The release of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report this past week reminds us once again of the terrible crimes that were committed by some members of the clergy, and reveals inexcusable instances of poor judgment, deception, and negligence in the pastoral care of the victims of sexual abuse. This, and the recent accusations against former Cardinal McCarrick, once again open wounds that cause many of us great pain, and have led some to question our faith and trust in the institution of the Church founded by Christ Himself.
I have had multiple discussions over the past several days with priest friends of mine, and also with the clergy here at St. Matthew. These reports cause us great pain and in some cases anger toward those entrusted with the authority to administer justice and to keep vulnerable children and adults out of harm’s way. The priests that I know well answered the call to the priesthood to serve you, to share with you God’s love and mercy, and to bring you the power of the sacraments, and we can’t understand how such abuse and injustice was tolerated by those with the power to stop it.
I humbly ask you to pray with us above all for healing and consolation for those who have been harmed, for justice to be done in each case of abuse, and that the hierarchy would decisively institute additional reforms to prevent this from happening again. While the Grand Jury report itself acknowledges that much good work has already been done in the last 20 years in responding to reports of abuse, much more is still necessary at the highest levels of the Church to root out any element of evil from among us.
I also ask that, as you pray with us, you also pray for us, the priests and deacons who serve you at this parish, and for all clergy, that we would always live up to our high calling of serving you, the people of God.
Fr. Patrick T. Hoare
Jesus commanded, “Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations…”
Interested in serving as a Catechist or Youth Ministry Volunteer?
We are excited you are considering joining us in passing on our beautiful Catholic faith! When we use the term ‘catechist’ we refer to all those who are participating in the task of bringing others closer to Christ in our Faith Formation program – this includes teens and adults, as well as those who serve as small group facilitators and session volunteers.
For more information, select Let’s Make Disciples!
Click on this link below to open the “Fall 2018 SMU Catalog”:
Fall 2018 SMU Catalog
Please enjoy browsing through the Fall 2018 SMU Catalog, above, and finding a class, workshop or retreat and finding a little faith nourishment to feed your soul. (Click Here)
You are more than welcome to come into the office, 9 am to 4:15 pm to register with cash or check only. Registration through mail is also accepted.
St. Matthew Catholic Church
Attn: Adult Faith Formation registration
P.O. Box 49349
Charlotte, NC 28277
August 22 from 7 to 9 pm in the New Life Center Banquet Room. ($15)
Click here to register for Dr. Sri’s special event.
Two talks: Walking with Mary: A Biblical Journey from Nazareth to the Cross and Praying the Rosary Like Never Before: Experience the Wonder of Heaven and Earth.
St. Matthew is delighted to offer this special night of talks in celebration and honor of the Feasts of The Assumption and The Queenship of Mary. Come celebrate with a nationally known author and lecturer Dr. Sri! To learn more about him, click here. And, to hear a sample of his talks, click here.
Dr. Edward Sri studied theology at Franciscan University (M.A. 1995) and the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome (S.T.L. 1998, S.T.D. 2001). He is provost and professor of theology and Scripture at the Augustine Institute.
CLOW has immediate needs for leaders and adult shepherds at the main campus for Saturday 5:30 p.m. Mass and all Sunday Masses (9:00 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.)
** We especially need Adult Shepherds for the 5:30 Vigil and 12:30 Sunday Mass.**
No teaching experience is required, training is provided which includes an easy lesson plan and you can volunteer during your normal mass time. Volunteers must attend a Protecting God’s Children Workshop and comply with all Safe Environment policies.
Leader Role: Commitment involves short lesson preparation and mass time, approximately once every 4-6 weeks.
Adult Shepherd Role: Commitment involves mass time, approximately once every 4-6 weeks
If you’d like more information, please contact Sara Gerbino at firstname.lastname@example.org
It is with great excitement we announce the hiring of two youth ministers that will be working with high school and middle school youth of the parish. Our new youth ministers are Lauren Piercefield and Ben Lesnefsky.
Lauren is moving from Winter Springs, FL, in the Orlando area. We are excited to have her join the faith formation team! She is a graduate of Stetson University with a background in Psychology. Before taking the leap to dive into youth ministry, she had the opportunity to work with children on the autism spectrum. Lauren has always had a passion for youth ministry and working with children and teens to lead them closer to Christ. She was born and raised in Orlando, Florida and is looking forward to making North Carolina her new home. She thanks you for the opportunity to be with your teens and is very excited to join the youth ministry team at St Matthew.
Her favorite scripture verse is: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” Philippians 4:13.
Ben has recently moved with his wife, Natalie, and his 5 children to the Charlotte area from Alexandria, LA to be close to family. We are excited to have him join the faith formation team! Ben comes to us with 10+ years of full-time youth ministry experience and is a graduate of Franciscan University. He and his wife, Natalie, have been married for 11 years and have 5 kids. He is an experienced keynote speaker who has hosted Life Teen camps and has spoken at the Steubenville South Junior High Conference. He is passionate about outreach and relational ministry. He loves sports, especially playing basketball and loves coffee, lots of coffee.
His favorite scripture verse is: “Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness” Matthew 5:6.
Join us in welcoming them to the team! Their first day on the job is today (Mon. July 23), heading to Life Teen Camp in Dahlonega, GA. They, along with other youth ministry staff, are taking 27 teens for the week-long camp to deepen their relationship with God, their Catholic faith, and grow in friendship. Keep them in your prayers, and when you see them around St. Matthew, please give them a big welcome and make them feel at home!
Faith Formation is seeking teens and adults to serve people with disabilities in our Special Religious Development program (SPRED) and Bridge program. Challenge your way of thinking about friendship and community.
We need catechist helpers who serve as mentors and guides for a special friend during the SPRED session. They serve as models in establishing a faith community, where all love and serve God. The catechist helper accompanies their special friend during their preparation to receive the sacraments. Time commitment is two hours every other Sunday from 10 am to noon, September through May.
Volunteer faith buddies are needed in the Bridge program. The faith buddy guides, redirects, and engages their assigned child during a regular Faith Formation session. Each child participates with the appropriate grade level group, but is given the individual attention needed to adapt and grow in their faith life. Time commitment is one and a half hours weekly during the faith formation session, September through May.
Spirit Club is a program which provides an opportunity for persons with special needs to enhance their social skills, communication, and sensory awareness through athletics, art and other activities. Adults and teens serve as mentors for those participating in the program.
Time commitment is two hours monthly on Saturday afternoons from 1 to 3 pm.
To volunteer and for more information, contact Barb Kohler at email@example.com or 704-541-8362 x3.
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