Priest of Detroit since May 26, 2012. Fr. Steve currently serves at St. Mary Mystical Rose in Armada, MI; St. Augustine, Richmond; and Holy Family, Memphis. Previously Fr. Steve was at Our Lady of Good Counsel, St. Lawrence, Divine Grace, Community of Jesus Crucified Monastery, and St. Frances Cabrini, and St. Francis/St. Maximilian.
Saints Peter and Paul in North Branch, Michigan hosted an event called Rest and Relaxation--an evening of adoration, praise and worship, and a talk. Fr. Steve uses the back drop of the Exodus and Pentecost to help give encouragment in these difficult times.
Four main things happen at our Baptism: 1) We are brought into relationship with the Father 2) we receive forgiveness of original sin and ability to have forgiveness of our sin 3) We are incorporated into the Mystical Body, the Church 4) We receive Grace--POWER from on HIGH in the Holy Spirit.
What does this year year of 2022, our worries about the future the three Magi, their gifts and the Feast of Holy Mary Mother of God all have to do with each other? All of our worries about tomorrow can and should be given to our Blessed Mother, where she in turn will lead us to her Son.
Fr. Steve completes his preaching seres on the family on the Feast of the Holy Family. Today his message is directed to the men. Ephesians 5:21-32 has a lot to say about marriage and family, but it is easily understood. St. Joseph is a perfect model for men and fathers today!
Ever feel like you're living life from one thing to the next? Kind of like walking in a joke right at the punch line--or arriving at a movie 45 mins late? Life does have meaning and purpose, and it is only found in Jesus Christ!
A family that prays together, stays together!--why? Why is this true? An Icon, stories, and practicals.
Our Lady of Guadalupe, the voice and the serpent. What does the appearance of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Juan Diego in 1531 have to say to women today? If the devil hates the Virgin Mary he hates women and mothers just the same. Women of God, model the Virgin Mary!
Call Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have records today! The power of our God The power of our Heavenly Mother The power of our trust
Dcn. Allan preached this weekend on a "Family at Crisis", sharing with the congregation that all times in our lives we must be prepared for Crisis--it will come.
Fr. Steve celebrated his first Solemn High Latin Mass on Dec. 3rd at Old St. Mary's in Greektown, Detroit, Michigan. St. Francis Xavier had tremendous zeal. Where did his zeal come from? How can we become zealous for souls like he was.
Fr. Steve begins his preaching series on The Family. This week he explores the understanding of a family prepared and the importance of praying new hearts into our Children. He used the following Scripture verse as a backdrop to how to prepare your family for the world: Ephesians 3:14-19—Pray for your family like St. Paul For this reason I kneel be…
A tattoo Hearing aids Alone The Shema: HEAR O Israel! The Lord is your God, the Lord alone!
Fr. Steve explores the great story of Bartimaeus, the blind beggar. He is alone, abandoned, and has no name. Yet Jesus picks him out of the crowd and wants to know him personally.
James and John ask a bold question to Jesus today: "we want you to do for what whatever we ask you!" Where were they rooted?
The man asks Jesus what he must do to inherit Heaven. This past week we celebrated the feast of our Lady of the rosary on October 7th. This feast was originally titled Our Lady Of Victory. we must recognize the war in our daily life for our souls and our hearts continues to rage on. How is it that we inherit eternal life? Our Blessed mother sets th…
The readings today speak of marriage, but yet they also speak of Divorce and Re-Marriage. How can we reconcile Jesus' words that if one is divorced and remarried they are committing adultery? Divorce and annulments are often confusing for us as Catholics. Are we kicked out of the Church? Can we receive communion?…
Humility is what this culture and society is lacking right now. How do we grow in humility? How do we grow in our child like dependance on the Father? It is by practice and the work of the Liturgy that teaches us how to be humble of heart.
Lord. Liar. Lunatic. “Who do you say that I am?” The world has a lot to say about Jesus but He doesn’t care what they think or say about Him. He does care what you have to say though?
We are living in a season of unprecedented fear. God‘s words through the prophet Isaiah in our first reading could easily have been the very first words that the deaf man hears as soon as Jesus heals him from his lack of hearing. Be strong! Do not fear! Here is your God!
