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The Feast of St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist
September 21, 2021
No one was more shunned by the Jews than a publican, who was a Jew working for the Roman enemy by robbing his own people and making a large personal profit. Publicans were not allowed to trade, eat, or even pray with others Jews.
One day, while seated at his table of books and money, Jesus looked at Matthew and said two words: "Follow me." This was all that was needed to make Matthew rise, leaving his pieces of silver to follow Christ. His original name, "Levi," in Hebrew signifies "Adhesion" while his new name in Christ, Matthew, means "Gift of God." The only other outstanding mention of Matthew in the Gospels is the dinner party for Christ and His companions to which he invited his fellow tax-collectors. The Jews were surprised to see Jesus with a publican, but Jesus explained that he had come "not to call the just, but sinners."
St. Matthew is known to us principally as an Evangelist, with his Gospel being the first in the New Testament. His Gospel was written in Aramaic, the language that our Lord Himself spoke and was written to convince the Jews that their anticipated Messiah had come in the person of Jesus.
Not much else is known about Matthew. According to tradition, he preached in Egypt and Ethiopia and further places East. Some legends say he lived until his nineties, dying a peaceful death, others say he died a martyr's death.
In the traditional symbolization of the evangelists, based on Ezech. 1:5-10 and Rev. 4:6-7, the image of the winged man is accorded to Matthew because his Gospel begins with the human genealogy of Christ.
Patron: Accountants; bankers; bookkeepers; customs officers; security guards; stock brokers; tax collectors; Salerno, Italy.
Symbols: Angel holding a pen or inkwell; bag of coins; loose coins; halberd; inkwell; king; lance; man holding money; man holding money box and/or glasses; money bag; money box; purse; spear; sword; winged man; young man; book; man sitting at a desk.
Things to Do:
- Do something for the needy: money for missions, donations of clothing or toys, canned goods drive, etc.
- Take time to read St. Matthew's Gospel, keeping in mind that St. Matthew depicts the humanity of Christ and emphasizes His physical sufferings. He makes frequent reference to the fulfillment of prophecies because he wrote to Jews and to Jewish Christians.
- Discuss St. Matthew's call from Christ "Follow me" with your children and how we are all called to belong to the family of God.
- Visit this website for more information about St. Matthew.
- Watch this video about St. Matthew.
- Pray for people who work for financial institutions.
- Make Silver Dollar Pancakes, you can use this recipe on Catholic Cuisine's website or one of the suggestions we offer under recipes
Join us for a Women's Retreat with author Danielle Bean
Saturday, October 16th from 9am to 3pm at St Matthew Church.
Walk alongside women of the Gospels & explore what it means to be loved by a God who longs to bless you, help you, heal you, forgive you & give you a voice.
$35 Registration Fee includes Lunch
You can register at the link below.
**If you registered for the Retreat and it was rescheduled, we still have your registration. Just give the office a call and we will confirm that for you.
St. Matthew will be hosting a Craft Fair on Saturday October 9th and a Ham and Bean Supper on Saturday November 5th. Be sure to mark your calendar! More details to come!
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**NEW** Catholic Short Courses by Monsignor Anthony Frontiero, S.T.D.
The first in a series of Catholic Short Courses is a four-part look at Catholic Social Teaching. Following the Second Vatican Council’s call for a renewal of moral theology, the course draws on the sources of Scripture and Tradition, as well as theology, philosophy, and Papal social encyclicals. In this context, participants will gain a broader theological understanding of human freedom and human nature, conscience, moral norms and systems, sin, the virtues and the Catholic understanding of moral goodness. Join us on 4 consecutive Monday nights. Each class will run from 7:00—8:00 and will include a Q & A session at the end.
No registration necessary.
Monday September 27th: The Church's Best Kept Secret: An Historical Overview of Catholic Social Teaching
Monday, October 4th: The Family: Foundation of Civil Society and the State
Monday, October 11th: Justice, Human Rights, Freedom, and Responsibility
Monday, October 18th: Salvation: More than a Cliche?/Politics and Truth - Jesus before Pilate
You are invited to join A FAMILY OF FAITH
The vision for A Family of Faith is that children learn the joys of following Jesus Christ and the truths of their faith through the witness of Christian life given by their parents.
Effective and lasting faith formation must be anchored in family life. COUNTLESS studies have shown that parental engagement with the child is the single MOST effective way to develop young people into disciples of Christ. BUT HERE IS THE GREAT NEWS!! You don't have to do it alone!! The program will encourage, support and equip parents in the role of forming their children.
A Family of Faith does replace traditional CCD.
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“I came that you might have life, and have it abundantly.” John 10:10
If you had to describe life in the past year, abundant is probably not the word you would choose. Alone, weary, and coping is probably more like it. Why? Because we thrive in relationships. Our souls thirst for connection. We were made for community, and it’s time to come back.
Walking with Purpose (WWP) is more than a women’s Bible study. It is a faith community that supports, encourages, and challenges one another. It is a safe place where you will discover authentic friendships and meaningful discussions as your heart is transformed by the Word of God. It is everything you need to get back to living a life that you love.
Are you ready to come back? God is ready and waiting for you to show up just as you are.
He wants to see you discovering your purpose while connecting with a life-giving community.
And God is not the only One waiting. We are, too. The abundant life awaits us, and we’ve
got an open chair with your name on it. It’s time to come back to community. We can’t wait to see you!!
WWP will meet on Tuesday Nights from 7—8:30pm beginning September 21st in the Parish Center or if you prefer mornings, Wednesday from 9:30—11:00am beginning September 22nd. Please check out our website: www.wwpsalemnh.weebly.com for all the times and dates. For more information or questions, call Justine at 603.893.3336 or email at [email protected]
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