People long for community in their families and in their parishes. Both are basic and essential to living a fully Christian life.1 Community Ministries at St. Matthew seek to build a sense of community and belonging by drawing parishioners together for mutual support, activities, celebration and growth in order to build the Kingdom of God.
If you would like to learn more about our ministries or get involved, please contact St. Matthew Volunteer Coordinator Pat White.
Christians in Career Transition
Knights of Columbus
Seniors That Are Retired (STARS)
St. Matthew Area Catholic Singles
Young Adult Life
Contact: Helen Mylotte, 704-321-5173; Maree Howe, 704-543-5001
All levels of players are welcome. We meet the second Friday of each month from 6:45 to 10 p.m. A new daytime group meets the third Monday of each month from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m..
The couples bowling group meets every other Sunday at 5 p.m. at George Pappas Lanes, ,1700 Montford Dr., Charlotte. Contact Beth Latino at 704-846-3457 to get involved. Ladies bowling meets every Thursday at 9:45 a.m. at George Pappas Lanes. Contact Judy Wieckowski at 704-844-0341.
Contact: Pat Thompson, 803-548-3229
A social and service organization for Catholic women. Sponsors a yearly scholarship, fall and spring Junk in the Trunk sale, bake sale, assists Knights of Columbus with projects such as L.A.M.B.
Visit our website at http://home.catholicweb.com/Columbiettes/. Click here to download the spring 2013 Treasures In The Trunk registration form.
Contact: Kathy Bartlett, 704-400-2213
Adults of all ages, married or single, use this opportunity to praise and worship Our Lord. The program includes energizing spiritual messages, skits, game shows or testimonials with live Christian contemporary music, adult beverages, sodas, snacks, finger foods, desserts. and of course, coffee! All are served in a candlelit room with table cloths and fresh flowers. There is no charge, however, donations are greatly appreciated. Set up and tear down, kitchen and welcoming committee members are always needed. The Coffeehouse is offered every other month. Please watch bulletin and website for details.
Christians in Career Transition
Contact: Jack Rueckel, 704-341-8449
CICT helps the unemployed or those who are at risk of losing their jobs with position focusing, resumes, networking, interviewing and related skills to help them find work. Check out our website for more information and a current schedule.
Contact: Maureen Regele, 704-541-0101; Lynn Brown, 908-341-2003, email@example.com.
A nine-week ladies’ discussion and sharing group using the book “After the Boxes are Unpacked; Moving on After Moving In.” Offered in the spring and fall with morning and evening sessions. Contact Maureen about how you can get involved.
Knights of Columbus
Contact: Chuck Elgin, 704-243-3365
From the moment of their founding in 1882, charity has been the first principle of the Knights of Columbus. Men of faith and action, last year alone they raised and donated more than $75 thousand to charitable needs and projects, and volunteered more than 14 thousand hours of their time to charitable causes. Charitable activities encompass a wide variety of local, national and international projects from Special Olympics and Habitat for Humanity to our own Thanksgiving Turkey Drive, Christmas presents for underprivileged children and serving meals at the Uptown Men’s Shelter. If you’d like to be a part of an international organization of 1.8 million Catholic men whose principal work involves helping others in need, we’d like to invite you to join us. www.kofc-stmatthew.org.
Contact: Rick Caron, 803-548-8706
The Columbian Squires is an adjunct of the Knights of Columbus for young men ages 10 to 17.
Cub Scout Pack 8 – Cub Scouting is a year-round family program designed for boys in the first through fifth grades. The program emphasizes leadership, community, family, character development and personal fitness. Boys meet in small groups called dens, generally twice a month, plus there is a pack meeting once a month.
Contacts: Cubmaster Timothy Hall, 704-763-9440; Pack Committee Chairman Georges Neuenschwander, 704-849-9523
Boy Scout Troop 8 – Boy Scouting is a 100-year old program proven to help boys 11-17 years old develop character, self-discipline, leadership skills and personal fitness while having fun tackling adventures with their fellow scouts. Troop 8 meets generally every Monday night from mid-August to mid-June and has camping trips or other outdoor activities once a month, plus attends a week-long summer camp each year.
Contacts: Scoutmaster Mike Nielsen, 704-907-1234; Troop Committee Chairman Dave Vander Jeugdt, 704-321-9915
Contacts: Lee Christian-Clinton, 704-541-8028; Dana Trumpower, 704-458-2065,
As part of the Hornets’ Nest Girl Scout Council and Girl Scouts USA, St. Matthew sponsors several troops for girls aged kindergarten through high school. Girl Scouts will be celebrating 100 years as an organization this March, 2012. Troops meet to develop leadership skills, serve the community and have fun; times and days vary by troop.
Contact: Tommy Walker, 704-516-8444. Co-ed spring and summer inter-faith softball league.
STARs (Seniors That Are Retired)
Contact: Ursula Pombier, 704-849-9146. This group of retired Seniors meets monthly for fellowship, lunch and a planned program.
St. Matthew Catholic Singles (SMACS)
Contact: Gene Fitzpatrick, 704-953-5955
Promoting friendship for all single adults, age 21 and over. Our mission is simple: Service, Social, Spiritual.
(such as– dinners, Charlotte Symphony, visit nursing home, Happy Hours, dance night, Mass and a Meal, etc.)
Contact: Jean Mazzucca, 704-821-9153; Rachael Schuler, 704-540-7882. Newcomer Social held after 12:30 p.m. Sunday Mass on the third Sundays of January, April, July and October. Volunteers needed to meet and greet new members and welcome them to the parish and to assist with planning, set-up and clean up.
Contact: Ginny Spisak, 704-289-4330. A spiritual, social and service-oriented group for all women of the parish. Meets the third Thursday of every month (September-May) at 7 p.m. Sponsors towel and sheet collections for the Salvation Army Women’s Center and the annual Santa’s Craft Shop at St. Matthew.
Young Adult Life (See our webpage here)
Contact: Greg Mead, 704-579-1859 For men and women in their 20s and 30s, married or single, this ministry provides opportunities to participate in social, spiritual growth and community service activities. Activities include hiking, animal shelter, happy hours, softball team, annual BBQ. This group hosted the Hearts on Fire Retreat in July of 2011 and also sponsors the Theology on Tap speaker series.
1Called & Gifted for the Third Millenium, p.10