Welcome to St. Matthew!

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My Dear Friends,

We’re delighted to have you  join us  today!  Whether this is your first visit to St. Matthew or maybe you’ve been here for a while, we want you to know you are welcomed here.   No matter what walk of life you are coming  from, or what circumstances you may be facing, you can know one thing for sure: God loves you just as you are. He loves you more than you could possibly imagine.
You will hear me say on more than one occasion, our God is a loving God who wants only goodness for you. He may not change your past, but He can alter your future. He desires to know you and bless you throughout your life. When we trust him to lead the way, we will discover the wonder of His creation filled with love, mercy and forgiveness.

The St. Matthew Parish Family is a great blending of God’s people united by faith – alive and vibrant. One cannot worship here or attend our many Parish functions without witnessing how our faith is nurtured. We live the Gospel through prayer and action. We strive to be a welcoming family and to make a difference in our world. Our ministries touch all ages, with many opportunities for spiritual growth and service in our neighborhoods and beyond.

It’s an exciting moment in our Parish history, as we build a “Bridge to the Future” with a new 17,000 sq-ft Recreation Center.  Imagine this: a 7,000 sq. foot walking/running track…an 11,000 sq. foot gymnasium… a Center that will offer four generations of parishioners Body, Mind and Soul Programs, and local college students a Newman Center Lounge. St. Matthew will be an even more welcoming place for people to pray together, play together, work together…grow together…to find a safe home to get to know one another…to grow together.

This is just a brief introduction to our Church. If you have any questions, or would like to learn how to make this your Church home, just give us a call. We’re thrilled to have you here and look forward to getting to know you better!

In His Love,

Msgr. Walter C. Orlowski, VF, KCHS, Dean & Pastor

Parish History

Saint Matthew Parish was founded November 14, 1957. Rev. James F. McGrath was appointed the first Pastor. On September 18, 1960, Rev. Bishop Lawrence J. Sheehan officiated at the Blessing of the Cornerstone and Dedication of the completed Spiritual Center for Saint Matthew. This building served various parish needs.St Matt

Fr. Leo Suwinski was appointed as second Pastor of Saint Matthew in June of 1963 and served the parish for 23 years until August 1986. With his guidance, in 1982, the permanent renovation of the Spiritual Center into a church took place coinciding with the celebration of the Silver Jubilee of the Parish. Fr. Leo also served as Chaplain of the Norwalk Fire Department and was a member of the Diocesan Priests Council. In September 1986, Msgr. Joseph Kohut was assigned as the third Pastor of Saint Matthew Parish. Many renovations to the church and grounds occurred during his eight years as Pastor. He put a steeple on the church building, and developed our beautiful Mount Saint Matthew into a shrine of devotion with a crucifixion scene, Stations of the Cross, and the Grotto to Our Lady.

In July 1994, our fourth and present Pastor, Msgr. Walter C. Orlowski, KCHS. arrived at Saint Matthew with great enthusiasm and energy. Under his leadership, on September 29, 1995, the groundbreaking for our new Parish Center became a reality with a Mass of Celebration officiated by Most Rev. Bishop Edward M. Egan. The dedication of the Parish Center took place on June 30, 1996. Our Parish Center has classrooms for our Religious Formation Programs, a Conference Room, Great Room for many meetings and parish celebrations, a large kitchen, nursery and the parish office—the hub of coordination for the many activities that make Saint Matthew a life-giving center for our parish family.

In late 2003, the church underwent an expansion, increasing the seating capacity and creating a family room that allowed families to more fully participate in Mass. On June 26, 2004 Bishop William E. Lori presided at the Rededication of St. Matthew Church.

On November 4, 2007 a Jubilee kick off Mass was held to celebrate Saint Matthew’s 50 year anniversary. There was a year long celebration with spiritual and social events, which concluded on November 15, 2008 with a Mass and gala.

Saint Matthew Parish, which now numbers more than 2,400 families, has been fortunate to have the help and support of many volunteers and parish members who work tirelessly to carry out our Parish Mission.

Saint Matthew, Our Patron Saintstmatticon

Saint Matthew, one of the twelve Apostles, is the author of the first Gospel.

He was the son of Alpheus, and was a tax collector by profession. While sitting in the tax collectors’ place at Capernaum he was called by Jesus to be an Apostle.

As a convert, Matthew’s purpose in this Gospel is clear: evangelize to the world that Jesus is the promised Messiah.

Drawing on the prophecies of the Old Testament, his Gospel is often referred to as the “Gospel of Kingdom.”

Saint Matthew is often represented by an angel or with a pen in hand. The statue of him mounted over the doors at the back of the church depicts him holding an axe, as defender of the faith.

Matthew is the patron saint of bankers, bookkeepers, accountants, and customs officers.

The feast of St. Matthew is on September 21.