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... Go therefore and make disciples of all
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St. Matthew Parish is participating in
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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.
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!
sixth SUNDAY OF EASTER: May 22, 2022
The concept of hospitality is fundamental to a stewardship way of life. When we envision hospitality, we naturally think of offering a sincere and warm welcome — to those new to our parish, for instance. We picture inviting them in and making them feel at home and at ease in our presence, communicating to them that they are highly valued.
Today’s Gospel reading from John invites us to think of hospitality in a slightly different way. In it, we hear Jesus speaking this to his disciples: “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.”
Jesus is asking that we permit the Blessed Trinity to come and dwell within us. This is a stunning request. It tells us that our first and most privileged form of hospitality should be directed towards God Himself.
How does one show hospitality to God? How do we make God “at home and at ease” within us? How can we communicate to God that He is “highly valued” by us? Jesus tells us how: we are to keep His word, to follow HIs teachings.
To keep His word, we must know His word. This takes discipline and effort on our part. We must make the study of Scripture and Church teaching a priority in our daily lives. This can be done in small and simple ways. Perhaps you can commit to setting your alarm ten minutes early to meditate on the day’s Gospel. Perhaps you could read a paragraph of the Catechism with your family at dinner. You could pray over a portion of the Psalms before going to bed at night. You can join (or start!) a Bible study right here at the parish. There are many ways to grow in knowledge and love of God’s word.
Over time these simple practices can radically change one’s life. We will begin to more easily think like Jesus, respond like Jesus, and live like Jesus. We really will form our minds, hearts, and souls into a place where the Blessed Trinity is pleased to dwell.
How is this possible? Because we have an Unseen Teacher with us as we seek to know and keep God’s word. Jesus tells us so later in this same Gospel passage. “The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.” Ask the Holy Spirit to show you when and how you can get to know God’s word in your particular circumstances and then commit to it!
If we want our parish to be a place of genuine Christian hospitality, we must be sure that our own hearts are hospitable dwelling places for the Blessed Trinity. Then our smiles and words, our greetings and ministries will radiate with the warmth of God’s love. And our parish family will become at least a little bit like Heaven on earth. This is the simplicity and glory of a stewardship way of life.
Monday - Friday:
(Church will be open
until 1:00PM for Personal Prayer)
8:00 AM ~ 10:00 AM ~ 12:00 PM
Thursdays: 5:15 PM - 6:15 PM