Prayer for Peace in Ukraine
Bishop Mark is requesting that the faithful throughout the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown to join him in praying for peace in Ukraine as Russian forces invade the Eastern European country.
The Bishop stands united in prayer with Ukrainian Catholics in that troubled part of the world and with the local Ukrainian Catholic population here in Central Pennsylvania. During this difficult time, he is inviting everyone to join him in praying the following ancient prayer.
We fly to Your patronage, O Virgin Mother of God. Despise not our prayers in our needs, but deliver us from all dangers, since you alone are pure and blessed. O most glorious Ever Virgin Mary, the Mother of Christ our God, accept our prayers and present them to Your Son and our God, that for the sake of You, He enlighten and save our souls.
“This prayer is a unique part of the spiritual heritage of the Catholic and Orthodox Christians of the Ukraine, dating back to the 10th or 11th century. It is quite similar to the Memorare prayer that most of us learned as children. As we watch the unfolding developments from Ukraine, it is often difficult to process our thoughts and feelings. That’s where a prayer like this can bring calm to our disturbed minds and hearts, and especially to our world.”
Each October the Church in the United States celebrates Respect Life Month, and the first Sunday of October is observed as Respect Life Sunday. As Catholics, we are called to cherish, defend, and protect those who are most vulnerable, from the beginning of life to its end, and at every point in between.
The Family Life Office and Catholic Charities are working with the National Alliance on Mental Illness to offer Mental Health Workshops for our Diocese. The focus of these workshops will be to identify mental health risk factors to others, to address our own mental wellness, and to help us know how to respond to crises. The first workshop will be on Thursday, October 13, 2022 from 1-4 pm at the Diocesan Pastoral Center in Altoona. There is no cost to attend, but please register in advance by Monday, October 10, 2022. Register by calling the Diocese Pastoral Center at 814-695-5579 Ext. 0 or register online: https://www.wesharegiving.org/App?Form?218fc0ce-d3b7-4361-8bae-9a7292bf9bf1 Questions can be directed to Andre McCarville at the above number.
RICA (Right of Christian Initiation for Adults) If you or someone you know are interested in learning more about our Catholic Faith, please contact Sue Burkholder at 814-684-0352
Scouts of America News – Do you know of a boy or a girl who likes to do activities in the outdoors (hiking, camping)? Do they like to learn how to build things and participate in different kinds of games? If you do, they may be interest in joining Scouts. These are just a few of the activities that Scouts do. On October 19th at 6 pm in Harkin’s hall there will be a special meeting led by Doug Baker, District Executive, Juniata Valley Council. We are trying to re-charter Cub Scout Pack 300, the group sponsored here at Saint Matthew that used to meet every Tuesday at 7 pm in the church hall. Your interest and support can make this happen. All are invited to attend.
Cub Scouts (K-5), Scouts BSA (ages 11-17) and Venturing (coed ages 14-20)
ANNUAL BLESSING OF ANIMALS
Traditionally to celebrate the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi on October 4th we bless our pets and other animals. This year the blessing will take place on Sunday, October 2nd at Noon on the lawn by the church. Pet owners are welcome to bring “all creatures big and small” along with leashes, crates and carriers. Even if you don’t have a pet you can join us for this warm-hearted and prayerful celebration.
A Rosary Rally will be held at the Saint Matthew School parking lot (near the statue of the Blessed Mother) on Saturday, October 8th at noon to mark the 105th Anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima Portugal. Please consider participating. Chairs will be provided. Light refreshments afterwards. In case of inclement weather, the rosary will be held in the Gathering Space.
National Faith & Blue Weekend at Saint John Vianney Parish in Mundays Corner, 3513 William Penn Ave. Johnstown, PA 15909. This Blue Mass on Saturday, October 8th at 4 pm is to remember the contribution of those who have served in law enforcement and public safety agencies and to ask for continued protection for them and the communities they serve in the future. All are welcome. Endowment in Memory of Sister Karen Duddy is being established with the Independent Catholic Foundation. An envelope is attached to this week’s bulletin. This endowment will allow the memory of Sister Karen and her pastoral ministry to our parish, the Altoona/Johnstown Diocese community, and the Carmelite Community of the Word to continue. Contributions will be accepted until the goal of $10,000 is met.
