November 2, 2008

Readings for Mass
November 2, 2008 1st Reading 2 Reading Gospel

All Souls
Catholic Charities Hurricane Relief Fund Relief
Our 2nd collection next week, November 8-9, will be for Catholic Charities’ Hurricane Relief Fund. Relief efforts in the wake of Hurricanes Gustav and Ike have seriously depleted the funds available for disaster assistance, and Catholic Charities has issued a call for help. Just as we did in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, we are conducting a 2nd collection to help defray the expenses Catholic Charities has incurred to provide disaster relief for the residents of the Gulf Coast who were affected by these devastating storms. Please help us support their vital work.

November 9, 2008 Ez 47:1-2, 8-9, 12 1 Cor 3:9c-11, 16-17 Jn 2:13-22

Wis 3:1-9 Rom 5:5-11 Jn 6:37-40

Adult Choir Rehearsals!
Thursday, Nov. 6th AND Tuesday, Nov. 11th

Youth Choir Rehearsals!
Sunday, Nov. 2nd - Rehearsal Sunday, Nov. 9th - Rehearsal
SPORTS TICKER...Fr. Vic was back in the lineup but even our skillful pastor was not enough to give our men's basketball team a win as we went down to defeat to St. Mary Magdalene 48-27 in CML action last weekend. Brandon Hellenbrand burned the nets for 13 to lead our offensive effort but he got little help as we fell to our Newnan neighbors. We will try again on Sunday, November 2 when we take on the league leading undefeated Our Lady of Lourdes scoring machine at 2 p.m. at the Mercy gym. Our team can sure use your support and admission is free so plan to bring the family out to cheer on our dedicated men.

Fair Trade coffee, tea, and chocolate will go on sell after all the masses on November 8th and 9th. Drop by our table. All profit goes to Catholic Relief Services, Christian Foundation for Children and Aging, and Heifer Foundation.

Calendar of Upcoming Events
November 4 9:30AM November YAM Calendar Church Cleaning See Bulletin Board

We welcome the following

Religious Education News
Fr. Vic begins the series: “Altar and Table: An In-Depth Journey through the Mass”
Fr. Vic invites you to be part of an eight-part study of the source and summit of our Catholic life. Beginning Monday evening, November 3, at 7:00 p.m., and continuing Mondays and Wednesdays through December 1st (with no session on November 26th due to the Thanksgiving Holiday), our Pastor will guide adults and young adults through the history, structure, meaning, symbolism, and reality that is the Sacrament and the Sacrifice of the Mass. Even if you haven't signed-up you are still welcome to attend these sessions.

GIFTED in Christ Timeline
As you have been reading in the bulletin for the past few weeks, the St. Matthew parish family is embarking on a new journey, one which will focus our attention on “congregational engagement”. Below is a timeline detailing some upcoming important events. You’ll want to mark these dates on your calendars. You are each invited to participate in our Gallup ME25 TM engagement survey very soon. You have, hopefully, received your letter from Father Vic detailing the importance of this survey. This survey will give you an opportunity to share your opinions about some critical areas of parish life here at St. Matthew. About a month after the survey is administered, we will receive our results from the Gallup Organization. You are an important member of this parish. Therefore, your input is very valuable, so we ask that you make it a priority to complete this survey. After learning of our results in December, you will then have the opportunity to begin participating in a small group program we have named /GIFTED in Christ/. This 4-week small group process focuses on helping you to discover your God-given talents and encourages you to take those talents, grow them into strengths and begin applying them in all areas of your life. Many opportunities are just on the horizon for each of us to strengthen our commitment to being true disciples of Jesus Christ. Let us remember St. Paul’s words to the Ephesians: “For we are his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for the good works that God has prepared in advance, that we should live in them.” (Eph 2:10) If you have any questions about the survey, engagement or /GIFTED in Christ/, please contact Deacon Bill

All confirmed teens of Saint Matthews! Saint Matthew Parish has a group for you. SMAT7 stands for Saint Matthew's Anointed Teens with the 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit. Our purpose is to help Confirmed Catholic teens at Saint Matthew Parish, maintain an ongoing relationship with their faith, create opportunities for faith formation, and provide a community for sharing and learning with other Catholic teens year round. We meet on the first and third Thursdays of the month from 7-9 PM for fun, fellowship, and planning. We meet at the homes of different teens in the Parish, and occasionally other places. To find out about our next meeting and location, contact Todd Wilmore at 678-850-6552 or email

