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This coming Friday, June 7th, on the Solemnity of The Sacred Heart of Jesus, we celebrate World Day for the Sanctification of Priests. Established by Pope John Paul II, this day is dedicated to fostering the spiritual renewal and holiness of Catholic priests. It underscores the essential role of priests in the Church and the need for their ongoing personal and spiritual development.

On this special day, our priests are encouraged to reflect on the importance and dignity of their vocation. All of us are invited to support our priests through prayer and expressions of gratitude for their service and sacrifices. We pray for Father Abraham’s and Father Lancelot’s spiritual well-being as we ask God to grant them the strength, courage, and wisdom needed to fulfill their priestly duties.

Related to The World Day for the Sanctification of Priests is our upcoming Morning of Prayer for Vocations to the Ordained & Consecrated Life to be held on Saturday, June 8th from 9:30 to Noon in the John XXIII room here at St. Matthias.  All are welcome! Please join us as we pray for our priests – current and future!

Until then we can pray: O Jesus, eternal High Priest, who, in your incomparable love for humanity, allowed Catholic priesthood to issue from your sacred heart, continue to pour out on your priests the life-giving streams of your infinite love. Live and act in them so that they may perform in your name and by the strength of your Spirit the works which you have accomplished for the salvation of this world.

For more information on the St. Matthias Vocations Ministry feel free to email Joe Percoco at


Family Matters – Join Us As We Empower Catholic Parents to Live Out The Mission

Family Matters is a new initiative of the Center for FaithJustice in partnership with RENEW International. It is a process for nurturing discipleship among parents and caregivers as they enrich their own faith lives to more vibrantly pass on Catholic social tradition to their children.

St. Matthias will be piloting this program for families/children this year! Join us!

Parents and families will have access to:


  • Online resources
  • In-person gatherings at their parish
  • Home based activities
  • Mentorship from other Catholic parents in your parish
  • Access to Spiritual Direction
  • Retreats and Service opportunities with other families

Interested in joining? We will begin by hosting listening sessions for interested parents and families this spring!

To sign up for the listening session email Dee Nann

With you on the journey!

Center for FaithJustice, RENEW International

Fr. Abraham is Calling All Men of Our Parish!

“In today’s world, Catholic men are attacked from all sides. The world entices them to live only for themselves. It tells them to abdicate their God-given call to be leaders of the Church and their families. Too many Catholic men have given in and become caught up in vice and addiction. They feel empty, alone, unworthy, and even unlovable. They’re hungering for more, but don’t know where to turn.”

Hello gentlemen, do you find any truth in the above statement? If so, here’s some good news: our Diocesan Office of Evangelization is organizing a “Leadership Summit for Men.” It will be held in our neighborhood: at Mary, Mother of God parish in Hillsborough on Friday evening and Saturday morning, April 26-27. I wish to invite all the men of our parish to consider attending this event so you will be empowered to focus on the things that matter to you.

For more details, please email Fr. Abraham.


Ministry-Led Stations of the Cross During Lent

Join us every Friday during Lent for the Stations of the Cross at 7:00 PM. Different Ministries from our parish are leading this devotion with a different reflection each Friday.

We pray for faith and courage…our youth…
the suffering, ill and disabled…our seniors…
and end to racisms and other evil -isms…
At the foot of The Cross we stand.

Fridays during Lent – 7:00 PM

St. Martin de Porres and SMS Black History Month Contest


Congratulations to the 1st place winner of the SMS Black History Month Contest, Maren Williamson, for her digital artwork featuring Black Catholic saints and the first African Americans now on the journey to sainthood.  Below are a few frames of Maren’s work.  Don’t miss the digital showing at all Masses on February 25th.



From the Artist, Isabella Matusalem:

My painting, Saint Martin de Porres in his youth is seen holding the Veil of Veronica, the veil Veronica wiped on Jesus’face before this death.  As shown on the Veil of Veronica, Jesus’ face is shown to be an African American male.  Near all four corners of the painting, the words “Damnant Quod Non Intelligunt”, a phrase first used by Quintilian, is shown; the phrase translates to “They condemn what they do not understand”.  Damnant Quod Non Intelligunt symbolizes to all of the Christian black African Americans who were condemned unfairly. The phrase can also connect to Jesus, who was wrongfully condemned.

