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ST. MATTHEW THE APOSTLE PARISH
335 Dover Chester Road
Randolph, NJ 07869
August 16, 2016
I hope your summer has been relaxing and renewing. I look forward with our parish staff to ministering to you and your children in the coming school year as we all share in passing on the precious gift of our Catholic faith to our children.
In an effort to make our Sunday masses more “child and family friendly” and to encourage all of our families to see Sunday liturgy as an integral part of family life and children’s formation in the faith, we will continue to offer Liturgy of the Word With Children (LWWC) at the 10 am masses on Faith Formation Sundays as well as now also at the 12 noon mass. We are thankful that more young couples have come forth for leadership in LWWC.
LWWC offers our children the opportunity to hear the Word of God on their level with a homily prepared specifically for them. In LWWC the children from grades K-5 are invited after the Opening Prayer of mass to come forth to the center and go with the designated adult leaders to Heritage Hall for the Liturgy of the Word, a homily, Apostles Creed and Intercessory prayers. They are brought back to the church to rejoin their parents after the Prayer of the Faithful at the mass.
The LWWC allows them to be more attuned to God’s Word and offers them the opportunity for movement and a change of scenery after attending Faith Formation class. If children are reluctant to participate parents are invited to go along with them. We always ask for one or two adult assistants as well to go along to support the adult leaders.
On the Sundays we do NOT have Faith Formation, the 10 AM liturgy will be a Family Mass with the homily directed to the children. We will invite families from a different Faith Formation class each of these Sundays to participate as helpers for the Greeters and Ushers in welcoming people at the entry doors, taking up the gifts and distributing bulletins at the end of mass. The families will be contacted the week before by a special EVITE. We ask the families come 10 minutes early to meet the person in charge to know their assignments. We hope this will enhance family participation in the mass and make everyone feel a very integral part of the community.
I am hoping the LWWC and Family Liturgy will be well received and help more and more families participate more fully in the life of our parish community.
You will find the dates for LWWC and Family Liturgy in both the parish and Faith Formation calendars and on our parish website and AP.
Thanks in advance for your support.
Sincerely In Christ,
Rev. Daniel W. Murphy, Pastor
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!