A Priest of Archdiocese of Detroit; ordained May 26, 2012. Fr. Steve currently serves at St. Joseph, Lake Orion and St. John Fisher, Oakland University. Previously Fr. Steve served St. Mary Mystical Rose, Armada, MI; St. Augustine, Richmond; Holy Family, Memphis; Our Lady of Good Counsel, Plymouth; St. Lawrence, Utica; Divine Grace, Carleton; Community of Jesus Crucified Monastery, St. Martinville, LA; and St. Frances Cabrini, Allen Park; and St. Francis/St. Maximilian, Ray Twp.
Fr. Steve gave a mens talk at Homegrown Brewing Company that he titled: The Three P's of the Masculine Heart. In our world today men are often forgotten and sidelined in the midst of the chaos of the world. We need real men who will stand up and come forward to lead their wives, and children to Heaven. Men who provide, protect and are priestly sanc…
Father Steve offers a single teaching on the apologetics of purgatory. Followed by some good question and the answers for the college students.
Fr. Steve gives his testimony of how he follwed Jesus as a disciple and later as he heard the call of Jesus into priesthood. What is the priest and a call to arms. That is the question at hand!
Fr. Steve preached on the need for small groups some months back—the need to “get small”. He has lead prayer with many groups and this group asked for a talk. Following is the reflection from he gave to 12 couples in the area who meet regularly. Get small! Depend on each other so that we can build the kingdom!…
John the Baptist gives us the perfect model for how to evangelize. He points. He is humble. He gives testimony. But is he pointing, humbling himself, and giving testimony to a cute and cuddly lamb? No, he is not.
A true amazing site to be seen. We gathered around a makeshift altar and sang Christmas carols to our New Born King. We were joined by people from all over the world—literally! Kenya, Vietnam, Peru and Lithuania were just those I was able to speak with. Many more came and prayed during the Mass. Epiphany truly is Jesus being the light to all of the…
Rome Pilgrimage—second Mass St. Francis of Assisi tomb (Assisi) Simple faith is extraordinary faith. The saints had simple faith—focused on Jesus. The story of St. Francis creating the manger scene in context of the feast of Holy Mary Mother of God.
Rome Pilgrimage—second Mass (San Marco) in Florence—LOOK UP! Our group had Mass in Historic San Marco Church—just down the street from the Doumo of Florence.
The group has arrived in Florence and meet up with Fr. Steve. While there was no room at the Inn for Jesus, Mary and Joseph, so too there was no room for the group to have Holy Mass. So they were all cramped into a small conference room with only 10 chairs or so for the 40+ people. There they became family on the Feast of the Holy Family. We journe…
Interuptions. Thanons and New Life. Jesus is the great interuptor. God wants to interupt you in your life where you are at, will you allow him to interupt you?
What if Jesus didn't come for us? What if the Virgin Mary said "no" to the Angel Gabriel? The answer is hell. We would all be doomed. But we do have a savior. Our Lady did say YES! We have hope and that is what we celebrate next week at Christmas! Rejoice!
The Last Things: Heaven Prisioners. Pilgrims. Paradise. Where do we go after we die? What is Heaven like?
The Sacrament of Marriage is hard. if we stand shoulder to shoulder with our spouse than we can see the Glory that awaits us!
The Feast of the Immcaulate Concetption is one the Greatest Feasts in our Church. Today Fr. Steve asks us the question: "Who is she?" We all have to anser the quesiton, "Who is she?" in our own lives.
Fr. Steve recently was invited to a Non-Catholic Christian school in Metro-Detroit. The histroy class of around 20 were covering the Reformation. They asked for a Catholic voice to discuss the topic of Justification to the prodominately Protestant school community. What follows is that talk by Fr. Steve given and recorded with permission by the sch…
Is Purgatory another destination for the soul? Or is it the purification of the soul in preparation for it's resting place with God. Purgatory is scriptural and has constantly been taught by our Holy Catholic faith. God in His Mercy offers it to us.
The Apple. The Golf Ball. Michigan Football. Father Steve continues to preach his homily series on the Last Things--today he preaches the difficult topic of Death. We must be prepared and "live life backwards!"By Fr. Steve Mateja
Our God rejoices at our faith and He laments at our lack of faith and ingratitude. .
Each month our parents for religous education gather for additional adult faith formation. Fr. Steve recently spoke with them about the Sacraments of Initiation and Saints Relics.
Fr. Steve began his preaching series on The Last Things this week which will culminate on the 4th Sunday of Advent. Jesus Christ is the King of the World and the one who sits on the Judgment seat as mediator between the Father and man. Our time for Mercy is now--but also, the time for mercy for our loved ones is now also. Invite them to repent!…
The world we are living in finds it self in hoplessness. These are dark days. What is our hope? Who is our hope? We only find our hope in Jesus Christ!
