Our Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations may look a little different this year, but we still have many opportunities to help others and make their holidays a bit more merry and bright. Please check out the opportunities to assist others through donation of food, gift cards, by ordering your Christmas tree or wreath through our Boy Scouts, and more. This page will continue to be updated as more opportunities to give are presented to us, so please check back periodically and help where you can. And as always, please pray for everyone to feel the peace and joy that only Christ can give. God bless you

Create a Christmas Bin/Basket

New this year, we have an opportunity for you to prepare a Christmas bin or basket to be shared with families in our community. This could be a beautiful family project over the Thanksgiving weekend. Fill an 18 gallon bin (or comparable item) with food items from this list, and don’t forget to add in special non-perishable items that are your family’s favorites. Feel free to decorate your bin or include a card or personal message from your family to the family that will receive your gift. What a great opportunity to get creative and enjoy family time while we share our gratitude for the many blessings in our lives. Filled bins are to be dropped off in the front of the parish center on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 8 am to 2 pm, where the Boy Scouts will assist in unloading. And speaking of our Boy Scouts…

Boy Scout Christmas Trees

St. Matthew Boy Scouts are selling Fraser fir Christmas trees, wreaths, and poinsettias. Your support provides the resources for 80+ young men to gain memorable outdoor experiences and become instilled with values, principles, and skills that will help them develop into future leaders. Click here to visit our secure website and place your order. Order pickup is Dec. 5 at the Ballantyne campus.

Angel Tree

 Last year, with your generous support, the Angel Tree Ministry, working together with local charities, was able to provide 2,400 gifts to families in need! The year 2020 has been one of pandemic and uncertainty, increasing the urgency for assistance this Christmas season. Donations and collection are different to comply with current safety guidelines. Although we are not collecting personalized gifts, you may donate gift cards and checks from Nov. 13 to Dec. 13. Please place gift cards and checks in an envelope marked Angel Tree, and place them in the offertory containers, which are available at all Masses and at Communion services at the Ballantyne and Waxhaw campuses. In addition, you may drop off donations to the church office Monday through Friday from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm or mail them to the office. Gift card requests include Visa, Mastercard, Amazon, retail stores, grocery stores, local malls, shoe stores, gas stations, drug stores, and local restaurants. Thank you in advance for your generosity! To learn more about the wonderful organizations that the Angel Tree Ministry serves, click here. For more information please email Tiffany Staples at stmattsangeltree@gmail.com.

Family Connections

A part of our Faith Formation program, this ministry seeks to connect families in the parish with opportunities to serve, even in the midst of a pandemic. Many of our activities include an opportunity to come together for a fun group activity utilizing safe social distancing guidelines, as well as an opportunity to serve those in most need. Click here to learn more.

Socially Conscious Gift Guide

This holiday season put your Catholic faith into action by purchasing gifts with a purpose. You can give a unique, handmade gift that supports families and strengthens communities worldwide. Supporting fair trade organizations ensures that artisans and farmers living in poverty are treated with respect and dignity and are paid fairly for their work. Click here for the guide.

Ongoing Opportunities to Give

Offertory

Diocesan Support Appeal (Please be sure to indicate St. Matthew as your parish).

Priests’ Retirement and Benefits