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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

 

Our Mission

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:


Bingo!
 
As you may have heard, I have put the Bingo program on a vacation which started on Friday April 24. The Bingo program takes lots of hard work. I’m grateful to Ron and Mike who handle the bulk of it. They’ve contributed a lot to the parish. A big program like this is hard to run, and you may have noticed decreased attendance, too. It means Bingo is seeing lower donations for difficult work. Also, Bingo is a charitable event; this means we cannot pay anyone for the hard work they do. Our volunteers usually have regular jobs in addition to their work at Bingo. Volunteer management can be difficult with work and family obligations. I never want anyone to get burned out for the sake of the Bingo program. Our Bingo program, like all our programs, have to help us get closer to our Lord. So those are the two major items: financial stability and volunteer management. As a Christian and as a pastor, I wonder if we should have Bingo during the Fridays of Lent. Every Friday, but especially those during Lent, are when we remember our Lord’s generous sacrifice for us on the cross. I feel like I have failed our Lord if there are only a handful of people in church for the Stations of the Cross, but Hurley Hall is filled for Bingo.
 
I have mentioned most of this at the last two Bingo sessions. Almost everyone was disappointed by the announcement, but lots of people gave their honest input in a respectful way. Your comments were very helpful and I’m so grateful. We will have a big Bingo meeting on Monday, April 27 at 7:30pm in Hurley Hall. I need input not only from the participants, but also from our volunteers, finance council, and parish council on how to go forward. I will let our parish leadership councils know that almost all our participants love the program and want to see it continue.
 
At this meeting there will be time in the beginning for bingo participants to offer their input. Participants will leave after this portion of the meeting so I can get input from the volunteers. Volunteers will have to help us make a plan on how to successfully manage the work they do to support this program. Then the volunteers will leave so I can get advice from the parish leadership councils. Parish leadership will need to offer their advice on the financial stability of the program.
 
I don’t know the results of the meeting, because I need to hear from everyone first. But we’ve gotten lots of contact information from people, and the results will be given to you in a prompt and public way.
 
Was there another way to do this? Yes. Many ways. Unfortunately the St. Matthew Bingo Program is not in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and it wasn’t covered in my seminary training. I can say that when you bring things to me of serious concern, I try to hear your voice and the voices of those around you who are also members of the parish and your brothers and sisters in Christ. Then, we will together try to hear the voice of our Lord to guide us in the midst of those conversations. Thankfully, God’s grace is greater than my weaknesses and even my failures.
 
Thank you for your patience at this time.
 
Fr. Jerome