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.

 

SMU – Fall 2020 Class Registration is here!

Click on the title of the class to register through Faith Direct. You do not need to be registered on Faith Direct to use it. Also, should you run into a problem using Faith Direct, which happens occasionally, please contact Faith Direct, directly so they can assist you completing your registration.

Classes this year due to COVID – 19 will be offered with limited registration for in-person classes to keep with social distancing. Thankfully, several of our facilitators have offered their time for virtual learning. Please take an opportunity to grow, connect and deepen your relationship with Christ by taking one of our extraordinary classes.

Special note regarding SMU Fall 2020:

Childcare will not be offered until further notice. Unfortunately, children will not be allowed to accompany their parents in the classrooms due to the need to social distance.
For now, 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.


Look what we have for you to live your faith life and engage yourself in his mercy. God calls you in relationship, hear him and come learn his word.

“The Word of God is given to us as the Word of life, which transforms, renews, and does not judge in order to condemn, but heals and has forgiveness as its aim. A Word that is light for our steps!”
Pope Francis, Twitter.com; June 22, 2020

Ever feel like you didn’t learn or retain what we learned in “CCD” growing up? Guess what, you can join us and learn or relearn all things Catholic by taking one of the classes below! 


We are currently not taking drop-off or mailed registrations in the office, until further notice; please register using the online links provided for each class when registration is required.

St. Matthew is truly excited to bring you a very special professor and priest from the University of Notre Dame!

We hope you will be able to attend and welcome with us Father Paulinus Ikechukwu Odozor, C.S.Sp.

CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING AND ITS MODERN CHALLENGES
Father Paulinus Ikechukwu Odozor, C.S.Sp.
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020
7 to 9 pm
Banquet Room
No fee; Registration is required by Wednesday, Nov. 18
Click HERE for registration; required for updates and to let us know you are coming.

Father Paulinus Ikechukwu Odozor, C.S.Sp., is a priest of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans). He received his initial formation in Nigeria and did his graduate studies at St. Michaels College, Toronto, Regis College, Toronto, and the University of Toronto. Father Odozor’s scholarly interests are in Foundational issues in Christian ethics; history of Catholic moral theology; contextual theological issues, including questions pertaining to enculturation; theology and society; African Christian theology; and the theology of marriage. Fr. Odozor is also an Africanist with interest in African history, African literature, African politics’ and questions relating to change and contemporary African societies. In addition to being the author of many articles in peer-reviewed publications in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America, Fr. Odozor has also authored or edited nine books. Fr. Odozor held numerous academic, administrative, and pastoral positions in Nigeria and Canada. He was president of the Governing Council of Spiritan International School of Theology in Enugu, Nigeria (2005-2017) and Father Odozor was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as expert assistant to the 2009 Synod of Bishops for Africa.

 

Classes for the fall are listed below, grouped by location:

Virtual Class Offerings

33 Days to Greater Glory Spend Lent With Father … and the Father | The Gregorian Institute at Benedictine College
Lennie Cox
Six weeks – VIRTUAL OFFERING
Oct. 14 to Nov. 18
9:30 to 10:30 am
$20

 

Join us in studying Father Gaitley’s, “33 Days to Greater Glory” as we prepare to make our total Consecration to the Father through Jesus based on the Gospel of John. We invite you to take this journey “to discover the deepest mysteries of the Father’s love so we might become authentic witnesses of Christ and the beauty of the Church.” Consecration date will be determined later.

Great Adventure Bible Timeline: The Story of Salvation
Ron Groover
24 weeks – VIRTUAL OFFERING
Sept. 24 to April 29 (Might end earlier than April.)
7 to 8:15 pm
$40

The Bible Timeline study program takes you on a guided journey through salvation history. Presenter Jeff Cavins will show you how 14 of the Bible’s narrative books tell the biblical story from beginning to end and give you the keys to understanding the amazing story woven throughout Scripture.

Through its 24 sessions, The Bible Timeline will teach you how to read and understand the Bible and introduce you to the wonderful narrative of the Bible in a way that will transform your life.

