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Entries for December 2016

K of C Blood Drive, Dec. 27th

Posted on December 21, 2016 in: General News

Blood Drive Tuesday, December 27th 11:15am - 4:15pm St. Matthew Parish Hall Give the perfect gift. Give blood. To schedule an appointment: 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) OR visit redcrossblood.org Presenting donors receive a free long-sleeve Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last!  

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St. Matthew Annual Collection

Posted on December 20, 2016 in: General News

Every parish family should have received a letter from Father this week asking for a contribution to our Annual Collection to help balance our budget and save for future improvement projects.  The collection provides funds for small capital and maintenance projects.  This year, we would like to install a key fob entry system for the Church and Parish Center; conduct an energy audit; fix drainage problems and continue paying the Parish Center loan (to be paid in full in February 2018).  If you did not get a letter, please pick one up on your way out of church.  The participation of ALL parishioners is es...

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Pastor's Page - December

Posted on December 19, 2016 in: Pastor's Thoughts

Pastor's Page - December
Dear Parish family, As a young boy I seem to recall that time often moved at a snail’s pace.  I’m sure my parents have very “fond” memories of our road trips when my two sisters and I continually asked the question from the back seat, “are we there yet?!”   I also recollect that Christmas seemed to take an eternity to arrive.  Today, however, I am of the mindset that time is a great sprinter and I’m running out of breath trying to keep up with it.  I would imagine that today my road trip response from the...

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St. Matthew Christmas Day Masses: 8:30 & 10:30 AM

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Gift Cards for Haiti

Posted on December 13, 2016 in: General News

Gift Cards for Haiti Do you need a gift for that person who is "hard to buy for" or who "has everything"? Why not give a gift that gives twice! When you make a donation to the Haiti Mission in someone's name you will receive a beautiful gift card with a colorful Haitian scene on the front. The gift card goes to that person, while your donation supports the education of the children of St. Pierre Parish, Ganthier, Haiti.  A donation of $240 will support one student for one year, $2,400 will support one teacher for one year, $5,000 will support one classroom for one year. But whether $5,...

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Christmas Flowers

Posted on December 07, 2016 in: General News

Christmas Flowers - Anyone wishing to make a donation toward flowers for Christmas in memory of a loved one may do so by using the envelopes provided at the doors to the Church. You can drop the envelope in the collection basket or mail it to: St. Matthew Parish Office, P.O. Box 100, Tolland CT 06084-0100 and write FLOWERS on the envelope. Thank You.  

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Craft & Cookies Meeting Wednesday, December 14th 7:00pm in the Parish Hall Take a break from the holiday hustle and bustle! We will demonstrate a cute Christmas ornament to take home for the tree and then reward our creative efforts with a "cookie break". Bring a plate of one dozen (JUST 12) of your favorite Christmas cookie to share.  Coffee and tea will be served!  For more information: Rosemarie @ 203-313-7573.  

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Advent Penance Service Sunday, December 11th 3:00pm St. Bernard Church As we begin our Advent journey of anticipation and preparation for the Messiah, I ask that you reserve this date for our Combined Parish (St. Matthew & St. Bernard) Reconciliation Service. The service will involve an afternoon of reflection, music, prayer and reconciliation with the Lord. I hope you can set aside this time for this important component of our Advent Journey of Hope. See you there! Fr. Rick  

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Christmas Holiday Pancake Breakfast Sunday, December 11th The Tolland Knights of Columbus will be hosting our annual Christmas Holiday Pancake Breakfast Sunday, December 11th following the 8:30am and 10:30am Masses in the Church Hall. Individuals $5 and Families $20. Proceeds will go to support local charitable organizations. A special appearance by the “Jolly Old Elf” is expected.  

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