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CMG Connect

The Diocese of Charlotte is enhancing its Safe Environment program with new, comprehensive policies and procedures updated for today’s issues and needs. Among other updates, the diocese has shifted from Virtus to a streamlined platform called CMG Connect. CMG Connect will combine all of our Safe Environment screening, onboarding, and training in one place for all clergy, employees, and volunteers.

All who volunteer or work in the Diocese of Charlotte will need to be set up and certified through CMG Connect.

Existing Virtus Users: If your Virtus account contains your email address, please look for an email from the diocese or your local Safe Environment coordinator with instructions for how to access your new CMG Connect account.

New Volunteers: Please contact your local parish’s Safe Environment coordinator for further instructions or you can visit https://charlottediocese.org/offices/safe-environment/ to register as a new volunteer.

 

Questions? Please contact your local Safe Environment coordinator, Lisa Hornung, at lisah@stmattthewcatholic.org. You may also contact the Diocese Safe Environment Office at safeenvironment@rcdoc.org.

Wildcat Fund

Support and Donate to the St. Matthew Catholic School Annual Wildcat Fund

We invite you to join us in Educating Saints and Scholars by donating to the 2023-2024 Wildcat Annual Fund. This year’s goal is to raise $70,000 to provide our exceptional teachers with even more support, upgrade our technology to new heights, and ignite a fresh wave of enthusiasm in our Catholicity and cultural development efforts, making this our best year yet! Gifts of all sizes make an immediate difference and are tax-deductible. Last Year’s Wildcat Fund was a HUGE Success! Meeting our goal meant we could purchase a high-tech audio system, fund professional development for our staff, and foster Catholicity with our special spring meal-packing event. We are grateful for your support of the Wildcat Annual Fund and our school. Your gift will help us to continue our mission to provide an atmosphere of faith and love where Jesus is alive and where students will be able to develop spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, physically, and socially.

Click the video to watch a special 2023-2024 Wildcat Annual Fund kickoff message from St. Matthew Catholic School Principal, Kevin O’Herron.

2023 Electronic Tax Statements for Charitable Contributions

2023 E-Tax Statements are available to all parishioners on request. Please email your request to Lisa Rickher at lrickher@stmatthewcatholic.org and include your name, family envelope number, and your email address.

St. Matthew parishioners who received an E-Tax Statement last year will automatically receive their 2023 Tax E-Statement before the end of January 2024 provided your registration information has been updated with any changes.

2023 Tax Statements will be mailed by the end of January 2024 to those parishioners not receiving an E-Tax Statement.

Volunteers Needed: Pastoral Care Ministry

We are in need of volunteers for our Pastoral Care Ministry. Holy Communion is a grace-giving sign of God’s constant, faithful love. As people of God, we need to share that grace-filled love with those who are unable to come to church. We are in need of volunteers to bring the Eucharist to our parishioners who are homebound, hospitalized, or restricted to a nursing facility. This ministry is vital to ensure that those who are sick are aware of our love, and even more importantly, keeping them connected to the sacramental life of the Church.
 
Please contact Father Davis if you are interested in serving in this very special ministry at bdavis@stmatthewcatholic.org or 704-543-7677 x1067.
 

A Friendly Note to the Parents of Our Young Children

Relax! God put the wiggle in children; don’t feel you have to suppress it in God’s house. All are welcome!

  • Sit toward the front where it is easier for your little ones to see and hear what’s going on at the altar. They tire of seeing the backs of others’ heads.
  • Quietly explain the parts of the Mass and actions of the priest, altar servers, choir, etc.
  • Sing the hymns, pray, and voice the responses. Children learn by copying you.
  • If you have to leave Mass with your child, feel free to do so, but please come back. As Jesus said, “Let the children come to me”
  • Remember that the way we welcome children in church directly affects the way they respond to the church, to God, and to one another. Let them know that they are at home in this house of worship.

To other members of our parish:

The presence of children is a gift to the church, and they are a reminder that our parish is growing!

Please welcome our children and give a smile of encouragement to their parents. If you see a parent struggling, please offer to help them!

We Believe – a St. Matthew Video Series

Deacon Joe Becker, Deacon Lon Phillips, and Deacon Jack Staub discuss why Catholics believe in the True Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist in this multi-part video series found below.