First Samuel – Virtual Class
18 weeks
Marie Grzeskiewicz
Oct. 19 – March 29
Mondays, 10 to 11 am
Virtual (Zoom) Event
$40

The book of Samuel chronicles a pivotal period in the story of salvation history, when the era of the judges was coming to a close and Samuel, the last of the judges and the first prophet, becomes the instrument by which God transitions Israel from a confederation of tribes to a kingdom. The Throne of David is established as a new institution, one that would usher in the long-awaited Messiah, the anticipated Lord and Savior, ensuring he would be known and recognized when he came.

Epic: The Journey Through Church History
Courtney Wolford
20 weeks – VIRTUAL CLASS
Sept. 21 to March 15
Mondays, 7:30 to 8:30 pm
$30

This fascinating study follows the Catholic Church as it grows through the ages into what we have today. See the glory of the Church founded by Christ and understand where you fit into this Epic story. Lively discussion will occur during the course of this class. Presented by Steve Weidenkopf, it takes you through the major people, places, and events that make up the history of the Catholic Church.

Ballantyne Campus Course Offerings

The Sacraments 
Andrea Knatz
Six weeks
Nov. 3 to Dec. 15
Tuesdays, 7 to 8:30 pm
$35

 

The great sacraments of the Church—baptism, confirmation, the Eucharist, reconciliation, the anointing of the sick, matrimony, and holy orders—have endured for thousands of years and structured countless lives. Everything in the Church’s life comes from and returns to them. But there is far more to these ancient rites than meets the eye.

Mary: A Walk with the Blessed Mother
8 weeks
John Mooney and Deacon Paul Herman
Oct. 22 to Dec. 17
Thursdays, 9 to 11 am
$25

In Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother, you will experience an extraordinary pilgrimage though Mary’s life and see why she is an essential part of our Faith. Guided by Dr. Edward Sri, you will journey through the biblical narrative of Mary’s life and visit the places where key events in salvation history occurred. You will be introduced to the Blessed Mother on a personal level and will see how Scripture, history, and Jewish culture reveal the sorrows, anxieties, and joy Mary would have felt in her heart.

Catholic Scripture Study presentsFirst Samuel: Establishing the Throne of David
First Samuel: Establishing the Throne of David
Terry DeMao
18 weeks
Oct. 13 to March 9
Tuesdays, 9:50 am to Noon
$40

VIRTUAL Offering also:

First Samuel – Virtual Class
18 weeks
Facilitator Marie Grzeskiewicz
Oct. 19 – March 29
Mondays, 10 to 11 am
Virtual (Zoom) Event
$40

 

The book of Samuel chronicles a pivotal period in the story of salvation history, when the era of the judges was coming to a close and Samuel, the last of the judges and the first prophet, becomes the instrument by which God transitions Israel from a confederation of tribes to a kingdom. The Throne of David is established as a new institution, one that would usher in the long-awaited Messiah, the anticipated Lord and Savior, ensuring He would be known and recognized when He came.

Waxhaw Campus Course Offerings

Credo
Rachel Willoughby
Four weeks
Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28 (Come to one, or come to all.)
Wednesdays, 10am to 11:30 am
Waxhaw – 4116 Marvin-Waxhaw Rd.
“The Catholic faith is indeed a treasure all people are destined to inherit, to unlock; the first time may experience great joy and eagerness. Yet, at the same time, this treasure is so rich and abundant that it is easy to be overwhelmed. There is so much to learn! So much is new! The treasure is not just information but also a way of life that takes time to grow into. Credo is meant to help you unlock the treasures of the Faith in a systematic way that combines belief and practice. (From the introduction to Credo)
Part 1 will be offered this fall and will cover the following topics over a series of four weeks: Knowing and Desiring God: Revelation and Faith; Prayer and the Sacraments; the Most Holy Trinity; Creation and the Fall; the Incarnation; the Holy Spirit; the Church; the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Part 2 (Winter 2021) will cover the Sacraments; Part 3 (Spring 2021) will cover the Christian moral life. You are welcome to come to one or all the classes, there is no fee. Each class can stand alone, however the book and video series will remain the same and tie all three sections together.