Why are you even Catholic? There are many differing opinions on what the Eucharist is. But does the holy Catholic Church have the correct opinion? Or are we just one among many? at the end you and I both have a decision to make
Jesus is continuing to silence all of the murmurers out there. Let’s look at a few different Eucharistic miracles to see
Though we complain, the Lord will always receive us and feed us with His Grace. Yet if we severe ourselves from Him...the root we will wither and die.
Life sometimes seems meaningless. We find ourselves saying: "all I do is work and take care of my family". Jesus wants to transform your ordinariness into extraordinariness.
Are you exhausted in life? God’s invitation to invest in Him
—what will the first words out of God’s mouth be to you when you stand before Him? Certainly one of them will be “who did you bring with you“. We are all meant to go out and bring others home, back to Jesus Christ—and we don’t have to over complicated it either.
Are our eyes fixed on the Lord, pleading for His Mercy? That is a question we should ask ourselves. What is Mercy? Isn't God all-merciful? Won't I just go to Heaven now if I died?
Death is never easy. Why does God take our loved ones? The First reading helps us come to understand that God hates death and that our homeland is with Him in the Kingdom.
We walk by faith not by sight! God wants our mustard seeds of faith—the small things, not just big moments.
Jesus comes to us to feed us. Today is the celebration of the Most Holy Eucharist, the Body of Christ—Corpus Christi. What does a little Chinese girl and the prisoners at Dachau have to tell us how to live our faith today? Open
One in Three; Three in One, without separation or division.
What was Jesus’ homecoming like? What can we like it to in an Earthly analogy? Is the Ascension even important to us today?
A Typewriter. A rotary phone. Elvis Presley. Things are fleeting and passing in this world. Time passes by, but only one thing is Eternal…Jesus Christ! Today our children make their First Holy Communion, and in the Gospel Jesus tells us that outside of Him we have no life. As the things of this world pass us by, life in Jesus is life!…
By Fr. Steve Matej
The Church has to get small in order for it to grow. NO Christian is meant to be isolated, alone or on an Island. The "Two Disciples" in the Gospel are leaving the community, but find hope in Jesus and in others. We need to form small-group-family-communities in order to build upon the faith.
Directly from Faustina's diary we hear Jesus' words of Mercy and Trust!
Jesus is our only Hope! He wants our small offerings (the spice), He wants to remove all that keeps us from Him (our boulders), and He wants to give us new life (the Resurrection).
Jesus cry out His 6th word from the Cross: "It is Finished!" What is the "it"? When did "it" begin? Fr. Steve explores some the Jewish history of the Passover and why Jesus would cry out these words.
Jesus cry’s out from the cross “I Thirst!” What was He thirsting for?
This week we meditate on Jesus' words: "My God, My God why have you forsaken me?" What does this mean? Is Jesus crying out in despair? Has the Father abandoned Him?
Fr. Steve preaches Jesus' third word from the Cross: "Woman behold you son. Son behold your Mother." A gift, a grammar lesson and a promise. She is our Mother...run to her!
Fr. Steve continues his preaching series on the 7 last words of Jesus from the Cross. Today he preaches on the words from the Good Thief and Jesus's words: "This Day you will be with Me in Paradise".
Fr. Steve begins his series on the seven last words of Jesus from the Cross: "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do!" This is why Jesus came, to beg mercy for us before the Father and to offer His Mercy. Look to the Crucifix for our means of how to repent and ask for mercy.
Repent. Renew. Resurrection. Ordinary Time is the preseason in preparation for the regular season of Lent. And if Lent is the regular season than Easter is the Playoffs and Heaven is our Championship! The better we "Lent" the better our Easter Celebration will be!
The word for us this Lenten Season is Transformation. Let's seek to be Transformed like the leper
We have one enemy the devil. In the Gospel Jesus frees a man who is possessed by the evil spirit. He does so in His authority. In the Name of Jesus we have that very same authority!
Repent and Believe in the Gospel. Words we hear today and word's we'll hear on Ash Wednesday. So what are the reasons why we don't repent of our sinfulness?
Why does this feast day fall during the Christmas season? Why happens at our Baptism? And why is this important?
Fr. Steve felt compelled to go off script and wing this other homily for the Epiphany. The wisemen persevered in faith and let NOTHING get in the way of their pursuit of the new born Christ Child; why have we abandoned Him so quickly these days?
Jesus doesn't just want our gold, frankincense and myrrh. He wants what they symbolize.
Why is the Holy Family a model for us to live our lives by? A family at work. A family at prayer. A family at service. A family who suffers together.