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St. Matthew Church
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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:

October is Respect Life Month in the Church. The USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) publishes a program that is highlighted in liturgies and marked by special events that call attention to numerous human life issues. The theme of this year's program is: Each of Us is a Masterpiece of God's Creation. "Imagine yourself pausing in front of a design of great beauty. Your soul quiets and is filled with wonder and awe. If art, created by man, can evoke such a response within us, how much more is the same wonder, reverence and respect due to each person we encounter, who was handcrafted by the very God who spoke the world into being? Now think of an artist stepping back from a great work of art and admiring his or her creation. When God created each of us, He did so with precision and purpose, and He looks on each of us with love that cannot be outdone in intensity or tenderness. Moreover, the Lord invites each of us to behold ourselves and each other with the same wonder and awe. No matter how the world might view us or others, let us treat each person as the masterpiece that he or she is." (USCCB Respect Life Program)

Pope Francis said: "Even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor, are masterpieces of God's creation, made in his own image, destined to live forever, and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect."

To read many of the articles in the Respect Life Program such as, Poverty and Abortion: A Vicious Cycle; Healing Within Marriage From An Abortion; Children As Commodities?; Solace And Strength In The Sorrow Of Miscarriage, and many more, log onto: www.usccb.org and click on Respect Life Program.

Sincerely,

Rev. Msgr. James P. Carini

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Meet the Parish Council
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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
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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
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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
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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!

Preschool Registration
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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
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"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

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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!



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