Welcome to Deacon Michael (Mike) Prestera who is joining our Parish on August 1. His photo and Bio can be found on the Clergy Tab.
URGENT NEED FOR VOLUNTEERS!
As stated in Fr. Clem’s letter below, additional volunteers are still needed for all weekend Masses to ensure the safety and health of parishioners attending Mass. If you can fill that role, please call the Parish Office (966-8878).
Important Information Concerning Masses–Fr. Clem’s Letter
My Fellow Parishioners,
This has been a difficult time for all of us dealing with the Covid-19 virus and its ramifications. Many of us are anxious about the future. I am sending this message to you to help prepare us for the anticipated return to Masses at St. Matthew. As of May 18th, the MCB will be opened for private prayer and visits. On Monday, May 25th, the normal weekday Mass will resume for attendance by our parishioners and on May 30, our normal Sunday Mass schedule will resume. There will be many changes when we come back to the celebration of Mass. Our Mass schedule will remain the same for the time being. Seating will be very limited in order to comply with social distancing requirements. We will receive the Eucharist by the sacred host alone. The Eucharist will be offered on the hand only. We will pray the Our Father without joining hands. We will nod to one another during the Sign of Peace. These are just some of the ways in which we will encounter a different Church as we open the doors of the MCB again, and they may also be modified further as future phases of “Re-opening” occur as the pandemic continues to evolve. Remembering the words of St. Paul, “we are many parts, but one body”. No matter how far apart, we remain one body in the Lord.
When we return to public worship we will need to respect the restrictions and guidelines that the governmental and health professionals have provided. Choices will need to be made on the part of each individual. To begin, the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday is lifted until further notice. Although each of us must decide what is best for our own personal condition, I strongly encourage anyone who is in any type of high-risk, or compromised, health condition to stay at home and watch the celebration of the Mass on TV. (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 diocese website. To learn more, please visit https://www.diocesepb.org/tv-mass or www.diocesepb.org/2020-masses).
I also want to point out that we are in need of volunteers to assist in manning the entry, exits, and cleaning after Mass. If you are willing to assist, please call the Parish Office (966-8878) and leave a message with your name, phone number, & e-mail address, stating you would like to volunteer for Mass(es). On the reverse side of this letter I will outline specific guidelines that we are asking each parishioner to follow when attending Mass, but I would also like to highlight some of the changes you will encounter when attending Mass in the MCB.
- Seating will be limited and will be set up for proper social distancing. The Parish Center will serve as an overflow area. Once capacity is reached, we will be required to limit entrance.
- Entrance to the MCB will be limited to only the main rear doors (stained glass doors). All other doors will be secured from the inside and will only be for exiting the MCB after Mass.
- Masks will be required for entry and continual use during Mass for all parishioners.
- Mandatory hand sanitizing will also be provided by volunteers upon entering the MCB.
- No Missalettes will be available. Mobile phone apps like “New Missal” or “Magnificat” may be useful and can be utilized during Mass, if your phone is silenced.
- Dismissal after Mass will be by row, as announced by the Celebrant.
- Changes to these guidelines will be posted on the Parish website (http://st-matthew-church.com/). Under the “Announcements Tab” click on “Current Events” for all current updates.
GUIDELINES FOR MASS IN THE MCB
I ask for your cooperation and understanding in observing the following instructions and guidelines to ensure the health and well-being of all the faithful who participate in the celebration of Mass at St. Matthew Parish during this continuing Pandemic.
- Seating will be limited and chairs will be set up for proper social distancing. (This is approximately 300 seats per Mass)
- The ONLY entrance to the MCB will be the main rear doors (stained glass doors). Drop-off and pick-up after Mass will be allowed, but absolutely no parking will be permitted on the road in front of the entrance at any time.
- Entrance will be limited to the number of people that can be properly seated according to local regulations. Overflow will then be directed to the Parish Center, where sound and/or video will be available, but unfortunately there is no guarantee there will be adequate seating for everyone desiring to attend each Mass.
- Please enter the MCB only when all members of your party are present to assist with seating (no “reserved” seating).
- Volunteers will greet you at the door to ensure masks are being worn, and hands will be sanitized inside the MCB. Masks are to be worn at all times.
- Please try to limit use of the public restrooms before and during Mass.
- A large collection basket will be located at the entrance of the MCB for your donations/envelopes, as no collections will be taken during Mass.
- Volunteers will direct you to the appropriate seating. The Right side of the MCB will be for SINGLE seating; Left side will be for FAMILIAL COUPLES & FAMILY GROUPS. Please do not move any chairs from their locations. Families larger than four people may need to break up and sit separately. Cry Rooms will not be available at any Masses.
- Please leave the reserved seats in the right front empty for Eucharistic Ministers.
- Once seated, please remain seated and avoid personal socializing while in the MCB building.
- Votive candles and Holy Water will not be available at the current time.
- The Our Father will be prayed without joining hands.
- You may nod or wave to one another during the Sign of Peace. No hand shaking or elbow “bumping”.
- Wine will not be offered at the Eucharist. Eucharistic Ministers will come to individual seats to give out Communion. There is no need to leave your seat. The communion host will only be given in the hand (no reception on the tongue). If you desire to receive Communion, please stand (if possible) as the Eucharistic Minister approaches.
- Dismissal will be controlled by the Celebrant by row(s). Exiting the MCB can be by any door EXCEPT the Main Entrance Door. We ask that everyone remains until after the final blessing at the end of Mass, and that no one leaves during/after Communion. This will prevent confusion and interfering with the Eucharistic Ministers who are moving around to give Communion. Volunteers will ensure the doors are open at the end of Mass to avoid individuals touching the door handles.
The threat of the Covid-19 virus is still very much with us. Hopefully these measures will help mitigate this threat as we attempt a gradual phased return to normalcy in our Parish.
Rev. Clem Hammerschmitt
PRAYER REQUEST–Fr. Clem & Msgr. Skindeleski as well as All Medical personnel and First Responders
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.
VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
♥ First Holy Communion & Confirmation have been rescheduled for July 25, 2020. First Holy Communion will be at 10 AM and Confirmation will be at the 5:30 PM Mass. Parents have received a letter in the mail with additional details.
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.
In addition to be being posted on the normal Website page, four 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.”
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. (Cancelled until further notice). 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. At the moment we are still $52,000 short of our goal for 2020! We were also 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 email@example.com. Faith Direct has also just introduced a mobile app for both Apple and Android, available in the Apple App Store or on Google Play.