Special Announcement

ST MATTHEW’S CATHOLIC CHURCH

906 Garrity Street, Mobile, AL

 

CHRISTMAS EVE MASS

24 December, 2020, 4 o’clock PM

YouTube Streaming Link


Mass attendance is welcomed for all parishioners and guests, however, as everyone is surely aware, there are numerous restrictions on our occupancy.

We will be attempting in every way to comply with the Mobile Public Health Department’s recommendations to protect all our parishioners and guests at Mass. In general, we are restricted to 50% occupancy - every other row. Beyond that, our congregation is expected to wear masks and maintain “social distancing,” except that family units may sit together without separation.

We are acutely aware of the fragility of our older parishioners and the space limitations imposed upon the Church. Accordingly, we will broadcast (live stream) our Christmas Eve Mass Celebration via YouTube. Individual at-risk parishioners and whole families may stay at home, participate in the Mass via YouTube or Facebook Live-Stream and share in the Eucharist by the Catholic tradition of a “Spiritual Communion“ (reverse side of this notice).

INSTRUCTIONS: Go to YouTube in your browser; Type in the Search Window exactly “St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, Mobile, AL”; Then find “St. Matthew’s Christmas Eve Mass” and you are at Mass.


A SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

 

My Jesus,
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist:
Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You Sacramentally, please come to me spiritually and enter into my heart.
I embrace You as if You are already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit that I may be separated from You, Jesus, my Lord and my God.

Amen.

 

Anointing and Reconciliation

The Sacrament of the Sick is available upon request. Please call the church office at (251)432-4784 with inquiries.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered each Saturday from 3:30-3:45 p.m. prior to the Vigil Mass in the church. Arrangements can also be made by appointment by calling the rectory/office at 432-4784.

Baptisms

Baptisms are held on Saturdays following the 4:00 p.m. Vigil Mass. Please call the church office to schedule

At the turn of the twentieth century, Bishop Edward P. Allen was approached by three gentlemen of his “Down the Bay” district: Messrs. McQuillen, Lee and O’Donnell, to consider the formation of a new parish. Bishop Allen chose Father John Dunne, a New Yorker who volunteered for the Mobile Diocese to be the first pastor of St. Matthew’s Church.

Dear Friends in Christ,
I would like to welcome you to our Parish and our family of faith. The word "Catholic" literally means "universal". Our parish really is a microcosm of Mobile society, and as such, all are welcome. We are the universal Body of Christ. So, please feel at home here and know that you are as much a part of our community as those who founded it back in 1904.
May God bless you today and always.

Rev. Joseph M. Bolling
"Father Joe"

Our Christian vocation is a call to be a disciple of Jesus. Stewardship is big part of that calling. Christians are called to be good stewards of the personal vocations they receive.

Disciples are called to

  • Acknowledge God as the source of all gifts and gratefully cherish and tend to them in a responsible and accountable manner;
  • Share them in justice and love with others, and return them with increase to the Lord
  • Evangelize, to share the Good News with one another;
  • Collaborate with God in the work of creation; and
  • Cooperate with God in the work of redemption.

A Letter From Our Pastor

Dear Friends in Christ,
I would like to welcome you to our Parish and our family of faith. The word "Catholic" literally means "universal". Our parish really is a microcosm of Mobile society, and as such, all are welcome. We are the universal Body of Christ. So, please feel at home here and know that you are as much a part of our community as those who founded it back in 1904.
May God bless you today and always.
Rev. Joseph M. Bolling "Father Joe"

Mission Statement

St. Matthew's is a welcoming community of faith. Our mission is to celebrate the word of Christ through service in the historic, traditional warmth of a growing and diverse parish. We invite all people to experience the living and loving presence of Christ through the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist and through daily prayers and a life long study of faith.