Welcome to St. Matthew Parish!
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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:
I want to see you be BRAVE
Wasn’t it amazing to hear about those three young Americans who stopped a terrorist attack? The terrorist was on the train, ready to open fire with his gun. “Let’s go,” Alek Skarlatos said to his friends; and together they rose up and overpowered the attacker. We see violence break out all around the globe and at home. We read about beheadings, gunfire in movie theaters, schools, and churches. Wouldn’t we all love to see an outbreak of the courage that conquers terror? The special quality in the hearts of these men is what we call fortitude. It’s not just for heroes, fortitude is meant for all of us.
Fortitude—the very word contains a fort. Is your heart strong enough to protect what is good, regardless of the cost? Can you conquer temptations? Can you overcome fear and other obstacles? Will you stand strong in the face of persecution, even if it means giving up your life?
Almost everyone admires and desires fortitude, and looks down on cowardice. But cowardice is not the only failure against fortitude, there is also foolishness. The coward runs from his fight, while the fool runs into the wrong fight. Fear and foolishness cast a dark shadow over the light of reason, making us over- or under-concerned about our health and safety. Imagine a dangerous animal, about to attack a small child. The coward runs away, fearful of his own safety. The fool runs in alone and unprotected, when the help of those around him would be most effective.
Fortitude has two major moves: attack and endure. Our attack should be very specific: Do this! Now! Suppose we’re with a group of friends, and they’re doing something wrong. The coward within us worries, “What will they think if I don’t go along with the crowd?” This is the time for fortitude: Walk away, now. Say something, now. Or think about powerful addictions that attract us. The fool in us says, “You can handle this. Just a little, you’ve been good for so long.” Again, this is the time for fortitude, “Turn that off, now. Close that up, now.”
As much as we value the attack, endurance is actually the more heroic act of fortitude. To the rest of the world it seems like weakness, but Christians recognize the strength of God. Battle-hardened Roman pagans broke down and converted when they witnessed the heroic fortitude of young Christian women as they were tortured and put to death. Endurance says, “Stay here, show love greatest triumph.” This is Christ on the cross, mocked, hurt, and crucified with an enduring, courageous love. And this heroic, courageous love is a possibility for those who endure a tough job, difficult people or a tough life and they offer this deep and generous sacrifice day by day. So stay with Christ, and stay by the power of Christ. Be strong and take courage.
“Don’t just stand by…do something.” That’s what one of the other heroes, Spencer Stone, said after the terror on the train. He’s reminding us not to be bullied by terror, but to confront it with fortitude. That fortitude is not meant for extraordinary situations. It’s a virtue you can live every day, with Christian fortitude in the most ordinary situations. Every day it is Christ who says to you, “Don’t just stand by…do something.”
With my prayers,