Divorce & Beyond

A Supprt Group For Those Seperated or Divorced

Starting Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 7pm
Tasker Parish Center - St. Matthew Parish

For more information, please call Deacon Bob at 630-469-6300x315
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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:

Have you heard about ‘The Goldilocks’ Principle’?  I know you’ve heard about Goldilocks; she visited the three bears.  She always noticed when something was ‘too much’ or ‘too little’ and wasn’t satisfied until things were ‘just right.’  This is a great idea to practice in many of the human things we do.  And since this is Labor Day weekend, let’s apply it to our free time, our recreation.  Why our free time?  Because Labor Day is a usually a day free from work.  So, how do you use your free time?  What do you do for recreation?
 
Usually when we’re kids we have the problem of ‘too much.’  We could play all day, if those doggone grownups would just let us.  But then we discover that we need to be generous and show our love for those in the family.  Even when we’re little, we can straighten things up, make our beds, put our clothes away.  Later, we have homework for school.  Now if we don’t pick up this habit of work and play, we never mature, never grow up.  The party animal or couch potato will never see the beautiful gift of love their life could be.  The have too much free time.
 
Some people don’t spend enough time relaxing, though that might be hard to believe.  These are people who get so caught up in work that they never relax.  They can’t, because the world depends on them—or so they think.  This can happen at work or even at home.  Often, these people will suffer a breakdown, maybe physical or emotional. They mistakenly think they are showing love, but they cut short their time of love because they do not care for themselves properly.  Church history tells the story of someone complaining about the Evangelist St. John, because he was relaxing.  He said, “If you don’t take the string from the bow once in a while, it will snap.”  So make sure you don’t have too little free time, otherwise you will snap.
 
Our amount of free time is not the only important thing.  How do you spend your free time?  That’s important, too. If your work is very physical, maybe you need something relaxing.  If your work is very intellectual, maybe you need some exercise.  If being in a large group drains you, maybe you need some alone time.  If you feel cooped up at home or in a factory or office, maybe you love a big crowd.  Who are the friends you get together with?  They might be real ones, or characters in books or movies.  Do they bring you closer to God, or away from him?  That’s is the most important thing, so I’ll repeat it: does your free time bring you closer to God or away from him?  Do you realize that Christ is next to you, even during your free time?  He is God who made us with the power to work and rest.  How beautiful it is to discover that we can rest and work with him.  How refreshing!
 
So, be like Goldilocks, and use your free time wisely until you get it ‘just right.’  Then discover that in your work and burdens you can find Christ, who will refresh you.  (Matthew 11:28)
 
With my prayers,
 
Fr. Jerome