Fifth Sunday of Easter- May 19, 2019

Families and the Gospel                                       John13:31-33A, 34-35

“By this everyone will know you are my disciples.  If you love one another.”  Today Jesus teaches us that the real sign of the Church is the presence of  LOVE   

Pastor:  Reverend Jozef  Kovacik

Phone: (814) 684-1480 (Parish Office & Rectory)
Fax: (814) 684-7969


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Stewardship Reflection May 19th – Fifth Sunday of Easter

5th  Sunday of Easter          

“This is how you will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.’  How will you respond to Jesus this week in the giving of your time, talent, and treasure?

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Easter Season

Prayer for Easter

You are no longer in the power of sin, of evil!

Love has triumphed, mercy has been victorious!

God’s mercy always triumphs, because God’s love is stronger

than evil and death itself. God’s love can transform our lives.

God’s love can do this! –Pope Francis


May the blessings of this most joyous season renew your hearts and souls with His love as we celebrate THE GIFT OF NEW AND EVERLASTING LIFE given to us by our good and gracious God.  May the light of Jesus’ resurrection always guide all your steps on your life journey.   

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Weekend Mass Schedule:
– Saturday at 5:00 PM
– Sunday at 8:00 AM & 10:30 AM

Weekday Mass Schedule:
– Monday through Friday – 8:00 AM
Holy Day of Obligation Mass Schedule:
– Vigil – 7:00 PM
– 9:00 AM & 7:00 PM

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated on Saturday from 4:00 PM till 4:30 PM or anytime upon request.

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Mass Schedule & Intentions:

 May 18 – 26, 2019

Sat.      5:00 PM –  Casper & Marie Smith – Anna, Evie & Maria Smith

Sun.     8:00 AM – Norma & Cody Belin – Family

10:30 AM – For the People of the Parish – Pastor

Mon    8:00 AM    Edna & Bill Long, Sr.  Bill & Rose

Tues   8:00 AM–  Nicholas Zane – Cindy & Jack

Wed.   9:00 AM–   Living and Deceased Mbrs. of CDA  Court Saint Rita

Thurs. 8:00 AM-   Joe Fresh – Family

Fri.      8:00 AM-   Stella Gurekovich – JR Gurekovich

Sat      5:00 PM –  Kaleb Woomer – Gram & Anita

Sun     8:00 AM – Helen Schoch – Cathy Igou

10:30 AM –  For the People of the Parish – Pastor

          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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Office Staff & Ministries Contact Information


Parish Office Staff:
Administrative Assistant: Rose Long
Financial Administrator: Debbie Zakrzwski

Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
8:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Pastoral Ministry:
Sister Karen Duddy, C.C.W.
Cell: (814) 935-2934 E-mail:
Sister Jane Miller, C.C.W.
Cell: (814) 931-1120 E-mail:

Director of Religious Education: Gia Patton
Call (814) 682-9108 or email

Coordinator: Elementary & Middle School: Mark Raffetto
Phone: (814) 934-2936 email:

Elementary Classes: (Grades K-6): Sunday mornings 9:00 AM to 10:15 AM (weekly during the school year)

Middle/High School: (Gr. 7-11): Sunday: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (twice a month during the school year)

RCIA: Susan Burkholder (814) 684-0352

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

Pastoral Council – Sarah McNelis (814) 684-5598
Finance Council – Dennis Rozick (814) 684-5511
School Council – Lawrence McKernan (814) 632-7767
Cemetery Committee – Michael Feller (814) 932-1788

Saint Matthew Catholic School
“serving our community since 1869”
Principal: Mrs. Debbie St. Pierre
Principal’s email:
School Phone: (814) 684-3510
School web-site:

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“My children, I will be with you only a little while longer.”       John 13: 33

“I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.”                                                    John 13: 34

It is easy to love someone when they love you back. But it takes strength and courage to love someone when we feel unappreciated, used or feel our opinion doesn’t matter. It takes courage to “love my neighbor”

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Activities for the Week of May 20, 2019

Mon.           3:15-6:15 PM – Title I Conference (L)

                    6:30 PM – SpiritualLife (GS)

Tues.          6:30 PM – Rodeo Committee (L)

                    7:00 pm – Scouts (H, Sch)            

Wed.          3:30 PM –  Rosary

                    6:00 PM – CDA 100th Anniv. Meeting (GS)

