St Matthew Ministries

Family Life

Staff Liasion:
Graham Honeycutt 615-550-5131,

College Outreach

Anne Tarwater

This program maintains contact with parishioners who are away at college. Cards and care packages are sent to help encourage and strengthen our college students. Volunteers are needed to write letters and assemble care packages. Click here for more information about College Outreach.


Community Weekend

Brad Bishop
615- 557-8015,

Community Weekend is held once a month August -May following the 5:00 p.m., 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Masses. This event gives parishioners an opportunity for fellowship over coffee and pastries. Volunteers are needed to help with set-up, preparing coffee, serving and clean-up.


Lunch Bunch

Ellen Wade

The Lunch Bunch meets on the fourth Thursday of the month at 12:00 p.m. in the church narthex for lunch and bingo. A small fee is charged for lunch and white elephant prizes


Men’s Club

Brian Sarmento

All male parishioners over the age of eighteen, both Catholic and non-Catholic are eligible to become active members. In addition to providing a social forum for the men of the parish, the Club sponsors many activities and events. Meetings are held the first Thursday of every month. Click here for more information about Men’s Club.


Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS)

Amy Phillips

Rachel Jansen

This group is for mothers of preschool age children to connect, share, and pray together. This group meets every other Thursday at 7:00 p.m. in The SMS Learning Lab (Room 113). Click here to fill out a registration form for more information.


Natural Family Planning

Graham & Heather Honeycutt

Natural Family Planning (NFP) classes are held throughout the year at St. Matthew and throughout the diocese. NFP is the scientific, natural and moral method of family planning for married couples. Click here for more information about Natural Family Planning in the diocese.




Prayer Chain

Erin Stracener

This group prays for the needs and special intentions of parish members. Volunteers may sign-up to be on the prayer chain list.




Quilting Ministry

Eva Coursey
615- 646-3064

This group meets every Saturday morning from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Parish Conference Center. Beginners and experienced quilters are welcome. They will teach anyone who is interested.



Boy Scouts

Sean DeCoster
615- 878-4580,

Girl Scouts

Anna Garfinkle

Cub Scouts

Aeron Lucus

The Scouts objectives are to develop character, citizenship, confidence, and faith, amongst other objectives. 

Click here for more information about the Scout programs at St. Matthew.




Youth Group/Life Teen

Lisa Vegors

Youth Group is open to youth in the parish (regardless of school attended) and is divided into two groups; Junior High and Life Teen. The Junior High Youth Group is for youth in 7th-8th grade. The Life Teen is for all high school teens in grades 9th-12th. Various activities are offered throughout the year for both groups.  Activities are spiritual, social and service oriented.

Click here for more information about Life Teen.

Click here for more information about Jr. High Youth Group.






Women’s Club

Stacy Brunner

All female parishioners over the age of eighteen, both Catholic and non-Catholic, are eligible to become active members. In addition to providing a social forum for the women of the parish, the Women's Club sponsors many activities and events. Meetings are held four times a year. Click here for more information about Women’s Club.







Staff Liasion:
Deacon Dan Pyles 615-550-5107,

Altar Servers

Deacon Dan Pyles

Altar servers have the important responsibility of assisting the priest and deacon during Mass and other special liturgical events. Potential servers must be in the 5th grade or higher and willing to attend training sessions. Click here to fill out an application to be an Altar Server.


Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC)

Deacon Dan Pyles

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC) are commissioned ministers appointed by the Pastor to distribute the Blessed Sacrament during Mass liturgies. To become an EMHC, one must be a Catholic in good standing. Click here to fill out an application to be an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion.



Deacon Dan Pyles

Sacristans are Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion who have been appointed by the Pastor to assist by preparing the church and chapel for all liturgies. If you are interested in becoming a sacristan, please e-mail for more information

Ministry to the Sick/Homebound/Nursing Home

Deacon Dan Pyles

Click here to fill out a Homebound Minister's Report.

Homebound Ministers are EMHC's who have been further trained and instituted to bring Holy Communion to the homebound in residential or healthcare facilities and individual homes. If you are interested in the homebound ministry, please contact Deacon Dan Pyles.

First Friday Adoration

Kitty Gomez

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament takes place the first Friday of every month after the 8:00 a.m. Mass, ending with Benediction on Saturday morning. Participants may sign up for desired time slots.

Hospitality Ministers

Deacon Dan Pyles

Hospitality Ministers greet those attending Mass with the objective of instilling a sense of belonging. Duties include participating in the offertory, distributing bulletins and straightening the Sanctuary after Mass. Eligible volunteers include men, women and young adults with a warm, welcoming personality. Click here to fill out an application to be a Hospitality Minister.


