GivingTuesday 2022

On GivingTuesday 2022 — Tuesday, November 29, 2022 — St. Matthias will be continuing two GivingTuesday campaigns this year:

The church’s campaign has two goals: 1) To raise funds for monitors and equipment to project text and videos inside the church, and 2) To raise funds to purchase and install permanent live-streaming equipment so we can continue to livestream our Masses and other services to spiritually connect our entire community, especially our homebound parishioners and family members and friends unable to participate in-person. Please join us November 29th as we continue the second part of last year’s Giving Tuesday campaign: Spiritual Tech Connect. We hope to reach our goal of $13,748, so we can set up the new media for a better liturgical experience in person and online.

Donate in one of two ways:

  • By check: please make the check payable to “St. Matthias Church” and write “Church Giving Tuesday” in the memo line.
  • Via Parish Giving by clicking on Give Now (or log in if you have an account), click on Fundraising, then select: Restricted Gifts-Church-Giv Tue

Does your employer offer a matching gift? If so, please let them know of your donation!

Questions? Contact Mary Jo Loboda at mjloboda@stmatthias.net.

Giving Tree 2022 – Come Share in the Joy of Giving!

Beginning Thanksgiving Day, November 24th, our Giving Tree will once again be at the front of the Church. In addition to the online option, there will be three organizations (Ozanam Family Shelter, YES Early Learning Center, and PACT) having ornaments placed on the tree.  If you prefer the traditional method, take an ornament and purchase the gifts requested. If you prefer online shopping, please visit our Virtual Giving Tree for additional direct shipping options.

PLEASE NOTE:  GIFTS WILL BE COLLECTED IN THE CHURCH ON THE WEEKENDS OF DECEMBER 3RD & 4TH AND DECEMBER 10TH & 11TH  ONLY. GIFT CARDS should be dropped directly into the collection basket. Be sure to SECURE all ornaments to the outside of the package. Without the tag, we have no way of knowing where or to whom the package is to be delivered.

St. Matthias parishioners have always been generous. We are hoping that the tradition continues, especially since it means a lot to so many in need. If you have any questions, please contact Joanne Diana (732) 322-6270 or email j-diana@comcast.net.

Trail of Faith

The “Trail of Faith” provides a new opportunity to appreciate nature on the grounds of Saint Matthias Parish. The Trail is approximately 1/3 of a mile long. It starts in the back parking lot between the northeast corner of the playground and the dumpster enclosure. It travels through wooded areas and fields behind the parish. The trail was planned and built by Parishioner Dalton Vassanella for his Eagle Scout Project.

Dalton is a member of Scout Troop 154, which is sponsored by St. Matthias Parish. Several Scouts and Adult Leaders from Troop 154 helped him with the construction of the Trail. The inspiration for the trail came to Dalton one Sunday after Mass as he was walking the Parish grounds reflecting on his experiences as a student at St. Matthias School. His goal was to come up with a project that would allow others to enjoy the natural beauty of God’s creations as part of their ongoing spiritual journeys. The Trail is dedicated to the many teachers and staff that have devoted decades of their lives to educating thousands of St. Matthias students.

The trail was built to provide parishioners a place to reflect on their relationship with God, deepen their spirituality, and pray or meditate, all while surrounded by nature. It was also built to be utilized by Saint Matthias School. Teachers can take their students on the trail to learn more about natural sciences and students can see firsthand different types of soil, trees, plants, birds, animals, and other elements of the ecosystem, in this “outdoor classroom”.

Scattered along the trail are a dozen signs. Each sign states one of 12 points that comprise the Scout Law, along with a corresponding Bible quote. When they walk the trail, parishioners, staff, and students are encouraged to ponder the Bible passages, or simply use each sign as a place to stop and reflect upon the beauty of God’s creations.

When walking the trail please stay on the path marked by the green trail markers, at all times. Also, please wear appropriate footwear and be aware of your surroundings. All children should be accompanied by a parent or guardian, when walking on the “Trail of Faith”.

Anyone interested in learning more about Scout Troop 154 please contact: Scoutmaster, Mr. Paul Furnell; (732) 799 9956. info@troop154nj.com

Cookbooks for Christmas!

Looking for that perfect gift for the person who has everything? Need a hostess gift? Bridal Shower? New Home? For that extra gift for the unexpected recipient?

Then pick up a 60th Anniversary Cookbook for only $20!!  They will be on sale at the St. Matthias’ parish office, the 60th Anniversary Concert on November 18, 2022, and at the SMS Craft Fair on December 4, 2022!  If you haven’t picked up your pre-ordered book, you can also do that at these events!!  Don’t miss out on the delicious recipes!!

Retreat for Our Altar Servers!

As announced, the Diocese is organizing a retreat for Altar Servers on Saturday, November 19th from 2:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. with Mass at 5:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi, Metuchen. The retreat is directed by Colleen Kelly-Rayner/CKR Retreats. I’m sure many of you are familiar with Colleen as she has led many Confirmation retreats throughout the diocese, including here at St. Matthias.

There is no cost associated with the retreat. Parents, please register your altar-serving children for the retreat either by returning the attached form to Gerald Wutkowski at communications@diometuchen.org or by visiting https://diometuchen.org/altarserverretreat and completing the registration form online.

Please Consider Joining a St. Matthias Small Faith Group This Fall

FALL INTO FAITH

Small groups, in fact, are where much of the theology taught in our pulpits begins to be fleshed out in conversation and action.

The implications of the Biblical passages come alive when we hear how each member of the group shares his/her story of struggling to make sense of God’s will in their own lives. The sharing of struggles and challenges, joys and triumphs provide great mutual spiritual support. Small faith-sharing groups also meet a very practical and human need: the need to belong.

We are communal creatures: we were made by a community of love called the Trinity and because community is our origin, we’ll always find life and direction within a community better than we will on our own. That means small groups deliver deeper friendships that double as accountability. When people know you, really know you, your life becomes far more transparent, including your shortcomings and imperfections. Others learn to read you and will call you out for those areas you wish to improve. Thus it creates opportunities to deal with real-life difficulties as they surface. This is part of what we should expect from good friends.
So, why not sign up if you have never tried this small group experience?  Visit “Small Groups”- www.stmatthias.net/faith-formation for details or click here to register.

Groups begin October 10.