New Years eve 2015/2016 with a few St. Matthew friends

New Years eve 2015/2016 with a few St. Matthew friends New Years eve 2015/2016 with a few St. Matthew friends

4th Friday meeting of Clergy

4th Friday meeting of Clergy 4th Friday meeting of Clergy

Clergy after Mass wearing Advent Blue

Clergy after Mass wearing Advent Blue Clergy after Mass wearing Advent Blue

Jetty singing at Holy Spirit Conference June 2015

Jetty singing at Holy Spirit Conference June 2015 Jetty singing at Holy Spirit Conference June 2015

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Dcn. Diane serving Communion

Dcn. Diane serving Communion Dcn. Diane serving Communion

St. Matthew renewal of Baptism vows

St. Matthew renewal of Baptism vows St. Matthew renewal of Baptism vows

Dcn. Michael and Mother Martha preparing ordination liturgy

Dcn. Michael and Mother Martha preparing ordination liturgy Dcn. Michael and Mother Martha preparing ordination liturgy

Dcn. Nancy censing

Dcn. Nancy censing Dcn. Nancy censing

Mother Martha, homilist

Mother Martha, homilist Mother Martha, homilist

Epiphany Mass. Mother Jetty Presider with Deacon Nancy and Deacon Diane

Epiphany Mass. Mother Jetty Presider with Deacon Nancy and Deacon Diane Epiphany Mass. Mother Jetty Presider with Deacon Nancy and Deacon Diane

Jetty singing at Mass

Jetty singing at Mass Jetty singing at Mass

Dcn. Nancy reads the Gospel

Dcn. Nancy reads the Gospel Dcn. Nancy reads the Gospel

Fr. Paul and Anita from India, married at 8 MA Mass 12/27/15

Fr. Paul and Anita from India, married at 8 MA Mass 12/27/15 Fr. Paul and Anita from India, married at 8 MA Mass 12/27/15

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Prayers during Epiphany Mass

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Prayers during Epiphany Mass Prayers during Epiphany Mass

Here's the Supper Club gang at Victoria's and Gene's on 7/30/11

This was the best group shot I could get. It was a lovely evening. My purported "portion control" didn't occur. The blueberry pie was my downfall! Lou's special rolls were wonderful. The meat was perfection. I waddled out.

Here's the Supper Club gang at Victoria's and Gene's on 7/30/11 Here's the Supper Club gang at Victoria's and Gene's on 7/30/11

Victoria Greene and Topanga 7/30/11

There's no need to say anything in response to this one. What a little angel!

Victoria Greene and Topanga  7/30/11 Victoria Greene and Topanga  7/30/11

Lou and Buddy at the Supper Club 7/30/11

Here's Lou with their other baby, Buddy. Sadly, they lost their 3rd baby just the day before. I know the heartbreak is real, but we celebrate their little lives as long as they are with us and thank God we were so blessed after they are gone.

Lou and Buddy at the Supper Club 7/30/11 Lou and Buddy at the Supper Club 7/30/11

Clancy and Skipper at the Supper Club 7/30/11

Lou and Clancy brought their two woofies, Skipper depicted here, and Buddy, and they all had a good time with each other.

Clancy and Skipper at the Supper Club 7/30/11 Clancy and Skipper at the Supper Club 7/30/11

Gene Greene and Topanga at their Supper Club 7/30/11

We had such a good time! I enjoyed all the dogs so much. This is Gene with his and Victoria's baby -- her name is Topanga -- she is a sweetheart!

Gene Greene and Topanga at their Supper Club 7/30/11 Gene Greene and Topanga at their Supper Club 7/30/11

Bp Peter on Pentecost at 8 AM Mass

Bp Peter on Pentecost at 8 AM Mass Bp Peter on Pentecost at 8 AM Mass

Bp +Peter laying on hands and blessing Deacon Pam

Bp +Peter laying on hands and blessing Deacon Pam Bp +Peter laying on hands and blessing Deacon Pam

Deacon Pam censing at the Mass on Pentecost, 2011

Deacon Pam censing at the Mass on Pentecost, 2011 Deacon Pam censing at the Mass on Pentecost, 2011

Deacon Pam on Pentecost, 2011

Here, Deacon Pam is presented to the People of God! Isn't she gorgeous?

