October 17, 2021: Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Dear friends,

One of my beliefs about evangelization is that everyone is starving and begging for bread, the only difference is that we know where the bread is and how to find it. This bread we are all starving for is the Bread of Life and we find it in the person of Jesus Christ. This humble admission that we too are starving is a reminder that we are no better than anyone else. The hope and spiritual nourishment everyone seeks is NOT found in me or any of us, it is found in Jesus and Him alone. We are all therefore dependent on God.

The other evening a man born with no arms or legs came by the rectory looking for help. He was facing homelessness and being out on the street. I couldn’t imagine how helpless he must have felt. We were able to give him some shelter and the next morning we had a plan to see what we could do to get him the help he needed. As you can imagine I have been praying for and thinking of this kind and good man often. There is no illusion of self-sufficiency in him and no idea he can do it all on his own. In this way he is an image of all of us. We are helpless and we need help. Yet this spiritual truth is often hidden from us behind our resources and riches. Poverty and need reveal this saving message. I need constant reminders from the Lord to remember it, which is why we must all draw close to those in need, not only to help them but more importantly to learn from them.

As a priest, particularly on weekends when we talk about stewardship, I feel like a beggar, and that is not a bad thing! Our Parish family depends on all of us to give of our time, talent, and treasure. None of us alone could do something as amazing as what is done through the Pastorate of Blessed Sacrament and Saint Matthew. We trust in your generosity and are dependent upon it. Ultimately, I realize we are helpless, and we need each other and our faith in God; this is a good place to be. Thank you for all your help. I have nothing to offer you other than the love of Jesus in the Eucharist and the desire He has placed in all our hearts to serve each other and trust in God. There is nothing greater than that!

God bless you,

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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The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and the Notre Dame Mission Volunteers wish to express sincere gratitude to you, the Parishioners of Saint Matthew Parish, who so generously contributed to the relief fund for Haiti.  Your donations went directly to our mission in Les Cayes, Haiti where we have accompanied the Haitian people for more than eight years.  Les Cayes, which was severely impacted by the 7.2 earthquake, is home to our Boulangerie Notre Dame (bakery).  The bakery, run by a local team of men and women, was only slightly damaged, so it gives us a unique opportunity to provide direct assistance to the local impoverished population.  We have six distribution sites where thousands of people are in dire need of emergency help, not only with bread and water, but also housing and medical needs.  Your prayers and financial help are such blessings.  Above all, let us keep praying for God’s special assistance to the suffering Haitian people.

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In preparing the current schedule, there were several points considered:  3 – Masses – 2 locations – 1 priest

1)  A vigil Mass would return.

2)  Each church in the Pastorate would have one Sunday Mass.

3)  The times of the Sunday Masses will be two hours apart to allow one priest to be able to travel and celebrate both Sunday Masses.

Complete the survey by clicking here!  It is optional to write your name at the end.  Please be sure to fill out the survey only once!

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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.

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

Click here for an FAQ sheet on 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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