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Sunday Eucharist: Central Action of Parish Life

Posted by Dave Eitland on 2/17/17

From both theology and weekly experience of American parishes we find a compelling reason to recognize that a vital celebration of the Sunday Eucharist is essential to all that the parish means and does, as whole and as groups and individuals. Having recognized this, we then must ask what ... Read More »

PARISH MISSIONS 2017 THIS WEEK!

Posted by Dave Eitland on 2/10/17

Dear Brothers and Sisters of St. Matthew,

We begin our parish missions this weekend and will continue through Thursday of this week. Please help me welcome our Fathers of Mercy, Fr. George McInnis and Fr. Jim Costigan. The Fathers of Mercy is a Roman Catholic Congregation of Priests whose ... Read More »

World Day for Consecrated Life

Posted by Dave Eitland on 2/06/17

February 2, 2017 (Celebrated in Parishes February 4-5)

In 1997, Pope Saint John Paul II instituted a day of prayer for women and men in consecrated life. This celebration is attached to the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on February 2nd. This Feast is also known as Candlemas Day; ... Read More »

PARISH MISSIONS 2017

Posted by Dave Eitland on 1/20/17

Dear Brothers and Sisters of St. Matthew,

It is with joy that we announce our upcoming PARISH MISSIONS 2017, February 12-16. Parish Missions are an opportunity for all the faithful of our parish to engage in a series of comprehensive spiritual growth. Two years ago we invited the Fathers ... Read More »

Missionaries of the Holy Spirit

Posted by Dave Eitland on 1/13/17

Dear Brothers and Sisters of St. Matthew,

January 14th for the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit as well as other Institutions that comprise the Family of the Cross marks a significant date each year. On this day, Concepcion Cabrera de Armida (Conchita) wholeheartedly renewed her commitment to God in ... Read More »

New Year's

Posted by Dave Eitland on 1/03/17

Brothers and Sisters of St. Matthew,

As I think of the new year, I think not only the blessings of the past but the blessings and hope of our work together in Jesus Christ.

As your pastor, I am blessed in working with you to advance the Church.

I ... Read More »

Merry Christmas

Posted by Dave Eitland on 12/27/16

25 December 2016

Merry Christmas!!!

Dear brothers and sisters of St. Matthew,

Christmas day has finally dawned. There’s been so much anticipation, so much hype, that it is hard for one day to bear the weight of all the expectations. That’s pretty obvious as we look at gifts scattered ... Read More »

Keeping the Flame alive…In Silent Expectation

Posted by Dave Eitland on 12/16/16

4th Sunday of Advent

Keeping the Flame alive…In Silent Expectation

 

In the liturgy, we are silent, silent together. This is not an individual silence, even though each of us—as best as each of is able—is quiet. This is not a passive silence, even though we try to be ... Read More »

Advent Blessings

Posted by Dave Eitland on 12/13/16

December 11, 2016

Brothers and Sisters of St. Matthew,

December offers us the opportunity to celebrate many feasts highlighting the hope and joy of Advent. Just a couple of days ago, we celebrated the feast of the Immaculate Conception and tomorrow we celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe. The presence ... Read More »

Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Posted by Dave Eitland on 11/21/16

Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Conclusion of the Jubilee Year of Mercy

              Today Luke, evangelist and by tradition artist, sends us forth from this Jubilee Year of Mercy with an unforgettable portrait of Christ the King. The setting for Jesus’ “royal portrait” is ... Read More »