Around the Diocese News

There are a lot of great events, multiple job postings and more, all around our Diocese. Click the link below to visit the Around the Diocese page on our website to check it out!

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Middle School Xtreme Edge Night!

Middle school youth are invited to join us for an evening of outdoor fun as we play Human Tabletop Games where YOU become the playing pieces!  Bring a friend (they do not have to be Catholic or a parishioner) and come have some fun!  Individually wrapped snacks will be provided, but youth are asked to bring their own water bottles.  Friday, Oct. 30 from 6:30 to 8 pm in the parking lot of the Parish Center on the Ballantyne Campus.

Due to restrictions on how many we may have in attendance, it is necessary to RSVP HERE!  

Your Help Is Needed

 

None of us need to be reminded what an unpredictable and unprecedented year 2020 has been. Last February, on the first Sunday of Lent, our parish responded with the great generosity for which St. Matthew has always been known. Our parish made e the largest pledge in our history to this year’s DSA. No one could have predicted the turmoil and heartache this pandemic would subsequently bring, and yet, your generosity continues! This year’s Monsignor McSweeney World Hunger Drive has raised nearly $250,000 to help our family in Haiti and Jamaica. However, the needs of our neighbors in Western NC continue. Catholic Charities offers remarkable help to families in need.  Your support of this year’s DSA is still vital.

Our St. Matthew gifts to date include:

Payments                            ​​​$ 654,832

Remaining pledges           ​​​$ 176,145

Total payments and remaining pledges​​$ 830,977

​2020 DSA goal​​​​​$ 852,481

Shortfall in payments to goal                                  ($197,649)

We recognize that many of you who made pledges in February may be facing much different financial realities today. We understand. For those who are able, we would be most grateful for your support today, either in fulfilling your remaining pledges, or in making an additional gift to help those who may need a leg up during these difficult days. You may give online at the link below, or by dropping a check in the mail (marked DSA) to St. Matthew Catholic Church, PO Box 49349, Charlotte, NC 28277. Thank you for your continued generosity!

 

To donate to the Diocesan Support Appeal, click here.

To donate to the Priests’ Retirement Fund, click here.

The St. Matthew Counseling Center is at Your Service!

Christine Delaney is proud to have served in the Counseling Center for the past nine years. She is grateful for the confidence that the priests and staff have placed in her by naming her acting department head of the Counseling Center. Our licensed clinicians offer a wide range of services to our parish and community in a peaceful and faith-filled atmosphere of strict confidentiality. If you or someone you know or love would like to speak with one of our counselors, please call Christine Delaney at 704-543-7677 x1069. We are honored by the confidence of our parish has placed in us, especially during these challenging times. We offer services to the parishioners of St. Matthew at a very favorable sliding scale cost.

 

Food Pantry

Our Food Pantry is currently in need of canned pasta, peanut butter, jelly, pancake mix, sugar, boxed hamburger meals, boxed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, cereal, salad dressing, garbanzo beans, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, broth and soups of all kinds, cookies and crackers. Please bring all donations to the storage area below the Daily Mass Chapel Monday through Friday by 2 pm.

St. Matthew Podcast! Premieres October 8!

(Not) The Only One

A St. Matthew podcast for teens on an open, vulnerable and Catholic journey.

Episode 1 premieres on Thursday, October 8!

Tune in on Spotify, Apple Podcast, or wherever you access your favorite podcasts and search St. Matthew Catholic Church.  New episodes air every Thursday.  To discover more about our newest way to connect, or to submit topics, questions and encouragement, visit our PODCAST page!

2020 World Hunger Drive

The Monsignor McSweeney World Hunger Drive is kicking off. To learn how the drive is adjusting to meet the demands of the current Covid-19 restrictions and how you and your family can help this very important cause, click here to visit the  World Hunger Drive page of our website.

We are one human family, moved by the Spirit. St. Matthew parishioners have already helped to contribute $250,000 for local families in need, now, let’s take care of our family in Haiti.

