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.
Share your faith with the children and youth of our parish! Click here to register to serve as a peer minister or teen classroom catechist.
VBS Volunteer Registration Open! Click here to register as part of the VBS volunteer crew.
Summer Camp Registration Open! Click here to register.
Steubenville Conference Registration Open! Click here to register.
Catholic Heart Work Camp Registration Open! Click here to register.
Wondering what all these events are? Scroll down for explanations under our Summer Schedule of Events!
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 Diane Kiradjieff.
Lenten Friends – Feb. 14, 21, 28 and March 6, 13
Easter Season – April 17, 24
Spring Fever – May 1, 8, 15, 22
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. 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 email Diane Kiradjieff.
Journey of Faith Scholarship
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 will be awarded.
The deadline to apply is April 15.
Click here for an application.
St. Matthew Teen Stewardship Scholarship
provides a one-time $1000 stipend for higher education. High school juniors and seniors may apply. Applications and supporting documentation must be submitted to the church office in person or by registered mail no later than Friday, April 29. Click here for more information and an application.
Gene Marie Alfaro Scholarship
The Columbiettes are awarding the 12th annual Gene Marie Alfaro Scholarship. This year, two $1500 scholarships will be awarded. Any high school senior pursuing a nursing career or another healthcare career are welcome to apply. Applications must be received by Saturday, April 30. If interested, call Diana Congdon at 704 814-0624.
Summer High School Youth Events
VBS June 20-24, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
We invite you to share our Catholic faith by mentoring our parish elementary age children in one of the most amazing weeks of summer! High school volunteers are needed to serve as group leaders, or assist in games, crafts, music and more! Click here to register to be part of the VBS volunteer crew. For more information, email Diane Kiradjieff.
Catholic Heart Work Camp July 18-23
A powerful opportunity for teens “to love the least of these." As bold Catholics, we embrace the challenge to put ourselves aside to serve and restore homes and hearts, feed the hungry, lift the spirits of children, give hope to the disabled, and provide help through partnerships with social agencies. CHWC offers a positive life changing experience. A trained team of college students, a manager and director, a nurse and a team of Catholic priests await ready to serve you, so that together, others will be served. Click here to register. For more information, email Diane Kiradjieff.
Steubenville July 8-10
Every teen has the desire to achieve something great and to be someone great. We see this desire played out on social media daily. At a Steubenville Conference, teens will learn what it takes to be great in this life. Teens will come to experience a relationship with Christ that can radically transform everything in their life. The goal of every Steubenville Conference is for teens to open their hearts to Jesus Christ who desires their lives to be fulfilling, exciting, and joyful! Click here to join us on this amazing weekend. For more informaion, email Diane Kiradjieff.
Hidden Lake Summer Camp August 1-6
This is the summer that you begin to experience a bigger and better life than you ever thought possible. We are created for great things. We are meant to live with a joy that penetrates the darkness of this world. We are meant to experience life.
Summer Camp sponsored by Life Teen International® is an incredible opportunity to be free and confident, develop new friendships with other teens from your parish, and encounter God working in your life. Click here for more information. Click here to register. For more information, email Diane Kiradjieff.
**High School Contact: Diane Kiradjieff 704-543-7677 x 1038
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