COMMENTARY: At no point in the recent history of the United States has our freedom of religious belief looked so fragile — and this despite the fact that the Trump administration has shown an unusually strong commitment to preserving that freedom. https://www.ncregister.com/commentaries/religious-freedoms-tenuous-21st-century-foothold
The receptionist desk will be “womanned” Monday through Thursday from 9 AM to 1 PM for routine Parish business and Mass Cards. On Friday there will be more limited service.
Please call ahead when in doubt. 631-499-8520.
The Parish Center is not open on a general basis in the current public health crisis at this time.
Important Telephone extensions for general non-emergency messages:
Parish Secretary: 126
Parish Business Manager: 113
Religious Education (CCD): 128
For urgent calls for Last Rites or a similar emergency:
Contact information regarding Funerals is on the Parish Voice Mail phone greeting 631-499-8520.
As before, please enter the Parish Center through the Main Entrance only, not the Gym Entrance.
The Main Entrance is between the shrines to Sts. Padre Pio and Mother Teresa of Calcutta.
The inner doors to the building are to the right. Please note the sign to ring the bell for admittance.
Remembering & Caring for our Senior Priests
Even in retirement, our senior priests retain roles as our shepherds, and St. Pius X enables these dedicated men who live there to be fully engaged members of the community. “Still on duty,” they serve as our teachers, counselors, and spiritual leaders.
The special collection for retired priests living at St. Pius X Residence will take place next weekend. Please be as generous as possible! Thank You! Click here to read more…
As we near the end of the summer I hope all of you are finding at least some respite from the stress of the past four months.
As you know, the Parish has resumed the regular celebration of Sunday Mass for some weeks now, albeit with restrictions as to occupancy, social distance, and the wearing of masks.
Attendance at Mass has been noticeably lower than before March, and Covid (as we are told) is still active and poses continuing health concerns. This, and a normal summer variance, has significantly impacted the spiritual and temporal state of the Parish.
August 31st marks the end of our Diocesan Fiscal Year and St. Matthew’s, like all other parishes, must submit a proposed budget to the Diocese for FY 2020-2021.
After detailed analysis of the Parish’s fiscal state and current income, I must tell you that we are looking at a projected operating budget deficit of $200, 000 for the coming Fiscal Year. There has been a 30% decline in collections since the Covid shutdown.
Some of this shortfall can be made good by using already earmarked funds, but the deficit will still loom large. Your generosity over the past half-century and more of this Parish’s existence has given us reserves that can help in a “rainy day”. However, this has been a long “rainy day” and it seems it’s not over yet.
The image of “eating one’s seed corn” comes to mind. There are only so many budget cuts we can make.
I am very mindful that many of you have also experienced financial and employment worries. Yet I would be remiss in my duties if I did not bring this situation to your attention.
Would you be able to contribute a special gift to St. Matthew’s Parish today?
Anything you give is deeply appreciated and would enable us to face the financial future with a reasonable confidence.
You may mail in, or drop off your gift in the collection basket in church. Or, you may use Faith Direct Online Giving. The information on that service is on the website and bulletin.
As I write this, I’ve paused and asked the Holy Spirit and our good patron St. Matthew, as well as Saint Joseph, two Saints who managed the demands of holiness and who managed human and practical concerns of the Church and the Holy Family, to aid us by their intercession.
With my prayers and gratitude,
Father Robert Hewes
Letter from Pastors to Parishioners in Parishes Supporting
Holy Family Regional School
Dear Parishioners of the Parishes of Christ the King, Saint Joseph, Saint Matthew and Saint Thomas More:
For over fifty years, Holy Family Regional School, formerly Christ the King School, has played a vital role in forming future generations of young Catholics. Originally founded by the Dominican Sisters of Amityville, Holy Family Regional has a long history of achievement.
As you probably are aware, Holy Family Regional School is supported by four area parishes: Christ the King Parish, Commack; the Parish of Saint Joseph, Kings Park; the Parish of Saint Matthew in Dix Hills; and the Parish of Saint Thomas More, Hauppauge. Each of our parishes has been severely financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
We are writing you today to share some difficult news. read more…
Mass Intentions and Mass Cards will be available beginning Monday, June 22nd on a limited basis.
The Parish Office will be open for Mass Cards Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9 AM to 12 Noon.
Our 2020 Summer Program scheduled in August has been cancelled.
The Religious Education Department along with the Parish Center Building remains closed until further notice.
Please provide your email address so that we may be in direct contact with you.
As we face the prospect of no regular Sunday Masses until after Easter, this might be a good time to register with Faith Direct Online giving.
Our parish code is NY 368. Your contribution will go directly from your personal checking account to the parish.
Please remember that this “Shut down” is imposed on the parish, and our bills still come in.