Saint Matthew's Church
A NOTE OF THANKS FROM FR. CHRIS!
Your generosity at the Easter collection and for our weekly collections despite our inability to gather to celebrate Mass has been remarkable. I must admit I did not expect anything less. From the first day I arrived at St. Matthew's I knew that I was part of a very special community. During this unprecedented Coronavirus crisis you remain faithful to supporting your church community and those in particular need during this very difficult time. Please know how very grateful I am for all your kindnesses, notes, prayers and well wishes as well as your ongoing financial support. I am particularly grateful to our e-givers whose steady and regular financial support allows us to plan better and provide adequate funding for our many programs even during these troubling times. Know that I pray daily for you and your loved ones. May we all stay safe and healthy. May the sick among us know healing and may those who have died now know the fullness of eternal life in Christ Jesus.
I also want you to know that St. Matthew's has applied for and been granted an SBA loan/grant that will allow us to continue to pay our talented and dedicated staff for the next 8 weeks.
May God bless you abundantly with his love.
The Diocese of Albany is keeping Catholics apprised of changes, updates and resources on its dedicated web page: rcda.org/coronavirus. In addition, a Faith at Home page includes links to livestreamed Mass, daily Scripture readings, saints of the day, and suggestions for creating a sacred space at home: rcda.org/coronavirus/resources.
HOW TO COPE WITH STRESS AND ANXIETY
The attached documents provide some insight in how to deal with stress and anxiety in uncertain times. We are providing these as a resource for you.
We also offer you this link (courtesy of one of our parishioners) to the Catholic Health Association of the Unites States website. This link specifically provides spiritual resources for support during this time of COVID-19. www.chausa.org/newsroom/coronavirus-resources/spiritual-resources-for-covid-19
We offer the following document on the Pandemic written by a parishioner who is an Ethics and Health Policy Professor at Maria College.
Due to social distancing, some may be unable to connect in person. The attached file provides some resources for on-line AA Meetings.
Sight and Sound Bus Trip
Please see the Parish Events page for information about the Bus trip to Sight and Sound's production of "Queen Esther" in July 2020.