Weekend Mass Locations

Mass on Saturday, October 24th at 5:30 PM and Mass on Sunday, October 25th at 10:30 AM will be held at Saint Matthew Church.

When mass is held in the church please remember to wear your mask for the entire Mass.

Communion will be distributed AFTER mass in the Gathering Space on Saturdays until 7 pm and Sundays until 12 noon.  

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October 25, 2020 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Families and the Gospel                   Matthew 22:34-40

In today’s gospel,  the Pharisee was talking about commandments (something we are forced to obey by external pressure) and Jesus was talking about love (an internal exhortation to give heart, soul and mind to another).  One demands allegiance, the other requires personal commitment.  In our families we daily lay down our lives for each other not because we “gotta” but because love compels us.

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 814-632-3070.

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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Activities for the Week of October 25, 2020

Activities for the Week of Oct. 26-Nov 1

Wed.       3:30 pm Rosary

Thur.       6-8 pm     New Testament Class (S)

               6:30 pm  Bingo (H)

Fri.          9:00am   SMS Rosary

Sat.         5:30pm    All Saints Day Vigil Mass      

Sun.        9:00am   RE Gr K-8 (H,S)

               10:30am  All Saints Day Mass

               6-8pm     R/E 9-11


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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: Oct. 24 – Nov. 1 

Sat. 5:30pm Norman Good – Ann Seller

                                Robert Tennis – Mary Jane Korman

Sun     10:30am        For the people of the parish – Pastor

Mon.   8:00 AM        Mass at St Joseph Church, Bellwood

Tues.  6:00 PM        Mass at St Joseph Church, Bellwood

Wed.  8:00 AM       Joe Fresh – Family

                                Rosa Gurekovich – Joe & Patty Yost

Thu.   8:00AM       Christine Tennis – Tine, Joyce & Gwen Miller                                                        Jean Dixon – CDA

Fri.     8:00AM        Martha Rhoades – CDA

                                Ben Belbaggio – Gwen Miller family

Sat        5:30pm     Mary Itinger – Sweitzer Family

                                Richard Searer – Bob & Jean Jones

Sun       10:30am  Marianne Martz – Patrice & Mike, Mom & Dad; Kathy & Jimmy                                                                                                

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Liturgical Ministries and Other Parish Ministries –Weekly Schedules


Lectors   Weekdays   8:00 AM –  S McNelis

Lectors – October 31 & Nov 1

Sat.   5:30 pm      R Bunch, K Pearson, D Strayer

Sun. 10:30 am     H Quinn, D Murray, S Gavazzi

Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist – Oct.31-Nov.1

Sat.    5:30 pm     S Hall, L.Grove, L. Morrison

Sun. 10:30 am     S Thomas, J Terosky, R. Long

Music Ministers – Oct. 31st & Nov 1st

Sat.    5:30 pm      Richard/Leslie

Sun. 10:30 am        Tammy/Erin

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“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind. That is the greatest commandment.” Matthew 22: 37

You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind.”   Matthew 22: 37                                                                

Do you put other “gods” before God?  Is your love of money, power, status, comfort or some personal possession greater than your love for God?  Do you really recognize that everything you have and that everything you are is a gift from God?  The good news – it’s not too late to put God first in all things in your life.

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  • PRIESTHOOD SUNDAY will be celebrated at masses this weekend.  Priesthood Sunday honors priests, without whom the Mass could not be offered and Sacraments could not be celebrated.  A box for “Thank you” cards will be placed in the Gathering Space for anyone desiring to express prayerful support and appreciation for the ministry of our pastor, Father Jozef.

  • CEMETERY UPDATE  As we are approaching the celebration of All Souls (November 2) and we remember and pray for our deceased relatives and friends we are also reminded of the fact that one day we will need a burial spot where our earthly remains will be laid to rest.  We are blessed with two cemeteries where we can be buried:  Saint Luke in Sinking Valley and Oak Grove in Tyrone.  I would like to let you know that the price for the privilege of burial (including perpetual care) in a plot of ground (or what has been referred to as buying a cemetery plot) is $400. If interested, please stop at the church office and make arrangements.          

  • BASKET RAFFLE IS UNDERWAY! There are an amazing variety of Baskets to choose from this year with something for everyone of all ages. Tickets are 7 for $5.00 and are available through Sunday, Nov. 21-23.

  •  Fall Harvest Fair on Saturday, November 14th from 10 am to 2 pm. Saint Matthew Crafters will be available. Lunch will be available featuring salads, sloppy joes, haluski, hot dogs w/sauerkraut, baked goods, and a variety of soups: chicken noodle, vegetable, sauerkraut chowder, stuffed pepper soup, and chicken corn. Due to restrictions there will only be take out orders. Need information please call Debbie Zakrzwski at 632-3070

  •  Sign-up and pledge to help us walk 5885 miles to Bethlehem.  Our pledges (25 cents per mile) will be due December 15th to help selected local charities (Food Bank, Saint Matthew School, Sr. Paula’s Soup Kitchen,and more as funds dictate).  Contact Bill Harshman, 684-1639 for more details and Q/As. 

  • The Family Activities Committee of CDA is planning a Halloween Parade.  The parade will be held on Sunday, October 26th  (rain date Sunday, November 1st) after the 10:30 mass in the church parking lot.  We will begin the parade around 11:45.  Children should wear costumes.  There must be at least one parent attending.  Sign up in the gathering space or call Amy Brisbin (814-931-4702).  Donations of individually wrapped candy is appreciated and may be placed in a donation box in the gathering space. 

  • Mass Scheduling
    Currently, there are over 400 Mass intentions outstanding  As a result there will be no new Mass intentions accepted for the remaining of 2020 and at least until July 2021.  However, Mass intentions will be accepted for recent deceased members of your family/friends.  The office staff understands this is a difficult situation and your patience and understanding is greatly appreciated.

  • 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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Stewardship Reflection October 25, 2020

      Jesus calls on us to deny ourselves and follow him. Perhaps he is trying to help us see that everything we think we own is really a gift from God.  Stewardship is a call to discern our wants from our needs, a call to prioritize our lives so we can spend our precious time and resources on what is truly important.

 Stewardship is our faith lived out in our daily lives.  We must have faith that God will always provide what we need and faith that we can live a disciple’s life as he calls us, and faith that when we fail because of our human weaknesses, He is still there to provide comfort, to lift us up and help us to try again.

 Good stewards recognize that to strive to use all their gifts responsibly is not a burden but is living the mission of Jesus as baptized believers.  May we make the burdens of others lighter by sharing hope through our acts of kindness and mercy.

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Saint Matthew School News!

●Saint Matthew School Scrip Purchases – For everyday purchases and the upcoming Christmas Season, remember to use SCRIP!  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  Assistant: Debbie Zakrzwski

Administrative  Assistant: Sue Ronan  

Email: stmatthewtyrone@gmail.com

Office Hours: Monday 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Wednesday and Friday 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Director of Music: Leslie Estep
Call: (814) 684-4899 or email: lime458@verizon.net


Director of Religious Education: Robin Garbinsky

Call: (814) 937-7144 or email: rgarbinsky@dioceseaj.org

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)


RCIA: Susan Burkholder

Call: (814) 684-0352 or email: jsburkholder@verizon.net


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 – 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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