Saint Matthew Catholic ChurchSave us, Savior of the world, for by your Cross and Resurrection you have set us free.
Here at Saint Matthew Catholic Church our Pastor, Dan Kubala, 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.
Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
August 2, 2015
Gospel reading John 6:24-35
When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there,they themselves got into boats and came to Capernaum looking for Jesus. And when they found him across the sea they said to him,―Rabbi, when did you get here? Jesus answered them and said,―Amen, amen, I say to you,you are looking for me not because you saw signs but because you ate the loaves and were filled. Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life,which the Son of Man will give you. For on him the Father, God, has set his seal. So they said to him,―What can we do to accomplish the works of God? Jesus answered and said to them, ―This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent. So they said to him,―What sign can you do, that we may see and believe in you?
What can you do? Our ancestors ate manna in the desert, as it is written: He gave them bread from heaven to eat. So Jesus said to them,―Amen, amen, I say to you,it was not Moses who gave the bread from heaven;my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world. So they said to him,―Sir, give us this bread always. Jesus said to them,―I am the bread of life;whoever comes to me will never hunger,and whoever believes in me will never thirst.
Our parish now offers Online Giving, a web-based electronic contribution application. We are providing this service so that you, “The Parishioner” have the option to manage your contributions online or with your offering envelopes. You can choose to do a One Time Gift or a special remembrance, or you can set up regularly scheduled contributions that are withdrawn on the date you specify in the system.
It’s not only easy and convenient, most importantly, it’s Safe and Secure!
From my point of view as an Online ‘‘ Giving user, I found it very easy to use. Father Norm Guilbert, Parochial Vicar, Holy Family Parish, Fairfield, CT
Online Giving has been the greatest gift ever to our parish. Deacon Jim Kitchens, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Fort Wayne, IN
Saint of the Day
ST. JOHN VIANNEY
John Mary Vianney was born in Lyons, France, in 1786. As a child he took care of his father's sheep. He loved to pray but he also loved to play horseshoes. When John was eighteen, he asked his father's permission to become a priest. His father was worried because John had become a big help on the family farm. After two years, Mr. Vianney agreed.
At twenty, John studied under Father Balley. The priest was very patient but Latin soon became a major problem for John. He became discouraged. It was then that he decided to walk sixty miles to the shrine of St. John Francis Regis, a popular saint in France. We celebrate his feast on June 16. John prayed for help.
After that pilgrimage, he had as much trouble as ever with his studies. The difference was that he never again grew discouraged. John was finally able to enter the seminary. Studies were hard. No matter how much he tried, he never did very well. When the final examinations came, they were spoken, not written. John had to face a board of teachers and answer their questions.
He was so upset that he broke down in the middle of the test. Yet, because John was a holy man, he was full of common sense and he understood what the Church taught about the subjects. He knew the right answers when asked what should be done in this case or that. He just couldn't say those answers in the complicated style of Latin text books. John was ordained anyway.
He understood what the priestly vocation was and his goodness was beyond question. He was sent to a little parish called Ars. Father Vianney fasted and did hard penance for his people. He tried to stop them from sinning. They drank too much, worked all day Sunday and never went to church. Many used terrible language. Eventually, one tavern after another closed down because business became so slow.
People began to worship regularly on Sundays and attended weekday Mass. The swearing was not so frequent. What had happened in Ars? "Our priest is a saint," the people would say, "and we must obey him." God gave John the power to see into people's minds and to know the future. Because of this gift, he converted many sinners and helped people make the right decisions. Pilgrims began to come to Ars. In time, it was hundreds a day.
St. John Vianney spent twelve to sixteen hours daily hearing confessions. He wanted so much to spend the rest of his life in a monastery. Instead, he stayed forty-two years at Ars and died there in 1859 at the age of seventy-three. St. John Vianney was proclaimed a saint in 1925 by Pope Pius XI.
"Private prayer is like straw scattered here and there; if you set it on fire it makes a lot of little flames. But gather these straws into a bundle and light them, and you get a mighty fire, rising like a column into the sky; public prayer is like that."-St. John Vianney