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Summerfest

Come celebrate summer with us and enjoy a delightful evening of faith, fellowship, and food trucks!

Join us for a summer social on Sunday, July 21, at 6:30 pm, immediately following the 5:30 pm Mass at the main campus.

Enjoy delicious food from local food trucks, bounce houses, fun activities, and uplifting music from our praise and worship band. Bring your favorite yard games to share and play!

Food Truck Line-up

*pre-order link coming soon

Let’s relax, connect, and celebrate our wonderful parish community.

We can’t wait to see you there!

Want to Help? Individual and family volunteer opportunities are available! Contact Jim Alvarez at jalvarez@stmatthewcatholic.org.

 

Part-Time Help Needed to Reopen the Nursery

Every weekend, parents with young children faithfully attend Mass, managing their little ones while participating in the sacred Mysteries of our Faith. To support our families, we aim to reopen the nursery this fall, but we need dedicated individuals to help run it on Sunday mornings. We are seeking enthusiastic and caring individuals to join our nursery team. This paid, part-time position is ideal for those who love working with children and want to make a positive impact in our parish community. Join us in providing a warm and welcoming space for our youngest parishioners! If you are interested in this rewarding opportunity, please contact Maria King at mking@stmatthewcatholic.org or call 704-543-7677 x 1003.

 

 

22nd Annual Monsignor McSweeney World Hunger Drive

We are excited to kick off the Monsignor McSweeney World Hunger Drive (MMWHD)! Together, we continue to build a “Bridge of Hope” by providing food, sustainability projects, and education to our brothers and sisters locally and around the world.

Many in Haiti are struggling due to food shortages, poor living conditions, and lawlessness. Our MMWHD effort is working to build a “Bridge of Hope” by creating hope, love, and joy through the support of the Missionaries of the Poor (MOP) in Cap Haitian, and Hands for Haiti, which operates St. Marc School in Tremesse. 

This year’s goal is to raise $340,000, which will help provide a minimum of 300,000 pounds of food and critical supplies. Donations will also fund sustainability projects and subsidize the education of children at St. Marc. A donation of $120 to MMWHD will help feed a child for a year and save them from starvation.

Let’s keep the momentum going! Over the years our parishioners and friends in the community have helped to provide over 4,150,800 pounds of food and medical supplies. The meal-packing effort alone has provided about 3,300,000 packaged meals, shared primarily in Haiti and in our local community. Additionally, participants have provided hundreds of thousands of dollars for sustainability projects and education. In twenty-two years, volunteers dedicated 48,000 service hours to our brothers and sisters who need our care and love.

Please visit the web pages listed below to find out more, register to participate, or donate to this amazing cause!

Guest or Host? The Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist

The Feast of Corpus Christi 2024 was a magnificent way for our parish family to come together for Holy Mass. Bishop Martin’s inspiring homily reminded us that worship isn’t a solo act — it’s about coming together. He stated, “I don’t come here to worship in a silo, just me in my own little prayer space — No. We will follow the Lord together as a faith community: first and foremost as a family and then as a parish community. We will follow the Lord.” He reminded us that the journey of Real Presence can’t be done alone; it has to be done with one another. 
 
Are you a guest or are you a host? Bishop Martin shared a powerful message about the two ways we can come to church: as guests or as hosts. Guests look for comfort and evaluate their experience, while hosts recognize the gift they’ve received and strive to share it with others. Being a host requires preparation and effort, especially in a culture that demands immediate understanding.
 
We invite you to embrace the role of host within our parish community. We are excited to continue this journey with you and work together to achieve our Bishop’s call to action of enriching our faith and community, encountering Jesus in the Eucharist, and bringing the Real Presence into the world. Stay tuned for more information coming next month about how you can get involved, share your gifts, and help others experience the fullness of our faith. Together, let’s make our church a place where we all do more than sit in the pew. Let’s make it a place where we all become hosts.

Summer Class: 33 Days to Morning Glory: Preparation for Marian Consecration

An Extraordinary 33-day journey to Marian Consecration with four giants of Marian Spirituality: St. Louis de Montfort, St. Maximilian Kolbe, Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and Blessed Pope John Paul II. Fr. Gaitley masterfully summarizes their teaching, making it easy to grasp and simple enough to put into practice. More specifically, he weaves their thoughts into a user-friendly, do-it-yourself retreat that will bless even the busiest of people. So, if you’ve been thinking about entrusting yourself to Mary for the first time or if you’re simply looking to deepen and renew your devotion to her, 33 Days to Morning Glory is the right book to read and the perfect retreat to make.

