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
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
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:
Next Sunday, September 21, is the Feast of St. Matthew. He is obviously the patron saint of our parish, but what does that mean? Most importantly, it means that he loves you very much. This parish has been entrusted to his care and protection—that includes you. He is deeply concerned about all that we do here and all that you do at home. It is his desire that everything here is guided according to the heart and the mind of Jesus Christ. Although this is the job of every patron saint, St. Matthew’s love for us takes on his particular, personal style. What kind of person is St. Matthew? Let’s spend this week finding out! Every night this week, we will have prayers and talks in the church, helping us to get to know St. Matthew better. We will begin at 7pm. Monday and Wednesday will be led by me in English. Tuesday and Thursday will be led by Fr. Rogelio in Spanish. On Friday, we are trying to get one of our diocesan Filipino priests to lead the prayer. These nights are meant to mark out the major ethnic groups in our parish. I know we are blessed to have many other groups among our parish family. Maybe next year, we could recognize them also. But this is the first year for this type of event at our parish, so I think it is a good first effort. The climax of this spiritual preparation will be our Sunday Mass. Yes, we celebrate Mass each Sunday, but don’t forget this weekend that we celebrate as the parish of St. Matthew. St. Matthew was personally present at the Last Supper, the first Holy Eucharist. When we gather for Sunday Mass, not only does our Lord come to us in the flesh, but the Apostle and Evangelist St. Matthew watches over us in a special way. He helps to prepare the way of the Lord, he helps us to receive Jesus well, he helps us to follow Jesus in our daily life.
After this spiritual preparation, we will have a parish celebration from 8am to 8pm on Sunday, September 21. As you have seen in the bulletin, there will be lots of food and fun for the whole family—for the whole parish family. I’ve even dusted off a few of my old magic tricks that I hope will bring a smile to your face (probably around 3pm or 3:30pm due to the Mass schedule). Let’s pray that the joy of heaven will spill over into our parish and into our hearts and we celebrate the Feast of St. Matthew.