Mattie Matters News

January, 2020
From Kathy Dempsey,
President – Mattie J.T. Stepanek Guild

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After Christmas, we sometimes think of January as a lull month, but what a faith-filled month we see!

We have World Day of Peace and Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God on January 1.  Both offer so much meaning to Mattie and to us.

January 6 gave us the Feast Day of André Bessette.  Mattie had a very special connection to St. André, praying to him to “finish my reason for being.”  Mattie’s prayers were answered and a dangerous medical crisis came to an end, giving us several more years of Mattie on earth.

Next week we celebrate Catholic Schools Week.  We look to Mattie who demonstrated that young people can move mountains and do matter.

 This week we honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and also witness to the right to life.  Below in the next section are some thoughts from Mattie’s Mom, Jeni Stepanek, on Mattie and Martin Luther King, Jr.

In advance of this week’s March for Life, we ask “What is a life worth?” Mattie had quite a life and left his mark.  But before he was born, Mattie was in danger, like others diagnosed with a disability in the womb. What the world would have missed if Mattie had never been born.

 “Mattie was not an accident.  He was not a mistake.  He was a spirit meant to be,” said Jeni.

In 2001, when Mattie was 11, he spoke to young teens in Southern Maryland at a prolife rally, explaining that the building blocks of life were hope, peace, courage, forgiveness and kindness. These building blocks, he explained, lead to the understanding that 
life is a gift, not a choice.

Please join us:

Offer prayers – for Mattie and for all children, for Mattie’s mission of peace and for the Guild as we begin the most active year we have endeavored

Give reflections and statements of support – for Mattie’s cause of sainthood

Share Mattie Matters News & information about the Guild

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Donate  to the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Guild.  Your financial gift supports the mission and work of the Guild to advance Mattie’s possible Cause of Canonization in the Catholic Church.


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owned and copyrighted by
Mattie J.T. Stepanek and/or
Jeni Smith Stepanek, Ph.D.,
and may not be used
without written permission.

2019 Peace Day Celebration

  

What:    

  • Celebrating Mattie’s birthday and peace legacy with recreation, information, food, and fun — for people of all ages and abilities and aspirations!

  • Peace Day proclamations from the Governor of Maryland, the Montgomery County Council, and the City of Rockville

  • Remarks from Sen. Chris Van Hollen, Sen. Cheryl Kagan, and other leaders committed to building community

  • Entertainment & activities, food & fun — that celebrate Mattie’s “pathways and choices for peace”… 

 

When:   

  • Saturday, July 13
    • 1-5 pm — FREE Street Fair “Peace Tent Stations
      (elements of Mattie’s peace messages shared through arts & crafts, cake & conversation, entertainment & games, moon bounce & more…)
    • 5-8 pm — Happy Hour Dance Party (free entry)
      (continuing the celebration inside Botanero Restaurant with music, dancing, conversation, and toasting to life with our neighbors)
    • 1-8 pm — Food & Drink Specials
      (Botanero Restaurant and Fontina Grille — all day specials, including “Sunrise Sangria & Sunset Cerveza” signature drinks poured by local leadrers, and “Tie Dye Peace Punch” for the kids — with proceeds supporting Mattie’s Foundation.
        

 

Where:  

  • King Farm Village Green area
    (the streets outside of Botanero & Fontina are closed for the day to accommodate the street fair peace tents and activities)
  • 800 Pleasant Drive, Rockville, MD 20850

 

Who:   

  • EVERYONE!
  • Youth and adults, leaders and families… 
  • The outdoor street fair is rain or shine, and FREE! 

 

Why:   

  •   Celebrate Mattie’s 29th birthday with peace
    • Mattie is the late teen poet and peace activist who penned 7 NY Times bestsellers on hope and peace and who inspired millions around the world — from children to celebrities.
    • Mattie was born on July 17, 1990 and died on June 22, 2004 from complications of a rare neuromuscular disease. 
    • The annual Peace Day event is a local celebration of a National Peace Day Campaign that is growing in strength.
  • “Get to know your neighbors…” — Mattie
    • with cake and conversation and an afternoon of learning more about
    • how to begin peace, and
    • how to teach and share peace with our children and neighbors, and
    • how to be “okay” with ourselves, our neighbors, and our world, even amid challenges and differences.
  • Explore Mattie’s elements of peace 
    • through hands-on activities and crafts,
    • conversations with Peace Guides and local leaders
    • fun with family and friends… and more… 
  • #PeaceMatters     #MattieMatters     #YouMatter
  • #MakePeaceTheNews 

 

Learn more: 

www.MattieOnline.com

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WMET Radio Interview: Mattie Matters

WMET Radio Interview: Mattie Matters

Tune in Monday, June 17 
in the 1 pm (EST) hour 
to listen to an interview 
with Mattie’s mom, Jeni Stepanek — 
airing on Guadalupe Network’s 
WMET 1160AM
 program, 
“Catholicism on the Beltway.” 

