We have made available some classic hymns sung by our adult choir, including many songs for the Easter season. Please be sure to check them out on our Adult Choir page.
Friday, March 13, 2020
From the Bishop of Peoria along with the Cardinal-Archbishop of Chicago and the other Bishops of Illinois:
The Public Celebration of Mass is suspended for the time being.
Visit St. Matthew Facebook Page for “Facebook Live” videos of Mass and other devotions from our church. Drive-up Confessions will be offered on Saturdays (weather permitting) as much as possible. Check Facebook for updates.
Per diocesan directives, until further notice, the following are closed/cancelled:
- Main Church
- Parish Office
- Adoration Chapel
- All parish programs
If you need to schedule a Baptism, please contact Chris Kreps (email@example.com).
Here are statements from the Diocese of Peoria and Bishop Jenky:
- Easter Video Message from Bishop Jenky (4/11/2020)
- Holy Week Video Message from Bishop Jenky (4/4/2020)
- Letter from Vicar General with Updates & Clarifications of Directives & Protocols (4/3/2020)
- Video Message from Bishop Jenky (3/28/2020)
- Letter from Bishop Jenky on Suspension of Mass through at least Easter Sunday (3/23/2020)
- Letter from Vicar General of Directives Pursuant to Governor Pritzker's Order (5pm) (3/21/2020)
- Letter from Vicar General to Priests Regarding the Directives Pursuant to Governor's Order (3/21/2020)
- Video Message from Bishop Jenky (3/21/2020)
- Vicar General's Directives on the Celebration of the Sacraments at this time (3/13/2020; UPDATED: 3/17/2020)
- Bishop's Letter to Priests, Deacons, and Faithful of the Diocese of Peoria (3/13/2020)
- Bishop's Letter on Pastoral Care During this Time (3/12/2020)
How to Pray Mass at Home
- Dress for Mass! Put on your "Sunday best"—even if watching from your living room.
- Prep! Read the readings before Mass. You can find the readings here on the USCCB website.
- Silence! Quiet yourself and your surroundings even for just a few minutes before Mass begins.
- Call to mind your personal intentions. If you are with your family or a small gathering of friends, share those intentions out loud. Remember to include the sick, the lonely, and those who are afraid. And all those who care for the sick.
- Stand—sit—kneel! Sing—respond—listen! Act like you are in the Presence of God. (You ARE in His presence. And you are present in church, mentally and spiritually.)
- Make a Spiritual Communion. There is a vast treasury of these prayers. Find one that feeds your soul. (The priest will pray one with you during the broadcast too.) Here is one example:
- My Jesus, 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. Amen.
- Give thanks. Pause for a moment after the broadcast ends.
- GET HUNGRY! Long for your next Holy Communion. Get excited to pray with your brothers and sisters in our church again. Resolve to never grumble again about getting up early on a Sunday or when someone takes "your" parking space or "your" pew" again.
Spiritual Resources You Can Use at Home
Watch Mass Live from Home
We will livestream the 5:15 PM Mass on Saturday evening, the 9:30 AM Mass Sunday morning, and Monday–Saturday at 7:00 AM. Watch live at those times, or via recording at other times.
The monthly spiritual prayer book is temporarily making their publication available for FREE online for those who would like to use it. It contains the Mass readings as well as many other devotional prayers and readings.
Don't forget our parish has a subscription to Formed.org, which includes lots of great videos, books, and more available to all our parishioners for free! Go to https://formed.org/ to sign in. If you have not signed up before:
- Click on "Sign Up"
- Click on "I belong to a Parish or Organization"
- Enter the St. Matthew parish code: GGRC7V
- Enter your name and email address and follow the prompts
St. Paul Center
Dr. Scott Hahn's St. Paul Center has created a "Quarantined Catholic Hub" with Bible study resources that are available at this time.
Opus Dei is a Catholic organization consisting primarily of laity whose mission is sanctifying the world through work, family life, and the ordinary events of each day. They have pulled together some great resources for this time that can be used at home to help us grow in our spiritual life.
NextStep is a brand new initiative from The Evangelical Catholic that is designed to walk us through the "next step" in our spiritual journey. It consists of several interactive modules that aim to help us grow in our ability to read and pray with the Bible, get more out of Mass and Confession, and more.
This is an initiative from Vianney Vocations. There are many great online lessons on vocations for school-age children. Though the service normally has a cost, they are offering the program free through May 8th. If you would like to take advantage of this, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for the special login and password.
Strong in the Face of Tribulation
The Vatican recently created this spiritual resource for prayer and reflection amidst the pandemic. They have made the e-book available for free to all as a pdf document.