Adult Faith Formation/St. Matthew yoUniversity (SMU)

Mission: St. Matthew yoUniversity seeks to invite all adults to grow in their Catholic faith into full Christian maturity. Faith Formation is a life-long process. SMU strives to provide relevant, meaningful educational and spiritual programs for adults of all ages. By incorporating teaching, community and prayer in all that we do, we hope to nurture and support a deep, growing, personal relationship with Jesus and his Church in all those we serve.

 

We are working hard to bring a few online learning opportunities to you digitally in your home so you can stay connected during the coronavirus pandemic. Digital means you can take a class on your own schedule and still be connected with folks in your class as you study together. 


We’ve added Summer SMU Classes!

We are pleased to present the following classes this summer to help you stay connected with St. Matthew. We welcome our visitors from out of state also! So invite your neighbors, friends and family to join these wonderful gifts of faith studies.

Come and see if there is something you would like to take. Class sessions are offered through a Zoom session; see specific classes for Zoom session codes. All are welcome, come join in the discussions! Have a question? Reach out to either Rachel Willoughby (rachelw@stmatthewcatholic.org) or Judy Stumbo (jstumbo@stmatthewcatholic.org) who are waiting to hear from you.

Summer Virtual Classes are here and ready for your registration –

 *Note: if you have taken any of the currently running classes in the past, you are more than welcome to join in the discussion, simply click on the Zoom link at the time of class.

Formed offerings are free; please send a registration to Judy Stumbo at jstumbo@stmatthewcatholic.org

Refresh, revisit and relearn the amazing glorious sacrament of God’s loving grace in the Forgiven class.

Forgiven (Formed) – includes a study guide downloaded from Formed Forgiven Study

Facilitated by Kathy Consler

Zoom session: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81669927902   (Meeting ID: 816 6992 7902)

Wednesdays, 6:30 to 7:30 pm

July 8 to July 29

Forgiven explores the grace and healing offered in Confession and shows how this sacrament of mercy reveals the depth and bounty of God’s love. By looking at God’s revelation of his mercy in Scripture and making a step-by-step examination of the Rite itself, Forgiven communicates God’s invitation to each one of us to come experience his indescribable love in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Our Father (Formed) no study book; videos will be discussed on the zoom sessions.

Facilitated by Ron Groover

Zoom session: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81609636155   (Meeting ID: 816 0963 6155)

Wednesdays, 11 am to 12 noon 

June 17 to July 29 

When asked what they should say in prayer the Lord gives his disciples the “Our Father.” This prayer is considered a gift from the Lord and one that we should especially turn to in times of crisis. This series will go line by line through the prayer highlighting what it meant to Jesus’ first century audience and what it means for us today.

Ascension Press Studies Information:

Each class requires you to purchase your material on the Ascension Press website and register for the class using a distinct St. Matthew Class code. Click on the title of the class to find your class registration code. Email Judy Stumbo for any help at jstumbo@stmatthewcatholic.org. (Ascension Press website technical questions such as login information or specific information regarding the Ascension Press website; please find their contact information on the bottom of their page on www.ascensionpress.com website.)

How do I live as a Christian in the midst of a pagan culture?

First Corinthians: The Church and the Christian Community

Facilitated by Christine Corbly

Zoom session: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87891257793  (Meeting ID: 878 9125 7793)

Tuesdays 11 am to 12 pm

June 16 to August 18

If you page through Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, you will see that he addresses many of the same topics that appear in the news headlines today: scandals, promiscuity, debates and controversies, and issues related to prosperity versus poverty. Clearly the struggles faced by the early Christians are in many ways similar to our own. Paul’s messages to the Corinthians regarding division, immortality, persecution, and other trials offer much needed wisdom for our own times.

The First Corinthians: The Church and the Christian Community study explores the key elements of the gospel message that Paul introduced to a new and growing Church. In this 11-part program, presenter Tim Gray examines Paul’s advice for living an authentic Christian life in a pagan culture, as well as his teachings about the nature of grace, the Church as the body of Christ, and the most powerful gift of all – The Eucharist!

 

Discover the Prophets’ messages for you

The Prophets: Messengers of God’s Mercy 

Facilitated by Katie Dunne

Zoom session: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82669898163   (Meeting ID: 826 6989 8163)

Tuesday evenings 7:00 to 8:30 pm

Tuesdays, June 2 to July 28Please note: we’ve changed the start date. On June 2, you should be prepared with videos (Session 1 & 2; and discussion questions from session 2)

If God’s people had stayed close to him, there might have been no need for the prophets. God sent prophets at critical times to call the people back to their covenant relationship. Prophets proclaimed the consequences of continued sin, called people to repentance, and declared God’s faithful love. They also spoke of the future to shed light on current events and to reveal God’s plans and purposes.

It is nearly impossible to understand the work and message of Jesus without the prophetic books. In The Prophets: Messengers of God’s Mercy study, presenter Thomas Smith examines who the prophets were, their role during their time, and the meaning of their messages for our own time. In this 10-session program, discover how God is constantly calling you to a deeper relationship, as well as the ways you are called to be the voice of God to others.


Spring Virtual Offerings:

Ephesians: Discover Your Inheritance

Zoom time is: Tuesdays, 1 to 2:30 pm

Ephesians:

Click to join: https://zoom.us/j/96018081927

Meeting Code: 96018081927

Follow Me: Gospel of John

Zoom time is: Thursdays, 11 am to 12:30 pm

Follow Me:

Click to Join: https://zoom.us/j/92680571749

Meeting Code: 92680571749

Epic: The Early Years

Zoom time is: Thursdays, 7 to 8:30 pm

Epic: 

Click to join: https://zoom.us/j/92085518079

Meeting Code: 92085518079


We are currently not taking drop-off or mailed registrations in the office, until further notice.


Peace and Social Justice

Click here to go to Peace and Social Justice page

 

PRAYER GROUPS (Ongoing)

Lectio Divina* 
Sister Mary Hugh Mauldin, RSM, MA
Wednesdays, 9:30 to 10:45 am
Zoom session: 

Centering Prayer

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 lies.

Please contact Janie Normile at normilejgm@gmail.com 


KEY:

*Child care is available with 48-hour advance registration to the nursery. Call 704-543-7677 x 1003.

Click on the link below to get a map and directions to both St. Matthew Ballantyne and St. Matthew -Waxhaw location.

NEW LIFE CENTER = NLC

For more information contact Rachel Willoughby 704-543-7677 x 1020.

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