St. Matthew Catholic Church
June 2019

Pastoral Plan 2019-2021
Over the past year, our success has been tremendous, however, our work is far from over. Our efforts to be more welcoming and to foster the spiritual growth of not only our youth and young adults, but the entire parish, depend on you! To read about our success and find out how you can be a part of this exciting growth, click on the link below.

Baccalaureate Mass
All graduates (high school, college, and graduate school) and their families are i nvited to a special Mass on Sunday, June 2, at 5:30 pm. Following Mass, join us for a light dinner reception. Wear your cap and gown, and gather in the Daily Mass Chapel by 5:15 pm in order to process into the church together.
2019 Diocesan Support Appeal
As the school year winds down and we all head into summer days of sun and fun, we want to give you an update on our progress in reaching our Diocesan Support Appeal goal. Currently we have collected just over 50 percent of our goal, or $475,000 towards our goal of $837,000. 

We are thrilled to report that last year, we exceeded our goal by $34,000, which we have earmarked as a down payment for a Habitat House. But we need your help! In order to meet our goal AND fully fund a Habitat House, we need to exceed this year’s goal by an additional $66,000. We have a long way to go but WE CAN DO THIS! 

One of the hallmarks of St. Matthew is our incredible generosity. Please give today, before summer vacations steal you away. Your gift combined with all those in our parish, can make dreams come true! 

It’s simple! Drop a check payable to DSA in the offertory basket or click here.

If you have not yet made a contribution to the 2019 DSA, please do it today! It is YOUR generous spirit which truly allows us to be the hands of Christ in our world today.  
Monsignor McSweeney World Hunger Drive Meal-Packing Event
This is our 17 th year of feeding the poorest of the poor in Haiti, Jamaica, and the Charlotte area. Our goal is to fill 11 containers, including one container of meal packages for Haiti; four containers of food and supplies for Haiti; two containers of food and supplies for Jamaica; and one virtual container of funds for sustainability items. In addition, 15,000 lbs. of food will be distributed to area food pantries.

World Hunger Drive
Sixth Annual Hoops for Hunger

Three-on-Three Basketball Tournament Saturday, June 15, Parish Center Gym

The entry fee is a pair of new flip-flops, soccer cleats (new or gently used), or $15 per player. Four players maximum per team. If you do not have a team, please sign up and we will place you on one. All collections go to Haiti through the Monsignor McSweeney World Hunger Drive. Registration ends June 14. For more information, email Connor Manion or Sean Balbirnie.
Sunday, June 9

Families of all middle and high school youth are invited.
Come have fun! Volleyball, corn hole, can jam, face painting, slip n slide, snow cones, jumbo jingo, dunk tank, and a watermelon eating contest.
Please RSVP and sign up to bring a side, and if you are up to the challenge, sign up for the watermelon eating contest!

Free Shredding Event
Saturday, June 8
We will host a free shredding event on Saturday, June 8, from 10 am to noon in the church parking lot. Shred your sensitive documents in a secure manner.
St. Matthew "yoU"niversity
Summer Forum has a lot to offer, from a one-day retreat to special guest appearances by Dr. Edward Sri and Father Jim Bowler, SJ. Do not miss out on these special opportunities!

Growing in Faith
The June issue of Growing in Faith will not appear in the parish bulletin. Click on the link below to read it.

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