FR. CLEM – It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Fr. Clem on the morning of November 7th. Please continue to keep Fr. Clem in your thoughts and prayers.
MCB & RECTORY ROOF REPLACEMENT – Work has finished on the Roof Replacement Project, and financial help is desperately needed. Only $107,375 has been donated to date for the $623,162 cost of replacement of the MCB and Rectory roofs. In order to commence the work, it was necessary to withdraw money from the Parish Savings account. Special envelopes are located at all exits of the MCB. Please consider donating to this now completed, and desperately needed, repair. We are losing hundreds of dollars of interest on the Savings account monies that were withdrawn to fund this project.
BIBLE STUDY – Saint Mark’s Gospel holds the firsthand account of Jesus’s life and ministry from Saint Peter himself, and walks you through each chapter of his action-packed story. Join Deacon Frank to watch a Saint Augustine Institute 14 part video series /discussion by Dr. Tim Gray, facilitated by Deacon Frank and discover what discipleship looks like. Time: Monday Evenings at 7pm Place: Saint Matthew’s Parish Center. Weekly beginning September 18, 2023. Contact the Parish Office (561-966-8878) for more information and to register.
ST. MATTHEW MOM’S GROUP –The Saint Matthew Mom’s Group (SMMG) provides opportunities for Catholic moms and their kids to build new friendships, support and pray for each other, and grow in faith.
We would love for you to join us!
Contact Stacey McCaffrey to join the mailing list:
ST. MATTHEW FIRST ANNUAL CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL – This year, the Saint Matthew Mom’s Group will be putting on the first annual Saint Matthew Christmas Festival. The Festival will take place Friday December 8th and Saturday December 9th. Please see the flier below for details.
MEN’S CLUB – St. Matthew’s Men’s Club congratulates its new slate of Officers who were elected at the October 11, 2023 monthly meeting, and who will serve for the next 2 years, leading the organization in its continuing support of the Parish and Parish activities.
President: Brett Troskey
Vice President: Mark Triche
Secretary: Jeff Steinberg
Treasurer: John Hunt
Events/Volunteer Coordinator: Carlos Leon
Lecturer: Deacon George White
CHILDREN’S CHOIR – St. Matthew’s Children’s Choir is open to all students in first grade or above. Practice will be every Saturday from 9:00 to 10:00 A.M. in the MCB. We will sing once per month at the 9:00 A.M. Children’s Mass. The Choir is a wonderful way to praise God and bring a new dimension to the Mass. Please come join us as we “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord.” (Psalm 100).
CCD 2023-2024 – CCD classes for School Year 2023-24 began on September 10. The Final Schedule for the School Year can be found on the CCD Tab of this website, as well as the Parish Calendar.
As always, we are in need of teachers for our CCD program. Please prayerfully consider joining this amazing ministry which shows the children how much God loves them and brings their hearts and souls so much closer to God. Please call the parish office during business hours for more information.
NEW TO THE PARISH OR NEVER REGISTERED?? – Are you registered in the Parish? Please do not assume that you are registered in the Parish just because you attend Mass here. If we have no record of your Parish membership it could be quite embarrassing to us, or to you or your family, when someone wishes to make wedding plans, have a baby baptized, or if you have been asked to act as a sponsor for baptism or confirmation. Please fill out the Registration Form below and mail it to the Parish office, or place it in the collection basket.
THE POPE VIDEOS – The Pope Videos is an official global initiative to disseminate the Holy Father’s monthly intentions. It is carried out by the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (Apostleship of Prayer). Since the year 2016, The Pope Videos has had more than 150 million views across all its social networks, and is translated into more than 20 languages, receiving press coverage in 114 countries. The project is supported by Vatican Media. By clicking on the link below, you will be taken to a new tab on our website which will allow you to view content on The Pope Videos website. We have made it available in English and Spanish. It will be updated automatically, so be sure to check back regularly.
MISA ESPAÑOLA – Padre Raciel Treviño celebra la misa en español a las 7 p.m. cada sábado en el MCB de St. Matthew. Todo el mundo está bienvenido.
CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION TAX INFORMATION FOR DONATIONS – Contributions from an individual retirement account (IRA) pre-existed the stimulus bills and continue to be an attractive means for making a charitable gift. After being waived in 2020, required minimum distributions (RMDs) from IRAs resumed 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.
2023 DIOCESAN SERVICES APPEAL (DSA) – The 2023 DSA Appeal has begun and our commitment for 2023 has increased to $143,000. To date, $100,574 has been donated. That still leaves us $42,426 short of our 2023 requirement. Any shortfall must be made up by taking money from the Parish Operating Fund. Please make a monthly pledge to help us meet this year’s commitment.
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 Updates: 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. ADDED NOTE: 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.
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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.
eGIVING (FAITH DIRECT) FOR PARISH OFFERTORY COLLECTIONS – 200 parishioners have taken the time to enroll in eGive with Faith Direct, 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 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.