Please click on the following link to view Mother Diane’s reflections on Spiritual Communion:
What Spiritual Communion Is and Why We Need It Now by Mother Diane
A Message from Deacon Tony
Greetings to all of our Saint Matthew’s community and clergy. We are excited and thankful to have this beautiful and poignant writing from Mother Diane to share with each of you. Please keep this writing tucked away in your minds, hearts, and souls as you share in the celebration with us throughout our recorded Mass services during Holy Week and each Sunday going forward, until we can all be together in person again.
If you are a priest, and as a “gentle reminder” (because I’m certain most of you are already doing this), please remember to celebrate Holy Eucharist at home with your family while Bishop Peter does it during the recorded Mass. I was reminded by Mother Diane that Mass should never be celebrated alone, so please get your immediate family involved because “wherever two or more of you are gathered in His name, He is with you.” This is such a comfort and a Blessing. Thank you Lord Jesus.
Stay safe, stay connected with our community, and stay PRAYERFUL. God Bless you all.
Attend Mass in Person (inside the church) English and Spanish Join us at 9:30 a.m. (English) and 12:30 p.m. (Spanish). On every 5th Sunday (for months that have 5 Sundays) we
Join us at 9:30 a.m. (English) and 12:30 p.m. (Spanish). On every 5th Sunday (for months that have 5 Sundays) we also have Unity Sunday at 10:30 PT (Multilingual) outside the church.
Click on the link below at 9:30 am PT (English) or 12:30 pm PT (Spanish). Please note that you may need to refresh the page to see the live video. On every 5th Sunday we have Unity Sunday at 10:30 PT (Multilingual).
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!
All Day (Sunday)
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, or at 10:30am on Sundays when we
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, or at 10:30am on Sundays when we have a Unity mass. 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.
(Wednesday) 7:00 pm
House of Ruth and Junia
618 West Grafton Place
FALL BIBLE STUDY 2022 Mary Magdalene, The First Apostle: The Struggle for Authority Come join our learning community on Wednesdays—at “House of Ruth and Junia” (618 West Grafton Place, Anaheim) Dinner at
Come join our learning community on Wednesdays—at “House of Ruth and Junia” (618 West Grafton Place, Anaheim)
Dinner at 6 PM
Seminar at 7 – 8 PM in person or by Zoom
Search for “Saint Matthew Bible Study” or visit facebook.com/groups/2790944940960983/. The group is open to Saint Matthew members and anyone else from all over the world who would like to participate.
Why did some early Christians consider Mary Magdalene to be an Apostle while others did not? Some Christian texts, underlying her role as one of the very first witnesses to the resurrection, portray Mary Magdalene as the ‘Apostle to the Apostles,’ while other sources exclude or replace her in their resurrection accounts. We will examine how the conferral, or withholding of apostolic status operated as a tool of both canonical and non-canonical literature in this study. There are some interesting contrasts and correlations between the prominence of Peter in a text and a corresponding diminishment of women’s leadership and apostolicity in others. The patterns are quite clear and compelling across the four canonical Gospels. Historical study of early Christian tensions has serious implications for our current day perspectives about leadership in the church. Authority, apostolic status and women’s ordination continue to be highly disputed topics in the Roman Catholic Church and within many protestant circles today.
Please Note: Printing is very costly. This fall, we are putting all our materials including a Study Guide, and our text, Ann Graham Brock (2003): Mary Magdalene, The First Apostle: The Struggle for Authority. Harvard Theological Studies on a memory stick which you can pick up at the first meeting if you come in person, or at church, or we can mail it to you. Send an email to Rev. Martha with your snail mail address, phone number and she will put you on our Bible Class Roster: email@example.com ~ Links and instructions will also be posted on Facebook and on our website.
If you are coming for dinner, we would appreciate an RSVP by Wednesday morning each week so that we can plan food but come anyway, even if you forget to let us know! If you can’t travel because of distance or other reasons and want to hook up by zoom, we will post the link and will help you come to class if this is new for you!
9/28/22 – First meeting: 7-10 PM, thereafter 7-8 PM Film: Mary Magdalene (2019, Netflix, 2 hours) and brief overview
10/5/22 – What is the origin of the term, Apostle’? What were biblical ‘qualifications’ or definitions of ‘Apostle’ and how did they change?
10/12/22 – How were the Magdalene and other women portrayed in Luke and John?
10/19/22 – How were the Magdalene and other women portrayed in Mark and Matthew compared to the apocryphal book, the Gospel of Peter?
10/26/22 – Advocacy of authority and women’s leadership as seen in apocryphal books, the Acts of Paul and the Acts of Peter
11/2/22 – How was Mary Magdalene replaced? strategy for eliminating the competition
11/9/22 – Apostolic contradictions and the crisis of authority in the early church as seen in the four canonical Gospels and letters of Paul
11/16/22 – Recovering lost apostolic traditions: Implicit challenges: Diminishing Mary’s status as a witness, as a presence as a witness, as a role model and her status as an Apostle
11/23/22 – Explicit challenges to Apostolic Authority and Recovering Apostolic Status
Directions to House of Ruth and Junia – 10 minutes from Saint Matthew
1. Get on 5 North to Lincoln Avenue [approximately 5 miles]
2. Get off at Lincoln and turn right. Go to Citron [3rd light]
3. Turn left on Citron. Cross over Citron and North, then make an immediate Right on to Grafton Place. 618 West Grafton Place, Anaheim 92805
The Magdalene by Lex Leonard on our front piece is copyrighted © 2022) and used by permission of the artist. For further inquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Lex is a Red Thread Guide and Intentional Creativity facilitator. Her love of Magdalene has spawned a one woman show about Magdalene, as well as this painting. Ceremony, ritual and the arts have been a part of her life since she was a child, building May altars for Mary to today showing her Muses and other paintings in galleries and arts shows throughout Colorado. You can see more of her work at https://lexleonard.squarespace.com
(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