Donate to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal for Ministries!

The Bishop’s Annual Appeal for Ministries is underway, and we ask that you please consider making a donation to the campaign!

Your generosity supports ministries and services that carry forth the Bishop’s mission and vision, including adult and youth catechesis, support for clergy, sacramental marriage, life at all stages, robust Catholic schools and much more.

Saint Matthew’s goal for this year’s appeal is $115,390. We are currently at 34% of that goal with a total of $39,826.

If you have already donated, we appreciate your contribution! If not, please consider making a donation at the link below.

Thank you for your continued support of our Catholic Community and the Diocese of Nashville!

Donate to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal

Dear Friends in Christ,

The beauty of Christ can be found in many places – in a morning sunrise, in the eyes of a child, in the hands of the elderly. One of my favorite ways to experience God’s beauty is simply by sitting inside the church, admiring the gentle light of His love that shines through stained-glass windows. Just as stained-glass windows shine God’s love into the church, we can shine the same light into the lives of others simply by the love we show, the hope we provide, the gifts we give, and the ministries we deliver. The Bishop’s Annual for Ministries provides invaluable support for vital ministries; seminarian training, religious education for all ages; youth and children’s ministries and support for the poor and needy. As we begin a new year, I ask you to consider how God’s light shines through stained-glass and brings life into the church… and reflect on how you can continue to serve as a source of light and share God’s love with those around you.

I hope you will join me by sharing God’s love and serving as a light for all to see by making a gift to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal for Ministries.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend J. Mark Spalding
Bishop of Nashville

This Week from the Bishop’s Annual Appeal

For most of us, the Christian life is so “routine” that we often don’t stop to think about how radical it is; selflessly loving God and others in imitation of Christ, who gave Himself on the Cross. In fact, if we really took seriously its demands, we’d probably be struck by how impossible it all seems; for man to love as God loves.

That’s likely what the Apostles were thinking when the Risen Lord, with the nailmarks still fresh in his hands, sends them on mission “as the Father has sent” Him. And yet, it’d be a mistake to only focus on the seemingly impossible demands of this mission. Because if we’re sent as Christ was sent by the Father, we’re also called to live in the same relational mode that He did and does, in complete dependence upon the Father. This is why Christ’s sending of the Apostles on mission is inherently connected with their reception of the Holy Spirit—the love between the Father and Son. If we’re not in relationship with God, the Christian life is truly impossible.

But of course, God invites us into relationship with Him today: in prayer, in the sacraments, and in Christian community. And when we’re relying on Him, the mission He sends us on can seem less impossible. Here at Saint Matthew, we’ve discerned that part of our mission is to build up our parish community through the Bishop’s Annual Appeal for Ministries. During this Easter season, let’s ground ourselves deeply in our relationship with God, so that we can generously respond to this and the entirety of our mission.