Saint Matthew Catholic Church
Twenty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time September 14, 2014
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. Our ministries range from being deeply spiritual to strictly fun. Join our new daily meditation program, help the homeless, play bingo or attend a social, St. Matthew will have something to offer you. Our 1000 registered families come from diverse backgrounds, joining together in all aspects of our Parish life. Our schedule of Masses includes a Mass in Spanish. Masses on Holy Days are offered as bi-lingual. At St. Matthew our arms are open to all and we look forward to seeing you. We are located just one block South of East Hallandale Beach Boulevard, just behind the Publix Shopping Center. Please feel free to browse our website for more information on our Parish, the services offered and opportunities to become involved.
Saint of the Day
Today we celebrate God’s messengers who protect us human beings. We see them throughout the Bible. Angels delivered messages from God, protected people from dangers and rescued them. The New Testament Acts of the Apostles tells in chapter 12 how St. Peter was led out of prison by an angel.
The belief that we each have a guardian angel has been common to Christians for many centuries. The picture of a guardian angel that we often see is an angel protecting a little child as he or she walks over a small bridge.
In 1608, Pope Paul V added today’s feast to the calendar of saints and celebrations. It is very encouraging to know and believe that we each have an angel guarding and protecting us.
Our guardian angel is a gift from our loving God. We can say this brief prayer as often as we would like to throughout the day: Angel of God,my guardian dear, to whom God’s love entrusts me here. Ever this day be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen.
“And so the angels are here; they are at your side; they are with you, present on your behalf.
They are here to protect you and to serve you.
But even if it is God who has given them this charge, we must nonetheless be grateful to them for the great love with which they obey and come to help us in our great need.” -St. Bernard