Saint Matthew Catholic Church
Save us, Savior of the world, for by your Cross and Resurrection you have set us free.
Eucharistic Minister and Lector Schedule
Here at At Saint Matthew Catholic Church our Pastor, James A. Quinn, along with all of the assisting Priests; Fr. Jim Nero, OFM, Fr. Julio Estada, Fr. Robert Vallee, Fr. Jairo Tellez wish to extend to you a warm welcome. Whether you live in the Hallandale, Florida area, are just visiting or are of other religions persuasions, know that you are always welcome at St. Matthew. Established on March 11, 1959, we have a long history of serving our community.
Thirty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time November 23, 2014
Almighty ever living God, whose will is to restore all things in your beloved Son, the King of the universe, grant, we pray, that the whole creation, set free from slavery, may render your majesty service and ceaselessly proclaim your praise.. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Saints of the week
11\24 – St. Andrew Dung-Lac, Priest, and Companions, Martyrs (+1839)
11\25 – St. Catherine of Alexandria, Virgin and Martyr
Saint of the Day
This patroness of music lived in early times. What we know about her goes back to the fourth century. Cecilia was a Roman noblewoman who had given her heart to Christ. Beneath the rich clothes worn by women of her class, Cecilia wore a rough shirt that caused her suffering.
She wanted to be able to offer this sacrifice to Jesus, whose bride she intended to be. But Cecilia's father gave her in marriage to a young pagan noble. It is said that during the wedding celebration, the lovely bride sat apart. She was singing to God in her heart and praying for his help. When she and Valerian, her husband, were alone, she gathered up courage and said to him: "I have a secret to tell you. You must know that I have an angel of God watching over me. If you let me keep my promise to be Christ's bride only, my angel will love you as he loves me." Valerian was surprised and said kindly, "Show me this angel.
If he comes from God, I will do as you wish." Cecilia said, "If you believe in the one true God and receive the waters of Baptism, then you will see my angel." Valerian went to Bishop Urban and was received with joy. After he had professed his belief in the Christian religion, he was baptized and returned to St. Cecilia. There by the saint's side, the young man saw the splendid angel.
Valerian's brother, Tiburtius, learned of the Christian faith from Cecilia. She spoke so beautifully of Jesus that before long, he too was baptized. Together the two brothers performed many works of charity. When they were arrested for being Christians, they went bravely to death rather than give up their new faith in Jesus. St. Cecilia lovingly buried their bodies, before she too was arrested.
She converted the very officers who tried to make her sacrifice to false gods. When she was put into a fire, it did not harm her. At last, a man was sent to behead her. He struck her neck three times, but Cecilia did not die right away. She lay on the floor of her own home unable to move.
Yet by holding out three fingers of one hand, and one of the other, she still professed her belief in the Blessed Trinity.
On this feast of the patroness of music, let us consider the words of St. Augustine: "Words cannot express the things that are sung by the heart. And if so happy that words can no longer express what they feel, people discard the restricting syllables. They burst out into a simple sound of joy, of jubilation."
ADOPT A FAMILY FOR THANKSGIVING
We’re collecting for our Adopt A Family for Thanksgiving Program. Please help us provide complete Thanksgiving dinners to those less fortunate families in our community. Out-reach is very much in need of the following: canned veggies, mac and cheese, pudding Snakpak/Boxed Jello, canned soups (any kind), applesauce (plastic bottle if possible), canned yams, boxed mashed potatoes, brown gravy, cranberry sauce, boxed stuffing, brown paper grocery bags.
Please bring these items to the Parish Office, Monday – Friday 9 AM – 2 PM
On behalf of the families in need … God bless you and thank you for your kindness.
Become a Saint Matthew BOOSTER
All eyes will be on the Booster page in our Festival program listing the names of our supporters. For just $5.00 per name, your tax deductible donation will help fund improvements to our facility, Religious Education for our children & adults, community outreach efforts and much more.
Show the world you support your parish by filling out the form below, attach your check made payable to St. Matthew Catholic Church, and drop it in the collection basket.
Thank you for your support!
Fr. James A. Quinn, (Pastor)
Ellen Ford, Festival (Chairman) email@example.com