Welcome to St. Matthew Parish!
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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:
Caring for Our Common Home
So many people love St. Francis whose feast is today, October 4. Our Pope loved him so much, he took his name: Pope Francis. One of the things Pope Francis loves about St. Francis is his love for God’s creation. St. Francis teaches us how to worship the Creator and respect his creation. Pope Francis learned this lesson well, let’s listen to him:
‘Laudato si, mi Signore’ – ‘Praise be to you, my Lord.’ In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us.
Today, let’s listen more closely to Pope Francis from his letter to us (Laudato Si) and from some comments he made while he was here last week. Pope Francis speaks about the environment and the economy. Why? Because it’s where we live and how we live. Each household, each common home is the environment where we live. Each household requires money matters to keep it going. Pope Francis is reminding us that together, on this planet, we live in one common home, with a common environment and economy. As members of the one human family, as members of God’s family, we are all inter-connected and related. So among this common family, there are common rights.
Everyone has the right to life, although that right is sometimes ignored or destroyed. Pope Francis warns us against a ‘throw-away’ culture; there’s so much garbage in our world, isn’t there? Well, we can’t throw people away like trash. The right to life is the foundation of all our other rights.
Once we recognize the right to life, then we realize we have to live somewhere. At the United Nations, the Pope Francis called this the right of the environment. I have been comparing this to what all good fathers and good mothers do at home. They tell us, ‘Clean up this house!’ Pope Francis is a good Holy Father; he reminds us to clean up our common home of the earth. It is the home of the children of God.
How do the children live at home? Good parents do not lavish treasures on one child at the expense of the others. Good parents do not nourish one child while another starves or goes thirsty. So too with children of God; we have a common economy. Luxuries and abundant consumer products in one part of the world must not be the occasion of self-indulgence. Instead, we have to live soberly in some ways in order to care for those around us. Pope Francis is not advocating a Marxist re-distribution of wealth. He is also reminding us we cannot trust the invisible hand of the capitalist system to do this automatically. He is reminding us of our responsibility as members of the one family of God to care for one another. Christ still speaks to us to feed the hungry, and more, because whatever we do to the least of his brothers we do to him. The brothers and sisters of Christ are our brothers and sisters.
So I would encourage you to avoid useless debates about the economy and the environment. I would encourage you to talk more to Christ, to truly invite him into your home. “Lord, this is where I live. Lord, this is what I spend. How do you want me to live? What do you want me to spend?” This is a beautiful, yet challenging conversation, trying to look at our home and our checkbook with Christ. You will discover how much he trusts your freedom, and how much he appeals to your generosity. Why? Because he has given us everything, he has given us his life. In the end, there is only one thing Christ asks for us in return—Jesus says, “Will you give me your life?” Francis of Assisi not only heard this call of Jesus, he answered it. It’s how he became a saint. It’s how he enriched the lives of those around him, even in his material poverty. It’s how we’ll become saints, too. First, truly living with Christ and for Christ. Then, caring for our common home in the family of Christ.
With my prayers,