December 2019 Mattie Matters News Eltr -- View this email in your browser

Wishing all near and far a merry Christmas season and blessed New Year!

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.”

  Welcome to the launch of our Mattie Matters News E-letter! 
  Thank you for already being a friend of the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Guild and for carrying on the legacy of faith, hope and peace that Mattie gave to those near and far. 
  The Guild hosted a touching 15th Anniversary Memorial Mass in June at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Derwood, Maryland that was covered on the radio, in the National Catholic Register, The Washington Post and more.  We also began working with a couple Catholic schools developing an educational program to share Mattie's faith experience while demonstrating to young people that young people can move mountains and do matter.
  In 2020, the Guild will continue expanding our outreach and spreading Mattie's Messages. 
  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 this email - but remove the bottom section so someone does not accidentally unsubscribe you
     Follow us on social media - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
     Volunteer - detailed opportunities will be shared in early 2020
     Donate - your financial gift supports the mission and work of the Guild to advance Mattie's possible Cause of Canonization in the Catholic Church.
"The only way you can get what your heart wants more than anything,
is by offering that very thing to others."  ~~ Mattie J.T. Stepanek
Excerpts from Jeni Stepanek's Personal Reflection at Mattie's Memorial Mass
  "Mattie shared messages that he said were placed in his heart by God. Messages that he shaped with his words and with his choices, ... so that all people could understand, and believe ...
  "Through these messages, Mattie reminds us to reflect on and recognize God's presence within us, and among us. ...
  "The truth is that Mattie still matters, because peace still matters, and the messages he shaped and shared for the mosaic of humanity still matter. The messages he shaped and shared, from God and for God, continue to ripple out in the world, touching diverse lives and spirits, opening minds and hearts, and inspiring faith and good deeds."
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.
The Mattie J.T. Stepanek Guild is an all-volunteer, 501(c)3 non-profit, tax-exempt organization.

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