January 17, 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…

January 17, 2021

Christmas Season Thank You’s 2020

Christmas Season Thank Yous 2020

  • Many thanks to Mike Brennan, the Saint Vincent DePaul Society; Sister Kay McCarthy and Outreach and all their volunteers for their dedicated and untiring work this Christmas Holiday Season. Your generosity benefits so many here and in other communities in ways we can hardly imagine.
  • Dolores Tiernan who helped make our Christmas Bonus 50/50” such a success. A parishioner and the Parish are very grateful!
  • Fathers Benet and Joseph; Deacon Carmine DiStefano for their dedication to the service of Christ and His people in the sacraments and at the altar.
  • Lee Forsythe and our special vocalists and instrumentalists for the beautiful music of our Christmas Masses.
  • Nancy Murtha who does our bulletin and tries to keep me up to date with the deadlines.
  • Mary Augusta and her merry elves” who set up our Crèche and decorated our sanctuary so beautifully.
  • Our Usher, Lectors and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion !
  • Lou Flores for his extra work at this time of year!
  • Bettyanne Russo and the Parish office workers and receptionists who handled the many inquiries and extra work of the holiday season with patience and good spirits.
  • Last but not least, to all of you for your example of Catholic faith, kindness and generosity to me, your priests, and your Parish. All of us are grateful for the good wishes, gifts, and goodies” of this Christmas Season with which you have blessed us!

Father Hewes

January 17, 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.

January 17, 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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January 17, 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”