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.


Look! Classes, lectures, workshops and retreats have been arranged for the winter / spring semester. Please look through the list and click on a class title to register online with a credit card.  Scroll below this listing to find class descriptions.

For LENT 2019 :

Class offerings for this LENT ! Click on the title to register online with a credit card.

Listen to Your Life: Lenten Transformation Through Life Transitions (Carla D’Rozario, M.A.)

CANCELLED: Show Us Your Mercy: A Lenten Morning of Reflection (Susan Reynolds, M.T.S., M.Ed., Ph.D. in Theology and Education)

Psalms: The School of Prayer with Katie Dunne Knoefel

Lectio Prayer with Jane Brock

Follow Me: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John

The Mass (Waxhaw Campus)

The Mass (Main Campus)

S.O.A.P.  (Saving Our Adolescents from Prostitution=S.O.A.P.)

The Power of Calm Raising Your Kids by Keeping Your Cool

Living Your Strengths (Strengths Exploration Class) Classes will restart in April!

Feel free to come to the office in person to register for classes and pay with check or cash only. (credit card is online only.)

Mail in a registration. Download and print your registration page, click SMU REGISTRATION PAGE

St. Matthew Catholic Church

Attn: Adult FF Registration

P.O. Box 49349

Charlotte, NC 28277

Please read below for the classes, workshops, retreats and lectures being offered this semester.


The Mass* (see below and click on the location you want to attend in order to register.)
Seven Weeks
Charles Knatz
Two offerings

Waxhaw Campus
Thursdays, April 11 to May 23
10 to 11:30 am

Main Campus
Tuesday, April 23 to June 4
7 to 8:30 pm
NLC 206
Walk through the Liturgy with Bishop Barron and be transformed through insights on this most privileged and intimate encounter with our Lord Jesus Christ. See how the Mass brings us out of the fallen world and into the heavenly realm, how it resonates with
a call from God and a response from his people, the Church, and, most importantly, how we are intimately jointed with the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus through the Holy Eucharist. The Mass will help you understand how to fully, consciously, and
actively participate in the source and summit of the Christian life.



Follow Me: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John
Seven weeks
Deacon Paul Herman and John Mooney
Thursdays, March 28, April 4, 11, 25, May 2, 9, 16
9:45 to 11:45 am
NLC 203
Following Christ takes more than simply believing in him or doing what he asks of us. Jesus wants you to be more than just a believer — He wants you to be his disciple and friend. Follow Me: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John, by Dr. Edward Sri is your guide to a personal encounter with Christ. As the Good Shepherd, Jesus seeks after us. He comes to meet us and beckons us to follow him. He calls us to be his disciples, to trust him, to open ourselves to his merciful love, and to love others as he has loved us. Follow Me invites you to experience the joy of a renewed friendship with Christ.
You will:
• Learn what it takes to follow Christ.
• Discover the joy of divine friendship.
• See how God, and only God, can satisfy the deepest desires of your heart.



Listen to Your Life: Lenten Transformation Through Life Transitions*
Four weeks
Carla D’Rozario, M.A.
Thursdays, March 14, 21, 28, April 4
7 to 8:30pm; Banquet Room
Lent is an invitation to listen to our lives. As we attune to the rhythm of each unique season, we’ll see that spiritually we experience the pattern of being securely rooted, painfully disoriented, and surprisingly reoriented (`a la Walter Brueggemann). Life transitions that may disorient us include raising children, changing careers or educational endeavors, moving or experiencing an empty nest, grieving the death of a loved one or the loss of a relationship, and healing from physical or emotional trauma. In a blend of lecture and reflection on Scripture and our own lives, this class will guide us through paying attention and orienting ourselves in the midst of life transitions, patiently allowing our pain to transform us, and moving toward an Easter encounter with the Risen Christ!

Carla D’Rozario received formation in Spiritual Direction and Ignatian spirituality while earning her M.A. in Pastoral Theology from Loyola Marymount University. Carla’s diverse experience as a retreat guide and lay minister encompasses companioning couples, parents, immigrants, and the aging and dying. Her reflective style of presenting engages both the mind and heart.

Show Us Your Mercy: A Lenten Morning of Reflection –> We apologize, but have cancelled this morning of reflection.
Susan Reynolds, M.T.S., M.Ed., Ph.D. in Theology
Saturday, March 30  
9:45 am to 12:30 pm   
NLC Banquet Room 
During these times of polarization and division, mercy can seem in short supply. As we journey through Lent, join us for a morning of peaceful and prayerful reflection. Meditating on God’s mercy in the parables of Jesus, participants will examine the healing gift of mercy in their own lives and envision how they might embody God’s mercy to the world.

