BUILD (Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development)
Through training in leadership development, house meetings, and relationship building on a one-on-one setting, this multi-racial, multi-denominational community organization teaches communities and individuals to discover their own power to act on their own self-interest.
An interfaith center located at St. Mary’s Church in Govans, CARES responds to emergency needs in greater community. There is an ongoing collection of items for CARES pantry at the exits of the church and through financial support from poor box donations. Visit CARES’ website for more information.
Condolence Gathering is an annual program of prayer, sharing, and support for those who have lost loved ones in the Parish within the last year. All the names are read during the service and is usually held in January on a Thursday evening. Please note: this is not a Mass.
The Cross Cultural Team is a friendly, welcoming group committed to cross-cultural understanding and diversity. Members come from several countries, including Sierra Leone, the United States, Jamaica, and the Philippines. The team sells Fair Trade products (chocolate, coffee, and tea) the fourth weekend of each month after Mass to support projects across the world, as well as sponsors the Seder Meal on Palm Sunday each year.
The team meets on the second Sunday of each month (except May) at 10 AM.
The Health Ministry promotes total wellness in our Parish community through attention to the integrated needs of body, mind, and spirit. It provides periodic education/reflection programs. Volunteers are needed in the following areas:
Parish Nurses – Provide blood pressure screenings after the weekend Masses on the first weekend of each month as well as provide assessments and referrals as requested.
Eucharistic Ministers to the Homebound – Take and share the Eucharist with Parishioners who are sick or homebound as needed.
Christmas Home Visitors – Seasonal visits to homebound Parishioners as needed.
Members of the Prison Ministry visit immigrant detainees and the regular prison population at the Howard County Detention Center to pray and support them during their incarceration. Visits are held the last Monday of each month for a Communion Service and occasional Saturdays for Mass. All volunteers must attend a one-day workshop held at the detention center. The last Monday of each month is a Communion Service.
LEAD includes lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and allies, and affirming and educating diversity. It is a welcome center for gay and lesbian people who are seeking a spiritual home and a welcoming community. We provide a safe space for all to share freely their stories. In an effort to respect this as a safe space, we expect that what is shared here be held in confidence. We expect that names not be shared outside this space. Our stories are sacred to those who share and to those who hear. Our respect for one another with integrity allows the dignity and sacredness of our sharing and creates opportunity to save lives. Meetings are held the second Sunday of each month at 12:30 PM. For more information, visit:www.leadlgbtministry.com
This Catholic Charities assistance center provides aid and job programs for the poor and the homeless. At St. Matthew, there is an ongoing collection of prepared casseroles for their hot meal program. Our Daily Bread is in great need of casseroles to support their growing number of visitors and can be brought to St. Matthew during office hours. Volunteers are needed on the fourth Monday of each month to take all casseroles down to the Center and to help serve the guests at the Center.
The Stephen Ministry is a group of confidential, Christian companions who are compassionate, full of faith, skilled, trustworthy, and centered on Christ. They walk the journey with anyone going through a difficult experience in their life, including loss, change, illness, and other challenges. Meetings are held the first and third Saturdays of each month at 9 AM.
The Saint Vincent DePaul Fund is supported by poor box donations and provides assistance for Parishioners and others in critical need within our greater community. This includes rent and utilities assistance, help obtaining food, and assistance with getting necessary medical prescriptions.
Never heard of us? That is because we are just now forming. You are invited to join this new, more focused ministry to heed the call to “care for our common home” that Pope Francis so eloquently expressed in his ecological encyclical Laudato Si’. Saint Matthew has taken measures in the past to be “greener” and to address environmental concerns, such as the following:
Created rain gardens and purchased rain barrels for storm water management
Planted native trees and conducted an energy audit for the office building
Converted to LED lighting inside and outside the church and taken water reduction efforts in the restrooms
Reducing the use of Styrofoam products
We have been mindful of caring for God’s creation and we want to deepen our commitment to do what we can in our church facilities, events, and in the world at large. We want to do so with advocacy at the city and state levels to address the climate crisis and other kinds of pollution and environmental issues. We want to be informed and act as we can to make a difference. Parishioners interested in joining the St. Matthew Green Team are invited to contact us and sign up.