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.