Our Community Outreach ministries assist the Pastor in reaching out to those inside and outside our parish borders in need of our faith-filled and caring assistance. In the Gospels, Jesus instructs his followers of the importance of practicing corporal works of mercy. When we act in kindness and concern for another human being, we do it for Him as well.
The Bereavement Committee reaches out to anyone in our parish family who has experienced the death of a loved one. Volunteers may provide a food item for a funeral luncheon, set-up, or serve the luncheon. Other volunteers contact the family after the funeral to determine if the family is in need of other parish services and to provide a compassionate outreach to those who are grieving.
For more information, contact Linda Strapp or email@example.com.
The St. Matthew Charitable Works ministry provides support to individuals and families experiencing emergency short-term needs. The ministry operates within the general area of the Gahanna zip code. Activities include staffing and operating the parish food pantry, clothing collection and distribution, monthly sandwich program, and transportation. The ministry also channels contributions to other service agencies within the Diocese and, when needed, assists families with short-term monetary needs. Members collect donations after Masses once a month to support the work of this ministry.
Christ Child Society
The Christ Child Society is a group of caring women dedicated to improving the lives of children in need, regardless of race, creed or national origin. Volunteer activities include: pack and deliver newborn items to local organizations; volunteer at St. Stephen’s in the Child Care Center or student library, the Crib Club at the Women’s Care Center, and the Columbus Health Department; tutor at All Saints Academy or St. Mary School; provide dinners at Ronald McDonald House; teach weekly cooking classes to teens at the Rosemont Center; pack back-to-school backpacks; and fundraise through our annual Red Wagon Fare.
For more information, contact Jo Ann Carpenter or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The doughnut social, an extension of the new parishioner welcome, is a venue for current parishioners to meet, socialize and welcome new parishioners and their families. The social helps to promote a fellowship in Christ and provide an opportunity for everyone to become aware of our many ministries and get involved. “1 Let mutual love continue. 2 Do not neglect hospitality, for through it some have unknowingly entertained angels”. – Hebrews 13:1-2
The Doughnut Social occurs every third Sunday of the month and consists of 2-4 volunteers to host in the St. Anthony Room immediately following the new parishioner sign-ups. Hosts are responsible for ordering and picking up doughnuts, fruit, and juices, as needed. (All receipts are turned in to the church office for reimbursement.) We are in need of people to serve as Lead Hosts, who will schedule their teams/family members and be the points of contact to turn in receipts, and Co-Hosts, who will provide support as required. Usually 1-3 co-hosts will suffice to share the work, keep the food stocked, and welcome guests.
This is great opportunity to get your family involved and provides a great opportunity for students requiring service hours.
The Festival Committee hosts the annual parish festival, a major parish fund-raiser and community builder. Proceeds help fund the school, religious education, and youth ministry programs within the parish besides promoting fellowship, faith, and unity within the parish. Volunteers can choose to work games, booths, kitchen, hospitality, set up, clean up, personnel, or other duties.
For more information, contact Patrick & Taylor McHale or email@example.com.
Hospitality Team (St. Matthew Parish)
The Hospitality Team has a focus based on Jesus’ words “You are the light of the world …. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven,” (Matthew 5:14, 16). Through greeting, ushering and new parishioner outreach, the Hospitality Team seeks to create an atmosphere of joy and welcoming to all who attend Mass at St. Matthew. If you want to serve the parish but don’t have a lot of time, this team is FOR YOU!
For more information, contact Jenna Zins or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interfaith Hospitality Network (YMCA)
Interfaith Hospitality Network ministry provides dinner and fellowship to homeless families at the YWCA shelter on the first Monday of every other month. Some volunteers drop off a salad, fruit, rolls, dessert or milk at St. Matthew to be served to the families. Other volunteers prepare the main course, serve the meal, and visit with the families at the shelter.
For more information, contact Patti Herrick at 614-440-1708.
The Justice Ministry works to serve the parish through prayer, activism, and education of issues of social or political importance. Working along-side the Diocese of Columbus Office of Social Concerns and the USCCB, the ministry will respond to needs of the community and aim to defend the dignity of the human person. If you area a social-minded person who aims to help the parish with awareness and activism, this is your ministry! For more information, contact Jeff Bernard.
The St. Matthew Justice Ministry was established in 2013 to help parishioners become politically active when events present themselves as contrary to the Catholic faith. The Justice Ministry would like to ask active-minded parishioners to sign up for these alerts, which will likely happen monthly, and perhaps more often during election cycles. We ask for name, e-mail address and phone, so we can establish a mailing list to send out opportunities when they arise. The letters or links will be e-mailed and will be done on the honor system. If you wish to sign up, please e-mail: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please consider being a part of this important ministry!
Knitting & Crocheting Ministry
The Knitting/Crocheting Ministry makes baby blankets, hats, scarves and lap robes for the homeless and needy of central Ohio. The ministry consists of volunteers of all age groups and skills, and instructions are given to those who want to learn.
We meet most Monday evenings at the home of Glenda Neely (94 Eastcherry Ave., Gahanna). Exceptions include the third Monday when we meet at Panera (4965 N Hamilton Rd, Columbus, OH) and the fourth Monday when we meet at Chestnut Hill Assisted Living (5055 Thompson Road Columbus, OH 43230). All Monday gatherings are from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
We also meet at St. Pius (1051 S Waggoner Rd, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068) the second and forth Wednesday of each month from 9:30 to 11:30 am in the brides room.
Legion of Mary
The Legion of Mary is the largest apostolic organization of lay people in the Catholic Church in almost every country of the world. Members become instruments of the Holy Spirit, under the banner of Our Blessed Mother, through a balanced program of prayer and service. Works include evangelization, prison ministry, visitation of the sick or aged, religious education, visiting the newly baptized, Sacred Heart enthronements, and any other tasks assigned by the pastor. Members meet once a week for prayer, planning, and discussion, followed by work decided upon under the guidance of a spiritual director. The sole purpose of a Legion member is self-sanctification and saving souls.
Learn more by visiting the Legion of Mary website.
For more information, contact Manuel Xavier.
Meals on Wheels
LifeCare Alliance prepares meals for homebound residents, and our volunteers deliver hot/cold lunches in the Gahanna area. Volunteers are scheduled on Thursdays, once a month or according to their preference. St. Matthew volunteers deliver for two different Gahanna routes from the pick-up point at Traditions.
For more information, contact Eileen Lepionka.
Respect Life Committee
The Respect Life Committee promotes and defends the right to life of all human beings from conception until natural death. It is our goal to increase our parish’s understanding of the Church’s teachings and its awareness of greater community needs regarding pro-life issues. Prayer is an important part of our focus. Members regularly join others in prayer vigils outside Columbus abortion clinics. Other activities include participating in fund-raisers to help support other pro-life groups serving the community, maintaining a bulletin board in the Church to bring a variety of pro-life issues to the attention of the churchgoers, and working with St. Matthew School and Parish School of Religion to provide age-appropriate curriculum desired by the teachers.
For more information, contact John and Valerie Conway.
Stone Soup ministry provides dinner to families experiencing a crisis or death in the family. A volunteer with Stone Soup would be scheduled, at their convenience, to provide dinner to a family in need. A volunteer is usually not asked more than several times a year.
For more information, contact Linda Strapp.