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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Dear Parish Family,
I have to admit that lately I've been feeling a bit apprehensive as I notice the days getting shorter and the evenings getting cooler. What happened to the summer?! But I'm also reminded that New Englanders love the fall. The humidity of summer has now been replaced by the dry crisp autumn air that invigorates us. Fall is the time of year when we are blessed to view God's artistic hand transforming the world with brilliant colors ranging from bright yellow and oranges to vibrant reds. God's creative spirit is truly amazing and we are continually blessed with his abundance.
As pastor of our two parishes, I know how abundantly blessed we are. We are surrounded by the colors and bounty of one another's gifts, witness, faith, talent and personalities. I thank God for your presence in my life and pray that He continues to guide our parish leaders and community on the path that is most pleasing to Him.
Discerning that path takes prayer, planning and discussions. Your pastoral councils are and will be working on the goals and objectives that will assist our journey. Please remember to pray for your councils and for our parishes.
In his visit to our nation last month, Pope Francis reminded us of the importance of filling our discipleship with joy, hard work and gratitude. Our Holy Father stated that "the joy of men and women who love God attracts others to Him. Joy springs from a grateful heart. Truly we have received much, so many graces, so many blessings, and we rejoice in this. Let us ask ourselves: are we good at counting our blessings, or have we forgotten them?"
In his comments on the spirit of hard work Pope Francis shared that "a grateful heart is spontaneously impelled to serve the Lord and find expression in a life of commitment to our work. Once we come to realize how much God has given us, a life of self-sacrifice, of working for him and for others, becomes a privileged way of responding to his great love."
Enjoy this beautiful month everyone.
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":
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!
Religious Education Registration _____________________________ September, 2015
Online registration has closed. You can download your registration and emergency information forms here.
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 remember that registration is first come/first serve and there are no waiting lists, so please register early!
Classes will meet on the following days:
Grades 1, 2, 3 & 6 will meet on Mondays at 4:30 or 5:45pm; or K-6 will meet on Tuesdays at 6:00pm or Grades 1-6 will meet on Wednesdays at 4:30pm;
Grades 7-10 will meet on either Sundays at 12:00 noon, Mondays at 7:00pm or Wednesdays at 7:00pm.
Announcement _____________________________ St. Matthew and St. Bernard 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.
New Yoked Mass Schedules
Thursday & Friday NO 9:00am Mass
Monday or Wednesday
Weekend Mass Schedule NO CHANGE Saturday: 5:00pm
Sunday: 8:30am, 10:30am
Sacrament of Reconciliation (Penance):
Saturday 4:00pm _____________________________
Wednesday & Friday NO 8:00am Mass
Tuesday or Thursday
Weekend Mass Schedule NO CHANGE Saturday: 5:00pm
Sunday: 8:00am, 10:00am, 12:00 Noon
Children's Liturgy of the Word
at 10:00am Mass
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament:
Every Monday and Friday
7:00am to 8:00am followed by morning Mass.
Sacrament of Reconciliation (Penance):
Saturday: 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Every Wednesday after
the 8:00am Mass
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
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.