High School Youth Ministry

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.



Life Nights: Calendar/Info (Sundays, 6:30 to 8:30 pm)

All high school teens are invited!  Following the Life Teen Mass, we meet for dinner followed by our program for the night – could be games, small group time, praise and worship.  All Life Nights are to provide an opportunity for teens to explore their faith and form friendships with other Catholic teens walking the journey of discipleship.


  • Sept. 12: Kick-Off/Messy Games Challenge
  • Sept. 19: Small Group Intros
    • Sept. 26: “Shattered – Jesus, The Savior”
    • Oct. 3: “Eye Contact – Who Jesus Says We Are”
    • Oct. 10: “Through the Looking Glass – Our Response to Jesus”
    • Oct. 17: “Live Image – Living as a Disciple”
  • Oct. 24: Social Night


    • Nov. 7: “Call Me Mom – Mary, Mother of God”
    • Nov. 14: “Lost Ark – Mary, Ark of the New Covenant”
    • Nov. 21: “Dwelling Place – Mary, Living Tabernacle”
    • Nov. 28 (No Life Night, Thanksgiving)
    • Dec. 5: Advent XLT, Praise and Worship
    • Dec. 12: Christmas Party/Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe



Life Teen Mass: Sunday, 5:30 pm

At the Sunday 5:30 pm Mass, teens and their families are invited to experience the depth of God’s love through the Word, the community, and the Eucharist. All teens are welcome to sit as a community in one section and are encouraged to participate as lectors, ushers, and extraordinary ministers of holy Communion.  Teens interested in serving in the liturgical ministry roles should email Lauren (lpiercefield@stmatthewcatholic.org)


Confirmation and RCIT  (Rite of Christian Initiation for Teens)

This program is for teens coming into the Church who have not yet received all the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, First Eucharist and Confirmation) or those who have not been enrolled in Faith Formation for an extended period of time seeking only the sacrament of Confirmation.

Through a relaxed, small group setting, teens discover the teachings of the Catholic Church and what it means to live your life as a Catholic Christian in today’s world.

If you are interested in registering for this program, please contact Avery Utz.

Strengths Quest

This program helps high school teens discover who God is calling them to be! We are each uniquely and perfectly made, and Strengths Quest can help us see how.

Through a brief on-line assessment developed by the Gallup Organization, teens discover their top five God-given strengths. After taking the assessment, teens attend a one-time, three-hour gathering that covers how to apply these strengths to become more engaged in the parish, find fulfilling ways to volunteer in the community, develop stronger relationships, find more success with school work, and more. It’s a fast-paced course with lots of discussion and self-discovery, lots of great snacks and a whole lot of Holy Spirit!

Contact Lauren Piercefield for additional information.

Teen Volunteer for Faith Formation

This is a great opportunity for teens to share their faith with younger members of the parish.

From pre-school to 8th grade, teens act as catechists, small group facilitators and more in our Faith Formation programs during the year. This is a wonderful way for teens to strengthen and deepen their faith as they help younger students get excited about being Catholic.

For more information, contact Lauren Piercefield.


Lauren Piercefield, High School Youth Minister

Favorite Scripture Verse, Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” 

Youth Ministry News

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    Life Teen Mass
    Sunday, October 24
    5:30 pm-6:30 pm
    St. Matthew Catholic Church, 8015 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy, Charlotte, NC 28277, USA

  • 31

    Life Teen Mass
    Sunday, October 31
    5:30 pm-6:30 pm
    St. Matthew Catholic Church, 8015 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy, Charlotte, NC 28277, USA

  • 7

    Life Teen Mass
    Sunday, November 7
    5:30 pm-6:30 pm
    St. Matthew Catholic Church, 8015 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy, Charlotte, NC 28277, USA

  • 14

    Life Teen Mass
    Sunday, November 14
    5:30 pm-6:30 pm
    St. Matthew Catholic Church, 8015 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy, Charlotte, NC 28277, USA

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