Letter from the Diocese- Please Read

Dear Parishioners,

I wish to convey by means of this post the letter received this evening from the Diocese announcing the end of the Mass dispensation, of COVID precautions and the resumption  of Mass schedules effective May 22-23, 2021.

Please pray for me and for St. Matthew parish.

In the Lord,
Father John Allen

To read the letter from the Diocese, click the link below. General Executory Decree – Return to Normal Operations

New Mass Times Beginning June 5

In response to improving conditions regarding the Covid-19 pandemic, and in an effort to continue to provide a safe environment for worship for a greater number of parishioners, we are adding two additional weekend Mass times, beginning in June.

We are thrilled to announce that we will celebrate Mass in Waxhaw at 4 pm on Saturdays, starting June 5. As a result, we will discontinue the 4 pm Communion prayer service. In addition, we will add a 7:30 am Sunday Mass at the Ballantyne Campus, starting June 6. The Daily Mass schedule will also change effective June 14. Please see the entire Mass, Communion service and confession schedule below. All changes are indicated in blue.

We are so grateful to see more and more faces on both of our campuses, as people are getting vaccinated and finding a level of comfort to return to Mass. When you are absent, you are truly missed. The church is Christ’s body on earth, so when one member is absent, we are disjointed. We are intricately knitted together and need to gather as community. The Holy Spirit yearns for us to be together again.
You may not be able to return right away. You might need to exercise caution for yourself or those you love. You might need to keep watching our live stream for a while. But when the time is right, your St. Matthew family awaits your return.

Current Mass Times, Communion Service Schedule, Reconciliation Schedule, Office Hours and More

Weekend Mass Schedule

Ballantyne Campus
Saturday Vigil: 5:30 PM
Sunday Masses: 9 am, 10:45 am and 12:30 PM

(Please be aware that the 9 am Mass has been near capacity in recent weeks. Once capacity is reached at any Mass, parishioners will be kindly asked to return for a different Mass in order to maintain safety practices as recommended by the parish COVID-19 Task Force. Thank you for your understanding.)

For Covid-19 Mass procedures, please click here.

Weekday Mass Schedule

Ballantyne Camps
Monday through Friday: 8:15 am
Church doors open at 8 am. All other doors will remain locked. We will follow weekend Mass procedures for daily Masses. See the link above for the guidelines.

Communion Services

Ballantyne Campus (Outdoor)
Sunday: 10 to 10:30 am and 11:45 am to 12:15 pm

Wednesday 9 to 10 am

Waxhaw Campus (Indoor)
Saturday: 4 pm

Click here for more information and to register for a time to receive Holy Communion.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Ballantyne Campus
Sunday: 10 to 10:30 am and 11:45 am to 12:15 pm
Wednesday: 9 to 10 am
Upon request

Adoration

Ballantyne Campus
Friday: 9 to 10 am

Church (Private Prayer)

Ballantyne Campus
Monday through Friday: 9 am to 4:30 pm

Please note that the church is off limits while funeral Masses are being celebrated,  to respect the privacy of families.

Office Hours

Monday through Friday: 9 am to 4:30 pm

Gift Shop

Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 9 am to noon

For sacramental emergencies, please call 704-543-7677.

Options for Paying for Long-Term Care Webinar Series

Catholic Charities Elder Ministry will be hosting a FREE “Options for Paying for Long-Term Care” Webinar Series that will begin on Tuesday, May 18th.

This series of webinars will offer participants the opportunity to explore payment options for long-term care other than private pay and how to help secure one’s future.

A 4-part Webinar Series:  “Options for Paying for Long-Term Care”

VA Benefits – Session One

Tuesday, May 18th                                                                           

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

This one-hour webinar will address VA benefits, coverage, eligibility and how to apply for services.  Learn about benefits available to wartime veterans and their spouse and how these benefits can help pay for care that you might not be able to afford otherwise.

Hosted by Catholic Charities Diocese of Charlotte Elder Ministry

Presented by Heath Smith, Veterans Services Supervisor, Buncombe County Veterans Services.

