St. Matthew Parish Directory

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Lifetouch photography to publish a
St. Matthew Parish Directory
which includes individual and family portraits.


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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

 

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:


Christmas is only nine months away! That’s sound odd, doesn’t it? We are after all, right in the middle of Lent. Well babies don’t just arrived unannounced; there is typically a nine month preparation in anticipation of our birthday. Our Lord Jesus is no different. God the Father sends the Archangel Gabriel with this amazing announcement: if Blessed Mary is willing, she will become the Mother of the Savior by the overshadowing power of the Holy Spirit. Her response? “I am the handmaid of the Lord. Let it be done to me according to your word.” So nine months before Christmas, we celebrate this Annunciation and the beginning of our Lord’s human life within the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
 
Blessed Mary does not only love her Divine Son Jesus—she loves each and every one of us. She loves you; yes you, the one reading this bulletin while you should be listening during Mass. And you over there, with your finger digging that piece of wax out of your ear. All of you. That’s how personal her love is for us. Sometimes we doubt this, so God in his goodness allows Our Lady throughout history to show her love. Some 1500 years after Jesus brought his Mother home to heaven, he allowed her to be seen in Mexico by St. Juan Diego. During her appearance there she said, “Juanito, the humblest of my children, know and understand that I am the ever virgin Mary, Mother of the true God through whom all things live. It is my ardent desire that a church be erected here so that in it I can show and bestow my love, compassion, help, and protection to all who inhabit this land and to those others who love me, that they might call upon and confide in me.” Shortly after, God allowed an image of Blessed Mary to appear on the cloak or tilma of St. Juan Diego. That image can be seen today in Mexico City. I have seen it with my own eyes. It is a miraculous image: miraculous in its appearing, miraculous in its remaining (the cactus-fiber cloak should have disintegrated years ago), and miraculous throughout its history.
 
Now we are blessed to have a full-size replica of that miraculous image in our own church of St. Matthew! She just arrived last week. It was in December, during our novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe, that a collection was taken up to purchase this image from the Basilica in Mexico. May God bless the generosity of those who contributed! This week we would like to have an official blessing of this image. So on the Feast of the Annunciation at 7pm on Wednesday, March 25, we will have a special Mass and bless this image. Fr. Rogelio will be the celebrant of this Mass; I am grateful to him for bringing this image of our Lady to us.
 
Blessed Mary is the mother of Jesus, and our mother, too. In 1935 Pope Pius XI called our Lady of Guadalupe the “Heavenly Patroness of the Philippines.” In 1945 Pope Pius XII called her “Patroness of the Americas,” a title repeated by St. John Paul II. It was St. John XXIII who called her “Mother of the Americas.” We are all her children, we who are the children of the One God. We fulfill the desires of our Blessed Mother by looking upon this image with love and respect and it helps us to call upon her and confide in her. Then she is able to pour forth the graces within her, so she can show and bestow her love, compassion, help, and protection. She truly is ‘full of grace’ and ‘the Lord is with her.’
 
What is the source of her grace? Where does it come from? God. It is God the Son who came to dwell within her. He did this so that he might live and die for us, so much does he love us. Christmas and Crucifixion may be separated on our calendar, but they are united in the Heart of Jesus. May they be united in our hearts, too, as we finish well these holy days of Lent.
 
With my prayers,
 
Fr. Jerome