April 11, 2021

Third Sunday of Easter

Saint Matthew School Online Auction  

How to Bid –  You must have a credit or debit card.  The auction website is not available until the auction is open.  Auction will open Sunday, April 18th at 8 am.  Auction will remain open until Saturday, April 24th at 10 pm.   Auction winners can pick up their item at Harkins hall on Sunday, April 25th from 10 a to 2 pm or Monday, April 26th from 1 pm to 5 pm.  You can also arrange pick up with Rebecca Burkholder by calling/texting 814-207-2637.  Please leave a message if no answer. 

Website:  https://www.biddingforgood.com/stmatthew-school

Mobile:  https://bforg.com/stmatthew-school

Year of Saint Joseph:  As you may know or may not know 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)

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 814-632-3070.

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.

Pope 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. 

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Stewardship Reflection

“Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’  But they were startled and frightened…” – LUKE 24:36-37

Throughout the day we have many opportunities to “see the face of Jesus” in others and to “be the face of Jesus” to others.  Do we take that opportunity to provide “peace” to those we encounter or are we afraid of what others will think of us and do nothing?  Pray for the strength and courage to live a “God-centered” life and not a “self-centered” life.

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Liturgical Ministries and Other Parish Ministries –Weekly Schedules

Lector – Weekdays – S Hall

   Lectors – April 24/125

Sat..    5:30 pm   R Zakrzwski, D Zakrzwski, S Zakrzwski    

Sun.10:30 amA Langenbacher, M Raffetto,Jr., Shane Cowher

Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist – April 24/25

Sat.    5:30 pm    P Lambert, L Grove, S Hall

Sun.  10:30 am    D Castagnola, R Long, S Ronan

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

Music Ministers –  April 24/25

Sat.    5:30 pm      Richard/Leslie

Sun. 10:30 am       Tammy/Nathan

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Activities for the Week of April 19 to April 25, 2021

Tues.      6:30 pm Rodeo Committee (L)

Wed.      9:00 am SMS Mass

               3:30 pm Rosary

Thur.       6:00 pm CDA (L)

               6:30 pm  Bingo

Sat.        7:00 pm  First Communion Mass

Sun. 9:00 am Religious Education

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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.

                                         April 17 – 25, 2021                              

Sat.           5:30 pm  Candidates for Confirmation

Sun.        10:30 am  Betty Brisbin – Karen & Donald Castagnola

                                           Dorothy Sharer – CDA

Mon.        8:00 am   Mass at Saint Joseph Church, Bellwood

Tues.        6:00 pm  Mass at Saint Joseph Church, Bellwood

Wed.        9:00 am   Dolores Sicker – CDA

                                Patty Romano – Mike & Kathy Hoyne

Thurs.       8:00 am   Bill Engelman – Tom & Patricia Forr, Jr.

                                Dorothy Sharer – CDA.

Fri.           8:00 am   Norman Tubo – Marlene & Gerry Halbedl

                                Marie Zanghi – Estate

Sat.           5:30 pm  William & Hulda Engelman – Estate

                                Glenn Stevens – Sue & Diane Redline

Sat            7:00 pm First Communicants

Sun.         10:30 am For the People – pastor

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THOUGHTS ON STEWARDSHIP AS A WAY OF LIFE

CREDIBLE, CARING  WITNESSES

“It is I myself.  Touch me and see.”

Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’  But they were startled and frightened…”                                          Luke 24: 36-37

Throughout the day we have many opportunities to “see the face of Jesus” in others and to “be the face of Jesus” to others.  Do we take that opportunity to provide “peace” to those we encounter or are we afraid of what others will think of us and do nothing?  Pray for the strength and courage to live a “God-centered” life and not a “self-centered” life. Luke 24: 39

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Announcements:

  • Mass for Widows and Widowers to be Televised Remember your loved ones on Sunday, May 30, 2021 with a televised Mass Celebrated by Bishop Mark Bartchak at 11 am on ATUM ABC 23 and will be rebroadcast that night at 9 pm on the Atlantic Broadband channel 9.

