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:
Did you know that the epidemic of pornography is rapidly increasing? Did you know that more and more people experience the sexual pleasures of marriage outside of marriage, and use lots more birth control to do this? Did you know that more and more families are wounded by break-ups, raising a generation of wounded children who need ever more care and at its worst leading to violent neighborhoods that require more public funding for police protection and prison facilities?
Now imagine if there was a way to bring children into this world with great love, to care for them with great love, and to raise them with great love. What if there was a way to shower kids with the unique gifts of a mother’s femininity and a father’s masculinity? This way would help parents share the burden of raising kids, and as a side benefit do this in the most financially efficient way and give kids the best chance of going on to be generous members of our society.
There is a way for this to happen—it’s called marriage. True marriage is that unique, lifelong and love-filled partnership between a man and a woman. Yes, there are many deeply-wounded marriages, families, and people all throughout the world. But the promotion of true marriage consistently has proven the best way to help heal these wounds and the most effective means of preventing these wounds in the first place. (See this short booklet “Marriage and the Public Good: Ten Principles” from the Witherspoon Institute. It is free at http://winst.org/wp-content/uploads/WI_Marriage_and_the_Public_Good.pdf)
In fact, every family and every person in this world is deeply wounded from the original sin of our original family. We love money wrongly; that is called greed. We love food wrongly; that is called gluttony. And we love people wrongly; that is called lust. Lust can take many forms: men and women, men and men, women and women, and even the individual with a pornography addiction. The good news is that we still have access to perfect love: Christ the Groom who loves his Bride the Church. God loves us perfectly. And he offers us healing from our wounds in order to love perfectly. This will take a lifetime to accomplish, yet Jesus is patient with all who come to him. It is the followers of Jesus who have the mission, the responsibility, and the joy of bringing his pure and beautiful love to all people.
I have been writing about the recent Supreme Court decision that has made gay ‘marriage’ the law of our land. It is actually part of a wider picture, the latest stage in the sexual revolution, a sexual battle for independence. It has been declared that sex could be independent of marriage. Sex is divorced from the possibility of children. We have had fifty years of this experiment. Has it made our children, our families, our nation a happier, safer place? I don’t think so. I am not saying the old days were the good old days. I am saying we have not seen better days.
But we could! In the midst of crowds of depressed and broken people, we have been blessed with the good news of Jesus Christ. As Christians, we are no better than anyone else; often times we are worse. But we know the One who loves us and is able to heal us.
Often, people with a same-sex attraction will say, “This is how I was born. This is how I love.” This is also what we hear from those who divorce and remarry, from those who live together before marriage, from those who use birth control: “This is how we love.” We can always respond, “Is it the love of Jesus? Is it the love proclaimed and taught by him through his inseparable Bride, the Church?” I am inspired by Catholics who have a same-sex attraction and who love our Lord and follow him faithfully. I recommend you see and hear the testimony of their own words (see the movie ‘Desire of the Everlasting Hills.’ You can find it here: https://everlastinghills.org/movie/). The Church has always welcomed with the open arms of Jesus all the people of the world. She can only embrace those who come to her.
Jesus Christ has taught us, he is teaching us, the message written in our very bodies from the beginning of creation. Marriage is between one man and one woman who open themselves to one another for life and open themselves to the beautiful possibility of new life. Let us look to how Christ loves. Let us receive his love, in his Bride the Church. God wants us to be part of his family. The children of this world will pass away. The children of God will live forever.
With my prayers,