Dear Family of St. Matthias,
Memorial Day greetings. I hope that you and your family will have an enjoyable day.
Congratulations and best wishes to our 2016 graduating class of St. Matthias School. Graduation is this coming Friday night, June 3. More on this wonderful group of young women and men next weekend.
Our 4 pm evening Mass returns next Sunday June 5th.
After experiencing my first Global Fest, I can appreciate and concur on the rave reviews. I so enjoyed the Thursday night musical presentation with songs from local, national, and international countries of our world. Thanks to our children and to our school teachers and staff for their hard work in putting this all together. The Saturday fest was much, much fun with the lively art of conversation, deliciously good food with a variety of selections to choose from and all sorts of beverages. It was great seeing our parish children having so much fun and enjoyment. What a wonderful event. I thank our planners and organizers for hosting such a great event. Thanks to ALL who in one way or another lent a helping hand to make this such a festive event. THANK YOU!
My gratitude is extended to our Sports Committee and parishioners of all ages for helping out last Saturday morning for the campus clean-up. You all did a great job filling up the wide and long dumpster donated to us by the Flood Brothers. Thanks so very much for your time and successful efforts and a great thank you for providing lunch for the pastor.
One last reminder that our Monday morning Memorial Day Mass will be celebrated in our Church at 9 AM.
We celebrate the Solemn Feast of Corpus Christi this weekend with wearing of white vestments. Next weekend will be the 10th Sunday in Ordinary Time and we will be wearing green vestments until the first weekend of Advent on November 26 and 27.
I hope you liked the new LED light tracks and track light fixtures around the church rear altar as well as the new spot light fixtures on each end of the ledge that now light up the tabernacle, the altar, the crucifix, and the statue of St. Matthias. Our sanctuary looks so much brighter now. And as I mentioned, the painting of the ceiling and walls and washing of the stained-glass windows is slightly ahead of schedule. Thanks be to God there were no real surprises other than more plastering that needed to be done and some loose wires. And thanks be to God that those loose wires never sparked, otherwise.....
I am delighted to say that we now have a St. Vincent de Paul Society in our Parish. The start-up Committee of 8 met last Monday night. All 8 have committed themselves to become Members. And 4 of the 8 have committed to being Officers so we are off to a very good start. From the Mission Statement of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society which has Councils in 149 Countries: 'Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering in the tradition of its Founder, Blessed Frederic Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul. We will meet twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Mondays at 7PM until we get really organized and then once a month after that. We are always open to new members so please think about joining us as we minister to the needy both near and far. Our next meeting I June 13th here in the rectory.
Please see page 2 for the Offertory collection summary. On behalf of our Parish Finance Committee and myself, I thank you for your generosity. I thank you for all that you do for our family of St. Matthias.
All is quiet in the Archdiocese in terms of the Archbishop's initiative of Renew my Church as well as the parish groupings. The next Archdiocesan-wide meeting is on Tuesday June 7, on the topic of Renew my Church. All priests are expected to be in attendance. I will have a summary of this meeting for you in the bulletin for June 11 and 12.
Whether I am in Cozumel or at home with you at St. Matthias, I pray for you everyday.
Our Guest parishioner-punster offers these words to us this weekend. After seeing the height of the scaffolding, he remarked, the painters must have a real high opinion of themselves.
I am back Tuesday afternoon. I hope you are having a great Memorial Day Weekend.