Family Faith Formation
Youth Ministry & Religious Education
Religious Education Program
Together, we strive to develop an integrated program that appeals to the spiritual senses of our children providing for them a comprehensive and holistic faith experience. The catechists associated with the Religious Education program, together with the parents, work as a team to pass along Jesus' Gospel message to our children.
One Child: $60
Two Children: $100
Three or More Children: $120
- $100 per Student. This includes both years.
Youth Group for Grades 5-8
Edge at St. Matthew Catholic Church is a fun, welcoming community. Teens in grades 5-8 come together to form Christ-centered friendships, get answers to their questions about faith, and experience the love of God. Edge helps us grow as the people God created us to be.
To learn more about Edge Ministry: https://lifeteen.com/edge-ministry/
Youth Ministry for Grades 9-12
We are currently forming Connect Groups!
Teens can form a group with their friends and pick a day/time to meet at the Parish Center at St. Matthew Church, or on Zoom.
Connect Groups will provide our teens with an opportunity to grow in faith with their friends and remain connected with God and each other. During Connect groups, teens will grow as disciples through reading Scripture, praying together, asking questions and having conversations about God, and being part of a Catholic community. Each Connect Group can choose which topics/aspects of faith they would like to grow in.
Contact Amanda, our Youth Minister, at Youthministry@stmatthewrcc.com to learn more about being part of a Connect Group!
Steubenville East 2022
We encourage you to save the date (July 29-31, 2022), and spread the word about the Steubenville East Conference. Invite other high school students to join our group! To reserve your spot, please write a check for $50.00 to St. Matthew Church with "Steubenville Deposit" in the memo line. Our goal, with fundraising, is to keep the total cost of the weekend to $150 per student. When registrations officially open, each student must fill out a registration form and pay the remaining balance for the trip. We look forward to attending Steubenville East 2022 with you!
Website to learn more: https://steubenvilleconferences.com/youth/
If interested in attending Steubenville East 2022, please email Amanda at Youthministry@stmatthewrcc.com.
Young Adult Groups in CT for Ages 18-35
*Contact groups for updates related to Covid-19*
Facebook: Blessed is She // Northeast Region
C4C Young Adult Groups: Crossroadsforchrist.org
Facebook: Greater Hartford C4C Email: C4Cgreaterhartford@gmail.com
Facebook: Frassati C4C - New Haven Email: FrassatiC4C@gmail.com Facebook: Frassati New Haven Email: email@example.com
Faith Resources for Young Catholics
Saint Spotlight: St. Matthew
Feast Day: September 21
As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the customs post. He said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him. While he was at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat with Jesus and his disciples. The Pharisees saw this and said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” He heard this and said, “Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. Go and learn the meaning of the words, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.' I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.” -Matthew 9:9-13
Prayer of Thanksgiving for St. Matthew
We thank you, heavenly Father, for the witness of your Apostle and evangelist Matthew to the Gospel of your Son our Savior; and we pray that, after his example, we may with ready hearts obey the calling of our Lord to follow him; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever, Amen.
"God is Still Good" Playlist on Spotify:
Songs to check out:
LifeTeen Blog: https://lifeteen.com/blog/
Laudate Bible Mass Times Divine Mercy
Discerning Hearts iBreviary FOCUS Equip
Books to Read
Youcat: Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church by Christoph Schonborn
The Catholic Youth Prayer Book, Second Edition
100 Things Every Catholic Teen Should Know by Mark Hart and Todd Lemieux
Go Bravely: Becoming the Woman You Were Created to Be by Emily Wilson Hussem
The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis
The Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of The Little Flower by St. Therese of Lisieux
Time for God by Father Jacques Philippe
Check out the LifeTeen Store for more Catholic book suggestions: https://shop.lifeteen.com/collections/books
For more information, contact Amanda Binghi, Director of Youth Ministry,
at (860) 583-7806 ext. 5 or at Youthministry@stmatthewrcc.com