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All social distancing and safety protocols recommended by the CDC and listed on the COVID-19 Mandates and Directives webpage are still in effect. Although The Office of Communications and Planning at the Archidiocese has received a number of complaints that some parishes are not enforcing the mandate for masks upon entry or anytime outside of the pews, or enforcing social-distancing guidelines; St. Matthias continues to ask everyone to be masked whenever you are on St. Matthias the Apostle grounds or attending Mass. We want to reassue you that providing the safest possible environment for the ...

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Due to the need for "Social Distancing" we will, for the immediate future, be celebrating weekend masses in the gym of the Parish Center since it can hold more people.  Weekday masses will be celebrated in the church. See the FAQ from the Archdiocese for more information. 

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St. Matthias Weekly Update #1

Posted on April 14, 2020 in: General News

Please remember in your prayers the following members of our parish who have died over the Easter weekend:  Arnette Reeg  Thomas Niedbalski  The church will continue to be open for prayer from 9:00am – 12:00pm Monday – Friday until public masses resume. 

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Dear Parishioners: First and foremost, we hope you and your family are safe, healthy, and adhering to our government’s direction to safeguard you and others in our community. We are in uncharted territory for sure. While we cannot get together as a Catholic Community, technology provides us the opportunity to still participate in mass through our TV’s and other social media means. While we hope this will run its course soon, we don’t know when we will be able to get together again. We need your prayers, and we still have bills to pay and are asking you to continue your contributions. Additionally, s...

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Keeping the Faith Amid COVID-19
This is a new, daily digital newsletter from OSV meant to help Catholics keep the Faith during this time of coronavirus. While parishes may be physically apart during this time, we want Catholics to be assured we are all in this together. Click the "Read More" button below to sign up for the newsletter. Sign up at: https://reply.osv.com/covid-19

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Prayer for a Pandemic

Posted on March 18, 2020 in: Prayers with Purpose

Prayer For A Pandemic May we who are merely inconvenienced  Remember those whose lives are at stake. May we who have no risk factors Remember those most vulnerable. May we who have the luxury of working from home Remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent. May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close. Remember those who have no options. May we who have to cancel our trips Remember those that have no safe place to go.  May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market Remember those who m...

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All public celebrations of the liturgy, as well as Liturgy of the Hours, Stations of the Cross, and all other group services, Bible studies and activities are to cease beginning immediately. The duty for priests is to continue celebrating Masses “sine populo”, and should include the assistance of at least one other adult minister if possible. All churches are to remain open to individuals for personal prayer, devotions and confessions. Holy Mass can also be viewed on TV or online at catholictv.org, EWTN, and the Catholic Faith Network. Sacrament of Reconciliation: It is reco...

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“Go forth from the land of your kinsfolk and from your father’s house to a land that I will show you.” (Genesis 12:1) God calls all of us to leave behind our old ways and to follow Him, placing our complete trust in Him. Some of the old ways that we may have to struggle to leave behind might be materialism, selfishness, and greed. Yet God promises to show us a new land and a better way to live. Remember what St. Teresa of Calcutta said, “God does not call us to be successful, God calls us to be faithful.”

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“It is written: The Lord, your God, shall you worship and him alone shall you serve.” (Matthew 4:10) Tempted between the riches and power of this world and service to God, Jesus chose service to His Father. If we wish to truly follow Jesus, we, too, must decide to turn away from worldly power and riches and put God at the center of our lives. Lent is our time to prune ourselves of earthly things. Ask God how he is calling you to serve.

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Books, Books and More Books

Posted on February 27, 2020 in: General News

It is hard to believe but it is almost time to start donating books for the next St.  Matthias Book Fair that is scheduled for January 2021.   Book donations may be brought to the Parish Office, the Lobby of the Parish Center, or the Narthex of the Church. Donation pick up at your home may be arranged by call the Parish Office (314) 892-7500.  Thank you in advance and lets work to make this the biggest and best Book Fair yet!  