Link to live streaming:
 https://www.radio.net/s/wmet

More about Mattie’s possible 
Cause for Sainthood: 
www.MattieMatters.org


#MattieMatters  #MattiesGuild

Mattie’s 15 Year Anniversary Mass

For Immediate Release:

15th Anniversary Memorial Mass of Mattie Stepanek –  
famous and faith-filled young poet
from the Archdiocese of Washington 

All are invited to the 15th Anniversary Memorial Mass for Mattie J.T. Stepanek on Saturday, June 22 at 11 am.  

Mattie’s brief life had many challenges, yet he accomplished a great deal in 13 years, writing six bestselling books of poetry and one bestselling book on peacemaking.  

Mattie inspired tens of thousands around the world with his message that life is worthy, hope is real, and that peace is possible. 

At an early age, he developed a profound relationship with God, and these spiritual conversations shaped his poems and other writings. 

The Mass will be held at St. Francis of Assisi (6701 Muncaster Mill Rd, Derwood, Maryland).  

Please join members of the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Guild after the Mass to learn more about the cause for Mattie’s sainthood and how Mattie’s life of holiness and heroic virtue continue to inspire young people today.  

For more information,
contact info@MattieMatters.org
or call 240.994.0603. 

View or download the PDF version of
this Press Release HERE…

View or download the JPG version of
this Press Release HERE…

#MattieMatters #MattiesGuild #PackTheChurch

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How to Share YOUR Mattie Reflections

 Sharing your “Mattie Reflections”
and Statements of Support

A cause for sainthood
in the Catholic Church
rests on the idea 
that the individual has
lived a life of heroic virtue,
namely pursuing or
choosing the good
in difficult circumstances. 

All are Welcome to Share

The Mattie J.T. Stepanek Guild welcomes 
“Mattie Reflections” and Statements of Support from
people of all ages, abilities, nationalities, and faiths. 

  • Those who directly knew Mattie J.T. Stepanek 
    are asked  to share their specific remembrances of how he lived a holy life.  
  • Those who knew or know of Mattie through
    his media appearances, writings, or public ministry
    are invited to share their experience of his holiness.  
  • ALL are nvited to share reflections and statements on
    how knowing Mattie or knowing about him has inspired them to live as a better person and led them to a closer relationship with God.

Simply follow the three steps below and share how
knowing Mattie, or knowing 
about him, 
has inspired you to live as a better person,
and/or led you to a closer relationship with God.

Reflect

  • How did/do you know Mattie? 
        
    Is there a quote or a conversation, an experience or appearance that is memorable and meaningful? 
  • Prayerfully and carefully reflecton your remembrance and share the most important facts.

Respond

  • A statement does not need to be long, but it does need to specific.
       
    Statements may be hand-written or typed, but they must be signed by person sharing information.
  • A reflection or statementis most effective when 
       specific dates, locations, conversations, and other details are shared.   
  • Offering specific information about something Mattie said or did 
       – and how that has inspired or impacted or changed you – is most helpful to the Guild.
  • It is suggested that you number each paragraph or line so that it is more easily cited by the Guild.

Reach Out

  • Please end/close your statement with this phrase:
    ‘I believe that the facts stated in this witness statement are true.’
  • IMPORTANT: Sign your name AND write your name AND date the document,  AND please give us a way to contact you (address / phone / email).
  • Please mail paper/print copies of reflections and statements to

Mattie J.T. Stepanek Guild
PO Box 674, Kensington, MD 20895

DOWNLOAD a PDF VERSION of these
“Sharing Mattie Reflections / Statements” Guidelines

by CLICKING
HERE… 

Thank you for lifting up Mattie’s Cause for Sainthood 
with your reflection and testimony statement.

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