Youth Ministry

High School Youth Ministry

The St. Matthew Youth Ministry Team is committed to providing our teens with the best possible opportunities for personal and spiritual growth through catechesis (religious education), fellowship, service, outreach and leadership.



Just Cause Fast
March 25-26

The Just Cause Fast is a bi-annual event in which teens of our parish come together to fast to create a hunger - not just for the food we eat, often without event thinking about it - but more importantly, a hunger for justice for those less fortunate than ourselves; those who many not have a bed to sleep in or a roof over their head, those who may not know where their next meal is coming from or if it is coming at all.

After a big lunch on Saturday, we will begin a 29-hour fasting period (lots of liquids are provided during this time). The afternoon, evening and following day provide time for hands-on service and faith sharing. We will break our fast with the Eucharist at the 5:30 pm Sunday Mass, followed by dinner in the Parish Center with our families. Click here for a registration packet.



The Journey of Faith College Scholarship opportunity is open to high school seniors who are:

· Active St. Matthew parishioners

· Active as Faith Formation catechists or in high school Youth Ministry programs

· Pursuing a degree and career in teaching, youth ministry, healthcare, military, religious vocations or social work

Three $5000 scholarships are awarded. The deadline to apply is March 31. Click here for an application.




SPLASH Retreat
8th Grade Spring Weekend
May 19-21

Ready to leave middle school behind and take on the next four years? What do you really need to succeed in high school? Join in the fun, learn leaderships skills, and make a SPLASH in high school and beyond!
        Registration form here!




Vacation Bible School 2017
June 19 - 23

Volunteer here!




        Steubenville-Atlanta Youth Conference
        Duluth, GA
        July 7-9

Evangelistic and with a rock concert energy, this weekend conference is both a great “introduction” to the Gospel message for new or younger teens, while offering deep and moving experiences of prayer and fellowship. Registration cost includes transportation and hotel. Open to rising 9th grade-2017 graduates.
Registration Packet
Liability Release Form
Scholarship Application 


Summer Camp

Secure your spot by printing out a registration packet and returning your $100 deposit ASAP!
High School Camp (Rising 9th through 2017 grads)
July 31 - Aug. 5


               Click here for a registration packet.


The Mass        Sundays at 5:30 pm


At the Sunday 5:30 pm Mass, teens and their families are invited to experience the depth of God’s love through the Word, the community and the Eucharist. All teens are welcomed to sit as a community in one section, and are encouraged to participate as lectors, ushers and extraordinary ministers of holy Communion.


Life Nights       Sundays, 6:30 to 8:30 pm            Parish Center Family Room

Offered throughout the year, these nights provide a time for dinner and faith sharing. It is the perfect way to jump start your school week, or wind down a week of summer. Each series of nights mixes social, spiritual and service opportunities. For more information, email Daniel Torres.


RCIA for Teens  Mondays, 6:45 to 8:15 pm          Parish Center Youth Room

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. Teens in this program begin classes in September and receive their sacraments at the Easter Vigil Mass. Please email Diane Kiradjieff.







 **High School Contact: Diane Kiradjieff 704-543-7677 x 1038

Check out Life Teen International's website!