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Thursday, January 4, 2018

NOT TOO LATE for "Consoling the Heart of Jesus"

"Consoling the Heart of Jesus" will be one of the most enthralling and spiritually moving topics you ever read or study! If like me, you need more about Jesus Love, his care and connection to you, and just his nature join the "Consoling the Heart of Jesus" weekly class and mini-retreat, Saturdays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Classroom #1 in the basement of Parish Hall beginning January 6th.
It is not too late to be captivated by this heart-changing study led by Cindy Staskiewicz. Using the Michael Gaitley materials, participants will engage the spiritual Jesus personally and as study partners!

Contact Richard Holland – Adult Faith Formation Director at 682-3319 ext. 112 or dholland@st.matthewswy.org or just stop by the Family Life Center for a visit to reserve your place in this life-changing study and mini-retreat!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Consoling the Heart of Jesus

Consoling the Heart of Jesus will be one of the most enthralling and spiritually moving topics you ever read or study! If like me, you need more about Jesus Love, his care and connection to you, and just his nature join the Consoling the Heart of Jesus weekly class and mini-retreat, Saturdays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Classroom #1 in the basement of Parish Hall beginning January 6th.

I know it is early, but it is time to plan and register to be captivated by this heart-changing study led by Cindy Staskiewicz. Using the acclaimed Michael Gaitley materials, participants will engage the spiritual Jesus personally and as study partners!


Contact Richard Holland – Adult Faith Formation Director at 682-3319 ext. 112 or dholland@st.matthewswy.org or just stop by the Family Life Center for a visit to reserve your place in this life-changing study and mini-retreat!

Monday, December 4, 2017

IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO JOIN THE BEST LENT EVER!

It is not too late to join THE BEST LENT EVER, a free email program that will help you slow down and focus on what matters most during this busy season. You’ll experience Advent in a way you’ve never experienced it before— leading to the best Christmas of your life!

1.  Everyone sign up at dynamiccatholic.com/advent17.  
2. Starting December 3, the first Sunday of Advent, participants receive daily emails with short inspirational videos, practical tips to incorporate into their everyday lives, and personal stories from Dynamic Catholic team members.
3.  Throughout Advent, participants will discover how to slow down and find joy in preparing for Christmas leading to their best Advent ever and the best Christmas of their lives!

Interested in a little more?

This year’s Best Advent Ever program is based on themes from the book Beautiful Hope. The easy-to-use Beautiful Hope study guide will help one dive deeper into the book and the program. And, if you want a small study group, join us at the main entrance desk of the St. Matthew’s Family Life Center every Wednesday of Lent at 10:00 a.m. after daily Mass for lively talk and thoughtful insight!


For more information, answers, or help, call Dick Holland, the Adult Formation Director, at 682-3319 ext. 112

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Best Advent Ever!

Remember getting ready for Christmas when you were a child? From decorating the tree to baking cookies, each moment brought you excitement and joy. Preparing for Christmas can be as joyful as it was then. Don’t let this be just another Advent where you get distracted and busy.

Rediscover the joy in the season with Best Advent Ever, a free email program from Dynamic Catholic that will help you prepare for Christmas in a way that will allow you to have a Christmas as memorable and joyful as when you were a child. You’ll receive . . . SHORT INSPIRATIONAL VIDEOS - PRACTICAL TIPS - REAL-LIFE STORIES OF HOPE! Get ready for the best Christmas of your life! SIGN UP AT dynamiccatholic.com/advent17

HOW DOES IT WORK?

It’s a free email program that will help you slow down and focus on what matters most during this busy season. You’ll experience Advent in a way you’ve never experienced it before— leading to the best Christmas of your life!

1.  Everyone sign up at dynamiccatholic.com/advent17.  
2. Starting December 3, the first Sunday of Advent, participants receive daily emails with short inspirational videos, practical tips to incorporate into their everyday lives, and personal stories from Dynamic Catholic team members.
3.  Throughout Advent, participants will discover how to slow down and find joy in preparing for Christmas . . . leading to their best Advent ever and the best Christmas of their lives!

Interested in a little more?

This year’s Best Advent Ever program is based on themes from our newest book, Beautiful Hope. The easy-to-use Beautiful Hope study guide will help one dive deeper into the book and the program. And, if you want a small study group, join us at the main entrance desk of the St. Matthew’s Family Life Center every Wednesday of Lent at 10:00 a.m. after daily Mass for lively talk and thoughtful insight!

For more information, answers, or help, call Dick Holland, the Adult Formation Director, at 682-3319 ext. 112

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Thanksgiving is for GOD’s mercy and Grace!
It is popular opinion to regard the celebration of Thanksgiving as tracing its roots back to the pioneering Puritan pilgrims of Plymouth Rock who gathered to give thanks for a good harvest in their new North American home. The celebration has religious connotations because these pilgrims sought political asylum to practice their freedom of religion. This “first” Thanksgiving floats about in the minds of many Americans each year as they gather around the table for their turkey.
But that was 1621. Since history is told by the winners, the English myth prevailed despite a detailed account of a thanksgiving feast celebrated over half a century earlier. The Thanksgiving of 1565 was celebrated in what is now St. Augustine, Florida. Of course, the Spanish colonizers who hosted it were Catholic, and they gave thanks to God, as Catholics do, for their safe passage and arrival in the New World. Not only did they celebrate with a meal of gratitude that day, but they also celebrated what is regarded as the first Mass in America.