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“But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…” (Matthew 5:44) Love your enemies, easier said than done, no doubt. But, remember, the foundation of stewardship is prayer. When we are in close communication with God, it opens our heart and it turns our attention away from “me” and moves it towards God and others. It allows us to have a little more empathy for “our enemy.” When we pray for others, even “our enemies,” maybe it softens their hearts as well.

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“Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again.” (John 4:13) Jesus reminds us that material things, even something as basic as water, can never satisfy us for long. When we build our lives around material possessions, we always want more. True Joy and Peace only comes when we follow Jesus; when we become more “God-centered” and less “self-centered.”

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“Wives, be subordinate to your husbands…Husbands, love your wives…Children, obey your parents in everything…Fathers, do not provoke your children…” (Colossians 3:18-21) Pope Francis said that families, through their life of prayer and love, become "schools of true human growth." Being credible witnesses of Christian love, especially that of family members, exerts the most positive influence on our children. We are all children of God, let us pray and love each other as God, Our Father, does for us.

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“When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home.” (Matthew 1:24) Putting our complete trust in the Lord without expecting anything in return. Striving to put God first in all things and follow Him wherever He may lead us.  As we prepare for the birth of our Lord, pray for the strength and courage to be a model of discipleship, just as Joseph was.

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“You too must be patient. Make your hearts firm, because the coming of the Lord is at hand.” (James 5:8) Patience is another one of those things many of us struggle with. We want things to go according to our plan and our schedule. Any change brings anxiety and fear. Through daily prayer we better align ourselves with God’s will and His plan, which is far better than anything we can come up with on our own.

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“Therefore, every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.” (Matthew 3:10) Do you bear good fruit for Christ? Or, do you spend your time, talent, and treasure constantly acquiring more toys, clutter, and junk. Our time, our talent, and our treasure are gifts that God has given us. What we do with them is our gift back to God. What gifts are you planning to give to the Lord during this upcoming Christmas season?

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“Therefore, stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come." (Matthew 24:42) People who have had health issues or near-death experiences generally have a greater appreciation for each day being a gift from God. The rest of us usually take for granted that we will be around tomorrow. But when you start to look at each day as a gift, you realize all the little miracles that happen daily and grow in gratitude for all that we have been given. You begin to see God’s active presence in your life.

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"….giving thanks to the Father, who has made you fit to share in the inheritance of the holy ones in light.” (Colossians 1:12) God wants us to be happy! Instead of looking at the Ten Commandments as being restrictive and telling us what we can’t do, look at them as guides for living a joy-filled and peaceful life. Most of our problems arise when we put our own needs first or spend most of our time trying to acquire “things.” Instead, try putting God first in all things. Ask Him how He wants you to use your gifts.

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“…Rather, we wanted to present ourselves as a model for you, so that you might imitate us.” (2 Thessalonians 3:9) Most people who live a grateful and generous lifestyle don’t go around bragging about it. But through their actions and words, others do take notice. They notice because of the joy and peace that results and other people desire this in their own life. Know that the way you live your life may be the only interaction others have with our Catholic faith.

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“May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting encouragement and good hope through his grace, encourage your hearts and strengthen them in every good deed and word."       (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17) There are two important lessons here. First, we are called to be generous with our encouragement and hope. As God shows us mercy, we must be merciful to others. Second, joy is contagious! The joy we receive from doing good works not only strengthens us, it encourages others as well. Share the joy of living your faith whenever you can.

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“But Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, ‘Behold, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor, and if I extorted anything from anyone I shall repay it four times over.' " (Luke 19:8) We are all called to gratefully give back to the Lord in proportion to the blessings we have been given. This means everyone isn’t called to give the same amount, but is called to give equal sacrifice. No amount is too small or insignificant! Open your heart, how is God calling you to be more generous with your financial resources and possessions?

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“…for whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Luke 18:14) Pride and ego is the root cause of most of our sins. Thinking your time is so valuable, your talent is better than anyone else and your money gives you status is another way of making those things “gods” before God. Remember all those gifts were God-given. Instead we should be humbled by God’s abundant generosity and our hearts should overflow with gratitude.

