Welcome to St. Matthew Parish!
NEW SPANISH MASS
EVERY SATURDAY AT 6:30 PM
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:
Did you survive the first snow of the season? I didn’t. I tried to drive carefully and I did arrive safely at the funeral home for a wake service. But as I walked across the parking lot, I wiped out and fell flat on my back. Of course I still had to lead the prayers, so I simply got up and continued on my mission.
Later on, a beautiful Advent prayer came to my mind. It’s a prayer we offer to our Blessed Mother. Here’s the bit I remembered: “Loving Mother of the Redeemer, assist your people who have fallen yet strive to rise again.” Sin is a real fall; it is a falling away from God by our own choosing and not by accident. This includes the original fall of our first parents and our personal stumbling as we try to walk in the footsteps of Christ. That first fall was so terrible, so crippling that it left us unable to rise and return to the heights of God’s love that is heaven. Climb the highest mountain, board the most powerful spacecraft—none of our own efforts can return us to paradise. Yet even while the wound was fresh in both Adam and Eve, God gave the promise of a Redeemer who would crush the serpent’s head. The promise was not only given, it was fulfilled: our Blessed Mother gave her word and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. She said ‘yes’ to all that God asked of her. Her beautiful, quiet, simple ‘yes’ rose up to heaven and drowned out the maddening shouts of ‘no!’ that we throw at God all throughout history. And because that beautiful Virgin said ‘yes’, God the Son entered into our world as a man like us in all things except for sin. His very name reminds us of his amazing mission: He will be called Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.
When you say ‘yes’ to God, you let him lift you up to heaven. When you say ‘yes’ to the sacrament of Baptism—for yourself or for your children—you are lifted up from the original fall of our first parents. When you say ‘yes’ to God and receive the sacrament of Reconciliation, Christ lifts you up from your personal sins. You are reconciled, re-united to God and raised to heaven. By your ‘yes’, you draw down the saving love of Christ from heaven and make it real and alive in the world. It is God who works these amazing miracles and he loves to have us work with him. God’s grace lifts up our fallen human nature, giving us an appetizer of the joys of heaven.
It is our sins that make us miserable; but the person who repents and receives God’s mercy can rejoice. The forgiven sinner can say, “Thank you Lord, for saving me from my sins.” If past sins or serious sins depress you, I encourage you to confess them. If they still depress you, thank God a lot. Your prayers of gratitude will fight back the spirit of sadness that is an ally of the evil one. The devil is always trying to get back the territory conquered by Christ. Confession is more powerful that any exorcism; gratitude and joy are powerful protectors of the life of Christ within you. Your prayers of gratitude will prepare your heart to rejoice in the mercy God has shown you. This third Sunday of Advent is here to remind us of the joy of the Savior. Joy in the promised of his coming, joy at his arrival, and joy when he is born within us for the forgiveness of our sins. His mission is to bring us the ‘joy of heaven to earth come down.’
But Jesus isn’t the only one in the world with a mission. God still has lots of work for you to do, many good things that he counts on you to do. He knew you would fall and it didn’t stop him from creating you. In fact, it’s why he was born into this world and why he remains in this world through the sacraments. He wants to pick you up from your falls. Jesus is the Redeemer; his mother joined in helping in that redemption by saying ‘yes.’ We who are Christians are called to not only receive God’s mercy, but to bring that saving joy to all we meet. Even though we still fall.
So when it happens, when your next fall arrives, reach out for God’s grace. Let him lift you up and let’s all continue on the journey.
With my prayers,