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The goal of the Saint Matthew Faith Formation Center is to provide programs that will strengthen the developing faith of all our children and young adults and to encourage them to become active members of this parish community.  ALL ARE WELCOME!!  If you have a child who is not currently enrolled in our Religious Education...

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Please consider supporting the Catholic Community of St. Bernard & St. Matthew by using our EFT option for one-time and recurring donations. It is a simple and secure process and makes it easier for all our parishioners to support the stewardship mission.  No more envelopes or last-minute check writing! Parishioners who use th...

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Register now the 2018/2019 school year Our 3 year olds meet on Tuesday and Thursday from 8:45 am until 11:45 am Our 4 year olds meet on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:45 am until 11:45 am We are an accredited Music Together Preschool. Both classes receive a 30 minute structured music class once a week by a certified M...

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The next Baptism Preparation meeting for those parents who wish to have their children baptized is scheduled for Tuesday, October 9th at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel. Please call the Parish Office (872-0200) to pre-register.

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We have renewed our Catholic Community subscription to FORMED.ORG for all parishioners of St. Bernard and St. Matthew.  There is a great amount of new content and you can now use an iPhone App to access your account after you register (Android App coming soon).  To register for your account, click here. For detailed instructi...

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The Sanctuary Lamp located near the Tabernacle may be memorialized for a loved one. The donation is $25 and the Lamp will burn from Sunday to Saturday. The name of the deceased person will be mentioned in the bulletin. To have the Sanctuary Lamp burn in memory of someone, please call the Parish Office at (860) 872-0200.  

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Please note that construction for the Route 195 and 74 Realignment at the Tolland Green has begun and will affect traffic around St. Matthew Church (Dunn Hill Road and Tolland Green in front of the Church). The anticipated completion of the project is October 2019.  

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Frosty Village Bazaar November 16th, 6-9pm November 17th, 9am-2:30pm We hope you can join us at the Frosty Village Bazaar - but we also need your help now: Raffle Items Needed Item(s) are not needed until November 16th but we need a description of the item(s) to include in the state filing now. If you have something to dona...

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Justice & Peace Meeting Thursday, October 4th at 10:00am St. Matthew Parish Hall We are excited to continue our planning for the Caregiver Roadshow on October 18th and to further discuss how we can respond as Catholics to pressing issues, such as immigration. We hope you can join us! Any questions, call Carol Freedman @ (8...

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Friday, September 28th at 6:00pm RSVP Deadline:  September 23rd All adult volunteers and members of St. Matthew ministries (& spouses) are invited to attend. Please RSVP your name & ministry to our Parish Secretary, Denise, at:         (860) 872-0200 or parishoffice@stmatthewct.o...

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Catholic Funerals: Rites, Cremation, Planning, Pre-planning, Cemetery Policies Workshop St. Matthew Church, Tolland Registration at 9:00am.  Program from 9:30 to noon Fee: $10 For more information go to www.norwichdiocese.org or call 860-848-2237x203  

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6:00pm - 8:00pm St. Matthew Church The 177 Project is an initiative to spark a renewal in parishes across the country through the power of spending time in front of the Eucharist and participating in praise and worship music. Come let us worship together with live music and reflection – featuring Jon Niven and Dana Catherin...

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7:00pm – 8:30pm St. Matthew Church St. Matthew Church is offering a deep-dive discussion for families who are caring for loved ones to offer guidance to the support they provide. Speakers from AARP CT and the North Central CT Area Agency on Aging will offer a discussion on specific tools for navigating and connecting with avai...

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Norwich Diocesan Council of Catholic Women 63rd Annual Convention Saturday, October 6th          9:00am - 2:30pm St. Matthew Church All women in the Diocese of Norwich are cordially invited to attend. Bishop Michael R. Cote will be the main celebrant of the noon Mass. The guest speaker...

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Tuesdays - 10:15am - 11:45am St. Matthew Chapel Living through grief is not easy but it does not have to be done alone.  The St. Bernard/St. Matthew Community will offer a 9 week support program called, “New Day”, for those who have suffered the loss of a loved one.  The goal of this program is to provide a sen...

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If you have a loved one who is in the military in harm’s way, please contact the parish office to have your loved one’s name added to the St. Michael the Archangel prayer book. St. Michael is the patron of soldiers and will be regularly asked to intercede for the protection of our loved ones in the military.  Parishion...

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St. Bernard Church at 9:00am St. Matthew Church at 11:00am You are invited to bring your pets for this special blessing in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint & lover of animals. His feast day is celebrated in October.  

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Saturday, October 20 St. Bernard Parish Hall 9:00am—3:30pm In a world where the news and media is all too discouraging and the hectic pace of modern life leaves little room for recharging, this day of reflection and renewal is just what you need! This year’s retreat promises to be one of our best ever! Fr. Jude Sur...

