FAITH FORMATION, FIRST COMMUNION, CONFIRMATION REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
Families with students in grades K-10 attending public schools, please register your children for Wednesday evening Faith Formation classes for the 2023-2024 school year. The registration form is available at www.st-matts.org/faith-formation/ and at the Parish Center front desk.
This is also the time to sign up children to receive the sacraments of First Reconciliation, First Communion, and Confirmation in winter and spring 2024. Students are prepared for those sacraments during the Wednesday evening classes. Classes run from September 20 through May 1.
FAITH FORMATION TEACHERS NEEDED
The St. Matthew Faith Formation program for public school students in grades 1 to 10 will resume September 20, and we have openings for teachers for the 2023-24 school year. Classes are held on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 7:45 PM between September and early May.
Volunteers should enjoy helping children learn more about their Catholic faith and do not need to be experienced teachers. Training and support are provided, in addition to supplies and curriculum that includes a lesson plan for each week. If a weekly commitment is too much, please consider being a substitute or helping with specific events such as parent meetings or sacrament meetings.
CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD
In-Person Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLW) returns this Fall! During CLW, young children ages 3- 8 leave the sanctuary at the start of the Liturgy of the Word to hear the scripture readings proclaimed and explained at an age-appropriate level. Father calls the children to the altar and says a short blessing over them as they are dismissed. The children return to the Mass at the time of offertory.
HOW TO GET YOUR CHILD BAPTIZED AT ST. MATTHEW
The Church of St. Matthew welcomes a child and his or her parents for the Sacrament of Baptism. We invite you to be a living part of our faith community.
If you have a child you would like baptized, complete the baptism registration form and submit it to the parish office. You can find the baptism registration form and additional information online at https://st-matts.org/baptism/ or by calling the parish office at (651) 224-9793.
If you have children making First Communion in the next year or two who have not been baptized, it is important to begin taking steps now for their baptism.