Welcome to St. Matthew
... Go therefore and make disciples of all
WELCOME TO ST. MATTHEW PARISH!
SERVICES BEGIN JUNE 1, 2020
Funeral Masses only
- On weekdays: Mon - Sat
Confessions - Saturdays
(Click here for mandatory guidelines)
- 3:00 - 5:00 PM
Baptism - Sunday
- Call to Schedule
- To Be Announced
You may contact the parish office by phone
if you have any questions (847) 891-1220
DO THE FIVE
1. HANDS - Wash them often
2. ELBOW - Cough into it
3. FACE - Don't touch it
4. FEET - Stay more than 6ft apart from each other
5. FEEL - Sick? Stay home
Crisis times, such as this pandemic, disrupt all of our lives. Some of us are getting through these times with simple inconveniences; others of us are trying to figure out how to meet our basic needs. Now is the time to remember, you’re not alone in this.
If you need someone to talk to about your faith, or where is God at in this moment in your life, please give us a call at the parish office at 847-891-1220.
There is nothing wrong with recognizing that you need help navigating your current circumstances. If you, or your family are struggling in these challenging times, consider reaching out for counseling services. Catholic Charities helps connect individuals and families to individual, family and marriage counseling, mental health concerns, substance abuse and domestic violence and also provides resources to assist with emergency needs for housing, clothing and food assistance. They can connect you to a vast array of services and professionals who can connect you to confidential help and needed resources.
For these types of services, please reach out to Sr.Chioma Ahanju at 312-655-7149 and let her know St. Matthew has referred you.
If you’re not sure whether your needs are pastoral or professional, call us at the Parish at
847-891-1220 and we can help connect you to the appropriate resource.
Food Drive For Catholic Charities
Catholic Charities Northwest has reached out to us to ask if we can help them refill their food pantry. They are struggling to meet the needs of the families that come to them each week. If you can help, please drop off the non-perishable (and not expired) items in boxes or bags in front of the main doors of the church from 10am-2pm Mondays-Fridays. If you prefer to drop off a gift card or monetary donation, please drop that in the Rectory Mail drop box.
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A message from the Pastor
May 30, 2020
Pentecost Weekend: The Holy Gospel according to John (Jn 20:19-23)
St. Cyril of Alexandria wrote of the Holy Spirit within us:
“It is quite natural for people who had been absorbed in the things of this world to become entirely other-worldly in outlook, and for cowards to become people of great courage.”
God has not changed, but through the Holy Spirit, He challenges us to change and transform the world around us. The Spirit who was present at creation and breathed life into the nostrils of humanity is the same Spirit who was present at the incarnation, baptism and resurrection of Jesus; the same Spirit Jesus breathed on the disciples in the locked room of John’s Gospel. With Pentecost the Church is born and the people of God are reborn into a new life. The Spirit given to the early Christian community of disciples is the same Spirit who is present in the lives of believers today.
In the spiritual tradition of the John’s Gospel, Jesus makes Himself present to the fearing disciples in the upper room with great calmness. His first words to them are, “Peace be with you.” He doesn’t scold them for their cowardly behavior and lack of faith. This first encounter sets the tone for every post-resurrection experience. The disciples rejoice. He says: “Peace be with you,” and breathed on them and says to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.” Compassion, mercy and forgiveness shape the mission of this new Church that is born on this first Pentecost. It’s absolutely amazing how without drama, yet with a completely new dynamic, a world in darkness will experience the renewal of hope in a God of love.
In a real sense the whole mission of Jesus, the forming of the Church- the people of God- can be summarized in the act of forgiveness. Forgiveness is not just about simply apologizing for having done something hurtful to another but it is about the change of heart needed to be in right relationship with God, neighbor and oneself. Change of heart opens the door for peace with self, family, Church and the world beyond. This is what happened when Jesus came through those locked doors on the first Pentecost. He passed through the fears of the disciples to a newness of life that gave them a completely new vision of hope.
It didn’t mean that they wouldn’t experience fear and suffering in the days ahead of them. Instead, they would be able to face evil with courage and confidence because they could trust in the presence of the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, with them. Forgiveness and peace are the fruit of the Spirit’s presence with and among us both now and forever.
Come Holy Spirit, renew the face of the earth with Your love!
Fr. Joe Glab, CR
Veni, Sancte Spiritus
Come, Holy Spirit, come!
And from your celestial home
Shed a ray of light divine!
Come, Father of the poor!
Come, source of all our store!
Come, within our bosoms shine.
You, of comforters the best:
You, the soul's most welcome guest;
Sweet refreshment here below;
In our labor, rest most sweet;
Grateful coolness in the heat;
Solace in the midst of woe.
O most blessed Light divine,
Shine within these hearts of yours,
And our inmost being fill!
Where you are not, we have naught,
Nothing good in deed or thought,
Nothing free from taint of ill.
Heal our wounds, our strength renew;
On our dryness pour your dew;
Wash the stains of guilt away;
Bend the stubborn heart and will;
Melt the frozen, warm the chill;
Guide the steps that go astray.
On the faithful, who adore
And confess you, evermore
In your sevenfold gift descend;
Give them virtue's sure reward;
Give them your salvation, Lord;
Give them joys that never end.
All Masses, Sacraments, & services are
cancelled until further notice
Weekday Mass: CANCELLED
8am on Monday- Friday.
Eucharistic Adoration: CANCELLED
Thursdays after the 8am Mass,
with Benediction at 6:25pm.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation: CANCELLED
Saturdays from 3:30-4:30pm or by appointment.
REGULAR MASS SCHEDULE CANCELLED
Our Weekend Mass Schedule
Saturday: 5pm (Vigil Mass for Sunday)
Sunday: 7:45am; 9:15am; 10:45am and 12:15pm