December 5, 2021 – Second Sunday of Advent

Families and the Gospel  –  Lk 3:1-6    Today’s gospel shows John the Baptist and parents have similar vocations.  Like the Baptist, parents are asked to make “rough ways smooth” and to “prepare the way of the Lord” for their families.  This Advent ask:  “Does my life hinder or help my family to know Jesus?”

Communal Penance Services – During the season of Advent, Catholics are encouraged to seek God’s healing and forgiveness through the Sacrament of reconciliation.  The following is a schedule of Communal Penance Services at various parishes throughout the Diocese.  Please go to the Diocese website for updates:

December 5 @ 5 pm – Saint Joseph in Bellwood

December 5 @ 4 pm  Saint John the Evangelist Parish, Altoona

December 6 @ 7 pm – Worship Hall of Pasquerilla Spiritual Center, Penn State Campus

December 9 @ 5:30 pm Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Altoona

December 12 @ 4 pm Saint Mary Parish, Hollidaysburg

December 13 @ 7 pm Saint Matthew, Tyrone

December 13 @ 6 pm Our Lady of Victory, State College

December 13 @ 7 pm Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Altoona

December 15 @ 6 pm  Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Altoona

December 16 @ 5:30 pm Sacred Heart Parish, Altoona

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.

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.

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

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

The stewardship way of life is very much a journey.  We don’t have to have every aspect of our life perfectly nailed down; we are all “works in progress” called simply to take one step at a time to Christ.  It is God who started this good work in us on the day of our Baptism.  He cares deeply about this journey of ours and he will give us the strength and grace we need to stay faithful to Him and continue growing in love and imitation of Christ. 

     This Advent, let’s turn away from bad habits or sin that may have crept into our lives and turn our hearts and minds back to Christ.  This is what the stewardship way of life is all about, moving closer and closer in relationship with Christ, ready to celebrate His birth, with eyes fixed on eternal life.  When we share our time especially with the “least of our brothers and sisters,” we are imitating Him. (Stewardship Reflection, Catholic Stewardship Consultants, Inc. 11/9/2021)

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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. 

Patris Corde, 5. With a Father’s Heart

The Special year of St. Joseph will come to close on December 8, 2021 

The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The aim of this Apostolic Letter is to increase our love for Saint  Joseph, this great saint, to encourage us to implore his intercession and to imitate his virtue and his zeal.  Indeed, the proper mission of the saints is not only to obtain miracles and graces, but to intercede for us before God.  The saints help all the faithful to ‘strive for the holiness and the perfection of their particular state of life”.  Their lives are concreate proof that is possible t  put the Gospel into practice.  Jesus told us:  “Learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart (Mt 11:29).  By his eloquent silence, Saint Joseph says the same.  We need only ask Saint Joseph for the grace of graces:  our conversion.

Let us now make our prayer to him:  Hail Guardian of the Redeemer, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  To you God entrusted his only Son; in you Mary placed her trust; with you Christ became man.  Blessed Joseph, to us too, show yourself a father and guide us in the path of life.  Obtain for us grace, mercy and courage, and defend us from every evil.  Amen.

Given in Rome, at Saint John Lateran, on 8 December, Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in the year 2020, the eighth of my Pontificate.  Franciscus

Saint Joseph the Worker Prayer:    O God, Creator of all things, who laid down for the human race the law of work, graciously grant that by the example of Saint Joseph and under his patronage, we may complete the works you set us to do and attain the rewards you promise.  Through Christ our Lord   Amen.           

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: December 4 – 12, 2021

Sat.           5:30 pm  Adolph & Marie Engelman – Estate

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  Norma & Cody Belin – family

                 7:00 pm  For the People

Thurs.      8:00 am  Jack Murtagh – Sue Friday

Fri.           8:00 am   Nicholas Zane – Cindy and Jack

Sat.           5:30 pm Rose Marie Rozick – CDA

Sun.        10:30 am  Francis Hagg and Ralph & Emma Hagg

                                               Wife and daughter


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“A voice crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare a way for the Lord; clear a straight path for him.’ ” Luke 3: 4

“And this is my prayer: that your love may increase ever more and more in knowledge and every kind of perception, to discern what is of value…”  Philippians 1: 9-10

During the Christmas shopping season it is easy to get caught up in the frenzy of buying gifts.  But, is that “gift” truly an expression of your love for the other person.  Or, are you just fulfilling your “obligation” to give them something?  To grow in friendship with someone, you need to spend time with them, learn what is of value to them.  Maybe this year, buy less “stuff” and spend more time with those you love.

