This year marks our 20th annual year for the Monsignor McSweeney World Hunger Drive (MMWHD) to help the poorest of the poor. The focus of the MMWHD is to help the people of Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, with 80% of the population living on less than $2 per day.
The effects of Covid, a failing economy, political instability, gang violence, droughts and hurricanes are not only raising the levels of hunger but are also leading to increased levels of severe child malnutrition
The drive will be conducted in two parts. Part one, the fundraising campaign, will take place from July 9 through July 31. Part two is an in-person meal-packing event on Saturday, August 13 where 1200 volunteers will assemble 300,000 meals.
From the Catholic News Herald:
Dr. Alessandro Rovati, department chair and assistant professor of theology at Belmont Abbey College, was appointed by Bishop Peter Jugis to serve as the official contact person for the diocesan phase of the unprecedented worldwide synod. He shares what he’s learned in the Synod process so far. Learn more about the Synod 2021-2023 at www.charlottediocese.org/synod2023.
Details: Entry fee per player is either $15 or a new soccer ball. Three players max per team. Registration ends Wednesday, July 27. To volunteer as a Referee or for more information, please contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ways to give if you cannot participate in the tournament:
Sacristans are needed for all Masses, particularly the 4 pm Vigil Mass at our Waxhaw campus. The role of the sacristan is to prepare the altar, support the priest and ensure proper cleaning of holy vessels. This is an easy yet vital position and training is provided. To volunteer, contact Tom Barry at email@example.com or 704-608-6761.
**Juniors and seniors in high school are welcomed to serve at any of the Masses**
All are encouraged to join us following the 9 am Mass on Saturday, July 2, as we pray and sing the Patriotic Rosary for the consecration of our nation. The Patriotic Rosary is a powerful prayer seeking divine protection and mercy for our country and is interspersed with patriotic song. Our Lady calls us to be a light for all nations, so that peace may reign throughout the region and beyond all boundaries.
Are you seeking a fulfilling opportunity to reach out to help our less fortunate Charlotte area neighbors?
If so, the St Matthew Men’s Shelter Service Team can provide you several safe and rewarding opportunities to choose from. Our ministry team has been in operation since 1987, with great support from St. Matthew clergy and staff.
Our team has provided consistent support to Charlotte’s homeless men as they seek work and ways out of homelessness. There have been many successes over the years. This ministry is a great way to meet other St Matthew parishioners and make new friends. We are currently seeking new St Matthew volunteers to join and fill out our teams. Our services include:
– Preparing and serving meals (Saturdays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays)
– Distributing clothing and personal care items (Wednesday evenings)
– Providing technical support in the shelter’s computer room to help the shelter guests locate and apply for jobs and housing. (Wednesday evenings)
Please feel free to call or email Tom Ellis, ministry leader, for additional details or to join one of our teams
We are so excited to launch our new parish family prayer wall! We invite you to share your prayer requests and also visit this page to lift up your parish family in prayer. Requests can be submitted with your name, or anonymously, and you can also let people know you are praying for their intentions. What a beautiful way to be connected as a parish family! The page can always be found at the top of the menu on our homepage, and you can also access it here: https://stmatthewcatholic.org/prayerwall .