Parish News

St. Matthew Parish Community Update

Virtual Generations of Faith
Looking for faith enrichment/formation in a format that doesn’t require you to leave the house? This year our St. Matthew GOF program has gone virtual, and will remain that way for the foreseeable future. Our format this year focuses on the Sunday Gospels as a way to get to know the Word of God better and integrate it into our family and individual lives. Each session will focus on the scriptures used in Sunday mass, and will take a second look and listen to the homily for the weekend. We take time to share reflections and then work on an actionable project so we are living the Word as we walk with one another. GOF is open to individuals, couples and families of all ages and assortments—anyone who wants to deepen their walk with Christ and grow their household of faith.   Questions? Call Mike or Meg at the parish center or reach out via email. We’d love to have you join us. [email protected]

Meals for the Shelter
Put together a team of family or friends and make a plan to cook for the guests at St. John’s! This year St. Matthew is committing to provide meals for the guests at St. John the Evangelist Shelter. Over the last several years we have committed to providing volunteers for Sunday evenings at the shelter, but for many of our members volunteering in these COVID times is a health risk. 

We are hoping that providing meals may provide us an option to support the shelter as a faith community. We have committed to provide 2 Sunday night meals per month, but strongly encourage people to do other dates as well. We will begin by cooking for 60 guests, though that number will rise as the winter settles in and more people seek shelter. Meals must be delivered hot and ready to serve at 5:15 on the evening you are providing the meal. Here are the dates we have for November through January: November 29, December 6, December 20, January 3 and January 17. Other dates are available. To sign up to cook for any of these nights on behalf of the parish, please contact Mike Westenberg, [email protected] or 435-6811. 

Service of Remembrance  “Celebration of Eternal Life”
On the weekend of November 7/8 at all Masses, we will have our annual Service of Remembrance. We are inviting all families of St. Matthew parishioners who have died during this past year to join with our parish community as we remember in a special way their deceased loved ones. Many parishioners have also had deaths within their families and their loved ones’ funerals were elsewhere. If you have a relative who died in the past year (whose funeral was NOT at St. Matthew) and would like to have their name read at the Masses on November 7/8, please call the parish office (435-6811) by Monday, November 2 to have your loved one’s name added to the list. Any questions, please call Ann Froelich (ext 310).

Parish Office

The parish office will be open Monday thru Friday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

SCRIP Sales Resume at St. Matthew Parish Office
The parish office will again sell scrip during business hours of Monday thru Friday 10 am to 1 pm. The Father Allouez Catholic School 2020/2021 scrip requirement for school families began on July 1st. Orders placed by Noon on Sunday are available for pick up on Thursday. For more information email Joey or Michele at [email protected]

Community News

Carry-Out Booyah Sun., Nov 15, 9 am until gone. St. Joseph Church, 936 9th St. GB, Proceeds to benefit the St. Joseph Wildcats Football Team. Sponsored by: St Joseph Athletic Club

"The Whole Language: The Power of Extravagant Tenderness" Ambassador of Peace Award with Fr. Gregory Boyle
Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020 Virtual award ceremony and lecture 7 p.m. CDT via Zoom. Free and open to the public. Register at St. Norbert College is honoring Father Gregory Boyle of Homeboy Industries with the St. Norbert Ambassador of Peace award.

Fr. Boyle will share what he has learned in three decades working with marginalized populations at Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, CA--that love is the answer, community is the context and tenderness is the connective tissue. Tenderness reflects the foundational notion that there are no is and them, only us. homeboy seeks to be what the world is invited to become. Kinship cannot happen without tenderness.

A native Angeleno and Jesuit priest, from 1986 to 1992 Father Boyle served as pastor of Dolores Mission Church in Boyle Heights, then the poorest Catholic parish in Los Angeles that also had the highest concentration of gang activity in the city. Father Boyle witnessed the devastating impact of gang violence on his community during the so-called "decade of death" that began in the late 1980s and peaked at 1,000 gang-related killings in 1992. In the face of law enforcement tactics and criminal justice policies of suppression and mass incarceration as the means to end gang violence, he and parish and community members adopted what was a radical approach at the time: treat gang members as human beings

In 1988 they started what would eventually become Homeboy Industries, which employs and trains former gang members in a range of social enterprises, as well as provides critical services to thousands of men and women who walk through its door every year seeking a better life.