Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Monday, Dec. 7
7:30 pm Vigil Mass

Tuesday, Dec. 8
9 am
12:10 pm
7:30 pm

All Holy Day Masses will be celebrated in the church at the Ballantyne Campus.

As a test run for Christmas Masses, tickets will be available for the holy day Masses. While tickets are not required, we greatly appreciate your assistance in helping us check the ticketing system and working out the bugs before Christmas. The link to access tickets is below.
Click here for tickets.

Christmas Mass Schedule

We are excited to announce the 2020 Christmas Mass schedule. Based on your input from our recent survey, we will have eight Masses in the church at the Ballantyne Campus, and one Communion service at the Waxhaw campus. Though this will not accommodate everyone who expressed an interest in attending Mass in person, it is the best use of space and time to provide seating for as many parishioners as possible. We will also offer a beautiful Home for Christmas virtual option for those who cannot attend Mass on campus.
CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE
BALLANTYNE CAMPUS
Christmas Eve – Dec. 24
2 pm Mass
4 pm Mass
6 pm Mass
8 pm Mass
Midnight Mass
BALLANTYNE CAMPUS 
Christmas Day – Dec. 25
9 am Mass (Live streamed)
10:45 am Mass
12:30 pm Mass
In order to provide a safe worship environment for all, capacity is extremely limited and all Masses will be ticketed. Tickets will be available beginning Thursday, Dec. 10, at 10 am. The December e-news, scheduled to go out to parishioners on Thursday, Dec. 3, will have all the details for making a reservation and obtaining tickets.
WAXHAW CAMPUS
We will have indoor Communion at Waxhaw on Christmas Eve from 4 to 5 pm. Reservations are required by signing up on SignUpGenius. This link will also be included in the e-news, with spots available every 15 minutes throughout the hour.
HOME FOR CHRISTMAS
New this year in the land of COVID, we offer an interactive virtual package for our families participating in Christmas Mass from home. This Mass will be available at 4 pm on Christmas Eve, and will remain open for viewing at a time of your choosing. Make plans now to gather safely with family and friends for this unique Christmas offering. More details in the December e-news.
Volunteers are still needed to assist with Christmas Masses. Seating will be provided for volunteers and their families. Please click here to see what Masses are available.

Opportunities for Holiday Giving

Our Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations may look a little different this year, but we still have many opportunities to help others and make their holidays a bit more merry and bright. Please check out the opportunities to assist others through donation of food, gift cards, by ordering your Christmas tree or wreath through our Boy Scouts, and more. This page will continue to be updated as more opportunities to give are presented to us, so please check back periodically and help where you can. And as always, please pray for everyone to feel the peace and joy that only Christ can give. God bless you

Thanksgiving Food Collection

Our Thanksgiving food collection is Nov. 21 through Nov. 28. We will have bins in front of the Ballantyne campus church for drive-up donations of non-perishable food items. This year, many families are struggling to put food on their tables. Please consider donating items listed below and spreading the joy of the season. We will use the contributions to stock our parish food pantry and to fill baskets for those in need. This food drive will take the place of the tradition of bringing food to the altar on Thanksgiving day. We will have a symbolic cornucopia of food on the altar to represent all of the donations made in November. We thank your in advance for your generosity. For a list of items needed, click here.

Create a Christmas Bin/Basket

New this year, we have an opportunity for you to prepare a Christmas bin or basket to be shared with families in our community. This could be a beautiful family project over the Thanksgiving weekend. Fill an 18 gallon bin (or comparable item) with food items from this list, and don’t forget to add in special non-perishable items that are your family’s favorites. Feel free to decorate your bin or include a card or personal message from your family to the family that will receive your gift. What a great opportunity to get creative and enjoy family time while we share our gratitude for the many blessings in our lives. Filled bins are to be dropped off in the front of the parish center on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 8 am to 2 pm, where the Boy Scouts will assist in unloading. And speaking of our Boy Scouts…

Boy Scout Christmas Trees

St. Matthew Boy Scouts are selling Fraser fir Christmas trees, wreaths, and poinsettias. Your support provides the resources for 80+ young men to gain memorable outdoor experiences and become instilled with values, principles, and skills that will help them develop into future leaders. Click here to visit our secure website and place your order. Order pickup is Dec. 5 at the Ballantyne campus.

Angel Tree

 Last year, with your generous support, the Angel Tree Ministry, working together with local charities, was able to provide 2,400 gifts to families in need! The year 2020 has been one of pandemic and uncertainty, increasing the urgency for assistance this Christmas season. Donations and collection are different to comply with current safety guidelines. Although we are not collecting personalized gifts, you may donate gift cards and checks from Nov. 13 to Dec. 13. Please place gift cards and checks in an envelope marked Angel Tree, and place them in the offertory containers, which are available at all Masses and at Communion services at the Ballantyne and Waxhaw campuses. In addition, you may drop off donations to the church office Monday through Friday from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm or mail them to the office. Gift card requests include Visa, Mastercard, Amazon, retail stores, grocery stores, local malls, shoe stores, gas stations, drug stores, and local restaurants. Thank you in advance for your generosity! To learn more about the wonderful organizations that the Angel Tree Ministry serves, click here. For more information please email Tiffany Staples at stmattsangeltree@gmail.com.

Family Connections

A part of our Faith Formation program, this ministry seeks to connect families in the parish with opportunities to serve, even in the midst of a pandemic. Many of our activities include an opportunity to come together for a fun group activity utilizing safe social distancing guidelines, as well as an opportunity to serve those in most need. Click here to learn more.

Socially Conscious Gift Guide

This holiday season put your Catholic faith into action by purchasing gifts with a purpose. You can give a unique, handmade gift that supports families and strengthens communities worldwide. Supporting fair trade organizations ensures that artisans and farmers living in poverty are treated with respect and dignity and are paid fairly for their work. Click here for the guide.

Ongoing Opportunities to Give

Offertory

Diocesan Support Appeal (Please be sure to indicate St. Matthew as your parish).

Priests’ Retirement and Benefits

Volunteer Opportunities for Youth

If you have a willing heart and time to give, we have plenty of chances for you to serve!

Nov. 20, 21, 22 or 24 (times vary): Help in the preparations for First Reconciliation (if you like working with children or arts/crafts or simply being a friendly face representing St. Matthew!) FIRST RECONCILIATION LINK

Nov. 22 (two shifts, 3:30 to 4:30 pm) Be a part of preparing our Home for Christmas packets for families! (if you like organizing, Christmas and being with other friendly faces representing St. Matthew) PACKET LINK

Nov. 29 (2 shifts, 10 am to 2 pm) Assist at the Family Advent Wreath: Walk the Tradition (if you like setting things up, telling stories or simply being a friendly face representing St. Matthew!) ADVENT WREATH LINK

Dec. 10 and 11 (2 shifts, 4:30-8:00) Bring the Nativity Story to life at our Christmas Window Journey through Bethlehem (if you like portraying characters – no words, Christmas or simply being a friendly face representing St. Matthew!) BETHLEHEM LINK

For more information and other opportunities, visit Be The Church!

Around the Diocese News

There are a lot of great events, multiple job postings and more, all around our Diocese. Click the link below to visit the Around the Diocese page on our website to check it out!

Click here! 

Your Help Is Needed

 

None of us need to be reminded what an unpredictable and unprecedented year 2020 has been. Last February, on the first Sunday of Lent, our parish responded with the great generosity for which St. Matthew has always been known. Our parish made e the largest pledge in our history to this year’s DSA. No one could have predicted the turmoil and heartache this pandemic would subsequently bring, and yet, your generosity continues! This year’s Monsignor McSweeney World Hunger Drive has raised nearly $250,000 to help our family in Haiti and Jamaica. However, the needs of our neighbors in Western NC continue. Catholic Charities offers remarkable help to families in need.  Your support of this year’s DSA is still vital.

Our St. Matthew gifts to date include:

Payments                            ​​​$ 654,832

Remaining pledges           ​​​$ 176,145

Total payments and remaining pledges​​$ 830,977

​2020 DSA goal​​​​​$ 852,481

Shortfall in payments to goal                                  ($197,649)

We recognize that many of you who made pledges in February may be facing much different financial realities today. We understand. For those who are able, we would be most grateful for your support today, either in fulfilling your remaining pledges, or in making an additional gift to help those who may need a leg up during these difficult days. You may give online at the link below, or by dropping a check in the mail (marked DSA) to St. Matthew Catholic Church, PO Box 49349, Charlotte, NC 28277. Thank you for your continued generosity!

 

To donate to the Diocesan Support Appeal, click here.

To donate to the Priests’ Retirement Fund, click here.

The St. Matthew Counseling Center is at Your Service!

Christine Delaney is proud to have served in the Counseling Center for the past nine years. She is grateful for the confidence that the priests and staff have placed in her by naming her acting department head of the Counseling Center. Our licensed clinicians offer a wide range of services to our parish and community in a peaceful and faith-filled atmosphere of strict confidentiality. If you or someone you know or love would like to speak with one of our counselors, please call Christine Delaney at 704-543-7677 x1069. We are honored by the confidence of our parish has placed in us, especially during these challenging times. We offer services to the parishioners of St. Matthew at a very favorable sliding scale cost.

 

Food Pantry

Our Food Pantry is currently in need of canned pasta, peanut butter, jelly, pancake mix, sugar, boxed hamburger meals, boxed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, cereal, salad dressing, garbanzo beans, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, broth and soups of all kinds, cookies and crackers. Please bring all donations to the storage area below the Daily Mass Chapel Monday through Friday by 2 pm.