Know that I am with you always."
Diocese of St. Petersburg, Florida
Saint Matthew Roman Catholic Church
9111 90th Ave. N.
Largo, FL 33777
(click here for Directions)
Our Celebration Schedule
Saturday Vigil 4:00 pm
Sunday 7:30, 9:00 and 11:00 am
Holy Days 8:30 am & 7:00 pm
Daily Mass 8:30 am, Monday - Saturday
Rosary: Monday—Saturday 8:00 am
Miraculous Medal Novena - prayed each Tuesday following the 8:30 am Mass
Divine Mercy - prayed each Friday following the 8:30 am Mass
Sacrament of Penance, Saturday 3:00 - 3:45 pm, or by appointment
Monday - Thursday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday - 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Our Mission Statement
With the word of God as our foundation, the people of Saint Matthew Catholic Parish strive to be the presence of God in our community. We do so through joyful worship, fellowship with our members, a welcoming spirit to visitors and seekers, an increasing willingness to give of our time, talent and treasure to serve God's people and a desire to spread our faith through ongoing spiritual growth.
Immaculate Conception Holy Day Masses
Vigil Mass, Friday December 7th at 7:00 pm
Holy Day Mass, Saturday December 8th at 8:30 am
Second Sunday in Advent - WATCH
Traditionally, Advent wreaths are constructed of a circle of evergreen branches into which four candles are inserted, representing the four weeks of Advent. Ideally, three candles are purple and one is rose, but white candles can also be used.
The purple candles in particular symbolize the prayer, penance, and preparatory sacrifices and goods works undertaken at this time. The rose candle is lit on the third Sunday, Gaudete Sunday, when the priest also wears rose vestments at Mass; Gaudete Sunday is the Sunday of rejoicing, because the faithful have arrived at the midpoint of Advent, when their preparation is now half over and they are close to Christmas.
The progressive lighting of the candles symbolizes the expectation and hope surrounding our Lord’s first coming into the world and the anticipation of his second coming to judge the living and the dead.
--United States Conference of Catholic Bishops