Check back for more episodes as our parish celebrates the Year of the Eucharist!

#1: The Eucharist with Deacon Joe Becker
#2: The Eucharist (part 2) with Deacon Joe Becker
#3: The Eucharist – The Real Presence with Deacon Lon Phillips
#4: The Liturgy of the Eucharist with Deacon Jim Hamrlik
#5: The Eucharist – Our Salvation with Deacon Jack Staub
#6: Do You Believe? with Deacon Joe Becker
#7: The True Presence – My Relationship with the Lord with Deacon Jack Staub
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3RVuGy1Elk&t=6s
#8: Transfiguration Sunday Homily from Father Darren Balkey

Do You Believe?

St. Matthew Catholic Church is excited to be participating in the National Eucharistic Revival by celebrating the Year of the Eucharist with events throughout the year.

Upcoming Events:

  • Family Eucharistic Adoration – Encounter Christ in the Eucharist Together as a Family!
    • Friday, April 26 from 6 – 7 pm in the church on the main campus. 
  • Corpus Christi – Special Mass and Eucharistic Procession at the AMP Ballantyne
    • Sunday, June 2 at 10:45 am, details coming soon. 

Adoration is simply to show our love for Jesus, to adore Him in the Eucharist – and to allow Him to love us. The purpose of a Family Eucharistic Adoration is to welcome the entire family, including children of any age, to adore Christ’s presence in the Eucharist. 

If you have never been to Eucharistic Adoration, don’t worry, we will teach you everything you need to know. Simply come and be led through the loving Adoration of Jesus.

Interested in learning more about Adoration? 

Attending Adoration
USCCB: Adoration
Bishop Barron comments on Eucharistic Adoration

Want to learn more about the Eucharist?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3RVuGy1Elk&t=6s

About the National Eucharistic Revival

The Eucharistic Revival begins on Sunday, June 11, with the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi). It is a three-year journey to bring Catholics and non-Catholics into a closer, more personal relationship with Our Lord. The miracle of the True Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist heals the soul, brings unity to a torn world, and joy to the heart. In turn, receiving the Eucharist must inspire us to share with all the world the unconditional love of the Mystery. 

Stay tuned for more information about the exciting events happening at St. Matthew as we celebrate the Eucharist, and explore what the Church means when she speaks of the “Real Presence” of Christ in the Eucharist.

The Eucharist is truly transformed into the Body and Blood of Christ. During the consecration, the bread and wine are transubstantiated, which means that although they are the same to our human senses, they are actually the real body and blood of Jesus. According to Pew Research Center, only 31 percent of Catholics believe in the True Presence. We all need the healing of this Sacrament, and it is our responsibility as believing disciples to share this good news with everyone.

The first National Eucharistic Congress in 83 years is July 17-21, 2024 in Indianapolis, Indiana at the Lucas Oil Stadium. Over 80,000 Catholics are expected to attend. You do not want to miss this five-day experience. Click here for more information.

The National Eucharistic Revival

Purpose, connection, peace—these desires are written on our hearts for a reason. The answer lies at the very center of our faith: the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. The National Eucharistic Revival is a joyful, expectant, grassroots movement to restore understanding and devotion to this great mystery here in the United States.


Additional Resources

A project of Ave Maria Press, Ave Explores is an initiative aimed at helping everyday Catholics better live their faith through various topics.

Ave Explores: The Eucharist is a series highlighting the mystery of the Eucharist, how it heals and changes us, and what it means to welcome the Eucharistic Lord into our hearts, homes, and neighborhoods.

Eucharistic Miracles – Database

Michael O’Neill is an author, speaker, and creator of the website MiracleHunter.com, the web’s top resource on Marian apparitions cited in news articles and blogs around the world. O’Neill’s career involves both explaining and exploring miracles. “If I can somehow prove to myself that miracles are in fact happening around the world,” he says, “then that connects me to God somehow.”

Church Mailing Address

As a result of frequent vandalism, the physical mailbox has been removed from the premises. Please do not send any mail to the street address of St. Matthew. All mail should be directed to the parish post office box.

St. Matthew Catholic Church
PO Box 49349
Charlotte, NC 28277