St. Matthias is a Proud Sponsor of Empty Bowls

The Catholic Community of St. Matthias is proud to be a sponsor of the 5th annual Empty Bowls being held on March 26, 2023, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the Doubletree Hotel and Conference Center located at 200 Atrium Drive, Somerset, New Jersey. All are welcome to attend, this is a family-friendly event!

Empty Bowls is a grassroots effort to raise both money and awareness in the fight to end hunger, personalized by artists and art organizations on a community level.

With your ticket purchase, guests choose a handmade bowl to keep and enjoy food from local restaurants.

All proceeds are given to the Franklin Food Bank which provides groceries to our neighbors with dignity and respect.

For more information or to register for this event, visit:



Join us on Fridays during Lent in Church at 7:00 PM. The Stations are a devotion intended to help us follow Jesus on his way to Calvary.

By accompanying him on the Way of the Cross, we see ourselves mirrored in him, gain his courageous patience, & learn to trust God who is with us no matter what we have to go through. Each Friday we have a different theme with beautiful reflections, led by our different ministries. Welcome to pray this ancient devotion of the church.

St. Matthias School HSA is organizing its first Blood Drive!

Did you know that 1 blood donation saves THREE LIVES?!

February was American Heart Month and the St. Matthias School HSA is organizing its first Blood Drive!  We have been asked to gather interest before booking a date and time, so please let us know if you would be interested in donating.

SMS families receive 1 hour toward their 4-hour commitment.

To register to let us know you’re interested, please click here.


Sign up now for the third and last module of the Faith and Racial Justice series – Changing Systems and Structures.

8 Sessions – Saturdays from February 25, 2023 (Retreat) until June 10, 2023 (Session 8).

Books available for loan.

February 25; March 4, 18; April 1, 22; May 6, 20; June 3, 10
(Makeup sessions available for missed sessions)
9:00 – 11:30 AM
(Sessions on Zoom)
Contact program facilitators for more information or email

         Neil Purcell                                          Kerry Millan                                     Phyllis Stone               

In Celebration of 60 Years: A Fundraiser for the Future of Our Church

As you know, the 60th Anniversary celebration of our church began in May 2022. We had various celebrations including two special Masses, a parish picnic, and a Music Ministry concert. To make this anniversary a special event, we are planning to make much-needed improvements to our wonderful church. The initial projects we selected were based on the results of a parish survey in which so many of our parishioners participated.

To fund these projects, we are launching the “In Celebration of 60 Years, A Fundraiser For The Future of Our Church”, with the modest goal to raise at least $200,000. (This fundraiser is distinct from the Building, Repair, and Replacement Fund quarterly collection we had begun last year, which is intended for smaller routine maintenance needs.). This being our 60th Anniversary, please consider donating $60, or any multiple of 60, or whatever you can give to this cause. All the parishioners will be getting a letter with more details about this fundraiser.

Thank you.

Fr. Abraham Orapankal                      Joan Pritchard, Dolores Christmas, Edna Arguello-Hitchner
Pastor                                                                                              Co-Chairs

Donate in one of two ways:

1. Make check payable to “St. Matthias Church” and write “60th Fundraiser” in the memo line and mail to the Parish Office or drop in the collection basket.

2. Pay via ParishGiving.



Mass In Celebration of Black History Month

Join us for the annual St. Matthias Mass in Celebration of Black History Month

Fr. Cyril Adim Offiong,

Parochial Vicar of St. Cecilia’s Church in Iselin

will be the presider.

Saturday, February 25, 2023 – 5:00 PM

Liturgy and Worship to be led by
The UMOJA IMANI CHOIR under the direction of Aaron Brown and Joan Seamon


Mass to be followed by a showing of a video narration of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King in the St. John XXIII Room at 6:00 PM
‘Letter From A Birmingham Jail’ and a reflection.

(Light dinner to be served – pizza, sandwiches, drinks).

Please click here to RSVP

Volunteers Needed for Ash Wednesday Drive-Thru


Once again, St. Matthias will offer Drive-Through Ashes come rain or shine (or snow), in addition to 3 Masses and 1 prayer service.

For the past several years, we have found that for health reasons, family commitments, work schedules, and other conflicts, some people are unable to come to one of our Prayer Services or Masses in the church on Ash Wednesday. However, many of these individuals are able to join us for the distribution of ashes through our Drive-Through Ashes ministry. Know that you are welcome!

We would greatly appreciate your assistance if you are able to help distribute ashes on Wednesday, February 22nd between the hours of 4:00 PM and 5:45 PM.  Please click here to sign up for one or both of our time slots. Thank you.

The Alzheimer’s Association & St. Matthias Catholic Church Monthly Support Group

The Alzheimer’s Association and Saint Matthias Catholic Church are co-hosting a monthly Support Group for people living with Alzheimer’s and Dementia and their care partners. Our next meeting will be Wednesday, March 8th, from 2 pm-3 pm on Zoom. Registration is required. To register, call 800-272-3900 and mention the St. Matthias group.

The Group provides a safe and supportive environment and offers dementia-related education, emotional support, and connections with resources so that the group members may enhance their lives in the midst of the journey. For more information, visit