Susan Reynolds, M.T.S., M.Ed., Ph.D. in  Theology and Education at Boston College and is currently an  Assistant Professor of Catholic Studies at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, Georgia.  She holds a PhD and MTS from Boston College and a MEd and BA from the University of Notre Dame. Her work examines the relationship between theology and culture. She has over a decade of experience in campus, parish, and liturgical music ministry.




The Power of Calm Raising Your Kids By Keeping Your Cool*
Six weeks
Jenny Cox, MA, LMFTA
Wednesdays, April 10 to May 15
(No class on 4/24)
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. This is a revolutionary approach that invites patents of all ages (with kids of all ages) to focus on themselves, press the “ pause button” on emotion, and create close, meaningful family relationships. Created by marriage and family therapist, author and speaker Hal Runkel, ScreamFree parenting has helped millions of parents crate a calmer household with more cooperation and respect.

Jenny Cox is a licensed marriage and family therapy associate
and a certified ScreamFree Parent leader. She is married with two children.

Living Your Strengths (LYS)

Need help finding out:

  • Who did God plan for YOU to be?
  • God made each of us, unique, on purpose and for a purpose!
    Visit the Gallup’s CliftonStrengths website, and there you’ll find a Strength’s assessment. You can take the assessment online. But one step better, is taking a Strengths Exploration class.

Strengths Exploration* New classes will begin again in the Fall
Learn to spend time and energy on things you do well, who did God plan for you to be as well as, realize God made each of us unique, on purpose for a purpose! 
six-week classes with trained facilitators

Strengths Exploration is a small-group program designed to help you discover your God-given talents and begin to shift your focus away from fixing your weaknesses. With the guidance of trained facilitators, groups explore each of the CliftonStrengths top talent themes – regular patterns of behavior – and determine how to apply these talents to personal, professional and spiritual aspect of their lives to fulfill God’s purpose.

New classes will begin in the fall. Watch the bulletin and website for registration to begin. 

Strengths Coaching
Find coaches online at the website. Each coach has a personal message. Strengths coaches are available for free one-on-one sessions to help you set goals and apply your God-given talents and strengths.

Peace and Social Justice

Saving Our Adolescents from Prostitution  (Saving Our Adolescents from Prostitution=S.O.A.P.)
Event to Combat Human Trafficking in Charlotte

Saturday, March 23, from 9 a.m. to noon, New Life Center Banquet room

NEW OPTION: Passing out soap to hotels from 12 to 2 PM. (child care not offered for this new option)

Think human trafficking is not happening in our zip code? Think again. Charlotte ranks eighth in the nation for number of human trafficking cases reported, with girls and boys being groomed and lured online for sex/slavery at malls, shopping centers, sporting events, and other public venues.

Theresa Flores, a 15-year-old from a well-to-do family in a suburban neighborhood, was one of them. Now an author, and international speaker on human trafficking, Flores will talk about the problem, share her personal story, and provide practical ways to combat this evil at a Saving Our Adolescents from Prostitution (SOAP) event on Saturday, March 23, at St. Matthew Catholic Church. Participants of all ages are invited to help label bars of soap with the National Human Trafficking Hotline number to be delivered to area hotels and other known trafficking spots in Charlotte.

Flores is author of The Slave Across the Street and The Sacred Bath. She has been featured on The 700 Club, The Today Show, and MSNBC’s Sex Slaves-The Teen Trade. She has also been featured on Nightline, America’s Most Wanted, and For the Record as a sex slave survivor. For more information about Flores and her work, visit www.
If you suspect someone is a victim of human trafficking, call 911 right away and do not attempt to confront a suspected trafficker directly or alert a victim to your suspicions. To get help from the National Human Trafficking Hotline (NHTH), call 1-888-373-7888 or text HELP or INFO to BeFree (233733).
This event is sponsored by the Peace and Social Justice Ministry of St. Matthew Catholic Church. Contact us at

Child care is available with 48-hour advance notice. Call 704-543-7677 x 1003 – For presentation on St. Matthew campus only.


Lectio Divina* 
Sister Mary Hugh Mauldin, RSM, MA
Wednesdays, 9:30 to 10:45 am
NLC 234/235
No registration; simply come when you can. Lectio Divina is an ancient community prayer form using the upcoming Sunday Mass readings, providing Scriptural enrichment and community building. Please bring your bible.

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 or Bruce Hassett at 


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


For more information contact Michael Burck, 704-543-7677 x 1020.

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