St. Matthew’s is a people called into community by Christ in the Eucharistic liturgy. United in our Catholic faith, we seek to love one another as Christ has loved us (Jn13:34), through service, teaching, witness and sacrifice.

Faith Formation Webinars

Webinars will be offered each week on Wednesday night for Parents and adults seeking to stay connected and grow their knowledge of the Faith each week that Mass suspensions continue, or as long as deemed necessary. Each webinar will be held from 6-7:15 p.m. on the date listed through Google Meet and Peardeck, and will include information translated in English and in Spanish.  For those who couldn't join us due to scheduling conflicts or technical difficulties, the uploaded the video links will be added to the titles as they become available so that you may watch at your leisure.

2020-2021

Heaven, Hell, & Purgatory - (5/12/2021)

What lies ahead of us? What about the "big questions" of life, death, and what comes next? In May, we'll talk about the Last Things, the world to come, and the glory ahead of us as we walk this earthly pilgrimage!

The Resurrection of the Dead - (5/5/2021)

What lies ahead of us? What about the "big questions" of life, death, and what comes next? In May, we'll talk about the Last Things, the world to come, and the glory ahead of us as we walk this earthly pilgrimage!

The Apostolic Church - (4/21/2021)

Many people anymore question the need for a community of faith, especially amidst a pandemic that has isolated many of us, and we've had to make do. But can faith really be separated from community? And what kind of community is the Church Christ founded anyways? This is the third presentation of our April series on the Four Marks of the Church, exploring the essential characteristics of the community Christ founded. Today we'll focus on the word "apostolic," and explore how the Tradition of the Church unites us to the life of Christ and is handed on and preserved by the successors to the Apostles, the Bishops.

The Holy Church of Christ - (4/14/2021)

Many people anymore question the need for a community of faith, especially amidst a pandemic that has isolated many of us, and we've had to make do. But can faith really be separated from community? And what kind of community is the Church Christ founded anyways? This is the second presentation of our April series on the Four Marks of the Church, exploring the essential characteristics of the community Christ founded. Today we'll focus on the essential mark of "holiness," and exploring how the holy people of Christ experience Christ in the holy treasures of the Church.

One Catholic Church - (4/7/2021)

Many people anymore question the need for a community of faith, especially amidst a pandemic that has isolated many of us, and we've had to make do. But can faith really be separated from community? And what kind of community is the Church Christ founded anyways? This is the first presentation of our April series on the Four Marks of the Church, exploring the essential characteristics of the community Christ founded. Today we'll focus on two characteristics; that the Church is "one," and the Church is "Catholic."

The Holy Spirit in the Church - (3/24/2021)

The Ascension transformed how God would interact with humanity forever, opening the door for the anointing and glory of God the Son to come dwell with us. That same anointing and glory, according to the Catechism, is the Holy Spirit, who guides and leads us in all things towards Christ. This week's Family Faith Formation presentation concludes our March series on God's continued presence with us, and transitions us into our April topic: exploring the mission, role, and faith of the Church, the people with whom God continues His mission on Earth.

The Ascension part II: On Earth as in Heaven - (3/10/2021)

"Thy Will be done.... on Earth as it is in Heaven." These words, taken from the Lord's Prayer, offer a challenge to some commonly held beliefs: after all, if heaven is where we go when we die, then how does God's will in heaven come about while we're still on Earth? The Ascension of Jesus Christ holds the key to putting the mysteries of heaven and earth in the right perspective. In part two of this two-part series on the Ascension, William unpacks the radical implications that the mystery of the Ascension holds for our understanding of heaven and earth. We believe that Christ did not leave his human body behind when He entered into the fullness of Divine Glory. The results? As St. John Chrysostom wrote, "What is more beautiful than this? God on earth and man in heaven!"

The Ascension part I: Christ the Judge - (3/3/2021)

Judgment. For many, this word is at least distasteful; at worst, its downright mean. So why do Christian look forward to the day when Christ will judge all peoples? How does the Ascended Christ give us hope that God's justice and mercy always go hand-in-hand? In part one of this two-part series on the Ascension, William explores the Ascension from the perspective of certain roles and offices that Christ fulfills in his Ascension, particularly those of the King and the High Priest. By Ascending, Christ has assumed forever the role of a perfectly-wise King Solomon, who can discern what is good and evil within us perfectly, but Christ is also the eternal lamb who was slain, the perfect healing sacrifice between God and His people.

