The Parish Office will be closed on Monday, October 14th, in observance of Columbus Day. The office will reopen Tuesday, Oct. 15th, at 8:00 am.
The World Apostolate of Fatima-Archdiocese of Washington Division invites you to participate in a Rosary and Mass celebrated by Msgr. Balbago in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in honor of Our Lady of Fatima’s apparition to the children, Friday, September 13th, at 1:00 PM, 400 Michigan Ave, NE Washington, DC.
Arrangements for longtime parishioner, Anthony “Tony” Verna, who died August 10, 2019:
Sunday, August 18th: 1:00-4:00 PM Visitation at Beall Funeral Home (6512 N.W. Crain Highway, bowie, MD 20715)
Monday, August 19th: 10:00-11:00 AM Visitation at St. Matthias the Apostle Church, with Funeral Mass following at 11:00 AM.
Please go to www.beallfuneral.com for the complete obituary.
Father Jack Kennealy, pastor, and Father Canice Enyiaka, resident at St. Matthias Parish, joined a group of parish & school volunteers and members of the Knights of Columbus to staff a concession stand at the stadium for a recent soccer game. For information about volunteering, contact Thad Ereme at 301-459-4814 x 207.
The Office Will Be Closed Thursday, July 4th & Friday, July 5th In Observance Of Independence Day
The Parish Office and School will be Closed Monday, May 27th, in observance of Memorial Day
Daily Mass will be celebrated at 8:30 AM
Confessions will be heard 7:00-8:00 PM
Adoration & Benediction WILL NOT BE HELD
A funeral service for Charles O’Banion, a 1998 graduate of St. Matthias School, will be held at St. Matthias the Apostle Church (9475 Annapolis Rd., Lanham, MD 20706) on Saturday, May 18th. Visitation with the family will begin at 12:30 PM and a funeral service will follow at 1:30 PM.
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
Holy Thursday, April 18
Mass of the Lord’s Supper 7:30pm
Eucharistic Adoration Following Mass
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!