Hope is real.
      Peace is possible.
             Life is worthy.
                     Prayer is powerful.
~ by Mattie J.T. Stepanek

Mattie J.T. Stepanek

July 17, 1990 – June 22, 2004

Message from Mattie:

“One day, for all to know, our legacy will simply be the shape of the life we leave behind, for eternity…

We are created by God – with purpose – in God’s image. God is all-goodness. God is great. God is love.

We, then, are created with purpose – to be good and great and love.

Let us remember this, and move forthward knowing and believing and living this truth, as we shape our lives and our legacies, and our eternity with God.”

– Mattie J.T. Stepanek

Celebrating Mattie’s YES to God

2021 Memorial Mass Marking the 17th Anniversary of Mattie’s Death

Who was the ‘Mattie behind the fame’? He was a child with deep love and reverence for the Sacraments, especially Holy Eucharist and Reconciliation.

Mattie talked with God about his purpose. And Mattie shared God’s messages to the world. But Jesus was his role model. Through the Eucharist we see the gift of Jesus – we see the thank you to our Father. We also see the Amen – the YES – that Jesus gave our Father.

Mattie strove to say YES. As the hymn goes, “Here I am Lord.” May He help each of us say YES more often.

The Guild thanks St. Bartholomew’s Catholic Church, Pastor Fr. Mark Knestout and his wonderful staff. We also thank our celebrant Msgr. John Enzler who baptized Mattie and gave the homily at Mattie’s funeral.

If you missed the Memorial Mass marking the 17th anniversary of Mattie’s death, you may view the Mass on YouTube or watch a highlight video of remarks, the Gospel reading and homily.  

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