Today’s First Penance Service has not come about by happenstance. My sincere gratitude to Ms. Catherine Tolnay and all those who have instructed the youngsters who are well prepared. Let me share a 1st Confession story. A friend who has five children takes them to Confession once a month. When his youngest child, a lovely daughter, came back to the pew to be with her father, she knelt down in prayer. Dad was impressed until he sensed that his daughter was starting to cry. “What’s the matter?” She replied, “It’s what Father said to me.” “Tell me” Dad said. “She replied, “Well, he told me to say two Hail Mary prayers for my penance. (sob, sob) “What is wrong with that? You know the Hail Mary.” “Yes, she said, but I only know one Hail Mary and he said to say two!!!!!!
Today 30 of our young people will be making their 1st Penance or Reconciliation. It is a Pastor’s hope and prayer that this will be the first of many encounters for these youngster with the Mercy of God.
We ask that you keep Unchenna Nwokeafor, our African Choir director, and his wife Laura, in your prayers. Their three month old son, Ogemdi, died earlier this week. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family during this difficult time.
The Bryce family will receive visitors at St. Matthias Church from 9:15-10:00 AM on Saturday, Dec. 10th. A Mass of Christian burial will follow at 10:00 AM. Burial is at Resurrection Cemetery, Clinton MD.
There will be a viewing at St. Matthias the Apostle Church (9475 Annapolis Rd., Lanham, MD 20706) on Thursday, November 17, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Another viewing will be held on Friday, November 18, from 9:30 – 10:30 AM.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Matthias Church Friday, November 18, at 10:30 AM. Burial will take place after the Mass at Fort Lincoln Cemetery.
Jack Jordan, brother of our pastor, Father Milt Jordan, died early this morning. Funeral arrangements are pending and will be posted when finalized. Please keep the Jordan family in your prayers.
A memorial Mass for Louise Douglas will be held at St. Matthias the Apostle Church on Saturday, September 24, 2016, at 11:00 a.m.
A Memorial Mass for David Bernstein will be held Saturday, September 17th, 11:00 a.m., at St. Matthias the Apostle Church, 9475 Annapolis Road, Lanham, MD. The family will receive visitors from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the Church. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to St. Matthias the Apostle Church.
Before September 12th
1 Child: $100
2 Children: $150
3 or more Children: $195
After September 12th
1 Child: $125
2 Children: $175
3 or more Children: $220
Billy O’Connor, parishioner of St. Matthias the Apostle Church, died Sunday, July 31, 2016.
Funeral Arrangements for Billy O’Connor:
Thursday, August 4, 2016: Visitation from 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. at St. Matthias Church
Thursday, August 4, 2016: Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. at St. Matthias Church
Interment will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to DeMatha Catholic High School Baseball Program, 4313 Madison St., Hyattsville, MD 20781.