April 6, 2008

Readings for Mass
April 6, 2008 1st Reading 2nd Reading Gospel Acts 2:14, 22-33 1 Pt 1:17-21 Lk 24:13-35 April 13, 2008 Acts 2:14, 36-41 1 Pt 2:20-25 Jn 10:1-10

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Sunday of Easter
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will be available the weekend of April 12-13. Thank you for your support - PSR Youth Group

Vacation Bible School at St Matthew is June 913, 2008. VBS volunteers are needed! The program is "God's Big Backyard - Where Kids Have a Blast Serving Jesus" Please contact Kiki Kane @ 770-486-9347 if you have questions or would like to volunteer but can't make the meeting. Registration begins April 19th.

Stewardship
Obituary
Our parish was saddened to learn this week of the death of one of our most valued members, Someone Else. Someone's passing creates a vacancy that will be difficult to fill. Else has been with us for many years and for every one of those years, Someone did far more than a normal person's share of the work. Whenever there was a job to do or a meeting to attend, one name was on everyone's list, "Let Someone Else do it." Whenever leadership was mentioned, this wonderful person was looked to for inspiration as well as results: "Someone Else can lead that project." It was common knowledge that Someone Else was among the most liberal givers in our parish. Whenever there was a financial need, everyone just assumed Someone Else would make up the difference. Someone Else was a wonderful person; sometimes appearing superhuman. Were the truth known, everybody expected too much of Someone Else. Now Someone Else is gone! We wonder what we are going to do. Someone Else left a wonderful example to follow, but who is going to follow it? Who is going to do the things Someone Else did? When you are asked to help this year, remember -- we can't depend on Someone Else anymore. Author Unknown

The Catholic Church of St. Gabriel in Fayetteville is holding a one-day Yard Sale on Saturday, April 19 from 8 am to 2 pm. Plan to visit and browse the many, many treasures under the big tents which will have everything imaginable priced to sell. Information or directions can be obtained by calling the parish office 770.461.0492 or visiting our web site, www.stgabrielga.com

World Wide Marriage Encounter Making Good Marriages Great
Let the month of April shower your marriage with blessings. Let your love grow at a Marriage Encounter Weekend. Our next weekend is April 25-27 at the Holiday Inn Select at I-285 & Chamblee Dunwoody. For questions, call Bob & Joy Lambie 770.587.1506.

God’s BIG BACKYARD
Where kids have a blast serving Jesus! We welcome the following new parishioners to our Parish Family
Andy, Jamie, Sara & Matt Herda

Young Adult Ministry
Are you in your 20s or 30s? Do you know someone who is? Come meet other married and single Catholic young adults from Coweta and Fayette county parishes. We meet for social and spiritual events. Contact Pamela to receive monthly emails with event details: 404-934-4115 or ugapamela@aol.com

Calendar of Upcoming Events
April 8 9:30AM April YAM Calendar Church Cleaning See Bulletin Board

St. Matthew Retreat at Ignatius House
By attending a silent retreat, you are able to nurture your listening skills, where you can hear the whispering voice of God. Our parish retreat for men and women is April 25-27 at Ignatius House. Call Sally Peters at 770.486.7374 for more information or Ignatius House 404.255.0503 or on line www.ignatiushouse.org.

Do you know someone who is Deaf? Are they looking for a place to attend Mass on Sundays? Beginning Sunday, April 6th, at the 12:00pm Noon Mass, St. Mary Magdalene in Newnan, will provide ASL interpretation. We look forward to seeing you there. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact JoJo Mekolichick at 678-489-8451. Three part course series of Natural Family Planning (Sympto-Thermal Method) are offered throughout the year. For additional information about Natural Family Planning please call Lynn Crutchfield at the Family Life Office 404.885.7450. SAVE THE DATE for the 2nd Annual St. Vincent de Paul Evening for Hope Gala on October 4, 2008 to be held at the Cobb Galleria Centre, Two Galleria Pkwy, Atlanta, GA 30339. Archbishop Wilson Gregory will celebrate Mass at 5:00 pm followed by a reception and seated dinner. The Keynote address will be given by Fr. Dennis Holtschneider, the President of DePaul University. Ticket sales will begin in early fall, but sponsorship opportunities are available now. For information contact John Berry, Executive Director of the Atlanta Council of St. Vincent de Paul at 770.457.2920 or email jberry@svdpatl.org

Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University
Become Financially Faithful—Learn How to Manage Your Money—In Order to Become Debt Free Sign up for Dave Ramsey’s FPU Class (Financial Peace University) here at St. Matthew. Being out of debt will allow you to give, spend and save like never before. Register now! Seats are limited! The course is 13 weeks long—on Fridays from 7-9:30 pm beginning May 2nd. Materials Cost $100.00 a couple (must be paid for in advance) Contact Mary Rice at 770.629-2259 or maryrice288@aol.com

Religious Education News
Women’s Faith Formation for 2008
The next meeting of Women's Faith Formation will take place on Monday evening, April 7, 2008 at 7:00 pm in room 3. We are discussing the book, Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World, by Joanna Weaver. All women of the parish are invited to come. For more information, please call Sally Peters at 770-486-7374.

For those interested in visiting Fr. Vic’s blog, the address is http://padrevic.blogspot.com/

Annual Parish Picnic Sunday, May 4, 2008 12:00 to 4:00 pm
Please join us for food, fun, and fellowship at the annual St. Matthew Parish Picnic. Come and enjoy the moonbounce, obstacle course, DJ, and more! Sign up sheets for set-up, clean-up and bring salads, desserts, soft drinks, etc., are located in the Narthex. Please note how many in your family will be attending and what dish you will be bringing. Hope to see you there!

Men’s Faith Formation Group
The St. Matthew Men's Faith Formation Group will meet Tuesday, April 7, to continue studying the Gospel of Matthew in order to better prepare ourselves to understand the Evangelist's message we'll be hearing throughout this Church year. All men of the parish are invited to join us at 7:00 pm. For information call Deacon Gayle at the church or email gpeters@saintmatthew.us.

Host Families
Host families needed to host Foreign Exchange Students who would attend local High School. Students come for one school year only. Students will not smoke, drink or drive. Students have great insurance and their own spending money. Students speak some English and have good grades. For more information contact Ms. Jinx Ratcliffe at 770.477.1376.

Bible Study
Our next daytime Bible Study will be Tuesday, April 15th from 10:15 to 11:30 am in room 3. All are invited. No previous experience is necessary. For more information contact Rose Herold at 770.306.1214 or Linda Spencer at 770.632.8880.

Teacher Openings Our Lady of Victory
is growing and additional middle division teachers are needed.
Applicants should possess a Bachelor’s and/or Master’s Degree in Education and hold Certification. If you are interested in teaching in a strong faith-based community in Tyrone, please send a letter of interest and resume to: Linda Grace, Principal, Our Lady of Victory Catholic School, 211 Kirkley Road, Tyrone, Georgia 30290. You may also FAX your resume to 770-306-0323 or email to lgrace@olvpatriots.org. OLV is an Archdiocesan regional Catholic school.

First Communion and Confirmation Preparation Classes
Please continue to pray for the teens who are preparing to receive Confirmation on Tuesday, April 8, and for the children of the parish who are preparing to receive the Eucharist for the first time on Saturday, April 26th

Financial Giving in our Parish Family
March 30, 2008
Offertory Given in checks & envelopes (232) Parish Debt Reduction St. Vincent de Paul Society Second Collections Upcoming April 6—No Second Collection April 13—St. Vincent de Paul Society $13,572.66 $12,689.16 $215.00 $3,038.75

Mass Intentions
Tuesday 9AM Wednesday 6PM Thursday 9AM Saturday 5PM Sunday 8:30AM Sunday 11AM Pat Catti
Christine Danforth & Staff

St. Matthew Musicians St. Matthew RCIA Team Roy Henry Danforth St. Matthew Parish Family

Confirmation Scheduled for Tuesday, April 8 with Archbishop Gregory.
Over 40 teen members of the St. Matthew Parish Family will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation from Archbishop Wilton Gregory on Tuesday, April 8, at 7:00 p.m. The parish is invited to come and support our teens and their families.

Adult

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Youth

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Sundays from 12:00-1:30PM