Book Report or Essay Contest

 

 

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A copy of Matthew Kelly’s book, Rediscover Catholicism, was handed out to every family who joined us at St. Matthew for Christmas Mass.

Rediscover Catholicism takes us on an adventure of life-changing proportions.”

How will it affect your life? Are you willing to share your views, your reflections, your ideas? Write a reflective report on the book and submit it to the office no later than Saturday, January 31st, at 5:00pm.  All essays will be read by a team of three designated by Msgr. Walter

Guidelines for writing an essay on the book, Rediscover Catholicism: 

  1. A maximum of 600-700 words (approximately 1 to 1.5 typed pages double spaced)
  2. A clean, concise introduction stating your position on the book
  3. 5 or 6 examples from the book that support your position
  4. A well written closing summary

The papers will be judged on content and whether or not the guidelines were followed. The essay should focus on what you liked about the book or what you do not support in the book.

Anyone who would like to do a book report should state what the book was about. There would be no need to support your position. Guidelines 1 and 4 would only need to be followed.

 

The winner of the book report/essay contest will win an Ipad!!!

Don’t forget, the deadline is 5:00pm on Saturday, January 31st.

 

St. Matthew’s Got Talent!!

St. Matthews TalentAUDITIONS BEING HELD NEXT SUNDAY, JANUARY 18TH FROM 1-3 IN THE GREAT ROOM. Open to all singers, magicians, dancers, comics, musicians of any age. 10 lucky acts will be finalists and will perform at the Notre Dame Convalescent Home Fundraiser on January 31st, at 5:30pm. Prizes will be awarded at the Mardi Gras Celebration, Tuesday, February 17th, and will include the following categories: Best Overall, Senior Winner, Junior Winner and Most Promising Act. The 10 chosen acts must be available on both dates. For more information and to register for an audition time, call our Music Director, Val Wyman, at (203) 451-5959.

 

2015 Coming Events

2015

EXCITING THINGS TO COME IN THE NEW YEAR

 

  • Fund Raiser for the Notre Dame Convalescent Home, Saturday, January 31st
  • The Year of Consecrated Religious Life
  • Mardi Gras – Fund Raiser for the WYD trip to Krakow – Tuesday, February 17th
  • Ash Wednesday – February 18th
  • Book Club – Discussion on Matthew Kelly’s book
  • Lenten Weekend with Fr. Jack Rathschmidt – March 14th, 15th, & 16th
  • “Passion and Purpose for Marriage” – See Allen Hunt live at St. Matthew –    May 2nd
  • Parish Family / Parish Ministry Photo Book
  • Spanish Classes
  • Career Day for our High School and College Youth
  • Weekly Food Pantry and Delivery of Hot Meals
  • Pilgrimage to Washington D.C. – Closing of the Synod
  • World Youth Day 2016 – The Journey to Krakow!

Christmas Carol Sing-a-Long

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Come sing your favorite Christmas Carols with the

St. Matthew Parish Choir

before the 11:00pm Christmas Eve Mass!

The Sing-A-Long will begin at 10:30pm.

Bring your family and friends! All are welcome!

 

Our Parish Advent Project

 

 

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Daily Prayer:  Work on my relationship with the Lord. Take 5 minutes during the day.

 

Advent Reflection Booklet:  A Reflection a day

 

Daily and Sunday Mass:  Invite a relative or friend

 

Confession:          

Every Tuesday during Advent 7:30 – 8:30pm              

Every Saturday 3:15 – 4:00pm

 

Advent Trees for Kids:  

Made up of New Toys and New Hats, Scarves & Gloves (unwrapped)

Trees in the Sanctuary made out of these items which will be given out to :

Our Families

Needy Families in Norwalk

Al’s Angels

Our Lady of Solace, Coney Island

LAMP Catholic Ministries in New York

Help us to build trees in the Sanctuary made from your gifts.

Family Movie Night

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Join us on Friday, December 19th at 7:00pm in the Masterpool Great Room for a feature presentation of  A CHRISTMAS STORY.

