St. Matthew the Apostle Parish

Outside w Walkway n Statue

 St. Matthew the Apostle Parish Randolph, NJ

335 Dover Chester Road      Randolph, NJ 07869     973-584-1101

 

SCHEDULE OF LITURGICAL CELEBRATIONS

WEEKEND MASSES

Summer Schedule Now In Effect (Memorial Day through Labor Day):

Saturday 5:00 PM

Sunday 8:00 AM, 9:30 AM, 11:00 AM

Regular Schedule:

Saturday              5:00pm

Sunday               8:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 12:00 Noon and 5:00 PM

WEEKDAY MASSES

Monday – Thursday 8:00 AM

HOLY DAY MASSES

8:00 AM and 7:30 PM

RECONCILIATION

Saturday 4:15 – 4:45 PM at the Church or by appointment

 

OUR MISSION STATEMENT

“WHO WE ARE”

We, the people of St. Matthew’s Parish, are a Catholic Christian community that warmly welcomes all believers in a spirit of hospitality, and provides opportunities to get to know one another better. It is…

A community that is nourished by the celebration of the sacraments,

especially the Eucharist…

A community that reaches out in loving service after the example of Christ…

A community that enables and encourages people to grow into their faith…

A community that encourages others to use their gifts and talents for the good of the entire community…

A community that is aware of our need for God, aware of our need for prayer, and an openness to the Holy Spirit to guide us in our everyday lives.

 

MARRIAGE:  Arrangements are usually made one year in advance. Please contact the Parish Office for an appointment.

MINISTRY TO THE SICK:  If a family member is ill in the hospital, please call the parish office; because of the new privacy laws we may not be aware that your family member is sick. We would be happy to visit you during this time.

BAPTISM:  Families are requested to contact the Parish Office for details on pre-baptismal instruction and date of Baptism.

RECONCILIATION: The Sacrament of Penance will be celebrated each Saturday from 4:15-4:45PM before the evening Liturgy or by appointment at another time

Seminarian Paul Serves at Mass with Pope Francis

Our seminarian, Paul Tomczyk, recently spent a week in Rome at a gathering of seminarians from around the world. The four-day pilgrimage of over 6,000 seminarians and novices from 70 countries, culminated with a special Mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Basilica. The Pope addressed those on a vocational journey by stressing the fact that their young age is a great treasure for their mission within the Church.

Paul was actually selected from among the seminarians to assist at the Papal mass and held the book of prayers for Pope Francis. Attached is a video of the entire Mass but Paul can be clearly seen in several spots in the video including: 3:43; 6:50; 12:45; 49:00; 53:00; 1:29:15.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsdXK-wQWTo

You can also go to:

http://www.vatican.va/video/index.html

and scroll to July 7 – “Holy Mass with the seminarians and the novices” for a shorter version. Paul is first seen at 7:30.

Paul has since returned to his native Poland for a well deserved vacation and time with his family. He will be returning to the US next month and will continue his studies at Catholic University in Washington, DC.

Please continue to pray for Paul and for all those discerning a call to the priesthood or religious life.

 

Getting to Know Paul!

Paweł (aka Paul) Tomczyk, Seminarian of the Diocese of PatersonPaul Tomczyk as Lector

Looking very much like the priest he intends to become, with quick-smiling blue eyes and military-short blond hair, garbed neck to toe in black, Paweł (Paul) Tomczyk is everywhere at St. Matthew the Apostle Parish, Randolph.  On his brief visit to his “adopted” home for the Easter Holy Week, Paul seamlessly resumes his role as “assistant…everything”!  Even before he speaks with his slight Polish accent, Paul is easily distinguished from other young men by his vibrant interest in each parishioner who warmly welcomes him home for the holiday, his willingness to serve the people of St. Matthew’s and the aura of peaceful faith that he projects.

“It Wasn’t a Celestial Vision!”

A seminarian of the Diocese of Paterson and currently attending SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary in Orchard Lake, Michigan, Paul is eagerly looking forward to receiving his Masters in Theology in May. In the fall, he hopes to transfer to Theological College in Washington, DC, to begin the last phase of his training and study before fulfilling his goal of being an ordained priest.

“It wasn’t a celestial vision!, Paul states when asked what led him to pursue becoming a priest.  Rather, it was his experience with his parish priests growing up in his hometown of Szczecinek, in the north west corner of Poland, about 60 miles from the Baltic Sea.  His mother, an accountant, and his father, a truck driver, are devout Catholics and Paul and his sister, Agnieszka, attended Mass regularly with them.  “My parents are strong Catholics and we met very good priests.  I always felt that God was very close.”

When he was a senior in high school, the idea of dedicating his life to God through the vocation of the priesthood presented itself.  “The important thing is that I did not say ‘No!’ right away and push the thought out of my head.  Instead, I said to myself, ‘Okay, this is a possibility.  Let me think about it for a while and see where it takes me.’  And, I gave myself a year to see if, at the end, the idea still appealed to me.  During that time, of course, I prayed about it, but I was also busy with the preoccupations of every teenager, like school and sports, and so on.  But, at the end of the year, I felt even more strongly that the decision was the right one for me,” he explains.  “I just couldn’t find a good excuse not to do it!  I knew it was God who was calling me and so I could not refuse Him!”

