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God’s BIG BACKYARD Vacation Bible School at

March 23, 2008 ny h SEaster Sunday EE

Saint Matthew is June 9-13,
2008. VBS volunteers are needed! The
“If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above, where
program is "God's Big Backyard - Where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Think of what is above,
Readings for Mass Hawaiian Style—
Style—Spring Dance Kids Have a Blast Serving Jesus" and
not of what is on earth.” Colossians 3:1-2
St Matthew Knights of Columbus are we're having an informational/sign-up
March 23, 2008 March 30, 2008 sponsoring a Spring Dance “Hawaiian Style” meeting on March 30 on the patio be- We can seek what is above by sharing what we have here
Gn 1:1-2:2 or 1:1, 26-31 Acts 2:42-47 Saturday, April 19, 7-11pm tween the masses (9:45AM). Please con- on earth. This is what good stewardship is all about. We
1st Reading
Tickets are 30.00 per person tact Kiki Kane @ 770-486-9347 if you realize that anything we have here on earth is not nearly
2nd Reading Gn 22:1-18 1 Pt 1:3-9 We will be selling tickets after Mass on the have questions or would like to volunteer as important as being with Christ. Once we realize that,
Gospel Mt 28:1-10 Jn 20:19-31 weekends of March 29/30 and April 5/6. but can't make the meeting. sharing what we have is easy.