Thurs.        6:30 PM – Bingo

Fri.          9:00 AM – SMS Rosary

               5:30 PM – SMS Graduation

  Sun.      10:30 AM – Glory & Praise Choir

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Liturgical Ministries and Other Parish Ministries –Weekly Schedules

May 20th      thru   May 26th   –  Lectors

Weekdays – 8:00 AM – T. Jeffries

Sat.-   5:00 PM – D. Cunningham, L. Morrison, R. Bunch

Sun.   8:00 AMJ. Ieraci, M. Welker, S. McNelis

          10:30 AM A. Patton, D. Parker, G. Patton

May  25/26 –  Altar Servers

Sat.   5:00 PM –  R. Ronan, B. Ronan

Sun.  8:00 AM –  B. Pearson, N. Hoy

       10:30 AM –  K. Lehner, S. Cowher

May 20th thru May 26th  Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist

Weekdays – 8:00 AM – P. DelBaggio

Sun. – 8:00 AM –    R. Woomer+, C. Woomer, S. Zakrzwski

         10:30 AM –  S. Thomas+, S. Hoover,  ME Jones

May  25/26-  Music Ministers

Sat.    5:00 PM –   TBD

Sun.  8:00 AM –   TBD

         10:30 AM –   Glory & Praise/Erin/Nathan

May $ Counters –    L. Stevens+, M. Ronan, S. McNelis

Church Cleaners – May 19th  thru June 1st  ,     

P. DelBaggio, S. Feller, S. Loose, S. Thomas, R. Schoch

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    We will meet on Monday, May 20, 6:30PM, in the Gathering Space.  Please be ready to report on your area of ministry and review the 2019-2020 Spiritual Life Calendar. 


    College Scholarship application forms for those beginning/continuing their college education are available in the Gathering Space. Scholarship monies are for vocational and associate and bachelor degree programs.  There are separate forms for vocational schools. Students are required to submit an application each year.  Completed forms should be returned to the parish office by June 15, 2019.

  • CCW HANDMADE QUILT CHANCES will be sold in the Gathering Space before and after all Masses during the next two weekends:  May 18-19 and 25-26.  Monies raised benefit the CCW Sisters.

  • MEMORIAL WALL ADDITIONS Some parishioners have asked about having a plaque added to those already up in the Gathering Space.   Memorial Wall Plaques represent significant donation made to the parish at the time of our early 2000s renovation, but they can be added to as follows:  $2,000 for 5×7, $7,500 for 6×9, and $20,000 for 9×12.  Donators may design their own plaque in a variety of ways:  photos or religious symbols, personal or Scriptural text.  Plaques may honor the donor and be placed in memory of a loved one.  If you are interested in a plaque, please examine those already on our Memorial Wall for ideas and then take a Memorial Wall Plaque form found in the Gathering Space.  Watch future bulletins for information on appointments with a Spiritual Life Committee member to finalize your design.  Questions?  Please contact Sr. Karen.


    JULY 2019-JUNE 2020 PAIRSH CALENDAR PLANNING   All council, committee, organization, and activity chairpersons are asked to begin planning your meetings and events for July 2019-June 2020.  Your dates are due to Sr. Karen in the Parish Office by Monday, June 3.  There review of the annual calendar will take place Tuesday evening, June 18, 6:30PM in the Gathering Space. 

  • Experience Peace, Tranquility & Healing at the home of Padre Pio in the USA – Join Fr. Dave Peles and Deacon Michael Russo for a day-long Pilgrimage to the National Center for Saint Padre Pio on June 26, 2019.  Round trip bus fare is $55.00 per person.  Lunch is $21.00 per person-gratuities are included.  The Padre Pio Shrine is located in Barto, PA.  Explore the gallery, visit the center, pray in the magnificent chapel, and visit the museum.  Bus will depart at 7 am at Saint Benedict Church in Johnstown.  For more info. contact Deacon Michael Russo at 814-288-3036 or


    Members are reminded that we will minister at the 10:30 Mass FOr Sunday, May 26th 


    Vacation Bible School volunteers needed for June 24-28, 2019 from 9 am to 12 noon. Please contact Gia Patton if interested. Any help would be appreciated!  Registration forms will be available in the Gathering Space next weekend.  

  • 15TH ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT sponsored by the CARMELITE COMMUNITY OF THE WORD will be held FRIDAY, JUNE 7.  This is CCW’s ONLY fundraiser of the year—other than mailing—which supplements ministerial salaries and supports the physical, spiritual, educational, etc. needs of the 13 Sisters themselves (ages 63-83), one of whom is at a nursing home and a few others unable to work full-time because of health/internal community needs.

