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Through faith formation, family and youth ministry events, our primary goal for our Faith and Family programs is to provide parents with the support to raise your children in the Catholic faith and build a family life which is built upon and completely intertwined with that faith. We want to offer you the opportunity to discover the joy of a friendship with Jesus, and to learn how to grow that friendship through the gift of our Catholic faith.

You can explore more of our programs below, or reach out to any of your Faith and Family Program staff!  If you are interested in serving as a volunteer in our programs, please visit our Volunteer Information page to learn more!

It is an honor and a privilege to serve and support your family!  

2021-2022 Updated Program Calendar

If your child will be missing a session, no need to email us.  To keep your child current with what they miss, see drop down for Session, Lessons for Absences below.
If you are new to the parish, please contact us by emailing Diane.  If you are seeking sacramental preparation for your child, please contact Lori for First Eucharist or Avery for Confirmation.

UPDATED: Schedule of Sessions, Lessons for Absences

If your child will be missing a session, no need to email us.  To keep your child current with what they miss, click on the appropriate dates for updated chapters, topics and activities.
Jan. 30 and Feb. 2: IN SESSION
Feb. 6 and 9: IN SESSION
Feb. 13 and 16: IN SESSION**
**There will be no regular Edge sessions the week of Feb. 13 and 16. In lieu of sessions, middle school youth will attend a night of Adoration, praise and worship at the Ballantyne campus on Feb. 16 from 7 to 8 pm.
Feb. 20 and 23: IN SESSION (No PS-KN)
Feb. 27 and Mar. 2: NOT IN SESSION
Mar. 6 and 9: IN SESSION
Mar. 13 and 16: IN SESSION
Mar. 20 and 13: IN SESSION
Mar. 27 and 30: IN SESSION
Apr. 3 and 6: IN SESSION
Apr. 24: PS-KN ONLY
May 1: PS-KN ONLY
May 8: PS-KN ONLY

Sacramental Preparation: Baptism, First Eucharist, Confirmation

The sacraments of initiation (baptism, Holy Eucharist and confirmation) are gifts to us, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church.  It is our privilege to support parents as they prepare their children for these grace-filled gifts.

Adults who are seeking the sacraments of initiation for themselves or inquiring about marriage, please contact Rachel Willoughby

BAPTISM: If the child to be baptized is under the age of five, please complete this FORM and you will be contacted.  If your child is entering kindergarten or older, or has been baptized but not in the Catholic Church, please contact Diane Kiradjieff to learn more.

FIRST EUCHARIST: Preparing for the sacrament of First Eucharist is a two year process, beginning as early as first grade.  Please contact Lori Mathews to learn the proper program placement for your child, or learn more HERE.  Parents of currently registered children may also find resources and support HERE.

CONFIRMATION: Preparing for the sacrament of Confirmation is also a two year process, beginning as early as seventh grade.  Please contact Avery Utz to learn the proper program placement for your teen, or learn more HERE.  Parents of currently registered children may also find resources and support HERE.

Family Discipleship: Home, Church, Community

Our Family Discipleship program and events are designed to support parents in fostering the faith at home and in all aspects of family life.

FAMILY DISCIPLESHIP FAITH FORMATION: For families with elementary and middle school age children in our faith formation program, this gives you an option to combine at home learning with community events.  Parents are provided with the curriculum and lesson outline to do at home with their children.  Four times through the program year, families come to a ‘mini-retreat’ in person at our Ballantyne Campus.  CLICK FOR MORE INFORMATION, DATES AND LESSON TIPS.

Family Discipleship Coordinators, Amy Bojarski and Michelle Lyberg

FAMILY CONNECTIONS: For families of all ages and generations! Events are offered through the program year, and designed to offer families opportunities to serve, come together in community or just explore aspects of our faith in unique, tangible ways!

Family Connections Coordinator, Cat Sforza

Looking for volunteer opportunities?  Visit our BE THE CHURCH page!

