Update – 9/16/20
View the latest Holy Synod Schedule here: Virtual ECC 2020 Synod Schedule (PDF)
A message from Fr. Arturo…
Subject: The role of the Delegates and Observers at our National Convocation of the Ecumenical Catholic Church (ECC). This “coming together” is officially called The Holy Synod. A brief history is described below. View more information about this year’s Holy Synod here.
After several contacts, dialogue and preparations, in the Springtime of 2003, Saint Matthew Church of Orange, CA was the meeting point of the very First Convocation of 13 different Independent Catholic Communities from all over the country who wanted to come together to form a single National Independent Catholic Religious Organization under the leadership of Bishop Peter Hickman. The First Convocation was held at Double Tree Hotel, Santa Ana – Orange County Airport.
In 2003 when I met with the first Delegates, I shared space with leadership representation of each participating church as an “observer” and invited guest of Bishop Peter. I met with parish council members, pastors/representatives and their significant others, and interested individuals with their available family, who were curious to find out more about what this “coming together and all are welcome” was all about.
After the Second “Convocation” in Las Cruces, New Mexico in 2005, I was already a “Delegate” to the House of Clergy, representing the Spanish Community and as an Associate Pastor to Bishop Peter at Saint Matthew Church in Orange, CA. The participants learned the importance of having official Delegates representing the voices of the clergy and the laity to accomplish the following: (1) establish some order for operational efforts, (2) facilitate agreements and (3) finalize decisions during the meetings in the Plenary Sessions. In addition, each session’s time frame was split up, to provide opportunities to address both (1) laity concerns and (2) clergy concerns. Thus, we established “The House of Laity” and “The House of Clergy.”
Fast forward 2020. It has been customary to hold the Synod every two years, except after the third Synod at St. Pete Beach, Florida. Instead, a Pastor’s Retreat took place in St Louis, MO, which made it a challenge to allow for more preparation from leadership, resulting in the skipped Synod. We still have the same variety of participants every time, just as the First Convocation of 2003 presented. Delegates, Observers, and invited guests eagerly attend. And, as it has been, to keep the Synod discussions in order, everybody is given a voice, but only official Delegates can vote when it comes to decisions and agreements in each of the Houses.
There is a process of preparation for the Delegates to study and find out what are they voting on at the Synod, including what is on the table for discussion, what are the proposals and what is expected overall. Delegates from Saint Matthew have separate preparatory meetings before going to and attending each Synod. Our representatives of Saint Matthew engage in these meetings before and during each Synod, which spearheads the preparations for the entire California Group (now diocese), allowing us to have a more cohesive stand in front of the National Organization Representatives, the ECC.
I hope this succinct background narrative inspires interest from our community of Saint Matthew, to take into consideration the National Organization, the ECC, which our beloved Bishop Peter founded. He firmly believes that as a church we exist for something greater than ourselves, and the ECC with its inclusivity message is His greatest gift to the Catholic Church.
Attend Mass in Person (inside the church) English and Spanish Beginning Sunday February 14th, all are welcome to attend Mass indoors again. Please note that Mass will no longer be held
Beginning Sunday February 14th, all are welcome to attend Mass indoors again. Please note that Mass will no longer be held outdoors, only indoors and online. Join us at 9:30 a.m. (English) and 12:30 p.m. (Spanish). We will be keeping with the recommended practices listed below for everyone’s safety and as per California COVID guidelines. We look forward to seeing you all again inside our beautiful church sanctuary!
Click on the link below at 9:30am PST (English) or 12:30pm PST (Spanish). Please note that you may need to refresh the page to see the live video.
Click here to access the Liturgical Aids (scroll down to “Liturgical Aids for Online Mass”)
Recordings will be available on Facebook after the scheduled Mass times on our Videos page.
We will try our best to also have the recording available on our website for this Sunday (later in the day), but as we are still a little new to Zoom, we appreciate your patience with us. We definitely plan to post our recordings on our website, but this may take a bit of time to accomplish. Please continue to check out the website periodically for updates. Thank you!