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60th Anniversary Trivia Night

Posted on October 22, 2019 in: General News

An exciting night of fun, trivia, and getting together to celebrate 60 amazing years at St. Matthias is scheduled for Saturday, November 16. Several classes are using this opportunity for reunions, and a table of former teachers are coming to reminisce.  Tickets are $25 a person or $200 for a table of 8.   Doors will open at 6:00pm. Trivia begins at 7:00pm.   The evening will include 10 rounds of trivia, a silent auction, various raffles, and a 50/50.   Cash prize for 1st place table.   Mulligans may be purchased. Feel free to bring your own food and drinks of your choice.   ...

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“…proclaim the word, be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient...” (2 Timothy 4:2) It is not always convenient to be a good steward, especially when all the temptations of our busy and materialistic world get in the way. Now add our own pride and ego into the equation and living a stewardship lifestyle may be downright uncomfortable! Remember, God didn’t call us to be comfortable. He called us to be faithful.

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“Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?” (Luke 17:18) Most of us live “easy” lives. We have food, shelter, and clothing. We go on vacation every year and own a car or two. Most of us take this all for granted. Did you ever notice that people with the least amount of possessions are usually the most grateful? Shouldn’t this be the other way around? Take time every day and thank God for all He has given you.

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“For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control.” (2 Timothy 1:7) Many of us compartmentalize our Faith, we bring it out only when we attend Mass or when we attend a parish event. Being a good steward requires discipline and striving to put God first in everything, all the time. The next time you are at a neighborhood party, at work or out shopping, would your actions signal to others that you are a good and faithful servant of our Lord?

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Grass Trimmer Volunteers Needed!

Posted on September 27, 2019 in: General News

Due to health difficulties two of our volunteer grass trimmers have had to retire or take a leave.  We are looking for replacements.  If you are willing to offer a few hours a month to help with the upkeep the parish grounds please contact the Parish Office (314-892-7500). 

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“My child, remember that you received what was good during your lifetime while Lazarus likewise received what was bad; but now he is comforted here, whereas you are tormented. Moreover, between us and you a great chasm is established…” (Luke 16:25-26) When God created the world He declared that it was good and He gave it to all mankind for us to enjoy. However, over the years we have created a chasm between those who have great gifts and those who do not. In today’s Gospel we see that with our own generosity we must bridge that gap between those who have much and those who have little or we may ...

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Flea Market - Call for Vendors!
Vendors, Reserve Your Booth Today! $20 each 8' table Space must be prepaid All rentals are final - no refunds for cancellations NOTE: Your space will not be reserved until payment is received. We reserve the right to approve all spaces. No firearms or weapons of any kind will be allowed on Concession Stand Open Non-Smoking Environment Questions:  Contact Sheila Brown (314) 952-8336  

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PSRS Celebration

Posted on May 21, 2019 in: General News

PSRS Celebration
On Saturday May 18, 2019 we celebrated 60 years of our parish. I have been priviledged to share almost half of the history as I started to attend daily Mass right after Fr. Kester moved to St. Matthias. We were members of a spiritiual support group prior to his assignment as pastor. Saturday we had another wonderful Confirmation Class from our parish represent our hopes in making a difference and bringing hope and healing to our community.  These four students were baptized here thirteen and fourteen years ago.  These students received their First Penance ...

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In 2019, St. Matthias Parish will be celebrating 60 years of service to the church and the people of  Mehlville. An Anniversary Committee is planning many ways to celebrate this important achievement.  In the past we have celebrated parish anniversaries by planning pilgrimages to Catholic shrines around the United States and the world. That tradition will continue for our 60th anniversary with a pilgrimage to the Catholic shrines of Poland.  Just one of the famous shrines to be visited will be the Black Madonna of Josna Gora located in Chestochova, Poland.  The planned dates for this pilgrimage...