Little Catholics: Preschool and Kindergarten

One of St. Matthew’s sweetest and most loved programs is offered during the 9 and 10:45 am Masses. Our Preschool-Kindergarten program immerses children in their Catholic faith through an interactive curriculum which introduces them to the essential faith concepts and God’s mighty love!  Children must be 3, 4 or 5 by August 31, 2021 to enroll, and should be fully toilet trained as our facilities are not designed for diaper changing during classtime.

CLICK TO REGISTER OR LEARN MORE!

Catholic Littles Coordinator, Becky Lennard (704-543-7677, x1187)

Catholic Kids: Elementary Years

The elementary years following the reception of first sacraments are focused on supporting parents in forming young disciples!  Each grade has a particular focus, but overall the goals of our elementary programs are to encourage curiosity and discovery about our Catholic faith!

CLICK FOR OUR SUNDAY CATHOLIC KIDS CONNECTION!

For family service, formation and events, see our Family Discipleship dropdown above.

CURRICULUM: RCL Benzinger’s Blest Are We-Faith In Action

Catholic Kids Coordinator, Michelle Lyberg (704-543-7677)

If your child has not received the sacrament of First Eucharist, please see the dropdown above for sacramental preparation!

 

 

Catholic Youth: Middle School EDGE Years

The Edge program is offered in 6th, 7th and 8th grade.  Utilizing a youth ministry format, Edge provides a safe fun place for youth to find solid Catholic community, to get answers to their questions about faith, and, most importantly, to experience Jesus in a profound and personal way.  At St. Matthew, this program serves as continuing faith formation for middle school youth and in 8th grade is enriched with our Ignite proximate preparation to complete their preparation for Confirmation and life as a fully initiated Catholic disciple of Christ.

Edge Coordinator, Amy Bojarski

Confirmation Coordinator, Avery Utz

Looking for volunteer opportunities?  Visit our BE THE CHURCH page!

For family service, formation and events, see our Family Discipleship dropdown above. 

CLICK FOR EDGE SERVICE LOGS or FOR CONFIRMATION PAPERWORK

CLICK FOR XTREME EDGE EVENTS!

Catholic Teens: High School LIFE TEEN

Our program is committed to providing our teens with the best possible opportunities for personal and spiritual growth through catechesis (religious education), fellowship, service, outreach, and leadership.

High School Youth Minister, Lauren Piercefield

CLICK FOR INFORMATION ON ALL HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMS AND OPPORTUNITIES!

Looking for volunteer opportunities?  Visit our BE THE CHURCH page!

Catholic Friends: Special Needs Programming

SPRED (SPecial Religious EDucation) is a program of religious development specifically designed to meet the spiritual needs of persons of all ages with developmental disabilities and intellectual challenges. Through their participation in the SPRED Community of faith, our Special Friends are incorporated into the liturgical and sacramental life of the parish of St. Matthew. SPRED serves persons with special needs age six through adulthood.


It is our hope to resume our SPRED program in early 2022.  Families who would like a loved one participate, please reach out to Carol Herrmann or Jan Clemens to let us know your interest!  In addition, we will need volunteers to help us begin this joyful ministry again!  A training will be held at St. Matthew for those interested in serving as catechists.  Please reach out to Carol Herrmann to let her know you would be willing to help as a catechist or catechist helper.
For details on volunteering or training, please visit our SPRED page!

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Upcoming Events

  • 23
    Jan

    Life Teen Mass
    Sunday, January 23
    5:30 pm-6:30 pm
    St. Matthew Catholic Church, 8015 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy, Charlotte, NC 28277, USA

  • 30
    Jan

    Life Teen Mass
    Sunday, January 30
    5:30 pm-6:30 pm
    St. Matthew Catholic Church, 8015 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy, Charlotte, NC 28277, USA

  • 6
    Feb

    Life Teen Mass
    Sunday, February 6
    5:30 pm-6:30 pm
    St. Matthew Catholic Church, 8015 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy, Charlotte, NC 28277, USA

  • 13
    Feb

    Life Teen Mass
    Sunday, February 13
    5:30 pm-6:30 pm
    St. Matthew Catholic Church, 8015 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy, Charlotte, NC 28277, USA

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