Kim Baldinger

Lectors proclaim the Word of God during Mass. New lectors complete a one-hour microphone check and training period, and workshops and other sessions may be required if liturgical needs merit them.

Music Ministries

Joel Bolen

The Music Ministry is open to everyone, amateur, professional or anywhere in-between, who is interested in sharing their musical abilities. There are adult choirs that sing for each of our weekend Masses. They combine to sing for major Liturgies throughout the year. Cantors and Psalmists facilitate congregational singing and instrumentalists support the singing at all of our weekend Liturgies. Handbell choirs play at various Liturgies throughout the year. High school and children's choirs sing at various Liturgies throughout the year.  Click here for more information about Music Ministry at Saint Matthew.


Martha Ministry

Gina Marsden
Sandi Simpson

This group cares for the altar linens in the sanctuary and chapel. Volunteers are needed for a one-month rotation. 


Wedding Guild

Deacon Dan Pyles

This committee provides assistance to the priest or deacon, the wedding party and their families during the wedding rehearsal and ceremony. Volunteers are needed to assist during the wedding rehearsal and ceremony.

Parish Life

Staff Liasion:
Graham Honeycutt 615-550-5131,

Art & Environment

Anne Tarwarter

This committee’s objective is to plan a liturgically correct and attractive environment for prayerful liturgies. Members meet monthly to determine needs and set plans to improve the church environment. Click here for more information about Art for Inspiration Art Show.

Bereavement Ministry

Ellen Wade & Gina Bonn, 615-646-0378

The Bereavement Ministry at St. Matthew seeks to provide solace and consolation for loved ones who have experienced loss. This is done through Mass intentions, phone calls, email, and personal visitation. GriefShare is another ministry available to help loved ones grieve. Contact us at any time. Click here to notify us of a death.


Blood Drive

Erin Stracener

Blood drives are held at St. Matthew three times during the year for the American Red Cross. Volunteers are needed to provide assistance the day of the drive.



Bulk Mail

Graham Honeycutt

This group assists office staff with folding, stuffing and sorting parish mailings. Volunteers are needed several times during the year.  




Gina & Stephen Scott

If you are seeking a way to make Christ the center of your everyday life, you are invited to experience Cursillo. It is a life-changing experience for adults, married or single people, which begins with a three-day weekend. It is an encounter with yourself and an encounter with God. Cursillo weekends are announced in the bulletin and are held twice during the year.


Funeral Luncheons

Olga Olenick

Members of this committee prepare and serve food at the luncheon following the funeral Mass for parishioners who have lost a loved one. Volunteers are needed to prepare a salad or dessert when called upon, and to provide assistance for the luncheons.




Levi Committee

Graham Honeycutt

The Levi is the parish newsletter published every other month. The Levi staff welcomes writers, editors, and graphic designers. Volunteers are also needed to fold the Levi and prepare it for mailing.



Library Helper

Anne Tarwater

The parish library is open Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and after the 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Sunday Masses, when Religious Education is in session. Volunteers are needed to enter data into the library computer, assemble cards and pockets in new books and help with the annual inventory.



Office Assistance

Darcy Rowe

Volunteers are needed throughout the year for filing, computer work, and other general office tasks.



Parish Health Ministry

Diane Ralph

This program consists of our own parish’s health care professionals (nurses, doctors, pharmacists, etc.). The objective is to bring an awareness of holistic health to members of the congregation and to provide for any unmet health care needs. In addition to offering flu shots in the fall, blood pressure checks are administered on the third Sunday of the month after all Masses.





Welcome Team

Graham Honeycutt

This committee contacts new parishioners with the objective of helping them get acquainted with St. Matthew Church and its many ministries and programs. Volunteers are needed to call on new parishioners and attend a Wine & Cheese reception for new members.









Religious Education & Formation

Staff Liasion: 

Erin Stracener 615-550-5100,

Adult Faith Formation

Erin Stracener

This committee provides educational opportunities throughout the year to help our adult community grow in faith. Click here for more information on Adult Faith Formation or to register.


Book Clubs

Joan McGranaghan (Daytime)

Molly Wuller (Evening)

A variety of books are discussed at the St. Matthew Book Club. A daytime group meets at 9:30 a.m. on the third Wednesday of each month. The evening group meets the first Monday of each month.

