April 11, 2021

The ‘Equality Act’ Discriminates

February 25, 2021

The ‘Equality Act’ discriminates against people of faith
and threatens unborn life.
Tell Congress you oppose it!

Everyone deserves to be treated with respect and dignity. The so-called Equality Act, which is being voted on in the U.S. House of Representatives soon, in many ways does the opposite and needs to be opposed. Instead of respecting differences in beliefs about marriage and sexuality, the Equality Act would discriminate against people of faith.

The Equality Act would: punish faith-based organizations, such as charities and schools who serve everyone in their communities, simply because of their beliefs; force girls and women to compete against boys and men for limited opportunities in sports, and to share locker rooms and shower spaces with biological males who identify as women; risk mandating taxpayers to fund abortions; force people in everyday life, and especially health care workers, to support gender transition; and expand what the government considers a “public” place, forcing even some parish halls to host functions that conflict with Catholic beliefs.

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops have made it easy to let your members of Congress know that you oppose the so-called Equality Act.

Visit the USCCB Action Center, enter your information and an email will be sent on your behalf. To read more about the Equality Act visit https://www.usccb.org/equality-act

April 11, 2021

The “Fifth Columnist”

Dear Friends,

Eighty-five years ago a term entered the language that enjoyed a long vogue. In 1936, during the Spanish Civil War, a general laying siege to Madrid was asked how many columns (of troops) he had. He replied that he had four columns outside the city, but a “fifth column inside.”

He meant a secret force of sympathizers and guerillas who would aid him from within the besieged city. Continue reading “The “Fifth Columnist””

April 11, 2021

Septuagesima

Dear friends,

As we all know today,”recycling” is a common practice. Our Lord once said that “The scribe learned in the Law can bring out of his storehouse things both old and new.” I composed the following article some years ago. With some minor modifications, I place it before you again for your consideration. Continue reading “Septuagesima”

April 11, 2021

Must Catholics Refuse?

Must Catholics refuse a COVID-19 vaccine made with a cell line from an abortion?

In the wake of announcements from multiple pharmaceutical companies about safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines, many are expressing ethical doubts about whether it is OK to take these vaccines. Do Catholics have a moral duty to decline an inoculation if it was unethically produced using a cell line that came from an abortion?  Read more…

April 11, 2021

Parish Office Hours

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
Pastor: 130

For urgent calls for Last Rites or a similar emergency:
631-912-5955

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.

April 11, 2021

Mass Intentions & Mass Cards

Mass Intentions and Mass Cards are available on a limited basis.

The Parish Office will be open for Mass Cards Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9 AM to 12 Noon.

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April 11, 2021

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.

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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”