(Sunday) 9:30 am
St. Matthew’s Social Justice and Outreach ministry will begin collecting food and toiletry donations weekly at the 9:30 am and 12:30 pm masses. Donations can be left at the church
St. Matthew’s Social Justice and Outreach ministry will begin collecting food and toiletry donations weekly at the 9:30 am and 12:30 pm masses. Donations can be left at the church door closest to the outdoor-mass tent. Donations needed include healthy canned and dried food, toiletries, sanitizing and cleaning supplies, diapers (adult and children) and baby wipes. This collection supports working-poor families of our community and is distributed by Western Service Workers Association of Santa Ana.
A Little Information About WSWA
Western Service Workers Association (WSWA) is a free and voluntary, private, unincorporated membership association which operates on an all-volunteer basis and does not accept government funds. WSWA serves Orange County’s lowest paid workers; domestic workers, temporary and part-time workers, “workfare” workers, independent contractors, landscapers, and other low-paid service workers.
WSWA members join together to provide a means of survival through a benefit program including emergency food and clothing, non-emergency dental care, preventative medical care, job information and more. To help please call 714-835-9961.
Special Request from WSWA: Western Service Workers Association needs volunteers with cars to help pick up and distribute food donations to hungry people in need who don’t drive. Days/times they need help with include Fridays at around 10:30 am and Sunday mornings to pick up perishable food (no later than 10:30 or 11:00 am) and other volunteers to deliver food to hungry folks in the community Sundays 12-3 pm. Even if people can volunteer once in a while, not necessarily every Sunday, that is helpful. Distribution is done in a no-contact manner. If you can help, please contact WSWA at 714-835-9961.
Update 9/20/20: Please note that the meeting ID and password have been updated. Thank you! Visit https://zoom.us/join (or open the Zoom app) and enter: Meeting ID: 831 5496 6817
Update 9/20/20: Please note that the meeting ID and password have been updated. Thank you!
Visit https://zoom.us/join (or open the Zoom app) and enter:
Meeting ID: 831 5496 6817
(Wednesday) 5:15 pm
Visit https://zoom.us/join (or open the Zoom app) and enter: Meeting ID: 836080145 Password: 398430 Join the Saint Matthew Rosary Group on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/670051853800743/
Visit https://zoom.us/join (or open the Zoom app) and enter:
Meeting ID: 836080145
Join the Saint Matthew Rosary Group on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/670051853800743/
(Friday) 6:00 pm
In person (Church Sanctuary) and online (Facebook Live)
We invite you to attend the First Friday Mass / Sacred Heart of Jesus Novena in person or via Facebook Live. Please keep in mind the following in-person church attendance
We invite you to attend the First Friday Mass / Sacred Heart of Jesus Novena in person or via Facebook Live.
Please keep in mind the following in-person church attendance guidelines:
(Tuesday) 6:30 pm
Saint Matthew Ecumenical Catholic Church (Parish Hall)
1111 W. Town and Country Rd, Unit 14
Learn more about the Parish Council here. All are welcome to attend the open session (first part) of any Parish Council meeting. During the Covid-19 crisis, Parish Council meetings are being conducted via Zoom
Learn more about the Parish Council here.
All are welcome to attend the open session (first part) of any Parish Council meeting.
During the Covid-19 crisis, Parish Council meetings are being conducted via Zoom at with the details below. Please email Parish Council Moderator Bob Moranno at email@example.com to be given access to the meeting.
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89096114385?pwd=MWFkd2dmT0tBOTQxRTBiMkdSY2Z2Zz09
Meeting ID: 890 9611 4385
(Sunday) 9:30 am
Win dinner for up to six people prepared by some of our St. Matt’s clergy! Appetizer, dinner, and dessert to be prepared in your home or location to be announced.
Win dinner for up to six people prepared by some of our St. Matt’s clergy! Appetizer, dinner, and dessert to be prepared in your home or location to be announced. This is a fun way to get to know your priest and deacons!
Drawing to take place at the August 29th Unity Mass.
Tickets are only $20 and can be purchased through any member of the Community Life Committee.