Feast Days


Feast of Our Lady of Vailankanni (Our Lady of Good Health)

A history of the apparitions at Vailankanni

Celebrating at St. Matthew
Many Catholic cultures have a special faith celebration in honor of Mary i.e., Our Lady of LaVang (Vietnamese) Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mexico). For our Indian sisters and brothers, it is the Feast of Our Lady of Vailankanni. In anticipation of the Feast on September 8, the Indian Community at St. Matthew invite all to celebrate with them on September 3, at the 10 am Mass. They will participate as a community and continue the celebration with special treats in the Parish Hall following Mass. The story of Our Lady may be found on the Parish Website. Let us celebrate the richness of our diversity as a faith community as we celebrate our Lady of Vailankanni with our sisters and brothers from India. All are welcome!

Celebrate with Flowers
One tradition associated with this feast is that of the children in the community bringing flowers to honor our Lady. With this in mind, we invite families with children to bring flowers next week and to bring them forward during the Presentation of the Gifts during the 10 a.m. Mass on Sunday, Sept. 3. This is a beautiful way to share in the rich diverse faith life within our St. Matthew Parish


Muchas culturas Católicas hacen celebraciones especiales en honor de María, ejemplos son los hermanos Vietnamitas que celebran Nuestra Señora de LaVAng, y los hermanos Mexicanos para quienes Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe es su Patrona. Para las hermanas y hermanos Indios, la Fiesta de Nuestra Señora de Vailankanni es su manera de honrarla. Anticipándose a la Fiesta del 8 de septiembre, la Comunidad India de San Mateo nos invita a todos a celebrar con ellos el 3 de septiembre de 2-17, durante la Misa de las 10 de la mañana. Ellos participarán como comunidad y continuarán la celebración con deliciosos platillos especiales en el Salón Parroquial después de la Misa. La historia de Nuestra Señora la pueden conseguir en el portal de Internet de la Parroquia. Honremos la riqueza de nuestra diversidad como comunidad de fe celebrando a Nuestra Señora de Vailankanni con nuestras hermanas y hermanos de la India. ¡Todos seremos bienvenidos!

Celebremos con Flores.
Una tradición ligada a esta fiesta es que los niños de la comunidad traigan flores en honor a la Virgen. Con esto en mente, invitamos a las familias con niños a traer flores la próxima semana y ofrecerlas a la Virgen durante la presentación de los dones. Esta es una hermosa manera de compartir la diversidad y la riqueza de la vida de fe de nuestra Parroquia de San Mateo.


In addition to Sunday, the days to be observed as holy days of obligation in the Latin Rite dioceses of the United States of America, in conformity with canon 1246, are as follows:

January 1, the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God*;
Thursday of the Sixth Week of Easter, the solemnity of the Ascension**;
August 15, the solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary*;
November 1, the solemnity of All Saints;
December 8, the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception;
December 25, the solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

*Whenever January 1, the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, or August 15, the solemnity of the Assumption, or November 1, the solemnity of All Saints, falls on a Saturday or on a Monday, the precept to attend Mass is abrogated.

**Observance of the Feast of the Ascension is transferred to the Seventh Sunday of Easter.

What's the difference between a solemnity, a feast day and a memorial?