Lent through the Lens of Easter - (2/24/2021)

Lent leads to Easter; crosses lead to resurrections. Let us hope through the trials of Lent, through the trials of these present times, with the hope proclaimed by the earliest Christians: "This Jesus whom you put to death, God has raised to new life." In this presentation we finish out February's focus on the Passion and Resurrection of Jesus by focusing on the Resurrection as the central moment of human history. After a lifetime of hearing about it, many Christians can almost be desensitized to what is truly a radical proclamation. The Resurrection is the ultimate reminder that God's transforming love has the final word for all who trust in Him.

Take up your Cross this Lent - (2/10/2021)

Christ told his disciples that, if they are to be his disciples, they must each take up their own cross and follow Him. But does that mean we must punish ourselves or do hard, unenjoyable things to please God? In this presentation, we focus on how our suffering, especially the little ascetic practices of Lent, can be made spiritually fruitful because Christ has transformed suffering through His Cross. Far from suffering for suffering's sake, we find that suffering serves a few distinct purposes in the spiritual life, and that suffering is fruitful to the extent that it helps us identify evil in our lives and let Christ sanctify us through the trial.

Did Christ have to Suffer? - (2/3/2021)

If God is truly loving and forgiving, then why does God subject His beloved Son to suffering before forgiving us? Why can't God just forgive and forget? In this presentation, we shift from discussing Christ's life and mission to the crowning mystery of His life, the Passion and Resurrection, and explore how these events transform human suffering and give it new power. Through the suffering of Christ, God has made the consequences of our bad choices into a place where He can meet us and call us into deeper communion.

Becoming Children of God - (1/20/2021)

What is the Good News of the Kingdom of God? More than just that Christ has winning forgiveness for our sins, Christ has opened for all the way to become children of God, a new kind of creature meant to share God's life with the world. In this video, we explore the objective and subjective effects of baptism, and how baptism allows us to appropriate the grace that God intends for us through Christ's Passion and Resurrection.

The Life and Mission of Jesus - (1/14/2021)

What did Jesus come to do for us? The answer is simple and complicated. The Four Gospel authors together paint a picture for us of a new creation, the Kingdom of God, born anew from the self-sacrificial love of God. But they leave unanswered the next most important question: will you choose to participate in Christ's Kingdom on earth? This presentation was created using Prezi Video and OpenShot video editor.

Knowing Jesus - (1/6/2021)

Start this New Year by learning about the source and summit of our Faith; Jesus Christ, Man and God. How do we know what we know about Him? Was He even real? And why are there four (sometimes divergent) accounts of His life in the Bible?

A Christmas Message

Christmas is here! But with the holidays can come a whole slew of expectations and stress. How do we combat this? Perhaps by remembering what Christmas is all about: the mystery of God's grace. I'd like to dedicate this video to my friend, who's struggling in prayer this Christmas. "And I am sure that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ" (Philippians 1:6, NABRE). Stay connected to our family of faith! Like, subscribe, and leave a comment for more messages, challenges, wisdom, and hope for the journey!

The Three Comings of Christ - (12/9/2020)

St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Doctor of the Church, taught that there are three comings of Christ; one in Judea two-thousand years ago, one at the end of time, and one right now, in our very own time. All three of these comings connect to the mystery of the Incarnation, and each achieves a different purpose that draws us into the mystery of Salvation.

Do you have a Destiny? - (12/2/2020)

Here's a presentation on destiny, whether you wanted it or not! Destiny, or fate, is a common theme in popular culture, whether in epic tales of heroes or of heart-warming romances. It's also sometimes offered as an explanation for the inexplicable. But how destiny relates to freedom is sometimes murky. In this presentation, William offers an encouraging take on destiny through the example of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The End of the World! - (11/19/2020)

Popular culture has a lot to say about the end of the world. Zombies, natural disasters, rapture, war and famine; all of this should precede the end. But even though many cite the Bible in support of their ideas, what does the Church teach us about the Day of the Lord and how can reading these stories in the Bible make our lives better today, not just prepare us for the future? Our November webinars will focus around the topics of original sin and scripture, exploring how God has worked in human history to call us back into communion with Godself, how the Bible points to Jesus Christ, and how we can interpret truth within the Bible.

The Interpretation of Scripture - (11/11/2020)

If the Bible reveals God's desire for communion for us, why is it so difficult to read? That's because, in scripture and in life, God desires to partner with us and elevate our human expression to express God's Divinity. That's Divine Inspiration, and that's just one of the helpful concepts we'll cover in this presentation to help you better understand how to better understand the Word of God. Our November webinars will focus around the topics of original sin and scripture, exploring how God has worked in human history to call us back into communion with Godself, how the Bible points to Jesus Christ, and how we can interpret truth within the Bible.

