October 24, 2021

The 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Families and the Gospel      (Mark 10:46-52)

When Jesus asked the blind man, “What do you want from me?”  he asked for sight.   If Jesus asked you the same question, what would you say?  Okay, that is your prayer.

Prayer for the Unborn Child                         

Dear Lord, Reawaken in us respect for every unborn life, make us capable of seeing in the fruit of the maternal womb the miraculous work of your creation, open our hearts to generously welcoming every child that comes into life.  Bless all families, sanctify the union of spouses, render fruitful their love.  Accompany the choices of legislative assemblies with the light of your Spirit, so that people and nations may recognize and respect the sacred nature of life, of every human life.  Guide the work of scientists and doctors, so that all progress contributes to the integral well-being of the person, and no one endures suppression or injustice.  Give creative charity to administrators and economists, so they may realize and promote sufficient conditions so that young families can serenely embrace the birth of new children.  Console the married couples who suffer because they are unable to have children and in Your goodness provide for them.  Teach us all to care for orphaned or abandoned children, so they may experience the warmth of your Charity, the consolation of your divine Heart.

A Message from Father Jozef:

Below is a traditional prayer of SPIRITUAL COMMUNION that many saints have prayed over the years. It can be prayed if you cannot attend mass or you find yourself at Mass unable to receive the Eucharist, or even in the midst of your daily work, lifting up your thoughts to God. The ultimate goal of our lives should be communion with our good and gracious God and an act of spiritual communion can help a person draw closer to that goal.

Lord Jesus,
I believe that You are truly
present in the Most Blessed Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment
receive You sacramentally in Holy Communion,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there
and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
AMEN.

During these difficult times let us pray the following prayer:
Jesus traveled through towns and villages “curing every disease and illness.” At His command, the sick were made well. We humbly ask you to come to our aid now and stay by our side in this time of uncertainty, confusion and pain, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus. Please heal those who have contracted the virus. Be with the doctors, nurses, researchers and all medical professionals who seek to heal and help those affected and who put themselves at risk in the process. May they know your protection and peace and may we all experience your healing love. AMEN.

NOTE: Any parishioner who may be in need of assistance of any kind, please contact the parish office 814-684-1480.

DIOCESE ONLINE GIVING OPTION FOR SAINT MATTHEW PARISH
These are unprecedented times. The coronavirus has captured everyone’s attention but it has not taken away our faith. Our Church is alive and still carrying on its mission and Saint Matthew Parish will continue to bring you the light of Christ. But in order to continue our work, we need your support.
The Diocese of Altoona Johnstown has created a specific “Your Parish Offertory” giving site. “Your Parish Offertory” is available on the diocese’ home page at www.dioceseaj.org/giving

At this link the Catholic Ministry page will appear
Click on Donate Online
Select Your Parish Offertory – Make a Donation
Select either a recurring donation “or” one time donation
Enter the amount of your donation
Select – Saint Matthew, Tyrone (126)

All funds donated will be credit to Saint Matthew Parish and we will be made aware of your continued generosity.
Thank you for your support and may our Lord continue to bless you, our community and our nation.

 

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Stewardship Reflection

Patris Corde, 5.

A Working Father

     An aspect of Saint Joseph that has been emphasized by the Church from the time of the first social Encyclical Rerum Novarum, written by Pope Leo XIII, is his relation to work.  Saint Joseph was a carpenter who earned an honest living to provide for his family.  From him, Jesus learned the value, the dignity and the joy of what it means to eat bread that is the fruit on one’s own labor.  “He came down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them…And Jesus advanced in wisdom, age and favor before God and man.”  (Lk 2:51-52)

     In our own da, when employment has once more become a burning social issue, and unemployment at times reaches record levels even in nations that for decades have enjoyed a certain degree of prosperity, there is a renewed need to appreciate the importance of dignified work, of which Saint Joseph is an exemplary patron.  Saint Joseph, A Working Father, Honest Provider, pray for us.   

