Adult Faith Formation is for any adult seeking to grow in the Catholic faith through prayer and study and a lively participation in the Sacraments.

If you are interested in becoming Catholic or completing the Sacraments of Initiation as an adult you can find out about the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults by clicking HERE or by email Rachel Willoughby at rachelw@stmatthewcatholic.org.

“The Word of God is given to us as the Word of life, which transforms, renews, and does not judge in order to condemn, but heals and has forgiveness as its aim. A Word that is light for our steps!”
Pope Francis, Twitter.com; June 22, 2020


To register for a class online with a credit card, simply click on the blue title of the class and you will be redirected to Faith Direct. You may check out as a guest without creating a Faith Direct account, should you so desire. If troubles come up with Faith Direct, please call contact them directly so that they can assist you in completing your registration. Alternately, you can complete a paper registration in the Saint Matthew church office and pay by cash or check. We are only able to take credit or debit payments online.


The Word of God in Human Words: The Mystery of Inspiration and its Consequences 

 

Monsignor Christopher Schreck

Tuesday, June 28,
2 options: 10 am or 7 pm
NLC Banquet Room
no fee

We are pleased to announce that Monsignor Schreck is returning to St. Matthew. Many of you may remember when he was with us in January of 2020 and spoke on the Word of God. On Tuesday, June 28, at 10 am and 7 pm in New Life Center Banquet Room, Monsignor Schreck is back to share with us about the inspiration of Holy Scripture. Monsignor Schreck is a priest of the Diocese of Savannah and is currently serving as pastor of St. William Parish on St. Simons Island, Georgia. For more information on Monsignor Schreck, visit stwill.net/team/monsignor-christopher-j-schreck.

The Hobbit: Discovering Grace and Providence in Bilbo’s Adventures by Joseph Pearce

Perhaps you have read The Hobbit or seen the movie, but did you know that there is a hidden message in the story? This summer, discover the underlying meaning behind J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic novel. On the surface, it may appear to be a piece of children’s literature; however, the novel has a surprisingly deep religious message. Join us for an amazing journey into the meaning of The Hobbit.

When asked what they think about adventures, Hobbits reply, We are plain quiet folk, and have no use for adventures. Nasty, disturbing, and uncomfortable things.

Do not respond like a Hobbit but instead join us on a delightful quest. Register today for The Hobbit: Discovering Grace and Providence in Bilbo’s Adventures by Joseph Pearce. The eight week course, facilitated by Christine and Brett Corbly, is on Tuesdays, June 7 to July 26, from 7 to 9 pm. The cost is $15.

Lectio Divina

Thursdays from 10 to 11 am
Beginning June 23, 2022
no fee

Lectio Divina is a method of reading, meditating on, and praying with the Sacred Scriptures. We will come together as a group to read and meditate on the readings for the upcoming Sunday and prepare together to receive the many gifts that God desires to give us each week through his Word.

It’s recommended that you bring a Bible and a journal with you so you can really dive in to the Word of God, but if you don’t yet have a Bible or a journal you are welcome to come, and we will have the readings and some paper available for you.

Men’s Bible Study

Tuesdays, beginning July 26, 2022
7 to 8:30 pm
no fee

Develop fellowship as you delve into God’s Word and how to apply it to your daily life. Encourage and support each other as you reflect on the Scriptures. Join us starting Tuesday, July 26, from 7 to 8:30 pm in the New Life Center.

It’s recommended that you bring a Bible and a pen and notebook with you so you can really dive in to the Word of God.

Catholic Scripture Study Presents:
Queen of Heaven

8 weeks – Ballantyne Campus
Terry DeMao
$25

Morning Option:
Aug. 10 to Sept. 28
Wednesdays, 10 am to noon

Evening Option:
Aug. 10 to Sept. 28
Wednesdays, 7 to 9 pm

Mary is history’s most famous woman. Those who come to her at their hour of need are welcomed with a mother’s love, compassion and care. She is gentleness itself to all who turn to her, save one: To Lucifer, the devil, she is an implacable foe.

Queen of Heaven is the story the battle between the angel who said “no” to God, and the woman who said “yes.” It is a battle that has flared through history to the current day.

