Community

4-H Club

Champaign Mixed Clovers 4-H Club serves boys and girls ages 8-18. The majority of this particular 4-H group are St. Matthew parishioners and have met at St. Matthew for over 25 years. Members can choose from a wide variety of projects in which to enroll including foods, photography, visual arts, etc. The 4-H Club sponsors community service projects as well.

For information contact Sue Stephenson: 217-586-5780 or s.stephenson11@gmail.com
Linda Thiele: 217-356-6845 or thieleli@hotmail.com

Boy Scouts

St. Matthew Troop 121 serves to help boys mature to honorable men. They are given many opportunities to learn leadership skills within the troop, enjoy accomplishments in outdoor adventures and appreciate recognition as they advance in rank. The Troop meets weekly.

For information contact Frank Marquart, Scoutmaster: greymourning@comcast.net

Cub Scouts

Cub Scout Pack 121 is a year-round family program designed for St. Matthew (and Carrie Busey) boys in Grades 1-5 (ages 7-10). Parents, leaders, and organizations work together to influence character building, good sportsmanship, greater family understanding and personal achievement. Cub Scouts do fun things with other kids! They go places and see things. They play sports. And, they build things, like race cars and bird houses.

For information contact Chris Lugardo: chris.lugardo@gmail.com

Daily Bread Soup Kitchen

Volunteers are needed to cook and serve meals for the homeless at Daily Bread Soup Kitchen, located at 124 West White Street, Champaign (New Covenant Church). Daily Bread also gladly accepts packaged food as well as toiletry items.

For information contact Sheryl Scherschligt; 217-352-9550: sscherschl@sbcglobal.net

Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts is open to all Grades K-12 girls who are members of St. Matthew Parish or attend St. Matthew School. Meetings are held after school, in the school. The four goals are for each girl: 1) to become the very best person she can be; 2) to respect other people; 3) to build her own set of values and 4) to build leadership skills.

For information contact the Girl Scout Office: 328-5112

Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus is a lay Catholic fraternal service organization. It is open to all Catholic men at least 18 years of age who are in communion with the Holy See. The four Principals of the Order are charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism. A primary mission is to support local charities, one of them being Special Olympics.

For information contact Val Koble: 217-359-0996;
David Grace: 690-7775 or dr.grace.stas@comcast.net

Respect Life Ministry

Through education, community involvement and prayer, the Respect Life Ministry promotes the message of the Gospel of Life that all human life is sacred. Activities include “40 Days for Life,” the “National Life Chain,” and social events to raise funds for Birthright and “Pregnancy Resource Centers.”

For information contact: respectlife@stmatt.net

Serra Club

Men and women dedicated to promoting vocations, supporting priests and religious, and strengthening the members’ own faith through prayer, fellowship and education.

For information contact John Radka: 217-355-1348 or jradka1@comcast.net;
John Dahl: 217-359-4214

St. Vincent DePaul

This is a joint organization comprised of parishioners of both St. Matthew and Holy Cross churches. Members are dedicated to serving those less fortunate in the community. Service to local Catholics that reside in nursing homes, as well as shut-ins, is a primary function. Additionally, through the support of parishioners and donors, the organization is able on a limited basis to assist local families as they work through challenging spiritual and economic times. Meetings are weekly at Holy Cross and two members are on call daily.

For information contact Doug Eppich: 217-352-4549 or deppich@att.net