Evangelization

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The Evangelization Committee raises awareness of St. Matthias Parish by spreading the word of the Bible and St. Matthias mission while encouraging spirituality. The committee’s goal is to determine marketing strategies for inviting people of the area to St. Matthias Parish by raising awareness of active parishioners and mission activities. These strategies are targeted to those who have no church affiliation in any religious tradition, including Catholics who may be inactive in their faith, Catholics who may attend Mass but have no specific parish affiliation, and those who are registered members of St. Matthias but seemingly inactive.

To get involved, contact Brian Jens.



Why Do Catholics Do That?

The Eucharist – Do Catholics Worship a Symbol?

The Catholic Church believes infallibly (without the possibility of error) that Jesus is present body, blood, soul, and divinity in the Holy Eucharist. This dogma is clearly revealed in scripture. Tak…

Is missing Sunday Mass a mortal Sin?

We should first call to mind the importance of the Mass. Each Sunday, and Holy days of obligation, we gather together as a Church with hearts filled with joy to worship Almighty God. We remember and p…

Have a Pope?

For Catholics, the Pope is considered the spiritual successor to the Apostle Peter. He is the Supreme Pastor of the Catholic Church, God’s steward ordained to authoritatively teach, unify, and p…

Light Candles

Jesus said that he was the Light of the World and that He came to shine a light for a dark and sin-filled world. His Light was Truth exposing the sin that hid in the blackness. Catholics light candles…

Cross their Forehead, Lips and Heart at the Gospel

My first thought is that we want to keep the Word of Christ with us in all of our body and soul.  You know We make a small Cross on our Four Heads, we are keeping the word on our minds we think a…

Go to Confession?

Can you picture what it feels like to hold a fresh piece of laundry after it has been washed and dried? You take it, smell it, and feel that rush of satisfaction that comes with clean laundry. It’s al…

Light the Easter Fire?

One of the most beautiful things about the Catholic Church is the use of symbols to communicate meaning. Fire, one of the most frequently used symbols in our faith, communicates a number of different …

Why do Catholic Cardinals wear Red?

Colors in the Catholic Faith are a significant symbolism.  Throughout our Catholic Faith tradition there are many colors associated to different Liturgical seasons of the year.  Colors are a…

Why do Priests kiss the Altar at Mass?

It is clear that from the earliest times a kiss was not only a token of love, but also under certain circumstances a symbol of profound respect. For example, the son of Sirach (Ecclus., xxix, 5) descr…

The Flight Into Egypt

The Flight into Egypt, a well-known story about Jesus, Mary and Joseph, is one of the listed Seven Sorrows of Mary It happened that some time after Jesus was born, than He began to be persecuted by He…

The Epiphany

THE ADORATION OF THE MAGI The Mother of God knew by supernatural enlightenment that on the night of the Nativity an angel had been sent to announce the birth of the Savior of mankind to the three Magi…

Light 4 or 5 candles during the Advent Season

Advent (ad-venio in Latin or “to come to”) is a time of waiting, expectation, and preparation for the birth of Jesus the Christ, the world’s savior, on Christmas Day.  Advent is the …

Why do Catholics pray for souls in Purgatory?

One of the most beautiful things about the Church is that it is the Body of Christ. Whether it’s the Church on Earth, or in Heaven, or in Purgatory, it is all one Body, and it is all connected. Our ve…

Are Ghosts Real?

As Halloween quickly approaches and we begin to see horror movies in the theaters, an obvious question that sometimes get asked is, “Is any of this real? Do ghosts actually exist? And as for believing…

Confirmations

Can you explain why priests are doing Confirmations? In the past, only Bishops confirmed. Also, what happened to the slap in Confirmations? Priests could always do Confirmation in case of an emergency…

Catholic Guilt – Good or Bad?

Have you ever felt bad for doing something wrong, and had someone tell you that you have Catholic Guilt? What is Catholic Guilt? Why is it labeled Catholic? The phrase Catholic Guilt was coined in ref…

Why doesn’t the Church sell all its wealth and give the money to the poor?

The beauty of the Catholic Church is something to behold.  The Catholic Church has huge churches filled with large paintings. Some churches are made of elaborate marble, and even some priests’ chalice…

Can Catholic women become priests?

This question has been around the Church for a very long time.  There are even some women that have gone so far as to defy the authority of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, receiving …

Can Catholics be Cremated?

The answer to this question is very simple, but it does have some intricacies to be aware of.  Our own Parish has installed a Columbarium and due to the popularity is planning to expand it in the near…

The Immaculate Conception vs the Incarnation

Few doctrines of the Catholic Church are as misunderstood as the two dogmas of the Immaculate Conception and the Incarnation. Simply put, the Immaculate Conception has to do with Mary and the Incarnat…

Is the Pope Infallible?

It is said of Pope John XXXIII who ushered in the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) that he said the following to a group of seminarians:  “I am not infallible.  The pope is only infallible when he s…

A Parishioner’s Question

Here’s another question I’ve been wondering about.  Why is it only during certain times i.e. Lent, is there a choice between saying the Apostle’s Creed or the Nicene Creed.  Why isn&…

Not Say Alleluia During Lent?

As a Catholic routine becomes, at times second nature.  Some of us maybe don’t even need the worship booklet because we know exactly what readings and songs come where.  But, during Lent you may want …

Fast During Lent

Why Do Catholics Fast During Lent? Lent is always an interesting time of the year because it is most notable for “fasting.” Most Catholics know that the basic “don’t eat on Fridays,” which is populari…

Why do Catholics…

stand, sit, and kneel during Mass? If you have ever talked with someone who has seen a Mass for the first time they might tell you that coming to Mass is an odd experience, especially with all the mov…

Why Do Catholics…

celebrate Christmas on December 25th? Although the date of Christ’s birth is not given to us in Scripture, there is documented evidence that December 25 was of some significance to Christians as early…

Why Do Catholics…

Genuflect? We Catholics genuflect because we are making a sign of reverence before the Real Presence of Our Lord, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity, in the Tabernacle We make this sign of respect as a wa…

Why do Catholics…

Have a Tabernacle Lamp Why do Catholics have a Tabernacle Light glowing and shining every day and every night, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, except one? This is a …

Why Do Catholics Say Amen?

05/05/2015 Why do we say “Amen”? Amen is to say “I agree” or to say “it is true”. Amen is a word of commitment to what has been spoken. When we conclude a prayer with “Amen” we are firmly …

Why Do Catholics Pray To Saints?

04/14/2015 Why Do Catholics pray to saints? It’s a common misconception, Catholics actually pray with saints, not to them. Have you ever asked anyone to pray for you when you were having a hard time? …

Why Do Catholics Use Blessed Palms on Palm Sunday?

3/22/2015 Having just celebrated the beautiful mass of Palm Sunday, one might wonder, why do we even use Palms and process around the church on this day? Palm Sunday dates back to 4th century Jerusale…

Why Do Catholics Give Up Meat on Friday’s in Lent?

2/17/2015 In this new series, “Why Do Catholics Do That?” we will explore common questions about the faith and provide a brief explanation. This week’s question is…     Why Do Catholic’s Give Up Meat …