Find volunteer service, social and spiritual community opportunities that fit your schedule and fill your heart.

Events and activities below are color-coded based on their primary focus:

RED = Service activities, GREEN = Social/Community events, PURPLE = Spiritual experiences

Postings here are primarily for youth and teens in middle and high school (grades 6-12), unless otherwise noted.

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Upcoming Opportunities

SEPTEMBER FAMILY ADORATION (Ballantyne Church): Come and worship Our Lord present in the Eucharist with our parish family on Friday, September 29th from 6-7 pm. Stick around afterwards for some sweet treats!

DIVINE MERCY DAY (Ballantyne Campus): St. Matthew Catholic Church presents A Eucharistic Encounter: Discover the Real Presence with guest speaker Ray Grijalba, host of the YouTube channel “The Joy of the Faith” and co-producer of the movie “The New Manna”. Continental breakfast will be served. There is no charge for the event but please register so we can get an appropriate headcount of those attending. For more information about the event, click HERE. To register, click HERE.

BLESSING OF ANIMALS (Ballantyne Campus): We will hold the Blessing of the Animals at 12 pm on Saturday, Oct. 7, in the St. Francis Garden (corner of Rea Road and Ballantyne Commons Parkway, behind the signs facing the road), weather permitting. Please be sure to secure your pets.

TRUNK OR TREAT- CAR DECORATIONS (Parish Center Parking Lot): Join us for our 3rd Annual St. Matthews Trunk or Treat on Friday, October 27th! We are in need of families to decorate their car and hand out candy to our little parishioners. Best car will receive a prize! Sign up HERE.

Ongoing Opportunities

MISSIONARIES OF THE POOR – AUGUST (1403 Griffith Road, Monroe, NC): Join in the work of the Missionaries of the Poor each month. Sign up to help 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. 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.

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.

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.

YOUTH MINISTRY: We’re back for the 2023-2024 school year with event for both middle school and high school youth! For middle school (6th-8th grades), check out Edge. For high school (9th-12th grade), 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). Join us for Adoration from 9:30 am to 9 pm every Friday and come get a “Son-tan”!

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.

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.

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

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 does not count towards “Be The Church” activities for those in Invited middle school formation & Ignite Confirmation sacramental 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

MiraViaWish List

Christ has no body now but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks compassion on this world.

Attributed to St. Teresa of Ávila