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Well over fifty years ago, the famous French priest and anthropologist, Teilhard de Chardin, said that "we are in a time of crisis, like a present day John the Baptist." He said that we are approaching a critical threshold. Like John the Baptist who lived in critical and violent times and proclaimed, "Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand," we must learn to think in a new and different way, for the time of opportunity is upon us. To repent means to move in a new direction. John the Baptist was calling his society to new opportunities, to a new way of thinking and living.


To repent means to turn and move in a new direction. Like John the Baptist, we live in urgent, violent, and critical times.


As Catholic Christians, as parishioners of St. Matthew's, we must make new and different choices, thus making the Reign of God a reality.


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When we are intentional about living our Catholic faith, when we are intentional about doing the works of justice and peace, new opportunities will arise. And the world will be less violent and chaotic.


I welcome you to St. Matthew's. I pray that you might find in our parish and school staff, women and men who are alive in the kingdom of God, women and men, in our parish catechetical program and in our school, who are teaching our children to think and be in light of the Gospel of Justice.


Be intentional about your Catholic faith. Choose to make the values of the Kingdom of God alive in your lives. It will only be "the act of freely loving others" during our critical time in history, that will bring about a new and blessed humanity to fulfillment in the light of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.


Choose to repent. In other words, move in and encourage others to move in new directions according to the teachings of Jesus Christ.


Peace,

Fr. Raymond J. Ritari

Pastor


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Letter from our Pastor...


Father Raymond

July 1, 2015

Dear Parishioners, Faculty, and Parents:


In light of the recent Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex marriage, I thought I would pass on to you the responses made by the Archbishop of Chicago and the Bishop of San Diego.


I believe what they have written is quite extraordinary and compassionate, very respectful of the gay community, and a challenge for all Christians of good will to be respectful of one another no matter their sexual orientation.


This past weekend at St. Matthew's we prayed:


"For people in this country who are separated by conflicting values, as with the recent Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex marriage: may we may seek mutual understanding and respect while rejecting discrimination in all its ugly forms, we pray to the Lord."


Peace to all of you,

Rev. Raymond R. Ritari, Pastor


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St. Matthew’s Three Year Pastoral Plan
(2015 - 2018)


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St. Matthew’s parishioners are challenged to have:


1. An intentional Catholic mindset with regard to who we are as followers of Christ. We are challenged to be conscious of who we are as active Catholics at home, work or school, to be conscious of what we believe, and how we engage the world as Roman Catholics in light of the Gospel and teachings of the Catholic Church.


2. An intentional hospitality mindset that challenges us to move from the source and summit of the celebration of the Sunday Eucharist, with a global perspective, and infuse our society with "Kingdom of God values", i.e. justice, respect for all people, generosity toward the poor, and non-violent action and speech.


3. An intentional financial mindset of responsible stewardship (caretakers) for the life and growth of the parish not only with regard to the physical buildings and getting our bills paid on time, but how we grow as stewards within the context of spirituality, liturgy, family catechesis and the parish elementary school.