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Pastor

Secretary

Reception

Music Ministry

Faith Formation

Youth Ministry


Rev. Msgr. Xavier Pappu
msgrxavier@stmattlgv.com
Phone: 903-295-3890 x 2103
Phone: 903-295-7558 (res.)

 

Beth Kennedy
churchoffice@stmattlgv.com
Phone: 903-295-3890 x2102

Nayeli Gonzalez
office@stmattlgv.com
Phone: 903-295-3890 x 2101

Beth Kennedy

music@stmattlgv.com
Phone: 903-295-3890 x 2107


Freeda Dasaiyan
dff@stmattlgv.com
Phone: 903-295-3890  x 2105

youth@stmattlgv.com
Phone: 903-295-3890 x 2106

This Week

 Sept. 01

 Women's ACTS Faith Sharing; 7:00 pm Room # 37

Cursillistas;7:00 pm, Salon Parroquial

Sept. 02

The Creed Adult Study; 6:30 pm, Parish Hall

Sept. 03

Book Club; 12:00 pm, Room # 31

Adoration; 7:30 am -5:45pm, Chapel

Adoracion;7:30 am - 5:45pm, Capilla

Sept. 04

ACTS Core; 6:30 pm, Conference Room

Quinceañera Clases; 6:00 pm, Salon # 13

Sept. 05

Adoration; 7:30 - 11:45 am, Chapel

Adoracion; 7:30 - 11:45 am, Capilla

Sept. 06

Healing Mass; 5:00 pm, Church

Misa de Sanacion; 7:00 pm, Iglesia

 

Weekly Message

 Sacrificial Living is God’s Plan

 

Dear brothers and sisters,

   Around us every day we see many  examples of death bringing forth life. A kernel of corn is buried and it grows into a tall  cornstalk. The ice cube dissolves and cools the water.  A match burns itself out to light a fire.  Water gets itself dirty to clean you. A battery goes dead giving you music and light. Wood burns itself out to cook your food. Animals and plants die to give you your food. By dying, all these rise to a higher life. That is what the plan of God is for his creation. Parents die everyday for their children. This is what Christian life is all about.

   St. Paul says, “…present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, pleasing to God, which is your reasonable service.” (Rom.12:1) Sacrifice means “anything  consecrated and offered to God.” As Catholics, how do we consecrate and offer ourselves to God and to each other as a living sacrifice?

   The mind is the key to the Christian life. Jesus says to Peter “You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do” (Mt.16:23). Our thinking must be changed (transformed) from ungodly, worldly ways of thinking into godly ways of thinking. What we know in our minds to be true, forms a conviction and that conviction in our hearts translates into action. Therefore, we must first renew our minds and have the mind of Christ.

   Having the mind of Christ means sharing the plan, purpose, and perspective of Christ, and it is something that all believers possess. God’s plan in the world - to bring glory to Himself and to provide salvation for sinners. It means we identify with Christ’s purpose “to seek and to save what was lost” (Lk. 19:10). It means we share Jesus’ perspective of humility and obedience (Phil. 2:5-8), compassion (Mt. 9:36), and carrying our cross daily and following Him. Thus our call to follow Christ gives life to everyone in our family and around us. Our life becomes a sacrificial living.

 

 Walking with you in faith,  

 Msgr. Xavier

 



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