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.

 

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From Our Pastor:

The Birth of Violence
 
Violence breaks out in our nation. Where does it come from? The answer is actually simple, although the solution is complicated. The simple answer is original sin. Original sin is the one we all share in, each member of the human family. Regardless of the color of your skin or the color of your uniform, every member of the human race—and we are all part of the same family—every member of the human race carries within themselves the deep wounds of our first parents. You don’t need the biologists to debate about who those first parents were. Anyone who watches the news or even looks into his own heart sees that we all have this moral genetic deficiency. Each one of us can lie—and we have. Each one of us can hate—and we have. And when lies and hatred get married, they can give birth to violence and murder.
 
Here are some common lies: ‘Cops kill black people. Black people kill cops.’ Lies lead to hatred: ‘I hate cops. I hate black people.’ Now we have seen lies and hatred lead to violence: the killing of one child of God by another. We are not so far from Cain and Abel, are we? The color of our skin may be different, but our blood is all the same color. And God says once again, “What have you done? Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground!” (Genesis 4:10)
 
Let’s repeat the lies, to unmask them: ‘Cops kill black people. Black people kill cops.’ You might argue and say those are facts. I would say they are the worse kind of lies: half-truths.  What is true? Some cops have killed black people. Some black people have killed cops. And the truth goes much farther than that.
 
Cops are humans. You will find some of them doing the most wonderful and courageous things in the line of duty. You will find some of them doing the worst things imaginable, abusing the authority of their office. The same is true of every job in the working world, the same is true of every race in our human race, the same is true of every human person. By the goodness of God, we can do the most amazing good things; left to ourselves, we can commit the worst possible crimes. This biblical truth is not confined to the bible—it is written in your heart. Once we recognize this truth, it compels us to cast out the lie and to deflate our hatred. I cannot say, “I hate them” because they are no different than you. To hate your brother is to hate yourself. To kill your brother is to kill yourself. For the Christian, the crime is even worse; Christ is God who has become the brother of us all. To hate your brother is to hate Christ and to kill your brother is to crucify Jesus again, for ‘whatever you did to the least of my brothers, you did to me.’ (Matthew 25:40)
 
Do you see how the gospel of Jesus is truly good news? The world cries out for its healing power and Christ waits for you to bring it. First, we let his message fill our minds; his truth casts out lies. Then, we let him fill our hearts; his love casts out hatred. That last step needs to be emphasized; most of us would not commit violent crimes, but we let ourselves boil in the anger of hatred. If you notice yourself filled with thoughts of “I hate them,” you need to attack those thoughts, not your neighbor. You need to say, “Lord, please forgive my hatred. Give me the grace to see each person as your child, as my brother or sister. Give me the grace to love them as you love them.”
 
Finally, we let God’s grace fill our lives; his good actions in us can overwhelm the evil in the world. Now we’re ready to help others. If someone we know is a victim of a violent crime, we bring them and their family comfort. The circumstances of the crime do not matter at this point—we need to care for these people first. Then we seek out justice according to the laws of our land. Justice is powerful medicine. Justice fits the punishment to the crime after due process. Justice of the people cures us of rash judgment by the mob. Mob rule leads to blind anger, vengeance, and more violence. It promises to cure the injustice, but actually increases it. It is the work of the evil one; and he delights when we do his work for him in the angry mob. Justice is the work of God and it bears the fruit of peace. When justice and peace meet and kiss (Psalm 85:11), they give birth to joy. This is the work of the children of God.
 
Yes, violence is born so easily in our world. But you were made so that joy can be born into this world. In fact, the whole world “awaits with eager expectation the revelation of the children of God.” (Romans 8:19) The choice is ours: who do you want to see born, violence or joy?
 
With my prayers
 
Fr. Jerome