St. Matthew Catholic Church
July 2019

Youth Ministry Team Welcomes Avery Utz
Howdy, y’all! My name is Avery Utz, and I am so excited to join the community here at St. Matthew! I come from the great state of Texas, where I grew up and fell in love with the stars at night, Whataburger, and the Lord! I earned my BA in Pastoral Ministry at the University of Dallas, and have worked for the last year as a counselor and missionary at the Pines Catholic Camp, teaching kids (and learning myself) what it means to live in the joy of the Lord. I am so excited for this next step in the journey, and as my dear friend St. Gerard Majella says, The will of God is done here, as God wills it and as long as He wills it.

Parish Census

It is time for an update!
How long have you been a member of St. Matthew? Our parish records are showing signs of age. Most of the information in our database was provided when you registered at St. Matthew. Much of it is outdated, particularly phone numbers and email addresses. We have reached out via email to as many households as possible, but if we have not reached you, please take a few moments to to complete the census electronically. Click   here to access the census .

Thank you to all who have made a contribution to the 2019 DSA. United as a parish family, we can reach our DSA goal of $837,171. The good news is that if we reach and exceed it by $66,000, we can build a Habitat Home for a local family in need. Your gift combined with all those in our parish can make dreams come true. To give, place a check payable to DSA in the offertory basket, or click here to donate.

Last week to donate!
World Hunger Drive
Thank you for your generosity to the 2019 Msgr. McSweeney World Hunger Drive! Our meal-packing event was a huge success. Over 1300 volunteers packaged 323,568 meals.

Did you know that a $100 donation will feed a Haitian child for a year? Click here to make a monetary donation. After Masses this weekend, you may also remit your monetary donations as well.

 Visit the World Hunger Drive page on our website for more information .
 One Human Family 
 Moved by the Spirit
Vocations Retreat
Saturday, July 27
9 am to noon
New Life Center Banquet Room
Attention Middle and High School Students!

God has a special mission for you!
It’s called your vocation – God’s plan for your life. He invites each of us to discover and follow our vocation to a life of joy, love and service, using the unique gifts, talents, and interests he has planted in our hearts.

 Join us for a morning vocations retreat to discuss:
What is a vocation?
How do I know what my vocation is?
How does God lead us to our calling through our gifts and interests?
There will be an opportunity to meet and interview special invited guests - religious sisters and brothers, priests, seminarians, and more!

For more information or to RSVP,* email
* RSVP requested but not required.
Young Adult Ministry
Join YAL for the ANIMA series this summer! We will meet from 7 to 8 pm in NLC 239/240/241. Afterwards, we will head to Bradshaw Social House for some fellowship!   PART 2: Kenosis JULY 17      

Join us Saturday, July 27, 7 to 10 pm for an evening of fun at Piedmont Social House. There is bowling, corn hole, and plenty of room to gather for fellowship. Check out the event page on our Facebook! Hope to see you there!

Summer Forum
Don't miss these unique opportunities!
Dr. Edward Sri Coming to
St. Matthew

Dr. Edward Sri will be with us on Wednesday, July 31, from 7 to 9 pm. He will give two presentations; one on Vibrant Faith in a Secular Age: Challenges for Parents, Families and Parish Leaders and the other is No Greater Love. There is a break between the talks from 7:45 to 8 pm. Mark your calendars for this rare opportunity to hear Dr. Sri in person! For more information and to register, click here.
Christ the Life of the Soul: The Theology of the Spiritual Life with Father Peter Ascik, M.Div.

Join Father Peter on Thursdays, Aug. 8 to 29, from 7 to 8:30 pm in the New Life Center Banquet Room to explore the nature of our new life in Christ. We will seek to understand our redemption and adoption as God’s children, how grace and the sacraments affect our souls, the role of faith, hope, and charity, and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. For more information and to register, click here.
Vacation Bible School
Thank you to our volunteer teens and adults for bringing ROAR alive for the children of St. Matthew! Thank you to the parents for allowing us to support you in raising your children to ROAR for their faith! Thank you to our awesome priests for joining us, encouraging us and teaching us! And… thank you to our 412 Trekkers for making this the BEST week of the summer!  

Becoming Catholic
Know someone who may be interested in becoming Catholic? Two information sessions are offered for those discerning this call or just curious about the process. Choose either July 15 or Aug. 12, from 7:30 to 8:30 pm in NLC 203. For more information, emai l Deacon Jack Staub .
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