April 13, 2008

Readings for Mass
April 13, 2008 1st Reading 2nd Reading Gospel Acts 2:14, 36-41 1 Pt 2:20-25 Jn 10:1-10 April 20, 2008 Acts 6:1-7 1 Pt 2:4-9 Jn 14:1-12

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The Youth Choir will be singing at the 11:00 mass on April 20th.
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 Pure Fashion is setting the stage for teen fashions that are cute and trendy, but not provocative. We work with teen girls between the ages of 14-18 and are hitting the runway in the largest fashion show in Atlanta -- all focused on modesty in fashion and purity in heart. Please join us Sunday, April 20th at the Georgia World Congress Center. Tickets on sale now at www.purefashion.com or contact Rhonda Boyle at 770-317-6408 for more information. **St. Matthew's scholarships may still be available**

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.
BACKYARD— God’s BIG BACKYARD—Where kids have a blast serving Jesus!

Stewardship Talents
In the parable of the Talents the Master of the house gave different talents to each servant. Those talents were gifts from God. The first two servants used those talents wisely and made them grow. The Master was pleased and gave them more talents. The third servant hoarded his talents and did not use them, nor did he make them grow, so they were taken away from him. The lesson is clear. Use your talents or lose them. Each of us has varied talents. As an example "The ability to smile" is a talent. If that smile is hoarded and not used, that ability will be taken away. When you smile the inner essence of your soul is visible to others. That ability to smile through whatever comes your way will help others learn to cope with the trials in their life. To share that smile with another human being is being a good steward of the smile talent that was freely given to us by God. A smile can be used in many ways. A smile can show love, it can show pleasure, it can show agreement, it can show caring, but most of all it can show the compassion of God. There are many talents that we possess. The stewardship of talent calls us to search out those talents, nurture them, and help them to grow, and then share them with other human beings. Our first and greatest commandment is to "To love our God with our whole heart, our whole soul and our whole mind." We do that by using our God given talents for the benefit of others, and doing that brings us directly to our second greatest commandment, "To love our neighbor, as we love ourselves." The Stewardship of Talents shows us the way to a Spiritual life, a oneness with God through reaching out to another human being. So, the Spirituality of Giving through the Stewardship of Talent is a part of the open secret of living a spiritual life. Diocese of Brooklyn Office of Development For those interested in visiting Fr. Vic’s blog, the address is http://padrevic.blogspot.com/

Dear Fellow Parishioners, Thank you so very much for the generous Lenten sacrificial offering to our own St. Vincent de Paul Conference. As you know, we serve many needy people in Tyrone and South Fulton County. The $1500 you donated will help several families with rent, utilities, or other needs. May God bless your faithfulness Jacquie Stahler, President, Saint Vincent dePaul Dear Parishioners at St. Matthew, Thank you for your contribution of $1900 to the League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF). Your support of our work to educate and engage citizens as active participants in our democracy is vital to our efforts to Make Democracy Work for All! Thank you again for your generous support of the League of Women Voters! Mary Wilson, Pres., League of Women Voters of the United States. Dear St. Matthew Parishioners, Thank you for your generous donation of $1,500.00 to the CRS Programs Around the World. We are deeply grateful for you generosity. Your gift makes a difference. Last year, CRS touched the lives of 80 million people in 99 countries through programs devoted to: agriculture, building a civil society, education, emergency preparedness, health, HIV/AIDS and small business loans. Thank you for your support and continued prayers. Catholic Relief Services

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 information or Ignatius House 404.255.0503 or on line www.ignatiushouse.org.

GOLF TOURNAMENT
St. John the Evangelist Catholic School has scheduled their annual GOLF tournament on Friday, April 25, 2008 at Canongate I Golf Club in Sharpsburg. Proceeds will benefit the school's scholarship fund. Many students will receive financial aid from this fund. Registration begins at 8 am; Shotgun starts at 9 am. Scramble format cost is $100 per golfer (green's fees, cart, shirt, range balls, continental breakfast, lunch). Please contact Hubie Herold @ 770-306-1214 for more information. Come join us--golfers needed!

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.

Rosary Group Invitation and Prayers
I would like to invite everyone to join the Rosary Group to pray the rosary with us Thursday mornings after the 9:00 Mass. If you want us to pray for someone, please call Helen Martin 770.463.3697.

Teacher Openings Our Lady of Victory & Our Lady of Mercy
Our Lady of Victory s 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. Our Lady of Mercy Catholic High School, a Catholic co-educational preparatory high school (www.olmbobcats.org ), seeks qualified candidates to join the faculty, especially in Science, Math, and Latin, for the 2008-2009 academic year. OLM serves a diverse student body and is located six miles south of the Atlanta airport. Strong academic background is a requirement. Experience in an area of fine arts or athletics, especially in Baseball, Swimming, or Softball, is a plus. Please send resumes and a cover letter to: Mr. Danny Dorsel, Principal, Our Lady of Mercy Catholic High School, 861 Evander Holyfield Highway, Fairburn, GA 30213.

Religious Education News
Women’s Faith Formation for 2008
The next meeting of Women's Faith Formation will take place on Monday evening, April 21, 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 770486-7374.

Calendar of Upcoming Events
April 15 9:30AM April YAM Calendar Church Cleaning See Bulletin Board

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 770.6292259 or maryrice288@aol.com

Men’s Faith Formation Group
The St. Matthew Men's Faith Formation Group will meet Tuesday, April 22, 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.

Adult

♫ Choir Rehearsals ♫

Youth

Tuesdays from 7:00-9:30PM

Sundays from 12:00-1:30PM

Financial Giving in our Parish Family
April 6, 2008
Offertory Given in checks & envelopes (258) Parish Debt Reduction Second Collection Upcoming Second Collections April 13—St. Vincent de Paul Society April 20—No Second Collection $15,692.50 $14,872.00 $1,268.00 None

Mass Intentions
Tuesday 9AM Wednesday 6PM Thursday 9AM Saturday 5PM Sunday 8:30AM Sunday 11AM No Mass Intention
No Mass Intention

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 moon bounce, 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!

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.

No Mass Intention St. Matthew Parish Family St. Matthew Parish Family Tom McHugh & Alice Weaver

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