RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAM BEGAN SEPTEMBER 12
CCD classes for children for the 2021-2022 school year resumed on September 12th. This year there will be NO virtual classes. All classes will be in person. That will require many more teachers than we had last year. If you have taught at St. Matthew before, but took the last year off for a “covid break”, please consider coming back and teaching again. If you have never taught CCD but feel that you would like to teach the children about God and their religion, please contact Debbie Whitlock at: email@example.com or 561-966-1538. The 2021-2022 schedule can be found below:
CCW MEMBERSHIP SUNDAY (OCTOBER 3) – All ladies of the Parish are invited to join current CCW members in the Parish Center after all Sunday Masses on October 3 to learn more about the CCW and their many activities.
MISA ESPAÑOLA – Empezando el 6 de noviembre, Padre Raciel Treviño celebrará la misa en español a las 7 p.m. cada sábado en el MCB de St. Matthew. Todo el mundo está bienvenido.
LIVE MASS IN THE MCB – PLEASE READ BISHOP BARBARITO’S LETTER BELOW. Please come back to “live” Mass, and join the hundreds of parishioners who have returned to weekend (and weekday) Mass in the MCB. We will continue to comply with all necessary requirements to ensure the environment is safe. The results are overwhelmingly rewarding. Hope to see everyone in the MCB soon!
SAVE THE DATE – Deacon Mike Prestera will facilitate a discussion on the belief and teaching of the Catholic Church regarding the “True Presence of Christ in the Eucharist” on Wednesday, September 22nd in the Parish Center. There will be a morning session from 10:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M. and an evening session from 7:00 P.M. – 8:30 P.M. To register, please call the Parish Office at (561) 966-8878.
ALL ARE WELCOME!!!
GIANT TAG & CRAFT SALE (NOVEMBER 13) – The Giant Tag & Craft Committee needs your help. We are looking for a few volunteers, preferably with some experience in Marketing, to join the committee to help make the November 13, 2021 event bigger and better than ever. Assistance is requested in developing and implementing an advertising strategy for both vendors and consumers. If you think you can help, and have a few extra hours per week available, please call Lynda Cairo at (561) 644-2333. VENDORS- Application documents can be found at this link:
CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION TAX INFORMATION FOR 2021 - It’s never too early to start planning for 2021’s taxes by jump starting your charitable giving plans this year with St. Matthew Parish in mind. In 2020, the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic led to several legislative changes including some provisions applicable to charitable giving. Most notably, higher deduction limits and a special deduction for non-itemizers which have been extended into the 2021 tax year. For non-itemizers, if you make a cash contribution in 2021, you can claim $600 on your income tax return even if you take the standard deduction. This is the new limit for both single filers and married couples filing jointly.
Contributions from an individual retirement account (IRA) pre-existed the stimulus bills of the past year and continue to be an attractive means for making a charitable gift. After being waived in 2020, required minimum distributions (RMDs) from IRAs resume in 2021. Even though the age at which the RMD kicks in has been raised to 72, you can still make a qualified charitable distribution (QCD) starting at age 70½. If you are aged 70½ or older, you may authorize your IRA administrator to transfer up to $100,000 per year (cumulatively) to one or more qualifying charities (St. Matthew qualifies as such). The amount you transfer will not be added to your taxable income, and it will count towards your mandatory distribution requirement. Whether you are required to make a minimum distribution or not, you can, at any age, designate St. Matthew Parish as the beneficiary of all, or a percentage, of your IRA. Completing a simple change of beneficiary form from your IRA administrator will allow funds to pass to St. Matthew’s tax-free after your lifetime.
ST. MATTHEW MEN’S CLUB KICKS OFF 2021 DIOCESAN SERVICES APPEAL (DSA) WITH A $1000 DONATION
At a recent Men’s Club meeting, Brett Troskey, Club President, presented a $1000 check to Fr. Clem on behalf of the Men’s Club to help meet the Parish’s $131,000 commitment to the Diocese. Many of the members also showed their support during the meeting and presentation. The members felt that this donation fits well as part of the Club’s Mission of service and support to the Parish community. It was also hoped that it might serve as an example for other parish members to also make a pledge to meet our sizable assessment. The Men’s Club wants to help ensure the Parish doesn’t fall short again this year, which has resulted in sizable losses from our operating budget the last two years in order to meet our assessment.
ST. MATTHEW CCW RECENTLY ADDED ITS OWN $2000 DONATION TO THE PARISH 2021 DSA CAMPAIGN.
