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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.

Community Sunday

Graham Honeycutt

Community Weekend is held once a month August -May following the 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.

Family Social Ministry

Mike & Kelly Cassidy

This ministry engages in service activities that the entire family can participate in.

Family Weekend

George Adams

This ministry coordinates a fun weekend at Tims Ford Lake for families to gather and enjoy.

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

Jon Sowa

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.

Prayer Chain

Deacon Dan Pyles

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

Quilting Ministry

Eva Coursey

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

Nick Ragsdale

Girl Scouts

Alaine McCoy

Cub Scouts

Jarrod Albert & Steve Bell

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

Youth Ministries

Lisa Vegors

The Life Teen Youth Ministry 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 called Ignite 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.


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.

Children’s Choirs

Joel Bolen

The Children’s Choirs including Kids Choir (Grades 1-2), Liturgy Choir (Grades 3-8), and the Liturgy Choir Cantors & Psalmists (Grades 5-8).

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.

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.

Funeral Ministry

Deacon Dan Pyles

The Funeral Ministry assists in planning or pre-planning funeral arrangements.

Homebound Ministry

Deacon Dan Pyles

Homebound Ministers are Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion who have been further trained and instituted to bring Holy Communion to the homebound in residential or healthcare facilities and individual homes.

Hospitality Ministers

Barney Schulte

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.


Patricia M. Smith

Lectors proclaim the Word of God during Mass. New lectors complete a training period and workshops, and other training may be required as liturgical needs merit.

Liturgy Guild

Deacon Dan Pyles

Weddings and Funerals are ministries of the parish, and the Liturgy Guild ministry provides assistance by helping the priest and deacons with weddings, funerals, and other liturgies.  We need volunteers to meet with the clergy, the wedding party, and their families for the Nuptial Mass/Wedding Service and rehearsal.  For funerals, volunteers are needed to greet the families at the visitation and at the funeral itself and providing logistical support during the funerals.

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.

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.

Sacristan Ministry

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.

Parish Life

Staff Liasion: Graham Honeycutt 615-550-5131,

Art & Environment

Gina Marsden

This ministry’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.

Bereavement Ministry

Gina Bonn

Ellen Wade

The Bereavement Ministry at Saint 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.

Blood Drive

Kate Tharp

Blood drives are held at Saint 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

Deacon Dan Pyles

Mary Starr

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 Contributors

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

Margaret Cook

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.

Welcome Team

Graham Honeycutt

This ministry contacts new parishioners with the objective of helping them get acquainted with Saint Matthew 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: Tony Jesse 615-550-5100,

Adult Faith Formation

This committee provides educational opportunities throughout the year to help our adult community grow in faith.

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)

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

The Religious Education program of Saint 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.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

Deacon Dan Pyles

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.

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.

Social Action & Outreach

Staff Liasion: Graham Honeycutt 615-550-5131,

Environmental Stewardship

Brian Perrone

This ministry is dedicated to faith-based inspiration, awareness, and participation in environmental responsibility towards God’s creation.

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.

Habitat for Humanity

Patricia M. Smith

This Ministry assists the Habitat for Humanity organization to help people in our community improve a place they can call home. Volunteers are needed to help build, provide meals, and coordinate efforts.

Haiti Ministry

Valerie Canning

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.

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.

Loaves and Fishes

Bill Thomson

Loaves and Fishes – Brownie Makers

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

Elizabeth Abaray

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.

Room in the Inn

Rhea Forte

Chris Holt

Patricia Smith

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

Paul Stigamier

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. Their goal in this ministry is to grow in spirituality as they assist others, providing a hand up as opposed to a handout. They meet on the first Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m.