2019-2020 Faith Formation Program Registration

Registration for the 2019-2020 Program Year will open online on Monday, April 29 at 9 am.  Parents interested in serving as a volunteer catechist, small group leader, activity leader or session volunteer should contact the Office of Faith Formation (children will be also be registered when signing up as a volunteer, and program fees are waived).

All registration will be online.  If you prefer to pay by cash or check, or need financial consideration, please visit the Office of Faith Formation after April 29.  Program updates, information and registration links can be found on our Registration home page.

Job Posting

Full-time Director of Adult Formation

St. Matthew Catholic Church is seeking to hire a Director of Adult Formation. This full-time position is responsible for creating an environment of evangelization, formation, and discipleship by providing opportunities for the faith education and formation of adults within the parish and local community. Please click here to see the full job description. Interested applicants should send cover letter and resumé to Katie Knoefel.

Full-time Youth Minister

St. Matthew Catholic Church is seeking a full-time youth minister. This person will work enthusiastically and creatively to develop relationships with the middle and high school community of youth and their parents, leading them into a deeper life of the Church and discipleship through events and programs during the year. Reports to the Director of Youth Ministry and works with the youth ministry team in program development and implementation as well as coordinating the programming to prepare teens for the sacrament of confirmation and life as disciples of Christ.  Click here for a more detailed job description. If you are interested, please send a cover letter and resume to Adrian Quintero. If would like additional information, please email Adrian Quintero.

 

 

LIFE TEEN – Steubenville Atlanta

WE INVITE ALL HIGH SCHOOL TEENS TO PARTICIPATE IN

STEUBENVILLE ATLANTA!

This is an AWESOME opportunity for you and your friends to listen to dynamic speakers, engaging music, and a time to grow in community and relationship with God. To learn more, check out the promo video below.

Theme: Belong

“See what love the Father has bestowed on us, that we may be called children of God.” -1 John 3:1

At the core of our being is a desire for meaningful connection and authentic relationship. We long to love and be loved, but how often do we just feel lonely?

As we search for ways to escape these feelings of isolation, there comes a small, quiet whisper that pierces through to the depths of our heart: “You are never alone, because you are Mine.”

When: July 12-14, 2019

Pricing: Early Bird Cost: $250 (until May 1st)
Cost After May 1st: $275
Deposit Amount: $100 (Non-refundable)

Please drop off your deposit or send it in to the parish office, attention youth ministry. This will secure your spot.

Includes: transportation, hotel lodging, meals and a t-shirt during the conference. Additional funds are needed for our stop on the way to Atlanta for lunch and snacks for the bus ride back to Charlotte on Sunday.

If you cancel after May 1st, you are responsible for the entire cost of the conference in the event that we can’t find a replacement.

Where: Infinite Energy Center
6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy
Duluth, GA 30097
United States

Transportation: Charter Bus

Click here to register for Steubenville Atlanta.

If you have any questions, then please contact Adrian Quintero.

SMU Presents: LENT 2019

Listen to Your Life: Lenten Transformation Through Life Transitions*
Four weeks
Carla D’Rozario, M.A.
Thursdays, March 14, 21, 28, April 4
7 to 8:30pm; Banquet Room
$30
Lent is an invitation to listen to our lives. As we attune to the rhythm of each unique season, we’ll see that spiritually we experience the pattern of being securely rooted, painfully disoriented, and surprisingly reoriented (`a la Walter Brueggemann). Life transitions that may disorient us include raising children, changing careers or educational endeavors, moving or experiencing an empty nest, grieving the death of a loved one or the loss of a relationship, and healing from physical or emotional trauma. In a blend of lecture and reflection on Scripture and our own lives, this class will guide us through paying attention and orienting ourselves in the midst of life transitions, patiently allowing our pain to transform us, and moving toward an Easter encounter with the Risen Christ!

Carla D’Rozario received formation in Spiritual Direction and Ignatian spirituality while earning her M.A. in Pastoral Theology from Loyola Marymount University. Carla’s diverse experience as a retreat guide and lay minister encompasses companioning couples, parents, immigrants, and the aging and dying. Her reflective style of presenting engages both the mind and heart.

