March For Life 2020

MARCH FOR LIFE PILGRIMAGE
January 23-25, 2020 – Washington D.C.

We invite high school youth and adults of the parish to participate in the upcoming March For Life Pilgrimage January 2020 in Washington D.C. Join thousands of people to stand up for the sanctity of life.
Join the Pro-Life Generation!

Lodging: Hyatt Place Washington D.C., 33 New York Avenue, Washington, D.C. 20002

Transportation: Charter Bus

  • Depart Thurs. from St. Matthew @ 8am, arrive Hyatt Place @ 4pm
  • Depart Sat. from Hyatt Hotel @ 1pm, arrive St. Matthew @ 9pm

Cost:

  • $175/person (4 ppl./room)
  • $200/person (3 ppl./room)
  • $250/person (2 ppl./room)

Includes lodging, transportation and breakfast on Fri./Sat. Plan to bring additional funds for 5 other meals. Each room contains a King and Queen Sofa Bed.


March For Life Pilgrimage Details:

  • Rally and March for Life
  • Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America
  • Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
  • St. John Paul II National Shrine

If you would like more information, please contact Adrian Quintero. Please send payment to St. Matthew Catholic Church, Attention: Adrian Quintero and in the memo section indicate the March For Life.

Click here to register a high school participant. High school youth will be under the supervision of the Youth Ministry Team and Chaperones.

Click here to register an adult participant.

14th Annual Santa’s Craft Shop

Festive fun for the whole family! Don’t miss one of Charlotte’s premier Christmas craft shows!

Saturday, Dec. 7, 8 am to 4 pm

Over 100 vendors offering original, one-of-a-kind items and unique gifts!

Support local artisans while enjoying  a fun shopping experience!

Admission  and  parking  are  free!

Gifts * Clothing * Jewelry * Lotions and Soaps * Accessories * Handbags * Home Décor * Ornaments * Pottery * Woodworking * Baked Goods * Candies and Chocolates and much, MUCH more!

PLUS:

Caroling with the Youth Choir at 11:15 am

 

Knights Food Court offering breakfast sandwiches and sit-down dining.

 

Christmas Tree and wreath sales from BSA Troop 8.

 

Professional photos with Santa from 9 am to 3 pm.

 

 

EDGE Summer Camp

EDGE Summer Camp – June 15-20, 2020

Join other middle school youth for an amazing summer experience at EDGE Summer Camp!

When: June 15-20, 2020
Where: Hidden Lake – LIFE TEEN Camp
Chattahoochee National Forest
830 Hidden Lake Rd.
Dahlonega, GA 30533

Cost: $600 (Includes registration and transportation)

$100 non-refundable deposit (part of the overall registration fee) due within two weeks of completing the registration form.

If you would like to setup a payment plan or in need of financial consideration, please email Avery Utz.

Click here to complete the registration form for St. Matthew and the Diocese of Charlotte. Additional information will be given once you submit the registration form and payment.

Deposit or full payment can be dropped off or mailed to the parish office. We have limited spaces and we will sell out, therefore we can not reserve any spots for camp without registration and deposit. If your deposit is not submitted to the parish office within two weeks, then your registration is incomplete. We will have a wait list once we are full.

 

LIFE TEEN Summer Camp

LIFE TEEN Summer Camp – July 20-25, 2020

Join other high school youth for an amazing summer experience at LIFE TEEN Summer Camp!

When: July 20-25, 2020
Where: Covecrest – LIFE TEEN Camp
25 Falls Dr.
Tiger, GA 30576

Cost: $600 (Includes registration and transportation)

$100 non-refundable deposit (part of the overall registration fee) due within two weeks of completing the registration form.

If you would like to setup a payment plan or in need of financial consideration, please email Lauren Piercefield.

Click here to complete the registration form for St. Matthew and the Diocese of Charlotte. Additional information will be given once you submit the registration form and payment.

Deposit or full payment can be dropped off or mailed to the parish office. We have limited spaces and we will sell out, therefore we can not reserve any spots for camp without registration and deposit. If your deposit is not submitted to the parish office within two weeks, then your registration is incomplete. We will have a wait list once we are full.

 

Wreaths Across America

As Christmas approaches, let us remember those who bravely gave their all so we may live and worship as a free nation. Consider purchasing wreaths for a veteran’s gravestone. Click here to download the purchase form. Remit form to: Armand Tetu; 7008 Holly Park Drive; Indian  Trail, NC  28079. The deadline to purchase wreaths is Dec. 2.

