Catholic Church’s Stand on Life Issues

Through the sacrificial efforts of faithful Catholics, the Church serves millions through diocesan ministries and agencies, Catholic hospitals and healthcare systems, immigration clinics, shelters, and Catholic schools and parishes. Read more about the Catholic Church’s stand on life issues and the threat to them and what can be done.


In response to the leak of a draft opinion in the Supreme Court case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, majority leader Sen. Chuck Schumer has scheduled another Senate vote to try to enshrine abortion on demand in federal law through the so-called Women’s Health Protection Act, S. 4132. The vote will be held next Wednesday (May 11) and is the second time this year that a vote on the bill will take place. The Senate held a vote on February 28 to advance this bill, and that vote failed.

This deceptively-named, extreme bill would impose abortion on demand nationwide at any stage of pregnancy through federal statute. Even worse, it would eliminate modest and widely supported pro-life laws at every level of government — the federal, state, and local level — including parental notification for minor girls, informed consent, and health or safety protections specific to abortion facilities. It would force all Americans to support abortions here and abroad with their tax dollars. It would also likely force health care providers and professionals to perform, assist in, and/or refer for abortion against their deeply-held beliefs, as well as force employers and insurers to cover or pay for abortion.

We need to send an unmistakable message to the Senate that this horrible bill must never be enacted. Join Archbishop Lori, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities and Cardinal Dolan, chairman of the Committee for Religious Liberty in urging the Senate to oppose S. 4132

Check out the chairmen’s letter and this fact sheet to learn more about this radical bill. Please also check out and amplify this statement, issued by Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and chairmen of USCCB committees serving women and families, in anticipation of the Supreme Court of the United States issuing its ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.


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“New” St. Matthias Cookbook! 60th Anniversary Edition

Calling all ‘Foodies’!! The 60th Anniversary Edition of the St. Matthias Cookbook is looking for your favorite recipes!

Have you been struggling on what to cook that’s a tasty and proven recipe? We have a solution for you! In honor of St. Matthias’ 60th Anniversary, the cookbook that was created by the Altar Rosary Society 25-30 years ago is going back to print! There are already 228 delicious recipes to choose from.

But wait! We need new, contemporary recipes also! If you have a favorite recipe to share, submit it on the Official Recipe Collection Website or submit hardcopies of your recipes to the Parish Office on the Official Recipe Collection Form available for download in PDF Format.  For your convenience, forms are also available in the Parish Office. Please submit your recipe by May 22nd so we can meet our deadline.

We anticipate a great demand for our cookbook, and we want to be certain to order enough. To reserve your copies, download the Advance Sales Coupons  from the website and hand in, with complete payment, to the Parish Office. You may also pay online via Parish Giving. To make an online payment, please click hereOrders must be in by June 1st.
The book will go to print in June and will be here sometime in July for $20 each.

If you have any questions, please email Pat Cullen at:, and put “Cookbook” in the subject line! 


Instructions and Tips for entering/writing recipes

To Submit Recipes Online:
• Go to and click ‘Login’
• Enter the User Name: pcullen
• Enter the password: pepper084
• Enter your name and click ‘Continue’
• Click ‘Add Recipes’ to begin adding your recipes

Recipe Writing Tips:
• When adding recipes, review the “Tips” and use standard abbreviations.
• Only enter 1 ingredient per ingredient line.
• List ingredients in order of use in the ingredients list and directions.
• Include container sizes, e.g. (16oz.) pkg., (24oz.) can, (1 lb.) box
• Write directions in paragraph form, not in steps
• Use names of ingredients in the directions, e.g., “Combine flour and sugar.” DO NOT use statements like, “Combine first three ingredients.”
• Include temperatures and cooking, chilling, baking, and/or freezing times


Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Dear Friends,

At the 8am Mass here at St. Matthias, on the Solemnity of the Annunciation of Our Lord, on March 25, 2022 we prayed the Consecration/Entrustment prayer to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  We are in solidarity with Pope Francis who initiated this consecration of Ukraine, Russia and the whole of humanity to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Below are both the original from Vatican and the one the Diocese adapted for our use. I encourage you to pray this Entrustment prayer with your families.

God bless.

Fr. Abraham

Support and Pray for Ukraine


Our parishioners have been very generous in responding to the collection for the suffering and dying people of Ukraine. We have been praying for Ukraine every day at our Masses daily.

Here’s an impassioned prayer that Pope Francis prayed, asking God to have mercy and bring peace to the war in Ukraine during his Wednesday general audience on March 16. We can use it in our prayers:

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on us sinners.

Lord Jesus, born under the bombs of Kyiv, have mercy on us.

Lord Jesus, who died in his mother’s arms in a bunker in Kharkiv, have mercy on us.

Lord Jesus, sent at 20 years old to the front, have mercy on us.

Lord Jesus, who still sees armed hands in the shadow of your Cross, have mercy on us!


Forgive us, Lord, if, not content with the nails with which we pierced your hands, we continue to drink from the blood of the dead torn apart by weapons.

Forgive us, Lord, if these hands that you created for care have been transformed into instruments of death.


Forgive us, Lord, if we continue to kill our brother, if we continue like Cain to remove the stones from our field to kill Abel. Forgive us if we continue to justify cruelty with our toil, if with our pain we legitimize the cruelty of our actions.

Forgive us the war, Lord.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, we implore you: Stop the hand of Cain!