Welcome to St. Matthew Parish!
ST. MATTHEW FAMILY FEST
SEPTEMBER 4, 2016
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.
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From Our Pastor:
Can you believe it? This week St. Matthew Parish goes from one deacon to four! What’s causing this surge in vocations to the diaconate in Glendale Heights?
First, we ought to express our gratitude to all our deacons. Many of you remember Deacon Ron Darschewski who served our parish faithfully for many years; I’m told he now lives in Colorado. As the saying goes, ‘the apple does not fall far from the tree’; although Deacon Ron no longer lives here, his son Ron, Jr. continues that same spirit of generous service in our Bingo program.
Next comes Deacon Robert Malek. Many of you have seen his smiling face at Mass and in the many programs he helps out in while still working as a dentist. Deacon Bob is a pillar in serving our St. Vincent DePaul group, Baptism preparation, and the divorce support group at the parish. He does much more, but does it quietly, glad to serve our Lord.
This weekend witnessed the creation of two new deacons: Mick Ruddle and Lindsey Parsons. Mick is employed by the parish as the Director of Faith Formation. His duties include not only Children’s Faith Formation, but our youth group and the adult preparation for the sacraments (RCIA). Lindsey and his wife Donna have been a great help in decorating our church for the sacramental seasons; she also coordinates the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion at Mass. On August 27 at the Cathedral of St. Raymond in Joliet, our Bishop Daniel Conlon ordained Mick and Lindsey. By the power of the Holy Spirit through the sacrament of Holy Orders instituted by Jesus Christ, they became deacons. Please congratulate them as you see them serve at Masses on Sunday.
Finally we have Deacon Gabriel Gamboa. He recently moved to Glendale Heights after serving previously and faithfully at other parishes. His native language is Spanish; he will be a big help in serving our Spanish-speaking parishioners.
So thanks be to God for our new deacons and our veteran deacons. We are grateful to Deacons Bob, Mick, Lindsey, and Gabriel; we all thank you for your generous service to St. Matthew Parish. This week Fr. Michael and I will meet with our deacons. Together, we will try to see how their personal gifts from God and the sacrament of Holy Orders can serve our parish in the best possible way. We haven’t have four deacons here in ages, so we are treading on new ground. What an adventure!
A deacon is a servant, according to the ancient Greek word. Deacons do not receive the ministerial priesthood, “but ordination confers on them important functions in the ministry of the word, divine worship, pastoral governance, and the service of charity, tasks which they must carry out under the pastoral authority of their bishop” (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1596). On a practical level, deacons are ordinary ministers of Holy Communion; this means that if they are present at Mass, they should distribute Holy Communion. They can also baptize and witness marriages. They are able to offer blessings for your cars, houses, food, and rosaries. They have been ordained to serve, so let’s help them serve here at St. Matthew.
Diaconate is the first degree in our sacrament of Holy Orders, reminding us that bishops and priests are first ordained to serve God and his holy people. This is by the grace of Jesus Christ and in imitation of him; he came not to be served, but to serve. Please pray for our new deacons. Please pray for our veteran deacons. Please pray for our deacons who have gone on to become priests. May Jesus give us all the grace to serve, to serve generously, and to serve joyfully. That is how Christ serves us, and we are grateful.
With my prayers,