33 Days to Morning Glory
Six weeks – Ballantyne Campus
Oct. 22 to Dec. 3
Thursdays, 7 to 8:30 pm
$30

Based on the best-selling book 33 Days to Morning Glory by Father Michael Gaitley, MIC, this 33 Days to Morning Glory Group Retreat goes more deeply into understanding and living Marian consecration than the book alone. The Retreat Companion (workbook), the DVD talks, and the small group discussion bring each participant on an unforgettable and life-transforming journey

Ongoing Groups:

Peace and Social Justice
Click here to go to Peace and Social Justice page

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

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 

For a complete and unabridged description of classes, see below:

Credo

Credo
Rachel Willoughby
Four weeks
Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28
Wednesdays, 10am to 11:30 am
Waxhaw – 4116 Marvin-Waxhaw Rd.
“The Catholic faith is indeed a treasure all people are destined to inherit, to unlock; the first time may experience great joy and eagerness. Yet, at the same time, this treasure is so rich and abundant that it is easy to be overwhelmed. There is so much to learn! So much is new! The treasure is not just information but also a way of life that takes time to grow into. Credo is meant to help you unlock the treasures of the Faith in a systematic way that combines belief and practice. (From the introduction to Credo)

Part 1 will be offered this fall and will cover the following topics over a series of four weeks: Knowing and Desiring God: Revelation and Faith; Prayer and the Sacraments; the Most Holy Trinity; Creation and the Fall; the Incarnation; the Holy Spirit; the Church; the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Part 2 (Winter 2021) will cover the Sacraments; Part 3 (Spring 2021) will cover the Christian moral life. You are welcome to come to one or all the classes, there is no fee. Each class can stand alone, however the book and video series will remain the same and tie all three sections together.

 

 

The Sacraments

The Sacraments (Registration is forthcoming)
Andrea Knatz
Six weeks
Nov. 3 to Dec. 15
Tuesdays, 7 to 8:30 pm
$35
The great sacraments of the Church—baptism, confirmation, the Eucharist, reconciliation, the anointing of the sick, matrimony, and holy orders—have endured for thousands of years and structured countless lives. Everything in the Church’s life comes from and returns to them. But there is far more to these ancient rites than meets the eye.

In this follow-up to The Mass, Bishop Barron looks at the great sacraments of the Church in all their theological depth, spiritual effects, and pastoral promise. The Sacraments will help you understand these signs and channels of grace and discover the secret behind their persistence down the ages: the presence and power of the Savior himself.

 

Jesus: The Way, the Truth and the Life

Jesus the Way, the Truth and the Life
Joe Becker
10 weeks – VIRTUAL CLASS
Sept. 24 to Dec. 3
Thursdays, 9:45 to 11:45 am
$30
A Powerful Study on the Life of Jesus Christ, Jesus: The Way, the Truth, and the Life is a 10-week video study program and book. Anchored in the life of Christ as presented in the Gospels, this study explores the entirety of Jesus’ life – who He is, what He is really like, what He taught, what He did for our salvation, and what all of this means for us as Catholics today.

Presented by Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio, Jeff Cavins, and
Dr. Edward Sri, this study was filmed in the Holy Land so Catholics can experience the extraordinary world in which Jesus lived and
taught – the historical context, the politics, the clashing cultures, the history, and the ancient land – and see where the most significant events of His life took place, from His infancy to His ascension.

This study shows, in a simple way, how Jesus, the Incarnate God, is both fully divine and fully human – His intimacy with the Father, His revelation of the Father’s love, and His extraordinary influence on His disciples, His followers, and even His enemies.

Most importantly, this encounter with Christ will inspire and empower you to center your entire life in Him as you come to know and love Him in an ever-deeper and more intimate way.
In this study, Catholics will learn…
• Who Jesus is and how He answers the longings of the human heart.
• Why Jesus was baptized.
• The significance of the Transfiguration.
• The essentials of Christology explained in a way the average Catholic can understand.
• The mystery and meaning of the Resurrection, Christ’s triumph over death.
• The nature of Jesus’ mission and the redemption of humanity.
• Our role today as Catholics in the Great Commission.

 

33 Days to Greater Glory

33 Days to Greater Glory
Lennie Cox
Six weeks – VIRTUAL OFFERING
Oct. 14 to Nov. 18
9:30 to 10:30 am
$20
Join us in studying Father Gaitley’s, “33 Days to Greater Glory” as we prepare to make our total Consecration to the Father through Jesus based on the Gospel of John. We invite you to take this journey “to discover the deepest mysteries of the Father’s love so we might become authentic witnesses of Christ and the beauty of the Church.” Consecration date will be determined later.