As Christian stewards we are called to devote a regular potion of our time to God in prayer.  Perhaps we find in intimidating to find the right words.  Today’s Gospel shows us we don’t need to have our “act together” before we can spend time with Him.  Bartimaeus received a powerful answer to prayer at a very low point in his life.   His prayer was desperate, it was a sincere cry from his heart.  He experienced a profound moment of personal encounter with our Lord and the healing of his vison he desired, right there on the spot.

     How simple it is to encounter Jesus!  So let us take courage and use our time this week knowing that Jesus is calling us right now to spend time with Him just as we are, in all our weakness and brokenness.  Tell Him the great High priest, what your needs are and then, like Bartimaeus, follow him, and keep on living your stewardship way of life.  It’s a life with an ultimate happy ending.  (Stewardship Reflection, Catholic Stewardship Consultants, Inc. 2021/09/20)

                

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Year of Saint Joseph

Year of Saint JosephPope Francis has declared that 2021 is the Year of Saint Joseph.  A plenary indulgence is available.  See the right side under publications for this prayer and the indulgence. 

With the Apostolic Letter “Patris corde” (“With a Father’s Heart”), our Holy Father, Pope Francis recalls the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church.  To mark the occasion, the Holy Father has proclaimed a “Year of Saint Joseph” beginning on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary on December 8th, 2020 and extending it to the same Solemnity on December 8th, 2021.  Mindful of this, we invite you to reflect on one of the most important saints of our Church – Saint Joseph.  We don’t know much about him except what is mentioned in the Gospels. Joseph lived in Nazareth, was the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the foster-father of Jesus.  Holy Scripture proclaims him as a “righteous or just man,” and the Catholic Church has turned to Saint Joseph for his patronage and protection.  The Church also dedicates the entire month of March to Saint Joseph and urges believers to pay special attention to his life and example.  In the Gospels we will not find any words that Saint Joseph may have spoken.  Even though we may look at him as a “silent or quiet saint”, he speaks loudly because when God reached out to him he responded and from his trusting faith and actions we can certainly tell what kind of a person he was.  We know that devotion to Saint Joseph has grown significantly throughout the history of the Church.  I would like to encourage you to read “Patris corde” where pope Francis invites us to increase and strengthen our love for this great saint.  May we as God’s beloved children through the intercession of our mother Mary, her husband Saint Joseph cherish and celebrate God’s great love and mercy for us and seek to bring them to all we meet and touch them with the same loving and merciful hand God has touched us. This is the web link http://www.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/apost_letters/documents/papa-francesco-lettera-ap_20201208_patris-corde.html)

Also, parishioners are encouraged to recite the rosary daily, gather together in the church on Wednesday afternoons at 3:30 for the recitation of the rosary, and before each of the weekend Masses.

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Mass Schedule & Intentions:

If you would like to have a MASS celebrated for the deceased members of your family, or friends, or for special intentions, please stop by or call the parish office.

Mass Schedule & Intentions: October 23 – 31, 2021                              

Sat.           5:30 pm  Ann Searer – CDA

Sun.        10:30 am  For the People – Pastor

Mon.        8:00 am   Saint Joseph – Bellwood

Tues.        6:00 pm  Saint Joseph – Bellwood

Wed.        9:00 am  Ann Searer – Zakrzwski Family

Thurs.      8:00 am   Nicholas Zane – Mom and Dad  

Fri.           8:00 am   Norman Good – Ann Sellers

Sat.           5:30 pm   Carol Mills – Family and Friends

Sun.        10:30 am   Bertha Yenter & John Yenter, Jr. – Estate

If you would like to have a MASS celebrated for the deceased members of your family, or friends, or for special intentions, please stop by or call the parish office.

                           

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THOUGHTS ON STEWARDSHIP AS A WAY OF LIFE

SEEING  AND  BELIEVING  LEAD  TO  GOD

“What do you want me to do for you?”

“Master, I want to see.” Mark 10: 51

“And Jesus said to him, ‘Go your way; your faith has made you well.’   And immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way.”              Mark 10: 52

Faith is believing in something even though you may not be able to physically see it.  Many people think that miracles don’t happen anymore.  This is hard, but try to focus on the positive and not the negative things in your life.  When you focus on your blessings instead of your hardships, miracles will seem common.  You will see God’s active presence in your daily life.  You will begin to develop an attitude of gratitude.

