BLOOD PRESSURE CHECK
As we return to pre pandemic normalcy, we will again offer blood pressure checks after Masses on the third weekend of the month. The next blood pressure check will take place the weekend of October 14 and 15.
ST. MATTHEW MEN’S CLUB
The next Men’s Club meeting is Wednesday, October 11 at 8:00 PM in the Social Hall. All men of the parish are welcome to come to the meeting and check out what the group is all about! The St. Matthew Men’s Club is active in hosting, organizing and volunteering at various events throughout the year for the parish. The group meets every second Wednesday of the month. For more information, contact the parish office at 651-224-9793.
BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS
Wednesday, October 4, is the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals. Since Faith Formation will be meeting on this day, Father Adrian will bless animals that evening at 6:15 PM. You are welcome to bring your dog, cat, birds, rabbits, hamsters, or any other animal you can safely get to church for a blessing.
Father will also bless animals after the 4:15 PM Saturday Mass on October 7. It will take place outside in the square around the Saint Matthew statues. Bring your pets for this special blessing.
Coffee Sunday will return on October 8, 2023 after the 10:15 AM Mass. Faith Formation will host the first Coffee Sunday of the year. Volunteers are needed to help organize this event. If interested, please contact the parish office at 651-224-9793 to see how you can help. Coffee Sunday is after the 10:15 AM Mass on the second Sunday of each month through May 2024.
THE SOUNDS AND SIGHTS OF ST. MATT’S
The Bells of St. Matthew will ring on September 24, 2023 in memory of Brian Eldridge.
If you would like to schedule a day to ring the bells or a week to light the sanctuary lamp for your special memory, person or event, please contact the parish office at 651-224-9793 by 1:00 PM, Monday – Thursday.
CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD
In-Person Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLW) returns Sunday, September 24 at the 10:15 AM Mass! During CLW, young children ages 3 – 6 leave the sanctuary at the start of the Liturgy of the Word to hear the scripture readings proclaimed and explained at an age-appropriate level. Father calls the children to the altar and says a short blessing over them as they are dismissed. The children return to the Mass at the time of offertory.
BAPTISM AT ST. MATTHEW
The Church of St. Matthew welcomes a child and his or her parents for the Sacrament of Baptism. We invite you to be a living part of our faith community. For baptism, complete baptism registration form and submit it to the parish office. You can find the baptism registration form and additional information online at https://st-matts.org/baptism/ or by calling the parish office at 651-224-9793.
If you have children making First Communion in the next year or two who have not been baptized, it is important to begin taking steps now for their baptism.
GIFTED AND BELONGING MEETING
Gifted and Belonging (GAB), a Catholic social club for young adults with disabilities seen and unseen, is returning to St. Matthew on the fourth Sunday of the month. The next meeting will be September 24 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Church of St. Matthew Social Hall. This month’s theme is Bingo Night. GAB welcomes all young adults to get together to share a time of prayer and reflection followed by games and social activities. For more information, contact Megan at .
COMMUNITY OF SAINTS SCHOOL COLLECTION
Next weekend’s second collection will be in support of the Community of Saints Regional Catholic School. Thank you for your generous support!
NEW COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE
The Parish Council is forming a Communication Committee to review and update St. Matthew’s website and develop materials such as a Welcome Packet for new members. If you are interested and have skills to contribute, we’d love to hear from you. For more information email or call the parish office at 651-224-9793.
COMMUNITY CONVERSATION TUESDAY
Our next meeting is this Tuesday, September 26, at GAP (the Guadalupe Area Project). GAP is located at 381 East Robie. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. The purpose is to continue the conversations St. Matt’s hosted in May and June. It’s important to listen to our fellow West Siders. All are welcome. It’s not necessary to have attended the earlier sessions.
We’re looking for a youth minister to serve our parish and St. Stan’s. (Interviews have begun.) In St. Stan’s case, they’re renewing a successful youth ministry program. In our case, we’re starting a program. I’m helping to recruit and interview youth ministry candidates in partnership with St. Stan’s. I’m also looking for youth group members and for adults interested in helping with this ministry. If interested, let me know. – Phil Grant
I’m looking for more volunteers to manage books going onto our library shelves: helping people select books to read, checking books in and out, and keeping the shelves tidy. We already have books. Shelves are being donated. Who likes books? Give me a call! – Phil Grant