Our Lenten Journey Daily Reflections and Lenten Companion Guide

Please take a few minutes each day to watch the video reflection, pray the Our Father at 3 pm, and look for ways to extend kindness.

Today’s reflection is offered by Carolyn Klika.

For past reflections, please click here to visit our YouTube channel.

Click here for a copy of the Lenten Companion Guide.

Family Prayer Service

Family Prayer Service

Until we are able to once again gather for the celebration of Mass, please join us on MATTtv for the daily and Sunday Masses. 

 As an additional resource, the following prayer service is perfect for sharing prayer and the Mass readings with your family.

Begin in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Pray

I confess to Almighty God
and to you my brothers and sisters
that I have greatly sinned
in my thoughts and in my words,
in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,
through my fault, through my fault,
through my most grievous fault;
therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,
all the angels and Saints,
and you, my brothers and sisters,
to pray for me to the Lord our God.

Read the readings of the day, which can be found at http:/usccb.org/bible/readings/, or in books like Our Daily Bread, Magnificat.

Pray the Apostle’s Creed

I believe in God,
the Father almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried;
he descended into hell;
on the third day he rose again from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty;
from there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting. Amen.

Prayers of Petition

Spend a moment offering prayers of petition for the Church and the Holy Father, the world and your family, for those you love and for those you know are in need.

Pray the Our Father

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Pray

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us. (two times) Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, grant us peace.

Pray

Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.

Make a Spiritual Communion

Close your eyes, picture Jesus standing next to you and pray: My Jesus, I believe that you are truly present in the Most Blessed Sacrament. I love you above all things, and I long for you in my soul. Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come now spiritually into my soul. As I await the next opportunity to attend Holy Mass and receive You sacramentally in Holy Communion, I wish for your indwelling in my soul. Amen.

Close by praying the Hail Mary and Saint Michael the Archangel prayers.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Saint Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do you, o Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

 

UPDATE: Faith Formation and Youth Ministry

In light of recent circumstances and out of regard for the health of our families, beginning Thursday, March 12, all faith formation sessions, small group and program events are suspended until further notice.  Check your email inbox each Thursday for a message with enrichment activities from us!

For details regarding First Eucharist, visit our Parent-Eucharist page.

Regarding the sacrament of confirmation, our Ignite Conference has been cancelled.  The schedule of the Mass will be determined by the Office of the Bishop, and we will notify parents as soon as we have been informed.

It is with a heavy heart that we take these actions, but feel that we must in order to do all we can to lessen the widespread effects of this virus.  The leadership of St. Matthew, and your faith formation team will continue to stay in communication and update you as needed.  Please know, we will be praying daily for your family and optimistically look forward to resuming our programs again soon.

Urgent Parish Updates Regarding Covid-19 Coronavirus

Health-related Precautions and Changes at St. Matthew

March 14, 2020

 

Effective Sunday, March 15, in compliance with an executive order by North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, Bishop Jugis has directed that all public Masses be canceled until further notice.

 

While we are unable to attend Holy Mass, please make an act of spiritual communion:

 

My Jesus, I believe that you are truly present in the Most Blessed Sacrament. 

I love you above all things, and I long for you in my soul. Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come now spiritually into my soul. As I await the next opportunity to attend Holy Mass and receive You sacramentally in Holy Communion, I wish for your indwelling in my soul.

 

A delayed stream of the Mass will be available beginning at 10 am each day, Monday through Saturday, and 9 am each Sunday at the following:

 

Parish Website  www.stmatthewcatholic.org/mass

YouTube           https://www.youtube.com/user/stmatthewcatholic

Facebook         https://www.facebook.com/stmatthewcatholic/

 

Sincerely yours,

Father John Allen

Parochial Administrator

St. Matthew Catholic Church

 

Offertory and Online Giving

  • Online Giving and Text-to-Give: This is a terrific time to become an online giver! It’s safe, secure, and easy to set up. Find details here.
  • CATHOLIC SCHOOL FAMILIES: A reminder that all MACS families – including online givers – should continue to turn in offertory envelopes for parish participation records.

Disinfecting of the Church

Hospital-grade medical disinfectant has been applied to all hard surfaces in the Church,narthex and narthex restrooms and will continue to be applied weekly. We will continue to evaluate all information and will increase the frequency of the application of the disinfectant as needed.

 


Resources for Enriching Your Faith

CATHOLICtV. During the COVID-19 pandemic, CatholicTV wants to make sure all Catholics have access to the Mass. They just launched a new, simplified website where you can watch daily and Sunday Masses from their studio chapel. English Mass Sunday-Friday, English and Spanish Mass on Sunday. Please share this resource! Watchthemass.com

FORMED: The Catholic Faith. On demand. Get thousands of movies, programs, audio, and books instantly.

Want to create a new St. Matthew FORMED account?

  1. Visit FORMED.org
  2. Click Sign Up
  3. Select I Belong to a Parish or Organization
  4. Find St. Matthew by church name or zip
  5. Enter your email – and you are in!

 

Already have a FORMED Account?

  1. Visit FORMED.org
  2. Click Sign In
  3. Enter your email
  4. Click the link in your email
  5. You are in! No more passwords!