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Liturgical Ministries and Other Parish Ministries –Weekly Schedules

Lector – Weekdays – S Hall

   Lectors – October 30/31

  Sat..    5:30 pm   R Bunch, J Ieraci, S Zakrzwski    

Sun. 10:30  am   MJ Gunter, S Gavazzi, S  Cowher

Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist –October 30/31

Sat.    5:30 pm    G Baldalf, L Grove

Sun. 10:30 am    S Stoner, J Terosky

Eucharistic minister that will be responsible for going to the tabernacle and also to the choir loft.

Altar Servers:  October 30/31

Sat.    5:30 pm       B Zeigler, C Zeigler

Sun. 10:30 am       A Pownall, M Pownall

Music Ministers –  October 30/31

Sat.    5:30 pm      Richard/TBA

Sun. 10:30 am       Tammy/TBA

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Announcements:

    • Fall Harvest Fair on Saturday, November 6th from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Saint Matthew Crafters will be available. Lunch will be available featuring potato, pasta, and macaroni salads, haluski, baked goods, and a variety of soups:  chicken noodle, vegetable, sauerkraut chowder, stuffed pepper soup, and chicken corn.
      • BASKET RAFFLE IS UNDERWAY! There are an amazing variety of Baskets to choose from this year with something for everyone of all ages. Tickets are 7 for $5.00 and are available through Sunday, November 21st
    • During each Mass on October 30th and 31st, we will be celebrating the gift of those Diamond Club members of our parish family who are 75 years of age and older and continue to serve as a shining example of prayerful commitment to Christ and an inspiration for us all.  A special blessing will be offered during Mass and a reception will follow in the Gathering Space.  We look forward to sharing this special recognition with our Saint Matthew family.
  • The Family Activities Committee of Catholic Daughters of America is planning a Halloween Party.  The party will be held on Sunday, October 31st from noon until 2 pm.  If it rains, the party will be in Harkin’s Hall.  If the weather is nice we will have it in the grassy area behind the gathering space.  Children (adults, too!) are encouraged to wear costumes.  We will have snacks, but will not provide lunch.  There must be at least one parent attending.  Sign up in the gathering space or call Amy Brisbin (814-931-4702)  

         Anyone wishing to donate individually wrapped candies and/or Halloween prizes would be very much appreciated.  A donation box is located in the gathering space. 

    Come Join Us – Anyone interested in viewing the movie, Roe V Wade, is welcome to join the Catholic Daughters on Sunday, October 17th at noon in Saint Matthew gathering space.  Snacks will be provided. 

  • St. Aloysius Church in Cresson, PA would like to extend an invitation to participate in the Praise and Worship prayer meetings on Tuesdays at 1:30 pm on Zoom with Father Bob Hilz, meeting ID# 6726349049 or dial 929-205-6099.

         If you are in need of counseling, Catholic Counselors of America LLC is open by appointment at St. Aloysius Faith Education and Community Center. By calling Leorosie Trexler at 814-505-7178.

         May God Our Father, through Our Lord Jesus Christ, bless you and your family, and may Our Blessed Mother Mary cover you in her mantle of protection!

  • Cindy O’Connor of the Office of Child and Youth Protection office of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown has requested that we provide educational article each month provide by VIRTUS of The National Catholic Risk Retention Group, Inc.  This month’s article is Our Pledge to Protect Vulnerable Adults, by Judge Kate Huffman. This article is available in the vestibule and also on the parish website.
  • The Family Life Office of the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese has a ministry, Heaven’s Treasure.  The ministry attempts to reach out to families who have experienced the loss of a child through miscarriage or early fetal death by providing them with spiritual tools to help them to grieve their child through the care of the Catholic Church.  Please call the office at 814-695-5579 or email familylife@dioceseaj.org for more information.