Cancelled —>  Show Us Your Mercy: A Lenten Morning of Reflection has been cancelled.
Susan Reynolds, M.T.S., M.Ed., Ph.D. in Theology
Saturday, March 30
9:45 am to 12:30 pm
NLC Banquet Room
$30
During these times of polarization and division, mercy can seem in short supply. As we journey through Lent, join us for a morning of peaceful and prayerful reflection. Meditating on God’s mercy in the parables of Jesus, participants will examine the healing gift of mercy in their own lives and envision how they might embody God’s mercy to the world.

Susan Reynolds, M.T.S., M.Ed., Ph.D. in Theology and Education at Boston College and is currently an Assistant Professor of Catholic Studies at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, Georgia. She holds a PhD and MTS from Boston College and a MEd and BA from the University of Notre Dame. Her work examines the relationship between theology and culture. She has over a decade of experience in campus, parish, and liturgical music ministry.

Psalms: The School of Prayer*
Eleven weeks
Katie Dunne Knoefel
Tuesdays,
March 5 to May 28
12:45 to 2:30 pm
NLC 202
$25
With Psalms: The School of Prayer, The Great Adventure moves from telling the story to making it personal. While the historical books of the bible recount God’s creative and redemptive acts in history, the Psalms reveal Israel’s response to God’s covenant offer and serve as a model for our response to Him. Indeed, one could say that the historical books tell the “outside” of the story of Israel by giving an historical perspective, while the Psalms tell the “inside” story, which comes from the deeply personal perspective of one who is seeking God. Our Communication with God is enhanced by a deeper understanding of the book of Psalms and of the individual psalms that reside in each of our hearts.

Lectio Prayer*
Six weeks during Lent,
Jane Brock, M.Div.
$10
Come celebrate the season of Lent through prayer. Register for one of the three sessions offered!

Monday, March 4 to April 8; 9:45 to 11:30 am NLC 132/125
Tuesday, March 5 to April 9; 7 to 8:30 pm NLC 132/125
Friday, March 8 to April 12; 10 to 11:30 am WAXHAW

Though prayer is one of the essentials of a thriving faith, we often feel as if we’re talking to ourselves—or, worse, as if we’re talking to no one at all. How can something so vital to the Faith be so elusive? Now, with the clear teaching and artistry of the Augustine Institute’s Lectio series, Dr. Tim Gray masterfully uses the discipline of Lectio Divina to show you how to make prayer an effective effort of love and intimacy. In six video sessions, Prayer: Finding Intimacy with God captures the secret to opening our hearts and minds to Scripture as the means to hear from God and then respond in conversation, basking in His presence and resolving to live in and through His love.

The purpose of the Diocesan Support Appeal (DSA) is to help provide the annual funding necessary to carry out the mission of our diocese – namely to fulfill our call to “grow ever more perfectly into a community of praise, worship and witness, and to become a leaven of service and sign of peace through love in the Piedmont and Western North Carolina.” The DSA provides funding for the ministerial arm of the diocese.

The DSA provides support for more than 20 services that Catholic Charities of Charlotte offers throughout the diocese. The appeal also provides funding for the Housing Ministry, Education Ministries (providing over 30 different services), Multicultural Ministries, Eucharistic Congress, and Vocations. Some of these ministries provide services beyond the scope of individual parishes and some exist for the sole purpose of assisting parishes in their own mission to teach, evangelize and serve.

To make your pledge, click here.

 

 

ROAR into the fun at VBS!

Vacation Bible School 2019 – June 24-28, 9 am to 12 noon

Join us for our Safari Adventure “Roar!”  Volunteers are needed to bring our adventure to life – rising 6th grade to adult – and elementary aged participants are needed to give our adventure it’s life!

Ready for the fun?  More information and registration can be found at VBS 2019!

 

Confirmation 2019 – Sacrament Dates Announced!

We have received notification from the Office of the Bishop that St. Matthew will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation on May 20, 21 and 22.  The celebration of each Mass will begin at 6 pm.