 

Start your own small group!

We can show you how easy, fun and exciting it is to share the faith with others in your community! Live in communion with others who choose to live a life of faith and encourage one-another on that path. Share the ups and downs of your daily life, prayer time, spiritual reading. At the end of Mass, Jesus calls us to walk out into the world, evangelizing with our words and our deeds and bring His light out into the world. Extend the profound communion of the Mystical Body of Christ into your home and daily life by hosting a small group.

REGISTER: stmatthewcatholic.org/smallgroups

We are here to help you along the way; please contact Rachel Willoughby for any questions.

Sometimes it is hard to decide how much to read in between meetings. If your group struggles with that and is reading Into His Likeness, here’s a “pacing guide” to help get you started! Of course this isn’t a rule – your group might want to move faster or slower than this. But sometimes it’s nice to have something to start with.

If your group meets WEEKLY:

Week 1 Introduction and Follow Me (p.1-12)
Week 2 Total Commitment (p.13-22)
Week 3 In the Dust of the Rabbi (p.23-32)
Week 4 The Struggle (p.33-40)
Week 5 Not Perfect, but Close (p.41-55)
Week 6 Meeting God in the Valley (p.61-70)
Week 7 Drunk with Love (p.71-80)
Week 8 Forgiven; Real Healing, Real Change (p.81-93)
Week 9 Introduction to Part 3 and The Battle for Your Mind (p.97-113)
Week 10 Christian Friendship (p.115-122)
Week 11 Amazing Signs, Amazing Grace (p.123-132)
Week 12 The Primacy of the Interior Life and Conclusion (p.133-146)

If your group meets every other week

Meeting 1 Introduction; Follow Me; Total Commitment (p.1-22)
Meeting 2 In the Dust of the Rabbi; The Struggle (p. 23-40)
Meeting 3 Not Perfect, but Close; (p.41-55)
Meeting 4 Meeting God in the Valley; Drunk with Love (p.61-80)
Meeting 5 Forgiven; Real Healing, Real Change (p.81-93)

If your group meets monthly:

Meeting 1 Introduction; Follow Me; Total Commitment; In the Dust of the Rabbi; The Struggle; Not Perfect, but Close; (p.1-55)
Meeting 2 Meeting God in the Valley; Drunk with Love; Forgiven; Real Healing, Real Change (p.61-93)
Meeting 3 Introduction to Part 3; The Battle for Your Mind; Christian Friendship; Amazing Signs, Amazing Grace; The Primacy of the Interior Life; Conclusion (p.97-146)

Where do I start?

Option 1: Connect with a group on the small groups website.

Steps to picking a small group:

  1. Pray for a bit of inspiration and guidance from the Holy Spirit.
  2. Go to the small groups website, stmatthewcatholic.com/joinasmallgroup.
  3. Pick a group to join, based on whatever quality you find to be most critical, location, meeting night, kind of group, etc.
  4. Join your small group on their first meeting night after you join.
    The first group you meet might be your ideal group, it might not be. It’s okay to go to a meeting or two and test the waters. That being said, I’d suggest sticking it out for a season and see if the group grows on you.

Of course not every combination is going to be readily available, and in that case you might want to take advantage of option 2.

Option 2: Start your own small group.

Steps to starting your own small group:

  1. Invite 3 or 4 people you know, maybe friends, maybe just acquaintances to join you in establishing a small group.
  2. Pick a meeting night and a frequency (every week, every other week, once a month) that will potentially work for everyone.
  3. Pick a meeting place, could be someone’s home, a coffee shop, a library, etc.
  4. Let Rachel know (rachelw@stmatthewcatholic.org). Tell her about your group and get signed up so she can forward any new resources or information to you and your group.
  5. Invite others to join until you have a group that fits well in your meeting space. You can do this by reaching out individually to people, person to person. You can also do this by opening up your group on the website. (Rachel can help you with this too!)
  6. Once you have your group mostly gathered, pick a resource. You can use the suggested resource, pick a resource from our library, or you can go rogue and pick something we’ve never heard of. (If you find something good, please share it with us! We love hearing about new things!) Our suggested resources will change seasonally, and can be found at stmatthewcatholic.org/smallgroupresources.

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!

What are these Small Groups?

“For the body does not consist of one member but of many…
(1st Corinthians 12:14)

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.

Unifying factors

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.

Diversity and Flexibility

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)