Deacon Pam on Pentecost, 2011 Deacon Pam on Pentecost, 2011

Homeless Tote Bag Project Event 6/3/11

One of the St. Matt events for women was our homeless project. We met at St. Junia's House where we assembled bags of food, hygiene, and other personal supplies to be passed out to homeless people on the streets. Then we enjoyed a dinner and good company.

Homeless Tote Bag Project Event  6/3/11 Homeless Tote Bag Project Event  6/3/11

Mark, carrying candle

Mark is the son of Fr. Arturo.

Mark, carrying candle Mark, carrying candle

Mark placing a candle at the Blessed Sacrament

Mark placing a candle at the Blessed Sacrament Mark placing a candle at the Blessed Sacrament

Seder Meal - April 2011

Pastor Mike and Bp. Peter

Seder Meal - April 2011 Seder Meal - April 2011

Seder Meal - April, 2011

Pastor Mike and Bp. Peter

Seder Meal - April, 2011 Seder Meal - April, 2011

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The sanctuary at St. Matthew during a meditation at the Blessed Sacrament

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Bishop Peter and the Vicar of the local Episcopal Church

We shared a Stations of the Cross service with the Episcopalians on Good Friday, 2011.

Bishop Peter and the Vicar of the local Episcopal Church Bishop Peter and the Vicar of the local Episcopal Church

Bp. +Peter in his new vestments on Easter Sunday, 2011

Bp. +Peter in his new vestments on Easter Sunday, 2011 Bp. +Peter in his new vestments on Easter Sunday, 2011

First power point on adult ed program 5/15/11

First power point on adult ed program 5/15/11 First power point on adult ed program 5/15/11

Adult education group on 5/15/11

Rev. M-J+ teaching today

Adult education group on 5/15/11 Adult education group on 5/15/11

Adult education group on 5/15/11

I did a gig on Who was St. Junia? We had a good time.

Adult education group on 5/15/11 Adult education group on 5/15/11

Rev. Michael McNichols on 3/27/11

Rev. Mike is well loved at St. Matt's. His book, 'Shadow Meal: Reflections on Eucharist' is a definite to-be-read book. He shares his journey in coming to better understand catholic perspectives and changing attitudes within the protestant community.

Rev. Michael McNichols on 3/27/11 Rev. Michael McNichols on 3/27/11

Adult education group on 3/27/11

We had a good turn-out for Rev. Michael McNichols' two sessions regarding his thoughts about the Eucharist and protestant-catholic perspectives.

Adult education group on 3/27/11 Adult education group on 3/27/11

Icon of St. Matthew made especially for the 25th Anniversary

This icon was made especially for St. Matthew on the occasion of its 25th anniversary. Small reproductions are available for sale for $39. We obtained one to place in St. Junia's House.

Icon of St. Matthew made especially for the 25th Anniversary Icon of St. Matthew made especially for the 25th Anniversary

Advent candles, 1st Advent, 11/28/10

Bless + our wreath of evergreen and candles. Be present among us as we come together to celebrate in scripture and Eucharist the coming of Christ. May our hearts and minds reflect the light of these candles that Christmas will find us joyfully ready to receive the savior, Jesus the Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen

Advent candles, 1st Advent, 11/28/10 Advent candles, 1st Advent, 11/28/10

The Angel Tree

We at St. Matt's bring wrapped gifts for an individual adult or child from the Phoenix Families organization. We're given a first name, age, and gender and bring gifts for these families who are making positive changes in their lives and the lives of their children.

The Angel Tree The Angel Tree

Sunday, 11/28/10, Fr. Tony+ teaching.

Fr. Tony+ is teaching and our chairman of adult ed, Prof. Emeritus Tony Battaglia is in the background.We are in the 3rd of a 4-week series on the "end times" biblical motif. The first two sessions were taught by Bp. +Peter and the second two are being taught by Fr. Tony+. They are very good. Fr. Tony+ has promised to provide his notes which I will post on the website as soon as I get them.

Sunday, 11/28/10, Fr. Tony+ teaching. Sunday, 11/28/10, Fr. Tony+ teaching.

Sunday, 11/28/10, some of the participants in Adult Ed

We've had good attendance at these sessions which come between the 8 AM and 10:30 AM Masses. I only got one side of the room in this shot. On the right, is our elder statesman, Rudy, who at 89 will ask sharp questions and make good comments. He and others enjoy the good coffee and homemade goodies.

Sunday, 11/28/10, some of the participants in Adult Ed Sunday, 11/28/10, some of the participants in Adult Ed

St. Matthew's Church

These large icons are in the back of the church. There are smaller icons on every wall.

