High School (Grades 9-12)
St. Matthew’s Life Teen Ministry is committed to providing our teens with opportunities for personal growth through catechesis (religious education), fellowship, service, outreach and leadership.
High School Youth Minister: Theresa Benson, 704-543-7677 x 1044
The Mass - Life Teen, Sundays at 5:30 pm
At the weekly Life Teen Mass, teens and their families experience the depth of God’s love through the Word, the community and the Eucharist. Relevant preaching and contemporary music bring the Catholic Mass to life.
Life Nights, Sundays from 6:45 to 8:30 pm
These creative nights bring our Catholic faith to life and break open relevant issues for teens. Teens openly share and experience what it is to be a Catholic teen today. All catechetical nights are presented in line with the teachings of the Catholic Church and provide a comprehensive scope of topics. The teens are affirmed, educated and challenged to live the Gospel.
The Good Book Club, Third Thursday from 7 to 8:30 pm
Teens and members of the Life Teen Core Team gather to break open the Word, giving us the opportunity to explore and grow together as a community.
Teens 'n' Tutoring, Thursdays at 4 and 5 pm
High school teens volunteer as tutors for students in grades one through five, strengthening basic math and reading skills. Two 10-week sessions are offered; one in the fall and one in the spring. Registration days and times for each session will be posted on the website and in the parish bulletin.
Assistant Youth Minister/Confirmation Coordinator: Heather King, 704-543-7677 x 1061
Confirmation, Sundays during the fall of ninth grade year
The Confirmation program leads teens toward a more intimate union with Christ and a more lively familiarity of the Holy Spirit. This is achieved through the use of Scripture, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Life Teen Confirmation program and other Confirmation resources, including active participation in the Mass. Confirmation is a two-year process, typically taking place during the eighth and ninth grade years. Your child must be enrolled in our Faith Formation Program during eighth grade (Confirmation 1) or be attending a Catholic School in order to enter into Confirmation 2 in ninth grade. During the fall of ninth grade, teens attend an Orientation Day, seven classes held on Sundays, a day-long retreat and a Reconciliation service. There is also a service element to the program, as we learn to become stewards of our gifts and talents.
RCIA for Teens, Mondays 6:45 to 8:15 pm
This class is for teens coming into the Church who have not yet received all the Sacraments of Initiation and those who have not been enrolled in Faith Formation for an extended period of time. Through a relaxed, small group setting, we discover the teachings of the Catholic Church, what it means to live your life as a Catholic Christian, and the beauty and tradition of the faith. Various resources such as the Youcat Youth Catechism, Scripture and the Catholic Faith Handbook for Teens are used. Teens in this program begin classes in September and receive their sacraments at the Easter Vigil Mass. Please contact Heather King at 704-543-7677 x 1061.
Peer Ministry, Times and days vary throughout the year
This is a great opportunity for teens to share their faith with younger members of the parish. From pre-school to Confirmation, the role of the Peer Minister is critical. Teens act as catechists, small group facilitators and more in our Faith Formation programs each week. This is a wonderful way for teens to strengthen and deepen their faith as they help younger students get excited about being Catholic.
Strengths Quest, Offered once a quarter, dates and times in the bulletin
This program helps teens discover who God is calling them to be! We are each uniquely and perfectly made, and Strengths Quest can help us see how. Through a brief on-line assessment developed by the Gallup Organization, teens discover their top five God-given strengths. After taking the assessment, teens attend a one-day course covering how to apply these strengths to become more engaged in the parish, find fulfilling ways to volunteer in the community, develop stronger relationships, find more success with school work, and more. It’s a fast-paced course with lots of discussion and self-discovery, lots of great snacks and a whole lot of Holy Spirit!
Check out Life Teen International's website at http://www.lifeteen.com and watch for a new and fresh St. Matthew Life Teen website coming soon!