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Charlotte’s St. Matthew Catholic Church is set to open new south campus

Construction of the new south campus of St. Matthew Catholic Church on Waxhaw-Marvin Road is just about complete.

The project has been in the works for more than two years. Monsignor John McSweeney, pastor of St. Matthew Catholic Church in Ballantyne, put a vision for the future in motion in late 2012, when the archdiocese of Charlotte acquired the 33.67 acres at the corner of Waxhaw-Marvin Road and Kensington Drive in Waxhaw.

The church wanted to build a Union County campus.

In December 2012, The Catholic Herald reported, “With more than 9,000 families, St. Matthew is the largest parish in the diocese and estimated to be one of the largest parishes in the United States. There are about 2,600 registered St. Matthew parishioner families living near the new campus.”

St. Matthew’s 2,000-seat church, at 8015 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, is consistently packed for Mass, with additional services held in the parish gym and at a nearby Episcopalian church to accommodate all the parishioners, according to the story in The Catholic Herald.

Fred Burrell, who has served as a consultant to McSweeney on the project, said that from the beginning, part of the vision was to make the facility a resource for the larger community, not just for Catholics. Waxhaw Mayor Daune Gardner and town commissioners used the nearly completed building for a retreat Sept. 4.

South Piedmont Community College also will use the facility to teach courses assisting local residents in gaining employment.

St. Matthews south is preparing to hold its first worship service Oct. 4.

Internet safety

Waxhaw Police Officer Victor Montalvo will lead a class on Internet safety. Montalvo is the Waxhaw Police Department’s community police/DARE officer.

The 90-minute class is titled “Internet Parents” and is being offered from 7-8:30 p.m. Sept. 25 and Oct. 9.

The classes, for adults only, are free and will be held in the Waxhaw Police Department’s training room, which can hold as many as 70 people. The facility is at 3620 Providence Road South in Waxhaw.

Those interested are asked to register at www.bit.ly/internetparents.com. Participants are invited to bring laptop computers. Details: vmontalvo@waxhaw.com or 704-843-0353.

“We believe that every parent who has a teenager or preteen should absolutely take this class,” Montalvo said.

The class will cover what can be found on the Internet, chatting, blogging and cyber-bullying. It also will also discuss practical limits for home Internet use and how to protect children from pornography, violence and hate speech. The class also will discuss the use of cellphones.

The instructor is Waxhaw entrepreneur Ken Adelglass, a local parent and owner of Waxhaw Kid Coders, which teaches children how to write code, program and build computers.

“Kids are on computers all day long,” Montalvo said. “Before school, in school and after school.

“As parents, we need to really be involved in what our kids are getting into on the Internet. It really could be a matter of life and death.”

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