St. Matthew’s Parish has got a youth group. It was formed on 19th June 2015. Meetings will be once a fortnight. There are some activities youth group will do: organize events in the parish, involvement in Mass, outings, camping at spiritual areas, forming a youth band; sport games, praying rosary, having guest speakers for group, quizzes. Call Parish Office for date of meeting
Aria Angels is an interactive, sequential, developmental program which aims to nurture spirituality in young children and their families. The weekly sessions run for 90 minutes and are designed for children from birth to five years, their parents, grandparents and caregivers.
The program has strong potential for extension to meet the needs of older children in the primary school years and offers support for sacramental life. As the adults and children learn to play singing games, rhymes, dances, prayers, stories, paint, draw, colour and experience the warm hospitality of sharing meals together, they are learning their faith. Aria Angels sessions offer a transition to and from Baptism to living the Christian life in the community of family, parish, school and beyond.
Join us for morning tea and craft. If anyone is interested in volunteering for an hour to help with the craft, this would be sincerely appreciated. Sessions from 9.00a.m. – 10.30a.m. Call the parish office for more details 3801 1626.
Saint Vincent de Paul
The purpose of our conference is to fulfil two great commandments: love of god and love of neighbour. We as Vincentians seek out God’s needy, and assist them where we can, for as we come close to those in need, we indeed come closer to God.
At the heart of what we do is “the sharing of ourselves, person to person, and the sharing of what we have….food, clothes, furniture, financial support and advice etc.” Our aim is to give people ‘a hand up not a hand out’ to help get them back on their feet, so they can decide on the direction of their lives.
We do this by going out in pairs and visiting people in their homes. In meeting people face to face in their homes, we have the opportunity to see their circumstances first hand and thereby gain more immediate understanding or their particular situation.
Through attending to these needs, we attend to their spiritual needs. It is up to the visiting conference members to decide what assistance is required and report back to the conference for support and follow up.
Our aim is to give people a hand up to stand on their own feet, and to take control of their own destiny.
The nature of the Neo-catechumenal Way is defined by His Holiness John Paul II when he writes: “I recognise the Neo-catechumenal Way as an itinerary of Catholic formation, valid for our society and for our times”. It is at the service of the bishops as one of the forms of diocesan implementation of Christian initiation and of ongoing education in faith. It is a post-baptismal catechumenate for the rediscovery of Christian Initiation by baptized adults. Among these adults, the following may be identified: those who have drifted away from the Church; those who have not been sufficiently evangelised and catechised; those who desire to deepen and mature their faith; those who come from Christian denominations not in full communion with the Catholic Church.
Talks of the Neo-Catechumenal way are held every year.
St Matthew’s Parish has two neo-catechumenal communities.