Welcome to St. Matthew Parish!
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
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.
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From Our Pastor:
Uncle Fred had a barbershop in Harvey, and in that barbershop there was a gumball machine. One day two boys came in, not for haircuts, but for gumballs. Who doesn’t love the bright colors and the sweet taste of a good gumball? Plus, all that chewing and bubble-popping can keep you occupied for hours. Now, if you were sitting right next to those boys, you could see that they didn’t even put any money into the machine; they just turned the crank. Then they cried out to Uncle Fred, “Hey, we didn’t get our gumballs!” Well, if you really want a gumball, you’re not afraid to steal it. And if you’re going to steal it, you may as well lie, too. “Is that right?” said Uncle Fred. He reached over to the counter where he had some spare change waiting—apparently this was not the first time the machine had ‘malfunctioned.’ He handed over the change, the boys got their gumballs, and they left the shop with big smiles on their faces because they had fooled Uncle Fred.
I don’t think they fooled him at all. Uncle Fred knew the secret of God the Father’s love. He was a man who knew that throughout life we try to fool God the Father, and yet he still keeps loving us. God the Father still showers us with his graces and with his gifts and his love even though we don’t deserve it. And if God the Father loves us that way, well, we should love one another in the same way—even though we don’t deserve it. If God has blessed you, how can you keep a few gumballs from your brothers?
Jesus said to his disciples: “I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust. … So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:43-48)
On this Father’s Day, we have to recognize that all human fathers come from little boys—but they also come from their heavenly Father. At times they show us clearly how far we are from that great and all-powerful and pure love that comes from heaven; we all have our sins. At other times, our fathers can give us a glimpse of that glory of God the Father that fills heaven and earth. So let’s pray for our fathers today, a prayer for mercy and a prayer of thanks. May God bless our fathers, living and deceased, and may he bless them now and always.
I’m sure when those boys grew up, they realized they hadn’t fooled Uncle Fred. I’m sure it dawned on them how kind he was to them. I hope it moved them to be sorry for the foolish sins of their youth, even though it was simply a few gumballs. As those boys grew up, I hope the kindness of Uncle Fred moved them to be kind to others.
We sure don’t deserve it, but each day we live under the kindness and love of our heavenly Father. Let’s receive it deeply and share it generously with those around us.
Happy Father’s Day!