Thursdays
July 11th – Aug. 15th
10:00am – 11:00am
New Life Center 239/240/241

Program Materials: $17

Registrations can be submitted as follows:

  • Online with a credit card: following the link above you will be redirected to Faith Direct. You may check out as a guest without creating a Faith Direct account. If troubles come up with Faith Direct, please contact them directly so that they can assist you in completing your registration.
  • In-person: complete a paper registration in the St. Matthew church office and pay by cash or check (we are only able to take credit or debit payments with online registrations at this time).

For a complete list of all the classes we are offering, please visit our Adult Faith Formation page.

Summer Class: The Mystery of God: Who God is and Why He Matters…

Bishop Robert Barron reaches into the rich intellectual tradition of Catholicism, using the insights of St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, and Pope Benedict XVI, to uncover a clear, yet sophisticated, understanding of what we mean by “God.” Who is God? And why does He matter? Watch this series and you will not only learn the answers yourself, but you will discover how to share them with others, especially those who no longer believe.

You can watch this video and then delve more deeply into Bishop Barron’s message, either individually or in a group, by using the companion study guide which is divided into sections that correspond to each part of Bishop Barron’s presentation. The study guide was written by Catholic author Trent Horn, an apologist at Catholic Answers, and compiled under the direction and approval of Bishop Barron. Trent is also the author of Answering Atheism: How to Make the Case for God with Logic and Charity.

Tuesdays
June 4 to 18, July 9 to 23
7 to 8:30 pm
New Life Center 239/240/241

Program Materials: $25.00

Registrations can be submitted as follows:

  • Online with a credit card: following the link above you will be redirected to Faith Direct. You may check out as a guest without creating a Faith Direct account. If troubles come up with Faith Direct, please contact them directly so that they can assist you in completing your registration.
  • In-person: complete a paper registration in the St. Matthew church office and pay by cash or check (we are only able to take credit or debit payments with online registrations at this time).

For a complete list of all the classes we are offering, please visit our Adult Faith Formation page.

RCIA Inquiry Sessions

Interested in joining RCIA or know someone that is considering becoming Catholic…

Consider attending one of our RCIA inquiry nights! The same information is shared at each night, so come to the one that is most convenient for you. All inquiry nights are held in the New Life Center Banquet Room.

  • Wednesday, June 19 at 7 pm
  • Wednesday, July 24 at 7 pm
  • Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 7 pm

We will share the schedule, tell you about the program, and answer any questions that you may have.

Questions contact, Rachel at rachelw@stmatthewcatholic.org.

Celebrate the Gift of Life Campaign

The Baby Bottle Campaign is now the Celebrate the Gift of Life Campaign

The Knights of Columbus invite everyone to join them in support of the many important Pro-Life organizations in our community, one of which is our parish Walking with Moms in Need ministry. In 2023, we received generous contributions of $22,130, which enabled us to send checks to 11 local pro-life programs in our community. 

Your donation directly helps these pro-life organizations:

  • St. Matthew’s Walking with Moms in Need Ministry
  • Birthright of CLT Pregnancy Center
  • Sidewalk Advocates for Life
  • Catholic Charities – Adoption Services
  • Diocese of Charlotte – Office of Family Life
  • Be Not Afraid
  • Respect for Life Ministry
  • MiraVia
  • HELP Pregnancy Center
  • Project Exodus
  • SPRED

Thank you for your support! For more information visit, www.kofc10852.org

10,000 Rosaries for Life

The Respect Life Ministry invites you to participate in Rosaries for Life, a prayerful way to promote the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death.

During the month of May, we are committed to praying 10,000 rosaries to strengthen the culture of life in our nation. Rosaries can be recited at home, in the car, at church, at work, or at play.

Please be sure to email your total rosary count to rosary.count@gmail.com.

Eucharistic Congress 2024

We invite you to join us as we gather to encounter Jesus in the Eucharist and feel His presence among us. Let us come together in faith, hope, and love as we embark on this journey of spiritual renewal and communion.

20th Eucharistic Congress
Charlotte Convention Center
August 30-31, 2024

About the Congress:

The Diocese of Charlotte Eucharistic Congress is a gathering like no other – part worship experience, part diocesan “family reunion,” this annual is an opportunity to come together as one faith community to deepen our relationship with Christ through the celebration of the Eucharist. It is a time of spiritual renewal, fellowship, and reflection as we unite in prayer and adoration before the Blessed Sacrament.

Why Attend?

  • Encounter Jesus: Experience the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist through Mass, Adoration, and prayer.
  • Community: Join fellow parishioners, members of our diocese, and vendors in a celebration of faith and unity.
  • Spiritual Growth: Deepen your understanding of the Eucharist and its significance in our Catholic faith.

Schedule of Events