ST. MATTHEW PARISH!
Go therefore and make disciples of all
Monday - Friday: 8:00 am
(Church will be open until 1:00pm for Personal Prayer)
Saturday Vigil: 5:00 pm
8:00 am • 10:00 am • 12:00 pm
Thursdays after morning Mass until 6:30pm
Thursdays: 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Renew My Church
Parish Discussion and Feedback Session
Join us on Monday, September 26th at 6:30pm in the church as we provide an update on where we are at in the Renew My Church Process and discuss the outcome scenarios that are currently under discernment. Your feedback is important to this process and we hope to see you there!
This week you will receive a newsletter introducing our renewal program “United in God’s Love … Living Our Faith”. On commitment weekend, October 1st & 2nd, we invite each of you to participate in this important program and help us respond to God’s great gift of love. Please review this newsletter and pray fully consider how you and your family can help St. Matthew Parish by renewing your annual commitment to financially support our ministries, further our mission, and reinforce our future.
We ask that all parishioners compete a commitment card. A card will be included with your newsletter. You may either mail that card back to the church using the pre-addressed envelope, or bring it with you to Mass. You may also click the button below to fill out the card electronically.
The back of the card has a place to include any prayer intentions you wish to share. We welcome all intentions and they will be prayed for collectively over the next few weeks. If you wish to speak with Fr. Glab, please indicate on your card and he will get in contact with you. Our goal is 100% participation! Thank you for your generosity and support of St. Matthew Parish!
St. Matthew Parish is participating in
Word on Fire Engage from Bishop Barron.
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Synod for a Synodal Church
Pope Francis has called for a Synod of the whole Church - a way for us to listen to one another and to the Holy Spirit to guide us forward in this time of great division. Pope Francis has said that “the purpose of this Synod, is not to produce documents, but to plant dreams, draw forth prophecies and visions, allow hope to flourish, inspire trust, bind up wounds, weave together relationships, awaken a dawn of hope, learn from one another and create a bright resourcefulness that will enlighten minds, warm hearts, give strength to our hands.” (Preparatory Document, #32). The Archdiocese has pulled together many resources including the Pope's homilies, a prayer for the Synod, USCCB recommendations for dioceses, the preparatory document and so much more. Explore. Find out more about this way in which we will journey together as a Church. Click here to learn more and to share your thoughts. And keep listening to ways to engage in the years ahead!
Bible in a Year
The Bible in A Year - Get Started January 1, 2022
Make your resolution now! Start your year off by diving into Scripture. By the end of 2022, you could make your way through the whole Bible. A popular option, which will also be available in Spanish, is Ascension's Bible in a Year Podcast hosted by Fr. Mike Schmitz and featuring Jeff Cavins.
They guide guests through the Bible in 365 episodes, starting January 1st.
Each 20-25 minute episode includes:
two to three scripture readings
a reflection from Fr. Mike Schmitz
and guided prayer to help you hear God’s voice in his Word.
Unlike any other Bible podcasts, Ascension’s Bible in a Year Podcast for Catholics follows a reading plan inspired by the Great Adventure Bible Timeline® learning system, a groundbreaking approach to understanding Salvation History developed by renowned Catholic Bible teacher Jeff Cavins. To explore ways to engage visit their website.
TWENTY-SIXTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME: September 25, 2022
“With great power comes great responsibility.” So goes the iconic line from the 2002 Spider-Man film in a poignant scene with Peter Parker and his wise Uncle Ben. We have all been given “great power” by God in the form of Time, Talents, and Treasure. Today’s readings remind us that this power is meant to be used for great good. And, that failure to do so has eternal consequences.
Our First Reading is again from the book of Amos. It warns of the danger of complacency. “Thus says the Lord the God of hosts: Woe to the complacent in Zion! Lying upon beds of ivory, stretched comfortably on their couches….” The Lord says that because of the complacency of the people, “They shall be the first to go into exile, and their wanton revelry shall be done away with.”
The tendency towards complacency is perhaps an even greater danger for us in the modern age with so many conveniences (fast food, remote controls, Amazon prime to name a few) and so many possibilities for diversion and entertainment (cable tv, laptops, iPads, cell phones, and the myriad other devices we all use).
The Lord’s message could not be any clearer — we must get off the couch and put our powers (the many gifts He has given us) to work!
The Second Reading, from St. Paul’s letter to Timothy shows us how to free ourselves of this dangerous complacency we are warned of in the First Reading.
Paul instructs us to:
“Pursue righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience, and gentleness.
“Compete well for the faith.”
“Lay hold of eternal life, to which [we] were called.” And
“Keep [God’s] commandment without stain or reproach.”
Notice how active St. Paul’s word choices are: “pursue,” “compete,” “lay hold,” and “keep” are the terms he uses to instruct us.
Our Lord Himself gives us a very clear illustration of the urgency for us to put our powers to good use in today’s Gospel Passage from Luke. He tells the rather chilling parable of the rich man who ignored poor Lazarus during their lifetimes. At the moment of the rich man’s death, he goes down to the netherworld while Lazarus is taken to the eternal joy and comfort in the bosom of Abraham. The rich man keenly regrets his complacency towards the needs of Lazarus, but it is too late for regret. His choices have played out and now the rich man will face the consequences of his failure to use the gifts God gave him.