A Jewish prisioner An old-old man Hope or hopelessness What we need in this world is bold witnesses! Are you willing to live for Jesus in the world?
Recently Fr. Steve lead a group of High Schoolers and Junior High students in a conversion and Q and A about the "Birds and the Bees". We called it "The meaning of your body--the Birds and the Bees with Fr. Steve". Fr. Steve invited in qualified men and women to lead the private group discussions, which our children desperately need today. Followin…
The Saints, in the Church Triumphant cheer us onward, while we, the Church militant fight the good fight to get there...home!
Fr. Steve shares his dramatic story of healing this past week. The same God who healed Fr. Steve is the same God who Zachaeous is searching for. Our God is alive! When we encounter Him our lives are changed.
Erin Mersino, Mary Lockwood, Dr. Joann Smith, Kara Dowler join Fr. Steve Mateja in answering the questions of those gathered. There were almost 200 people who came to the event and asked many great questions on 11-26-2022.
Fr. Steve and his prolife team lead a discussion on 11-26-2022 at St. Mary Monroe. Here is Fr. Steve's testimony of healing and opening talk on this deadly Proposal 3 on the Michigan Ballot.
I hate death...God hates it more. John and Sandy O'Shaughnessy run a group called "Grieving with Great Hope". Thye lead a session at St. Joseph, Lake Orion and Fr. Steve gave the opening address.
Yahweh Nissi! The Lord is our Banner. What does that mean? We know His victories and we march under it!
Fr. Steve lead a discussion on Angels Sunday night to the CCM (Catholic Campus Ministry) at Oakland U. Are Angels like humans? Are they godlike? Why do we need them? Can I name my guardian angel?
God is passionately in love with you. He is in pursuit of you! He went after Naman and He went after the Lepers. He is coming after you too!
Fr. Steve, and Fr. Jim met with the young adults from Northern Oakland County to have a bonfire Q&A. while roasting marshmallows, they discussed topics such as “why pray for the dead?” Is “XYZ a mortal sin?” And “what is your favorite book?” Listen, as father Jim and father Steve, take turns answering all of their questions.…
Lord increase our faith! But, What is the difference between faith and belief? Belief doesn't automatically translate into action. Faith is belief put INTO action.
There are no second chances. This is the only shot you get to get to heaven. Sin is missing the mark and when we sin we must ask God for His Mercy. He always gives it, but we must beg it before we meet Him on our last day. 1) The trial judge 2) why was the rich man in hell? 3) Lazarus who?
Fr. Steve gave a talk this past Sunday to Catholic Campus Ministry (CCM) on the Holy Eucharist. all Sacraments have a pass, a present, and a future perspective.
The Father is awaiting your return to the sacrament of confession. He is waiting to robe you in fine garments and remove your stained, filthy garments.
Am I a beliver of Jesus or am I a follower? Jesus asks those who follow Him to hate their parents and spouses and children. What does that mean?
Humility! No one wants it, we all want to be in charge and be in control of our own lives. But yet the Lord asks us to humble ourselves. Those who humble themselves are loved more by God! Jesus came to serve not to be served. Humility is TRUTH!
How many will be saved? Who will be saved? Jesus answers the question for us today in the Gospel and elsewhere in the Scriptures. Often times it seems like we as Believers are just riding in first class on the same plane with every other religion, "we're all going to the same place, just different means to get there," is often the thought with many…
Jesus says He has come to establish divison not peace--how is that? isn't he the prince of peace? He has come to bring His peace, to those who know Him and surrender to Him. Let's set the world on fire with His love!
The Virgin Mary was the first to hear the Word of God proclaimed to her and the first to receive the Divinity of Jesus. Surely she would be the first to inherit the kingdom from her Son.
Who is the fool? Am I foolish? Soloman wrote three books: Song of Songs, Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. He became the fool and rested! We cannot rest in the Christian life!
"Lord teach us how to pray!", is the request of the disciple of Jesus. He reponds with the words of the "Our Father". But who is "our" Father? The first step in prayer is knowing the Father.
But who is my neighbor? God gives us the commandments to experience freedom and His love--not to remain in bondage. Our new sister in Christ, "Gianna", shows us how to love God today and our neighbor. Her story is inspiring and beautfiul testimony of faith, courage and witness of love.
What is a Disciple--what does he do--and am I a Disciple? All that a beliver in the Lord Jesus has to do is point the way back home to the Lord!
On Friay June 24, 2022 the Supreme Court overturned the Roe vs Wade decision. It has happened. We have faught so hard for this moment as pro-life missionaries and it has finally happened. The time is now. We were born for this moment in history. We must show the world who we are as Catholic faithful and what it is we believe. There are only two sid…