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:
Many thanks to our Hispanic community for the wonderful celebration last week in honor of St. Matthew. They worked very hard and overcame a number of difficulties that often happen when putting together a large event; there are village permits and all sorts of planning details. God bless them for their perseverance and generosity. I am grateful because this event was a beautiful gift for our parish. We had a day filled with music and good food and joy.
This week happens to be my first anniversary at St. Matthew’s. It was last year, on the evening of the feast of St. Jerome that I arrived. Then I celebrated my first Mass on October 1, the feast of St. Therese of the Child Jesus—you might also know her as the Little Flower. Since the Carmelite priests watched over our parish for so many years, let me tell you a little about this great Carmelite saint.
She is known as the ‘Doctor of Divine Love.’ This means she is an expert, that she has her doctorate in how to love God. Here is what St. John Paul II said back in 1997, “THE SCIENCE OF DIVINE LOVE, which the Father of mercies pours out through Jesus Christ in the Holy Spirit, is a gift granted to the little and the humble so that they may know and proclaim the secrets of the kingdom, hidden from the learned and the wise; for this reason Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit, praising the Father who graciously willed it so (cf. Lk 10:21-22; Mt 11:25-26).”
So it wasn’t the number of books she read, it wasn’t the number of papers she wrote, it wasn’t the brilliant talks she gave that made St. Therese a doctor of God’s love. No, it was her littleness, her humility. She knew that she could not do great things, so she did little things with great love. In fact, she tried to do all the little things of her daily life with great love for God and for her religious sisters. She reminded us that we can all do that. At first, it sounds easy, doesn’t it? But we know how difficult it can be to love those around us; it can be quite a struggle. You can read the details of St. Therese’s struggle in the book she wrote, “The Story of a Soul.” It is a very short but extremely inspiring book. I know if you read it, your life will be touched by God’s grace. Some people read the story of this 24-year-old French girl and think, “Oh, how sweet; maybe too sweet.” I would agree—it is sweet, just like the éclairs Therese Martin loved so much. So don’t read it all at once; savor its sweetness bite by bite. Ten minutes a day should be enough. Plus, when you read the story of her whole life, this young girl puts us men to shame. Her battle with illness and courageous death will inspire you to be brave and teach you how to stay close to God to the very end of your life. I wish I was as strong as her.
Shortly before dying, St. Therese said, “I will spend my heaven doing good on earth.” From heaven she wanted to bring our prayers to God, so that his graces would rain down like a shower of roses. Let me tell you, St. Therese has sent me roses. She will send some to you, too. All you have to do is ask.
With my prayers,