Thank you for your gift of love to help the poorest of the poor.

RCIA

Are you, or is someone you know, considering joining the Catholic Church? Are you, or is someone you know, hoping to receive the sacrament of Confirmation or recommit to the Catholic Church after a long time away?

We have two RCIA inquiry nights coming up:

Option 1:
August 10, 2020, 7 pm
Zoom – join us via zoom to hear more about the RCIA program and ask any questions you might have.
Zoom meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81882474195

Option 2:
August 20, 2020, 7 pm
Banquet Room, St. Matthew Catholic Church
Please note, a mask covering the nose and mouth are required at all times when on our campus.

See the RCIA page on the website, available via this link, for an interest form, schedule, and more.

Questions? Contact Rachel Willoughby at rachelw@stmatthewcatholic.org.

Statement on Combatting Racism

A letter from our priests
Dear St. Matthew Family,
The brutal death of George Floyd and other African Americans in police custody has again brought national attention to the issue of racial injustice in our country. We, the priests of St. Matthew Catholic Church, stand in full solidarity with the recent statements of Pope Francis, Archbishop José Gomez, and the chairmen of the US bishops committees condemning these actions and calling on all Catholics to respond to the issue of racism in our time.
Racism is a sin against the truth that we are all created in the image of God, equal in dignity as part of one human family (Gen 1:27). Racism is a sin against the truth that we are united in Christ, such that in the Church “there is neither Jew nor Greek… for you are all one in Christ” (Gal 3:28). Racism is a sin against the truth that we are all called to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, a place for “every nation… all tribes and peoples and tongues” (Rev 7:9). Racism is a sin against the truth that God has given human beings differences of race and culture in order to enrich society and the Church by the diversity of the human family.
Racism is a sin against justice and charity because it is a failure to recognize the human dignity of our brothers and sisters. As St. John teaches us, “he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen” (1 John 4:20); indeed, “anyone who hates his brother is a murderer” (1 John 3:15).
As the US bishops reminded us in their 2018 pastoral letter, Open Wide Our Hearts, racism is a sin that can take different forms. It can be a personal sin arising from an attitude of the heart, leading to exclusion, mistreatment, ridicule, or unjust discrimination against other persons on the basis of their race or ethnicity. Racism can be a sin of omission, when we fail to act against racially unjust actions perpetrated by others. Racism can also be institutional, when personal sins of racism accumulate over time to create institutions, practices, or traditions that treat certain groups of people unjustly.
The US bishops have continually called attention to the lasting social effects of slavery, segregation, lynching, and other injustices perpetrated against African Americans in our nation’s history. We must resolve to contend with this tragic legacy and right the wrongs that remain. As the US bishops have stated: “Racism can only end if we contend with the policies and institutional barriers that perpetuate and preserve the inequality—economic and social—that we still see all around us. With renewed vigor, we call on the members of the Body of Christ to join others in advocating and promoting policies at all levels that will combat racism and its effects in our civic and social institutions.”
In the voices of so many who are crying out in the streets of our nation we hear a powerful testimony to the fact that we still live in a society where many feel excluded and unheard. As Catholics we must be attentive and willing to listen to the voices of our brothers and sisters during this time, knowing that “If one member suffers, all suffer together” (1 Cor 12:26). We must seek real change through deeper conversion in our hearts and our lives, our homes, and our churches. We must act to correct any unjust policies and practices in our country.
We must contend with racism wherever it is found, always keeping in mind the words of St. Paul in the twelfth chapter of the Letter to the Romans: “Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with brotherly affection… Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
Please know that your priests are united with you in prayer as we all seek deeper conversion to the fullness of justice and charity to which God calls us in Christ Jesus.
In Christ,
Father John Allen – Parochial Administrator
Father Peter Ascik – Parochial Vicar
Father Binoy Daivs – Parochial Vicar
St. Matthew Catholic Church