Journey to the USA

That was just the beginning of his journey from Szczecinek, a city founded in 1310 in rural Poland, to the United States and his future, which is unfolding according the God’s plan.  On February 15, 2013, Paul was installed as a lector and acolyte (extraordinary minister of the Eucharist).  With the blessing and approval of our Bishop Arthur Seratelli the ceremony of installation was held at SS. Cyril and Methodius, conducted by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio from the Diocese of Brooklyn, who was visiting the seminary that week.

Who’s Your Favorite Saint?

Describing his favorite Saint, John Bosco, who is known for his joyful ministry and practice of rewarding children with praise and positive motivation vs. punishment, Paul’s voice softens while his gaze intensifies.  Already active with the youth ministry in Our Lady of Refuge parish in Michigan, Paul’s goal is to continue to cultivate faith formation in young people.  “The children are the future of the church and it is important to me to continue to nurture their faith, as the priests in my childhood inspired me.  I look forward to continuing my work with young people.”

Which is exactly what he did this past Easter, while “home” at St. Matthew’s.  Assisting Father Dan Murphy, Pastor at St. Matthew’s, in directing the special Holy Week responsibilities of the altar servers, controlling the flow of traffic for the foot washing ceremony on Holy Thursday, and orchestrating the Good Friday “Teen Stations of the Cross” and veneration observance, his fresh voice and passionate dedication enriched the celebration for everyone.  As one parishioner remarked, “It’s lovely to be able to share our holy day with such an inspirational young man, and we miss him greatly when he’s gone.  He’s part of our family!”

Life in the Seminary

Adapting to the culture and fitting in is one of the primary goals of the seminary.  Although the seminary is just an hour from Detroit, the community in which it is located is similar to that of Morris County, with many opportunities for the seminarians to serve amongst the local parishes.  Most of the students are Polish-American; although the school accepts foreign-born students from Europe and Latin America, all of the classes are taught in English in an effort to help the students improve their understanding of the language and to obtain an academic degree

Study time is at a premium at the seminary, as most days are very busy, with morning prayers and Liturgy of the Hours beginning at 7:00am, followed by thirty minutes of quiet meditation and then Mass.  Breakfast precedes a full day of classes, studying and homework, evening prayer and adoration.  Saturday, after morning prayers, is when the students have most of their free time; however, much of it is spent in studying or doing other kinds of daily work (laundry, cleaning etc.).

 

Sundays, of course, are particularly busy.  Paul assists in serving at Mass in the Seminary Chapel or the Shrine Campus and indulges his passion of working with the youth ministry he supports on one of the nearby parishes.  Typical of his practical approach to the spirit of sacrifice, this Lent, Paul set his alarm clock 15 minutes earlier than usual, dedicating it as a form of sacrifice.  Of course, he often found himself arriving at the chapel for morning prayers early and using the few minutes to meditate.  However, sometimes he simply used the extra time to get things done, like cleaning his room or studying.  Paul decided also to remember about the souls in the purgatory by every day prayer in their intention.

 

Well Prepared for His Future

Clear in his direction, Paul feels that to be a sincere minister and leader, one must know and love God and His people. Equally comfortable chatting about every-day social events and discussing pivotal tenets of the Church catechism, he successfully balances humble reverence with fierce intelligence and firmly founded beliefs, not hesitating for a moment to expresses his profound reverence for the divine leadership of our new Pope.  When one parishioner asked him what he’d like to tell Pope Francis if he could, Paul demurred, “Nothing!  I would not dare to suggest anything to our Holy Father!  I firmly believe that the Holy Spirit has appointed him through the voice of the cardinals and that He will also guide our new Pope in every decision he makes.”

Paul, earnest, inspiring, and persuasive, is an asset to our church and a future leader!  If you have not encountered anyone truly extraordinary lately, spend some time with Paul, St. Matt’s “adopted” seminarian.

Francis IJoin us in praying for our Pope.

O God, Shepherd and ruler of all the faithful,
Look favorably on your servant Francis I,
whom you have set at the head of your Church as her shepherd;
grant, we pray, that, by word and example,
he may be of service to those over whom he presides
so that, together with the flock entrusted to his care,
he may come to everlasting life.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever. Amen.

 

“Partners in Faith” Campaign Announced

Partners in Faith LogoThe Diocese of Paterson has kicked off its “Partners in Faith” Capital and Endowment campaign. St. Matthew’s, along with all of the other parishes in our diocese, has committed to support this campaign. Through Partners in Faith you will have an opportunity to share in the mission of the Church in a profound way. The historic effort will include collaboration priests, deacons, fellow parishioners, local religious orders and others dedicated to the future of the Diocese of Paterson.Click on the link below for a video message from our Bishop, Arthur Serratelli, about this important campaign:

http://www.patersondiocese.org/page.cfm?Web_ID=5360&CFID=2443351&CFTOKEN=70690233&jsessionid=843079c412d33edaad627b2a540d6c401623

 

 

 

Catholic Bishops Renew Plea To Congress And Administration To Repair Affordable Care Act

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have issued a statement in regards to the ruling by the US Supreme Court on the Affordable Care Act. For more information please go to:
http://www.stmatthewsrandolph.org/catholic-bishops-renew-plea-to-congress-and-administration-to-repair-affordable-care-act/