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Celebrating Dia de Los Muertos!

St Matthews invites you to celebrate All Souls Day & Dia de Los Muertos on November 6!

Starting Sunday October 30th you are invited to bring in pictures to place on the altar, as well as any snacks or small portions of food that your loved
ones enjoyed in life. Please bring a picture no bigger than a 5x7 so that we have enough room for everyone.

Please ensure to write the name of the deceased *(date as well if available) on the back of the picture, to the prayer list as well as your own name so that we can return it to you once we have taken down the altar. Please note* Those that passed away from November 2021-November 2022 will be placed on the top row.

What is Dias de los Muertos?

  • Celebrating Dia de Los Muertos!

    St Matthews invites you to celebrate All Souls Day & Dia de Los Muertos on November 6!

    Starting Sunday October 30th you are invited to bring in pictures to place on the altar, as well as any snacks or small portions of food that your loved
    ones enjoyed in life. Please bring a picture no bigger than a 5x7 so that we have enough room for everyone.

    Please ensure to write the name of the deceased *(date as well if available) on the back of the picture, to the prayer list as well as your own name so that we can return it to you once we have taken down the altar. Please note* Those that passed away from November 2021-November 2022 will be placed on the top row.

    What is Dias de los Muertos?

  • The Calling of St. Matthew

    “The Calling of St. Matthew” (1599-1600) by Michaelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio:

    When I was studying my 2nd semester of Art History at Academy of Art University in my pursuit of a career in fashion writing, this piece, by Caravaggio, was one of the hundreds of art pieces we studied, but no other piece struck me quite like this one. One huge reason was because it reminded me so much of home, and of our St. Matthew's community in National City. And so, since returning home in 2015, every year when the Feast of St. Matthew comes around, I very happily remember this painting.

    One of the great masterpieces of the Baroque era of art, this painting is based on Matthew 9:9: “As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth; and he said to him, ‘Follow me.’ And he got up and followed him.” Here, Caravaggio captures what is called a “baroque moment” - the dramatic moment of tension just before a life-changing, transformational, awesome event occurs. In this case, it is the moment just before Matthew realizes his calling and chooses to rise and follow Jesus. 

     

  • Now Hiring a Children, Youth and Family Minister!

    St. Matthew's National City is hiring a 15-hour/week Children, Youth, and Family Minister to coordinate and oversee all aspects of Sunday morning Christian formation and worship for ages 0-18, and support parents in their at-home Christian formation activities. 

  • Support St. Matthew's with a Facebook fundraiser!

    Good news: now you can help support the good work of St. Matthew's, National City by creating your own Facebook fundraiser!

    Facebook fundraisers make it easy to help raise money for our community. Create a birthday fundraiser, or share your own story of what St. Matthew's means to you, then share the fundraiser with your friends! St. Matthew's will receive 100% of all the funds you raise.

    Just follow these steps:

  • St. Matthew's announces new pastoral leadership

    We have new pastoral leadership coming to St. Matthew's: The Rev. Roberto Maldonado! Read on for the official announcement from St. Matthew's Bishop's Warden, Julian Sanchez, and from Fr. Roberto himself.

  • Palm Sunday Procession

    I'm strumming in 4/4 time at 100 bpm trying to follow a chord sheet that's taped to my friend James’ back while walking down the sidewalk in National City. We exited the church and started down the sidewalk just as a city bus stopped. Several people got off then, unknowingly, processed with us until we turned the corner to go around the block.
  • Lessons Revealed While Scrolling Through This Year's Memories

    As 2020 comes to an end, I spent some time reviewing pictures on my Facebook account from this past year, and had three special realizations in the process:

     

    The first: almost all of the pictures I posted this year were old memory pictures! In previous years, I’ve had plenty of travel opportunities to fill my feed with photo ops, but this year, since we are in the middle of a pandemic, as with most people, I’ve lived a more grounded and slower-paced lifestyle and traveled very little. Lesson learned: life still goes on even when we stay grounded, live quietly and simply.


    Above: A typical group picture with friends, pre-2020

     

  • On Dignity: a Reflection as a Physician to the Prison Population

    In the multitude of my thoughts within me Thy comforts delight my soul. Psalm 94:19

    I currently work as a physician at a prison. This is actually my second go-round at this: in the past, I got burnt out and ended up quitting. After quitting, I got another job right away, but, then, after a year, I felt a call to reapply for my old job at the prison. Why? Only God knows. 

    The rehiring process turned out to be rather easy, which was curious: it’s usually a very tedious process to apply - one needs to be interviewed by several people, get state clearance and then be credentialed. This is when I realized that God must have guided me to be where I am supposed to be.

    But just because the rehiring process was surprisingly easy, taking care of the prison population  remains very much a challenge. Some days, it feels very fulfilling, but some days it is so mind-boggling, unrewarding and thankless to the point that it ruins my whole day, and makes me feel like giving up.

    Then, on a recent Sunday morning, I attended Sunday morning service at St. Matthew’s and was touched and moved by the sermon given by our priest, The Rev. Colin Mathewson. The sermon is about the greatest commandment, and loving your neighbor as yourself. Fr. Colin, who also serves at St. Luke’s, North Park, talked about their other church project: they opened a place where the homeless population can take showers. The first homeless person who availed of their shower said he felt “human” after months of not having a place to get a decent wash -- similar to having his dignity back. Fr. Colin mentioned giving back a person’s dignity is fulfilling one of our duties as Christians. 

  • Witnessing Unexpected Joy & Sorrow One October Morning

    “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24

    Butterfly, taken at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in National City

    One morning, as I prepared for another fine gardening day, I set aside a few minutes to spend meditating with the divine in my small backyard. During that time, I observed in silence all that was going on around me: the flowers and small trees I had just watered appeared so refreshed. The hummingbirds were feasting at our bird feeders, each enjoying a different feeder all to themselves. 

     

  • My Reflection for the Year That Was


    "Sometimes you have to let go of the picture of what you thought life would be like and learn to find joy in the story you are actually living."-Rachel Marie Martin

     

    With everything that happened this year, it's hard not to reflect on where we were one year ago.

    One year ago, there was no COVID-19. Life was on its fastest pace. Worldwide, mankind was on a roll: crowded malls, beaches, bars, casinos, gyms. Unlimited credit spending on luxury cars, expensive branded purses, worldwide travels and tours, shop till you drop, buffets, casinos. Not a lot of people went to church.

    Suddenly, the world came into a stand still. The fear of the unknown, disease affecting many people, the lockdowns have been sustained and prolonged with no end in sight. Our invisible enemy, COVID, made us go back to basics. Some turn to God, some lost faith, some find their life back to believing in a supernatural being. Some remain clueless!