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The Haitian Ministry is sponsoring our annual toy collection for the children of St. Pierre Parish, Ganthier, Haiti. Parishioners of all ages are invited to bring new, unwrapped toys up to the altar during Mass at both St. Matthew and St. Bernard Churches that weekend. These toys will be shipped to St. Pierre and distributed to their scho...

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September 30th - Youth Group Hike!  We will meet at 12:30pm at Crandall Park to hike the Crandall Trails.  Come with your hiking shoes on and your spirit ready to be renewed with the splendor of nature!   October 13th - Second Saturday!  First meeting of the new year!  Evening begins with the 5pm Mass a...

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RCIA stands for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. It is the process by which adults are gradually initiated into the life and sacraments of the Catholic Church. It is comprised of various steps along the way.  Each transition is marked by a rite or a special ceremony within the public liturgy. Underlying these are the clas...

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Feast of the Holy Rosary October 71h at 3:00pm St. Bernard Church Join us as we pray the Rosary together for all our families, our nation, and our Church. This beautiful and powerful prayer service will include lovely music and slides. In praying the Rosary we unite with our blessed Mother to love and honor her beloved son, our L...

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Psalm 134:18 - The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit Dear parish family, Starting in October, and for the next eight months, we will be offering the opportunity for our community to pray for our beloved Church that is in crisis.  Every 1st Sunday at 5:00pm at St. Matthew and every 3rd S...

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Pastor's Page - September
Dear Parish Family, I think one of the greatest challenges I face as a pastor of a large yoked community is keeping everyone focused on a common mission.  Without this mission and goals that directly support achievement of the mission, we can easily end up having individuals and groups doing their “own thing”.  Th...

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All mail sent to St. Matthew Church, should be addressed: 111 Tolland Green Tolland, CT 06084 We will be discontinuing the use of our P.O. Box soon.  
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To view photos, click on homepage PHOTOS button or click here.   The Catholic Community of St. Bernard and St. Matthew held a Ministries Workshop on September 8, 2018 at Tolland Lodge with all ministries represented to work on service, spirituality, and evangelization centered on the Eucharist.

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We have a great selection of Winter and Summer clothing, sizes Preemie to Size 18 and larger for our Youth. We carry First Communion and Flower Girl dresses, Baptismal outfits and Boys Sunday best. We have a few Halloween outfits to choose from and a good selection of winter jackets, and shoes. Our $5 a Bag Sale is always going on and spe...

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During the month of May, 2018, the St. Bernard Cemetery Committee conducted a survey of the four Catholic parishes in Vernon, Tolland, and Ellington (St. Bernard, St. Joseph, St. Luke and St. Matthew) for the purpose of gathering information to assist us in determining a long term plan to upgrade the St. Bernard cemetery property, extend ...

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My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, We are, as one family in Christ, heartsick over what we have learned in recent days and weeks from the Pennsylvania grand jury report and the accusations against Archbishop Theodore McCarrick.  These revelations have reopened the pain and sorrow of a spiritual crisis sadly not yet fully erad...

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Going on Vacation? Use the website www.masstimes.org to find the location and Mass times of the Church nearest your destination.  
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The New Saint Matthew mobile app is now available! The Church you love is now available on your mobile device! With the new Saint Matthew Church app, you can catch up on messages you've missed, find out what's going on at the Church this week, make donations, and receive important alerts.  Download it today! ...

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The practice of requesting a Mass to be offered for a loved one – living or deceased – is a beautiful and wonderful part of our Catholic tradition.  Due to the increased number of Mass requests and the desire to allow as many parishioners and friends as possible to schedule Masses, the following guidelines will apply star...

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Some background information on the Online Giving program available at both St. Matthew Church & St. Bernard Church: What is Online Giving? Online Giving is a direct payment program whereby your contribution is debited automatically from your checking, savings, or credit card account into your Church's bank account. What a...

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After 10 years, we have paid off the mortgage for the Parish Center. Thank you and may God bless you for your commitment and support of our parish. Now, going forward, the full monthly second Building Maintenance Collection will be used for needed Church repairs and improvements.  

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Any interested parishioners who would like to complete the Diocese of Norwich's Safe Environments program called "Called to Protect", are invited to call the Faith Formation Office at 860-872-0200 X 309.  Please leave your name and telephone number, and you will be contacted to make arrangements for the training.

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PRO-LIFE BOTTLE COLLECTION:  Don’t want the hassle of returning your empty cans, bottles and plastics?  Donate them to the Pro-Life Ministry by dropping them off in the designated trash bins outside the dumpster area.  Please be sure they are returnables, BAGGED, and uncrushed.  Your generous donations are very m...

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The Vatican recently issued more definitive guidance on cremation for Catholics.  For the complete document, click here. Summary: Because of Christ, Christian death has a positive meaning.  The Christian vision of death receives privileged expression in the liturgy of the Church: “Indeed for your faithful, Lord, l...

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