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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:


It’s Superbowl Sunday!  Most people love a championship battle.  We pick our side, we cheer for our team, and we hope to celebrate the victory.  But a Superbowl Championship only lasts one year; and the Superbowl itself is only about fifty years old.  There is a more dramatic battle going on all around you, a battle for the eternal, lasting victory that only comes from Christ.  We cannot be mere spectators in this battle—if you simply sit on the sidelines, you will lose.  You are called to be a key player in this battle.
 
Deep within our hearts, we know there are other battles going on.  Some are personal battles.  People might battle cancer or some other physical illness.  They might battle depression or some other mental illness.  They might battle grief or some other illness of the heart.  They might battle an addiction or some other spiritual illness.  Other battles don’t just affect us personally, they affect whole communities, whole nations.  We have to battle hunger and poverty.  We have to battle injustice and violence.  We have to battle sin.
 
Given the weight of these other, very real battles, it can be refreshing to enjoy a simple sports battle with our friends.  But do we invite our best friend, Christ?  Our goal as Christians is to enjoy even our recreation time with Christ.  He’s there, cheering us on, coaching us on to victory.  Before the game, he’ll say, “You’ve planned for the game, you’d better plan for Mass first.  You probably give sports three hours, you better give me one hour first.”  Our Lord is there during the game, too.  “Don’t drink too many beers.  Don’t eat too many wings.  That commercial you can’t watch; turn it off or turn away.”  We have our victories and defeats, just like any battle.  Finally, he’ll say, “That’s enough, that was fun, but we have bigger battles to fight.  You have work tomorrow; it’s time to get ready and fight to love your family by working for them.”
 
It’s not just football, but basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer—any sport.  They are wonderful games, wonderful battles. But don’t let them distract from the most important battle—the battle for you.  Here is what Christ did for you.  He battled evil, he battled sin, he battled death—and he’s still engaged it that battle.  It is the most amazing championship battle you will ever witness and that you will ever take part in.  It is the only victory that will last forever.  You train by receiving Christ’s victory in the Sacraments and bringing it into the world.  The arena is your daily life, where you fight to love God and neighbor by your life of work and prayer.  It is there we live with Christ, engaging our daily battles, fighting with and for those around us.  We fight the personal battles and the community battles, eager for the championship victory.
 
What is the prize?  The peace of Christ, in your hearts even now.  The joy of Christ, in your lives even now, and able to last forever.  These are a prize not only for you, but a trophy meant to fill the entire world, for all times, forever.  I would love to lead a whole rejoicing crowd into this victory of Christ, the throng wild with joy (Psalm 42:5).
 
So enjoy Superbowl Sunday.  Enjoy it with Christ.  Follow him into victory.
 
With my prayers,
 
Fr. Jerome

P.S. Don’t forget our open discussions session for parish planning this week.  We are “Looking Back, Looking Forward” and we will meet on Tuesday, February 3 at 7:30pm and Saturday, February 7 at 11:00am in Hurley Hall.  During these sessions we will summarize the input you gave at Sunday Masses.  The parish council and I will take your most important items and craft them into a parish plan.