Pre-show: Charlie Brown Christmas

A Charlie Brown Christmas

All are Welcome  – Children must be accompanied by an adult.

The evening is free, including free drinks, popcorn, and candy!

Doors open at 6:30pm.

Jesus & Jammies

 

Jesus & Jammies

Join us for “Jesus & Jammies”

Story time, pizza, Christmas carols & more.

Saturday, December 13th from 5:30pm-7:00pm for children up to age 10 accompanied by an adult.

The evening will start in the church promptly at 5:30PM. Children, wear your pajamas and come listen to a Christmas story read by a mystery reader. We are asking each family to bring a new toy, new hats, new mittens or new scarves to be distributed to our own families, Al’s Angels, Norwalk neighbors in need and to homeless children through LAMP Catholic Ministries in New York. Questions please contact the Religious Formation Office at (203) 838-0231 or email stmattreled@gmail.com.

Click here for reservation form.

There are still seats left – Contact the office to find out availability

No Walk-Ins………..Seating Limited

Thanksgiving Week

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Tuesday, November 25th

Interfaith Service, 7:30pm, in the Church          

Temple Shalom,  United Church of Rowayton, United Congregational Church,  St. Matthew Church

All clergy, choirs, members, & guests  

ALL ARE WELCOME!

 

Wednesday, November 26th

Office closes at 12:00 noon

 

Thursday, November 27th, 9:00am Thanksgiving Day Family Mass

All Families and Friends are Invited

Parish and Youth Choirs will be singing

Blessed Bread for your table

Food Donations for our Food Pantry

Special Collection to benefit people in need throughout the year

 

Friday, November 28th

9:30-11:00am Church Clean-up– we need your help!

12:10pm Mass in the Chapel

Office is closed

 

4th Annual Harvest Moon Raffle

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4th ANNUAL HARVEST MOON RAFFLE

  Drawing This Saturday, November 15th, 8:00 pm

 DID YOU BUY YOUR TICKETS YET??

                                                 1st Prize:            $10,000.00

 2nd Prize:             $3,000.00

 3rd Prize:             $2,000.00

 Still Only $25.00 per chance

ONLY 1 WEEK LEFT TO PURHASE YOUR TICKETS!!

GREAT ROOM DOORS OPEN 5:30PM

RAFFLE DRAWING AT 8:00PM

THANKS TO ALL WHO HAVE PURCHASED A TICKET!!!

affle to benefit St. Matthew Parish operations and ministries.

STOP IN THE OFFICE TO BUY YOUR TICKETS!!

Click here for an order form.

Trip to the Haunted Graveyard

Attention All Youth Ministers of St. Matthew:

Join us on November 1, 2014, as St. Matthew takes a trip to

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Bus leaves at 3:30pm and returns at 11:30pm

Open to all Elementary*, Middle*, High School and College Youth:  Choir Members, Ushers, Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, and Altar Servers

*All Elementary and Middle School Ministers must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

The cost of the trip will be:
$24.00 for all Youth Ministry Members
$24.00 for the first parent/guardian
$46.00 for each additional family member in the household
Includes:
Bus Transportation with onboard restroom
Access to most rides (see below) at Lake Compounce as well as special Haunted Graveyard event.
Cost does not include food or beverages

Space is limited to 50 people on a first come first serve basis.

All students must return permission slip in order to attend.  Click here to print permission slip.

Rides
Rides open during the Haunted Graveyard include Boulder Dash, Zoomerang, Ghost Hunt, Wild Cat, Twister, American Flyers, Bumper Cars, Wipe Out, Thunder N’ Lightning, Rev-O-Lution, Wave Swinger, Carousel, Enterprise, Down Time, Giant Wheel, Pirate Ship, Sky Coaster** and Zoomers Gas N’ Go. Crocodile Cove Water Park and Kiddieland rides are not open during The Haunted Graveyard.
**Additional Charge for Sky Coaster