Please bear in mind that a youth will be eligible to receive the sacrament once all preparation is complete:

  • Participation in 7th and 8th grade Faith Formation or Catholic School – with satisfactory attendance; if attending Catholic school, participation in parish proximate preparation is also required.
  • Participation in the Ignite Conference (Confirmation Retreat) – if you have not registered yet, please do so by selecting this link now!  There is not a fee for this event, the parish is covering the bulk of the cost.  If your teen is unable to attend this conference, you must contact Adrian Quintero immediately so alternative opportunities can be discussed.

In addition, the following steps must be completed by March 31:

  1. BAPTISMAL CERTIFICATE: You will need to provide a baptismal certificate for your teen if they weren’t baptized or received their First Holy Communion at St. Matthew. You may bring a copy to the office during office hours Monday-Friday 9am-4:30pm; Sunday 8:30am-12:30pm.
  2. SPONSOR INFORMATION: Students must select a Sponsor and have the Sponsor complete the SPONSOR ELIGIBILITY FORM and SPONSOR AGREEMENT FORM. Please note that the ELIGIBILITY FORM requires the signature of the pastor of the Sponsor’s parish. If the sponsor is a parishioner of St. Matthew, then you can submit the form to the parish and we will verify. Keep in mind that a sponsor must be a practicing Catholic, fully initiated in the Catholic Church, 16 years of age or older, and may not be the teen’s parent. This should be someone that can guide their teen during this important sacrament preparation, and throughout their life and faith journey.
  3. CONFIRMATION NAME: Students must select a Confirmation/Saint Name and submit an essay about their Saint to their catechist/small group leader or email to Donna DeCarlo at ddecarlo@stmatthewcatholic.org. The criteria for the essay can be found on our website. We challenge teens to pick a saint that they connect with—the more they take the time to research a saint and pick someone who makes an impact on them, the better. The chosen saint will be their confirmation name which is entered into the Church records and will be the name the bishop will use when anointing a teen at Confirmation.
  4. SERVICE PROJECTS: We are requiring 3 service projects for all teens. 2 of the projects can be completed by the teen on their own but one of the service projects needs to be completed as a small group. The catechist will assist with organizing an opportunity with their small group. The small group can decide together on what they would like to do. You can find ideas for service projects and the form that needs to be filled out on our website.
  5. PRAYER: Continue to pray for your teen and all teens that will receive the sacraments!

Bible & Baking

Middle school youth are invited to bake treats for the Missionaries of the Poor. Bible & Baking is offered on the third Thursday of each month from September to May. While the treats are cooking, we will take some time to explore some Bible stories! Meet in the Family Room in the Parish Center.

Winter/Spring 2019 dates: January 17, February 21, March 21, April 15 (Monday), May 16

Join us from 7:00-8:15pm in the Parish Center. Friends are welcome to come!

Adults or High School Volunteers are needed to help facilitate and are asked to arrive 15 minutes early!

Click here to register on our Signup Genius page.

For any questions, please email Lauren Piercefield.

LIFE TEEN Summer Camp

LIFE TEEN Summer Camp – July 29-August 3, 2019

Join other high school youth for an amazing summer experience at LIFE TEEN Summer Camp!

When: July 29-August 3, 2019
Where: Hidden Lake – LIFE TEEN Camp
Chattahoochee National Forest
830 Hidden Lake Rd.
Dahlonega, GA 30533

Cost: $575 (Includes registration and transportation)

$100 non-refundable deposit (part of the overall registration fee) and registration form due by April 15, 2019. After April 15, a $25 late fee will be assessed.

If you would like to setup a payment plan or in need of financial consideration, please email Adrian Quintero.

WE ARE CURRENTLY SOLD OUT! To be added to the waiting list, please email Adrian Quintero.

Click here to complete the registration form for St. Matthew and the Diocese of Charlotte. Additional information will be given once you submit the registration form and payment.

Deposit or full payment can be dropped off or mailed to the parish office. We have limited spaces and we will sell out, therefore we can not reserve any spots for camp with registration and deposit. If your deposit is not submitted to the parish office, then your registration is incomplete. We will have a wait list once we are full.