And so as your family celebrates Thanksgiving this year, don’t forget that most historians agree that it really started in America as a Catholic celebration. But, most importantly, remember the holiday’s origins. No matter if you believe it was started by the pilgrims, Washington, Lincoln or Spanish colonialists, it has always been clear that God is the reason we give thanks.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

I was blind, but now I see!    [adapted by TheHumbleDisciple]
The Streets of New York
Moments of moral clarity can also come upon an entire community. Dr. Selzer tells of an experience that jolted a neighborhood out of moral slumber. In Mortal Lessons: Notes on the Art of Surgery, he writes:
On the morning of August 6, 1975, the people of 73rd Street near Woodside Avenue…rise from their beds, dress, eat breakfast, and leave their houses for work, they have forgotten, if they had ever known, that the garbage truck had passed earlier that morning . . .  They close their doors and descend to the pavement. It is midsummer . . . You walk toward the bus stop. Others, your neighbors, are waiting there. It is all so familiar.
All at once you step on something soft. You feel it with your foot. Even through your shoe you have the sense of something unusual, something marked by a special “give.” It is a foreignness upon the pavement. Instinct pulls your foot away in an awkward little movement. You look down, and you see . . . a tiny naked body, its arms and legs flung apart, its head thrown back, its mouth agape, its face serious. A bird, you think, fallen from its nest. But there is no nest here on 73rd Street, no bird so big . . . And you bend to see. Because you must . . . It is a baby, and dead. You cover your mouth, your eyes. You are fixed. Horror has found its chink and crawled in, and you will never be the same as you were!
Now you look about; another man has seen it too. “My God,” he whispers . . . There is a cry. “Here’s another!” and “Another!” and “Another.” . . . Yes, it is true! There are more of these . . . little carcasses upon the street . . . The people on 73rd street do not speak to each other. It is too soon for outrage, too late for blindness. It is the time of unresisted horror!
Later, at the police station, the investigation is brisk, conclusive. It is the hospital director speaking. “Fetuses accidentally got mixed up with the hospital rubbish . . . [and] were picked up at approximately 8:15 am by a sanitation truck. Somehow, the plastic lab bag, labeled hazardous material, fell off the back of the truck and broke open. No, it is not known how the fetuses got in the orange plastic bag labeled hazardous material. It is a freak accident.”
The hospital director wants you to know that it is not an everyday occurrence. Once in a lifetime, he says. But you have seen it, and what are his words to you now? He grows affable, familiar, tells you that, by mistake, the fetuses got mixed up with the other debris. (Yes, he says other, he says debris.) He has spent the entire day, he says, trying to figure out how it happened. He wants you to know that. Somehow it matters to him.
He goes on: aborted fetuses that weigh one pound or less are incinerated. Those weighing over one pound are buried at the city cemetery. He says this. Now you see. It is orderly. It is sensible. The world is not mad. This is still a civilized society . . . But just this once, you know it isn’t. You saw, and you know!
I was blind, but now I see!
A Moral Touchstone
          Over the years we have heard politicians from both parties voice their moral convictions on global warming, abortion, energy independence, health care, marriage, and the war on terror. For citizens confused over which policies should have primacy, it is important to realize that while they all have a moral dimension, they have different moral values.
The bedrock of our rule of law is equality and the endowed rights of every individual—the most basic of which, is the right to life. Consequently, policies that most directly and widely uphold the “sanctity of life” take precedence over all others!
That does not mean that affordable housing, environmental protection, and the national debt are not important; they are—extremely so. Each impacts the quality of our lives in one way or another.
It means that protecting the unborn, aged, infirmed, and other vulnerables from being reduced to “non-persons” is morally superior to easing the emotional and financial burden of their caretakers.
It means that saving one million children a year from the holocaust of abortion has a higher moral value than the reproductive “rights” of women.
It means that protecting children from sexual exploitation is more important than protecting the free expression of pornographers.
It means that providing clean water, affordable energy, and medical technology to the developing world is more important than reducing our carbon footprint.
It means that fighting slavery, sex-trafficking, AIDS, genocide and hunger has a higher moral value than fighting global warming.
It means that eliminating our energy and economic dependence on countries sponsoring terrorism, or guilty of human-rights violations, has priority over eliminating off-shore drilling.
It means that liberating the poor from the grip of the welfare state is morally superior to policies that create a permanent underclass.
It means that protecting traditional marriage—proven the best institution for the care and well-being of children—takes precedence over the desires of adults to express their sexual freedom.
In summary, it means that the moral value of any social policy should be judged by how profoundly it guards and defends the endowed rights for all people, especially the right to life!

I was blind, but now I see!

Excerpt - OCTOBER 26, 2017
“Moments of Moral Clarity” – Crisis Magazine

Monday, October 16, 2017

Who Am I to Judge?” 

Kathy and Dick Holland facilitate this timely course concerning the Catholic Moral World View. For eight sessions, Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. in the St. Matthew’s Family Life Center Library, beginning Oct. 17th, strengthen your defenses from a world where individual belief determines morality not the reality of objective morality, natural law, nor LOVE!

“What is Relativism?” “What’s the harm in not believing in or avoiding the consequences of sin?” Wait! Does sin exist at all or is it just judgementalism?”

Plunge into soul-important discussion about the place of morality, virtues, and sin in our “If you think it is ok, I am ok with it, too!” society. Lead by the penetrating, thought provoking video study series featuring Dr. Edward Siri of Augustine Institute, develop a Catholic-eye for the realities of our actions and responsibilities while personalizing each one’s need for friendship, companionship, and Love!


For more information or to enroll, call Dick Holland – 682-3319 – dholland@stmatthewswy.org or just drop-in Tuesday Oct. 17th!