Divorce & Beyond

A Supprt Group For Those Seperated or Divorced

Starting Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 7pm
Tasker Parish Center - St. Matthew Parish

For more information, please call Deacon Bob at 630-469-6300x315
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Welcome to St. Matthew Parish!

 
 

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:


This week, I am asking you to love and respect Jesus more, right here at our home parish. I can’t do this without your help.
 
Since I have arrived, I continue to find consecrated Hosts left behind in pews or on the floor.  This is Jesus.  The Eucharist is not something, it is someone: the living Jesus.  If you do not share this faith, do not receive him at Mass.  You may remain in your seat at Communion time.  Or, if you come up for Communion, do not receive Jesus; simply cross your arms over your heart and we will wish one another peace.
 
When you receive Jesus in Communion, you must consume the Host immediately.  Do not return to your seat or hide him in your hand.  Do not break the host in your hand, otherwise particles will fall—it is still the Body of Christ, Christ himself.  If you see someone who has not immediately consumed our Lord, politely remind them, “You need to take and eat.”  If they refuse, simply tell them, “Let me bring Jesus back to the priest.”
 
If you find a consecrated Host in the pew or on the floor, show Jesus your love for him.  Tell him, “Lord, I am sorry someone has left you behind.  Forgive us, Lord.”  Immediately pick him up and bring him to the priest.  Maybe you would have the courage to kiss him and make up for the lack of love he has received from us.
 
We need to be more careful.  Some people act out of ignorance, but we have to protect the Mass from malice, from sacrilege.  You may have read in the news about black masses, which insult and desecrate our Catholic faith and our Lord Jesus.  One was scheduled at Harvard recently, another is to be held in Oklahoma City next month.  The details are disgusting, so I will only give you a link to a reputable news story rather than repeat them here: http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/mobilizing-against-black-masses.  People involved in these black masses try to steal a consecrated Host from the Mass.  It’s not too hard for them, when we are practically throwing our Lord away.
 
Please, please, help me to love and respect our Lord more.  At Mass, Jesus places himself in my hands since I am his priest.  I have faithfully handed him on to you.  We must not let him be betrayed in our very house, once by Judas was enough.
 
With my prayers,
 
Fr. Jerome