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WELCOME TO ST. MATTHEW PARISH!
As stated in our Easter letter:
Faced with challenging times, we continue to move forward being good stewards of our parish facilities and resources. This summer, with your generous support, the plan is to resurface the parking lot along the west side of the church and install a cement platform for the dumpster that is also strong enough to hold a heavy-duty truck that services the dumpster. The long – awaited dream for redoing the west parking lot is soon to be realized with your support.
Additionally, funds permitting, we may also be able to do a partial replacement of the rectory driveway, and some broken curbs together with some repairs, sealcoating and striping of the upper south parking lot this summer. The estimated cost is approximately $75,000.
Your continued generous support, large or small within your means, will help us realize the improvements for our long-term parish sustainability going forward.
Thank you for your ongoing support and generosity.
Father Joseph Glab, CR
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago continues to be a safety net for all of us throughout Chicagoland when the unexpected happens, always ready to help people going through difficult times just as it did 100+ years ago when it was founded to help the growing number of people in need as the Spanish Influenza was sweeping the globe after World War I.
Even as we celebrate and are profoundly grateful for the COVID-19 vaccine and the significant progress we are making to end this pandemic, we know that its effects for too many people are deep and lasting. That includes mothers, who are the great unsung heroes—and disproportionate victims—of the pandemic.
Women, especially women already challenged by poverty, food insecurity, mental health challenges, and lack of health care, have experienced higher rates of infection, more loss of life, and greater job losses. This Mother’s Day, they need our help. Mothers are the first to teach us about community and compassion. I think we all have memories of important lessons we learned by observing our mothers.
Today, as we honor mothers, as we look to the example of Jesus’ mother, Mary, I ask that you please consider a gift to the Catholic Charities Mother Day Collection. You gift means the mothers most in need can access the resources they need—food, rental assistance, counseling--to ensure their families can become stable and strong.
What better way to honor our own mothers and other women we admire than by helping other moms provide for and strengthen their own families? To be part of their resilience and success. To live out the lessons our mothers—many of whom had their own struggles—worked hard to ingrain in us.
Please give what you can this Mother’s Day to the second collection, extra envelopes for this collection can be found on the table in the vestibule and may be dropped into one of the green collection baskets in church starting this weekend, May 8th & 9th and throughout all of May. You may also give online at www.catholicharities.net or by texting HOPE to 878787, Thank you.
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THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD: May 16, 2021
During this Easter season many of our First Readings have come from the Acts of the Apostles. Next Sunday is Pentecost Sunday which culminates the Easter season for the Church. Scholars generally agree that the Acts of the Apostles was also written by St. Luke. Today’s reading from Acts certainly gives an indication of that. It is clear that Acts is written to someone named Theophilus as it opens with “In the first book, Theophilus, I dealt with all that Jesus did and taught until the day he was taken up.”
The Book of Luke opens by also stating that it is being written to Theophilus: “I, too, have decided…to write it down in an orderly sequence for you, most excellent Theophilus.” Those who study sacred scripture love to debate who Theophilus was, but that is not important. For our purposes we are Theophilus. The name Theophilus means “friend of God,” or “God lover” which includes all of us.
Perhaps the greatest message of the First Reading, the opening verses of Acts, is the basis of the Book itself. The Gospel of Luke records all that Jesus began to do and to teach. It is the beginning of Jesus’ work. However, Acts describes how Jesus’ work continued with His disciples and followers. In a sense the Book of Acts is still not complete because the work of Jesus continues today. Today’s “Acts” may not be scriptural, but through us as disciples the Lord’s presence and works continues in the world and in His Church.
We are part of this great legacy, and that is the real message for us here: we are called, and we are expected to be the disciples who share the Good News with others.
St. Paul never states the specific reason for his letter to the Ephesians, our Second Reading. But it is certainly possible to ascertain his motivation from what he includes in the letter. In today’s reading he speaks of our approach to understanding and faith when he says, “May the eyes of your hearts be enlightened.” In scripture the word “heart” tends to indicate the very core and center of life. It is much more than a realization or a comprehension. It means something we embrace and appreciate to the very foundations of our lives and the way we live them.
Paul wants the Ephesians (and us) to know that few things give us more secure and enduring hope in life than knowing that God has called us and has a specific calling for each of us to fulfill. This is complementary to what we hear in the First Reading. The hope of God’s calling has its perspective in the future. If we believe in resurrection and eternal life, we can grasp the hope which comes with salvation.
Nevertheless, Paul wants us to know that we are worthy of the calling, the command if you will, given us by Jesus. If we wish to be saved, we need to live distinctive lives here on earth. The letter to the Ephesians, and today’s passage, gives us very specific teaching on how we are to live our lives in our parishes, in our world, and in our homes.
Jesus makes it clearer in the Gospel Reading from Mark, as He addresses His followers prior to His Ascension into heaven, that they have a responsibility, and it was one they could not escape. We share that responsibility. It is part of our calling and part of what our lives as Catholics and Christians should and must be.
When we go out to do the work of God, Jesus is always with us and He works with us and through us. This is the pattern for all we do, our sense of ministry and mission. A wise philosopher once stated that signs are meant to follow believers, not believers following signs. The final verse of the Gospel — “But they went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the word through accompanying signs.” – continues to this very day. That is the message of everything we have heard in Holy Scripture today, and it is the message we should hear every time we are exposed to Holy Scripture.
Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM
(Church will be open until 1:00PM for Personal Prayer)
Saturday Vigil: 5:00 PM
Sunday Masses: 8:00 AM ~ 10:00 AM ~ 12:00 PM
Thursdays: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
During the Easter Season: Thursdays: 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
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