Great Adventure Bible Timeline: The Story of Salvation

Great Adventure Bible Timeline: The Story of Salvation
Ron Groover
24 weeks – VIRTURAL OFFERING
Sept. 24 to April 29 (Might end earlier, than this date.)
Thursdays (Morning and evening options, choose one.)
Morning: 10:45 am to Noon
Evening: 7 to 8:15 pm
$40
The Bible Timeline study program takes you on a guided journey through salvation history. Presenter Jeff Cavins will show you how 14 of the Bible’s narrative books tell the biblical story from beginning to end and give you the keys to understanding the amazing story woven throughout Scripture.

In this revolutionary approach to Bible study, The Bible Timeline divides the Bible into 12 color-coded time periods that make it easier to follow its narrative thread. Using a unique color-coded chart, you will learn the major people, places, and events of the Bible and discover how they all come together to reveal the remarkable story of our faith.

Through its 24 sessions, The Bible Timeline will teach you how to read and understand the Bible and introduce you to the wonderful narrative of the Bible in a way that will transform your life.

Hebrews: The New and Eternal Covenant

Hebrews: The New and Eternal Covenant 
Christine Corbly
Eight weeks –VIRTUAL CLASS
Sept. 22 to Nov. 17
Tuesdays, 10 to 11 am
$30
Do We Realize How Richly We’ve Been Blessed?
Hebrews: The New and Eternal Covenant is an 8-week Bible study program that takes Catholics on a guided tour of what is considered the “Holy of Holies” of biblical theology.
Presented by Dr. Andrew Swafford and Jeff Cavins, this study program draws out the meaning of the book of Hebrews in a simple way and highlights the the critical differences between the Old and New Covenants.
After doing this study, Catholics will be able to see, appreciate, and take hold of the riches God has given them in the New Covenant. And most importantly, this encounter with God through the lens of Hebrews will help Catholics get to know the generosity of the Father’s heart in a deeper way than ever before.
The Old vs. the New Covenant
The saints of the Old Testament would have longed to see what we see in the New Covenant—especially God’s presence in the Holy Eucharist. Noah, Abraham, and Moses, for example, did such amazing deeds. Yet, Catholics today have the New Covenant. The question is, do we realize what this means?
Catholics who embark on this 8-session study will…
• Understand the book of Hebrews and a variety of aspects of the Catholic faith including the Creed, the Sacraments, salvation, judgement, heaven, hell, morality, and prayer.
• Be challenged to become the faithful Catholics they’re called to be as they realize how much is expected of those to whom much is given.
• Appreciate, more fully, the power of the Holy Mass and return to church with a renewed awe and awareness that heaven is truly present to them.
• Be encouraged by the community of saints, the tremendous “cloud of witnesses” rooting for them to get to heaven and interceding on their behalf.
• Discover key connections to the patriarchal period of salvation history and veiled references to the Blessed Mother and the Mercy Seat.
• And more…!

 

Romans: The Gospel of Salvation

Romans: The Gospel of Salvation
Jane Brock, M.Div.
Eight weeks
Sept. 24 to Nov. 20
Thursdays, 7 to 9 pm
$30
Paul’s letter to the Romans has been at the center of reflection, conversion, and controversy from the very beginning.In Romans: The Gospel of Salvation, theology professor Dr. Andrew Swafford and Jeff Cavins provide an authentically Catholic, comprehensive, and simple way to understand the overarching theme of Romans. Learn:
• How to explain salvation to non-Christians
• What is required for salvation – faith or works
• What Paul really means by “works” not leading to salvation
• How Christ’s death changed our relationship with God
• The meaning of the difficult passages in Romans
• How we can enter more deeply into Christ

Acts: The Spread of the Kingdom

Acts: The Spread of the Kingdom
Sue Merchant
20 weeks – VIRTUAL CLASS
Sept. 22 to March 9
Tuesdays, 7:30 to 8:30pm
$40
Learn about the earliest days of the Church with Jeff Cavins as he provides an in-depth explanation of the Acts of the Apostles.

