St. Matthew Parish is please to announce that we will soon be taking portraits for the publication of our NEW Parish Photo Directory. The last time the parish published a photo directory was in 2010, and much has changed since then. New people have come into our parish, some people have gotten married, families have grown, some kids have moved out on their own, and all of us have grown just a little bit older. It has been the tradition of St. Matthew to do a new directory every five years, so now is the time.
We are excited to once again be working with LifeTouch Church Directories, the same company we worked with in 2010. The last directory was very well done, and all those who participated by getting their pictures taken were extremely well pleased with the process and the end product. The last time around, 532 families/households had their picture taken. We are hoping to surpass that number this time around.
Here's how it works. Those who wish to have their picture appear in the new directory will be given the opportunity to schedule a time to have their picture taken by one of the professional photographers from LifeTouch. The earlier you sign up, the better your choice of dates and times available. Photography dates will run pretty much through the month of July and part way into the month of August. Once you have made an appointment to have your picture taken, you will receive a reminder prior to your photography date. Photography will take place in the Parish Conference Center. Immediately following your portrait session, you will be able to view your pictures, at which time you will be given the opportunity to purchase prints, should you so desire. However, no purchase is necessary, and every family/household who gets their picture taken will receive a copy of the new directory and a free 8X10 print or their choice. So you are under no obligation to purchase anything. The whole process takes less than an hour. For those individuals who are not able to come to have their picture taken but would still like to appear in the directory, they may submit a photo of themselves or their family and it will also appear in the directory. They too will receive a copy of the directory.
So if you've been thinking about getting a family or personal portrait taken, here's a perfect opportunity to do so. And of course, we would like to have pictures of as many parishioners as possible in our new directory, as it is a great way for people to get to know one another, to be able to put names and faces together, and to build community.
We will begin signing people up for photography dates before and after the Masses on the weekend of June 6 & 7, and then continue to do so on the weekends following. BUT...here's something you might want to take advantage of. You can go online and book your photography sessionNOW! That way you will beat the rush and get the very best choice of dates available. CLICK HERE (or click on the picture above) to go to the LifeTouch website where you can follow the simple directions and get signed up for your session. There are daytime and evening times available, Tuesday through Saturday. So check your calendar and get signed up early.
We are looking forward to a great response, and encourage all of our parishioners to participate in this exciting project.
Symbolon Comes To St. Matthew
Monday, 01 September 2014 00:00
St. Matthew Parish is happy to announce that through our parish subscription to Symbolon, all members of the parish can now take advantage of this wonderful educational resource as a means of growing in their faith. Symbolon is a series of videos produce by the Augustiine Institute that focus on various aspects of our Catholic faith. These are being used this year for the first time with those enrolled in our RCIA class, and our parish subscription makes it possible for all parishioners to go online and view these videos as well.
What is Symbolon? If we are going on a journey, we would want to make sure we are going in the right direction. In our walk with God, it is the same thing. How do we know that we are following what Jesus and his apostles really taught? The way the early Christians did this was by developing a short statement of faith called the creed, which summed up the core Christian beliefs that had been passed along to them. This creed served as a sign of unity between believers, connecting them with the beliefs of the early church. The Christians described their creed as a symbolon. This term may seem ancient and somewhat mysterious, but it describes the importance of the creed and what it means to us today. The Greek word symbolon often described a clay seal that was broken in half and given to two people, serving as a sign of recognition between them. For example, if someone left a valuable possession or made a financial deposit with a shopkeeper, they would break the seal and the shopkeeper would keep our half and the other person would keep the other half. When the two pieces were brought together and matched up perfectly, it confirmed the identity and relationship of both parties involved. So when Christians described their creed a as symbolon, they meant that it was a sign of Christian identity and communion between all believers. When the creed you recited matched up with the creed of the early Church, you could know with confidence that you were sharing in the same faith proclaimed by Jesus and the apostles.
Symbolon aims at transforming adults on all levels—how they think, how they pray, and how they live—by immersing them in an understanding of the Word of God and the Catholic Faith. Using state-of-the-art technology, Symbolon engages adults in a systematic presentation of the Faith. Through this dynamic and engaging catechesis of adults, Symbolon helps adults of all ages discover or re-discover their Catholic faith—and how to live it.
To take advantage of this opportunity to grow in your faith, you must first register on the Symbolon webiste, (CLICK HERE) where you will be asked to create your username and password. In order to register you must have the parish code for St. Matthew, as a way of identifying yourself as being associated with the parish. To obtain this code, you are asked to contact certain members of the parish staff, either Mary Jo Pembrook, Maureen Leiker, or Bob Broxterman. Once you have idnetified yourself a a member of St. Matthew Parish and have logged in to the website, then you can view the videos at your own pace as well as access other materials that will be available to you.
You are invited and encourage to give it a try. If you have any questions or need help loggin on, be sure to contact the Parish Office.
Got Questions Regarding Our Catholic Faith?
Thursday, 09 January 2014 14:42
Many of us - Catholic or not - have questions about the Catholic faith. Be sure to check out a new feature on our webpage where we will address many of these questions. Under the HOME link above, you will find a link to FAQ. If you click on the FAQ tab, you will find a Questions and Answer page, where we will be featuring, among other things, a series of videos by Fr. Robert Barron which address various aspects of our faith. Check it out, and be sure to come back often as the videos will change periodically.
Archdiocese Publishes Resource for Catholic Teens (but it's good information for everyone)
Readings & Hoomily for August 17, 2014 by Archbishop Joseph Naumann The readings and homily from the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time - August 17, 2014. This was the Installation of Fr. John Torrez as the new pastor of St. Matthew Catholic Church. The homily was delivered by Archbishop Naumann of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas. Date: 8/17/14 Click to Listen Click for other Podcasts