Please register in advance by clicking here by Clicking Here

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

For additional information or assistance with registering, please contact Sandra Breakfield, Program Director Elder Ministry at 704-370-3220 or sabreakfield@charlottediocese.org

 

Medicare vs Long-Term Care Medicaid – Session Two

Thursday, May 20th 

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

This webinar will compare the difference between what Medicare covers and what Long-Term Care Medicaid covers.  We will explore Medicaid eligibility requirements, coverage provided, countable and non-countable assets, penalties and lookback periods for Long-Term Care Medicaid as well as information about State & County Assistance Programs.

Hosted by Catholic Charities Diocese of Charlotte Elder Ministry

Co-Presented by:  Zahra Coleman, Quality & Training Specialist for Long-Term Care Medicaid, Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services and John Wingerter, Director of Development and Strategic Partnerships with the Council on Aging of Buncombe County, Inc.

Please register in advance by Clicking Here

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

For additional information or assistance with registering, please contact Sandra Breakfield, Program Director Elder Ministry at 704-370-3220 or sabreakfield@charlottediocese.org

 

Long-Term Care Insurance – Session Three

Wednesday, May 26th  

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

This one-hour webinar will examine what long-term care insurance is, what types of policies are available, what are the benefits provided, what services are covered, and tips to consider when purchasing a policy.

Hosted by Catholic Charities Diocese of Charlotte Elder Ministry

Presented by Louis Suarez, Premier Benefits Insurance

Please register in advance by Clicking Here

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

For additional information or assistance with registering, please contact Sandra Breakfield, Program Director Elder Ministry at 704-370-3220 or sabreakfield@charlottediocese.org

 

Understanding the Process for Medicaid Planning – Session Four

Thursday, May 27th  

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

This one-hour webinar will address Long-Term Care Planning, Medicaid Myths, Eligibility for NC Long-Term Care Medicaid, Asset Protection, and when to start planning for Medicaid.

Hosted by Catholic Charities Diocese of Charlotte Elder Ministry

Presented by Kelli Y. Allen, Attorney at Law

Please register in advance by Clicking Here

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

For additional information or assistance with registering, please contact Sandra Breakfield, Program Director Elder Ministry at 704-370-3220 or sabreakfield@charlottediocese.org

Mass for United States Military Personnel

Very Reverend Monsignor Patrick J. Winslow, V.G., will celebrate a Mass for United States military personnel on Monday, May 31, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. at the Cathedral of Saint Patrick in Charlotte. The Mass and rosary (to be recited at 9:30 a.m.) will be offered for all military personnel who have died or retired and for those who are now serving. An all-American hotdog lunch will be served after Mass. All military personnel are invited and encouraged to come in uniform.

Photos of those who have died, who are now serving in the military and retired military personnel will be displayed in the Cathedral. To include your service member, preferably in uniform, please mail a photocopy of them with their name and military rank on the back to Michelle Maher, Office of the Bishop, 1123 South Church Street, Charlotte, NC 28203 to be received no later than May 26, 2021. (Please do not send original photographs as they cannot be returned.)

Duc In Altum Camp

  1. Attention all Catholic young women ages 15-19!  Do you know where your life is going?  Do you have a desire to grow deeper after the role model of our Lady?  You are invited to attend the fifth annual Duc In Altum camp to spend time with other young women your age looking at the Lord’s call in your life, while having fun and receiving the tools for a strong prayer life.  DIA is led by priests and Religious of the diocese and is supported by the diocesan Office of Vocations.  Duc In Altum camp will be held from June 21-25, 2021 at Belmont Abbey Collegein Belmont.  The cost of the camp is $150.00. Registration deadline is Wednesday, June 16, 2021.

