The Matthian Newsletter
We’re Still Here
Volume 4, Issue 1: Sunday, July 5, 2020
Masses have resumed and the Church is still alive and well.
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.
All Are Welcome at Mass!
NEW: As of July 1st, Governor Newsom has ordered that “houses of worship” discontinue singing. We will continue to have instrumental music, but no one will be singing. “Activities such as singing and chanting negate the risk reduction achieved through six feet of physical distancing,” the state said in its new guidelines.
When you arrive to Church, a member of our staff will greet you at one of the double doors. There are baskets at both entrances for your donations (thank you!) We will direct you to a pew. Pews are numbered and every other pew is blocked off to maintain the mandatory 6 ft. of physical distance between households. Masks are required. Eucharistic Ministers will bring Communion to you. At the end of Mass, we ask that you exit quickly as we have cleaning protocols to begin. If you would like to volunteer to help us with the end of Mass cleaning, please speak to Sabrina, Lisa, Deacon David or Deacon Rich. We welcome your assistance!
REMINDER: The dispensation from attending Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation remains in effect. Those who are 50+ years old or have a pre-existing health condition that makes you more vulnerable to infection should stay home.
Those who have already completed the Informed Consent Form are not required to complete a form each weekend. If next weekend is your first time back, please bring your completed Informed Consent Form. (If you forget, don’t worry — we have copies in Fr. Lacey Hall).
A new page on the parish website has been created for COVID-19 updates. Please check frequently to stay up to date. https://www.stmatthiasparish.org/covid-19-updates/
Beginning July 5th: St. Matthias 10:30 am Mass will be Live streamed on YouTube
Beginning today, Sunday, July 5th St. Matthias’ 10:30 am Sunday Mass will be live streamed. We have established a YouTube channel for parishioners to access this Mass each weekend. Click here to learn more.
Scripture Reflection – The Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
During the coronavirus pandemic as we deal with day to day anxieties, many of us find the time to pray asking for and seeking feelings of inner peace. In today’s Gospel, Jesus says, “Come to me all who labor and find life burdensome, I will give you rest.” 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
Faith Formation Ideas for Families
* Bible Study: Our Breaking Open the Word group for parents is ongoing. If you would like to join, please email Sabrina. We are meeting on Wednesdays at 3:30 pm. Click here to read more.
For Families with Children:
Check out St. Matthias’ Pinterest Page for faith formation ideas for families for the month of July. https://www.pinterest.com/smff2013/july-family-faith-ideas/
Peninsula Multifaith Coalition: Samaritan House Collection
Samaritan House of San Mateo is in need of children’s socks and undergarments for distribution through their Kids Closet. We thought we could help by organizing a donation drive to collect these items now so they are ready to be delivered once the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted (hopefully before school starts in August). Click here for more information.
Thank you for your continued support!
With the COVID-19 pandemic impacting everyday life, St. Matthias Parish would like to thank everyone for their continued support, both spiritual and financially. As we adapt to these unprecedented times, we are committed to serve our community as best we can. Please remember to check our website www.stmatthiasparish.org for updates.