Msgr. John J. Enzler Celebrated Mattie’s 2023 Memorial Mass

Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Kensington Maryland welcomed the Guild on June 22, 2023 for our Memorial Mass of the 19th anniversary of Mattie’s death, and the Guild was honored to have Msgr. John J. Enzler back to celebrate the Mass and offer his homily.

“Being here tonight it is a privilege for all of us to think about a young man who truly was wiser than most of us are older. He had a sense of God, a sense of love, sense of what’s important,” said Msgr. Enzler.

What made Mattie special, said Monsignor, was his “gift of faith. This unbelievable faith. This trust in God; a sense that God was with him; God would always watch over him; that God was part of his life. Even though he suffered and his struggles were so difficult.”

“We celebrate tonight the gift of a young man, who was truly holy. From my perspective, a saint. A saint we can pray to and I ask God’s gift through him. So today we pray that Mattie, that you help us to be renewed in the Eucharist, his great love, and that at 33 years since he was born and we celebrate the fact that Jesus also lived 33 years and together may they bring us back to a greater sense of Jesus coming to us every time we go to church,” offered Msgr. Enzler.

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2022 Memorial Mass for 18th Anniversary of Mattie’s Death at St. Rose of Lima Parish, Gaithersburg Maryland

Thank you, Fr. Agustin Mateo Ayala and your wonderful staff, for helping to arrange such a powerful Mass.
Who was the ‘Mattie behind the fame’? He was a child with deep love and reverence for the Sacraments, especially Holy Eucharist and Reconciliation.
Fr. Mateo offered a deeply felt homily sharing how he ‘met’ Mattie through Mattie’s writings. “His message sounds in my heart – his Heartsong – is just that: we have direction, we have purpose, we know – we are here – what for, why were we created … Mattie, as young as he was, he accepted his call for holiness.”
“If you really read his books, you cannot stay the same. If you do, then, I don’t know. If you read those books and they do not touch your heart, if you are not moved and change the way you live life then it’s better to not read them. He wrote what he believed. He lived by it,” preached Fr. Mateo.
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2021 Memorial Mass Marking the 17th Anniversary of Mattie’s Death

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.

Here is the Mass program booklet.

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

This is a highlight video of remarks, the Gospel reading and homily from the Memorial Mass.