Archbishop Cordileone has asked all the pastors in the Archdiocese to invite the faithful to participate in the worldwide consultation for the General Synod on the Family which will happen in October of this year. The preparation document (called the Lineamenta) and accompanying questionnaire are posted as a link below. Those wishing to participate in the consultation should send me (Fr. Craig) their written responses (either signed or anonymous) by the deadline of February 21. I need to send a summary of the parishioner responses to the Archbishop by the end of February.
On behalf of the parish staff, our many parish organizations, and the entire parish community, I wish to welcome you to St. Matthias Catholic Church. Established and built at the time of the Second Vatican Council, we pride ourselves as parish in truly being a local Catholic community dedicated to living out the Gospel message and giving witness to the Holy Spirit’s presence among us in these modern, sometimes challenging, times. Today, fifty-one years after the parish’s founding, we are more vibrant than ever: a church for the twenty-first century.
You will find in our parish a wide variety of people: old, young, married, single, affluent, blue-collar, converts, cradle Catholics, progressive, traditional, questioning, and those still seeking deeper faith. As the ethnic profile of our neighborhood in Redwood City has changed over the years, so it is evolving in our parish community. We hope you will find your special place with us and join us in prayer and worship week after week. In this, our new website, you will find many opportunities for service, faith formation, and parish involvement. However, if you find something missing that you need to develop your Catholic faith, we want to hear about it and make every attempt to respond to your need.
Our liturgies are true celebrations, each with its own particular style, yet united in the same spoken and sung prayers. Our outreach efforts work tirelessly to serve the poor, the lonely, the ill, the spiritually hungry. Our education programs for children and adults strive to bring us to a deeper understanding of our faith, our Scriptures and our Catholic traditions. And we do not forget to celebrate and examine ourselves, in parish retreats, parties, dinners, coffee hours, concerts, and seasonal events.
It is a privilege to be pastor to this loving community, so alive with faith and good works. On behalf of all of us, I invite you to join us — to join your own goodness to St. Matthias’ embrace of its mission and of God’s people.
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Craig (Forner)