The Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – January 20, 2019

Families and the Gospel            January 20th                

At Cana, we get a good insight into Mary’s parenting style.  She did not lead, argue, demand or manipulate.  She merely pointed out the situation and trusted her son would make the best decision.

Pastor: Reverend Jozef Kovacik

Phone: (814) 684-1480 (Parish Office & Rectory)
Fax: (814) 684-7969

Parish Office Staff:
Administrative Assistant: Rose Long
Financial Administrator: Debbie Zakrzwski

Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
8:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Pastoral Ministry:
Sister Karen Duddy, C.C.W.
Cell: (814) 935-2934 E-mail:
Sister Jane Miller, C.C.W.
Cell: (814) 931-1120 E-mail:

Director of Religious Education: Gia Patton
Call (814) 682-9108 or email

Coordinator: Elementary & Middle School: Mark Raffetto
Phone: (814) 934-2936 Email:

Elementary Classes: (Grades K-6): Sunday mornings 9:00 AM to 10:15 AM (weekly during the school year)

Middle/High School: (Gr. 7-11): Sunday: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (twice a month during the school year)

RCIA: Susan Burkholder (814) 684-0352

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 – Lawrence McKernan (814) 632-7767
Cemetery Committee – Michael Feller (814) 932-1788

Saint Matthew Catholic School
“serving our community since 1869”
Principal: Mrs. Debbie St. Pierre
Principal’s email:
School Phone: (814) 684-3510
School web-site:

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Stewardship Reflection January 20th

Stewardship  Reflection           January 20, 2019                

God had abundantly blessed each of us with a unique set of gifts.  By recognizing our gifts and subsequently sharing them gratefully, we help create that for which we pray in the Lord’s Prayer:  thy Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven.

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Jesus told the them,  “Fill the jars with water.”          John 2: 7


“To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit.”

1 Corinthians 12: 7

Saint Paul tells us that God has blessed each of us for a reason. How has God blessed you? Are you using your gifts according to God’s plan? How are you helping to build God’s kingdom here on earth? Remember that if you don’t do the work God planned for you, no one else can do it. Live the life God has intended for you, feel His love, peace and joy!

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Activities for the Week of January 20, 2019

Monday          Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Tuesday          Church Meals

7:00 PM – Maintenance (PO)

7:00 PM – Scouts (H, Sch)

Wednesday     3:30 PM –  Rosary

6:30 PM – RCIA (GS)

Thursday        6:30 PM – Bingo (H)

Friday             Church Meals

Sunday           NO Religious Education

10:30 AM –    Catholic Schools Mass

11:30 to 1 pm – Saint Matthew School Open House

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Mass Schedule & Intentions:

January 19 – 27, 2019

Sat.       5:00 P M – John Romano – Dad

Sun.      8:00 AM – Jerry Cornelius & Rose Cowher – Mary Jane

10:30 AM-   For the People of the Parish – Pastor

Mon     8:00 AMEdna & Bill Long, Sr. – Bill & Rose

Tues   8:00 AM–   Nicholas Zane – Cindy & Jack

Wed.    8:00 AM  Eric Cavalucci – Tara

Thurs.   8:00 AM-   Jean Ann Franco – Harry Sickler

Fri.       8:00 AM –  Nicholas Zane – Cindy & Jack

Sat.      5:00 PM –  Norm Tubo – Wife, Cecilia

Sun.       8:00 AM  – For the People of the Parish – Pastor

10:30 AM – Rose Caruso, Carmen & Frank

Barba & John Barber –Sara Castagnola  Family

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.

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Weekly Liturgical Ministries and Other Ministries Weekly Schedules

LITURGICAL MINISTRIES SCHEDULE                                                                     Jan. 21  thru   Jan. 27 –  Lectors

