Mass Schedule for Christmas Eve & Christmas Day
December 24th - 4pm (English) 6pm (Spanish) 11pm (English)
December 25th - 8am, 10am, Noon (All English) 1:30pm (Spanish)
December 11th 7pm
Parish Reconciliation Service (additional priests available for confession)
Solemnity of Mary, The Holy Mother of God
December 31st - 5pm (English)
January 1st - 9am (English), 10:30am (Spanish)
The word Advent derives from the Latin word meaning coming. The Lord is coming. We may reflect that every year at this time we celebrate his coming , so that in a sense we can lose the feeling of expectancy and joyful anticipation, because at the end of the season, everything seems to return to pretty much the same routine. If that is the case, then our preparation may have been lacking and we have therefore been robbed of much of the true meaning of this season.
During Advent we recall the history of God's people and reflect on how the prophecies and promises of the Old Testament were fulfilled. This gives us a background for the present. Today we can reflect on the past track record of God and so begin to understand what it means to us now for the sake of what is to come, in our own future and that of our world.
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.