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Lent 2020

Afternoon Lent/Easter Scripture Reflection Group The Temptations of Christ, The Transfiguration, The Woman at the Well, The Man Born Blind, The Raising of Lazarus…….so many powerful readings calling us to rethink the way we understand God, reconsider our relationship with Christ, and be transformed to live more fully the Kingdom of God.

Breaking open the Word together is such a wonderful way to grow our faith.  We invite you to Join us as we break open the Lenten readings together.  Our Lent/Easter reflection group will meet Thursdays from 1:30 – 2:30 in the parish center.  To register, please call the parish office 435-6811 or email Mike Westenberg   [email protected]   Our group will begin meeting Thursday, February 27.

The parish is also blessed with two ongoing morning scripture reflection groups.  There is a women’s group that meets at 6:30 am on Wednesdays; and a men’s group that meets at 6:30 am on Thursdays.  Both groups meet year- round in the parish center.  For more information on these groups please contact Mike Westenberg.

Be Part of the Adventure this Lent – Alpha 2020 Never done Alpha? Maybe this Lent is the perfect time! Our Lent/Spring Alpha will start the week before Lent begins, and will continue a few weeks beyond Easter. Each session looks at a different question that people can have about faith and is designed to create conversation. Each session begins with food and conversation, followed by a video presentation and discussion. It's an open, informal and honest space to explore and discuss big questions together. Plan now to be part of the Adventure. Registration forms available in the Gathering Space or sign up online stmattsgb.org/alpha.

Done Alpha and Want to be involved? We are looking for people to be part of our meal team and our prayer team. Alpha is supported by prayer – prayer for the Holy Spirit to open the hearts of the participants to a deeper relationship with Jesus, and prayer for the Holy Spirit to lead and guide the team members.  Meals are the foundation to the Alpha experience – do you love to cook? Could you do a meal or two or help with a meal or two for our Alpha dates?  Interested? To be part of the prayer team or the meal team please contact Mike at the parish office or email [email protected]


Outreach

Feed My Starving Children We just received an update from FMSC's MobilePack leaders that all of the meals packed at the 2019 Green Bay MobilePack have shipped! Below is a summary of the meal distribution. Click here to read the full update.

"In total, FMSC shipped all of the 3,492 boxes (754,272 meals) that were packed at the 2019 Green Bay MobilePack, which could potentially provide 2,066 kids a meal a day for an entire year!  The meals packed at your event contributed to our ability to send 3 full shipping containers to these partners at this time—that is 1,260 boxes each—for a total of 816,480 meals to be fed to the least of these, providing nourishment and hope in their communities! Thank you for your continued partnership with Feed My Starving Children; we simply can not do what we do without your love for our mission and leadership over this event!"

Jack Washington Wonderful World Annual Parish Collection  February  1-2, 2020 Jack Washington was a St. Matthew Parish member, Green Bay Schools administrator and dedicated advocate for area students who faced the effects of homelessness. Following his untimely death in 2004 and in the spirit of Jack’s commitment to those students, a fund was established.  Since that time, St. Matthew Parish, Notre Dame Academy, Green Bay Area Schools and other community leaders have pulled together to create a memorial fund in Jack’s name. Through it, support is provided to assist those students with school-related needs.  Also, an annual college scholarship is awarded to a deserving senior. During the weekend masses of Feb.1-2, Michael Davis (Jack’s brother-in-law) will be presenting additional information about the fund. Your continuing support is greatly needed and appreciated. A basket will be located in the Parish Gather Space. Donations can be sent anytime to: Greater Green Bay Community Foundation, 320 N. Broadway #260, Green Bay, Wi 54303

Grief Support Group Anyone who has lost a loved one through death is invited to join the “Healing Your Grieving Heart” Support Group. This is an adult ecumenical grief support group which will be meeting Thursday evenings: February 6, 13, 20, 27 and March 5, 2020 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Resurrection Parish (333 Hilltop Drive in Green Bay). Participants are encouraged to attend all five sessions. There is no fee for these sessions. This ecumenical grief support group is sponsored by Resurrection and St. Matthew Parish and is open to anyone. For further information or to register, please call between 9 am and 4 pm Monday thru Thursday either: Sheila DeLuca at Resurrection 336-7768 [email protected] or Ann Froelich at St. Matthew 435-6811 [email protected] Pre-registration is requested.

