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Entries for September 2018

St. Matthew Preschool Registration

Posted on September 27, 2018 in: General News

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 Music Together teacher. Our 4 year olds also receive an art class once a month from a certified Art teacher. For more information or to schedule a visit, please contact Eveline Siebesma by phone at 860-872-0200 Ext 324 by email at preschool@stmatthewct.org    

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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 @ (860) 268-0966.  

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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 school children, who would otherwise receive nothing for Christmas. Toys should be small enough to fit into the shipping barrels and should not require batteries (they cannot be replaced) or include written instruction (they do not read English). This also means no English books. Suggested ...

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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 will be Sr. Elissa Rinere, C.P., J.C.D., Chancellor of the Diocese of Norwich. To register send your name, address, Church, city, email and phone number to:  judypappa@hotmail.com or      Judy Pappagallo, 199 Broadway, Norwich, CT 06360 Cost is $25 per pe...

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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.  Parishioners may request the addition of their military member’s names in this book at any time. The book will be prayed over on St. Michael’s Feast Day, September 29th, as well as other times of the year.  

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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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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 sense of community where support is given and received. “New Day” is led by trained facilitators and includes prayer, discussion, and journaling.  Although “New Day” is a faith-based program, it is not restricted to Catholics and all are welcome. To accommodate...

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Pastor's Page - September

Posted on September 23, 2018 in: Pastor's Thoughts

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”.  The unfortunate outcome of being unfocused is the loss of our unity as one body journeying on a pilgrimage to build up the Kingdom of God.  Our Church is not a warehouse of activities but a family united by our love of Christ and His Chu...

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Online Giving - Instructions

Posted on September 20, 2018 in: General News

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 the service tell us how easy it is to use and manage. For step by step instructions on how to take advantage of this convenient program, click here. Thank you for your consideration - if you have any questions, please call the parish office.  

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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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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.org      

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St. Matthew Mailing Address Change

Posted on September 12, 2018 in: General News

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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Gift Cards purchased last weekend will be available for pick up after all Masses. Next Gift Card Sale:  October 6th & 7th

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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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The next Youth Music Group Mass will be Sunday, September 16th at 10:30am. If you’d like to join us, please email Deirdre Goldsmith at deirdre.goldsm@gmail.com  

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We invite all women of the parish to join us at our “Annual International Friendship Dinner” Wednesday, September 12th 6:00 PM in Church Hall Bring your favorite dish to share, learn more about our ministry and make new friends. We look forward to meeting YOU! For more info, contact Rosemarie at (203) 313-7573  

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Gift Card Sale - September 8th & 9th

Posted on September 04, 2018 in: General News

Gift Cards on Sale After Mass Visit www.shopwithscrip.com to see all the gift cards available for purchase. Pick up will be September 15th & 16th. Our profit for 2017/18 from our SCRIP gift card sales was $1,205! This money will be used to pay for teachers salaries at our twinned parish - St. Pierre in Ganthier, Haiti. Thank you for helping make this possible!  

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Mattie's Togs Thrift Shop

Posted on September 04, 2018 in: General News

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 specially priced items are 3 for $10. We are open on Saturdays 9am to 1pm and located on the Dunn Hill Rd. side of St. Matthew Church. Any questions, please call Billie at 860-871-0260.  

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Annulment Workshop - September 13th

Posted on September 03, 2018 in: General News

Thursday, September 13th 7:00-9:00pm St. Bernard Church Hall, Rockville If you are a divorced Catholic who would like to know more about annulments or is considering beginning the annulment process but aren’t quite sure what it is or how to go about doing so, consider attending this informational workshop. A panel of experts from the Diocesan Marriage Tribunal will be there to answer questions and explain the numerous aspects of the annulment process. For more information, contact the Catholic Family Services Office at 860-848-2237, Ext 306.  

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The next meeting of the Adult Faith Formation committee will be Tuesday, September 11th at 6:30pm at St. Matthew Church in Classroom #1. Come for refreshments at 6:00pm. Anyone interested in helping plan and implement faith events for both St. Matthew and St. Bernard Church are always welcome. Join us!  For questions call Mary Scibelli at 860-798-7529  or email scibellifamily@gmail.com  

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