 

FLOCKNOTE. Register for a Flocknote account to stay in touch. Text SMCCC to 84576 or visit stmatthewcharlotte.flocknote.com. Flocknote also now gives you access to Word on Fire ENGAGE, with Bishop Robert Baron! Once you have a Flocknote account, visit World on Fire Online Digital from Flocknote to watch any of the videos whenever you want without ever having to login. Your  have this button on your Flocknote dashboard once you register.

Have you tried connecting to Flocknote, only to become frustrated because you are told your record already exists, or perhaps doesn’t exist at all? Let us help! When data was imported from our current database to Flocknote, there was a good bit of conflicting information, including old, unused email addresses and phone numbers. Oh the blessings of a large, engaged parish, with so many registered families. Help us help you. Send us your preferred contact information for parish communications, and we’ll clean up our records. Please include: Name/Email/Cell Phone (One per adult, as two people cannot share the same contact information, or if you prefer one contact for your household, let us know who that should be.) It’s a big job getting a clean database, but once we do, Flocknote will provide a great tool to the parish, for everything from our monthly e-news to small group and ministry communications. You will be able to choose which ministries and groups you belong to, and what information you want to receive. Please send your contact information to communications@stmatthewcatholic.org and we’ll take it from there. Thank you for helping us do our best to keep our parish family informed and connected.

MAGNIFICAT. During this difficult time, many of the faithful may be unable to attend Mass. To help them sanctify their day and to keep walking in the liturgical rhythm of the Church, we are honored to make our online version of MAGNIFICAT temporarily available to everyone for free.

Please help us spread this message and share this linkwww.magnificat.com/free with as many people as you can. Free temporary access is also available in Spanish:
www.magnificat.com/gratis.

 

Beware of Virus-Related Internet Scams

Shared by the Diocese of Charlotte:

Criminals are using public concern over the COVID-19 virus as a weapon to entice you into clicking on a link or going to a website so they can wreak havoc, steal information, plant malware, etc. Be on the lookout for emails, text messages, phone calls, etc. regarding the Corona virus outbreak.

Suspicious communications might contain information regarding a vaccine, a cure, a chance to invest in a cure or vaccine, expert advice for protection or prevention, interesting facts or videos about the disease, links to products like hand sanitizers, soaps, masks, gloves, etc. Do not be fooled.

A good practice is to view all forms of communication from people you do not know with caution. This includes websites, web links in emails, email attachments, text messages with links, phone calls, etc. Another good practice is to avoid clicking links to information, videos, etc. presented to you on social media sites.

If you feel a need to find information about the COVID-19 outbreak, go directly to the source. Only use official websites from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Mecklenburg County Public Health Department, NC Division of Health & Human Services, etc. Be careful that you do not click on ads when searching for websites.

 

Diocese of Charlotte COVID-19 Updates

Power of Calm Raising Your Kids by Keeping Your Cool

Power of Calm Raising Your Kids by Keeping Your Cool*

Jenny Cox, MA LMFt

Five weeks

Mondays, April 20 to May 18

7 to 9 pm

NLC 234/235

$10 per person

Emotional reactivity is behind every bad pattern, bad decision and bad relationship. Whenever we get reactive, whether by screaming, cutting ourselves off, overcompensating for others, or taking things personally, we operate out of our anxiety and not from our values. The Power of Calm is based on the popular ScreamFree Parenting program which teaches us how to calm down, grow up and get closer to the ones we love.

Jenny Cox, MA LMFT, is a licensed marriage and family therapist and a certified ScreamFree Marriage leader. She is married with two children.

Scholarship Opportunities

If you or your child are planning on pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree, check out the flyer below for several scholarship opportunities offered by our parish. More information can be found at the following links:

For the adult Journey of Faith scholarship application and information, click this link: 2020 Journey of Faith Adult Scholarship Application

For the teen Journey of Faith scholarship application and information, click this link: 2020 Journey of Faith Scholarship Application

The application can be returned via mail to the parish office or via email to journey@stmatthewcatholic.org .

For the Teen Stewardship Scholarship information and the application, visit: stmatthewcatholic.org/teenstewardshipscholarship

 

ALL ABOARD! VBS 2020 Registration!

Vacation Bible School 2020

June 20 to 26, 9 am to noon

This summer we embark on a journey like none before!  So, get your ticket and be ready when you hear… ALL ABOARD!

Registration is now open for volunteers (must be rising sixth grade or older) and participants (must be rising kindergarten through rising fifth grade).  To learn more, or to register, click on the ticket pictured below!

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: RESTORED

“Restore us, O God; let thy face shine, that we may be saved.” -Psalm 80:3

When: July 10-12, 2020

Pricing: Early Bird Cost: $275 (until May 1st)
Cost After May 1st: $300

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.

Unlocking the Mysteries of the Bible

 

Join us for a class:

UNLOCKING THE MYSTERIES OF THE BIBLE*
Eight weeks
Katie Dunne Knoefel
Tuesday, March 24 to May 19
6:30 to 8:00 pm
$25
$15 Discount for Catechist or MACS teacher/staff
Waxhaw Offering!
A quick journey through the Bible. Many people want to read the Bible because they know it is God’s Word but give up because it is so complicated. The Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible study program helps you to get the “big picture” of the Bible by showing how fourteen narrative books of the Bible tell the complete story from Adam and Eve to Christ and the Church.