As Catholics, worship through the liturgy of the Mass is at the heart of all that we believe. Worship ministries serve the St. Matthew faith community in the areas of private and public worship. Private worship is a commitment to personal and communal prayer time to build up the Body of Christ. Public worship is centered on the Sunday Eucharistic celebration and other special liturgical events. Many opportunities are available for those who feel called to take an active and often visible role by serving in the Sunday Eucharistic celebration. Other opportunities are available for those who feel called to serve in a supportive, behind the scenes role in the areas of both public and private worship.
If you would like to learn more about our ministries or get involved, please contact St. Matthew Volunteer Coordinator Pat White. She is happy to talk with you on the phone or in person and can help find the right fit for you. You can reach her at 704-543-7677 x 1039 Monday through Thursday. For a complete list of ministries the 2012-2013 Ministry Handbook.
Alive In The Spirit Prayer Group
Arts and Environment
Children’s Liturgy Of The Word
Extraordinary Ministers Of Holy Communion
Military Families And Friends Prayer List
Ministers of The Word
Ministry to the Deaf
Our Lady’s Rosary Makers Guild
Seams Of Faith
Vocations Awareness Apostolate
ALIVE IN THE SPIRIT PRAYER GROUP
Contact: Barbara Gardner, 704-814-6771
This group gathers in a spirit of praise and worship through song, prayer, Scripture reading, teaching and using charismatic gifts. The atmosphere is one of friendship, love, support and encouragement. Join us every Monday night from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Choir Room. We also host monthly healing prayer services and annual seminars.
Contact: Kathy Murray, 803-548-4273
Volunteers assist in maintaining the order and cleanliness of the Sanctuary and altar and help in preparation for the seasonal celebrations and special events. Responsibilities rotate between several teams that meet on Friday mornings for one hour.
Contact: Kelly Rose, 704-451-0679
Assist the priest at Mass as needed with processions, blessings, rituals and readings. Open to all parish members in fifth grade or above who have received First Eucharist. Training provided. Click here for the training schedule.
ARTS AND ENVIRONMENT
Contact: Marjory Dury, 704-246-8066
This ministry creates an inviting atmosphere in the church throughout the year. Its major responsibility is to decorate for Advent, Christmas, Lent, Holy Week and Easter. Creating new banners and upkeep of existing ones are ways that the ministry strives to enhance the spirit in the church.
CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD
Contact: Linda Dunn
CLOW enables children in kindergarten through second grade to have the Sunday readings interpreted at their level of understanding. Volunteers lead the children to the chapel during the liturgical part of the Mass for leader-directed activities and group discussion. Volunteers are also needed to serve as “shepherds” to help keep order.
Contact: Long Che Chan
Volunteers make a commitment to spend one hour a week before the Blessed Sacrament, spending quiet moments of prayer and reflection with Our Lord. Eucharistic Adoration begins Friday morning after the 9 a.m. Mass and concludes at the 9 a.m. Mass on Saturday.
EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION
Contacts: Dave Vasquez, 704-843-7965; Kellianne Nagy, 704-900-5700
Volunteers distribute Communion at all Masses. Training in St. Matthew’s procedures and scheduling services are provided for all who elect to participate. Teens must be confirmed and be at least a junior in high school.
Contact: Janet Garbison, 704-661-7849
Smiling, happy and hospitable parishioners are needed at every Mass at all the doors to greet parishioners as they come to worship. No special skills are needed and there are no age limits. All are welcome to participate.
Contact: Janet Garbison, 704-661-7849
Mass coordinators will assist all ministers involved in each liturgy to enable a grace-filled worship experience for all in the assembly.
MILITARY FAMILIES AND FRIENDS PRAYER LIST
Contact: Regina Spika, 704-841-7855
Volunteer to pray for a member of the military. Please call if you have someone you would like to have added to the list.
MINISTERS OF THE WORD
Contacts: Barb VanHellemont, 704-846-1551 and Kip Byrne, 704-365-1604
Lectors have the privilege of reading Holy Scripture during the Mass. Training is provided. Volunteers serve on a schedule, reading once every four to eight weeks depending on the Mass served.
MINISTRY TO THE DEAF
Contacts: JoAnn Van Camp, 980-307-9835
Volunteers trained in signing interpret the Mass each Sunday at 9 a.m., at holiday Masses and upon request at special liturgies. Workshops for the deaf and hard of hearing are also offered.
Contact: Kathy Bartlett, Director of Liturgical Ministries, 704-400-2213
Volunteer cantors, instrumentalists and choir members are needed for all Masses. Choirs include the Children’s Choir (grades four through eight) who sing at the 9 a.m. Mass on the second Sunday of each month from October through May. Rehearsals are on the first and third Thursdays of each month from 6 to 6:50 p.m. in the Choir Room from September to May. Family Choir (two or more members of the same family; under age nine must be accompanied by an adult) and Main Choir (open to anyone from ninth grade to adult) can sing at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m., 10:45 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. Rehearsals are on Thursdays from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Choir Room from September through May. Cantors are by audition only and must be active members of the choir. Watch the bulletin for audition dates/times, generally in September or October. Musicians can participate in the Combo Band for high school and college students. This group plays for special liturgies and rehearsals are scheduled as needs arise.
OUR LADY’S ROSARY MAKERS GUILD
Contact: Judy Enderle,704-708-9385
This group gathers every six weeks for prayer and a business meeting. Rosaries are made by members on their own time set aside to be with “Our Blessed Mother.” All training and materials are provided. Our rosaries are sent to the Catholic Missions and the U.S. military worldwide.
Contact: Joan Kelley, 704-846-8209
Parishioners may make special requests for prayer which are passed on to a list of volunteers who pray for those intentions. To request prayers, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact: Tom Stevens, 704-841-7579
Sacristans are responsible for the preparation of the Mass, insuring that the altar, sacred vessels and gifts of bread and wine are ready before Mass. Work is done quietly behind the scenes and enables the Eucharistic celebrations to run smoothly.
SEAMS OF FAITH
Contact: Dianne Huckbody, 704-843-0756
Members of this ministry undertake sewing and needlework projects for the parish and community. Knit and crochet groups meet weekly, both daytime and evening.
Contact: Dan Hines, 704-544-6665
These ministers of hospitality are responsible for greeting parishioners at Mass, assisting with collections and Communion traffic flow, distributing bulletins after Mass and handling emergencies.
VOCATIONS AWARENESS APOSTOLATE
Contact: Ralph Sullivan, 704-849-9748
This ministry disseminates vocations content in sufficient frequency to allow those called to hear God’s voice.
Contact: Maureen Moore, 704-220-7806
Volunteers share their time and talent at the Welcome Desk in the Narthex before and after all Masses to welcome newcomers and visitors, share information and answer questions.