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”
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””
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
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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.
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.