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Golden Achiever 2019 Trips

Posted on March 30, 2019 in: General News

May 13-15 Saints n Sinners: Ark Encounter, Creation Museum, and Belterra Casino.   $419.00 double   $395.00 Triple  $540.00 Single  Sign-up deadline extended until April 15. Aug 13 Gateway Arch, Federal Reserve, Old Court House and Ball Park Village for Lunch. Sept 17-18 Downstream Casino and  Tour of Joplin, Missouri $199.00 double   $199.00 Triple   $230.00 Single Sign-up deadline with $100 deposit is June 6. Final payment due August 1. Oct 24 Tour Kimmswick Missouri & Blue Owl for Lunch Nov 12-14   Christmas in Branson Missouri $...

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Breakfast Prayer

Posted on March 30, 2019 in: Prayers with Purpose

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with us this day. May this meal be blessed as we gather to celbrate together. May your love be shared amongst us as we enjoy the gift of fellowship. May we remember to give out the grace and forgiveness that you have freely given us. And may we always give thanks for your sacrificial love.  Amen

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Recently Pat and Kathy O'Donnell were featured in a Catholic Gateway Podcast. They talked about their experience with ACA and explained "their story." Take a listen when you click the "Read More" link below.

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2018 ACA Tell Your Story

Posted on April 05, 2018 in: General News

Pat O'Donnell and volunteers will be accepting pledge cards at up coming masses for the 2018 Annual Catholic Appeal. So many families and organizations are telling their story of how much the kindness from those that support the Annual Catholic Appeal means to them.  See the benefits of your charity and generosity in action by clicking "read more" below.   

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Parish Census

Posted on August 15, 2017 in: General News

Help us to ensure that we have the most up to date records! Please download and print both pages of the census form and return them to the parish office either via the Sunday collection or stop by in person. This form may look familar as we have also included it in our August newsletter. Members of your household older than 18 should fill out an individual form. Thanks for helping us to update our records!

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Almighty and eternal God, You blessed the union of married couples so that they might reflect  the union of Christ with his Church: look with kindness on them. Renew their marriage covenant, increase your love in them, and strengthen their bond of peace so that, with their children, they may always rejoice in the gift of your blessing. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen

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Back to School Collection

Posted on July 24, 2017 in: General News

On the weekends of July 29-30 and August 5-6 in the Narthex, the Knights of Columbus Council 742 and the Ladies Auxiliary are sponsoring the collection of various school supplies for needy children. Items needed: crayons pencils pens folders binders markers note books loose leaf paper scissors glue back packs lunch boxes   These items will be donated to St. Patrick's Center. Please place your items in the designated bin. If you are making a donation by check, please make the check out to the Knights of Columbus Council 742. O...

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The baby’s crying, the dog is whining, and you need to leave for work in five minutes. Finding time for prayer can seem impossible. Amid the busyness of family life, how can one respond to God’s ongoing invitation to speak with and listen to him? Here are ten pointers to help you do just that. Pray as you can, not as you can’t. God calls most Christians to an active life in the world, with family, work and community responsibilities. Such a call, while holy, does not usually allow for long periods of prayer and reflection. Lay people can become discouraged when they try to pray like a cloistered con...

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Our St. Vincent de Paul Society puts together food baskets on a regular basis for the poor. August food baskets need the following items: Cereal Pasta Sauce Soups Canned Fruits Rice Paper Towels Detergent Bar Soap Toothpaste Dish soap Please place the items in the collection bins outside church. Your help is much appreciated!        

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White House Retreat

Posted on July 06, 2017 in: General News

Someone once said, "Retreats are for those people who are cramming for their final exams." I ask you, "When are your finals?"If you would like information about a white House Retreat the weekend of August 24th, please contact Pat O'Donnell.

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Corpus Christi: Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ  On the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, we give special honor to Jesus, truly present in the most Blessed Sacrament of the altar. As Catholics, we worship the presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist, both during Mass and outside of Mass. We are encouraged to spend time in prayer before the Lord in the Eucharist. Many parishes offer regular exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in a monstrance. We may also choose to visit the church at other times to adore the Blessed Sacrament reserved in the tabernacle. In his apostolic exhortation The Sacrame...

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Happy Father's Day! Dad's are awesome and here are some hints to being even more awesome!

