July 5, 2020

Letter from the Pastor, June 28, 2020

Dear friends,

As we end this month I first want to thank those who have been returning to the church for Mass, even under what are difficult and even annoying restrictions; and the many who have been mindful of St. Matthew’s Parish in your contributions and gifts whether or not physically present. Again, Faith Direct is a good way for online giving.

As of this writing, we are still under limitations of seating occupancy and the wearing of a face mask or other covering. Please bear in mind that the Obligation to attend Mass on Sundays is still dispensed. I sympathize that the face mask can be rather annoying.

We are however back to regular celebrations of  Weekday Masses, Funeral Masses and Baptisms according to our normal schedule.

In an odd way, I find the distribution of Holy Communion AFTER the full completion of the Liturgy of the Mass to be more reverent and serene than the usual practice. It has the effect of allowing those who for whatever personal reasons cannot, or do not want to, receive Communion to attend Mass and then leave discretely without the social pressure of the row-by-row Communion line.  Those who do present themselves for Holy Communion do so more deliberately and have the freedom to remain behind for a quiet prayerful thanksgiving. Having just four Communion Stations also seems to work out well since there is no time pressure to resume the Liturgy after all Communions have been received. Perhaps we might profit by that in the future.

In addition, many thanks are due to Lou Flores, and our “music makers” Lee Forsythe and Susan Hugelmeyer for volunteering to do the post-Mass cleaning. I’m sure they wouldn’t mind an offer of help as well 😉

Dolores Tiernan has continued her work as Business Manager throughout the “shut down” and my secretary Bettyanne Russo will be back in the office two days a week until full reopening of the Parish Office. Mass Cards will also be available on a regular basis. Please check the Parish Website for developments.

Fr. Ed Dowling has asked me to let you know that he is well, but his Jesuit Superior feels it best that his priests still remain under quarantine for the time being. We hope he will be back on our Mass rotation in due course.

This year the travel disruptions of the Covid pandemic have prevented Father Thomas and Father Jacob from being our very welcome “summer priests”. We look forward to seeing them again next year.

Know of my prayers and remembrance at Mass!

God bless,

Father Hewes

July 5, 2020

Holy Family Regional School

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…

July 5, 2020

Mass Intentions & Mass Cards

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.

July 5, 2020

Cancellation of 2020 Summer Program

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.


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July 5, 2020

Your Support is Still Needed

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.

God bless!
Fr. Hewes.


Religious Ed.

Religious Education classes have ended for the year.

Please see the Religious Education page for updated information regarding Confirmation, First Holy Communion, First Penance and Summer Program.

thank you

Thank You

A heartfelt Thank You to all the parishioners of St. Matthew who supported the Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA) this past year. Due to your unending generosity, the Parish has reached and exceeded the goal set for us by the Diocese and over 600,000 people in Suffolk County have been given the help they so desperately need. Continue reading “Thank You”