This Week's Schedule for Live Stream Masses & Devotions
All events listed below are live Streamed via Facebook Live. Some videos will be available later on YouTube. Though the events are not open to the public in person, they are available to all online both during the time listed and afterwards.
Starting Friday, April 3, there will be some Virtual Men's and Virtual Women's conferences available for free online featuring popular Catholic speakers from across the country (such as Fr. Mike Schmitz and Jeff Cavins). Go to the website below for more details:
Monday, March 30
Tuesday, March 31
Wednesday, April 1
Thursday, April 2
Friday, April 3
Saturday, April 4
Sunday, April 5
Public Masses Suspended
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.
St. Matthew adoration chapel is also closed. As of March 22nd, the main church is also now closed until further notice.
We are evaluating what this will mean for the availability of the Sacrament of Confession in light of forthcoming directives from the Diocese of Peoria.
All parish programs, including Stations of the Cross are cancelled. The parish office is also closed until further notice.
Here are diocesan statements as the situation continues to unfold:
- 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)
A Note from Msgr. Deptula
March 13, 2020
My Dear Parishioners,
Your priests love you.
I hope that in a thousand ways it is evident that we love being priests – we love being your “fathers.” It is a sublime joy to offer Mass with you and for you. We now face a time of significant spiritual challenge. Yet this time is not “unprecedented” in the long history of our faith. The Church gives us a vast treasury of prayers for spiritual communion and personal devotions. We can invoke any number of patron saints. Our Mother of Perpetual Help offers both motherly comfort and the sure hope that her Immaculate Heart WILL triumph.
Stay close to your family and friends. Pray together over the phone. Support each other using social media. Hold on to your Rosary beads. Open your Bibles. Participate in Mass remotely and make a Spiritual Communion. Hunger and thirst for the next time that you can receive the Holy Eucharist. Pray especially for the sick and those in danger of death. Pray for doctors and scientists. Pray for the hungry and the homeless and those who are afraid.
Know that your priests are praying for you. We will continue to offer Mass (while we will broadcast Mass every day via Facebook, it certainly won’t feel the same without you!). Everyday your priests will be pleading on your behalf before the Tabernacle. We love you and we miss you.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.
Our Mother of Perpetual Help, pray for us.
St. Matthew, pray for us.
St. Boniface, pray for us.
On behalf of Fr. Brokaw and Fr. Pica, I have the honor to be your pastor,
Msgr. Stanley Deptula
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.
- Silence! Quiet yourself and your surroundings even for just a few minutes.
- 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 Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot now 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.
Important Links for Further Information
Spiritual Resources You Can Use at Home
Watch Mass Live from Home
We will livestream the 5:15pm Mass on Saturday evening and the 9:30am Mass Sunday morning. Watch live at those times, or via recording at other times.
Mass is also on the EWTN cable network (Live at certain times or as a Recording). You are also encouraged to pray the Rosary, meditate on Sacred Scripture, and make a Spiritual Communion. Here is on sample of a Spiritual Communion:
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot now 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.
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.