Elementary School (Grades K-5)
|Our Mission Statement|
|The Faith Formation ministry at St. Matthew Catholic Church exists to help the faithful of all ages by providing relevant, meaningful education and spiritual programs. We support parents, the primary religious educators, in the spiritual development of their children. By incorporating prayer, fellowship, service and teaching, we hope to nurture and support a deep, growing, personal relationship with Jesus and his Church.|
Children in kindergarten are invited to join us for Faith Formation during the 9 and 10:45 am Masses, or one of several sessions offered after school throughout the week. These early years are so important, as the foundation is being built for the child’s future faith life. Joining together with their peers, the children will be immersed in their Catholic faith through an interactive curriculum which introduces them to the essential faith concepts and God’s mighty love. Lessons are presented through stories, music, games, activities and crafts. Children enrolled in a Sunday session will also share the traditional Angel Choir Performance during the joyous Advent Season.
Grades 1 and 2
These two years are required by the Diocese of Charlotte as part of the preparation for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist. At this link, you can find more information for parents preparing their children for the sacraments:
The nurturing of a child’s faith takes place within the family. As the parents are the primary faith educator, during these early sacramental years, it is our goal to enhance the child’s learning by introducing the children to traditional Catholic prayer and worship. These years help to build the foundation which will allow the children to embrace and grow in the love of God, as they journey toward receiving the sacraments in second grade. We encourage you to attend Mass with your child and allow them to see your participation in the sacraments as much as possible.
1st Grade Special Activities and Highlights: Tour of the Church, Parent-Child Rosary Making
2nd Grade Special Activities and Highlights: Sacramental Retreats & Celebrations
Grades 3, 4 and 5
During the later elementary grades, your child will be taught how to build upon their Catholic faith and you, as the parent/guardian, are a partner in this process. Your child will learn how we worship and how we can live our beliefs in everyday life. We will build upon prayer and emphasize the Ten Commandments, Sacraments, and the Stations of the Cross. Each chapter of your child’s Faith First book has features that direct learning, develop religious literacy, reinforce content, and encourage integration of faith and life. We encourage you to aid in this process by praying as a family at home, attending Mass and Faith Formation classes. Completion of one service report is encouraged in grade five.
3rd Grade Special Activities and Highlights: Presentation of Christmas Cantata
4th Grade Special Activities and Highlights: Saints Alive Prayer Service & Stations of the Cross
5th Grade Special Activities and Highlights: Monthly Mass and Sandwich-Making Service
Book Series: Call to Faith, Our Sunday Visitor, www.osvcurriculum.com
Click here to learn more about Stewardship & Service for Elementary Age Children
Kindergarten Coordinator: Lisa Tavares 704-543-7677 x 1187
Grades 1 and 2 Coordinator: Lori Mathews 704-543-7677 x 1037
Grade 3 Coordinator: Lisa Tavares 704-543-7677 x 1187
Grade 4 and 5 Coordinator: Barb Kohler 704-543-7677 x 1042
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