Parish News

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Groups, Councils & Committees

  • "Mini" Crop for a Cause October 11th & 12th St. Matthew Parish MPC All proceeds from these two days will go toward the St. Matthew's, Young Neighbor's in Action service trip next Summer. If you've had the opportunity to join us at the Spring Crop For A Cause, this event will be scaled WAY back from what we offer in the Spring - hence the lower cost for a loooong day of crafting!! On October 11, we will be ready to go from 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Come and get set up and start your projects! On October 12, we will be open from 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Come and go as you like throughout the day. It will be a VERY relaxed day. What are you waiting for???!!!  All information about the Mini Crop is on the registration form.  

  • OAKS NEWS Mark your calendars now for Wednesday, October 16 for our fall bus trip. We will be heading to Milwaukee for a tour of St. Josaphat Basilica and The Milwaukee Shrine Center (Shriners) with lunch at The Shrine Center. Brochures with details about this trip (times, cost, and deadline for registration) will be available next week. For more information on either of these events, please call Ann Froelich at 435-6811 or Orv & Karen Konop at 432-1556 

  • Widowers Group The next meeting for Widowers will be on Tuesday, September 24 at 4:00 pm in the Parish Center.  All widowers of the parish are invited to this and future meetings.  Please feel free to invite friends who are widowers to join us for this meeting. 


Generations of Faith

CCD starts this week! CCD…everyone still says it but few can tell you what the letters stand for. It actually was a shortened way of expressing the name of a program of faith formation – kind of like we say GOF for our Generations of Faith program. CCD stands for Confraternity of Christian Doctrine – a specifically structured program for children in public school which featured memorizing answers to prescribed questions from a catechism. Although most parishes haven’t had “CCD” programs for fifty years, the call letters seem forever etched in Catholic culture.
Faith formation at St. Matthew happens in a whole family/whole community context and is called Generations of Faith. We learn together – all ages, all generations…sometimes we stay all in one group, other times we break into different age groups as we learn about our faith and what it means to be a disciple of Jesus.
Our program begins Wednesday. All are welcome. If you have children in public school, or if you don’t…we hope you will be joining us this week as we begin ccd…or as we call it, Generations of Faith. Information and registration materials are available on the parish website.


Sacraments

Confirmation - St. Matthew begins preparations for Confirmation during the Junior year. If you are in 11th grade this year and have been part of GOF or Notre Dame Academy during high school you should receive a mailing from the parish next week with details on our program and registration materials. Our parent and student Orientation meeting will be held Wednesday, October 23 @ 7:45 pm in the Church. The calendar and other materials will be in your mailing – they are also available here.
Seniors who have been part of the program will celebrate the sacrament of Confirmation on Saturday, September 21 @ 1 pm – Bishop Ricken will confirm us along with youth from Resurrection Parish @ Resurrection Church. We will need to gather a few more times to work through things prior to our Confirmation on September 21. Please reserve the first two Wednesday evenings in September for this. Our plan will be to meet at 7:45 pm on both September 4 and September 11, and then do a walk thru of the Confirmation service on Thursday, September 19 @ 7 pm @ Resurrection.

First Reconciliation & First Communion - Preparations for First Reconciliation and First Communion begin this October. The process of preparation takes place in both the parish community and home, and consists of parent meetings, parent/child meetings, and home-based materials. The Sacrament Informational Meeting for Parents will be Thursday, October 10 at 6:30 pm in the gathering space. Visit the First Reconciliation & First Communion page for information on how to register your child.


Bible Study Opportunities

Join us for a Pilgrimage of Prayer Have you done Alpha and are looking for more…a way to deepen your relationship with Christ…a way to deepen your experience of prayer…a way to use scripture to open new windows to welcome the spirit of God into your life? Join us in a pilgrimage of prayer – 8 weeks walking together through video reflections, conversations with fellow sojourners, and daily exercises that will enhance your prayer life. We’ll be using the Oremus series from Ascension Press to guide us on our journey together. Our pilgrimage begins Tuesday October 1 and will continue through Tuesday November 19. Afternoon and evening sessions will be offered.

Our weekly gatherings will have a format similar to Alpha; we’ll begin with desserts, snacks and conversation….after some gathering time we’ll watch a video that will help us explore an aspect of prayer – then have some time for discussion together. The videos are done by Fr. Mark Toupes, a priest from the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux who created the program. Fr. Mark’s presentations are down to earth and draw from the rich Catholic tradition of praying with scripture.

Like Alpha, the pilgrimage is open to anyone from any church or tradition who wants to grow in their relationship with Christ. The cost for the 8 week pilgrimage is $20. If the fee is problematic for anyone, please let us know–there are scholarship funds we can use so the cost does not hinder anyone from participating. Please register in advance so we can be sure to have enough participant books for everyone. If you have questions contact Mike Westenberg 920-435-6811 or mwestenberg@stmattsgb.org

Updated as of 9/2019