Dear Saint Matthew Families,
I am honored to continue my time with Saint Matthew parish and school in the administration position for the school. I am blessed to be working with Father John and I am excited to work with the excellent faculty and staff as we continue to educate our children and help them grow in their relationship with Jesus.
Many years ago when Mom and Dad had me baptized here at Saint Matthew Church I am sure they did not foresee this for me. They then enrolled their shy little girl in the Saint Matthew School where I was encouraged to learn and grow here through the eighth grade. I then attended Hayden and Saint Mary College in Leavenworth. Catholic education has been part of my life since those early days at Saint Matthew School. Saint Matthew has been my parish for most of my life (minus our time away while Scott was in the Navy). As an educator I have been a part of Catholic schools for the last 32 years and I am excited to share my faith, my knowledge, my sweat and tears as the principal of our school.
I would like to thank Heather for giving me the opportunity to join the faculty last year as a teacher and for helping make the transition comfortable and smooth. I wish her the best as she pursues a new avenue in education.
I look forward to getting to know all of you this year. Many of you have already offered your blessings, prayers and support. I greatly appreciate this and am excited for our school year to begin. We are here to assist you in the education of your child. You are your child’s first and foremost teacher and together we will provide a faith-filled education for our children. Please feel free to catch me before or after school, to email me or call the school.
People have been asking... "When is the next Parish Gala?" It had originally been scheduled for Saturday, April 21st, but because of several extenuating circumstances, it had to be moved to a later date. So mark your calendars now! The new date for the Parish Gala 2018 is...
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22ND
This is the day following our parish feast day (the Feast of St. Matthew is September 21st). It may sound like it's a long way off, but with the amount of work that goes into planning and preparing for the event, it will be here quicker than we think.
We are always looking for people who would be willing to assist with this event because as you might imagine, it takes the work of quite a few people to make it a success, not to mention a fun evening for all those who attend. So if you would be willing to lend a hand, please call Bill & Kelley Cochran who have once again so generously offered to chair the event. Their phone number is 785-408-2288.
On Monday, February 19th and Tuesday, February 20th, St. Matthew Parish was blessed to have Fr. Jarrod Lies from St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Wichita, Kansas here to conduct our Parish Mission: Blessed by God's Mercy. With his sense of humor, his deep knowledge and his devout faith, he spoke about God's mercy and how we can all have access to this marvelous gift. It was inspirational and humorous and very educational.
Fr. Jarrod was kind enough to share with us the notes from his presentation so that those who attended can go back and review, and those who were not able to attend the mission can look at the notes for themselves. You can find these notes if you click on the green PARISH DOCUMENTS tab on the right hand side of the parish website homepage, or you can simply click here. (We also recorded Fr. Jarrod's presentations, and they are available below for your listening pleasure.)
Every year for the past 20+ years, St. Matthew Parish has published a Parish Directory containing the names, addresses and phone numbers of all its members. This has been a great tool for people to use to contact one another. But times have changed and the printed directory doesn't always meet the needs of our parishioners.
We are pleased to announce that St. Matthew Parish has launched a new Online Directory and Mobile App. This is a new service provided by Guidebook Publishing, the company that has printed and published our paper directory for many years. We are not doing away with the printed edition, but rather adding to what we already provide. We are basically taking the information that we already publish and making it available in another format.
With the new Online Directory and Mobile App, you as a parishioner have much more control over what is shared and are able to communicate with the Parish Office and your fellow parishioners much easier.
Say for instance, you move and your address has changed. You can go into the online directory and make that change yourself. That information will automatically be forwarded to the Parish Office so that your records can be updated. The same holds true with any of your family or individual information. AND you can upload family and individual photos, which is a great way for people to recognize and get to know one another.
Another great thing you can do in the new online directory is search for other people who are say for instance, in a particular ministry or part of a particular organization.
For your peace of mind, the directory is password protected and only available to members of our congregation. Those members of our parish for whom we have email addresses on file have already received an email containing their username and password, as well as instructions on how to log in and get started. Once you are logged on, you can change your password if you wish as well as make changes and correction to your family/family member profile. If we do not have your email address, you can get started by clicking HERE or follow the link found in the Quick Links section of this webpage (see right hand side of page).
Once you have your username and password, you can search "Guide Book Publishing" at your app store and download it for free. Then all the directory information will literally be "at your fingertips."