Important Message from Father Pat. Please read.

Dear Parish Family,
Several parishioners have reported getting an email from me requesting that you buy iTunes gift cards and that I will pay you back. This email is a scam and is not from me. It has been going around the Charlotte area with the names of several different priests attached. The impostor created a new account using Gmail and pretended to be me. If you receive an email asking for information or money – whether from your bank, a vendor or even your pastor – it’s good to verify the information by calling the sender, using a contact number not in the email message.
In Christ,
Father Pat Hoare
P.S. For all the good news of the parish, please check out tomorrow’s June E-News!

Taproom Talks

Join St. Matthew Young Adult Life Ministry for our Summer 2018 Taproom Talks!

Come on out for some good conversation, a drink, and to hear our guest speakers!

Meet us at Seaboard Taproom & Wine Bar, 213 N. Trade Street, Matthews, NC 28105

On June 19, July 24, & August 14
7:00pm – 9:00pm

  • On June 19, the guest speaker will be Catherine Fowler Sample.

The Dating Project: for the first time in history 50% of America is single. Whether or not you are among the ranks of singledom, we can all see that the way people seek and find love has radically changed. The cultural trends of hooking up, texting and social media have profoundly altered our dating landscape. Traditional dating is all but labeled “outdated,” and yet men and women still seek meaningful relationships. During my journey while writing and producing the film, The Dating Project, I found insights that I believe can help redefine dating, and that led me to find love in the age of swiping left or right.

Speaker Bio: Catherine Fowler Sample wrote and produced the award-winning film, The Dating Project, which Fox News calls “the most important documentary in recent years.” Through making The Dating Project, she met, dated and married her husband, and they now have a beautiful baby girl! As a new mom, she runs on coffee, lives for Saturdays, and writes whenever she has a spare minute. Catherine’s first two books: The Dating Project: How to Find Love in the Age of Swiping Left and Right, and Celebrate Catholic Women, will be released June 2018.

  • On July 24, the guest speaker will be Deacon Gary Schrieber.

Divine Mercy: What is Divine Mercy, and why do many say it is critical to our salvation? Part of the definition of Mercy is forgiveness, and we believe that through Christ we have forgiveness. Or do we? Many of us don’t forgive, and others don’t believe they can be forgiven – not even by God. The focus of this devotion is on three things: ask for His mercy, be merciful, and completely trust in Jesus and the graces of His mercy. Jesus instructed us (through St Faustina) to spread this devotion so that many more souls can be saved. Participating in a Cenacle of Divine Mercy is a great way to learn more and to share this devotion with others.

Speaker Bio: Deacon Gary has been a parishioner at St Matt’s since 2004 when he and his wife and two children moved here from Ohio. He has served at St Matt’s since being ordained in 2014 and joined the Divine Mercy movement because he believes in a merciful God. Throughout his life, he has come to see how this has been an integral part of his faith journey.

  • On August 14, the guest speaker will be Catherine Wright.

Spirituality and the Environment: Today, there are many things that we do that distance us from creation, and thus, our Creator. But the Spirit is constantly working to animate dust (Genesis 2), invigorate dry bones (Ezekiel 37) or like a mighty wind (Acts 2), move us from apathy and fear to new relationships that will bring abundant life for all. You are invited to join in an invigorating conversation about ecospirituality – Earth centered spirituality — and let the breath of the Almighty bring us all new life (Job 33).

Speaker Bio: Catherine Wright has a science degree in zoology, worked as a science and math teacher, was invited to be a chaplain in two high schools over an eight year period and then went back to get her PhD at the Toronto School of Theology so that she could better integrate her love of God, her desire for more vibrant communities of faith, and her love of creation. What fascinates her is how we are inspirited bodies – or as St. Augustine writes, terra animata or animated earth — and alongside all of creation are animated by the breath of God. Her inspiration for her book on suffering (Paulist Press, 2017) and her forthcoming interactive ‘workbook’ for individuals, families, schools and congregations on how to live the creation care of Laudato Si’ comes from taking every opportunity she can to appreciate the teeming beauty of North Carolina where she lives with her two and four legged family.