    GOLFERS—Shotgun start at 12pm, Scramble Format, Lunch, Course Refreshments, Casual Dinner, Prizes, Live Auction:  $115/Golfer or $425/Foursome before May 22; $125/Golfer or $475/Foursome after May 22.  Registration Deadline—May 31. 

    NON-GOLFERS—Monetary Sponsorship or Donations of Any Size, Item Donations for Live Auction, Program Ads ($50, $80, $150), Attendance at Dinner and Auction ($20). 

    REGISTRATION AND DONOR REGISTRATION FORMS are located in the Gathering Space.  For further information, talk to Sr. Karen or Sr. Jane or contact Kelli Murphy, CCW Development Director, at 886-4098 or

  • Love in an Age of LonelinessA Day Retreat on the Family.  Don’t miss this opportunity to reflect on marriage and family life with well-known speakers and authors Kimberly Hahn and Mike Aquilina.  Includes Mass with Bishop  Mark, confession, Adoration, and lunch.  Saturday, June 22nd, starting at 9am at St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy in Boalsburg, PA .  The first 100 to register will receive a free copy of the The First Society by Scott Hahn.  Spaces are limited.  Register at

  • MAY DAYS at the Basilica of St. Michael –at Our Lady of Loretto Hall – Live entertainment, cinch tournament, baskets, yard sale, silent auction, food, and beverages.  May 25th Saturday, 4pm-8:30pm and May 26th Sunday, 11am-4pm.  Chicken dinner starts at 11 am on Sunday.  Proceeds benefit Our Lady of Loretto Hall Tomorrow’s and the CCW Hands & Heart Haiti Mission. 

  • Families United for Change  Is Your Family Suffering from Drug Addiction?  We are a group of Family Members affected by Addiction starting a grass roots effort to bring about change in recovery.  Next Meeting:  May 14th 2019 (and, every second Tuesday of the Month) at 7 pm.   Location is Hope Community Church, 1520 11th Street, Lower Level, Altoona PA   For questions please call 814-934-8067

  • Father Jozef’s 21st Priesthood Anniversary is May 30th.   Our faithful priests need our prayerful support and reminders of our gratitude for their ministry to us.

  • Diocesan Summer Camp Opportunities – Registrations for Diocesan summer camps, Camp Timothy (Grades 10-12 and newly graduated seniors) and Camp Zacchaeus (grades 4-9) are being accepted.  Anyone interested in attending a camp or information on donating to the Angel Fund, please contact Francine Swope in the Youth Ministry Office 814-317-2646.

  • Saint Francis University’s Adult Degree & Continuing Studies program caters to adult learners.  Our programs are accredited and fully online.  We offer affordable tuition.  Check out our programs in Business, Early Childhood Education, Behavioral Science, Health Studies, and more!  If you’re interested in learning more you can call us at 814-472-3012, email, or at www.francis/edu/adcs.  Become that Someone today!
  • CATHOLIC REGISTER:  In the Gathering Space are copies of the Catholic Register.  The Register will no longer be mailed to individual parishioners but copies will be sent to each parish for distribution monthly. 

       The Diocese has also launched an online newspaper –PROCLAIM!: The Good News of Altoona-Johnstown featuring diocesan news, information, and commentary – including happenings at parishes and schools.  Visit the site at and sign up for regular e-mail updates delivered to your inbox. 

  • Families United for Change  We are a group of Family Members affected by Addiction starting a grass roots effort to bring about change in recovery.  Meetings are every second Tuesday of the Month  at 7 pm.   Location is Hope Community Church, 1520 11th Street, Lower Level, Altoona PA   For questions please call 814-934-8067

  • 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.  All calls are confidential.
  • AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of eligible purchase to our parish.   Please go to the following link: and you can start helping our church in this very easy way.
  • Please remember our local Tyrone Food Bank during these long winter months.  Canned soups, peanut butter, cereal, jelly, and personal care items are always needed.
  • Stations of the Cross project sponsored by  Olivia Butler, 11th grade student at Bishop Guilfoyle is seeking donations.  The Stations will be placed on the grounds of Bishop Guilfoyle High School.  Donations are being accepted and can be sent to BG High School, 2400 Pleasant Valley Blvd., Altoona, PA  16602 (Atten: Business Office).  Donations of $150 or more may request to have a Station memorialized.  This project will assist Olivia in achieving her Girl Scout Ambassador’s Award.

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