Adult Faith Formation is for any adult seeking to grow in the Catholic faith through prayer and study and a lively participation in the Sacraments.

If you are interested in becoming Catholic or completing the Sacraments of Initiation as an adult you can find out about the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults by clicking HERE or by email Rachel Willoughby at rachelw@stmatthewcatholic.org.


Saint Matthew University (SMU)

Grow in your knowledge and love of God and His Church by taking one of our classes or Bible studies. Currently we are offering our summer courses: 

Considering becoming Catholic?
Are you, or is someone you know, considering becoming Catholic? Join us on one of the following dates to learn more about the Catholic church and what it means to become Catholic. We will share the details and explain the steps of our formation program for all adults who are considering joining the Catholic Church.
Monday, July 19 @7pm
Sunday, August 15 @11:45 am
Wednesday, August 18 @ 7 pm,
Coming to one of these sessions is not a commitment to join the program. It is simply a “come and see” event.
No need to register, just show up. Each session is in the New Life Center, Banquet Room.
Go to stmatthewcatholic.org/rcia for more information.

News

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Young Adult Ministry

Young Adult Life Ministry provides young adults (20s–30s) single or married opportunities to grow in their faith and be active in the St. Matthew community through spiritual, service, and social activities. We welcome all young adults, members or non-members of St. Matthew, to join us for our events.

Check out our MeetUp group for updates and event announcements!

St. Matthew Mom's Group

Mission:

St. Matthew Mom’s Group supports the vocation of motherhood by strengthening faith through various readings including Scripture, the Catechism and various books applicable to Christian family life. Many moms find the open discussion format to be encouraging and inspiring in developing loving parenting tools and creating a solid Catholic domestic church.

To see what St. Matthew Mom’s are up to contact Becky Lennard, at becky.lennard@gmail.com.

Christ Renews His Parish

Divine Mercy

Living Your Strengths

Living Your Strengths is a ministry designed to help adults maximize their God-given talents in all aspects of life – personal, professional, and spiritual.

So often we are told that to be successful and achieve our goals we need to stop doing this, or start doing that, or work on improving our weaknesses.  What if we shifted our focus and started concentrating on doing more of what we are good at doing, and using our limited time and energy to develop our talents and strengths? Who did God plan for YOU to be? See below for the lineup of Strengths offerings available at St. Matthew! No prerequisites, except to take the assessment and discover your Top Five.  The ministry uses Gallup’s Clifton StrengthsFinder®, an online assessment tool, as the starting point.

STRENGTHS EXPLORATION

Sign up during our annual regularly scheduled offerings or form your own small group and contact us!

Strengths Exploration is a six-week, 90 minutes per week, small-group program designed to help you discover your God-given talents and begin to shift your focus away from fixing your weaknesses. Participants learn to start spending time and energy on doing more of what they are good at doing.  With the guidance of trained facilitators, groups begin by exploring each individual’s CliftonStrengths top talent themes—their regular patterns of behavior—and determine how to apply these talents in their personal, professional and spiritual lives to fulfill God’s purpose for each. Positive and uplifting. Sessions typically commence during January and September.  Watch the bulletin for more information, or email: lys@stmatthewministries.org.

Strengths Exploration is a six-week, 90 minutes per week, small-group program designed to help you discover your God-given talents and begin to shift your focus away from fixing your weaknesses. Participants learn to start spending time and energy on doing more of what they are good at doing. With the guidance of trained facilitators, groups begin by exploring each individual’s CliftonStrengths top talent themes – their regular patterns of behavior – and determine how to apply these talents in their personal, professional and spiritual lives to fulfill God’s purpose for each. Positive and uplifting.

Find upcoming classes HERE.

STRENGTHS COACHING

Strengths Coaches are available for free one-on-one sessions to help you to set goals and apply your God-given talents and strengths.  People typically meet once or twice with a coach, to receive guidance on further understanding of the results of the CliftonStrengths assessment, and embrace and unleash their potential in life. Coaching is one of the elements of the Exploration sessions, but we also encourage anyone who has taken the assessment to meet with a coach. Taking the CliftonStrengths assessment (see above) is required to participate. Find the list of  Strengths Coaches Bios and contact one of your choice.

To find out about dates of the next offerings, to volunteer or to ask a question, contact:

Valerie Menzel, 862-668-1707 or Leanne Burnett, 704-241-4081, or email lys@stmatthewministries.org.

Peace and Social Justice Ministry

Centering Prayer

The Centering Prayer group is not currently meeting.

For more information, contact: Janie Normile: 914-489-9525 or normilejgm@gmail.com.

In a busy world, a time for silence is a rare experience. However, authentic spirituality always embraces silent time with God. Centering Prayer is a practice that invites us to be present to God as God is present to us. It is a process that transforms us and brings inner peace into our lives. These sessions will present a brief background into the Centering Prayer practice, an explanation of the prayer process and an experience of prayer.

Childcare will not be offered until further notice. Child will not be permitted inside the classrooms with their parents due to social distance policy. There will be no food served during any classes and we ask you refrain from bringing food. Please feel free to bring your own coffee cup, water or beverage of your liking.

Please wear a mask while on campus and while attending all St. Matthew classes and events. Thank you very much for your cooperation.