By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. (1 Jn 3:16)
Catholic Womens League
All women of the parish are invited to become a member of this national organization. They meet the 3rd Tuesday of the month and offer friendship and support to all ladies of the parish while providing endless service to the parish community as well as opportunities for personal spiritual growth and renewal. Regular activities include running the Religious Articles Room, serving funeral receptions for deceased parishioners, and offering financial support to many projects in the community and the diocese.
We are a group of men and women who support families at all stages of life. In particular, we specialize in reaching out to bereaved families of the unborn (miscarriage, still birth, regretted abortion) and babies who have died of SIDS. Masses and receptions lead by the Pastor are held annually in remembrance of such loved ones.
This group is responsible for welcoming newcomers and manning the Welcome Centre after each of the weekend Masses. They are often called on to plan events and are always needing new people to help with this work.
Knights of Columbus
This is a service organization of men which provides manpower and financial support to the parish and is involved in all aspects of parish life. General meetings are held in the Jubilee Hall the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:30 pm and new members are welcome.
Legion Of Mary
The Legion of Mary is a worldwide organization of men and women, who offer their services to their pastor to aid him in performing spiritual works in the parish. The group is dedicated to Our Lady and with her help members hoping to develop greater holiness in their lives as well as spread a deeper devotion to her.
The Love & Life Ministry
Love and Life Ministries works to promote and defend the sanctity of all human life, of marriage and of the family through prayer, education on pro-life issues and promotion of the Church’s teaching on sexuality and marriage. Working towards these goals, this group hosts presentations and other activities.
The Council is made up of member representatives selected by the different organizations in our parish and by our pastor. The Council assists the pastor in the everyday life of the parish, co-ordinates activities and keeps the goals of the parish in mind as we develop and grow. Parish Pastoral Council meetings are held on a regular basis and are noted in the parish bulletin. All members of the parish are welcome to attend.
St. Vincent de Paul Society
This is an important international Catholic lay organization established in Canada in 1846 to help the poor with a spirit of justice and charity and the personal involvement of its members. At St. Matthew’s the society does home visits, and supplies food, information and personal support as requested. The society assists refugees with deliveries of donated fruit and vegetables, clothing and household items. They are also very involved in helping families at Christmas.
St. Matthew’s Soup Kitchen
This group works as a part of the St Vincent de Paul Society diligently and cheerfully every Wednesday morning from 9:00 am -11:00 am in the Jubilee Hall preparing lunch for low income seniors and Surrey street people. The ingredients are always a surprise but every week a tasty lunch is provided. Volunteers are always welcome.