General Youth Program Information

IMPORTANT:  Only registered members of the Catholic Community of Saint Matthew and St. Bernard may register for religious education. If you are not a registered member of St. Matthew parish, please contact the parish office (860-872-0200, Ext. 300) as soon as possible.
If this will be the first time your child(ren) will be attending religious education, we will need copies of ALL completed Sacramental certificates (Baptism, etc.) prior to registering for religious education.


The 2018-2019 Religious Education Registration will be sent to you via email from Parish Giving on September 5.  Registrations will be exclusively done by Parish Giving via email.  If you are new to our parish, have changed your email/contact information or are registering your child(ren) in our Religious Education program for the first time, please email with your updated information before September 3 so that we can forward your information to Parish Giving.  If we do not have your current email address you will not receive a registration email.


A link to register for the 2018/2019 school year will be available in early September.


K-10 classes will begin the week of September 24, 2018


General Information

Our catechetical program is held at the Saint Matthew Parish Center beginning in late September until the first week of May.  

2018/2019 Classes will be offered on the following days and times:

Grades K-6:
Monday: 4:30-5:30 pm or 5:45-6:45 pm
Tuesday: 4:30-5:30 pm or 5:45-6:45 pm 

Grades 7-Confirmation:
Monday 7:00-8:00 pm or
Wednesday  6:00-7:00 pm

Safe Environment Information

As part of the Diocese of Norwich's efforts to provide a safe environment for all children, the Catholic Communities of St. Matthew and St. Bernard require all employees and volunteers to comply with the Pastoral Code of Conduct by completing two components of the Safe Environment program - awareness/education and a comprehensive screening process.

Collaborative Catechetical Team

Cynthia L. Yaconiello - (860) 872-0200 x308
Coordinator of Religious Education, Grades K-6

LeeAnn Fritsch - (860) 872-0200 x309
Faith Formation Secretary

Bridget Thurston - (860) 872-0200 x306
Confirmation Coordinator/Youth Minister

Rev. Richard Ricard - (860) 872-0200 x101

Denise Gilcreast - (860) 872-0200 x300
Parish Office Manager

Our Philosophy

We believe strongly that parents are the primary religious educators of their children.  Our programs are not designed to replace the faith formation that occurs in the context of a faith filled family. We encourage each family to participate at one of the weekend liturgies.  It is here that we become a parish family to celebrate our Christian community.  Our children learn by example, and by regularly attending the weekend liturgies they can see their faith put into action.

Mission Statement

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.

Class Cancellation Policy

In case of inclement weather, all sessions will be canceled. If Tolland schools are canceled or dismissed early, there are NO Religious Education classes. If Tolland schools have been dismissed at their regular time, but there are reports of impending inclement weather, we will cancel classes. You will be notified of any cancellations via e-mail. Cancellations will also be posted on the local NBC and CBS stations, as well as their websites at and