St. Matthew's Church St. Matthew's Church

Kathryn

Is the behind the scenes person who organizes many things at St. Matt's, takes care of the accounting, and many of the weekly communications and logistics that keep it all running.

Kathryn Kathryn

+Peter and his son, Matthew

Matthew is ten, and often serves as an acolyte in our services. This photo was taken on 7/10/10 after the ECC ordinations which took place at St. Matt's.

+Peter and his son, Matthew +Peter and his son, Matthew

Rudolph D'Ablaing Van Giessenburg

Rudy just had a birthday on July 4th. He is now 87 years young, and can pun with the best. Every Sunday, he comes to 8 AM Mass. Let me tell a short story about him: When I attended St. Matt on one occasion 5 years ago, Rudy was there. I thought that he probably was not long for this world. Then...to my utter amazement, when I returned on 3/14/10, Rudy was still there! I thought that even with all the disruption I had in my life at that time, I had absolutely nothing to complain about! Rudy was still there, praising God every Sunday! I am told that as a young Indonesian-Dutch man (only age 19) he suffered atrocities in a World War II POW camp in Indonesia and later immigrated to the U.S.

Rudolph D'Ablaing Van Giessenburg Rudolph D'Ablaing Van Giessenburg

Rudolf, the man praising God by dancing with his hands

I usually sit behind Rudy at 8 AM Mass, so that I can help him get up and down during the Liturgy. I sometimes encourage him to just "stay put," but no matter whether he can get up or not, he praises God and dances with his hands. Rudy is beloved at St. Matt's.

Rudolf, the man praising God by dancing with his hands Rudolf, the man praising God by dancing with his hands

Sunday, 9/5/10 at St. Matt's 8 AM Mass

Concelebrating with Bp. +Peter following my incardination. Matthew, +Peter's son, is an acolyte and participated in the elevation of the Body and Blood.

Sunday, 9/5/10 at St. Matt's 8 AM Mass Sunday, 9/5/10 at St. Matt's 8 AM Mass

Sunday, 9/5/10 at St. Matt's 8 AM Mass

At the conclusion of Mass after my incardination into the ECC, I was warmly received by the community! And the whole St. Junia's House gang was also present! (Their picture in the ECC photo album.)

Sunday, 9/5/10 at St. Matt's 8 AM Mass Sunday, 9/5/10 at St. Matt's 8 AM Mass

Sunday, 9/26/10

Fr. Frank Munoz+ is to my left and Fr. Jim Farris+ on my right. Fr. Jim+ presided at both the 8 AM and the 10:30 AM Mass today. I was privileged to concelebrate with him at 8 AM and with him and Fr. Frank+ at 10:30 AM. This was a beautiful day for me, especially.

Sunday, 9/26/10 Sunday, 9/26/10

Katie (8/28/10) at the Lake Arrowhead Women's Retreat

Katie was one of the planners for the St. Matt's Women's Retreat held in Lake Arrowhead and as always, aware and sensitive to bringing healing among us.

Katie (8/28/10) at the Lake Arrowhead Women's Retreat Katie (8/28/10) at the Lake Arrowhead Women's Retreat

Victoria Anderson - Our fearless leader! (8/28/10)

Victoria was very attuned and on target for the spiritual needs for our community.

Victoria Anderson - Our fearless leader! (8/28/10) Victoria Anderson - Our fearless leader! (8/28/10)

Lou and Claudia (8/28/10)

There was lots of good discussion, sharing, and learning throughout this weekend.

Lou and Claudia (8/28/10) Lou and Claudia (8/28/10)

Kathryn and Victoria (8/28/10)

Kathryn and Victoria (8/28/10) Kathryn and Victoria (8/28/10)

St. Matt's Women's Retreat FEAST (8/28/10)

The cuisine was fit for queens and we all luxuriated the entire weekend! This photo was taken at the end of a splendid dinner!

St. Matt's Women's Retreat FEAST (8/28/10) St. Matt's Women's Retreat FEAST (8/28/10)

Mirella, Victoria, and Doris (8/28/10)

These three definitely knew how to have fun at the St. Matt's Women's Retreat!

Mirella, Victoria, and Doris (8/28/10) Mirella, Victoria, and Doris (8/28/10)

Icon and prayer candles (8/28/10

We set up a place in the house where the women could light a candle at prayer time.

Icon and prayer candles (8/28/10 Icon and prayer candles (8/28/10