Christmas Season Celebrations at St. Matthew’s Parish

The Christmas Season is always a busy time for all parishes. At St. Matthew’s Catholic Church in Ceres, California, Christmas was an especially active time. The following are summaries of all the events which took place at the parish, including links to more news and pictures on the St. Matthew’s website.

From all of us here at, St. Matthew Catholic Church, we wish a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all!

Summary and Photos by: Saint Matthew Catholic Church Media Team

Christmas Season Bazaar, December-08th
Daughters of Mary Ministry hosted the Annual Christmas-Season Bazaar at the Parish Hall.

Annual Christmas Charity Concert, December-14th
St. Matthew Daughters of Charity Parish Choir joined Choirs from three of our Northern Parishes, St. Thomas, St. Mary, and St. Paul, to celebrate the Birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Blessing of our Junior SMYLE Ministry, December-22nd
Youth Ministry SMYLE, St. Matthew Youth Learning and Evangelizing, celebrated the opening and blessing ceremony, led by Fr. Peter Georgis, of the newly remodeled kids’ Classroom.

The Story of the Manger by Junior SMYLE Ministry, December-22nd
SMYLE and SMYLE Jr. Ministry members continued their Christmas event, Santa’s Workshop, by putting together a beautiful enactment The Crèche, The Story of the Manger.

Santa’s Workshop for Junior SMYLE Ministry, December-22nd
St. Matthew Youth Learning and Evangelizing Ministry, SMYLE, hosted Santa’s Workshop; a special Christmas event for our children’s Ministry SMYLE Jr.

Christmas Holy Mass Celebration, December-24th
Honoring The Birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, our celebration began with Christmas Vigil Prayers led by Fr. Peter Georgis, the procession from the Grotto of Our Lady of Grace, and a celebration of the Holy Mass.