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 is a good time to catch up on some parish events coming up in September. First is our parish feast day, the feast of St. Matthew, which falls on Sunday September 21. St. Matthew watches over us with such love, that we want to honor him on this day. Members of our Hispanic community asked if we could celebrate the week leading up to his feast. This is the Mexican custom of a kermes, a kind of parish festival. So during the week, we will have some prayer each night with special talks to help us learn more about St. Matthew. On the weekend, there will be a chance to get together as a parish family with food and fun activities. Keep an eye on the bulletin for the details. I’m looking forward to see what they are planning. I should also mention that there will be no SeptemberFest this year. While this was also a wonderful parish event, the parish organizers decided to host the SpringFling this year alone. May God bless them for their generous gift to the parish in hosting these events. When I hear about the beautiful gift of yourselves that you offer to the parish family, I am grateful. A hearty thanks to all who help here: in the past, now, and in the days before us.
Starting on September 6, our Saturday morning Mass will be at 8am. We are only able to offer one morning Mass on Saturday due to funerals, weddings, and the evening Mass. This new time is more of a compromise between of the daily Mass schedule. Eight in the morning will definitely not crowd any funerals; it will also fit better with our Saturday Children’s Faith Formation. So please spread the word and I ask your forgiveness for any inconvenience in the change. Remember: Saturday morning Mass is at 8am starting September 6.
Finally, I am adding additional times for Confession, or the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Also starting in September: Monday morning from 7:40am to 8:30am (except holidays) and Tuesday evening from 6:30pm to 7:30pm.
This sacrament is truly a gushing fountain of God’s mercy in our midst, and I don’t want to plug it up. Not only does Jesus forgive our sins in confession, he also strengthens us to be more faithful. So come more regularly, and bring your friends. Even better: bring your enemies and leave as friends, reconciled in Christ. When I am able, I make myself available to hear confessions on Sunday morning; don’t let me fall asleep in the confessional. If the light is green, then come get clean.
With my prayers,