Saint Matthias the Apostle

Catholic Church

Palm Sunday
Vigil Mass Saturday, April 13 at 5:00 PM
Mass in Spanish at 7 :00 PM
Regular Sunday Schedule, April 14 at 8:00 AM, 9:30 AM, 11:30 AM, and 6:00 PM

Monday, April 15: Daily Mass at 8:30am | Adoration 6:00pm – 8:00pm | Confessions 7:00pm
Tuesday, April 16: Daily Mass at 8:30am
Wednesday, April 17: Daily Mass at 8:30am | Student Presentation of the Last Supper 2:00pm


Sacred Triduum

Holy Thursday, April 18
Mass of the Lord’s Supper 7:30pm
Eucharistic Adoration Following Mass

Good Friday
Confessions 9:00-11:00 AM
Stations of the Cross 12:00 PM
Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion with
Veneration of the Cross and Holy Communion 7:30 PM

Holy Saturday April 20
Blessing of Easter Food and Baskets 12:00 PM
Easter Vigil 8:00 PM
(No 5:00 PM or 7:00 PM Masses)

Easter Sunday April 21
Masses at 8:00 AM, 9:30 AM, 11:30 AM, and 1:30 PM (Spanish)
(No 6:00 PM Mass)


Please note that the parish office will be closed Thursday through Monday, April 18-22. The parish office will re-open Tuesday, April 23 at 8:00am.

One of the many difficult tasks in the grieving process is knowing when and how to dispose of the clothing and personal objects of a deceased loved one.  The rule of thumb is that this should not be undertaken until the grieving person is ready to do so.  Of course, circumstances may dictate that this be done immediately.

If at all possible, the process of sorting, designating, and donating should not be undertaken alone by the griever.  Dealing with clothing and personal objects of the deceased, some of which are precious and bespeak the person’s life pursuits and achievements, can be very difficult to do.  However, disposing of medical equipment and supplies is the first undertaking and requires decisions that are less emotionally draining.  Having caring others to assist with the sorting and disposal of the more personal items is often quite necessary.  The grieving person must select well who it is that will do the assisting and must make quite clear who is the ultimate decision-maker.

Having family members or friends come in and sweep away every item, some of which hold precious memories of the deceased, is not the wisest decision.  With this speedy process the grieving person can have memories of the past, packed with many special experiences,  taken away prematurely.  On days when the grieving person is particularly sad and really missing the deceased person having a piece of clothing or an object to look at or hold can be quite comforting to the grieving heart.  When this happens memories of past shared experiences can emerge, the deceased can feel closer, and feelings of joy can resonate within the soul.

In sorting objects that are memory-packed, but no longer needed, it is helpful to consider who among the relatives, friends, and acquaintances of the deceased could utilize, as well as treasure, any items offered for their personal use.  This would certainly delight the deceased person, as well as the recipients.  It becomes evident, however, that some things are destined for the dumpster or for some charity.  Choosing carefully which charity will benefit from the donation and use the contents well is always a consideration.  It is evident  that there are many needy recipients in our society.

There is one more important last point that bears mention.  Among all of the things that are being handled and processed by the grieving person there are some items that hold special value, as well as special memories.  These need to be kept for as long as desired.  In time, some will be eliminated or given away, but there will always be some that are kept until the last days that the grieving person spends on this earth.  And so it should be!

The Academy of St. Matthias the Apostle will hold an Open House for all grades on Friday, March 29, 2019 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., as well as a Pre -K (three year old and four year old) and Kindergarten Open House for prospective families on Sunday, March 31, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 12 noon and on Monday, April 1, 2019 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.  Please call our school
office to let us know you will attend.
(301-577-9412). We look forward to seeing you.

In this grief note we will look at the topic of writing  out some of our grief experiences as our grief work proceeds.  Many grief authors refer to this as keeping a grief journal.  Some people believe that they cannot write with any degree of ease, especially while they are grieving.  This sounds like a difficult undertaking, butit is a very profitable one that is also personally rewarding.


Some are convinced that writing requires too much time and energy. While one is grieving much emotional energy is needed to grieve, heal, and progress through the grief process.  Therefore, the idea of writing about one’s personal thoughts, feelings, and experiences is unappealing and considered too hard to undertake.


