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Upcoming/Seasonal Opportunities

Community/Spiritual Opportunities

FAMILY ADORATION (Ballantyne): Summer schedule – Fridays from 6 to 7 pm on June 28, July 26 and August 23. No sign up necessary. See below for regular Adoration schedule for Ballantyne and Waxhaw campuses.

Service/Donation Opportunities

S.O.S. – Summer Opportunities for Service: Helping hands are needed to ‘pack up’ our 2023-2024 program year and prepare for our summer programs. Four dates have been published for June and July. When signing up, please select only one opportunity for your teen to ensure as many young people as possible have the chance to serve. More dates will be posted later this summer. SIGN UP HERE!

POPSICLES ON THE PLAYGROUND (Ballantyne): Last Sunday of the month, April through July. Help pass out popsicles and engage the little ones in play after the 9 and 10:45 am Masses. SIGN UP HERE!

MISSIONARIES OF THE POOR (May 18, 1403 Griffith Road, Monroe, NC): Join in the work of the Missionaries of the Poor by helping serve lunch and assist with the children’s Bible study each month. SIGN UP HERE.

Ongoing Opportunities

Community/Spiritual

FAMILY GIFT BEARER & TEEN GREETER (Ballantyne & Waxhaw Campus): Help make our weekend Masses light up with your smiling faces as gift bearers or greeters for all Masses! A schedule for the upcoming year will be posted here on May 31. Sign up for dates through June 30, 2024 HERE.

YOUTH GROUP: We are on break for the summer! Information for the 2024-2025 program year will be coming soon. For middle school, check out Edge. For high school, check out Life Teen.

DAILY MASS (Ballantyne Church): St. Padre Pio once said, “It would be easier for the world to survive without the sun than to do so without the Holy Mass.” Join us for daily Masses! You can find the daily Mass schedule HERENote: Attendance at Masses on Sundays or Holy Days of Obligation do not count for BTC activities/events.

ADORATION (Ballantyne Daily Mass Chapel): “When we face the sun we get a tan… but when we stand before Jesus in the Eucharist we become saints” (Bl. Carlo Acutis). Come anytime on Fridays, between 9:30 am to 9 pm.

ADORATION (Waxhaw Campus): When we face the sun we get a tan… but when we stand before Jesus in the Eucharist we become saints” (Bl. Carlo Acutis). Come on the second Tuesday of the month, 6 to 7 pm.

LEGION OF MARY- PILGRIM STATUE: Deepen your family’s devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary by welcoming her into your home. Legion members will offer a prayer service for your family when you receive the statue of Mary on your chosen Sunday, and you will keep her in your home for one week. Sign up HERE.

DIVINE MERCY HOLY HOUR (Ballantyne Church): Join the holy hour sponsored by the Cenacles of Divine Mercy held generally on the first Thursday of each month at 7:30 pm in the church. The celebration includes veneration of St. Faustina’s first-class relic. Note: There will not be a holy hour for the months of October 2023 & April 2024.

ST. PEREGRINE HEALING PRAYER SERVICE (Ballantyne Church): Come and intercede on behalf of those afflicted by cancer, leg-ailments, any life-threatening illness, or at-risk youth. Our solemn prayer service, offered on the fourth Thursday of each month at 7:30 pm in the main church, includes a blessing with the relic of St. Peregrine. In November, St. Peregrine Service will be held on the third Thursday.

Donations/Service

ASSIST WITH DONUT SUNDAY (Waxhaw): First Sunday of the Month. Help set up, serve and clean up for Donut Sunday after the morning Masses in Waxhaw! A sign-up for the 2024-2025 program year will be coming in July!

MISSIONARIES OF THE POOR (1403 Griffith Road, Monroe, NC): Join in the work of the Missionaries of the Poor by helping serve lunch and assist with the children’s Bible study each month. SIGN UP HERE.

MISSIONARIES OF THE POOR – GARDEN MINISTRY (1403 Griffith Road, Monroe, NC): Aid in the continued beautification and feeding of the community by helping cultivate their garden on Saturday mornings! Note: Youth must sign up with a parent to participate. For more information or to sign up, contact Maria.

DONATED GOODS MINISTRY (Ballantyne Campus, second Saturday of the month): The Donated Goods Ministry is in need of energetic adult or teen volunteers capable of packing, organizing, and heavy lifting. Sign up for October through December HERE. For questions or more information please call Catherine Sforza at 704-576-7776.

ASSIST M.E. (Off Campus): Assist M.E. NC acquires and provides gently used mobility related rehabilitative equipment to individuals in need. We’re looking for volunteers (8th grade & older) to assist with cleaning the donations. Find details and sign up HERE.

ROOF ABOVE – BREAKFAST BAGS (Ballantyne Campus): Roof Above is one of Charlotte’s largest organizations serving the homeless in our community, and they need our help in serving our brothers and sisters most in need! Prepare and donate Breakfast Bags to be distributed by Roof Above. Donations will be dropped off from 9-11:30 by the Donated Goods basement on second Saturdays of the month. Sign up to donate HERE.

MEL’S DINER (Ballantyne Campus, every Saturday of the month): Mel’s needs adult and teen assistance providing and delivering meals to the the most vulnerable in our Charlotte community on Saturday mornings at 9am. Sign up to make a casserole or store bought tasty treats, load the truck, or make deliveries. For more information and to sign up, go HERE.

MUFFIN MINISTRY: Feed the hungry 24 muffins at a time! Find out more information and contact Jan Gourge HERE.

BLOOD DRIVE – HELPING HANDS (Ballantyne, Quarterly Sundays):  Assist with check-in and at the snack table for our quarterly blood drives. SIGN UP HERE.

Opportunities with Consistent Commitment

ALTAR SERVING 5th-12th grade, must have received First Holy Communion: Training will be held in the Sanctuary from 9:30-10:30am on Saturday, December 3rd and Saturday, December 10th. Your child will only need to attend one session. Parents are welcome to stay with their child or they may drop off. Register for training via the link HERE. For information about getting involved, please contact Deacon Lon Phillips

Serve & Donate Outside of St. Matthew Ministries

Note: While we encourage our youth and families to volunteer with these other local charitable organizations, serving with them may only count as ONE “Be The Church” experience for those in INVITED middle school formation and IGNITE Confirmation preparation.

Catholic Charities CharlotteFood Pantry Toiletry KitsRefugee Donation Kits

Second Harvest Food BankFood Distribution VolunteersFood Inspection/Sorting Volunteers 

Loaves & Fishes

Community Shelter of Union CountyShelter VolunteerOn-Going Needs & Donations

Matthews Help CenterVolunteersDonations

A Child’s PlaceDonations

GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center:

  • Math/Literacy Tutors, contact Laurie Maddex;
  • Childcare Helpers: Second Saturday of each month from 9:45-11:15am.  Helpers will care for children 0-8 years old at GiGi’s Playhouse Charlotte, while parents attend a caregivers group.  Contact Hannah Strawn, hstrawn@gigisplayhouse.org;
  • Program Leads/Assistants: Help lead or assist programming for teens/adults with Down syndrome on weeknight evenings.  Programs include cooking, fitness, gratitude/card making, art, social opportunities.  Contact Hannah Strawn, hstrawn@gigisplayhouse.org

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