Welcome to St. Matthew Parish!
Shroud of Turin Exhibit
Wednesday, April 27 -- 6:30-8:30 PM Faith Formation classes
Thursday, April 28 -- 4:00-7:30 PM Public Viewing
Friday, April 29 -- 1:00 PM-6:30 PM Public Viewing
Saturday, April 30 -- 8:30 -11:00 AM Faith Formation classes
2:00 PM-6:30 PM Public Viewing
Sunday, May 1 -- 9:00 AM-3:00 PM Public Viewing
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:
You gotta’ have faith
It’s amazing that the human person has the capacity for faith. Throughout history, people have been reaching outwardly or inwardly for God. This perennial search has not always met contact with the one God, living and true; there are obviously cultures that have sought out multiple gods or even viewed nature as a god. Closer to our own times, we are familiar with people who reject any idea of a living, personal God, or that God is someone we can connect with. Even in these cases, their reactions against God point to the very idea of God. Even if you hate God, you can still know him; we find some demons telling Jesus, “We know who you are, The Holy One of God!” (Mark 1:24)
The entire historical conversation, even in spite of its irreconcilable differences, points to a humanity that is personally and communally able to carry out a religious dialogue. Man is a religious being: homo adorans—man who worships. “The desire for God is written on the human heart, because man is created by God and for God; and God never ceases to draw man to himself.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church 27)
This point brings up some important questions. If, among ourselves, we can carry on a conversation about God, then can we actually carry on a conversation with God himself? Is there a God who will enter into this conversation? Is there a God we can talk to?
This is not yet a question of faith; it is first a question of the human intellect or human reason. The Church teaches that the one true God, our Creator and Lord, can be known with certainty from his works, by the light of human reason (Catechism of the Catholic Church 47). This is a bold claim, because if everyone can know that there is a God, why don’t they? I think that many people realize that living with God requires them to make a radical change of life. Let’s face it, it’s easier to deny God rather than follow him. Another major difficulty is that although we can know there is a God, we are often confused about who God is and so we choose not to acknowledge him. What are some paths to God that will help us understand that there is a God? Then, how can we get to know who he is?
One basic path to God is to realize that everything must come from something else, and ultimately things must come from God. This is the only reasonable solution, if we take the time to think hard and well about it. If things just appeared out of nowhere, we would view the universe as some magic trick, wonderful, but in no way explainable. Some scientists will propose the Big Bang, which is a beautiful theory. But it just pushes the ultimate question back one step “Where did the Big Bang come from?” So there is the deeper question, not just what happened, but who did it? Other scientists who deny God will say that everything has always been here. We would answer they are offering an explanation that we apply to God: He has always been there.
I hope you can see, that this can start some amazing and mysterious conversations—conversations with scientists, philosophers, people of other religions, even unbelievers and atheists, and most importantly with people we meet every day. These conversations aren’t the stuff of fantasy or inconsequential matters. These are the most important questions of our lives: Who are we? Where do we come from? Where are we headed? Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could actually meet God and have him speak to us about these questions? Not only would it be amazing, but it’s happened. And that is what we call revelation. And this is the bold proclamation of Jesus Christ: He is the man in our human history proclaiming himself as God. These days of the resurrection remind us that we should seriously consider his claims.
With my prayers,
Fr. Jerome Kish