From the Desk of the Pastor
During these times of uncertainty, our parish continues to spread the Word of God and help those in need in our community. We appreciate your faithful support of our parish efforts. Several of our parishioners have asked how they can continue to support our church since Masses have been suspended. Please consider the options offered here, or our PayPal account linked to the left:
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You can also still send your offertory envelopes by mail to our church office at 1773 Blanding Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32210.
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Dear St. Matthew’s Family,
Dispensation is granted by Bishop Estévez to all of the Catholic faithful from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass for the remaining weeks of April. As of April 3, 2020, in compliance with the “Safer at Home” initiative by the City of Jacksonville, all public gatherings in the church are suspended. For everyone’s health and safety, this includes the previously published confession times. If it is an emergency situation, you may call the church office at 388-8698 and schedule a confession time with Father Jose. They will be by appointment only. Your patience and understanding are appreciated during these rapidly changing situations. Please refer to www.stmatthewsjax.com for the most up to date information as it becomes available.
Dynamic Catholic has prepared a reflection for us to take part in called “Seeking Peace in the Pandemic” taking place April 3rd through April 12th. Go to DynamicParishEvent.us to participate.
Sincerely Yours in Christ,
Fr. Jose Kulathinal, CMI, V.F.
-- God Bless and Thank You for Understanding --
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It has long been a Catholic understanding that when circumstances prevent one from receiving Holy Communion, it is possible to make an Act of Spiritual Communion, which is a source of grace. Spiritual Communion is an ardent desire to receive Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament and lovingly embrace him at a time or in circumstances when one cannot receive Him in sacramental Communion. The most common reason for making an Act of Spiritual Communion is when a person cannot attend Mass. Acts of Spiritual Communion increase our desire to receive sacramental Communion and help us avoid the sins that would make us unable to receive Holy Communion worthily. The prayer shown below is the traditional prayer for Spiritual Communion.
I believe that You
are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there
and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
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