Welcome to St. Matthew Parish!
NEW SPANISH MASS
EVERY SATURDAY AT 6:30 PM
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.
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From Our Pastor:
This month we celebrated two of our most recent saints, and both of them are Popes!
On October 11 we now remember Pope John XXIII; and on October 22 we now remember Pope John Paul II. Many of you may not know these two popes, or you may have even forgotten them. But as saints in heaven, they now can help us follow our Lord on earth. During our lives, very few of us have a personal connection with the popes. But as saints in heaven, they know us personally and are trying to help us reach heaven, too. Both of these popes say, “It’s all true, all the things Jesus said. We made it! Let us help you!” How can they help us?
Well, look back at their history. Pope John began the Second Vatican Council in 1962. I know, that seems like ancient history to most people, but it’s very recent in church history—only 54 years out of our 2000-year tradition. For many of us, it is the only church council we have shared history with; many of our Catholic family have never lived during a church council. While this council ended in 1965, it was Pope John Paul who was largely responsible for trying to put this council into practice during our days. Believe it or not, we are still trying to do that today! All of the councils throughout the life of Christ’s Church carry forward the gift of our Catholic faith to the world.
The Second Vatican Council continues to be viewed with some controversy today. Many people reject it and for very different reasons. Some people say, ‘the church must change.’ So they constantly look forward to the next council, or the next pope who will give them what they want: women priests, same-sex unions, birth control—the list goes on. My question to this group is, “If you do not believe the teaching of the church now, why would you believe it then?” We cannot change what Christ has taught—and is teaching today.
Other people say, ‘the church must not change.’ So they reject the Second Vatican Council at some level. They constantly look back to some past council of their choice to hold on to what they want. This group usually has no problem with the teaching of the church; they usually disagree with the governance of the church by a particular pope. My question to this group is, “Isn’t the primacy of Peter a teaching of the church? Please re-read the First Vatican Council.” You may not like how a particular pope guides the church, heck, Christ may not like it either; still, Christ has put him there as shepherd. We also cannot hold on to what Christ has relinquished. So we have two groups: those who want to change everything and those who change nothing. They might agree on almost nothing; but at a practical level they can both reject the Second Vatican Council.
With the eyes of faith, I think we can see the Second Vatican Council as a gift from God to us. In my opinion, it staved off a radical break in the life of Catholics. Now, you can never break the Catholic Church; she is one and will remain so forever by the promise and the grace of Jesus. But our lives as Catholics can be separated from him. This happened most notably during the Protestant Deformation (I think that is a more accurate term than reformation). During that time, many people publicly left the Catholic Church. Today we call them our separated Christian brothers and sisters; among them are Lutheran, Calvinist, Methodist, and Presbyterian groups. We love them and many of them have been baptized into the Christian faith of our Church; yet none of them have yet received Jesus in their first Holy Communion. After some five hundred years of efforts to re-unite, there are still public structures that separate us in many areas. You might say, ‘well, the Second Vatican Council was no different. We had overflowing churches and everyone knew their catechism. Now, nobody knows or practices their Catholic faith.’ I would agree with you. My goodness, look at the scandal of our so-called self-proclaimed Catholic politicians who goes so far as to promote the crime of abortion. That choice has never been the choice of Christ.
But here’s the difference. That can be healed with a simple celebration of the sacrament of Confession. There is a deep conversion needed here, but still the cure is simple. And we don’t have the added difficulty of trying to re-integrate with a separated ‘American Catholic Church.’ That would take centuries. So the Council of Trent is a great gift of God, enduring throughout the centuries. So, too, is the Second Vatican Council a great gift of God from the last century.
It can be difficult to struggle with the pains of the world in our days, but let us do so with the help of Christ and his Church. We should love the pope, whoever he is. We should love all the true councils of the church. They are all signs of Christ’s love to us in the different circumstances of each historical period. They are signs to us of Christ’s love for his Church every day, a love that will never end. She is the same Church founded by Christ; in that sense she is ever unchanging. She is a living Church; in that sense growing and changing and new with every new day. She is a sign to us of God’s love that is ever-ancient yet ever-new.
That is the faith of Sts. John XXIII and John Paul II, as it was of St. Peter. I pray it will be our faith, too.