To begin the writing process one simply needs a writing instrument (pen or pencil) and a writing tablet.  A fancy book for journaling is not a must.  Setting aside time to jot down the thoughts, feelings, and personal experiences one is having is also necessary.  There is no mandate that one make entries on a daily basis, although this may be helpful. Simply putting on paper experiences or concerns as they occur can be beneficial.  One chooses the time to do this – the morning hours or in the evening.  Whenever serves one’s needs.


Thoughts, concerns, or worries  that are not given attention swirl about in the mind, picking up momentum along the way.  They easily emerge at night, thus robbing one of a peaceful rest, so needed by the weary body and the grief-stricken spirit. So, notations made on an “as needed” basis or even daily can prevent disruptive sleep from happening and can ease the mind.


As already mentioned, there are benefits to  writing while grieving.  These are a few of them:

 one’s mind can become freed of sad, troubling issues
 it provides one with an indication of how well one’s passage through the grieving process is proceeding
 writing is a perfect means of expression, especially if one’s support system is meager or absent
 writing provides the opportunity to explore personal or private matters that one is not  ready to share with others
 one receives a measure of one’s progress (or lack of) that has occurred since the time of one’s loss
 a clarification of troubling issues that need resolution can  occur, warranting an exploration of a troubled relationship, the need for forgiveness, and other “unfinished business”


With all of these benefits in mind, it would seem wise to give writing or journaling a try.  It is a valuable tool for many grieving persons.  The two essential requirements are allotting the time and expending the needed energy to accomplish the undertaking.


The Association of the Antorcha Guadalupana began at the end of the 20th centuary in the United States thanks to the Association of the Antorhca Guadalupana in New York. The first few years of the Association the running of the torch would begin on the U.S side of the border between Mexico and the United States and ended in the Cathedral of San Patrick in New York City. It was because of the Association of the Antorcha Guadalupana that the running of the torch was able to cross the border between Mexico and the U.S. Since 2002 the Antorcha Guadalupana has been traveling through 9 states in Mexico (the state of Mexico, Morelos, Guerrero, Puebla, Oaxaca, Hidalgo, Tlaxcala, Veracruz and Tamaulipas) and 14 states in the United States (Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia, Washington D.C., Maryland, Delaware, , New Jersey, and New York)  

Since then over 8 million people across Mexico and the United States have participated in the Antorcha Guadalupana. Saint Matthias has had the honor of participating in this wonderful event for the past 3 years. Many parishes across both countries have participated. This year, Saint Matthias received the torch from Saint Bernard Catholic Church in Riverdale, Maryland and from Saint Matthias, the torch was taken to Saint Mary’s Catholic Church located in Landover Hills, Maryland.


The Parish Social Life Committee is proud to assist Father Jack again this year in recognizing the many parishioners who regularly give their “Time, Talent, and Treasure” to help make St. Matthias Church a fine and friendly place of worship. The Second Annual Volunteer Luncheon will be on Sunday, March 10th, from 2:00-4:00 PM in Friendship Hall. If you are an active member of a parish organization or ministry that provides services to the church or community,

please submit this RSVP form no later than Sunday, February 17th.

It is greatly appreciated that there are many groups that meet at various times in the church during the week. However, the Volunteer Luncheon is to “honor” those ministries/organizations that assist in the holy Masses and/or offer services to others within the church and community.

The following are the volunteer ministries/organizations:
Altar Servers, Altar Committee, Choirs, Dance Ministry, Eucharistic Ministers, Faith Formation, Flower Committee, Front Office Workers, Greeters, Knights of Columbus (KOC), ladies of Charity {LOC}, lectors, Music Ministry, Parish Social Life Committee {PSLC), Projectors Monitor Ministry, Ushers, and Youth Ministry

Mark your calendar!


As we move through the holidays this year, including Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, and New Years, my hope, prayer, and wishes are that you, the readers of this message, have been able to capture the essence of the season.  With the support and caring of friends and family, persons who are grieving can experience the joy of the holidays.


Some important things to remember about holiday celebrations are reviewed at this time.

 Where someone is in their grieving process will certainly affect how he or she will experience the various occasions.  Those in the early phase of their loss (the first 5 months or so) can let each holiday pass them by without engaging in too much celebrating.  During the mid grieving point  holidays can receive a half-hearted reception.  When the healing that grief provides has come, in a later point of grief, the festivities are more easily accepted and celebrated. 


 The process of facing a significant loss, as any grieving person knows, can consume a lot of personal energy.  Therefore, simplifying holiday celebrations is a must.


