The Matthian:
We’re Still Here

Volume 6, Issue 2: Sunday, September 13, 2020

OUTDOOR MASS Each Sunday at 9:30 am
Some ministries have resumed and we are adjusting to virtual meetings.
Welcome to the latest issue of The Matthian.
A nod to the founding members of the parish community, utilizing a new way to communicate and stay in touch.

Despite Poor Air Quality, Mass was Outdoors!

Despite the poor air quality we are experiencing due to the fires in California, Oregon and Washington states, our Mass was celebrated outdoors again today.

Fr. Samuel was our presider this morning. Read Deacon David’s homily below.
Thank you for bringing your chairs, wearing your masks, and maintaining six feet of distance between households. Our bulletin will serve as a worship aid, please pick up a copy on your way in.

If you were wondering about the livestream, please know that due to a glitch, the video didn’t post in real time to YouTube, but it did get posted after Mass. If you missed it this morning, you can view it here. 

If you have questions, please email Sabrina.

As mentioned above, this morning we had some technical difficulties with live-streaming Mass. Necessary repairs will be made this week to ensure that Mass can be live-streamed next Sunday to our YouTube channel “Live Streams from St. Matthias in Redwood City.” Please subscribe to the channel for easier access.

St. Charles will offer one Mass per weekend, Sunday 8:30 am outdoors in the parking lot between the Parish Center and Church. Folks are invited to bring their own chairs. This Mass will also be live streamed to St. Charles’ Facebook page.

If you miss the live stream, videos of each weekend Mass are available on YouTube and Facebook and our parish website,

UPDATE: YouTube no longer supports email notifications to subscribers. Please click here to read updated instructions. 

Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

C.S. Lewis once wrote, “Everyone says that forgiveness is a lovely idea until they have something to forgive.”  Lewis captures well, I think, the quandary, the emotional turmoil we can experience when faced with the decision to forgive, especially when it can’t undo the pain, the suffering, or the damage inflicted. Click here to read more.

Subscribe to the St. Matthias Bulletin

Due to the restrictions in place because of the global pandemic, all worship aids were removed from Church except the weekly bulletin. This now contains the readings for Sunday Mass, prayer requests and Mass Intentions. You can receive this resource to your email inbox by subscribing or at Mass. Subscribe to the bulletin by clicking here

NEW: Senior Socials

Have you heard of Zoom? Are you on Facebook? Both are ways to make virtual connections with others via computer, smartphone, or tablet. It has been a long six months. We certainly have missed being with you in church and at our monthly Senior Luncheons. Wouldn’t it be fun to reconnect, especially to see one another again? Click here to read more. 

NEW: Virtual Shadow Dates for Notre Dame High School, Belmont

For families with 8th grade daughters, virtual shadow dates are open at Notre Dame High School in Belmont!  8th graders spend a day experiencing classes, meeting students, and getting a taste of all that Notre Dame has to offer. Click here to read more.

NEW: Family Faith Formation at St. Matthias

Today, our faith formation program, GIFT (Generations in Faith Together) began. This program is a family-based faith formation program for those with school-aged children. The program seeks to accomplish two goals: to lead people into communion, into intimacy with our Lord Jesus Christ and to form disciples. These goals speak to the internal and external dimensions of our faith. A faith that is rooted and grounded in our personal relationship with our Lord, and our call to action in the world.

If you have children who are school aged and have not yet signed up for GIFT, please contact Sabrina Harper for more information. It’s not too late to sign up!

Becoming Catholic – RCIA

RCIA begins on Sunday, September 20th at 10:30 am.
Do you know someone who has thought about becoming Catholic or, for whatever reason, has been baptized but has not been confirmed or received Holy Communion?

The Roman Catholic Church has a process for adults who desire to become Catholic or to complete the Sacraments of Initiation for those already Baptized (Confirmation, Eucharist). Click here to read more. 

Adult Faith Formation Events 

Bible Study will begin Sept 14th, RCIA will begin Sept 20th.
If you are interested in either of those programs, contact Deacon Rich.

Breaking Open the Word Group – Meeting on Thursday at 11:00 am
“When I first received the email from Sabrina on May 1 inviting me to the small Faith Sharing Group, I knew that this was something that I had to do.  I had been let go from my job that very same day so I took this as a sign from God … read more.