VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
Per Bishop Barbarito’s phone message which many may have received, all Masses throughout the Diocese will be CLOSED TO ALL THE FAITHFUL, IN THE INTEREST OF HEALTH & WELL-BEING. Please do not attempt to attend Daily or Weekend Mass until further notice. This includes all Holy Week and Easter Sunday services (see Diocese Streaming Schedule below).
The Parish Office will be closed until further notice. If you have an urgent need to reach one of the Parish staff or a priest, please call the Parish Office number (561-966-8878) and leave a detailed message.
In addition to be being posted on the normal Website page, three weeks of the Parish Bulletin can be downloaded below. Please note that they contain important information about cancellations/postponements. They are in .pdf format. A couple of the key messages are extracted here:
“Diocese of Palm Beach weekly Televised Catholic Mass. Every Sunday morning the Diocese of Palm Beach airs its Televised Catholic Mass from 10:30 A.M. – 11:00 A.M. on the CW channel 34 WTVX, on the diocese Facebook page and on the website. To learn more, please visit https://www.diocesepb.org/tv-mass or www.diocesepb.org/2020-masses.”
“At this time, the Church building (MCB) is closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. All scheduled Masses will continue without being open to the public. Offertory envelopes can be mailed, or please consider signing up with Faith Direct for online giving. Stay safe and God bless you and your families.”
Blessed Palms will be available at a later date
A Note from the Florida Catholic
We hope this email finds you healthy in mind, body and spirit. If you are experiencing times of isolation, please remember to allow personal prayer, reflection and conversations with the Lord serve as a balm of healing upon your weary, anxious mind. We pray for solace, healing and compassion during this time of trial.
Here at the Florida Catholic, our bishop publishers — Bishops John Noonan of Orlando, Frank J. Dewane of Venice and Gerald M. Barbarito of Palm Beach — made the decision to suspend paper production of the Florida Catholic for the month of April. However, in that time, we will still provide our publication digitally to every Catholic within those dioceses and beyond, free of charge.
Visit digital.thefloridacatholic.org (there is no need to type www), and you will land on our homepage for the Florida Catholic e-Edition, which includes page layouts and designs much like what is in the print edition of the newspaper. All three editions are included in the e-Edition, and using the table of contents on the left side of the page, you can jump from news from each diocese, the state, the nation and the Vatican, along with any special editions posted for that week.
Because we understand the importance of offering news and information, we will be posting a new edition for every week in April. Some editions will have more pages than others, but we want readers to understand that we want to walk this journey with them with stories of inspiration, joy and awareness. You are welcome to visit digital.thefloridacatholic.org at any time and view our March 20-April 2 edition, and continue visiting it in April for subsequent editions. You are welcome to use our calendar feature on that website to view editions from as far back as 2011.
Please know we are committed to our dedicated and generous subscriber base. We realize that as paid subscribers you will miss two print editions of the paper. While we hoped we would be able to deliver our editions to the homes during this crisis, we hope you understand our bishop publishers’ collective decision to temporarily suspend the print edition.
But know we are still working to provide our readers content that help them discern their own personal, spiritual journey. If you have any questions or concerns, staffers will be able to answer your questions if you call 1-888-275-9953 or 407-373-0075. If you have any editorial concerns or difficulties with the website, please contact Jean Gonzalez, projects editor, at 407-373-0086.
It is with great humility that we offer you thanks for continuing to support our ministry. May God’s blessings be upon you now and in the future.
Yours sincerely in Christ,
Ann B. Slade
Associate Publisher – Florida Catholic
ANNUAL LENTEN LONG-SLEEVE SHIRT RELIEF DRIVE – The 15th Annual Lenten Long-Sleeve Shirt Relief Drive will be February 26th (Ash Wednesday) thru April 9th (Holy Thursday). The collection of long-sleeve shirts for the protection against harmful pesticides and sun exposure has helped the farmworkers organization provide for our brothers and sisters that toil in the fields to provide food for our tables. Please donate clean, new, or used men’s and women’s cotton long-sleeve shirts to be worn in the fields. Collection boxes will be in the Lobby of the MCB.
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!
CCD TEACHERS & AIDES ARE NEEDED - The CCD program, which began the 2019-2020 year on September 8, still desperately needs adult Catholics who would like to serve as teachers or substitutes. I ask each of you to pray about this ministry and listen to see if God is calling you. Any young adults who have received the Sacrament of Confirmation are welcome to join us as classroom aides. Not only is this a fun and fulfilling activity, but those volunteer hours look great on your college and scholarship applications. For more information, please contact Debbie Whitlock at (561) 966-1538.
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. Congratulations to the new slate of officers elected at the August 14 meeting: President: Brett Troskey; Vice President: John Hunt; Secretary: Deacon Andy Plucinski; Treasurer: Carlos Leon.
DIOCESAN SERVICES APPEAL (DSA) – The 2020 DSA has begun. Please prayerfully consider making a yearly pledge to help the Parish meet its commitment of $138,000 for 2020. We were short of our commitment in 2019. We need your help to ensure we do not come up short again, as we did for the second consecutive year in 2019.
BINGO (Cancelled until further notice) – Held every Thursday in the Parish Center. Doors open at 5:30 PM; Games start at 6:30 PM; refreshments for sale.
eGIVING (FAITH DIRECT) FOR PARISH OFFERTORY COLLECTIONS - 102 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 (see below). 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.