US Supreme Court Decision in Dobbs v Jackson
US Supreme Court Decision in Dobbs v Jackson
Some “facts and figures” concerning the clergy situation here at St. Matthew’s:
When I arrived as pastor of St. Matthew’s in 2010 the clergy personnel situation was as follows: Continue reading “A Letter from our Pastor 2.1.2022”
January 11, 2021
Just recently I received a request from a parishioner asking me to institute a segregated seating section in the Parish Church for non-masked congregants at Mass.
I would refer you to this parish website further down where you will find a letter from me with regard to the latest decree from NYS government on masking. It contains our official Diocesan policy in this regard. It clearly indicates that it is not my or any other private citizen’s responsibility to enforce this regulation. I have instructed the Clergy and Extraordinary Ministers to sanitize their hands and wear masks for the distribution of Holy Communion for the time being, which is within my responsibility and authority as pastor.
For the rest, it is up to each of us to decide how we will live our lives in this extraordinary time. We might ask ourselves:
Am I especially vulnerable?
Even though I wear a mask, does the fact that someone at well more than six feet away is unmasked constitute a threat to my health?
Is my scratchy throat, runny nose, body aches, etc. my usual winter cold, or is it the latest variant of the Covid virus?
Shall I wear a mask indoors or not?
Should I do so just out of regard in charity for those whom we might regard as St. Paul termed our “weaker brethren”?
The questions can go on ad infinitum I suppose.
You can only answer them for yourself, and where applicable, your family.
I can tell you with charity and respect that if anyone feels that the current situation warrants one avoiding crowds in church, the Church’s law clearly holds one legitimately excused. This definitely also applies to those who are especially sick who can be said to have a duty to stay home for the duration of their illness.
There may even be the necessity if priests become sick to cancel or reschedule Masses and other normal pastoral or sacramental functions.
As always, let us pray for each other!
THE 2022 MASS BOOK is now open and available at the reception desk in the Parish Office Monday through Thursday 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Well worth reading, and a call for prayers for a soul.
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.
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””
September 21, 2020
Feast of St. Matthew
I thought I’d just give you some updates as to our current situation in the Parish on this our Patron Saint’s feast day.
We have opened the pews to 50% capacity. This additional space can make social distancing a bit more spacious and less inhibiting.
The wearing of masks is still required when in the pews during Mass and other services.
Sunday the 20th marked the resumption of a fuller musical program at Sunday Mass. The English “High Mass” resumed every Sunday at 11 AM and the other Masses with music resume the singing of the “Gloria”.
As of this writing, the 12:30 PM Mass on Sunday is the traditional Latin “Missa Cantata” or sung Mass. The next date is Sunday, September 27th. Continue reading “Letter from the Pastor, September 2020”
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.
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.