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O blessed Saint Anthony! The grace of God has made thee a powerful advocate in all necessities, and the patron for the restoration of things lost or stolen. To thee I turn today with childlike love and heartfelt confidence. Oh, how many thousands hast thou miraculously aided in the recovery of lost goods! Thou wast the counselor of the erring, the comforter of the afflicted, the healer of the sick, the raiser of the dead, the deliverer of the captive, the refuge of the afflicted. To thee do I hasten, O blessed Saint Anthony! Help me in my present affliction. I recommend what I have lost to thy care, in the secure hope tha...

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There are several trip opportunities coming up sponsored by Golden Achievers. Please contact Paula Kunz for more information. Trips are open to all Golden Achievers members. We also invite our parish family, other parishes, friends and family's to join us.  Nashville, Tennessee for the Sights and Sounds of Music City Tuesday, September 12 - Thursday, September 14, 2017 Ryman Auditorium, Santa Fe Cattle Company for dinner, Grand Ole Opry, guided tour of Studio B, Country Music Hall of Fame, Special program at Margaritaville and dinner, Hermitage home of Andrew Jackson, Loveless Cafe for lunch...

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Pentecost Sunday

Posted on June 02, 2017 in: Church Beliefs

The symbols - wind, fire and tongues - are not arbitrary.  Each tells us something about God and his mysterious work in the world. Wind - The word is used elsewhere in Scripture to designate a person's "breath" or "spirit".  The Holy Spirit is said to have been "like wind" because the Spirit is the Church's breath. This divine breath gives the Church an astonishing power of self-renewal.  The Church has suffered greatly from sinful members and leaders, yet, time and again,  she has risen, through the power of this divine Spirit-breath, renewed and purified. ...

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Merciful Father, we ask your blessing on all we do to build a culture of life. Hear our prayers for those impacted by the death penalty. We pray for all people, that their lives and dignity as children of a loving God may be respected and protected in all stages and circumstances. We pray for victims of violence and their families, that they may experience our love and support and find comfort in your compassion and in the promise of eternal life. We pray for those on death row, that their lives may be spared, that the innocent may be freed and that the guilty may come to acknowledge their faults and seek reconcil...

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In the Gospel for the Seventh Sunday of Easter, Jesus, addressing God the Father says, “And now I will no longer be in the world, but they are in the world while I am coming to you.” Think about the ways that Christ remains present in the world and consider ways you can help make his presence felt. 

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What's New on the Website

Posted on May 24, 2017 in: General News

There are some new features on the parish website! No need to scroll through years of Sunday Bulletins. We have reversed the order so now the newest bulletin is listed at the top. You can also access the monthly newsletters that are mailed to all parishioners.  Each week will include new articles, some may have been featured in our weekly bulletin. We have added a new feature called "Add Meaning to Your Sunday Reading" which includes a link to the Lectio Divina you can print for reflection. "Church Beliefs" will include different teachings and helpful explanations about items we value as Ca...

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On behalf of those we serve, the St. Vincent de Paul Society thanks everyone for the overwhelming support for this year's "40 Cans for Lent" food drive. This year 3,225 items were donated. A special thanks to the Knights of Columbus for their support. Also thanks to those who continue to donate funds to our poor box in the back of church.

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Generosity Prevails Again!

Posted on May 17, 2017 in: General News

The Knights of Columbus, Catholic Financial Life, Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary, and St. Matthias Quilters would like to thank everyone for their generous support of the Birthright Counseling, St. Louis Fundraiser and Bake Sale. A total of $3,883 will be given to the South County Birthright Counseling Office.  

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2018 Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Posted on February 16, 2017 in: General News

Every year St. Matthias offers a pilgrimage to holy shrines throughout the world for the spiritual and intellectual development of parishioners and friends. The next pilgrimage will take place January 16-25, 2018. There is no better way to understand the Gospels than to see, feel and walk in the places where Jesus actually walked, taught, lived, died and rose from the dead - the Holy Land. On the third day in the Holy Land a visit is made to Tel Beth She’an where a huge Roman city of the time of Jesus is being excavated. In the Old Testament (1 Samuel 31:10-12) Beth She’an is mentioned as the place where ...

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