We are pleased to announce the arrival of our new pastor, Fr. John Torrez. Fr. John comes to us from St. Paul Catholic Church in Olathe, Kansas where he was the pastor before being assigned to St. Matthew. He grew up in Topeka, and his parents still live here. They are excited to have Fr. John "moving home."
As with any type of a move, Fr. John will be taking time to unpack and get somewhat settled in to his new surroundings, but he will start having daily Mass on Thursday, July 3rd.
This coming weekend will be Fr. John's first weekend at St. Matthew, and so we want to give him a chance to get his feet on the ground before we through too much "extra" at him. But then next weekend, July 12/13, we will host a reception for him in the Parish Hall following each of the Masses. So be sure to mark that on your calendar and make plans to stay around for a while after Mass and introduce yourself to our new pastor.
Fr. John, WELCOME to St. Matthew! We look forward to our time together.
Introducing Our NEW Youth Ministry Coordinator - Joe LaScala
Written by Bob Broxterman
Wednesday, 14 May 2014 10:50
I am excited to be joining the staff of St. Matthew Parish as the Youth Ministry Coordinator! I have been involved in youth ministry for 10 years and look forward to bringing my passion for youth ministry to the parish. I have heard that your parish already has the beginnings of a great youth ministry program and I hope that, together, we can help it grow! I can see many things in the future including regular youth group meetings, retreat programs, service opportunities, trips, and much more. The youth ministry program will strive to help youth grow in faith, deepen their spirituality, connect with the parish, grow in understanding of self, have fun and eat good food. To make this happen, we will need help from many adults and youth. Adults can help by serving on the Core Team, attending events as a chaperone, helping with various activities, or providing behind the scenes support. Youth are invited to participate in the programs, provide input to the programing, let us know how we can help you and serve as a peer minister.
In closing, here are a few tidbits about myself: Last year, I spent 72 days of the year leading retreats. I am an Eagle Scout. My first major was Computer Science, but has since shifted to Theology. Events that I have coordinated are from Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) retreats, Scout Retreats, Six Flags trips, NCYC trips, Catholic Heart Work Camp trips, and much more. My “bucket list” includes playing foot golf, seeing the Northern Lights, and going to the Vatican.
If you see me at church, please come up and say hi! I look forward to meeting you!
(Joe will be splitting his time between working with the youth at St. Matthew and the youth at Most Pure Heart of Mary Parish. He will have an office and regular office hours at both places. His ministry at our parish will begin June 1st.)
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)