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

Saint Matthew University (SMU)

NEW! (Click on the title to register)

Living Chastity in the 21 Century: Finding the Reason Behind the Rules
Friday, Oct. 8

7 to 9 pm
NLC—Banquet Room
no fee, please register (Welcome to walk-in without a registration.)
Married, single, dating or engaged—the struggle is real, and it can be helpful to receive some strategic advice in this battle for virtue. Batrice will offer a talk to young adults –both men and women, college age and up, single, dating, engaged or married this October 8, 7-9 pm, who desire to learn what it means to live a chaste life and how to counter the voice of the world as it tries to lead us down a different path. Batrice will share her own personal testimony and address some common misconceptions that many have regarding chastity, contraception, marriage prep and marital life, giving special attention to our desire for freedom and the modern flight from restrictive, old-fashioned rules and regulations. Rules without reason are often too hard to follow—come discover the reason behind the rules.

Batrice Adcock, MSN is a nurse educator and directs the Natural Family Planning Program serving the Diocese of Charlotte. Batrice educates on the 3 benefits of menstrual cycle charting, within the context of Church teaching on the beauty of sexuality: family planning, optimizing health, and cycle syncing. Batrice enjoys anything outdoors with her husband of 17 years and 3 children, where they live in the mountains of NC.

Fall 2021 classes:

33 Days to Morning Glory by Father Michael Gaitley from Legion of Mary
Acts of the Apostles from Catholic Scripture Study
An Introduction to the Theology of the Body: Discovering the Master Plan for Your Life
Genesis to Jesus
Living Your Strengths (LYS)
Matthew: The King and His Kingdom
Oremus: A Guide to Catholic Prayer
Prayers for the Holy Souls in Purgatory
Untold Blessing – Three Paths to Holiness by Bishop Robert Barron

Bishop Barron’s The Creed
Christ Renews His Parish – Women’s Oct. 22 & 23, Men’s Nov. 5 & 6 (CRHP Registration HERE)
Divine Mercy – Day of Healing, Postponed to March 5! 

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Eucharistic Congress 2022 by clicking HERE



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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


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

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.


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:

Find upcoming classes HERE.


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

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

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.