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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November 16, 2014
My Dear Friends in Christ:
This weekend we come back to a Sunday in
Ordinary Time (33rd) and our green vestments, after two
weekends of white color as we commemorated All Souls
Day and the Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica.
But, next weekend we go back to white vestments again as
we end the Church year with the Solemnity of Christ the
King. The theme this weekend is centered on the endtimes.
In the second reading, St. Paul reminds us that the
day of Christ's return at the end will come when we least
expect it. The Gospel of Matthew gives us a parable about
a master who returns and expects a good return on the
investments made by his servants. Every year at this time,
the Church focuses on eschatology, that is, a concern
about the end-times when the second coming of Christ will
bring all creation to its fulfillment. The early Christians
believed that this final coming was imminent. This belief
drove the apostles and early preachers to spread the word
of repentance with a sense of urgency. When this wasn't
happening the people asked Paul when it was to occur. His
response was that the Lord will come "like a thief in the
night." He urged them to "stay alert and sober." This is an
important message for us today. Here are a couple of
questions to pray on: If the final judgment of the
world were to happen tomorrow, would I be ready?
What would I need to change in my life in order to
Rev. Msgr. James P. Carini
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":
FROSTY VILLAGE BAZAAR
Friday, November 21st 6-9pm
Saturday, November 22nd 9am–2:30pm
ST. MATTHEW CHURCH
Parish Annual Collection 2014 _____________________________ We have so much to be grateful for. God has blessed us abundantly.
If you have not yet made your gift to our Annual Collection,
please join your fellow parishioners and support your parish at this time.
Please make your commitment to the church
that has been such an important part of your life.
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.
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!