- CDA Court Saint Rita #523 is sponsoring a chartered bus trip to St. Elizabeth Anne Seton Shrine in Emmitsburg, Maryland on Sunday, October 23rd. Departure time will be 8 am from Tyrone’s Bull Pen Restaurant parking lot. We will arrive back in Tyrone around 7:30 pm. We will attend Mass at the Basilica. We will also be stopping at the National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes. A box lunch will be provided. Dinner will be at the Carriage House Restaurant. The estimated cost for the trip, including the box lunch and tour is $65. Dinner at the Carriage House is not included in this price. Call, text, or email Amy Brisbin at 814-931-4702, firstname.lastname@example.org. Please respond as soon as possible.
SAVE THE DATE – Family Spaghetti Dinner, October 8, 2022 immediately after the 5:30 Mass in Harkins Hall sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and Parish Council. Cost is free but donation accepts to go towards the new roof on Harkin’s Hall. Please bring a dessert to share.
Save the Date: Sunday, November 6, 2022 at the 10:30 am Mass the Most Rev. Bishop Mark L. Bartchak will celebrate a Mass here at Saint Matthew for the special intention for those who have lost a child.
- Upcoming Women of Grace Foundational Study Group – Do you realize you are a daughter of the Most High God and you are called and chosen by him for such a time as this? Then this 9-week study is for you. The Women of Grace Foundation takes a multimedia approach to dig deeply into our Catholic teaching using the study text “Full of Grace”, Sacred Scripture, the Cathechism, citations from Vatican II and other Magisterial documents and the biographies of 16 Catholic women saints. Johnnette B. Williams founder of the study and EWTN TV and Radio host will lead you through this study. As you learn the gift of femininity and how to live it out in our world. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Karen Kearney at email@example.com or 814-883-4588. Hopes are to start a group early in September.
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown is establishing a prayer ministry and we are seeking prayer partners. Every Friday we pray for those who ask for special intentions, for the marginalized, the vulnerable and all clients seeking assistance from Catholic Charities.
Prayer is one of the gifts we can give to each other at no extra cost. To request prayers, please visit our website: www.catholiccharitiesaj.org.
For more information on how to participate and spend time in prayer for those in need, please contact Lisa Fellabaum, Outreach Liaison at 814-505-1106 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Parishioners are encouraged to recite the rosary daily, gather together in the church on Wednesday afternoons at 3:30, and come before the daily and weekend Masses for the recitation of the Rosary. This is a special way of praying for individual and special intentions in a group to provide you comfort and support.
The Franciscan Friars, T.O.R., from Loretto, invite you to participate with them in celebrating the Fatima Devotions on the 13th of each month from May to October at 6:30 pm at the Basilica of Saint Michael the Archangel. Please place these dates in your calendar. We are really looking forward to seeing you.
Catholic Ministries Drive parish goal for 2022 is $32,779.
The annual CMD directly supports 14 ministries through which people are accompanied in their journey (100% of your gift does directly to these ministries). There are many gifted and generous laypersons in our diocese who share their time and talent to support our Catholic ministries.
This year, more so than others, our world, our nation, our communities, our parishes, and our families need tangible expression of hope. This year 2022 is a time for everyone to move FORWARD IN FAITH!
All contributions received beyond our parish target will be used to assist in Harkin’s Hall roof replacement.
Scholarship- Any student from the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown who is attending or will attend Franciscan University of Steubenville is eligible to apply for the John Paul II Scholarship. For more information about the St. Pope John Paul II Scholarship at www.franciscan.edu, call 800-783-6220, or email email@example.com
Apply now at Saint Joseph Academy The Saint Joseph’s high school community and educational experience is strong, balanced, and most importantly, firmly founded in Jesus Christ. Applications are now being accepted at all grade levels. To learn more or begin the online application process go to www.stjoeacad.org. You may also contact Ms. Maryann Lingenfelter, Director of Admissions, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 814-808-6118 to arrange a tour or discuss any questions you may have. We are looking forward to having you as part of the Saint Joseph’s community!
- In the Altoona/Johnstown Diocese there are several men currently studying for the priesthood. Please keep them in your prayers.
- Deacon Brian Norris
- Justin Treon
- Jacob Gindhart
- John Roy
- Max Kroell
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 email@example.com for more information.
MASS INTENTION SCHEDULING: 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.