The Matthian:
We’re Still Here

Volume 6, Issue 3: Sunday, September 20, 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.

Outdoor Mass Continues with Parishioners

Thank you to all who have been attending our outdoor Masses. We chose the location, behind the rectory, because this is the shadiest spot on the property. There is ample shade around the perimeter of the area and under the tent. If you prefer to sit in the shade, please arrive a few minutes before Mass to stake out your chalk circle. (Arriving early also helps with the check in process).

Please remember to bring your own chair. We do have a small number of chairs that can be borrowed by parishioners, but they need to be wiped down after each use. Continue to wear your mask, be conscientious about maintaining six feet distance between you and others, and use the provided hand sanitizer when you arrive. Feel free to wear a hat and sunglasses during Mass.

If you have questions, please email Sabrina.

Mass is live-streamed 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-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

It seems like we compare ourselves to others all the time.  Comparison is one of the most fruitless endeavors in the spiritual life.  At the same time, it is one we are quickly and regularly drawn into.

In today’s Gospel, the parable of the landowner illustrates the contrast of human productivity with the gift of God’s goodness given freely.  From our limited perspective, God’s gifts seem excessive and disproportionate.  If fact, our need to compare, our need to be “fair,” and our need to be better than another, often leads to resentments.  God’s gifts, however, are freely given.  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

UPDATE: Senior Socials

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? Imagine the smiles and laughter we could share!

St. Charles and St. Matthias are hosting Senior Socials. These virtual gatherings take place via Zoom and/or Facebook. St. Charles and St. Matthias are hosting Senior Socials. These virtual gatherings take place via Zoom and/or Facebook. Our first event is a sing-a-long with Jim Stevens, on Facebook Live, September 30 at 2:00 PM.

And, if you’d like to add input to the types of activities we could host, just fill in the brief, confidential survey on the front page of the St. Charles Church website. Click here to read more and access the survey.

NEW: League of Women Voters Pros and Cons

We invite you to join us at one of the Zoom webinars listed below. There will be a live Q&A during the presentation.

Sign up at our LWVSSMC website for your choice of webinar. Zoom links for each date will be posted. Copy the Zoom link to your calendar or click on the Zoom link at the time of the webinar. Click here for more information.

NEW: Happy Birthday, Flora Quaccia

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Flora Quaccia!

On Tuesday, September 15th, parishioner, Flora turned 100 years young! Let’s flood Flora’s mail box with 100 birthday cards. Send a card to Flora Quaccia c/o St. Matthias, 1685 Cordilleras Road, Redwood City, CA 94062 by Sept 30th and we will deliver them to her.

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.

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 was delayed for one week and will begin next Sunday, Sept 27th 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.