St. Matthew Parish Catholic Church

Mass Schedule:

Saturday:  4:00pm Vigil

Sunday:    8:00am, 9:30am, 11:00am

Daily:  M,T,W,H  8:00am

Friday at 8:00am (8:30am during school year)

Holy Day:  4:00pm Vigil, 9:00am and 7:00pm

Contact Us:

Parish Office

330-733-9944

330-733-9424 (fax)

Religious Education Office

330-784-7328

2603 Benton Avenue

Akron, Ohio 44312

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About Us

Our Mission

We the community of Saint Matthew Parish, are a people who proclaim and reach out with the Good News to all.  As Catholic Christians, we celebrate our redemption in Prayer, Word, Sacrament, and Service.  We commit ourselves to be an expression of God's love to one another, using the gifts He has given to us by providing leadership, educating our youth, offering fellowship and giving hope to the broken-hearted.  We rely upon the Holy Spirit to empower us as we joyfully accept Jesus' call to share in His Ministry.

 
 

Our History

On August 18, 1943, Archbishop Edward F. Hoban established the seventeenth parish in Akron – the Parish of Saint Matthew. The Reverend Robert R. Wingerter was appointed as the founding pastor. The first Mass was offered on Sunday, September 12, 1943 in the auditorium of the former Ellet High School, currently Ritzman Elementary School. Mass was celebrated there until 1946.

Charles and Salome Reymann donated about two and one-half acres of land for the site of our parish. The plot of land is located east of Canton Road, between Berne and Benton Streets, with Woolf Street as the eastern boundary. The first building was completed in the fall of 1946; a Church and meeting hall (our present library now occupies part of this space). The first Mass was celebrated in the Church on November 11, 1946.

On September 7, 1949, Saint Matthew Parish School opened its doors for the first time. The convent for the Sisters of St. Dominic was completed shortly after the school opened. Our present Church and an addition to the school were completed in 1956. In 1960 the present rectory was completed. The most recent building addition, the social hall, was completed in 1980 and renamed in 1990 the Father Silva Center, in honor of our fourth pastor.

 

Our Staff

Faith Formation

Director

Rev. Michael Williamson

Pastor

John
Czaplicki

Principal

Bridget
Jankowski

Music Ministry

Director

Kathy
Strasser

Office

Manager

Lisa
Macdougall

Bookkeeper

Toni 
Stuhldreher

PSR Coordinator

Mark 
McDaniel

Maintenance