 Planning one’s celebrations in collaboration with family members and friends can more easily guarantee happy times and some real joy as each significant day comes and passes.


 Accepting the efforts of others, with reasonable but marginal contributions on the part of the grieving person, can  bring about, as well as honor, some of the traditions of the past.


And so, open your hearts to the joy and meaning of the season.  Doing what feels right in your heart can bring you the wonders of these special days, as they come one by one.


Breve de Duelo #20

A medida que avanzamos a través de las vacaciones de este año, incluyendo-Navidad, Hanukkah, Kwanza, y Año Nuevo, mi esperanza, oración y deseo es que ustedes, leyentes de este mensaje, hayan podido captar  la esencia de la temporada. Con el apoyo y la atención de amigos y familiares, las personas que están de duelo pueden experimentar la alegría de las vacaciones. Algunas cosas importantes para recordar acerca de las celebraciones de vacaciones se revisan en este momento.

  • El hecho de que alguien se encuentre en su proceso de duelo afectará la forma en que experimentará las diversas ocasiones. Aquellos en la fase temprana de su pérdida (los primeros 5 meses aproximadamente) pueden dejar pasar cada día festivo sin tener que celebrar demasiado. Durante el punto medio de duelo, los días festivos pueden recibir una recepción poco entusiastas. Cuando la curación que proporciona la aflicción llega, en un punto posterior de aflicción, las festividades son más fácilmente aceptadas y celebradas.
  • El proceso de enfrentar una pérdida significativa, como sabe cualquier persona afligida, puede consumir mucha energía personal. Por lo tanto, simplificar las celebraciones de vacaciones es una necesidad.
  • Planear las celebraciones en colaboración con miembros de la familia y amigos puede garantizar más fácilmente momentos felices y un poco de alegría real a medida que cada día importante llega y pasa.
  • Aceptar los esfuerzos de otros, con contribuciones razonables pero marginales por parte de la persona afligida, puede provocar, además de honrar, algunas de las tradiciones del pasado.

Y así, abren sus corazónes a la alegría y el significado de la temporada. Hacer lo que se siente bien en tu corazón puede traerte las maravillas de estos días especiales, ya que vienen uno por uno


Dear Friends, On behalf of Father Canice and our visiting clergy, I offer you best wishes for a blessed and happy Christmas. We look forward to the coming year as we continue to grow in faith.

Sincerely in Christ, Father Jack

Christmas Mass Schedule

Monday, December 24, 2018

Daily Mass at 8:30 AM

Christmas Vigil Mass at 5:00 PM

Christmas Vigil Mass at 10:00 PM (Christmas Carols begin at 9:30 PM)

Tuesday, December 25, 2018 Christmas Day

Masses: 8:00 AM, 11:30 AM, 1:30 PM (Spanish)

Monday, December 31, 2018

Daily Mass 8:30 AM

“Crossover” Mass at 11:00 PM

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Solemnity of the Holy Mother of God (A Holy Day of Obligation)

Daily Mass at 8:30 AM

Mass at 10:30 AM (Bilingual)


The Parish Office will be Closed Monday, December 24th and Tuesday, December 25th, in observance of Christmas. The office will re-open Wednesday, December 26th, at 8:00 AM

Viewing & Visitation with Family:  Monday, December 3, 2018 from10:00-11:00 AM at Saint Matthias the Apostle Church, 9475 Annapolis Rd., Lanham, MD 20706.

Mass of Christian Burial:  Monday, Dec. 3, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Saint Matthias the Apostle Church, followed by a graveside service at 1:30 PM at Resurrection Cemetery, Clinton, MD.

Our prayers and condolences are extended to Melvin’s family.

Mass Times / Horario de Misas

Saturday Vigil / Vigilia del Sábado
5:00 PM
7:00 PM (en español)
Sunday / Domingo
8:00 AM
9:30 AM
11:30 AM
6:00 PM
Daily Mass Schedule / Misa Diaria
Monday – Saturday / Lunes-Sabado
8:30 AM
Holy Days of Obligation / Días Santos de Obligación
8:30 AM
12:00 PM
7:30 PM
*unless otherwise announced / *A menos que se anuncie algo diferente.


Adoration / Adoración
Monday / Lunes 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Confession / Confesiones
Monday / Lunes 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Benediction / Bendición
Monday / Lunes 7:45 PM

Fr Jack’s Challenge