Women’s Faith Formation
Women's Faith Formation will meet on November 3, 2008 at 7:00 pm in the conference room at church. We continue our discussion of The Shack by William P. Young. All women of the parish are

We welcome the following new parishioners to our Parish Family
Jose & Guillermina Cornejo Avalos Jose Luis & Tracy Cortez Victor & Maria Cruz Adrian & Maricela Cruz Villalobos Francisco & Estela De La Cruz Gomez Martha De La Cruz Gonzalez Juan & Beatriz De Los Santos Reyes Jose & Yolanda De Santos Juan & Maria De Santos Mario De Santos Esteban & Marcela De Santos Abel & Maricela De Santos Barboza

Men’s Night Shelter
We were not able to attend the sign-up night, therefore we have not been able to secure as many nights as usual. As of now, our first night is in late December. We will have signup the weekend of November 8 & 9. Thank all for all of your support. Please call Skip and Shari Diffley with any questions 770.631.4193.

Greeting Card Drive Here Today!
November 1/2, the St. Matthew Prison Ministry volunteers will be collecting unused Thanksgiving and Christmas Cards. We have a collection box in the Narthex. These cards are distributed to prisoners to send to their family members. Also, we are happy to take cards for other occasions, i.e. Birthday, as they can be used by the prisoners too. If you have questions, please contact Barbara 770.486.8745. Thank you for your kindness.

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Mass Intentions
Tuesday 9AM Wednesday 6PM Thursday 9AM Saturday 5PM Sunday 8:30AM Sunday 11:00AM

Ministry Highlight
Dearly Departed Dearly Departed Dearly Departed

Women’s Faith Formation
This group of women meets during the year to study various topics of our Catholic faith, in order to foster continued spiritual development through reading & discussion of books selected by the group. The group offers an opportunity to grow in knowledge and understanding of our Faith while building support and fellowship with one another. Check the weekly Bulletin for meeting times. For more information about this ministry please call Sally Peters at 770.486.7374.

Deceased K of C Brothers St. Matthew Parish Family Dearly Departed

of The Shack by William P. Young. All women of the parish are welcome.

gagement or /GIFTED in Christ/, please contact Deacon Bill Hampton in the office or Lisa Lowther (770-463-9031). November 8-9 & 15-16: Gallup ME25 TM Member Engagement Survey (for all registered members of St. Matthew, age 18 and over). December 10: Town hall meeting & potluck dinner---results of ME25 TM presented to the parish. December 13-14 & 20-21: Sign-up begins for the 4-week /GIFTED in Christ/ small group programs. January 2009: /GIFTED in Christ/ small groups begin for those who have signed up and received their “Living Your Strengths” books.

Our lives sometimes go through seasons of change; of closeness to God and distance from him. Yet God the Father’s love is steadfast and ever-present to those who seek with a sincere heart, no matter what sins or situations have caused separation. If you have thoughts about becoming Catholic and beginning a new “season” in your life, contact King Cooper at (770) 774-1182 for more information.

Bible Study
Daytime Bible study will continue Tuesday, November 11th from 10:15 to 11:30 am in room 3. All are invited. No previous experience is necessary. Please join us as we explore God's word together! For more information contact Doris Cooper at 770.632.0426 or Linda Spencer at 770.632.8880.

Financial Giving in our Parish Family
October 26, 2008
Offertory Given in checks & envelopes (203) Parish Debt Reduction No Second Collection $13,332.00 $12,272.00 $141.00

First Reconciliation Preparation Continues!
Classes take place every Sunday afternoon from now through December 14, except for Thanksgiving holidays (November 23 & 30). The children will receive the Sacrament during the Parish Communal Penance Service on Thursday, December 18. We ask your prayers for these young members of the St. Matthew Parish Family as they take this next step in their spiritual journey.

Sneak Preview—The Gospel of Mark Opening in Masses Everywhere November 30th!
The Liturgical Year begins Sunday, November 30, and we will begin hearing the Gospel of Mark. Grab a cup of coffee and a donut and join us in the Conference Room at 9:45 as King Cooper leads a discussion of the meaning, the structure, and the message of the Gospel of Mark.

Upcoming Second Collections
November 2—Archdiocesan Seminarians November 9—Hurricane victims in Texas/Louisiana, etc. (Catholic Charities USA)

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