Parish Service Organizations
St. Vincent de Paul
Many or our parishioners feel a strong desire to bring Christ's message of love directly to those in need. The St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Matt’s is a group of several dozen people of varying ages and backgrounds. We work under the spiritual direction of Fr. Tony Vallecillo and operate semi-autonomously as an affiliate of the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
Our operation is very simple and direct.
San Mateo Families in need living in our parish can request our services through the main office of the St. Vincent de Paul at 50 North "B" St. in San Mateo in person or by phone at 650.343.4403. Or families may contact our parish office directly. (Recipients do not need to be Catholic.)
Once we receive a request form, our volunteers prepare bags of groceries from our food locker stocked with generous donations from parishioners and groceries from Second Harvest Food Bank. Our volunteers deliver the grocery staples along with a voucher for perishable items with a friendly smile right to the homes of those in need.
In the past few years, demand for our assistance has more than doubled. We regularly provide food to more than 300 families a month. Some are elderly or have chronic health issues, and some are families struggling to get by.
We need your help.
While we are thankful for the donations we receive from the 5th Sunday Mass collections , it's never enough to meet the great need in our community. If you are able to make a financial contribution, please click the link below. 100% of your donation will go directly to purchase food for the poor or to help with rent and PG&E payments to avert homelessness.
Consider joining our team of volunteers. Please contact Volunteer Coordinator, Jeanne Barrett (firstname.lastname@example.org) to learn how you can help us deliver much needed food to families.
We meet every 3rd Thursday in the Parish Center – we hope you’ll consider joining us!
For more information, contact
Kathryn Cross, President, St. Matthew conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
The Gabriel Project
Pregnant? Worried? Need Help?
“The members of our church communities see in the conception of each child a fresh expression of God’s unfailing love. We offer immediate and practical help to any pregnant mother experiencing difficulties.” The Gabriel Project
Besides friendship and emotional support, The Gabriel Project provides pastoral care and counseling as well as the help needed in accessing prenatal care, transportation, housing and baby items etc. We look forward to meeting with you, and, together, assessing your specific needs regardless of your faith background. Call us today 800-910-2848.
Janet Healy, email@example.com
Click here to learn more: https://sfgabrielproject.wordpress.com
Social Action Ministry (SAM)
The Catholic Social Teaching challenges us to become more conscious of and to respond to the needs of our community - seeking together the common good and well-being of all. The St. Matthew Church Social Action Ministry, established in 2007, is comprised of diverse socio-economic and multicultural members who have experience in the public and private/commercial sectors. As the result of a “listening campaign” to ascertain important issues in our parish and community, we focus on issues such as Immigration, affordable housing, foreclosure, healthcare and employment.
We invite non-profits, lawyers and counselors - and public officials at the City, County, State and Federal level to collaborate on solutions, help conduct diligent research, that will ultimately allow SAM to develop and undertake projects that will benefit members of St. Matthew’s community and the community at large.
St. Matthew’s SAM meets monthly in the Parish Center to discuss social and community concerns and needs. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.