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16 Year Anniversary Mass

Join us in a celebration of Mattie’s
life and legacy of hope and peace,
as we gather (virtually) to commemorate
the 16th anniversary of his passing.

MORNING MASS (virtual)
Monday, June 22, 2020 at 9 am EST
ALL ARE WELCOME


HOW:
Facebook Live — CUA Campus Ministry page
LINK: https://bit.ly/2UkFOfa

CELEBRANT:
Fr. Jude DeAngelo, OFM Conv
University Chaplain & Director of Campus Ministry
The Catholic University of America

HOST:
Mattie J.T. Stepanek Guild
MattieMatters.org


EVENING CONVERSATION (virtual)
Evening “Toast2Peace”
Monday, June 22 at 7-8 pm EST
ALL ARE WELCOME

EVENING CONVERSATION (virtual)
Evening “Toast2Peace”
Monday, June 22 at 7-8 pm EST
ALL ARE WELCOME

Join members of Mattie’s Guild (spiritual legacy)
& Mattie’s Foundation (peace legacy)
as we “raise a glass or grateful hands
and connect with purpose — for peace!”

and engage in conversation about Mattie’s
message of hope and peace, and specifically,
his “For Our World” poem, penned 9/11/2001 —
highlighting Mattie’s “mosaic of humanity” message
which is rooted in St. Paul’s “many parts, one body.”

Zoom & Facebook Live links to be posted soon.

Monthly Prayer & Conversation Gatherings with Mattie’s Guild

Join members of the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Guild and Dr. Jeni Stepanek (Mattie’s mom) as they gather each month at different churches for a morning of service, prayer, and conversation in the community.

Each month, members of the Guild and Mattie’s mom visit a different church, and following the service, they invite others to engage in conversation about the inspirational life and lessons and legacy of the late teen poet and peace ambassador, Mattie J.T. Stepanek.

From as young as the age of 3 years, Mattie said that God placed messages in his heart — “messages of hope and peace and Heartsongs and purpose, to shape with words and share with the world.”

Mattie died in 2004, just a few weeks before his 14th birthday, but left behind seven NY Times Bestselling books that continue to impact global youth and adults in powerful and prayerful ways today.

Mattie’s Guild is a non-profit organization committed to gathering information about Mattie’s life and spiritual legacy to support his possible Cause of Canonization / sainthood in the Catholic Church.

Dates and locations may change,
so please re-check this page
for the most current schedule.

CURRENT SCHEDULE: 

  • Friday, March 20, 2020 
    Mass 7a / conversation follows
    St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church
    917 Montrose Road
    Rockville, MD 20852
  • Monday, April 6, 2020 
    Time TBA (Mass & school visit)
    Shrine of the Sacred Heart
    3211 Sacred Heart Way
    Washington, DC 20010
  • Friday, May 1, 2020 
    Mass 7a / conversation follows
    St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church 
    11701 Clopper Road
    Gaithersburg, MD 20878
  • Monday, June 22, 2020 
    Mattie’s 16 year anniversary celebration

    Mass 9a / conversation follows
    St. Francis of Assisi 
    6701 Muncaster Mill Road
    Rockville, MD 20855
  • Friday, July 17, 2020 
    Mattie’s 30
    th birthday celebration
    Mass 7:30a / conversation follows
    St. Patrick’s Catholic Church
    4101 Norbeck Road
    Rockville, MD 20853
  • August – St. Catherine Laboure
    Date & Time TBA
  • September – date, time, location TBA
  • October – date, time, location TBA
  • November – date, time, location TBA
  • December – date, time, location TBA

If you or your place of worship
would like to host a gathering
with Mattie’s Guild 
– prayer, conversation, book/poetry discussion – 
please e-mail INFO@MattieMatters.org

Learn more about Mattie’s spiritual legacy:
www.MattieMatters.org

Learn more about Mattie’s peace legacy:
www.MattieOnline.com

Jeni Stepanek to Speak at Lenten Simple Supper Series

Dr. Jeni Stepanek will be the guest presenter for the Friday, March 13 “Lenten Simple Supper & Speaker Series” at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Rockville, MD. She is the author of the NY Times Bestseller, “Messenger: The Legacy of Mattie J.T. Stepanek and Heartsongs.” 

Her remarks – titled, “I Am… We Are… A Mosaic of Gifts: Created in God’s Image” – will explore St. Paul’s message of “many parts, one body” and her son, Mattie’s, inspirational message of embracing humanity as a “mosaic of gifts.”

Mattie, who died just before his 14th birthday, began saying at the age of 3 that God was placing messages in his heart that were meant to be “shaped with words and shared with the world.” He penned 7 NY Times bestselling books expressing his purpose as a messenger, each filled with “Heartsongs” and lessons about hope and peace.

Today, the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Guild is gathering information about Mattie’s life and spiritual legacy for his possible Cause of Canonization. 

ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND 

Learn more about Mattie’s peace legacy: www.MattieOnline.com
Learn more about Mattie’s spiritual legacy: www.MattieMatters.org

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