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:
My goodness if all you did was watch the news, you’d think Pope Francis was going to ordain women as deacons next week. Although the news is often misunderstood, even these misunderstandings give us a chance to understand our Catholic faith more deeply.
First of all, it’s important to realize that while St. Peter and his successors are infallible, that blessing bestowed on them by Christ has great limits. The Pope is infallible when he is teaching as Pope and when he is teaching about faith and morals (what to believe and how to act as Christians). Not every conversation the Pope has is infallible, and that certainly includes media interviews and question and answer sessions.
With regard to women as deacons, Pope Francis did suggest a Vatican commission look into the matter. This is usual practice in Catholic history. Pope Paul VI did the same when many people were confused about why women cannot become priests. His commission reported that the matter was not decided conclusively based only on the Bible. That should be no surprise; as Catholics, we do not look to the Bible alone for God’s revelation. God reveals himself to us through Scripture, Tradition, and Magisterium (Magisterium is the Teaching role of the Church). St. John Paul II cleared up the confusion definitively when he taught infallibly as Pope that the Church does not have the authority to ordain women to the priesthood. But what about deacons?
There appears to be some history of deaconesses in the New Testament and in the early days of the church. Was it the Sacrament of Holy Orders? No, we do not have that evidence. The Sacrament of Holy Orders is different from other orders in the life of the church and in civil life, too. Civilly, we have the Military Order of the Purple Heart, an award conferred on those who have served with distinction in our military; this weekend at Mass we will pray in memory of all those who protect our earthly peace through their service in the military. We have religious orders, too, like the Order of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Carmelites), the Order of Friars Minor (Franciscans), and the Order of Preachers (Dominicans). None of these orders, religious or civil, are the Sacrament of Holy Orders. In the Sacrament of Holy Orders, a man is given something completely different. This one sacrament has three degrees: deacon, priest, and bishop. We see the difference of this sacrament especially in the Holy Eucharist. There, a priest speaks in the name and the person of Christ and his words do something amazing. Bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Jesus. Think about that; the priest says, “This is my Body, this is my Blood” and it happens. Jesus becomes present on the altar. Those who have the eyes to see it will see the wisdom of the Church’s teaching in reserving this sacrament to men only. The body of Jesus is a male body; no woman could say “This is my body” in the name of Jesus because of the beautiful gift of her femininity. Each woman reminds us of the beautiful, feminine body of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who gave birth to the Savior of the world. Just as no man can play the part of Mary during a live Nativity scene, so a woman cannot play the part of Jesus during the Mass. It has nothing to do with discrimination or inequality. Again, we come to the major blind spot of age: we fail to see the importance of the bodies created by God.
We have to remember that bishops, priests, and deacons are not ‘more’ Christian or ‘more’ Catholic than anyone else. Usually, they are not even the best Catholics—our holiest members are sitting right next to you in the pew. It is a great miracle that Jesus can use deeply defective and even sinful men to make saints out of his sisters and brothers. Who is fully Christian? The one who has received—and lived—the great sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist. The sacraments are served to you by your clergy, so that you may be deeply loved by God and then love him and those around you in return.
On this Feast of the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, let us be grateful that Jesus comes to us in the Holy Eucharist, that he walks in our world in the flesh, that he pours himself into our lives, that he lets us bring him home. Since Christ has loved us so deeply, let us all love him in return.
With my prayers,