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Liturgical Ministries and Other Parish Ministries –Weekly Schedules

Lector – Weekdays – R Long

   Lectors – December 11/12

  Sat..    5:30 pm    G Miller, R Bunch, K Pearson 

Sun. 10:30  am   A Brisbin, A Langenbacher, S Cowher

Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist –December 11/12

Sat.    5:30 pm    S Hall

Sun. 10:30 am    R Long

Altar Servers:  December 11/12

Sat.    5:30 pm      B Ziegler, C Ziegler

Sun. 10:30 am      Q Cowher, S Cowher

Music Ministers –  December 11/12

Sat.    5:30 pm     Richard/Leslie

Sun. 10:30 am      Tammy/Erin

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Saint Matthew School News!

Bake Shop Bakes Fundraiser Orders will be accepted for Apple Dumpling ($5.50), Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies ($8.00), Jumbo Sticky rolls ($7.00), and Pies ($15.00) apple, crumb, blueberry crumb, peanut butter fudge and banana split.  Payment is due at the time of payment and orders will be taken the weekend Masses November 27/28 and December 4/5.  Pickup date is Wednesday, December 22nd at 8 am in Harkins Hall.

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 December 6 to December 12

Wed.       9:00 am  SMS Mass – Immaculate Conception

               7:00 pm  Mass for Immaculate Conception

3:30 pm  Rosary (C)

               6:30 pm RCIA (GS)

Thurs.     6:30 pm Bingo (Hall)

Sun.        Religious Education

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  • OPLATKI CHRISTMAS WAFERS are available this weekend in the Gathering Space. The breaking apart and sharing of this special rectangular wafer with family and friends over the holidays celebrates love and unity. Information, directions, and prayers can be found on the oplatki’s envelope.

  • To celebrate the feast of Saint Nicholas, December 6th, and the upcoming Feast of the Immaculate Conception, one of our parishioners has made a donation of the book, The Glories of Mary, for each Saint Matthew family.  Every chapter will plant a seed of love for Holy Mary in your heart.  Masterfully treating each phrase of the timeless prayer  “Hail, Holy Queen,” , St. Alphonsus unfolds the glories of the Blessed Virgin before your very eyes.  A wonderful read for this Advent Season. 

  • Knights of Columbus will be selling Basket of Cheer raffle tickets to help defray the cost of a new industrial refrigerator in Harkin’s Hall.  Changes are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00.  Drawing is December 17, 2021.

  • ANGEL TREE FOR CATHOLIC CHARITIES:  All wrapped/bagged “Angel Gifts” are due under the Gathering Space tree by Sunday, December 12.  Please remember to enclose clothing gift receipts inside your package and to place the “coded angel” o top of your package.  Gift cards should be taken directly to the Parish Office.  Thank you for your generosity.

  • I Give Catholic – The Diocese of Altoona Johnstown is participating in “Giving Tuesday” this year and our parish is participating.  This is an opportunity to “Thank God” for His continued blessings than to give back to our community?  Beginning Monday, November 15th until November 30th you can support Saint Matthew Parish and Saint Matthew School at  To access the Parish or School link input in the sponsoring organizationDiocese of Altoona Johnstown and also input the zip code in the city and state field:  16686.  Click on the “SEARCH” button and you will be offered several options such as our parish and school.  All transactions are secure and tax-deductible.  The fund drive will benefit the replacement of Harkin’s Hall roof.  Please consider joining in this giving campaign.  If you would prefer to contribute via envelope/weekly collection there are envelopes in the vestibule or contact the parish office

  • “COME HOME TO THE CHURCH” December 15, 6:00 p.m. in the St. Joseph Parish Chapel Christmas Time seems to be a Season when people feel drawn to come to Church even if they have not been active in the Church for some time. It is a beautiful indication that their heart is still connected to their faith and still recognizes the mystery of the Birth of our Lord and the significance it carries for our Catholic Christian Life. We want people to feel comfortable coming home to the Church. Thus, we will host a “COME HOME TO THE CHURCH” session for anyone who may just want to talk, take the step to return and who may need a little help making the return be-come a practice. This is a ministry of all of us, so we want to enlist your help. If you know of someone who has been away from the church, I invite you to slip them an invitation to our “COME HOME TO THE CHURCH session which will be held on Wednesday, December 15 at 6:00 p.m. in the St. Joseph Church Chapel. It doesn’t matter what church they used to belong to, this is a general session for any-one who just needs a little help returning. I will have invitations prepared next week for you to take to give to someone. In the mean-time, spend time praying for the individual you are thinking of.

  • 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 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.  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.  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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Parish Office Staff & Ministries Contact Information

Parish Office Staff:  Financial and Administrative Assistant: Debbie Zakrzwski


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:


Director of Religious Education: Lauren Wright

Call: (814) 312-0969 or email:

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


RCIA: Susan Burkholder

Call: (814) 684-0352 or email:


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


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:

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