Letter from Father Matthew
My Dear Brothers and Sisters, I would like to take this opportunity to once again express my gratitude for each and every one of you and for your prayers for my recovery. This past Sunday, August 1st, was my first Sunday Mass with a full congregation since the COVID-19 restrictions. In seeing your faces and how many have returned, I’m reminded of why Holy Mass is God’s greatest gift to us. As St. John Vianney said, “There is nothing so great as the Eucharist. If God had something more precious, He would have given it to us.” The hour we have together and the opportunity to receive the Eucharist is truly precious.
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.
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.