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Today is the Feast of St. Matthew, Apostle.

He was the son of Alpheus, and he was likely born in Galilee. He worked as a tax collector (and therefore the patron saint of bankers), which was a hated profession during the time of Christ.

According to the Gospel, Matthew was working at a collection booth in Capernaum when Christ came to him and asked, "Follow me." With this simple call, Matthew became a disciple of Christ.

The Gospel account of Matthew tells the same story as that found in the other three Gospels, so scholars are certain of its authenticity. His book is the first of the four Gospels in the New Testament.

St. Matthew Prayer

O Glorious St. Matthew, in your Gospel you portray Jesus as the longed-for Messiah who fulfilled the Prophets of the Old Covenant and as the new Lawgiver who founded a Church of the New Covenant.
Obtain for us the grace to see Jesus living in his Church and to follow his teachings in our lives on earth so that we may live forever with him in heaven.
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Today we celebrate the Memorial of Saints Andrew Kim Tae-gŏn, Priest, and Paul Chŏng Ha-sang, and Companions, Martyrs

The first native Korean priest, Andrew Kim Taegon was the son of Christian converts. Following his baptism at the age of 15, Andrew traveled 1,300 miles to the seminary in Macao, China. After six years, he managed to return to his country through Manchuria. That same year he crossed the Yellow Sea to Shanghai and was ordained a priest. Back home again, he was assigned to arrange for more missionaries to enter by a water route that would elude the border patrol. He was arrested, tortured, and finally beheaded at the Han River near Seoul, the capital.

Andrew’s father Ignatius Kim, was martyred during the persecution of 1839, and was beatified in 1925. Paul Chong Hasang, a lay apostle and married man, also died in 1839 at age 45.
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On this day in SMM history:

September 19, 1947—The Holy Name Society attended
their first weekend men’s retreat at Mater Dolorosa
Retreat House in Sierra Madre—a tradition that
continues today.
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Services for Dr. Teri Brehove are as follows:

Vigil: Friday, September 29th at 7pm
Funeral Mass: Saturday, September 30th at 10am

Both will be held here at the parish
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On this day in SMM history:

September 18, 1983—The new (and current) church
organ was officially dedicated. It underwent an extensive
refurbishment and was subsequently rededicated
on the feast of St. Margaret May on October
16, 2014

September 18, 1995 - Msgr. Pat Thompson accompanied
fellow parishioners on a pilgrimage of healing to
Lourdes, France. This was the first of annual pilgrimages
led by Msgr. Pat during his pastorate (continuing
the traditions begun by Bishop Sartoris)
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