Health-related Precautions and Changes at St. Matthew
March 14, 2020
Effective Sunday, March 15, in compliance with an executive order by North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, Bishop Jugis has directed that all public Masses be canceled until further notice.
While we are unable to attend Holy Mass, please make an act of spiritual communion:
My Jesus, I believe that you are truly present in the Most Blessed Sacrament.
I love you above all things, and I long for you in my soul. Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come now spiritually into my soul. As I await the next opportunity to attend Holy Mass and receive You sacramentally in Holy Communion, I wish for your indwelling in my soul.
A delayed stream of the Mass will be available beginning at 10 am each day, Monday through Saturday, and 9 am each Sunday at the following:
Parish Website www.stmatthewcatholic.org/mass
Father John Allen
St. Matthew Catholic Church
Offertory and Online Giving
- Online Giving and Text-to-Give: This is a terrific time to become an online giver! It’s safe, secure, and easy to set up. Find details here.
- CATHOLIC SCHOOL FAMILIES: A reminder that all MACS families – including online givers – should continue to turn in offertory envelopes for parish participation records.
Disinfecting of the Church
Hospital-grade medical disinfectant has been applied to all hard surfaces in the Church,narthex and narthex restrooms and will continue to be applied weekly. We will continue to evaluate all information and will increase the frequency of the application of the disinfectant as needed.
Resources for Enriching Your Faith
CATHOLICtV. During the COVID-19 pandemic, CatholicTV wants to make sure all Catholics have access to the Mass. They just launched a new, simplified website where you can watch daily and Sunday Masses from their studio chapel. English Mass Sunday-Friday, English and Spanish Mass on Sunday. Please share this resource! Watchthemass.com
FORMED: The Catholic Faith. On demand. Get thousands of movies, programs, audio, and books instantly.
Want to create a new St. Matthew FORMED account?
- Visit FORMED.org
- Click Sign Up
- Select I Belong to a Parish or Organization
- Find St. Matthew by church name or zip
- Enter your email – and you are in!
Already have a FORMED Account?
- Visit FORMED.org
- Click Sign In
- Enter your email
- Click the link in your email
- You are in! No more passwords!
FLOCKNOTE. Register for a Flocknote account to stay in touch. Text SMCCC to 84576 or visit stmatthewcharlotte.flocknote.com. Flocknote also now gives you access to Word on Fire ENGAGE, with Bishop Robert Baron! Once you have a Flocknote account, visit World on Fire Online Digital from Flocknote to watch any of the videos whenever you want without ever having to login. Your have this button on your Flocknote dashboard once you register.
Have you tried connecting to Flocknote, only to become frustrated because you are told your record already exists, or perhaps doesn’t exist at all? Let us help! When data was imported from our current database to Flocknote, there was a good bit of conflicting information, including old, unused email addresses and phone numbers. Oh the blessings of a large, engaged parish, with so many registered families. Help us help you. Send us your preferred contact information for parish communications, and we’ll clean up our records. Please include: Name/Email/Cell Phone (One per adult, as two people cannot share the same contact information, or if you prefer one contact for your household, let us know who that should be.) It’s a big job getting a clean database, but once we do, Flocknote will provide a great tool to the parish, for everything from our monthly e-news to small group and ministry communications. You will be able to choose which ministries and groups you belong to, and what information you want to receive. Please send your contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll take it from there. Thank you for helping us do our best to keep our parish family informed and connected.
MAGNIFICAT. During this difficult time, many of the faithful may be unable to attend Mass. To help them sanctify their day and to keep walking in the liturgical rhythm of the Church, we are honored to make our online version of MAGNIFICAT temporarily available to everyone for free.
Beware of Virus-Related Internet Scams
Shared by the Diocese of Charlotte:
Criminals are using public concern over the COVID-19 virus as a weapon to entice you into clicking on a link or going to a website so they can wreak havoc, steal information, plant malware, etc. Be on the lookout for emails, text messages, phone calls, etc. regarding the Corona virus outbreak.
Suspicious communications might contain information regarding a vaccine, a cure, a chance to invest in a cure or vaccine, expert advice for protection or prevention, interesting facts or videos about the disease, links to products like hand sanitizers, soaps, masks, gloves, etc. Do not be fooled.
A good practice is to view all forms of communication from people you do not know with caution. This includes websites, web links in emails, email attachments, text messages with links, phone calls, etc. Another good practice is to avoid clicking links to information, videos, etc. presented to you on social media sites.
If you feel a need to find information about the COVID-19 outbreak, go directly to the source. Only use official websites from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Mecklenburg County Public Health Department, NC Division of Health & Human Services, etc. Be careful that you do not click on ads when searching for websites.