Videos included are:
1. Introduction
2. Acts 1: Prelude to Power
3. Acts 2: The Power of Pentecost
4. Acts 3: The Miraculous Power of Jesus’ Name
5. Acts 4:1-31: The Church Acts with Boldness
6. Acts 4:32–5:42: Problems Within, Persecutions Without
7. Acts 6–7: The First Christian Martyr
8. Acts 8: Kingdom Borders Expand
9. Acts 9: The Persecutor Becomes the Preacher
10. Acts 10: St. Peter’s Un-Kosher Picnic
11. Acts 11–12: The Church in Antioch
12. Acts 13–14: Paul’s First Missionary Journey
13. Acts 15–16: The Jerusalem Council and Paul’s Second Missionary Journey
14. Acts 17: Converts and Conflicts – Turning the World Upside Down
15. Acts 18: Ministry in Corinth, Third Missionary Journey
16. Acts 19: Ministry in Ephesus
17. Acts 20–21: Paul Heads for Jerusalem
18. Acts Acts 22:1–25:12: Paul Makes His Defense
19. Acts 25:13–28:31: Paul’s Final Defense and Witness in Rome
20. Conclusion

First Samuel: Establishing the Throne of David

Catholic Scripture Study presents
First Samuel: Establishing the Throne of David
Terry DeMao
18 weeks
Oct. 13 to March 9
Tuesdays, 9:50 am to Noon
$40
First Samuel: Establish the Throne of David was written by Father Jeffrey Kirby, S.T.D. It is an epic journey through one of the most prominent books of the Old Testament!

The book of Samuel chronicles a pivotal period in the story of salvation history, when the era of the judges was coming to a close and Samuel, the last of the judges and the first prophet, becomes the instrument by which God transitions Israel from a confederation of tribes to a kingdom. The Throne of David is established as a new institution, one that would usher in the long-awaited Messiah, the anticipated Lord and Savior, ensuring He would be known and recognized when He came.

Epic: The Journey through Church History

Epic: The Journey Through Church History
Courtney Wolford
20 weeks – VIRTUAL CLASS
Sept. 21 to March 15
Mondays, 7:30 to 8:30 pm
$30
Fascinating study that looks back through the ages, illustrating how our beautiful Catholic Church grows into what we have today. See the glory of the Church founded by Christ and understand where you fit into this Epic story. Lively discussion will occur during the course of this class. Epic teaches Church history Taught from a solid Catholic perspective. Presented by Steve Weidenkopf. It takes you through the major people, places, and events that make up the history of the Catholic Church.
• Learn about the major people, places, and events of the 2,000 years of Church history.
• Remember the 12 time periods of Church history using a unique color-coded system.
• Learn the true story of the Crusades.
• Understand the rationale for the medieval inquisitors.
• Discover the revolutionary character of the Protestant Reformation.
• Discover the persecution of Christians in the 20th century.
• Learn about the workings of the Holy Spirit throughout Church history

The Bible and the Church Fathers

The Bible and the Church Fathers
Christine Corbly
12 weeks – WAXHAW LOCATION!
Sept. 22 to Dec. 8
Tuesdays, 1 to 3 pm
$25
We all want to know a bit more about our family history. The Bible and the Church Fathers helps us dig deep into our own history and learn about our Catholic family tree. Discover those who have gone before us in the Faith, where they came from, and what they believed.  In 12 beautifully produced lessons, you will learn who the Early Church Fathers were and how they shaped the way, we read Scripture.

The Bible and the Church Fathers will teach you everything you need to know about how the Bible took form. You will learn powerful tools for reading it, and you will understand Scripture’s relationship to tradition and, in particular, to the sacraments.
What’s more, you will recognize the powerful effect of Scripture on the Church Fathers. For them, this was no academic pursuit. Their love of God’s Word transformed their lives – just as it has the power to transform ours today.

Living Your Strengths
Offering 3 sessions: (choose one)
$20

Option 1:
Sept. 22 to Oct. 27

Tuesday, 1:30 to 3pm
Option 2:
Sept. 23 to Oct 28

Wednesday, 10 to 11:30 am
Option 3:
Sept. 23 to Oct 28
Wednesday, 7 to 8:30 pm

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.

 

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


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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