  • MASS INTENTION SCHEDULING: The parish staff would like to extend our appreciation for the patience extended during the past year in the restrictions in scheduling of Masses.  As a result,  Mass intentions will now be accepted.   Mass intention or requests will be  limited to 3 masses for each family per year (only one Mass can be for the weekend or Holy Day).    We schedule as we receive mass intentions and will do our best to honor your requests. Please keep in mind to be kind and considerate of others and this will allow as many as possible in our parish family to be able to request a celebration of Mass.  Remember that the value of a Mass is infinite no matter when it is celebrated.

  • Please note that the annual collection of religious articles takes place once a year in February. You are asked to please keep items to exchange/donate until that time.  The gathering space is not a drop off for old or not used items throughout the year.  If an item is not blessed you may discard of it on your own.
  • Try Catholic Radio – WJVM 90.3 FM the Voice of Divine Mercy
  • PROJECT RACHEL:  Would you like to find peace in your heart with your aborted child, with God, with the Church?  Don’t be afraid, the door is open.  For women, men, anyone wounded by abortion.  Contact Project Rachel 814-884-8000.  ProjectRachel@dioceseaj.org.  All calls are confidential.
  • AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of eligible purchase to our parish.   Please go to the following link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/23-1390606 and you can start helping our church in this very easy way.
  • Please remember our local Tyrone Food Bank.  Canned soups, peanut butter, cereal, jelly, and personal care items are always needed.  The Food Bank requests that dates on all donations be current.  Expired items cannot be accepted.

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Saint Matthew School News!

Just in time for Thanksgiving – The School will be taking order for Pies and Pumpkin rolls next weekend after all Masses.  All pies ad rolls are $10.00 each (chocolate, coconut, & lemon meringue, apple, blackberry, blueberry, razzberry, cherry, peach, raisin, harvest). All products are from the The Pie Shoppe in Laughlintown, PA  Delivery is Wednesday, Nov. 17th at the school .  Payment must be received with your order.

Saint Matthew School Scrip Purchases –   Orders can be placed online at (Enrollment code:  AFCFB8DC972) or  contact Alison Narehood by phone 684-4121 “oremail  stmatthewschoolscrip@gmail.comor” purchase after any of  the weekend Masses.

Saint Matthew Catholic School Teachers

The Teachers and Staff:

Mrs. Danielle Harris- Preschool

Mrs. Beth Kasic – Preschool and After Care Aide

Miss Taylor Curry – Kindergarten

Mrs. Jennifer Casanave – First Grade & Lead Teacher

Mrs. Justine Washic – Second Grade

Mrs. Deborah Hewitt – Third and Sixth Grade

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Activities for the Week of October 25 to October 31

Tues.      6:30 pm Diocese Lay Ministry Class (GS)

Wed.       3:30 pm Holy Rosary (C)

               6:30 pm RCIA (GS)

Thurs.    6:30 pm Bingo (H)

Fri.          9:00 am SMS Rosary

Wk. End Masses – Diamond Club Mass                                

 Priesthood Sunday

Sun. 9 -10:15 am  Religious Education

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Parish Office Staff & Ministries Contact Information

Parish Office Staff:  Financial and Administrative Assistant: Debbie Zakrzwski

Email: stmatthewtyrone@gmail.com

Office Hours: Monday 8:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Wednesday and Friday 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Director of Music: Leslie Estep
Call: (814) 684-4899 or email: lime458@verizon.net

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Director of Religious Education: Lauren Wright

Call: (814) 312-0969 or email: lwright@dioceseaj.org

Elementary to High School: (Grades K-8): Sunday mornings 9:00 AM to 10:15 AM

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RCIA: Susan Burkholder

Call: (814) 684-0352 or email: jsburkholder@verizon.net

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Ministry to the Homebound: Paula Lambert (814) 932-0651

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Pastoral Council – Jason Terosky (814) 692-4222
Finance Council – Dennis Rozick (814) 684-5511
School Council – Paul Fleissner (724) 630-1538
Cemetery Committee – Michael Feller (814) 932-1788

Saint Matthew Catholic School “serving our community since 1869”

Lead Teacher: Jennifer Casanave.

School Phone: (814) 684-3510

School web-site: www.stmatthew-school.org

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