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:
This week we look more deeply into the hearts of a man and woman who present themselves for marriage. We want to know publicly their intention—why do they want to get married? So the second question we ask them is this, “Will you love and honor each other as man and wife for the rest of your lives?”
Truly a new relationship is born on the wedding day, and this question is preparing the couple for that to sink in. They have gotten a taste of this new relationship throughout their meeting and dating and engagement. One of them calls the other and says, “What are you doing this Friday?” Then comes the response, “I am doing this.” But somewhere along the line there has been a shift from ‘me’ and ‘you’ to ‘us.’ This new community of their love is not something permanent, although it might be stable. This couple recognizes that people who date, and even people who are engaged, can break up. Their friendship can be dissolved.
Marriage is a different kind of friendship, a new kind of relationship, a new community of love. It cannot be dissolved or broken or erased. ‘Me’ and ‘you’ become ‘us’ for the rest of their lives. Let me repeat—a new relationship is born on the wedding day: the marriage relationship. The marriage of the couple is like the first child of their wedding day; like any child, once conceived, it cannot disappear. The husband and wife will be responsible for the health of their marriage, like they will be responsible for the health of their children. If they feed their marriage with love and forgiveness, with communication and daily service to one another, then their marriage will grow and mature in a healthy way for as long as they both shall live. Yet even if they fail to care for their marriage, to the point where they may even have to separate themselves from one another for some serious reason, still, the marriage relationship endures. We all have a responsibility, as members of the family of God, to help each and every marriage. We must help foster healthy marriages; we must help those in wounded marriages. When we do so, we keep our family of faith alive and healthy.
We’ve heard a lot in the news about this unbreakable aspect of marriage, especially in the reports on the Vatican Synod. From a Catholic point of view, this is based on two things. First, as a Church, we must be unbreakably faithful, to the teaching on marriage given to us by Jesus: “What God has joined, men must not divide” (Matthew 19:6 and Mark 10:9). Second, the couple must be faithful to the word they give in public to one another: they themselves promise this lifelong commitment. The Church in her wisdom takes people at their word.
In some cases something essential may have been missing from the marriage promises on the wedding day. Our annulment procedure helps couples in those situations. I should probably devote a whole article to that at a later time. You can see how important it is to know what actually happens on a wedding day.
One man and one woman enter the church and draw close to the sanctuary. They will leave as husband and wife, united in a new, unbreakable relationship, a lifelong bond of love. But they cannot get married yet; we still have one more question to ask them. Let’s save that question for another week.
With my prayers,