(Acrylic, charcoal and alcohol markers on canvas).





Black History Continues to Flourish

by Lemi Bartholemieux-Doxy

In the bustling streets of history
where shadows of oppression cast their long gaze,
Black culture emerged,
A resilient phoenix rising from the ashes of struggle.
Langston Hughes, a poetic maestro, captured the heartbeat of this culture, a rhythm that
to be silenced.
From the days of cotton fields,
where the echoes of sorrow were met with soulful hymns, to the pulsating energy of urban life,
Black culture has not merely survived;
it has flourished.
The roots of heritage run deep, intertwining tales of triumph and tribulation, creating a
tapestry that defies erasure.

Zora Neal Hurston’s tales and Hughes’ poetic verses became anthems of resistance,
celebrating the beauty and strength of blackness.

As time marched on, the narrative evolved.
Gospel choirs filled the air with melodies of faith,
while the streets resonated with the raw beats of hip-hop,
Each verse a testament to resilience and the unyielding spirit of black culture.

In the quiet moments, under the ebony sky,
The stories persist-the struggles, the victories, the unbreakable bond that weaves
through time.
Langston’s legacy lives on, echoing in the whisper of the poetry
Black culture is not a relic of the past;
it is a dynamic force,
an ever-evolving symphony that continues to shape the world with its enduring presence.


Honorable Mentions:

Artist: Yuna Augatis

Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King, Jr. Frederick Douglass and Rosa Parks in Stained Glass on canvas.





Isabel McGuire

Medgar Evers

Born July 2nd, 1925, a true leader changed our world. Medgar Evers grew up in a time of racial inequality and oppression. Like many others, he faced such racial unfairness and cruelty. Though life was a struggle for Evers, we always made an effort to protest the Jim Crow laws that divided the South. Evers strongly believed in education and made a great effort to protest against any laws supporting segregation in schools. From a horrible experience, Evers became a Civil Rights leader, having been shown how racist people were. Evers was about to vote at a local election when he was turned away, and threatened to be killed if he did not. Evers had just returned from fighting in World War II and realized fighting for his country had done nothing. Racism was still widespread, and that was not what Evers had fought for. He fought for equal rights, and that was what he was determined to achieve. After attending college at Alcorn State in Mississippi, Evers obtained a job in Mound Bayou, a town highly populated with Black people. While at this job, Evers became the president of the Regional Council for Negro Leadership (RCNL). He began a boycott of gas stations that would not allow Black people to use their restrooms, using the slogan, “Don’t buy gas where you can’t use the restroom.”  This, along with many other protests of his, attracted thousands of people who protested for their rights.

1954, Evers was rejected from the University of Mississippi Law School because of the color of his skin. Now Evers had another goal: to desegregate the school and was successful in doing so when James Meridith was enrolled in 1962. These achievements are only a few of Evers’.  He changed the world so much for the better. He established new local chapters, organized voter registration drives, and led protests against segregation in schools. Although Evers was thriving in all his successes, there were still white people out to get him. As Evers eventually became a lawyer, he gained more notoriety, especially from white supremacists. There were two severe cases Evers endured, one accusing an innocent Black male of murder, and the other being that a 14-year-old Black male was lynched. This showed Evers he needed to continue his protest, but white supremacists continued to be unhappy with all his accomplishments. It was not until Evers walked around carrying T-shirts stating, “Jim Crow Must Go,” that he was shot in the head on June 12, 1963, by a Klu Klux Klan member. His murder happened not long after President John F. Kennedy’s speech on television in support of civil rights. Evers was buried with military honors in front of 3,000 people at Arlington National Cemetery and is honored today by songs and movies representing his life. His family continued to live on his legacy, becoming civil rights leaders, and we shall do the same for him, a true hero who helped change our world.

Connor Lyons

This work is an essay about the history and impact of African American musical genres

History of African American Music

African Americans have had a major impact on music and its genres.  African American music has existed for over three centuries.  African American musicians throughout history such as Aretha Franklin, Scott Joplin, Louis Armstrong, and Ray Charles made very innovative and influential music.  Many musical genres have African American genres have roots such as jazz, gospel, blues, and many more.