Catechists (Religious Education Teachers)

Erin Stracener

Catechists are ministers of the Word who require sound orientation, preparation, and dedication. Because of their love of the Catholic faith, these volunteers must be enthusiastic about sharing their faith with their students. Classes are held Sunday mornings during the school year.




Religious Education

Erin Stracener

The Religious Education program of St. Matthew Parish seeks to provide our children, youth, and adults with the knowledge, experience, and skills necessary to become faithful and fruitful disciples of Jesus. Click here for more information about our Religious Education Program.




Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

Erin Stracener

RCIA is a process for those who would like to learn more about the Catholic Church, and who are considering the possibility of joining. It is open to all non-Catholics who would like to learn more. Click here for more information about RCIA.



Vacation Bible School

Sarah Joly
Jenny Knapp

Vacation Bible School is held for one week during the summer for children ages 4 through 10. Volunteers are needed to teach classes and provide administrative support. Click here for more information about Vacation Bible School.

Social Action & Outreach

Staff Liasion:
Graham Honeycutt 615-550-5131,


Mike Tant

The purpose of this group is to promote a better understanding of Catholic Social teaching, its challenges and directives, which is a central and essential element of our faith from conception to natural death. This group provides programs and advocacy opportunities as an educational experience for our parishioners, encouraging them to focus on how to overcome injustice in our community and be voices of life, peace, and the environment. Click here for more information about our Caritas Ministry.


Engaged Couples Retreat

Tom Samoray (Diocese)

Married couples are needed to help facilitate an Engaged Couples Retreat for the Diocese of Nashville. Couples help facilitate group discussions and give talks on aspects of marriage. St. Matthew organizes a team each year for one weekend, typically in January. Click here to learn more about the Engaged Couples Retreat.

Food Drive

Jenny Knapp

Two food drives are held during the year; one benefitting Catholic Charities, North Nashville Outreach, and Project Reflect at Thanksgiving and another benefiting Bellevue United Methodist food pantry and Catholic Charities during Lent.  Help with loading and transporting is needed for both drives.




If you have lost a loved one and are in need of support we have a 13-week program twice a year. In this program, you will share your grief with others who have also lost loved ones in a very supportive environment. Visit for more information.

Haiti Ministry

Ursula Heitz

The Haiti Ministry supports our sister parish, Our Lady of Miracles in Gobert, Haiti. The group provides support through prayer, funding, education, medical support and other general needs. Click here for more information about our Haiti Ministry.


Helping Hands

Stacy Brunner
Christianne Thomas
This group prepares meals for parishioners who are in need; this would include families with someone who is ill and new mothers.  Volunteers are needed to prepare and deliver meals. Meals are organized via email so please ensure that your current email address is provided.


Ladies of Charity - Nashville

Arlene Smith

The Ladies of Charity organization began with the mission "To Serve Rather Than Be Served." We strive to serve all residents of Davidson County with food, or financial help if they are experiencing a hardship in their life. We provide help in those times of crisis. Click here to visit their website.



Loaves and Fishes

Bill Thomson

Loaves and Fishes - Brownie Makers

Darcy Rowe


This group prepares and serves lunch to the homeless on the first Wednesday of every month at Holy Name Church.

Military Ministry

Arlene Smith

Members keep a list of those serving in the Military on the bulletin board so that parishioners can pray for them. This group supports all branches of the military. Care packages are sent to deployed troops once a year during the Saint Matthew School Service Day. Volunteers are needed to collect items, pack and send the packages.



Respect for Life

Pat Bradley

This ministry is dedicated to a respect for the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death. Through education and a public information effort, the ministry works to identify and address sanctity of life issues and needs of the parish and community. They also assist in promoting the 40 Days for Life campaign to the parish. Click here to learn more about 40 Days for Life. 



Stephen Ministry

Taffy & Gerry Armbruster

Stephen Ministers provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to individuals struggling with a life crisis such as grief, divorce, loneliness, terminal illness or unemployment. Volunteer Stephen Ministers must complete 50 hours of instruction and commit to at least a two-year term as a minister.


Room in the Inn

Rhea Forte

Chris Holt

This group provides a warm, safe place to sleep for a small group of homeless men during the winter months. Volunteers are needed to drive, prepare dinner, prepare bag lunches and spend the night in the Cohan-Hansom building.







St. Vincent de Paul Society

Bill Forte

This ministry serves the needs of those in the community with financial help in paying a bill as well as delivering food and household items such as dishes, clothes, and furniture. Our goal in this ministry is to grow in spirituality as we assist others, providing a hand up as opposed to a handout. We meet the first Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m.