For more information or questions, contact Francis Ahn, Young Adult Ministry Coordinator at 704-543-7677 ext. 1193.

5th Annual Hoops for Hunger Basketball Tournament

What: 5th Annual Hoops for Hunger 3v3 Charity Basketball Tournament

When & Who: Saturday, June 16th

Ages 11 under: 8:30am-10:00am (Maximum of 16 teams)

Ages 12-13: 10:00am-11:30pm (Maximum of 16 teams)

Ages 14-15: 12:30pm-2:00pm (Maximum of 16 teams)

Ages 16+: 2:00pm-3:30pm (Maximum of 16 teams)

Where: St. Matthew Parish Gym

Details: Entry fee is a pair of new flip-flops, soccer cleats (new or gently used) or $10 per player. All collections go to Haiti through the World Hunger Drive. Registration ends June 15th; however, walk-ins are welcome up to one hour before the start of each tournament (with an entry fee of $15 per player). For more information please contact Connor Manion

Bishops’ Letter on Immigration Reform

Attached you will find a letter from Bishop Jugis and Bishop Zarama in support of immigration reform and the Dreamers. This is the first collaborative letter between the two bishops since the installation of Bishop Zarama in 2017.

Please take a moment out of your busy day to read and stay informed on the stated positions, formed by Catholic social teaching, of the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops (USCCB).

Bishops’ Letter

Stewardship of Treasure

Dear Friends in Christ,

St. Matthew is a vibrant and growing parish community with access to wonderful facilities, the daily celebration of Mass, education and faith formation all of which offer the opportunity to encounter Christ, experience His presence and receive His grace. We share that same love during life’s joys and certainly in its sorrows, providing support through counseling services, food distribution, outreach and bereavement ministries. We are able to do all of this because of you and your generous offertory support. Money’s value isn’t found in what it can get, but in what it can give, and you have given a foundation of faith, an encounter with Christ, and for many a new beginning.

Please take a moment to reflect on your planned giving for 2018 and complete the commitment form linked here.
I thank you for your continued and generous support of our parish.

Click here for the 2017 Tithing Report.

Yours in Christ,
Father Patrick T. Hoare, Pastor

Small Groups

SMALL GROUPS at St. Matthew

Join a small group to share friendship, faith, reflections and the messages of Jesus to enrich your spiritual path while building community. Small groups are designed to bring family and friends, both old and new, together in small groups to discuss and share our experiences.

These small groups meet in homes, workplaces or any comfortable setting. You can meet weekly, every other week, monthly, or seasonally.  The group will reflect on and discuss select topics. Easy, host-friendly material will be provided.

Why Participate?

♥ A small group is great way to make new friends and connections with St. Matthew parishioners and others.

♥ Being part of a small group is a way to grow in faith-filled relationships.

♥ It is a short term commitment… Just during lent beginning Feb. 14.

 

If you have further questions, email anyone on the Small Group Planning Team or call 704-543-7677 x 1193. A member of our team will respond as soon as possible.

Francis Ahn 

Michael Burck

Eileen Allen

Don Garbison

Tom Golden

Bill O’Brien

Pat Tomlinson

Pat White

Advent Penance Services

Reconciliation at St. Matthew

  • Sundays following the 9 and 10:45 am Masses(During Advent only)
  • Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:15 pm
  • Saturdays from 4 to 5 pm
  • Saturdays at Waxhaw from 3:45 to 4:30 pm.

 

Penance Services

  • St. John Neumann Catholic Church    
    Thursday      Dec. 14          7 pm
  • St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church      
    Tuesday      Dec. 19          7 pm
  • St. Gabriel Catholic Church
    Wednesday      Dec. 20      7 pm