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St. Matthew Parish Ministries

Christian Formation: Provides parishioners with instruction and faith experiences as part of their lifelong journey with the Lord. Each member of the Committee is involved in some form of parish ministry and brings his/her experience to the discussion and planning of our diverse programs.

The Christian Formation Committee meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 7pm in the CORE Room. For more information, please contact Jack Witzman at 994-2626 or via email.

Religious Education: Provides religious instruction to parish youth attending public schools; prepares parish youth for the sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation. The Religious Education Aids and Parents Group (REAP) provides spiritual growth opportunities for those involved in religious education programs. For more information, contact Pat Berrigan at 633-5850 ext. 158 or via email.

Right of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA): Provides religious instruction and support to people seeking to join the Catholic Church. The RCIA meets on Monday at 7pm in the CORE Room. For more information, contact Deacon Harold Chalfant at 998-3534.


Liturgy Committee: Coordinates the liturgical life of the parish under the guidance of the Pastor. This committee meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 7pm in the Church. For more information, please contact Joanne Brownlowe at 998-5481 or via email.

Lectors: Proclaim the fist and second readings at the weekend liturgies. For more information please contact John Jebb at 368-1993.

Ushers and Greeters: Welcome people to the weekend liturgies and take up the collections at weekend Masses.

Eucharistic Ministers: Help with distribution of Eucharist at weekend liturgies, and with additional training, take Communion to those parishioners who are sick or home bound. To participate in this ministry, you must be 16 years of age baptized and confirmed Roman Catholic, regularly participate in the Eucharist and be involved in the life of the parish. Those who are married must be in a valid Catholic marriage.For more information, contact Deacon Harold Chalfant at 998-3534.

Altar Servers: Assist the priest and deacon at weekend liturgies. This ministry is available to parish youth who are 4th grade or older. For more information, please contact Deacon Mike Wilber at 562-4244 or via email.

Music Ministries: Provide music at weekend liturgies. Need cantors, choir members and musicians. Fold group and Children's Choir and two groups we hope to start. Cantors meet Wednesdays at 7pm in the church. The choir meets on Sunday at 10am in the church.For more information, please contact Joanne Brownlowe at 998-5481 or via email.

Environment Committee: Decorates the church for the changing liturgical seasons.


Pastoral Council: Oversees and ensures the pastoral or spiritual health of the parish; responsible for setting pastoral goals and guiding parish activities which fall under four key program areas - Liturgy, Christian Formation, Social Concerns and Parish and Family Life. The Pastoral Council meets on the first Thursday of the month at 7pm in the Convent Conference Room. For more information, please contact Tom Furlong at 633-5850 or via email.

Finance Council: Oversees and ensures the financial health of the parish; responsible for the preparing the annual budget, reviewing actual income/expenses vs. budget monthly, setting school tuition and coordinating the annual appeal. The Finance Council meets on the last Tuesday of the month, with more frequent meetings in May and June. For more information, please contact via email.

Building and Grounds: Responsible for maintaining the physical infrastructure of the parish. Need skilled people to participate on committee or on one-time projects, as needed. For more information, please contact Greg Kaczmrczyk at 633-5850 or via email.


Winterfest: Our largest annual parish fundraising event. Need people to help plan and execute this event, as well as extra sets of hands for 2-hour shifts at the event to set-up, work games and tables, serve food, clean up.

Money Counters: Organize weekend collections every Monday following mass.

Martha's Group: Cleans church Thursdays after mass.

BVM Sodality: Devoted to Mary, seeks to enhance the spiritual life of its members. Open to women of the parish, Sodality meets on the first Saturday of the month for 8:30am Mass, followed by a recitation of the Rosary. For more information, please contact Barbara Becker-Graham at 633-5850 or via email.

Knights of Columbus: Devoted to supporting the church; dedicated to helping our Pope, our Bishop and our members. Open to confirmed men of the parish. Meets monthly to support three areas of concern: group building of social activities, outreach or charitable activities and personal spiritual growth of its members. For more information, please contact Mark Fontanna at 588-5989 or via email.

Respect Life Committee: Dedicated to raising awareness of all life issues, especially abortion and euthanasia. Members commit themselves to pray for right to life issues and/or to community action to educate the public about right to life issues. For more information, please contact Eileen Siter at 999-9367 or Deacon M. Wilber at 562-4244.

Prayer Chain: Open to anyone willing to make a commitment to pray for the needs of the parish and parishioners at home. Prayer requests are hand-delivered, delivered by mail, phone or email. Anyone can join and commit time as available. For more information, please contact Lucy O'Donnell at 994-5117 or via email.


Community Action Program (CAP): Ecumenical outreach program for our neighborhood needy; sponsored by four area churches, including St. Matthew. Needs volunteers to collect donated material and to staff its store. For more information, please contact CAP at 428-1247.

Meals on Wheels: St. Matthew, with five area churches, delivers Meals on Wheels to area home bound. St Matthew commitment is to deliver meals for 5 days every six weeks. Time commitment is about 1.5 hours.

Emmanuel Dining Room: St. Matthews team prepares and serves meals on the 29th of each month. Time commitment is twice a year.

Bereavement Committee: Offers prayers and support to parishioners who have experience the loss of a loved one, and sponsor annual All Souls Mass for parishioners who have died over the year. Committee members call or visit bereaved parishioners and host periodic presentations by area grief counselors. The Bereavement Committee meets on the last Thursday of the month at 7pm in the Convent Conference Room. For more information, please contact Deacon Bill Kaper at 998-5228 or via email.

Social Justice Ministry: The Social Justice Ministry has a two-fold mission: to help St. Matthew grow in awareness of the social action and justice positions of the Catholic Church, and to guide the parish to enact those positions. For more information, please contact Carol Monaghan at 266-9522 or via email.


Youth Activities Council (YAC): Fosters sports and teen dances. Sports include soccer, volleyball, basketball, baseball, softball and track and are open youth grades kindergarten to seniors in high school. Open to new youth participants, as well as adult volunteers to serve as coaches, assistant coaches and chaperones. Adults do not have to be a parent of a participating youth to volunteer. For more information, please contact Diane Pedicone via email.

Cub Scouts/ Boy Scouts: Presently serving 25 boys, ages 6-18. The purpose of the Boy Scouts of America-incorporated on February 8, 1910, and chartered by Congress in 1916-is to provide an educational program for boys and young adults to build character, to train in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and to develop personal fitness. Open to new members and new adult volunteers. The Cub Scouts (1st-5th grade) meet in the cafeteria every Monday at 7PM. The Boy Scouts (age 11-18) meet every Monday at 7pm in Foley Hall. For more information, please contact Deacon Bill Kaper at 998-5228 or email or go to our Councils' web site at: www.delmarvacouncil.org, we are in the Three Rivers District.

Girl Scouts: Open to girls 7-17. Open to new members and adult volunteers.

We ROC: We are a ministry of St. Matthew's Youth aged 13-19 and "We Recognize Our Call". We strengthen our spirituality and religious education through service, social gatherings, and participation in Parish Ministries and committees. The best part is that we find FUN and EXCITING ways to do it. We meet on the first and third Wednesdays of each month.If you are aged 13-19 and would like to learn more about us please contact Kathy Jackson via email or visit our website.