Sunday: 8:00am, 9:30am, 11:00am
Please note: The 5:00pm Mass on Sunday is discontinued until Sept. Sorry for the inconvenience.
OUR MISSION: We are a Catholic community seeking out and welcoming all in a spirit of hospitality, and empowering people to grow in discipleship in Jesus Christ.
OUR VISION: We are a Catholic community of disciples nourished by the celebration of the Eucharist and other sacraments, enriched by the faith formation of all ages, encouraged to share our gifts and talents to enhance God’s Kingdom of peace, justice, love and mercy here on earth and committed to embracing each individual’s need for God.
NEW MEMBERS: On behalf of all of our parish staff I want to offer you our prayer and our encouragement to join our St. Matthew the Apostle Parish Community. We believe our faith community will be one that will enrich and deepen your own faith journey. We hope you will find our parish to be a warm and welcoming community and in time you will like to become involved by sharing your gifts and your talents. Read More....
Drawing date Sunday September 18th, 1:15PM following our noon Mass .
· Tickets $50 each buy 2 and get a 3rd free!
· 11 prizes, 1st Prize 15% of Gross, 10 2nd Prizes 3.5% of Gross
· Proceeds to be used for Capital Improvements and Technology upgrades
Est. prizes based on 795 tickets sold (# tickets sold last Summer 50/50): 1st Prize Est. $5,962, 10 2nd Prizes Est. $1,391 each. Tickets will be mailed bulk rate week of July 25th, should arrive in 10-15 days. Additional information to follow weekend of August 6th. Good Luck in the Raffle!
1. What is the background of mass cards?
2. Why do we pray for our deceased loved ones at mass?
3. Why do we make an offering to the church for a mass card?
In the second book of Maccabees 12:46 we hear the words: "It is a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead." The background of this phrase is the story of a battle waged by the Jews a few centuries before Christ against the Greek rulers of Israel at the time. After the battle as the dead bodies of the Jews were being removed from the battle field for burial many were found wearing Pagan amulets (charms), an abomination to the faithful Jews of the time. It was decided that an offering be taken up among the surviving soldiers and given to the Temple in Jerusalem for its upkeep as a sacrificial offering for those who had died in rejection of one of the important tenets of Judaism.
When we request a deceased person be remembered at the liturgy we are making a sacrificial offering on their behalf to pray for them for the gift of eternal salvation. We also remember that the Eucharistic feast we share here on earth at the altar is foretaste of the eternal banquet of heaven. As Catholics we have a strong belief in the "communion of Saints" in which we recognize the special and tender bond we have with those who have gone before us in death who continue to love us through prayer and intercession.
At St. Matthew’s we have the custom of remembering at mass our deceased parishoners and the close family members of our parishioners on the anniversary of their death. We take time in November to celebrate as is the ancient custom of the Church as liturgy in memory of our beloved departed. The stipends received for the mass offering (as for all sacraments celebrated in the parish e.g. Weddings and baptisms) are dedicated for use in the parish.
"MASS CARDS, OFFERINGS—WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?
From the very beginning of the Church, it was customary for the faithful to donate the bread and wine to be used in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. In time, offerings of money were substituted for the actual bread and wine. Money given in excess of what was necessary for the procuring of the bread and wine was used to assist the poor and eventually, to support the clergy. Thus, it became customary for the priest to accept from the faithful a donation (formerly called a "stipend") in return for remembering a specific intention in the celebration of a Mass. Through this voluntary offering, the donor seeks spiritual benefits that God may bestow upon the persons or concerns that are specially held in prayer at the Mass. What is more, the Code of Canon Law (canon 946) notes that the donor himself benefits: "Christ’s faithful who make an offering so that Mass can be celebrated for their intention contribute to the good of the Church, and by that offering they share in the Church’s concern for the support of its ministers and its activities