Ever wonder what it is like to be a pastor during Holy Week? How about life as a Pastor in a pandemic? On this Palm Sunday, Tara Smith and Jerry Wutkowski from the Diocesan Office of Communications, sat down with Fr. Abraham Orapankal, Pastor of St. Matthias Parish, Somerset, to discuss the lessons of the year and how implementing communications tools have become the gifts in sharing the Gospel Message. Listen to the podcast by clicking here.
Sister Maria and Sr. Marie Therese Invite Us to Fight Hunger
We invite everyone to view the short video of Sister Maria and Sr. Marie Therese on our YouTube channel – youtube.com/c/StMatthiasSomersetNJ
We are very saddened by the sudden passing of our beloved Mary Beth Oria, the Parish Business Administrator, this Saturday evening, February 27. Mary Beth joined our St. Matthias Parish staff in June of 2020. She brought in a breath of fresh air by her professional expertise as Business Administrator, her deep spirituality that touched us all especially in leading the faith-sharing, and her human relations skills that made everyone feel respected and heard. We are indebted to her for her presence, her goodness, and her excellent leadership ministry with us at St. Matthias Church and St. Matthias School. Within such a short time with us, she made us all experience the love of God. Our prayerful condolences are with her beloved family, siblings, and all those who knew and loved her. As we mourn her untimely demise, we pray she will continue to bless us from heaven. May she rest in peace.
Please always check our online calendar (on this page), for the most up-to-date schedule for all services and events.
Stations of the Cross (Led by ministry groups):
7 pm on Fridays: Feb. 26, Mar. 5, Mar. 12, Mar. 19, Mar. 26
Palm Sunday Passion of the Lord:
– 5 pm Saturday – Procession Begins.
– 10 am and 12 noon Sunday – Mass in church
Last opportunity for Reconciliation before Easter:
Confessions – Saturday, March 27, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Reconciliation Service and Confessions – Sunday, March 28, 6:30 pm
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ALL ARE WELCOME via ZOOM to join the LENTEN DAY OF REFLECTION on Saturday, February 27th brought to you by the St. Martin de Porres Society of St. Matthias. St. Martin is the patron saint of racial harmony. It’s fitting therefore, that the Society brings to the parish this important topic on “Racism in the Church, Creating a Culture of Life.” Even though this retreat was originally planned for the Liturgical Ministers, it is open to all of our parishioners. It is presented by Deacon Mel Tardy, President of the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus and Deacon and Youth Minister at Saint Augustine Church in South Bend, Indiana.
Our goal for this Lenten Day of Reflection is to help all, particularly liturgical ministers, To work together on a path towards creating a culture of life through the liturgy by focusing on our social action as it pertains to racial justice. The first part of the reflection, 10:00 – 11:30 am, is open to the whole parish. You can join by accessing the Zoom link below.
The second part of the reflection, 11:30 – 12:30 is specifically for liturgical ministers’ group reflections on questions aimed at examining our liturgical practices as they pertain to how we help our parishioners leave our liturgies having been named, blessed, encouraged, admonished, reconciled and fed to go forth to promote reconciliation in the world.
Join us using the following link:
Meeting ID: 970 288 3550
Note: If you are a Liturgical Minister, watch your email for registration information or contact Phyllis Stone at email@example.com or (732) 828-1400, ext 127
Resources for background reading:
NBCC Statement on Racism
Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism Mandate – https://www.usccb.org/committees/ad-hoc-committee-against-racism
Racism Backgrounder. Confronting the Poison In Our Common Home
Brothers and Sisters to US. 1979 Bishops’ Pastoral Letter on Racism
On the 25th Anniversary of ‘Brothers and Sisters to Us’
Open Wide Our Hearts. 2018 Bishops’ Pastoral Letter in Racism
Practical Steps to Eradicating Racism
Fr. Bryan Massingale – Professor, James and Nancy Buckman Chair in Applied Christian Ethics at Fordham University
How Can the Church Combat Racism and White Privilege
YouTube Interview w/America Magazine
How to Make Spiritual Sense of the Attack on the Capitol
Let’s Be A Church Where Black Lives Matter
The Racist Sitting in the Church. A Webinar for Black Catholics sponsored by the National Black Sisters Conference and the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus
Thank you to everyone who donated on GivingTuesday! We have purchased 6 Promethian Display Boards thanks to your generosity. Fr. Joe has created a great, Catholic Schools Week video showing how the boards work.
St. Matthias is participating in the NCEA (National Catholic Educational Association) “Day of Giving to Catholic Schools” and all funds donated through this portal will be used to purchase additional Boards for our School. We would love to install a Board in every classroom! Click on this link to view the video and to help us reach our goal!
As we celebrate Catholic Schools Week, join us for a virtual tour of St. Matthias School. Discover how our amazing school is operating in-person, full-days, five days a week, with students in Pre-K3 through Grade 8!
Groups begin the week of February 14. Sign up to join a Live Lent Small Group now. We have 20 groups that meet on various days/times of the week. If you are new to this experience, sign up here. Otherwise, contact your facilitator. The resource booklet is $8 and can be picked up at the Parish Office during regular hours. Questions? Contact Dee Nann.
Watch these videos to learn more about Live Lent: