To access the parish assessment, click here.
Taken the survey and ready to go deeper? Click here.
Steps to picking a small group:
Of course not every combination is going to be readily available, and in that case you might want to take advantage of option 2.
Steps to starting your own small group:
Starting your own group can seem a little bit more challenging, but it really is not as hard as it seems. If you would like to start a group but it still feels too daunting, email Rachel and she will be thrilled to help you get started down the path to success!
St. Matthew has an impressive tradition of Small Groups. I’m new here, but I can tell you that from day one I have heard about the amazing things that Small Groups have read, studied, and prayed. I’ve heard about the incredible communities formed. I’ve heard about the amazing content that the Small Groups Team created for four successive years, writing books and creating videos, distributing them to various communities around Charlotte and drawing the whole city into the excitement. I am blown away by the joy and enthusiasm for community that is evident here at St. Matthew.
This fall there is a new launch of small groups. What does it entail? Is it really anything different?
Because of the long history of small groups and the wide variety of spiritualties and walks of life that all participate in these groups, the Small Groups Team is trying to devise a program that will be flexible and accessible, something unifying and yet addressing the diversity of groups already active among parishioners.
We are picking some suggested resources. These will be resources you can choose to use with your group to plug into the group life. These will be updated seasonally, about four times a year, and will reflect the liturgical seasons – so for Advent we will have something that prepares us for Christmas, for Lent something that prepares us for Easter, etc.
This very blog will be updated with resources and pacing guides to help you if you would like to tap into an outside resource.
There will periodically be suggestions for how to make your small group life easier, better, more efficient, more fun, etc.
The resources we are providing are simply suggestions. We have a resource library on the website that has a variety of different books and video series, many of which can be found in the St. Matthew library, that would be good to do with a group. It is not an exhaustive collection. (If you have something great that you’d like to share, please pass it along! We would love to know about it!)
Some groups will focus primarily on prayer, coming together for a weekly rosary. Some groups will be book studies or video series based, focusing on an outside resource and learning together chapter by chapter, episode by episode. Others might choose to follow the weekly Sunday readings and dive deeper into their meaning and application.
Groups at St. Matthew vary widely by kind, size, meeting frequency, focus and a number of other factors. Find a group, or start a group, that has a sustainable structure. Allow yourself to be drawn deeper into the faith by people who will get to know you and hold you accountable, sustain you in times of sorrow and share your joy.
“For the body does not consist of one member but of many… If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.” (1st Corinthians 12:14, 26)
Women’s retreat: October 11-12
Men’s retreat: November 1-2
Don’t miss this great opportunity to take a step back from the pace of everyday life and connect with fellow parishioners in a relaxed setting while discovering how God is working in your life and the lives of others.
To register or for more information, click here. We hope you’ll consider joining us!
Who: all 6th, 7th, 8th graders. Teens are welcome to invite friends. We will have registration open until spots fill (spots are limited.)
Where: White Oak Conference Center, 633 Mobley Highway Winnsboro, SC 29180
When: Friday, Oct. 25th – Sunday, Oct. 27th
Cost: $150. This includes transportation, lodging, meals, a retreat t-shirt, and additional activities.
What: This weekend will consist of lots of games/outdoor activities, tons of food (we know your middle schoolers like to eat) and a chance for them to learn and explore more about their faith. We will have a lot of fun and have opportunities for us all to spend some time with God.
What to bring: Pillow, pajamas, toiletries, towel, sneakers, sweatshirt, comfy clothes, rain jacket, Bible, Rosary, journal, pen, and flashlight. Linens are provided. Make sure that you have closed-toe shoes for our outdoor activities! Dress code is modest attire.
Cell phones are not allowed. We will provide contact information to you in the event that you need to contact your child. In addition, if your child absolutely needs to contact you, we will have them contact you from the conference center. Last year, we experienced some problems with cell phones and we want to avoid those issues this year.
Other items NOT allowed: Drugs, alcohol, weapons, bad attitudes.
Drop off/Pick up: Drop off will occur at St. Matthew Parish Center at 5:00pm. We will be providing transportation through the MACS bus system. On Sunday, Oct. 27th we will depart camp at 1pm and arrive back at St. Matthew at 3pm.
Our 2019-2020 program year kicks off this week! We are excited to share our new schedule, format, expectations and opportunities for families to draw even closer to our Lord.
For the week of 9/8, please note:
For the week of 9/15, please note:
Come, enjoy some fellowship and refreshments and spend time with others who share a love of small groups!
We will have resources that can be used in small groups available for you to look through.
You will also be able to sign up to be a host if you are so drawn.
You will be able to sign up to receive more information on participating in small groups as the start date approaches.
All high school youth are invited to attend the first Life Teen event of the new year – It will be an evening of fun, food, and tons of games. We will have inflatables and small group games to see who is the ultimate small group!
Life Teen meets on Sundays from 6:30pm-8:30pm to have fun, meet other teens, and learn more about our Catholic faith. New to Life Teen? Kick Off is a perfect time to jump in!
Friends are always welcome to attend!
When: Sunday, September 15th
Where: St. Matthew School Field
For more information, contact Lauren Piercefield.
Christian Responders will be helping our neighbors in Lumberton, NC on September 13-15 and welcome your assistance and fellowship. This a great ministry for hands-on help and welcomes families with teens, and adults of all ages. Please check them out and get involved!
To learn more about this ministry and get involved visithttps://stmatthewcatholic.org/responders or their Faebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/christianrespondersministry/ .
LIFE TEEN Registration
All high school teens are invited to BELONG to LIFE TEEN. Click here to register to register your high school teen for the LIFE TEEN youth ministry.
Life Nights – Sundays, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Offered throughout the year, these nights provide a time for dinner, fellowship and way to stay connected to our Catholic faith. It is a way to take a break and dive into a night of social, spiritual and service opportunities. Friends are welcome!
For more information, email Lauren Piercefield.