About Us

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.