IMPORTANT DATES AND TIMES!
December 17, 7:00pm: Parish Reconciliation Service
December 19, 7:00pm: “What a Glorious Night” Concert
Presented by Cornerstone and St. Matthew School Students.
December 20, 7:00pm: Simbang Gabi Mass. Celebration after Mass in Hurley Hall.
Mondays 7:40-8:30am, Tuesdays 6:30-7:30pm, Saturdays 3:30-4:30pm
December 20 from 1:00pm-2:00pm, December 22, 23 from 6:00pm-8:00pm
Christmas: The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ
December 24 Vigil Masses
4pm Church (English), Gym (Spanish); 10:30pm Carols, 11:00pm Mass
December 25 Masses: 8am, 10am, 12pm in English, 1:30pm in Spanish
Solemnity of Mary Mother of God, Holy Day of Obligation
December 31 Vigil Mass at 7:00pm
January 1 Masses: 9am (English), 10:30am (Spanish)
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.
From Our Pastor:
Have you ever witnessed a beautiful sunrise? Maybe you prefer the sunset—simply face west instead of east and you don’t have to get up that early. But there is something beautiful about the dawn of a new day; it’s full of expectation. Who knows what each new day will bring? You’re blessed to glimpse it every once in a while, as the sun peaks out from among the clouds, with radiant splendor. Slowly but surely light begins to fill our part of the world.
The Advent decorations can help us both grasp that image and yet draw us higher than the sun, to the SON. This week the darker, violet color of penance passes away to the brighter shade of rose that symbolizes joy. These are days of hope and expectation; there is literally an expectant mother—Blessed Mary. The child she is bearing will bring forth the dawn of a new age: you and I live in that period of history marked off by the coming of the Son of God. Jesus is Emmanuel: God-with-us. You cannot measure the day of his beginning: he has none. He is eternally begotten of the Father before all ages. And although the day of his birth as man is some 2000 years ago, he has chosen to remain with us always, until the end of this age, until the end of all ages. The Christian faithful sought to mark out this great event in history through the very way they marked out time. For them, all ages would now be measured as the days before Christ and after Christ. The years before his coming would are labeled BC: before Christ. Each subsequent year would be a year lived with him, a year of the Lord, or Anno Domini (AD). And while it’s probable that the exact designations might be off by a year or three, when you’re measuring in millennia I think that’s remarkably accurate.
Now if you’re accustomed to looking beyond the sun, to the outer reaches of the universe, this all might sound unbelievable. We live in a pretty small corner of the entire universe. Yet here is where God the Son chose to be born: in some dark corner of the universe; in some small, dark and forgotten town; in the dark of the night. He not only wanted to be God-with-us; he wanted to be God-with-you. The good of grace in one individual, of God’s life within you through the sacraments, surpasses the good of nature in the entire universe. St. Thomas Aquinas taught that 800 years ago; I think it’s even more important in our day when we’ve discovered how expansive the universe is.
So what happens every day when you wake up? A new day dawns upon you and it is pregnant with new possibilities, with new actual graces waiting for you if you will only seek to live with the Savior of the world. He has truly brought the eternal light of heaven with your reach, within your grasp, because while you cannot grasp the entire universe, you can reach out and hold that tiny Christ-child. While each day may look the same to you, it has been newly fashioned by God. It is a day that the Lord has made (Psalm 118) and he has made it as a gift for you and it is a gift that you can offer to him. Like the dawn of the new day, the magnitude and the consequences of living in the awesome light of God’s presence is probably just beginning to dawn on us.
With my prayers,