Have you ever asked yourself or someone else? St. Matthew Craft Guild Where kids have a blast serving Jesus!
Lenten Charities Results
Is a divorced person automatically excommunicated from the Catho- We're almost ready, are you? Here's your chance to help pay down St. Matthew Retreat at Ignatius House
lic Church? our building fund debt and purchase some very useful items at the The Lenten charitable donation to Amigos for Christ for the first
By attending a silent retreat, you are able to nurture your listening Sunday of Lent was $1,800.00.
Does an annulment cost thousands of dollars? same time. The results of our first two months of fun, friendship
skills, where you can hear the whispering voice of God. Our parish The Lenten charitable donation to CARE Safe Water Projects for
Do only Catholic marriages need to be submitted to a tribunal? and work will be for sale next weekend 1/2 HR. BE-
retreat for men and women is April 25-27 at Ignatius House. Call the second Sunday of Lent was $1,300.00.
If an annulment is granted will the children be illegitimate? FORE & AFTER each mass. We know you will be
Sally Peters at 770.486.7374 for more information or Ignatius The Lenten charitable donation to Catholic Relief Services Water
Does it take three to five years for a tribunal to decide of an annul- pleasantly surprised by the diverse selection of
House 404.255.0503 or on line Projects for the third Sunday of Lent was $1,700.00.
ment? items/gifts for all ages, holidays and celebrations.
Does anyone who applies, and waits long enough get an annulment? These items are all made by our talented St. Matthew The Lenten charitable donation to the League of Women Voters
If children were born in the marriage, can an annulment be granted? Craft Guild. Please help support this worthy effort. Religious Education News for the fourth Sunday of Lent was $1,900.00.
If the ex-spouse does not agree to an annulment will it be granted? Women’s Faith Formation for 2008 The Lenten charitable donation to the St. Matthew St. Vincent de
Is an annulment just “Catholic divorce”? Paul Society for the fifth Sunday of Lent was $1,500.00.
Does an annulment mean that the marriage never took place? Free Tax Preparation! The next meeting of Women's Faith Formation will take place on Monday
The Lenten charitable donation to the Water Rehabilitation Project
evening, April 7, 2008 at 7:00 pm in room 3. We are discussing the book,
Is the tribunal like a courtroom, with judges, witnesses, and lawyers? If you or someone you know has a household income less than Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World, by Joanna Weaver. All women in Tabasco, Mexico (CRS) for the sixth Sunday of Lent was
Is the idea of an annulment pure legalism in the Catholic Church? $40,000, you can receive free tax preparation at one of the many IRS of the parish are invited to come. For more information, please call Sally $1,500.00.
VITA tax preparation sites. Peters at 770-486-7374.
A great deal of misinformation surrounds the Catholic Church’s laws
concerning annulments. Some think that the Church’s procedure for These sites are a service to those households whose incomes are less
than $40,000. In previous years, tax payers have been able to get sub-
Men’s Faith Formation Group Rosary Group Invitation and Prayers
annulments amounts to nothing other than “Catholic divorce,” while The St. Matthew Men's Faith Formation Group will meet Tuesday, March I would like to invite everyone to join the Rosary Group to pray the
others feel that the process is too cumbersome, intrusive and expen- stantial refunds through the effective application of tax advantages and 25, to continue studying the Gospel of Matthew in order to better prepare
the EIC credit for qualifying families. rosary with us Thursday mornings after the 9:00 Mass. If you want
sive. The truth of the matter, however, is that Church law concerning ourselves to understand the Evangelist's message we'll be hearing through- us to pray for someone, please call Helen Martin 770.463.3697.
annulments both protects the sanctity of marriage and offers a com- Certified volunteer tax consultants will complete 1040EZ, 1040A, and out this Church year. All men of the parish are invited to join us at 7:00
passionate response to those suffering the effects of a union flawed 1040 forms at no cost to you. As an additional benefit, prescreening pm. For information call Deacon Gayle at the church or email
from its inception. software is available to identify qualifying programs ranging for assis- Young Adult Ministry
tance for food, mortgage, rent, utilities, credit counseling, as well as Bible Study Are you in your 20s or 30s? Do you know someone who is?
We have an opportunity to have a member of the Tribunal team many other areas of assistance.
come to our parish to conduct a workshop to learn first-hand what is Our next daytime Bible Study will be Tuesday, April 1st from 10:15 to Come meet other married and single Catholic young adults from
involved in the annulment process and to answer the above ques- For location and hours of operation, visit the Atlanta Prosperity Cam- 11:30 am in room 3. All are invited. No previous experience is necessary. Coweta and Fayette county parishes. We meet for social and
tions plus many more. In order to determine whether there is suffi- paign at Taxes will be elec- For more information contact Rose Herold at 770.306.1214 or Linda spiritual events. Contact Pamela to receive monthly emails with
cient interest to have someone from the Tribunal come to St. Mat- tronically filed with refunds checks being mailed to the taxpayer. Spencer at 770.632.8880.
event details: 404-934-4115 or
thew we ask that you email Rennie Todd at First Communion and Confirmation Preparation Classes
to express your interest. In the near future a date will be set for a Calendar of Upcoming Events Please continue to pray for the teens who are preparing to receive Confir-
workshop at St. Matthew on a weekday evening or weekend. mation on Tuesday, April 8, and for the children of the parish who are For those interested in visiting Fr. Vic’s blog,
March 25 9:30AM Church Cleaning preparing to receive the Eucharist for the first time on Saturday, April the address is
Adult ♫ Choir Rehearsals ♫ Youth March YAM Calendar See Bulletin Board
Parish Teens Will Prepare for Confirmation with a Day of Reflection
Tuesdays from 7:00-9:30PM Sundays from 12:00-1:30PM Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University Next Saturday, March 29, the teen members of the parish family who are Financial Giving
Become Financially Faithful—Learn How to Manage Your preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation from Archbishop
St. Matthew Prison Ministry gathered 100 signatures on the petition for a Money—In Order to Become Debt Free
Gregory on April 8 will gather for a full Day of Reflection at the church.
The program, "The Adventure: A Lifetime of Discipleship" will focus on
in our Parish Family
moratorium on the death penalty. THANK YOU to all who participated. Sign up for Dave Ramsey’s FPU Class (Financial Peace Univer- what it means to be Catholic, the need to make moral choices through
sity) here at St. Matthew. their lifetimes, the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives and the gifts and March 16, 2008
Being out of debt will allow you to give, spend and save like talents they have been given, and will end with Mass Saturday evening. We
Mass Intentions never before. Register now! Seats are limited! The course is 13 ask your prayers for the young people of our parish, that they will be given
Offertory $15,050.50
weeks long—on Fridays from 7-9:30pm beginning May 2nd. the fullness of the Holy Spirit in the Sacrament of Confirmation. Given in checks & envelopes (270) $13,446.00
Tuesday 9AM Buddy Musante
Materials Cost $100.00 a couple (must be paid for in advance) Parish Debt Reduction $280.00
Wednesday 6PM St. Matthew St. Vincent de Paul Group Contact Mary Rice at 770.629-2259 or Life South Blood Drive
Thursday 9AM Steven Vincent Didn’t have a chance last weekend to sign up for the blood drive. Second Collection $2,152.00
We welcome the following LifeSouth is a nonprofit, volunteer community blood center providing
Saturday 5PM Tom & Margaurite Gresham blood for 128 medical facilities in Alabama, Florida and Georgia. They Upcoming Second Collections
new parishioners to our Parish Family will be at St. Matthew on Sunday, March 30th from 9:30 to 1:00 pm.
Sunday 8:30AM St. Matthew Parish Family Paul, Dixie, Jessica & Stephanie Gasper Sign up this weekend in the narthex. For more information, please call March 23—Archdiocesan Seminarians
Sunday 11AM Frank Digham Martin, Paul & Camila George 888.795.2707 or visit March 30—St. Vincent de Paul Society