Message from Father Matthew
My Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The past few years during the COVID-19 pandemic have presented both challenges and opportunities. We have been challenged in our gatherings, liturgically and in community. We have been challenged in our offerings of discipleship formation and the sacraments.
Our times, schedules, and ways of doing things have been shaken up.
However, many opportunities have come forward. We have continued to be a parish – serving our community in different ways, while fixing our eyes on Jesus. We’ve tried new things and I hope to continue innovating through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
What does it mean to be part of the St. Patrick’s parish community? I have learned that it requires love – but not just any kind of love. The love that Jesus modeled for us. A love that focuses solely on the other, on their needs and concerns. It means welcoming all those in our parish – whether they drop in for coffee at Holy Grounds, attend Alpha to ask questions, or register with our school – with a kind of hospitality that says “this is your home too.”
So, whether you are new to the parish, a longstanding member, or just searching – I pray that you find a home at St. Patrick’s, where authentic love flourishes and Jesus is proclaimed.
Yours In Christ,
Father Matthew To
Coffee with Margaret
The community at St. Patrick's is a thriving and vibrant one because we appreciate and enjoy the unique gifts that each person brings. We would love to get to know you better! Please send us a note; come, join Margaret or another staff member for coffee or tea or treat. Tell us about you. Or take some time to enjoy a fantastic cup of coffee and talk about the events of the day. There are so many opportunities here to join, participate, and celebrate our Lord.
The Good News
Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) paragraph 1 – 3;
God, infinitely perfect and blessed in himself, in a plan of sheer goodness freely created man to make him share in his own blessed life. For this reason, at every time and in every place, God draws close to man. He calls man to seek him, to know him, to love him with all his strength. He calls together all men, scattered and divided by sin, into the unity of his family, the Church. To accomplish this, when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son as Redeemer and Savior. In his Son and through him, he invites men to become, in the Holy Spirit, his adopted children and thus heirs of his blessed life.
So that this call should resound throughout the world, Christ sent forth the apostles he had chosen, commissioning them to proclaim the gospel: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.” Strengthened by this mission, the apostles “went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that attended it.”
Those who with God’s help have welcomed Christ’s call and freely responded to it are urged on by love of Christ to proclaim the Good News everywhere in the world. This treasure, received from the apostles, has been faithfully guarded by their successors. All Christ’s faithful are called to hand it on from generation to generation, by professing the faith, by living it in fraternal sharing, and by celebrating it in liturgy and prayer.
You were created for a personal relationship with God.
We know God loves you and has a plan for you. Sin has separated us from God, but it does not change God's love for us. Jesus Christ's life, passion, death, and resurrection redeemed us from sin and restores God's plan for us to be in a personal relationship with Him; allowing us to become God's adopted sons and daughters. This is the Good News! In love with Christ, transformed by the Gospel, and strengthened by the Sacraments; St. Patrick's and the entire Catholic Church exist to proclaim this message to our community and bring Him to others.