In their statement on Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, the U.S. Catholic bishops remind Catholics about the call to participate in political life. "In the Catholic tradition," they write, "responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation" (no. 13). For a brief summary of the U. S. bishops' statement, click here. Visit www.faithfulcitizenship.org today to read the statement, watch videos, download podcasts, and access other great resources.
In their statement on Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, the U.S. Catholic bishops apply Catholic teaching to many important issues affecting human life and dignity. One issue is "Wars, terror, and violence which raise serious moral questions on the use of force and its human and moral costs in a dangerous world, particularly the absence of justice, security, and peace in the Holy Land and throughout the Middle East" (Introductory Note).
The Homeless Ministry needs additional volunteers to provide donations of breakfast food for the poor and homeless who visit our parish on Monday mornings for breakfast, Bible study, a bagged lunch, and toiletries.
Archdiocesan Resource Guides are now available online through Catholic Charities! If you know someone in need of a specific service, these guides offer comprehensive listings for Washington, DC, and the counties of Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, St. Mary’s, and Prince George’s.
We are thrilled that 200 households have contributed to the campaign to complete our wonderful organ in time for the 175th Anniversary of the Parish. With your incredible generosity, we have surpassed the 85% mark on our way to completion. We are confident that we will achieve our goal. This month we are hoping that you will consider making a donation to this worthy effort or add to your existing contribution.
Are you looking for a way to grow in your faith? Consider being an RCIA sponsor, and share your faith with someone who is discerning full initiation in the Catholic Church. Fifteen to twenty women and men have begun the RCIA process this summer. Each of them needs a sponsor. To learn more, please contact Theresa Prymuszewski at 202-587-5139 or email@example.com..
Each spring during the Easter season, St. Matthew’s offers adult Confirmation preparation for active, baptized Catholics who already have received their First Eucharist. Preparation includes four Thursday evenings (April 23, 30, May 7 and 14) and one Saturday Retreat (May 16).
During Advent, we reflect upon the many blessings of the Lord, including those graces experienced at St. Matthew’s. It is your generous response that enables the building up the Kingdom of God in our parish and our community.