We, the parish family of Saint Matthew Catholic Church, centered in the Eucharist and guided by the Holy Spirit, are called to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus. We invite, welcome, love and support all of God’s people.
“And behold, I am with you always.” -Matthew 28:20
This is the promise of Christ, as told in the Gospel of Matthew, and it is also the promise of Saint Matthew Church and School.
We will embrace you + We will inspire you + We will stay with you always.
Led by Father Mark Sappenfield, our parish community is one of welcoming, faith forward fellowship, a family committed to serving God by serving others, and upholding Christ’s words in the Gospel.
Fr. Mark Sappenfield came to St. Matthew Catholic Church as pastor on August 1, 2015. Fr. Mark graduated from Father Ryan High School in 1987 and enlisted in the Marines after graduation. Following his military service, he attended Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, N.C., and worked for eight years as a Certified Public Accountant. He attended seminary at the University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein Seminary. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 30, 2008, and was assigned to St. Rose of Lima in Murfreesboro. Fr. Mark is one of six children. His parents, Richard and Ann Sappenfield, live in Bellevue. He said he looks forward to meeting the good people of St. Matthew and serving their spiritual needs.
Fr. Maxi Ofori joined St. Matthew Catholic Church as associate pastor in October 2014. Originally from Ghana, Africa, Fr. Maxi was ordained on December 11, 1999. As a priest, Fr. Maxi loves to be with people, both young and old. He has a strong devotion to the Blessed Mother, and his life models Sts. Dominic, Joseph, Maxilian, and Thomas More. He loves soccer, with Barcelona and Arsenal as the two European clubs he adores. Also, he loves the Ghana and US soccer teams.