Parish News

Scroll down to view what's going on at St. Matthew and in the local community. News will be added chronologically. Questions? Contact the parish office.

October 16, 2017

Family/Teen Service Opportunity – Saturday, October 21

Our first Saturday service opportunity is coming up on October 21st. Generations of Faith families will be meeting at St. Pat’s Pantry downtown and helping them box and store the food donated to them through the Scout’s Food Drive. This is something everyone in the parish is invited to and folks of all ages can help with. The donated food comes to us in large crates which then have to be sorted and packed into smaller boxes, then stored away in the food pantry. It normally takes us less than a couple hours to do this. Our plan will be to meet at the pantry location at 12:45 pm. Please let me (Mike Westenberg) know if you can help us with this service project by calling the parish office 435-6811. Those who have done it in the past have found it fun and quick-moving. A great way to spend a couple hours on a Saturday. 


October 10, 2017

OAKS Program for October

The OAKS event for October will be a bus trip to Baileys Harbor on Wednesday, October 18. We will leave St. Matthew at 9:30 and return around 5:30 pm. Trip cost is $40.00/person which includes bus, lunch, fees at the Ridges Sanctuary and ice cream on way home. Reservation forms are available at the parish office, on the parish website and in the gathering space. Reservation forms with payment are due on October 16th.  Questions: please contact Ann Froelich at 435-6811.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet on Thursday, October 11, from 1:00 – 2:30 pm in the Gathering Space. All who knit and/or crochet AND those who would like to learn are welcome to come together in prayerful support as you create prayer shawls. For more information, please contact Janice Keyzer 437-6837 (leave voicemail).

Upcoming Sacraments

Anointing of the Sick

We will celebrate the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick (the Church’s prayer for healing) on Wednesday, October 25, during a 10:00 am Mass. Anyone seeking physical, spiritual, or emotional healing is encouraged to receive this sacrament. Those who have been anointed in the past, even for the same sickness, are welcome to receive the sacrament again. We will have four priests available for this blessing. A light lunch will be served following Mass.  Please contact the Parish Office (435-6811) by October 23 if you will be joining us for anointing and for lunch.

Confirmation—Attention Juniors!

Confirmation Preparation program materials have been sent out. If we missed you (sorry!) they are also available in the Gathering Space and at stmattsgb.org. Our program begins with an Orientation meeting on Wednesday, October 25 where we will explain the various pieces of the process and talk through how to choose a sponsor.  Contact Mike Westenberg at the parish office with questions/concerns, 920-435-6811.

First Communion/First Reconciliation

At St. Matthew preparation for First Reconciliation begins in October with the opportunity for Reconciliation during the Advent Season. Preparation for First Communion then begins in January. Sacrament programs are done outside of school and Generations of Faith and use a separate sign up.

Note: The larger Church has a few expectations. First, the child has to be baptized and should be part of a regular faith formation program. (The child goes to Fr. Allouez Catholic School or the family is participating in our Generations of Faith program.) Second, children have been prepared for the sacrament of Reconciliation prior to First Communion.

Our meetings begin Wednesday, October 11. Registration forms are available in the Gathering Space or view the form here.


September 28, 2017

Homily From Sept. 28 School Mass: United in Christ

The Packers’ players have asked fans to link arms for the national anthem for the Packers-Bears game today to focus on love, unity and equality of all people in our nation in light of the present tensions in our country. Fr. Bob today asked children and adults to link arms for love, unity and equality based on Jesus living, dying and rising for all people. Our country will grow closer through such spiritual principles. He reminded us that we are fortunate to have the freedom to worship thanks to our military veterans and those serving today. View photo album.

Men’s Club Shrimper and NFL Fun Night

This Thursday, October 5th, the Men’s Club will present our annual Shrimper (all-you-can-peel-and-eat shrimp) and NFL theme night. Our meeting begins promptly at 7:30 and will be followed by scads of shrimp and a bevy of beverages. In addition, we will have Packer video highlights from past years for your entertainment pleasure. All attendees are encouraged to wear their Packer apparel or other favorite NFL team colors…even if they are from the Vikings or Bears. This is our most eagerly anticipated meeting of the year so plan now to attend. Men’s Club members are invited to bring a guest to become a part of our club. Remember….Group Photo Night, too!

OAKS Program for October

The next OAKS event will be a bus trip to Baileys Harbor on Wednesday, October 18. We will leave St. Matthew at 9:30 and return around 5:30 pm. Trip will include lunch at “Harbor Fish Market and Grill, tour “The Ridges Sanctuary, Lighthouse, etc.” and then stop for ice cream on the way home. Reservation forms included in this bulletin and are also available on the OAKS page and at the parish office.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet on Thursday, October 11, from 1:00 – 2:30 pm in the Gathering Space. All who knit and/or crochet AND those who would like to learn are welcome to come together in prayerful support as you create prayer shawls. For more information, please contact Janice Keyzer 437-6837 (leave voicemail).

Come Follow Me : Generations Resumes This Week

It’s Generations Week! This week our Middle and High School participants travel to Green Bay Community Church to participate in the Feed My Starving Children MobilePack. Dinner (pizza this week) is available beginning at 5:15 with our formal session beginning with prayer in the Church at 6 pm. 

Whether you have been part of our program before or are looking for a home in which to do faith formation we invite you to join us. Registration folders are available in the Gathering Space. You can also download materials from our Generations of Faith page.


September 25, 2017

St. Matthew Church Directory 

We will be publishing a new directory - so don't miss out! Family Portraits will be taken in the Gathering Space and Day Chapel starting Tuesday, October 10th. Click here for complete dates & times. All families that are photographed by Mortell Studio will receive a free directory and a free portrait. Please call Mortell Studio to make an appointment - 1-800-498-3399. Appointments fill fast! Call early to get the time and date that you want.

Evening for Liturgical Ministers

Come spend and evening in prayer, renewal and updating on October 10 at 6:30 pm in church. We will pray, talk, and go over a few updates and reminders for all liturgical ministries (lectors, greeters, ushers, servers and Eucharistic Ministers). Please mark your calendars and join us!! A social will follow!! Any questions, please call or email Anissa at the parish office.


September 15, 2017

Reconciliation & First Communion

First Communion at St. Matthew Parish is normally celebrated in the spring of the year during the Easter Season. Participating children are usually in second or third grade. Preparation for the sacrament is done in several evening meetings throughout the winter. The meetings include parents, and there are activities and reading families are expected to do at home.

The larger Church also has a few expectations. First, the child has to be baptized and should be part of a regular faith formation program.  For us at St. Matts that would mean the child goes to Fr. Allouez Catholic School or the family is participating in our Generations of Faith program. Second, the Church expects that children have been prepared for the sacrament of Reconciliation prior to First Communion.

At St. Matts we offer preparation for First Reconciliation in the first part of the school year. Families begin the preparations in October with the opportunity for Reconciliation during the Advent Season. Preparation for First Communion then begins in January. More information.


 Updated as of 10/10/2017