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:
This is an interesting week in our nation. We begin by remembering Martin Luther King, Jr., and we end with the inauguration of President Donald Trump.
Martin Luther King is worth our remembrance—simply read his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” and you’ll discover that for yourself. The letter is grounded in scripture and tradition—he appeals to both St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas. In the face of unjust laws, and even worse, unjust actions, King sets an organized plan to oppose that injustice in nonviolent ways. He speaks out against the attitude of doing nothing and also against the violent reaction born of bitter frustration. He reminds us that the power of violence is deceptive; violence cannot ultimately destroy evil, instead it multiplies it.
The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy, instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate.
Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. (Martin Luther King Jr. Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?)
With the recent violence in our country, Dr. King’s words still offer a ray of light, a ray of hope for our response. I would count him as one of our national treasures.
Another national treasure is our United States Constitution, a treasure worthy of our protection. In fact, every four years on January 20th we bind our newly-elected president to the job of protecting that treasure. Here is the oath of office taken by the President of the United States on Inauguration Day:
I, <full name>, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.
Sadly, our previous President presided over a Supreme Court that destroyed our Constitutional protection of true and historical marriage. This leaves us in a situation upsetting the checks and balances established by our founding fathers and offending our rule under a government of the people. It takes generations to heal these wounds; we still live in a nation where the lives of our most vulnerable members can be ended even before they are born in the world. In the tragic Roe v. Wade decision, Justice Blackmun wrote that abortion is a fundamental right falling under the shadow, or the penumbra, of the right to privacy. In these deep shadows, our nation found death, as witnessed by publicly funding the horrors of Planned Parenthood. Our Constitution has been compromised and twisted. We have forfeited a national treasure.
Let’s pray that our new President will not only take the oath of his office, but faithfully execute and carry out that oath. In doing so he will restore a national treasure. And may we who live of under the pains of previous wounds continue to combat true injustice wherever we find it. We can all combat injustice in peaceful, nonviolent ways.
Here is a noble way to spend this week in our nation: First, pray for our new president. Second, wherever you find true injustice, fight it with the light of peaceful opposition. Protests can be peaceful; mob violence is definitely not. As Dr. King reminded us, it is that light drives out darkness. As Jesus calls us, we must let our light, the light of Christ, shine before others. We do not only have national treasures. We have the treasures of the kingdom of heaven. May we do much good so that others may see it and be moved to glorify God.
With my prayers,