Messages and Statements

February 8, 2017
Dispensation, Saint Patrick's Day, March 17, 2017

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for every Catholic bound according to age and health. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence.

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January 31, 2017
Statement by Bishop Matano Regarding Our Refugees

"Our desire is not to enter the political arena" but rather to acknowledge the dignity of every person, with the utmost compsassion for those fleeing persecution, violence, tyranny, scorn for their religious beliefs and attacks upon inniocent human lives.

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Message from Bishop Matano on the 15th Anniversary of 9.11

Fifteen years ago this coming Sunday, our nation was forever changed by the horrendous events of Sept. 11, 2001. On that day, our nation suffered a single day of carnage that tore at the very fabric of our daily life and broke our hearts. Fifteen years later, with the sorrow and anger and fear of that day still fresh, we also bear the grief of many more unbearable and horrific acts of terrorism and violence throughout our world. 

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Statement Regarding Physician-Assisted Suicide - March 2016

Amidst the joys of this life there is one that looms high above all the others, the joy of parents who welcome their new-born child into their lives. When they cradle this precious gift of God in their arms, there are no words to express adequately the joy in their hearts.   <<more>>

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Bishop Matano's Christmas Message 2014

Once again we are in the Advent season, preparing for the great solemnity of Christmas, the celebration of the birth of Our Savior, Jesus Christ.  Let us then look into that cave in Bethlehem and contemplate the birth of Our Savior, Jesus Christ.   <<more>>

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Letter from Bishop Matano Regarding Mass In the Extraordinary Form

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,  His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, Pontiff Emeritus, on July 7, 2007, promulgated his Apostolic Letter, in the form of a "Motu Proprio", Summorum Pontific (The care of the Supreme Pontiffs for Divine Worship): On the Use of the Roman Liturgy Prior to the Reform of 1970.  <<more>>

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Letter from Bishop Matano - June 2014

My dear brother priests, deacons, religious and faithful of the Diocese:
I am writing to inform you that after consultation with the Diocesan Presbyteral Council, the Diocesan Finance Council (Stewardship Council) and the Diocesan Tribunal Staff, there was unanimous support that diocesan fees attached to the process for petitioning for an annulment of a marriage no longer be required.   <<more>>

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Easter Message 2014

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
With faith tested and tried, sometimes confused and anxious, struggling to understand but nonetheless remaining his followers, Mary of Magdala, Peter, and John endured to see the darkness of Golgotha dispelled by the light of Christ’s glorious resurrection.   <<more>>

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Message for Lent 2014

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ:
Throughout the pages of Holy Scripture we find many consoling words of Our Lord, Jesus Christ. In their human weaknesses, those suffering physical or spiritual ailments turned to Jesus to be healed.   <<more>>

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Christmas 2013 Message

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
Over the last several years there has been much discussion about the “New Evangelization,” an initiative vigorously proclaimed by Blessed John Paul II and enthusiastically taken up by his successors, Pope Benedict XVI, our Holy Father Emeritus, and our present Pontiff, Pope Francis.  <<more>>

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