HAVE YOU MADE YOUR DONATION OR PLEDGE YET??
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2021 DIOCESAN SERVICES APPEAL (DSA) – The 2021 DSA is upon us. Our Parish commitment this year is $131,000. Although this is less than 2020, the Parish ended up $36,000 short of last year’s commitment which came out of the Parish Operating Budget. If you are unable to attend weekend Mass, please watch the short video that can be found at the link below, and then prayerfully make a monthly pledge to help us meet this year’s commitment.
WELCOME – Father Raciel Treviño has been assigned to St. Matthew Church by Bishop Gerald M. Barbarito. Father Raciel was ordained on February 22, 2003 by Bishop Sean P. O’Malley. Welcome Father to our Parish Family! His photo and bio are in the Clergy tab.
BINGO IS BACK! – Bingo has started up again every Thursday in the Parish Center. Doors open at 5:30 and play begins at 6:30. Refreshments available. Appropriate sanitation measures will be observed. Bring a Friend and make friends too!
E-Mail Address Project: In this challenging time of “home sheltering” and minimal personal contact, to include weekly Mass participation, the Parish is trying to update its database of e-mail addresses to facilitate communications in a more cost-effective manner. We can potentially save over $1500 by sending an e-mail versus mailing a letter to all our parishioners. In the next few weeks, volunteers from the Parish will be contacting all registered parishioners for whom we do not have a valid e-mail address. Please help us when you receive a phone call in this important project. ADDED NOTE: The Parish’s e-mail Project has been progressing, but we are experiencing a high failure rate due to disconnected or bad phone numbers. Many parishioner phone numbers have changed or been disconnected over time, and without the additional expense of sending out another letter to get accurate information we will not be successful in updating our Parish data. If you have disconnected a landline or changed cellphone numbers in the last few years, please call the Parish Office at 966-8878 and update your phone number and e-mail address. We thank you in advance for your help.
Message from the Men’s Club President, Brett Troskey. Click on the Start arrow to view his video.
Webmaster Note: This is an extremely opportune time to enroll in Faith Direct which will allow automatic donations without mail or postage. You can click on the Faith Direct eGiving icon link on the upper right of this page to begin the very simple enrollment process.
A special thanks is extended to all parishioners who have continued their weekly donations to the Parish. God bless you and your families, as well as all our Parish family.
The Florida Catholic is now available in electronic format. Copy the link below into your web browser in order to access the latest edition (click on the icon in upper right of the page to download the latest edition):
PARISH CALENDAR – Have you checked out the Parish Calendar yet? Did you realize you can access the Calendar right here on the Parish Website? Just click on the Calendar Tab and you can see all the upcoming events in the Parish for the next year. Parish Ministry Schedules, CCD Class Schedules, CCW & Men’s Club events and schedules, Youth Ministry activities and schedules, and much more, are all found on the Calendar. CHECK IT OUT TODAY!
ST. MATTHEW MEN’S CLUB – Meets monthly at 7:30 P.M. every second Wednesday in the Parish Center. St. Matthew Men’s Club is a ministry of St. Matthew Parish, open to all adult male members of the Parish, that provides an atmosphere for fostering Christian fellowship and a sense of community among the men of the Parish aimed at strengthening family life in our Parish. We serve as a support group and provide a structure to assist with various Parish religious celebrations, social events and Parish service projects.
DIOCESAN SERVICES APPEAL (DSA) – The 2021 DSA has begun. Please prayerfully consider making a monthly pledge to help the Parish meet its commitment of $131,000 for 2021. We came up $36,000 short of our goal for 2020! We were also short of our commitment in 2019 & 2018. We need your help to ensure we do not come up short again, as we did for the third consecutive year in 2020. Latest Update: $100,430 donated as of September 6, 2021.
eGIVING (FAITH DIRECT) FOR PARISH OFFERTORY COLLECTIONS - 200 parishioners have taken the time to enroll in eGive, the Parish’s direct debit program for Offertory giving. Enrollment is very easy and can be done either on-line or by filling out a color tri-fold form. This program will eliminate the need to write checks or search for cash at the last minute each weekend. You can personalize your giving with many available options. Enroll on-line using our Parish website link, or fill out one of the tri-fold enrollment forms at the MCB exits and mail it to Faith Direct directly. Further information can be obtained by calling Faith Direct at 1-866-507-8757 (toll free) or by e-mailing your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Faith Direct has also just introduced a mobile app for both Apple and Android, available in the Apple App Store or on Google Play.