Saint Matthew Catholic Church
Save us, Savior of the world, for by your Cross and Resurrection you have set us free.
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.
Twenty-Eight Week in Ordinary Time October 12, 2014
May your Grace, O Lord, we pray, at all times go before us and follow after and make us always determined to carry out good works. 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
10\14 – Saint Callistus I, Pope and Martyr (222)
10\15 – Saint Teresa of Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church (1515-1582)
10\16 – Saint Hedwig, Religous (1174-1243)
10\16 – Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, Virgin (1647-1690)
10\17 – Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and martyr (107)
10\18 – Saint Luke, Evangelist (Feast Day)
Saint of the Day
ST. PAUL OF THE CROSS
Paul Danei of Ovada, Italy, was born into a family of merchants in 1694. He was a good Christian and practiced his faith. When he was nineteen, Paul decided to become a soldier. After a year he left the army. During the summer of 1720 Paul had some kind of a spiritual experience.
He had three visions of starting a new religious order. He couldn’t imagine what was happening, so he went to his bishop for guidance. The bishop investigated and believed that the visions were real. He told Paul to go ahead with his special call.
He should do what he was being told in the visions to do. Paul spent forty days in prayer and penance. During that time he wrote a rule that he and the followers of his new congregation could base their style of life on. Paul was joined by his brother John and two other young men.
Paul and John were ordained priests by Pope Benedict XIII in 1727. Ten years later, the first Passionist monastery was started. Pope Clement XIV approved the new order. He also approved the rule a short time later. Besides the three vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, Paul of the Cross added a fourth vow: devotion to the passion of Christ. By 1747, the Passionists had three monasteries.
They were preaching parish retreats throughout Italy. When he died in 1775, Paul of the Cross was starting a congregation of Passionist nuns. He was proclaimed a saint by Pope Pius IX in 1867.
St. Paul taught that in the Cross of Jesus we find real wisdom. When we find ourselves in difficulty or suffering, let us pray for this wisdom.