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... Go therefore and make disciples of all
THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE
St. Matthew parishioners are being asked to donate non-perishable food items (watch expiration dates) for our Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive.
Boxed Cake & Frosting
We are asking for your assistance in obtaining $20.00 grocery gift cards to allow families to purchase a meat of their choice for their Thanksgiving dinner. Please bring in your donations on the weekends of October 25th, November 1st & November 8th to the kitchen in the Church. In gratitude for what we have, we reach out to others.
Thank you for your generosity!
Mac & Cheese
$20.00 grocery gift card for meats
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.
The 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time: October 25, 2020
EX 22:20-26; PS 18:2-4, 47, 51; 1 THES 1:5C-10; MT 22:34-40
Today’s readings are all about love — the radical love of God for His people and the radical love we are called to live out in response. The stewardship way of life is nothing more and nothing less than the practical application of loving God and neighbor in our daily lives.
From the very beginning, God reveals Himself as a loving and compassionate Father Who has a particular concern for the most vulnerable of His people. He requires this same compassion from His people in our treatment of one another.
Our First Reading, from Exodus, is an example. In this ancient text God says, “You shall not molest or oppress an alien… You shall not wrong any widow or orphan… If you take your neighbor’s cloak as a pledge, you shall return it to him before sunset… If he cries out to me, I will hear him; for I am compassionate.” This love of neighbor was a radical departure for the people of this era. But this is the radical God that we serve.
Jesus sums up the message of all the prophets as well as the purpose of all God’s laws in today’s Gospel passage, from Matthew. It is a message we have likely grown up hearing — but it is so beautiful and so challenging, it bears repeating again and again. It is Christ’s response to a question about which commandment is greatest. His answer reveals both the greatest and the second greatest commandments.
He says, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind… The second is like it: you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
How is the second like the first? What do the two commands have in common? Love.
Love God first and love neighbor as self. This is the heart of the stewardship way of life — simple enough for a child to understand, challenging enough to be the life’s work of every “grown-up.” The “how” of loving God first and neighbor as self is unique to each individual.
Perhaps God is calling you to love Him with your whole heart, soul and mind by committing to a daily time of praying with the Scriptures. Maybe He is calling you to spend time with Him in adoration or a weekday Mass. It might be that He is asking you to put Him first as a family with a time for evening or morning prayer together. Maybe He wants you to spend a bit less time watching the news or surfing the internet, and a little more time pondering the blessings He has given you throughout the day.
And how is God calling you to love your neighbor as yourself? Maybe it is by checking on a relative or neighbor who is isolated. Or by patiently listening to a colleague at work who is overwhelmed. Or by getting involved in a ministry that serves children or the poor.
The stewardship way of life is the unique way that each of us applies the two greatest commandments to our daily lives. To sum it up, it’s all about love.
Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM
(Church will be open until 1:00PM for Personnel Prayer)
Saturday Vigil: 5:00 PM
Sunday Masses: 8:00 AM ~ 10:00 AM ~ 12:00 PM
Thursdays: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Holy Day Mass Times
Sunday, November 1st, 2020
8:00 AM ~ 10:00 AM ~ 12:00 PM
Monday, November 2nd, 2020
9:00 AM ~ 12:00 PM ~ 7:00 PM
*Social distancing, face coverings & sanitizing practices must be observed. If sick, please stay home.*
WELCOME TO ST. MATTHEW PARISH!