June 20, 2021

The 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Families and the Gospel        Mark 4:35-41

Just as the apostles in today’s gospel were amazed at the power of Jesus, so our children are amazed at our lack of fear of dark rooms or monsters in closets or under the bed.  As the apostles depended on Jesus, children depend on us to restore quiet to their lives.  Getting out of bed at night to quiet a child’s fears is the stuff of holiness.

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.

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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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THOUGHTS ON STEWARDSHIP AS A WAY OF LIFE

AN  AMBIVALENT  SIGN

“Master, we are sinking!  Do you not care?”

He awoke, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Be still!” Mark 4: 39

“He asked them, ‘Why are you terrified?  Do you not yet have faith?’”   Mark 4: 40

Do you really trust God?  Is God your first choice or last resort?  Is your faith something you just do on Sunday or do you live the Gospel message every day of the week?  Many of us know about God.  How many of us have a personal relationship with Him?  Start now, open your heart to receive our Lord.  Talk and listen to Him throughout the day, in all circumstances.

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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.

June 19 – 27, 2021

Sat.           5:30 pm  Michael Tree Family – Estate

Sun.        10:30 am  For the People – Pastor

Mon.        8:00 am   Saint Joseph – Bellwood

Tues.        6:00 pm  Saint Joseph – Bellwood

Wed.        8:00 am   Mary Beth Banks – Martha Hagg

Thurs.       8:00 am   Maxine Schoch – CDA          

Fri.           8:00 am   Bertha Yenter & John Yenter, Jr – Estate

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

Sun.         10:30 am Adolph & Marie Engelman – Estate

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Stewardship Reflection

Our faith may be challenged by some unanswered questions in our personal relationships.  Sometimes questions are asked as a community like in a time of a natural disaster.  One of the most amazing experiences about storms in nature is that they come to an end.  There is a strength and a sort of natural wisdom that comes from surviving a storm beyond our control.  But we do not survive only on our own strength.

     In the midst of these times of turmoil we need to take the time to turn to God an ask for Help.  The Lord will respond and give us strength because it helps us remember who we really are as beloved people of God.  The voice of God addressing Job and the voice of Jesus ‘calming the storm both assures us of God’s presence, power and love in our lives through many blessings.

     Our faithful response to this love should be increased trust and a sense of stewardship of the gifts with which we been blessed. (Stewardship Reflection, Catholic Stewardship Consultants, Inc. 2012/7/01)

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Liturgical Ministries and Other Parish Ministries –Weekly Schedules

Lector – Weekdays – D Cunningham

   Lectors – June 26/27

Sat..    5:30 pm   D Strayer, G Miller, K Pearson    

Sun. 10:30  am   DD Murray, D Parker, R Parker

Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist – June 26/27

Sat.    5:30 pm    M Rozick, L Grove

Sun. 10:30 am    R Garbinsky, S Thomas

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

Altar Servers:  June 26/27

Sat.    5:30 pm       B Zeigler, C Zeigler

Sun. 10:30 am       E Riling, K Friday

Music Ministers –  June 26/27

Sat.    5:30 pm      Richard/Leslie

Sun. 10:30 am       Tammy/Erin

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Activities for the Week of June 21 to June 27, 2021

Wed.      3:30 pm Rosary

Thurs.    6:30 pm Bingo

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Announcements:

  • Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)  ~ Are you or someone you know interested in joining the Catholic Church?  In Catholic life, it is necessary to be confirmed in order to be a godparent at Baptism or sponsor at Confirmation.  If you are an adult and need the Sacraments of Initiation of Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist please call  Sue Burkholder at 684-0352  for more information or to make an appointment.

  • SUMMER TRADITION RETURNS Outdoor Masses will be celebrated at the Our Lady of the Alleghenies Shrine in Loretto every Sunday night at 7:00 p.m. beginning on Memorial Day weekend – May 30 and continuing through Labor Day weekend – September 5.  In the event of inclement weather, Mass will be celebrated inside the Basilica of Saint Michael the Archangel. Faithful are invited to come early to the outdoor Mass (bring your own chair)  and visit one of the most historic sites in the diocese, the Prince Gallitzin Chapel House. The Chapel House will be open for self-guided tours from 3:00-6:00 p.m. on June 6 and 20; July 18; and August 1, 15, and 29.  The humble structure was the home and personal chapel of the Prince-Priest and Servant of God Demetrius Gallitzin. Today, it stands as a museum, which contains artifacts from Father Gallitzin’s personal life.

  • Vacation Bible School

    Vacation Bible School/Bible Camp will be held Monday through Friday, June 21-June 25, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at St. Joseph Parish Social Hall.  Children ages Pre-School through Grade 6 are invited to attend.  An Adult Education Class on the Sacraments will be held at the same time to accommodate parents but is also for any interested adult seeking to learn about the Sacraments.  To register, please call Sr. Linda LaMagna, at St. Joseph Parish, at 814-934-0699.  Please call soon, so we can determine if we have enough children as well as adults to conduct the programs. 

  • SAVE THE DATE –  St. Matthew Parish is holding the Parish Picnic on August 22, 2021 at Reservoir Park.  We will celebrate Mass and enjoy food & fun together.  More details to follow.  Please contact Jason Terosky (jterosky@hotmail.com) or any Parish Council member if you are interested in helping with this event.

  • Lifting of Covid-19 restrictions  Parishioners who would like to be placed “back on” the schedule or would like to be trained as a Eucharistic Minister or Reader, please contact the parish office.  New schedules will be prepared for July 2021. 

         Parishioners who would like to continue and to be added to the church cleaning schedule, please contact the parish office.

         Those in 4th grade and above who would like to volunteer as altar servers are asked to contact the parish office.  If you were an altar server prior to Covid-19 restrictions, you are also asked to communicate your desire to be placed on the altar server schedule by contacting the parish office. 

  • Saint Joseph Mission Church in Carrolltown blessed by Servant of God, Demetrius Gallitzin on October 10, 1830, will be opening once a month for visitation and self-guided tours. The Church will open from Noon to 3 pm on June 6th, July 4th , August 1st  and Sept. 5th. Website:  http://www.sjmc1830.com

  • 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!

  • 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!

Current Employment Opportunities at our Saint Matthew Catholic School:

– Principal

– Kindergarten teacher

– 5th & 6th Grade teacher

If interested or if you want to know more about these positions for our school please go to: www.dioceseaj.org/employment/ or contact the Diocesan Department of Human Resources at (814) 695-5579.

●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.

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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 – 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”

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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