Young Neighbors in Action Trip – June 21-26 Over the past 20 years St. Matthew has taken a group of high school students on a service or mission trip for a week during the summer. June 2020 we will be heading to Detroit for a unique week of service learning. Our week will help us respond to Pope Francis’ call for a church that discovers Christ by loving and responding to the needs of the poor. Working with other youth from around the country, we’ll build community while we focus on the church’s Social Teaching.

Sign-up is on a first-come basis for Parish members and past participants. This year’s team has room for a total of 18 youth and adults. Your spot is reserved with a completed registration form and your down payment of $50. The full cost for the trip is approximately $375 out of pocket, but fundraising will bring down the total significantly. 

Participants should be aware that there will be meetings to prepare, as well as group fundraising events they will be expected to participate in as part of meeting the group costs for the trip.

Youth participants must have completed at least their freshman year in high school. Adult chaperones are required to be at least 21 years old, and must undergo a background check and Virtus training. Registration materials are available on the St. Matt’s website, in the gathering space and parish office. Questions? Contact Mike Westenberg at the parish office 920-435-6811.


Generations of Faith

Next Session - February 5th.


Sacraments

Confirmation, First Communion This is a big week for our parish sacramental programs, and we invite you to keep our families and participants in prayer. Sunday night our Confirmation candidates begin their regular group meetings.  We will be meeting Sundays 7-8:30 pm from now through Easter.  We’ll be exploring and digging into what it means to be a disciple, a person who is responding to Jesus’ call to Come, Follow Me.  In addition, we will be looking at how the sacrament of Confirmation empowers us as we are sent forth to carry the mission of Jesus out into the world.  Our group of 25 candidates is working towards being confirmed early next fall.

On Wednesday, January 29 our First Communion families will have their first meeting as a group.  Throughout the rest of winter and spring, we’ll be learning about the gift of the Eucharist, and preparing for our first reception of the Body and Blood of Christ.  We’ll be meeting from 6:30 – 7:30 in the Gathering Space.  The 39 children and their families will celebrate First Communion with the parish during  the first two weekends of May.


Groups, Councils & Committees

The St Matthew Men’s Club needs your venison donation! The SMMC, though the efforts of many persons, raises over $30,000 annually to help St. Matthew parish, school and the community. We need your help in many ways, but particularly at this time we need your venison donation. The hunt was down, and so the SMMC stocks of venison are down even more sharply. We have roughly 25% of what we normally have. If you are a Buffalo Bill Cody or a Daniel Boone who always gets a deer, and can give some away, we need your venison! We need all cuts and ground venison. Call the parish office at 435-6811 to begin the process.

Justice Herald The latest edition of the Justice Herald is out! Visit the Justice & Human Concerns page or click here to view. What is the Justice Herald? It is a newsletter created by the St. Matthew Justice & Human Concerns Committee. The committee meets every third Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm at the parish center. All are welcome. For more information contact Michael Westenberg 920-435-6811 or email him [email protected]

Ushers, Greeters and Servers, oh my!! St. Matthew Parish is a hub of activity and hospitality! Help us keep that spirit alive and active by volunteering to be an usher, greeter or server! All of these vital liturgical roles could use some new members! Please prayerfully consider serving our parish community in one of these ministries! Training is provided, and ministers are generally scheduled every 4-6 weeks. Please contact Anissa at the parish office 435-6811 or [email protected] if you are interested.


Parish Office

Children’s Bulletins, Books & Coloring Pages Did you know we have Children’s bulletins for “littles” and “big kids”, along with coloring pages & crayons in the gathering space? There is also a small bookshelf of children’s books. Please help yourself (located by the chairs in the gathering space). We love having children of all ages join us at Mass!

Statements St. Matthew Contribution Statements for 2019 were mailed out the week of January 26th. The statement summary looks different this year due to a change in diocesan software. If you have any questions about your statement please call Penny or Margaret at the parish office 435-6811.

Updated as of 1/2019