In the Year of Our Lord 2012                                          Fall Volume  A 9.2012

Text Box: The Good News of St Matthew Catholic Parish

Reflections Year of Faith 2012-2013


Getting to know you

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St. Matthew School News


Margie Marquez & Alfredo


My Lady Rosary   Makers


Saint Vincent De Paul


St Matthew Picnic see the photo’s here


Text Box: Year of faith our Blessed Mother Oct. 11 2012 ~ Nov 24,2013
Text Box: As the Year of the Faith draws near we become very aware of our need as Catholics to evangelize and share our Faith with non-Catholic Christian friends. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation about Catholics and what we believe. Many years ago Bishop Fulton Sheen on his TV show made the statement "There are not one hundred people in the United State who hate the Catholic church, but there are millions who hate what they wrongly perceive the Catholic church to be." For example, one of the most common myths about Catholics has to do with our devotion and reverence of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We do not worship the Blessed Mother but we do pray to her as well as the saints to intercede with Our Lord on our behalf. The reason for this misunderstanding is because non-Catholics proclaim the Bible as the only infallible authority of God's revelation for Christians. This belief is called sola scriptura. Our Catholic infallible authority is based on Holy Scripture and Holy Tradition, and cannot be separated since they both flow from Jesus, and were handed on from generation to generation by the Apostles and their successors. The Magisterium provides authentic interpretation of both Scripture and Tradition. The Catholic beliefs in the Immaculate Conception and the Assumption are not found in the Bible. However, a study of the early Church fathers reveals these beliefs were held throughout history. 
   As a consequence, it is important to explain to non-Catholics that we believe God's revelation is derived from Scripture, Holy Tradition and the Magisterium
                                    from a parishioner