Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA)
Are you interested in becoming Catholic? Do you want to be in full communion with the Catholic Church? Are you a teen or adult desiring the sacrament of Confirmation? Your journey of faith begins with your questions. Contact Phyllis Stone for more information.
Though St. Matthias has had a long history of small faith sharing groups, over the past two years we have had a bit of renewal and re-focus and have formed new or continuing small group experiences both during Lent and in the fall. These newly formed groups have provided additional opportunities to pray, reflect on Scripture, and share faith among 250 parishioners. Most groups continued meeting virtually because of the pandemic and will continue to do so in the fall.
We have a planning team of 10 committed parishioners who assist during the fall and Lenten seasons. The plan is to continue this process each Lent and fall season for six weeks. For further information please contact Dee Nann.
GIFT – Religious Education
Welcome to religious formation at St. Matthias. Religious Formation includes our GIFT (Growing in Faith Together) program, which is for families with children in grades K-Grade 8 or for anyone who wishes to grow in faith. GIFT is an intergenerational faith formation process that recognizes that faith formation is life-long.
GIFT sessions meet once a month from October through April. We gather for a light meal, prayer and song, activities and learning. Each year, we focus on a different topic based on the Catechism of the Church. This year, we will focus on Faith, Hope and Love in Anxious Times. This fall, however, because of the pandemic we will not be meeting in person but will have family online sessions on our new 2020-2021 Virtual Faith Formation webpage.
Additional preparation for the sacraments of First Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation is also part of our religious formation program.
GIFT begins in October and families choose one day to come each month-a Tuesday, Wednesday evening or Sunday afternoon. However, 2020-2021 will be held virtually.
Registration Fees: At least one parent attends the session with their child/children.
- Families with one child: $115
- Two children: $165
- Three or more children: $215 (Max $215/family)
This fee includes the meal and all program materials.
To register for GIFT:
- Please first become a registered parishioner if not already. Form is available online.
- Complete the GIFT registration form online.
- Send check/fee to the parish office or through Parish Giving.
- New registrants to GIFT must also present a copy of each child’s Baptism certificate.
Payment may also be made quarterly or monthly, if pre-arranged with the Faith Formation Office.
Summer SONdays Vacation Bible Camp
Summer Sondays, a most popular and fun tradition at St. Matthias for over 23 years, involves kids, teens and adult volunteers. The week long camp typically takes place the week after July 4th each summer!
Though the pandemic did cancel our Vacation Bible Camp plans in 2020, we hopefully will be St. Matthias Summer Sondays Strong next summer! Look for Peace Lab 2021 – Week of July 12!
Our youth are a great source of life and energy to our parish community. We invite 6th through 12th graders to join us for games, food and fun. We meet on Sunday evenings in the St. Matthias School cafeteria. All are welcome! Due to the pandemic, the schedule has changed with virtual gatherings taking place. Check the Calendar for the most up-to-date information. Please contact Msgr. Joe Curry with any questions or to join the group.
NeXt Level Youth Initiative/Project
In 2018, the Center for FaithJustice (CFJ) received a research grant from the Lilly Endowment for the purposes of studying the long term effects of the project, “NeXt Level: The WorX Continues.” St. Matthias has joined this exciting effort as one of 6 parishes in Year Two! We have CFJ staff assigned to work with our parish NeXt Level efforts and to plan our “Passion Project” for the whole parish.
NeXt Level is designed to institute youth-led parish-wide campaigns rooted in service and justice at select participating Catholic congregations across the greater New Jersey region. NeXt Level will build on the core tenets of CFJ’s long-standing and proven WorX program model and empower youth delegates to take their passion to the “next level” within their home parish communities.
The program hopes to put in place an integrated, intergenerational infrastructure, establish tangible youth-led action plans, and implement a communications strategy to make these efforts parish-wide, instead of being siloed as “just another youth group activity.” We currently have 4 outstanding NeXt Level Youth delegates, 3 mentors and 2 staff members involved with our young people in these efforts. Because of the pandemic most activities and gatherings are virtual.