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:

This weekend I will present the yearly financial report of the parish. You will find an insert in this bulletin with the income/expenses report for fiscal year 2013/2014 and our financial plan for fiscal year 2014/2015. I am making some brief comments at the end of Mass and also announce the start of our Annual Parish Collection. Letters for this collection will be mailed out to all registered parishioners this Wednesday, September 24th.

With all the diocesan collections at this time of year, I sense there may be some confusion in people's minds. We recently had the National Combined Collection and in October we will have the Mission Combined Collection. Also adding to the confusion is the Diocesan Elementary School Collection which was set for this weekend. We are postponing this one until October 25/26 because we have our monthly collection this weekend and I refuse to pass the basket three times! But if you brought in your envelope from the mailing on this collection, you may drop it in the regular collection this weekend. I am sorry if you are confused, but we have to plug along with our own Annual Collection for the financial well-being of our parish.

When you read over the financial report, you will notice that we are running a deficit because our offertory has dropped again this past year. This has been the trend over the last few years and without this Annual Collection we couldn't pay our bills and continue to be a viable parish financially. Since 2010 our offertory has dropped by $56,484. This is an astounding figure when you consider the increases in our expenses that are out of our control, namely utilities, insurances, plowing, etc. Please read over the report and do what you can in the ongoing support of your parish. Pray for St. Matthew Parish!


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":

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:

Faith Formation
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.

Thank you!

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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