If you are interested, please visit our website: www.charlottevocations.org, or contact

Sister Mary Raphael at (704) 370-3402 or mraphael@charlottediocese.org or

Lainie Lord at (704) 370-3401 or ldlord@charlottediocese.org

Quo Vadis Days Camp

Attention all Catholic young men ages 15-19!  Do you know where your life is going? The Lord Jesus has a great plan for you!  You are invited to attend the eighth annual Quo Vadis Days camp to spend time with other young men your age looking at the Lord’s call in your life while having fun.  QVD is led by priests and seminarians of the diocese and is supported by the diocesan Office of Vocations.  Quo Vadis Days will be held from June 14-18, 2021 at Belmont Abbey College in Belmont.  The cost of the camp is $150.00.  Registration deadline is Wednesday, June 9, 2021.

If you are interested, please visit our website:

www.charlottediocese.org/vocations/quo-vadis-days or contact Father Brian Becker, Diocesan Promoter of Vocations at bjbecker@charlottediocese.org

St. Matthew COVID-19 Procedures Update Effective Saturday, March 6, 2021

As COVID-19 metrics continue to improve, the St. Matthew COVID-19 Task Force has approved the following expansion for seating and reception of Holy Communion during the celebration of Holy Mass:
  • Seating is permitted in every pew with social distancing of six feet between families.
  • Seating from pew to pew should follow a “checkerboard” pattern.
  • Masks covering the nose and mouth will continue to be worn for the duration of the entire Mass. Entry into the narthex and church is prohibited without a mask. Disposable masks are provided by St. Matthew for anyone in need.
  • Individuals wishing to receive Holy Communion on the tongue are asked to join one of the Communion lines at the front of the church. Those seated in the rear sections of the church are asked to inform the usher of their intent to receive on the tongue when asked to join the Communion line.
  • The four Holy Communion stations located in the middle of the church are limited to the reception of the Eucharist in the hand only. Priests, deacons and extraordinary ministers will distribute with no hand-to-hand contact. In the event of hand-to-hand contact, purification and sanitation will occur immediately.
Change to Weekday Outdoor Holy Communion Schedule
With the increase in weekday and weekend Mass attendance and a decrease in weekday Holy Communion service attendance, we are amending our current weekday outdoor schedule to Wednesday only, immediately following the 8:15 am Mass until 10 am. Confessions are also available during this hour.
Change to the Reception of Holy Communion During Outdoor Holy Communion Services
Priests, deacons and extraordinary ministers will distribute Holy Communion. If the communicant has received on the tongue, the priest, deacon or extraordinary minister will purify and sanitize immediately after the reception of the Eucharist. If receiving in the hand, purification and sanitation will only occur if there is hand-to-hand contact and upon completion of the service.

Around the Diocese News

There are a lot of great events, multiple job postings and more, all around our Diocese. Click the link below to visit the Around the Diocese page on our website to check it out!

Click here! 

Your Help Is Needed

 

None of us need to be reminded what an unpredictable and unprecedented year 2020 has been. Last February, on the first Sunday of Lent, our parish responded with the great generosity for which St. Matthew has always been known. Our parish made e the largest pledge in our history to this year’s DSA. No one could have predicted the turmoil and heartache this pandemic would subsequently bring, and yet, your generosity continues! This year’s Monsignor McSweeney World Hunger Drive has raised nearly $250,000 to help our family in Haiti and Jamaica. However, the needs of our neighbors in Western NC continue. Catholic Charities offers remarkable help to families in need.  Your support of this year’s DSA is still vital.

Our St. Matthew gifts to date include:

Payments                            ​​​$ 654,832

Remaining pledges           ​​​$ 176,145

Total payments and remaining pledges​​$ 830,977

​2020 DSA goal​​​​​$ 852,481

Shortfall in payments to goal                                  ($197,649)

We recognize that many of you who made pledges in February may be facing much different financial realities today. We understand. For those who are able, we would be most grateful for your support today, either in fulfilling your remaining pledges, or in making an additional gift to help those who may need a leg up during these difficult days. You may give online at the link below, or by dropping a check in the mail (marked DSA) to St. Matthew Catholic Church, PO Box 49349, Charlotte, NC 28277. Thank you for your continued generosity!

 

To donate to the Diocesan Support Appeal, click here.

To donate to the Priests’ Retirement Fund, click here.