Catholic Social Teaching

Made for Community: An Introduction to Catholic Social Teaching
9 weeks
Father Peter Ascik, Rachel Willoughby and Dr. David Glasow
Wednesdays, April 14 to June 14
7 to 9 pm
Banquet Room
No Fee, please register (click the title of the class)

“To teach and to spread her social doctrine pertains to the Church’s evangelizing mission and is an essential part of the Christian message…” (Centessimus Annus, 5)

Pope St. John Paul II has two things to say about the social teaching of the Catholic Church: it is essential and it is evangelical. The social teaching of the Catholic Church helps us understand who we are and how we are to relate to one another. How do we answer the perennial question: Lord, who is my neighbor? Jesus answered this question with the story of the Good Samaritan. How do we see our world today through the eyes of the Good Samaritan? Created for community, it is essential that we spend some time contemplating the goods and structures of societies. It is precisely because it is so essential, affecting every aspect of our worldly lives, that the social teaching of the Catholic church is such fertile ground for evangelization. We pray for the earth to be made like the kingdom of heaven daily in the Our Father. Through its social teaching, the Church works toward this reality.
Through these nine weeks of Catholic Social Teaching, we will work through the approach of the Catholic Church to some of the major questions of our times, encounter some heroes of recent history who lived these principles well, and hopefully leave more inspired to live out these principles ourselves.

“The Church, in fact, has something to say about specific human situations, both individual and communal, national and international.” (Centessimus Annus, 5)

Join us on Wednesday, April 14 to find out what it is.

Virtual Talk: God is Not Angry at You

Virtual Talk – March 24 -6 to 7:30 pm

Talk by Dr. Denis McNamara
March 24
6 to 7:30 pm
In the great tradition of the Church, God is understood as Love Itself, a Father who sent his Son to rescue humanity and bring it back to his heart. Yet through the centuries, the Father has come to be known at times as angry, remote and untrustworthy. This illustrated lecture will introduce a biblical and liturgical understanding of both God’s love and his justice to help our Lenten practices of conversion and discipline might be understood as a delightful movement toward his loving Heart.

See Dr. Denis McNamara’s bio on the page

Build an Easter basket for our friends in need

Two options for building an Easter basket for our friends in need!

At its origin the Easter Basket was a sign of prayer, hope and thankfulness for a fruitful Spring season. In the same spirit, join us this Lent in prayerful gratitude for our bountiful blessings by participating in our St. Matthew food “basket” drive.

There are two ways to participate:
Option 1: Assemble an Easter Meal Basket Due: Saturday, March 27 between 10 am and 1 pm in the Parish Center Gym.
Prepare an 18 gallon plastic tub with a lid and include as many of the nonperishable food items listed below to create nearly complete meals. You may also add a personal note to the receiving family. Please drop the completed basket in the Parish Center Gym on Saturday, March 27 between 10 am and 1 pm.

Option 2: Donate single food items in the large grey receptacles at the front entrance of the Church March 13 to 21.
Drop any single items from the list below and drop them off in the large grey receptacles located at the front entrance to the Church between March 13 to 21.

See the list of suggested donations click HERE

St. Matthew Lenten Resource Page

Visit the St. Matthew Lenten Resource webpage where you will find many Lenten resources right at your finger tips. You will find Mass times, Confession times, Stations of the Cross for adults, teens and families, Lenten Recipes, Spiritual reading resources, and more for your Lenten journey.

Find this page: or click HERE

St. Matthew Podcast Episodes Air Weekly

(Not) The Only One

A St. Matthew podcast for teens on an open, vulnerable and Catholic journey.

Tune in on Spotify, Apple Podcast, or wherever you access your favorite podcasts and search St. Matthew Catholic Church.  New episodes air every Thursday.  To discover more about our newest way to connect, or to submit topics, questions and encouragement, visit our PODCAST page!


Are you, or is someone you know, considering joining the Catholic Church? Are you, or is someone you know, hoping to receive the sacrament of Confirmation or recommit to the Catholic Church after a long time away?

See the RCIA page on the website, available via this link, for an interest form, schedule, and more.

Questions? Contact Rachel Willoughby at


At you will be able to view Catholic content in studies, audios, e-books, documentaries, movies and so much more. There is a wide variety of Children’s content as well.

Here is an audio by Dr. Brant Pitre on FORMED: Jesus the Bridegroom 

In this stunning talk, Dr. Pitre applies his knowledge of the Jewish roots of Christianity to the very heart of the Gospel: the love of Christ. You will learn what it really means to have a “personal relationship” with Jesus Christ as Lord, Savior, and Bridegroom.

To register for free… How do parishioners register for our parish’s FORMED subscription?
Registering for FORMED is easier than ever:
1. Go to
2. Select your parish by entering name, city and/or zip code
3. Register with your name and email address
4. Check that email account for a link to begin using FORMED

Contact Judy Stumbo for help: