Welcome to St. Matthew Parish!


ASH WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10

Mass Times:  7 AM, 8:45 AM, 5:30 PM (Spanish), and 7:15 PM

Prayer Service: 12 noon (Spanish)

 

The parish is the place where Jesus touches our lives through the sacraments, especially through the Eucharist which we receive weekly, while some receive daily. Jesus is the center of our life and in the Sacraments of Eucharist and Reconciliation we meet the loving and forgiving God. 

As you will see, our parish is involved with the activities of many people and we try to share the responsibility of stewardship by committing our time, talents and treasure.  Please consider one or two areas of service in which you will be able to serve.  In this way, you will be serving the Church and making this parish your own.  Remember the familiar saying, "Many hands make light work."

Thank you for visiting our parish and I hope you have many years as a member of our special community.

Sincerely in Christ,

The parish community of St. Matthew

 

Our Mission

St. Matthew Mission Statement:    
We, the members of the St. Matthew Parish community being many parts but one sacramental body, are sent by the love of God to make Christ present in the world. 

Declaración de la Misión de la Parroquia San Mateo:  
 Nosotros, los miembros de la comunidad parroquial de San Mateo, siendo muchas partes, pero un solo cuerpo sacramental, somos enviados por el amor de Dios para hacer presente a Cristo en el mundo.




From Our Pastor:

Catholic from Head to Toe: The Headship of the Pope and the Washing of Feet, Part I

This past week Pope Francis amended the Roman Missal to include the washing of women’s feet at the Holy Thursday Mass. For many people, this was no news at all. Priests and bishops have been doing this for years, along with people washing one another’s feet at this Mass. In doing so, they were totally disregarding the laws of the liturgy which specifically called for men to have their feet washed. We can think the best of them; I’m almost sure that they had good intentions for changing the liturgical law of the church on their own. A bishop might possibly and personally make the change as the shepherd of his diocese. I’m not a bishop; and the reason why I never made the change was in faithfulness to our Lord in the liturgy of the church. The Roman Missal, which contains our prayers and rules for the Liturgy, says, “Therefore no other person, even if he be a priest, may add, remove, or change anything in the liturgy on his own authority.” This comes from the Second Vatican Council document on the Sacred Liturgy (Sacrosanctum Concilium 22, 3).

Other people reacted vigorously to news of the Pope’s change. For some it was a glorious triumph; if we can wash women’s feet at Mass, soon we will have women priests. For some it was a staggering defeat—for exactly the same reason. The media often stokes the fires of this conflict, giving us a cartoon figure of a pope who has either gone too far or not gone far enough. Actually, neither of those sides embraces the true figure of the successor of St. Peter, the Rock upon which Christ has founded his church. For those who put their faith in Christ’s word, not even the gates of hell will prevail against her. One group doubts the primacy of Christ’s Rock, the other doubts the infallibility of his teaching.

Let’s look first at the primacy of the Pope, or his headship over the Church of Christ (Catechism of the Catholic Church 882).
 

The Pope, Bishop of Rome and Peter’s successor, is the perpetual and visible source and foundation of the unity both of the bishops and of the whole company of the faithful. For the Roman Pontiff, by reason of his office as Vicar of Christ, and as pastor of the entire Church has full, supreme, and universal power over the whole Church, a power which he can always exercise unhindered.


As the Vicar of Christ, the Pope is the shepherd of the Church, which means he is able to amend the liturgical laws of the church. As the head goes, so goes the body; Catholics should faithfully follow the shepherd as he guides the liturgical life of the Church. All Popes govern in the name and in the person of Christ. Good popes recognize they are not Jesus; they will never lead in the perfectly holy way Christ does. It is why Pope Francis is always asking people to pray for him. Yet Christ foresees our human weaknesses and even sins and it is he who ultimately guides us perfectly, even using imperfect men.

Now let’s look at the infallibility of the Pope. (Catechism of the Catholic Church 891).
 

The Roman Pontiff, head of the college of bishops, enjoys this infallibility in virtue of his office, when, as supreme pastor and teacher of all the faithful—who confirms his brethren in the faith—he proclaims by a definitive act a doctrine pertaining to faith or morals.... The infallibility promised to the Church is also present in the body of bishops when, together with Peter’s successor, they exercise the supreme Magisterium, above all in an Ecumenical Council. When the Church through its supreme Magisterium proposes a doctrine “for belief as being divinely revealed, and as the teaching of Christ, the definitions “must be adhered to with the obedience of faith. This infallibility extends as far as the deposit of divine Revelation itself.


As the Vicar of Christ, the Pope is the teacher of the Church. Remember, he is not impeccable or without sin. But as a teacher he is infallible when he acts as pope and teaches on faith and morals. Through him, Christ teaches us what to believe and how to live according to God. As the head goes, so goes the body; Catholics should faithfully follow the Pope as teacher and as he preaches the faith of the Church.

If you think the Pope has gone too far, go back to Vatican I, recommit yourself to Papal Primacy found there, and follow the Pope. If you follow the Pope regarding the infallible teaching that the Catholic priesthood is only possible for men, then follow his governing in opening the washing of women’s feet. If you think the Pope has not gone far enough, go to heaven and embrace the Jesus the Eternal High Priest who gave us the Sacrament of Holy Orders and follow the teaching given by him through his Rock, the Pope. If you follow the Pope regarding his governing in opening the washing of women’s feet, then follow his infallible teaching that the Catholic priesthood is only possible for men. We must all follow the Pope as shepherd, as it is Christ the Good Shepherd who taught us. In fact, it is Christ the Good Shepherd we follow.

Next week, we’ll look at how this applies to the Holy Thursday Foot Washing.

With my prayers,

Fr. Jerome