurston for forms. Registration fee is $15. We will have a bus for transporting our participants to St. Bernard's School.

We are also encouraging and accepting donations to Feeding Children Everywhere. Please send your donations to Bridget Thurston. We can accept donations until September 20, 2014.

Thank you!

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 by clicking "Donate Now" belowTHANK YOU!

ACA 2014

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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