Recognizing that our parish community includes the richness of many ethnic cultures, the St. Matthias Diversity Council provides practical and theologically sound models and skills that are necessary to move a faith community toward greater inclusion. The committee meets every other month on the second Tuesday of the month. (Please note that meetings are currently on hold during the pandemic.) The committee’s biggest event is coordinating the parish Epiphany celebration. To join or for more information about this committee please contact Sr. Marie Therese.
Welcome Ministry — Discover St. Matthias
Through outreach, the Welcome Ministry welcomes newly registered parishioners to the Catholic Community of St. Matthias. They call new members, host monthly ‘Discover St. Matthias’ information sessions and twice yearly welcome receptions, and working with various ministries, they coordinate monthly coffee and refreshments gatherings between masses. Volunteers for the Welcome Ministry are asked to attend quarterly planning meetings and to help with events hosted by the ministry. Contact: Phyllis Stone.
Boy Scout troop 154 welcomes youth in grades 6 to 12. To learn more, visit www.troop154nj.com/home
Cub Scouts (Boys Scouts of America)
Cub Scout Pack 195 welcomes children ages 5 – 10 (or are in grades Kindergarten – 5th grade). Scouting is a family oriented organization that helps your child develop character, leadership, communication skills and good citizenship. In Cub Scouts, your child will learn new things and make new friends. For more information contact: Tim Belloff or 732-207-4584, or visit https://www.scoutpack195nj.com
To learn more about Girl Scouts, visit http://www.gscsnj.org
Young Adults – Spirituality in Spirits
A spirituality group for all adults 21 through 30’s that meet once a month to socialize and discuss religion, faith, and spirituality in a relaxed atmosphere. In-person gatherings are currently on hold due to the pandemic. Please join us on Facebook at Spirituality In Spirits to keep up-to-date with the group and be informed of monthly meetings.
Knights of Columbus
The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic fraternal organization which provides manpower and donations to other organizations that request our help. We are active in the St. Matthias Catholic Community and St. Matthias School. We meet the first Thursday of every month in the St. Matthias School cafeteria. (In-person meetings on hold due to the pandemic.) We actively recruit new members who want to donate their time, talent and treasure to our charities and projects. For more information contact the Grand Knight, Charles Hicks, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Rosary Altar Society
The Rosary Altar Society is a prayer and service group that is open to anyone 18 years and older. Before the pandemic, the rosary was recited every day after the 8 am Mass as a group. Meetings were also held the first Friday of the month following the recitation of the rosary. See the Calendar for the most up-to-date information. The group also fundraises exclusively for the benefit of St. Matthias School and the educational support of the Emusoi Center in Tanzania. Membership dues, bake-less bake sales, and an annual Tea are the various ways the society raises its funds. Members are involved in activities directly benefiting the Church, such as ironing altar linens. Members also do extended community outreach, with many members ministering to the homebound as Eucharistic Ministers, and praying the rosary at various short/long term care facilities in Somerset. Most members are involved in more than one service – truly following Mary’s example with an active role in the parish. Watch the Bulletin and Calendar for upcoming dates. To join, contact: Fran Johnson at email@example.com
Twelve Steps Group for Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
Due to the pandemic, meetings are currently not taking place in-person at St. Matthias. To learn of virtual AA meetings or other meeting locations, please visit: www.nnjaa.org
There are no other requirements to AA other than having a desire to quit drinking, and it is not associated with any organization, sect, politics, denomination, or institution.
Al-Anon members are people who are worried about someone with a drinking problem. Due to the pandemic, meetings are currently not taking place in-person at St. Matthias. To learn of virtual meetings or other meeting locations, please visit www.al-anon.org or contact Anna Horvath, 908-227-0451.