October 10, 2021: Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Dear friends,

Please click here or see below for some reminders about what’s happening at the Parish this month that I mentioned last week.

God bless you and love you now and always,

Fr. Matt

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Mass Times for Our Community

From the beginning of the pandemic through the transition to a new pastor, our community has been through a lot.  Our faith and our unity have been our strength.  As we start to come back together to worship, we hope our new trial Mass schedule with help us grow in faith and unity.  We wanted a Mass schedule that makes it possible for Fr. Matt and Deacon Paul to be able to celebrate with us.  We also want to emphasize that we are one Pastorate, one community, with two beautiful worship sites where all are welcome!

Our new schedule is:

  • Saturday:  Confessions at 3 PM and Mass at 5 PM (Saint Matthew)
  • Sunday:  Mass at 9 AM (Saint Matthew) and 11 AM (Blessed Sacrament)

One Sunday Mass will still be livestreamed; the 1st and very last Sundays from Blessed Sacrament and the other Sundays from Saint Matthew.

We hope to continue this schedule for a while and then evaluate again how it is working as a Pastorate community going forward.  Hope to see you at our vigil Mass or the early or late Mass at either of our beautiful Parishes – all are welcome!

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Brick blessing at the labyrinth on Saturday, October 16th, at 4 PM!

Parishioners and friends can purchase engraved bricks in honor or in memory of loved ones.  Contact Barbara for more information and to obtain a brick.

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Candle lighting remembrance for All Souls Day during Masses the weekend of October 30th and 31st!

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Have you heard about Synod 2021 – 2023?

Pope Francis has called the People of God to participate in the life and mission of the Universal Church.

Save the date:  Sunday, October 17th.

Opening Mass for the Synod at 9 AM at Saint Matthew and 11 AM at Blessed Sacrament.

Details to follow.  Click here for a presentation given to the Pastoral Council about the Synod!

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Anointing of the Sick offered during Masses the weekend of October 16th and 17th!

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Parish town hall meeting on Sunday, October 31st, at 1 PM discussing the results of the Mass times survey!

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Dear friends in Christ,

This weekend we are giving the annual Pastorate financial report.  I know that sometimes these things look like just a bunch of numbers, but they are important.  Every one of those numbers represent our faith in God and the trust you put in our faith community and parish family.  Every donation you give is a precious gift that carries with it a great responsibility to be used well to keep our Churches going strong and bring forth the kingdom of God.  So let me begin by thanking you from the bottom of my heart for your continued support.  Everything we do – from the upkeep of our buildings and campuses to the Sacraments we celebrate from the beginning of our lives to our final goodbye and every moment in between are made possible by your sacrificial giving.  Our Faith Formation and the many ministries and services to all parishioners and our neighbors would not be possible without your contributions, thank you!

The financial report in our bulletins this weekend is from last Fiscal Year, which began in June 2020 and ended in July 2021.  One thing to point out is that our offertory collections at both parishes was over budget and that is a good thing.  However, what you can’t see is the trends from previous years in regard to our offertory which has been steadily decreasing, as it is in many Churches along with attendance.  This speaks into our need to evangelize and be missionary disciples by inviting our neighbors, friends, family, and everyone into a relationship with Jesus Christ in our Churches.  We can and will talk about stewardship and what we can give, but nothing is more important than the effort we all share in helping our Churches to grow.

Both of our Churches, St. Matthew and Blessed Sacrament, finished the year with a net income in the black, that is a good thing as well.  However, as you can see without the PPP loan and its forgiveness St. Matthew’s in particular would have had an exceedingly difficult year.  Blessed Sacrament was in the black for both its net operating income and its net income.

The final thing I want to point out, and it cannot be emphasized enough, is some looming large expenses at both Churches that are going to need to be addressed somehow.  At St. Matthew’s our 50+ year old Heating and Air Conditioning units are reaching the end of their usable lives.  We have some expert parishioners who are working with the excellent company we use that keeps them working and they are developing a plan about what needs to be done and when.  It is a huge job and an especially important and expensive one. At Blessed Sacrament we have long overdue work on repairing and repainting the windows on one side of the Church and the rose window and steeple windows.  It is our hope during this 110th anniversary year we can use funds already collected and raise new funds to complete that project.

Thank you again for all you do to keep our pastorate strong and vibrant.  We have challenges ahead, but we are full of hope and joy!

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Fr. Matt

Click here to view the Parish’s financial summary for the fiscal year July 2020 – June 2021!

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  • A Catholic Response to an Epidemic Please note that some of this information was published before all Parishes were closed.
  • Magnificat online – free resources for prayer including each day’s Readings for Mass (weekdays and weekends), Liturgy of the Hours, and more.  To access the Readings for Mass, scroll down to Magnificat online edition, U.S. edition.
  • My Parish App This the Readings and prayers for the Sunday Celebration of the Mass and much more!
  • Find more resources here!

 

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Online Rosary – Saturdays at 10 AM:

As covid-19 and other challenges to our society continue to be with us, our prayers and our actions are still needed!  Therefore, you are invited to join us for a chat, share what you are experiencing, and share what you would like to pray for as we pray the Rosary together.

For this meeting we ask you to register, just for an added layer of security. To register click this link and follow the directions:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAvcumgqzIrG9NsuLmWWuw8OlW8ivNW9TM8

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about how to join the meeting.  You can register up until Saturday morning at 9:30 AM.

 

 

 

Weekly Bible Study with Deacon Paul from Blessed Sacrament – Thursdays from 8 to 9 PM:

This Bible Study is conducted by phone conference and the conversation concerns the Readings for the coming Sunday.  Anyone is welcome to call in and participate or simply listen.

The number to call is:  425-436-6356 

When asked for the code dial:  698937

 

You can also join the call by ZOOM!

Join Zoom meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86893786919

Meeting ID:  868 9378 6919
By phone with no video:  1-301-715-8592

 

The Readings for each week’s Bible Study can be found on the USCCB website at the following link:

https://bible.usccb.org/readings/calendar

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You can watch one weekend Mass LIVE on Facebook and on YouTube every Sunday!  See the schedule above for Mass online.  Visit our Facebook page or YouTube channel to watch recorded Masses from previous weeks.

PLEASE call or check our website for ALL schedule changes.

The Parish office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 4 PM.  Please continue to send in your Offertory envelopes and consider signing up for GiveCentral online giving!

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