Our Call to Prayer and Worship

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While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy.  And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God. Luke 24:51-53

Altar Servers

Those eight years of age or older who have received their First Communion are welcome to participate in the liturgy by serving with the priest at Mass.  This is an important involvement for our younger members of the parish.

Duties:

  • Carry the cross/candles/incense during the procession into Mass
  • Assist the priest by holding the book from which prayers are read
  • Assist the priest in receiving the gifts during the offertory
  • Assist the deacon  in preparing the altar for Liturgy
  • Assist the priest in the ritual washing of his hands
  • Assist in clearing the altar after the Liturgy
  • Carry the cross/candles/incense during the recession out of Mass

Contact Deacon Rich Foley to find out more about how to become an Altar Server.

 

Altar Society

Candle Ministry

Plant & Garden Ministry

Linen Committee

Eucharistic Ministers

Does your love for the Eucharist include the desire to distribute Communion at Mass or take Eucharist to hospitals, nursing homes or the homebound? Would you like to become more active in our parish liturgy by distributing Communion as an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist? Do you wonder what is required to become a Eucharistic Minister? An Eucharistic Minister primarily and sincerely believes in Christ’s Eucharistic presence and deeply appreciates the divine gift shared in ministry. The Eucharist is at once a sacrifice, thanksgiving, praise, nourishment, healing, giving and receiving. It encapsulates our faith in Jesus’ saving acts through his life, death, and resurrection. An Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist, in giving Christ to the communicant, witnesses to Christ’s love.

A Catholic lay person who has received the sacraments of initiation – Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist is eligible to be an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist. He or she is a person who is willing to make a commitment to serve in one of the most important offices in the Church. By prayerfully responding to God’s love and call, Eucharistic Ministers are to be visible signs of faith, hope and love to all parishioners.

Prayer of Discernment for Becoming an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist

Lord Jesus Christ, I ask your help in discerning whether you are calling me to be a Eucharistic Minister. I trust that you always give me the grace necessary for my life. Please grant me the courage to respond to you with a willing and generous heart. No matter how you are calling me to serve, may my hands bring your compassion and mercy to others. And may I be Eucharist to all I meet. Lord, guide me and fill me with the wisdom I need to understand and accept your call to me. If you are calling me to Eucharistic Ministry, may I not be intimidated by the sacredness of your presence. Instead, fill me with a devout and reverent spirit. As I offer the Eucharistic to others, let me by your presence to them. Give me the grace to be a worthy minister. Amen.

Contact Liz Vugrinecz for more information about how to become a Eucharistic Minister.

 

Liturgy Committee

The parish Liturgy Committee meets every month on the third Wednesday, unless there is a special event or holiday.

The Liturgy Committee is comprised of all the coordinators of the various ministries (e.g. music, readers, ushers) as well as any others who share an interest and enthusiasm for planning high quality worship experiences in the parish.
The Liturgy Committee oversees all regular liturgies throughout the year and plans special liturgies as needed.
The Liturgy Committee also sponsors periodic workshops to improve the quality of various ministries or explore in depth particular forms of liturgical worship, e.g. funeral services.
Anyone interested in joining the Liturgy Committee should contact Deacon Rich.
Music Ministry

Therefore at that time, when all the peoples heard the sound of the horn, flute, lyre, trigon, psaltery, bagpipe and all kinds of music, all the peoples, nations and men of every language fell down and worshiped…Daniel 3:7

St. Matthias places a high value on the place of music and singing in our parish liturgies.  Lead by our Music Director,  our volunteer musicians and singers do a wonderful job in leading our sung prayer week after week.  Each of our three weekend Masses has a somewhat different community profile, although it is our practice to use the same hymns, responses, and sung Mass parts at all three liturgies.

As much as possible we try to avoid the use of hymnals and song sheets, as we encourage everyone to participate in song by following the lyrics which are projected on the wall behind the altar.  Our style of music is mostly contemporary, while we make occasional use of traditional hymns and introduce songs from other languages, especially Spanish.

We emphasize congregational singing over solos and choir pieces, although each of the three music groups would happily welcome additional voices and instrumentalists.

If you are interested in volunteering your vocal or instrumental talents, please contact Randall Watts, our Music Director.

Prayer Shawl Ministry
Prayer Tree Network

St. Matthias has a rich tradition of praying for sick members of the community and their care givers.

The Prayer Tree Network is a community of parishioners who pray for the intentions of St. Matthias Parish and its extended community.

All prayer intentions are requested by phone to the two lead contact people who in turn call the next person on the tree. Prayer requests are also posted on the St. Matthias website (only first names are used). Prayer requests are called in as needed and passed on immediately. Members of the prayer tree network pray on their own time and in their own way.

All prayer requests and contact information are strictly confidential.

Readers

Do you ever wish you could proclaims the readings at Mass? Do you wonder what it takes to be a reader? Do you yearn to participate more actively in the liturgy? As you listen to the readings do you feel the call to liturgical ministry to proclaim the Word of God? To proclaim Scripture in the worshipping community as a reader is a sacred trust. As the voice of the Lord, the reader needs to be an ardent lover of Sacred Scripture. This requires a deeper understanding of the Word of God in the Bible. Participating in a Bible Study is one good way to understand better what you proclaim.

Prayer of Discernment for Becoming a Reader

Lord, as I meditate on your Word, help me to discover whether I can be a worthy servant of Your Word as a Reader. May I be like Jeremiah the prophet who could not hold in your Word. Grant me the grace to give myself completely to your service. Allow your Word to become flesh through me. I realize, Lord, the power of your Word to make your presence a reality in our community of faith. Lord, be in my heart and on my lips that I may worthily proclaim your sacred Word. Give me, Lord, the grace to accept your call willingly and even joyfully. No matter what ministry I choose, may I reach our and touch those who need to hear your words at the proper time. Be with me Lord! Show me how you want me to serve you. Here I am. Amen.

To find out more about how to become a Reader, contact David Rolandelli through the parish office by calling 650-366-9544.

Rosary for Peace Group
Sunday Homilies

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Click on this link to view Archived Homilies.