Our Contacts


Pastor Rev. Msgr. Xavier Pappu
msgrxavier@stmattlgv.com
Phone: 903-295-3890 x 2103
Phone: 903-295-7558 (res.)
Secretary Beth Kennedy
churchoffice@stmattlgv.com
Phone: 903-295-3890 x2102
Reception Nayeli Gonzalez
reception@stmattlgv.com
Phone: 903-295-3890 x 2101
Music Ministry Beth Kennedy
music@stmattlgv.com
Phone: 903-295-3890 x 2107
Faith Formation Freeda Dasaiyan
dff@stmattlgv.com
Phone: 903-295-3890 x 2105
Youth Ministry Cindy Starr (High School)
Becky Anguiano (Middle School)
youth@stmattlgv.com
Phone: 903-295-3890 x 2106

THIS WEEK: HOLY WEEK
(April 5- 12)

ALL MASSES are Suspended
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Weekly Message 

                               Palm Sunday Mass (live)

Suffering to Sanctify

Dear brothers and sisters, 
   We enter into the Holiest week of the year. Jesus entered Jerusalem willingly to suffer to sanctify us all. God spoke to us in various ways and finally through His own Son [Heb.1:1-2]. But much louder in our suffering like the ’Corona Virus’. Do we hear?
 
    We have a question in our mind, “Why do good people suffer?” Someone asked C.S. Lewis, "Why do the righteous suffer?" "Why not?" he replied. "They're the only ones who can take it." It’s God’s will for good people to suffer [1 Peter 3:17-18].
  
    In our lives all of us are suffering with something or other. Suffering is the heritage of the bad, of the penitent, and of the Son of God. Each one ends in the cross. The bad thief is crucified, the penitent thief is crucified, and the Son of God is crucified. By these signs we know the widespread heritage of suffering. The bad thief’s suffering sent him to hell; the good thief’s suffering sanctified him and he ended up in heaven; Jesus’ suffering sanctified everyone who believes in His suffering.

   The Word of God promised suffering, "Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom." (Acts 14:22)    Jesus said, "If they persecuted me, they will persecute you." (John 15:20) Peter said, "Do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you." (1 Peter 4:12) It is not strange; it is to be expected. Paul said in 2 Timothy 3:12, "Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ will be persecuted.
 
   Therefore, my suffering and yours has a purpose and meaning. [1 Pet. 2:21-22] Let every suffering motivate us positively just like Jesus’ and sanctify our lives and fill our lives with joy.   

    Wish you a Blessed Holy Week!  My Prayers and blessings! 

    Msgr. Xavier

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Our Contacts


Pastor Rev. Msgr. Xavier Pappu
msgrxavier@stmattlgv.com
Phone: 903-295-3890 x 2103
Phone: 903-295-7558 (res.)
Secretary Beth Kennedy
churchoffice@stmattlgv.com
Phone: 903-295-3890 x2102
Reception Nayeli Gonzalez
reception@stmattlgv.com
Phone: 903-295-3890 x 2101
Music Ministry Beth Kennedy
music@stmattlgv.com
Phone: 903-295-3890 x 2107
Faith Formation Freeda Dasaiyan
dff@stmattlgv.com
Phone: 903-295-3890 x 2105
Youth Ministry Cindy Starr (High School)
Becky Anguiano (Middle School)
youth@stmattlgv.com
Phone: 903-295-3890 x 2106

THIS WEEK: HOLY WEEK
(April 5- 12)

ALL MASSES are Suspended
Watch Masses LIVE on

Facebook of
St. Matthew Church
My Homily
English
Spanish

Please read 
Guidelines
from Bishop Strickland. 


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