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St. Matthew Catholic Church at 8015 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy., Charlotte, North Carolina 28277-0077 (Filtered by: 28277-0077) United States

St. Matthew Catholic Church
St. Matthew Catholic Church (ID: 3000)
Diocese of Charlotte | Roman Rite | English
Msgr. John McSweeney
8015 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy.
Charlotte, NC 28277-0077 US
(704) 543-7677 | Fax: (704) 542-7244
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Weekend Mass Times

7:30 AM
9:00 AM (Signed for the Hearing Impaired)
10:45 AM
12:30 PM
5:30 PM (Life Teen)

5:30 PM (Saturday Vigil at St. Matthew)

Daily Mass Times

7:00 AM
9:00 AM

7:00 AM
9:00 AM

7:00 AM
8:15 AM (School mass, held during the school year)
7:30 PM

7:00 AM
9:00 AM

7:00 AM
9:00 AM

9:00 AM

Holy Days

7:30 PM (Vigil Mass)

7:00 AM

12:10 PM


6:30 PM to 7:15 PM

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM


9:00 AM (Continues through 9:00 on Saturday)

Rev. Msgr. John J. McSweeney, Pastor
Rev. Robert Conway, Parochial Vicar
Rev. Ambrose A. Akinwande, MSP, Parochial Vicar
Sr. Eileen McLoughlin, MSBT, Pastoral Associate
St. Marie Frechette, MSBT, Pastoral Associate
Rev. Mr. James Hamrlik, Permanent Deacon
Rev. Mr. Paul Herman, Permanent Deacon
Rev. Mr. Bill Griffin, Permanent Deacon
Rev. Mr. Daren Bitter, Permanent Deacon
Antoinette Usher, Facilities Director
Kathleen Bartlett,Director, Music & Choir
Jane Balbirnie, CFO
Pat White, Coordinator of Volunteers
Rita Brennan, Bereavement
Katie Dunne,Coordinator, Youth Ministry & Life Teen
Patricia Tomlinson, Faith Formation Coordinator
Carmen Dominguez, Faith Formation Admin. Assistant
Michael Burck, Adult Faith Formation (SMyoU)

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Daily Readings
Reading 1 - EPH 3:2-12
Brothers and sisters:
You have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace
that was given to me for your benefit,
namely, that the mystery was made known to me by revelation,
as I have written briefly earlier.
When you read this
you can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ,
which was not made known to human beings in other generations
as it has now been revealed
to his holy Apostles and prophets by the Spirit,
that the Gentiles are coheirs, members of the same Body,
and copartners in the promise in Christ Jesus through the Gospel. …

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Saint of the Day
St. John Paul II (1920-2005)
“Open wide the doors to Christ,” urged John Paul II during the homily at the Mass when he was installed as pope in 1978.

Born in Wadowice, Poland, Karol Jozef Wojtyla had lost his mother, father and older brother before his 21st birthday. Karol’s promising academic career at Krakow’s Jagiellonian University was cut short by the outbreak of World War II. While working in a quarry and a chemical factory, he enrolled in an “underground” seminary in Kraków. Ordained in 1946, he was immediately sent to Rome where he earned a doctorate in theology.

Back in Poland, a short assignment as assistant pastor in a rural parish preceded his very fruitful chaplaincy for university students. Soon he earned a doctorate in philosophy and began teaching that subject at Poland’s University of Lublin.

Communist officials allowed him to be appointed auxiliary bishop of Kraków in 1958, considering him a relatively harmless intellectual. They could not have been more wrong!

He attended all four sessions of Vatican II and contributed especially to its Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World. Appointed as archbishop of Kraków in 1964, he was named a cardinal three years later.

Elected pope in October 1978, he took the name of his short-lived, immediate predecessor. Pope John Paul II was the first non-Italian pope in 455 years. In time, he made pastoral visits to 124 countries, including several with small Christian populations.

He promoted ecumenical and interfaith initiatives, especially the 1986 Day of Prayer for World Peace in Assisi. He visited Rome’s Main Synagogue and the Western Wall in Jerusalem; he also established diplomatic relations between the Holy See and Israel. He improved Catholic-Muslim relations and in 2001 visited a mosque in Damascus, Syria.

The Great Jubilee of the Year 2000, a key event in John Paul’s ministry, was marked by special celebrations in Rome and elsewhere for Catholics and other Christians. Relations with the Orthodox Churches improved considerably during his ministry as pope.

“Christ is the center of the universe and of human history” was the opening line of his 1979 encyclical, Redeemer of the Human Race. In 1995, he described himself to the United Nations General Assembly as “a witness to hope.”

His 1979 visit to Poland encouraged the growth of the Solidarity movement there and the collapse of communism in central and eastern Europe 10 years later. He began World Youth Day and traveled to several countries for those celebrations. He very much wanted to visit China and the Soviet Union but the governments in those countries prevented that.

One of the most well-remembered photos of his pontificate was his one-on-one conversation in 1983 with Mehmet Ali Agca, who had attempted to assassinate him two years earlier.

In his 27 years of papal ministry, John Paul II wrote 14 encyclicals and five books, canonized 482 saints and beatified 1,338 people.

In the last years of his life, he suffered from Parkinson’s disease and was forced to cut back on some of his activities.

Pope Benedict XVI beatified John Paul II in 2011, and Pope Francis canonized him in 2014. …

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