The Point of Scripture - 11/04/2020

Christians like to throw around the Bible; quoting it, praying with it, arguing with it. But what is the Bible actually? What's it for? And how can the Bible help you become the best-version of yourself? In this presentation, we'll explore Catholic teaching about the Bible, and begin to explain just what it means to consider the Bible as God's self-revelation to humanity. Our November webinars will focus around the topics of original sin and scripture, exploring how God has worked in human history to call us back into communion with Godself, how the Bible points to Jesus Christ, and how we can interpret truth within the Bible.

On Angels, Demons, & Spiritual Beings - (10/28/2020)

What are angels and demons actually, and how does that matter for my life? In tonight's webinar, William unpacks some of the Catholic teaching about spiritual beings and how they relate to God and humanity. Spiritual beings are a complicated topic, so prepare yourself for a nice primer on a subject we could discuss at length for hours. Tonight's topic was selected by popular vote among families in our Family Faith Formation program. This will be the last presentation on our October theme (exploring good and evil) before we transition into our November theme, which will involve tackling common questions about Sacred Scriptures.

The Problem of Suffering - (10/15/2020)

How could an all-good God allow evil to exist in a good world? It's a question that many folks wrestle with, and some even suggest that because evil exists, an all-good God cannot exist. We'll focus on this question and it's corollaries throughout the month of October, and unpack the Church's theology of good and evil in pursuit of answers. Tonight we focus on one of life's most difficult questions: why do the innocent suffer, and is their suffering meaningless? To answer this question, we'll first explore the Catechism's answer to why God might allow certain a-moral evils to exist in an imperfect world, then crack open our Bibles to explore the Gospels, the Book of Ecclesiastes, and the Book of Job.

The Problem of Evil - (10/7/2020)

How could an all-good God allow evil to exist in a good world? It's a question that many folks wrestle with, and some even suggest that because evil exists, an all-good God cannot exist. We'll focus on this question and it's corollaries throughout the month of October, and unpack the Church's theology of good and evil in pursuit of answers. Tonight we focus first on two fundamental and related questions: what is God, and what is evil? Drawing definitions from the Catechism, we then use the answers to unpack better understand the existence of moral evil.

Christ, Faithful One and Promise Keeper - (9/23/2020)

God wants to make good on His promises to humanity, but how can God do that when humanity doesn't respond? Christ is the answer, and by being the faithful mediator between God and mankind, God is able to bless humanity through Him. In return, we are called to respond in faith; to assent to God's truth revealed through Christ, and to surrender our lives to God through Christ

A Reason for Faith - (9/16/2020)

When all is said and all is done, why should we be faithful to a God or a religion? So maybe you've got a pretty good idea of what "faith" is and why it matters; I bet you can distinguish faithfulness and unfaithfulness in real life, too. The Old Testament makes the case that God is worth being faithful too, but ends in a way that might leave you unsettled.

Welcome to Family Faith Formation! (9/9/2020)

20-'21 Family Faith Formation has begun for children and their parents at St. Matthew's! Get the scoop on program requirements for the year and get caught up on last night's content with the recording of our live presentation for September 9th, 2020. Contact the Parish office to get your family involved through in-person or distance learning classes!

 

 - 2020

April 1, 2020 Revelation: God's Promises Renewed

-What does it mean to be fully alive / fully human?

-What can we learn about being “fully alive” by comparing the New Jerusalem of Revelation to the Garden of Eden in Genesis?

April 8, 2020:  Holy Week -- A God who Keeps His Promises

-Is the Passion of Jesus Christ still relevant today?

-Why do we “re-enact” the Passion narrative each year through Holy Week?

-What difference does it make to unite our story to Christ’s story?

April 15, 2020:  No session, Happy Easter!

He is Risen, Hallelujah!

April 22, 2020:  Reflecting on Easter at Home

-What difference does resurrection make in this life? (particularly, with regard to our wounds)

-In the circumstances of your life, what is God “resurrecting” in you in this season?

April 29, 2020: Hearing the Voice of God

-Have you ever prayed to God and heard no answer?

-Have you ever wondered if that voice you heard was actually God, or just your own wishful thinking?

We'll be covering some of the basics about how to listen to God in prayer and putting them into practice with help from an experienced guest speaker! Have a candle and a quiet space ready.

May 6, 2020:  “Amen, So Be It!” —Announce the Gospel with Your Life

-To what extent are you “living on mission?”

-What will you do to live more on mission?

-If you had to summarize the Good News about Jesus, how would you do it?

May 13, 2020:  "the Call to be Laity"

May 20, 2020:  The Gospel Call and the Cost of Disciple

Have you “dropped your nets?”

-The Call to Evangelize- what did Jesus mean when he said “Go and make disciples?”

-The Kerygma- What role should preaching play in spreading the Faith