Jazz is a musical genre that dates back to the early 20th century where syncopation and improvisation play an important role.  Jazz was made from African American genres such as blues and ragtime mixed with other kinds of music.  African American musicians such as Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong played a key role in the growth of jazz.  Jazz led to the development of other musical styles and is now a very popular genre today.

Gospel music is a style of Christian music that can be traced to the early 17th century.  African American gospel music started in the days of slavery.  Christian slaves would sing hymns which evolved into gospel music.  African American gospel music had a rise in popularity in the 1930s, with a key source of this growth being Thomas A. Dorsey, who is referred to now as the father of gospel music.  The genre is still very popular and has made a big impact on popular music today.

The blues is primarily a lyrical form of music that was developed in the Southern United States after the Civil War.  It was influenced by ragtime, gospel music, and other types of music.  The blues genre derived from free African Americans expressing their disappointment in a post-slavery society in 1912.  African American W.C. Handy published “Memphis Blues” which led to the popularization of the blues.  The blues influenced many genres like jazz and is the origin of many popular music today.

Overall African American music has been very influential and popular in the past, and it still is today.  Many musical genres were created or influenced by African Americans, including hip-hop, rap, soul, rock, electronic, and many more.  It is obvious that African American music will continue to develop and thrive in the future.


Self-Care Fair


March 10th, 2024 at St. Matthias

9 AM – 3 PM

Learning Techniques to Improve Your…

Mental Health

Physical Health

Overall Wellbeing

          A Better YOU Awaits!

Guest Speakers · Giveaways/Raffles · Refreshments

In Partnership With:

St. Augustine’s Church, Kendall Park ; Holy Family Church, New Brunswick ; St. Joseph’s Church, Bound Brook

Questions: Call the St. Matthias Parish Office 732-828-1400 or email

Come Celebrate Black History Month With Us!

DATE:       Saturday, February 17th

TIME:        6:30 pm via Zoom 

The St. Matthias Racial Justice Initiative is sponsoring a special at-home Black History Month Zoom movie night!  We will be watching the documentary film John Lewis: Good Trouble, followed by some reflection questions.  RSVP to by Friday, February 16th.   If you forget to RSVP, no worries. Just join us. Here is the Zoom link:

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 364 718 9959

Please put on your pajamas, pop some popcorn, and join us from the comfort of your own home!  ALL ARE WELCOME!

Be sure to join us for the Mass in celebration of Black History Month, on February 25th, at noon with Fr. Alphonsus Kariuki (St. John the Evangelist in Dunellen) as presider.

Take A Refreshing Pause This Lent!

Get Ready for Our Lenten Groups 2024

Start for the first time or continue with a St. Matthias Small Faith Sharing Group. We have about 15 groups that meet on various days/times of the week.

If you are new to this experience, please click here to sign up. online:

Facilitators will be contacting group members who have been part of their group. Each group likely will be meeting on Zoom usually on the same date/time. Groups will begin this week!  New members, please sign up ASAP! 


A Sad Announcement


We received the sad news of the passing of Reverend Monsignor William J. Capik, who was our Sunday associate for several years. He died on January 27 at Incarnate Word Village in San Antonio, Texas. He was 94 years old and had been both the oldest and longest-ordained priest of our Diocese.

Msgr. Capik’s body will be received by Rev. Msgr. Sylvester Cronin on Sunday, February 4, at 4:00 p.m. at St. James Church, 184 S. Finley Avenue, Basking Ridge, with public visitation to follow.  The Rosary will be recited at 6:00 p.m. Very Rev. Jonathan S. Toborowsky, VG will preside at the Mass of Commemoration at 7:00 p.m. and Rev. John C. Siceloff will be the homilist.  Most Reverend James F. Checchio, JCD MBA will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial on Monday, February 5, at 11:00 a.m. at St. James, and Very Rev. Jonathan S. Toborowsky, VG will be the homilist. The interment will be at Holy Trinity Cemetery, Perth Amboy.

Let us be joined in prayer that Monsignor Capik will find the fulfillment of his faith and the reward of his priestly labors in the presence of the Risen Lord. May our prayerful support be a source of comfort to his family.  May he rest in peace.