         All spouses will be acknowledged and remembered at Mass.  All persons who have lost a spouse through death through the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese are invited to register by contacting the Family Life Office at 814-317-2643 or email familylife@dioceseaj.org.

         When registering, please give your name, address, phone number, and the name of your spouse who has passed away.  Deadline to register is May 24, 2021

  • Catholic Ministries Drive  – Be a Disciple of Hope – begins today throughout our Diocese.  The annual Catholic Ministries Drive supports 14 ministries throughout the Diocese.  Please reflect on Bishop Mark’s invitation that was mailed to all parishioners this week.  Remember that our parish utilizes the “YELLOW” envelope system.  Therefore, there is no  need for you to respond to the Diocese mailings. 

  • Help Needed – The funeral luncheon committee is looking for more volunteers.  This is a great opportunity to do something special for members of our parish.  Currently there are two groups that alternate serving luncheons after funerals.  The hours are usually 11 am to 2 pm.  As a volunteer, you will be called by the team leader when your team has a funeral lunch to serve.  Most committee members are retired and have a flexible schedule, therefore if a member cannot participate there is someone to fill in.  If interested, call or text Amy Brisbin at 814-931-4702.  Thank you!

  • Anyone interested in becoming a member of the Parish Council please contact Jason Terosky at 814-883-0077 or email  jterosky@hotmail.com or the parish office. 

  • 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!

  • Plenary Indulgences Available for the Year of Saint Joseph (2021) declared by Pope Francis.  The indulgence is from December 8, 2020 to December 8, 2021.    Please include this in your prayer devotional for this year.  Copies are available in the vestibule.

  • 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 Scheduling 2021  There will be no new Mass intentions accepted until further notice.   However, Mass intentions will be accepted for recently deceased family members and friends.
  • 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!

●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 mass.

  • Saint Matthew School will be holding their first online auction in April 2021.
  • Here are the directions to participate.You must have a credit or debit card.  The auction website is not available until the auction is open.  Auction will open Sunday, April 18th at 8 am.  Auction will remain open until Saturday, April 24th at 10 pm.   Auction winners can pick up their item at Harkins hall on Sunday, April 25th from 10 a to 2 pm or Monday, April 26th from 1 pm to 5 pm.  You can also arrange pick up with Rebecca Burkholder by calling/texting 814-207-2637.  Please leave a message if no answer.

    Website:  https://www.biddingforgood.com/stmatthew-school

    Mobile:  https://bforg.com/stmatthew-school

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Sister Karen’s contact information

Address:  1223 Four Leaf Lane, Hollidaysburg, PA  16648

Sr. Jane Cell:     931-1120

Sr. Jane Email:  jmseashell@msn.com

Sr. Karen Cell:   935-2934

Sr. Karen Email:  kseashored@msn.com 
–Moving News.  We are learning to expect the unexpected!  On April 26, we will be moving –NOT to our Gallitzin motherhouse as originally planned, but to St. Joseph Convent in Bellwood to reside with Sr. Linda.  We are excited to be returning to the Tyrone area and to have the chance to re-connect with many of you.

Prayer for Vocations: God our Father, You made each of us to use our gifts in the Body of Christ.We ask that You inspire young people whom You call to the priesthood and consecrated life to courageously follow Your will.

Send workers into Your great harvest so that the Gospel is preached, the poor are served with love, the suffering are comforted, and Your people are strengthened by the sacraments. We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen

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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: TBD

Elementary & Middle School: (Grades K-8): Sunday mornings 9:00 AM to 10:15 AM (weekly during the school year)

High School: (Grades 9-11): Sunday: 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM (twice a month during the school year)

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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 – Sarah McNelis (814) 684-5598
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”

Principal: Mr. Terry DeCarbo

Principal’s email: tdecarbo@stmatthew-school.org

School Phone: (814) 684-3510

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

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