Queen of Heaven is an encounter with Mary as you have never had before. Accompany Mary from her Immaculate Conception through her Assumption and beyond. Join her as she defends Christendom at Lepanto, frees a captive people at Guadalupe and heals a broken nation at Lourdes. Listen to her at Fatima as she predicts the rise of Communism—and watch as she defeats it through her beloved Pope.

Above all, discover why, though the battle continues, victory is assured to all who turn to the Queen of Heaven.

News

Young Adult Ministry

Young Adult Life Ministry provides young adults (20s–30s) single or married opportunities to grow in their faith and be active in the St. Matthew community through spiritual, service, and social activities. We welcome all young adults, members or non-members of St. Matthew, to join us for our events.

Email Rachel at rachelw@stmatthewcatholic.org to get connected!

St. Matthew Mom's Group

Mission:

St. Matthew Mom’s Group supports the vocation of motherhood by strengthening faith through various readings including Scripture, the Catechism and various books applicable to Christian family life. Many moms find the open discussion format to be encouraging and inspiring in developing loving parenting tools and creating a solid Catholic domestic church.

To see what St. Matthew Mom’s are up to contact Becky Lennard, at becky.lennard@gmail.com.

Christ Renews His Parish

Divine Mercy

Living Your Strengths

Living Your Strengths is a ministry designed to help adults maximize their God-given talents in all aspects of life – personal, professional, and spiritual.

So often we are told that to be successful and achieve our goals we need to stop doing this, or start doing that, or work on improving our weaknesses.  What if we shifted our focus and started concentrating on doing more of what we are good at doing, and using our limited time and energy to develop our talents and strengths? Who did God plan for YOU to be? See below for the lineup of Strengths offerings available at St. Matthew! No prerequisites, except to take the assessment and discover your Top Five.  The ministry uses Gallup’s Clifton StrengthsFinder®, an online assessment tool, as the starting point.

STRENGTHS EXPLORATION

Sign up during our annual regularly scheduled offerings or form your own small group and contact us!

Strengths Exploration is a six-week, 90 minutes per week, small-group program designed to help you discover your God-given talents and begin to shift your focus away from fixing your weaknesses. Participants learn to start spending time and energy on doing more of what they are good at doing.  With the guidance of trained facilitators, groups begin by exploring each individual’s CliftonStrengths top talent themes—their regular patterns of behavior—and determine how to apply these talents in their personal, professional and spiritual lives to fulfill God’s purpose for each. Positive and uplifting. Sessions typically commence during January and September.  Watch the bulletin for more information, or email: lys@stmatthewministries.org.

Find upcoming classes HERE.

STRENGTHS COACHING

Strengths Coaches are available for free one-on-one sessions to help you to set goals and apply your God-given talents and strengths.  People typically meet once or twice with a coach, to receive guidance on further understanding of the results of the CliftonStrengths assessment, and embrace and unleash their potential in life. Coaching is one of the elements of the Exploration sessions, but we also encourage anyone who has taken the assessment to meet with a coach. Taking the CliftonStrengths assessment (see above) is required to participate. Find the list of  Strengths Coaches Bios and contact one of your choice.

To find out about dates of the next offerings, to volunteer or to ask a question, contact:

Valerie Menzel, 862-668-1707 or Leanne Burnett, 704-241-4081, or email lys@stmatthewministries.org.

Peace and Social Justice Ministry

Centering Prayer

The Centering Prayer group is not currently meeting.

For more information, contact: Janie Normile: 914-489-9525 or normilejgm@gmail.com.

In a busy world, a time for silence is a rare experience. However, authentic spirituality always embraces silent time with God. Centering Prayer is a practice that invites us to be present to God as God is present to us. It is a process that transforms us and brings inner peace into our lives. These sessions will present a brief background into the Centering Prayer practice, an explanation of the prayer process and an experience of prayer.

Childcare will not be offered until further notice, and children are not permitted inside the classrooms with their parents.  There will be no food served during any classes and we ask you refrain from bringing food. Please feel free to bring your own coffee cup, water or beverage of your liking.