Weekdays – 8:00 AM – R. Long

Sat:  5:00 PM –JL Baran, T. Jeffries, T. Jeffries

Sun.  8:00 AM – K. Pastorik, H. Quinn, B. Hiergeist

       10:30 AM  – Catholic Schools Week

 Jan. 26/27–  Altar Servers

Sat.   5:00 PM –  N. Lewis, M. Lewis

Sun.  8:00 AM –  S. Zakrzwski, A. Markel

10:30 AM –  M. Chappell, K. Chappell

Jan. 21st       thru    Jan. 27th

Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist

Weekdays – 8:00 AM – S. McNelis

Sat.    5:00 PM –   C. Palmonka+, G. Ray, J. Zeigler

Sun.   8:00 AM –   R. Garbinsky+, P. Davis, D. Zakrzwski

10:30 AM –   D. Castagnola+, ME Jones, Sr. Jane

Jan. 26/27  –  Music Ministers

Sat.   5:00 PM –     Aye/Erin

Sun.  8:00 AM –     Aye/Lori

10:30 AM –    Aye/Children

January $ Counters–  L. Stevens+, M. Ronan, S. McNelis

Church CleanersJanuary 13 thru January 26

M& S. Ronan, P. Davis, N. Swope, K. Stever


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Weekend Mass Schedule:
– Saturday at 5:00 PM
– Sunday at 8:00 AM & 10:30 AM

Weekday Mass Schedule:
– Monday through Friday – 8:00 AM
Holy Day of Obligation Mass Schedule:
– Vigil – 7:00 PM
– 9:00 AM & 7:00 PM

Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated on Saturday from 4:00 PM till 4:30 PM or anytime upon request

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Saint Matthew School News!


CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK:  Please join us for our annual observance of Catholic Schools Week, beginning next Sunday, January 28th.  The theme for the 44th anniversary of the event is “Catholic Schools:  LEARN. SERVE. LEAD. SUCCEED., which highlights our focus on faith development, academic excellence and dedication to community service.  Please join us for our Open House  on Sunday, January 28th from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm.  For more information call 684-3510 or go to our website address:  Please come and see what we have to offer.   

Saint Matthew After Care Need  We have a need for an individual to administer the After Care School Program (paid position) from 2:45 to 5:00 Monday thru Friday.  All interested persons MUST have all their clearances and may call the school office for an interview.

 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. 


Saint Matthew School will be holding a bingo featuring Vera Bradley Bags in Harkins Hall. To sponsor or fill a bag please contact Becky Burkholder at

Our Saint Matthew School is currently looking to update our records of school alumni. If you would like to be included, please provide your name, contact information and the year you graduated Saint Matthew School. Your info may be placed in the collection basket in an envelope marked Saint Matthew School or delivered to the church or school office.

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  • St. John Vianney Relic Pilgrimage  ~ The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown has been selected as one of the stops in the national Saint John Vianney Relic Pilgrimage.  The Incorrupt Heart of Saint John Vianney, patron saint of priest, will be present at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona on January 31.  The faithful will have the extraordinary opportunity to venerate the relic throughout the day between 7:30 am and 7:30 pm.  The Cathedral’s usually Daily Mass Schedule – 6:45 am, 8:00 am and Noon – will remain in place with the addition of a concelebrated Mass at 5:30 pm with Bishop Mark Bartchak presiding.  Priests will be available throughout the day to celebrate the Sacrament of reconciliation.  A special indulgence has been granted to all those who will make the pilgrimage to the Cathedral for veneration of the first class relic of Saint John Vianney, patron of priests.

Please review information in the next two editions of the Catholic Register and upcoming editions of Proclaim (Sunday morning at 10:30 am).

  • CDA members are reminded of our upcoming bake sale the weekend of February 2-3. Please bring your items to the School Library from 3-4 pm Saturday, Feb. 2nd.  Containers for use in packaging will be available NEXT weekend in the Library for pick-up after masses.  Any parishioner is invited to bake and donate items as this event helps to defray the costs of our funeral ministry.
  • ATTENTION LECTORS AND EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS! A NEW SCHEDULE covering February 2-3 through April 6-7 will be available next weekend via email and hard copies (in vestibule).  Please mark your calendars with your assignments.
  • THANK YOU to parishioners Ella Pearson, Ann Langenbacher and Mike Morse who have generously answered the call to serve as new Lectors.

February 2-3 “Kick-Off” at All Masses

February 2-3, 9-10, 17-18: Sign Up Weekends

February 23-24:  Book Distribution

Weeks of March 3 through April 7:  6 Small Group Sessions

           Stay tuned for further news on this wonderful Lenten opportunity!

  • ATTENTION LECTORS AND EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS! New Schedules for February 2/3 through April 6/7 will be distributed the weekend of January 26-27.  To that end, please contact Sr. Karen by next Wednesday, January 16, with any dates (weekends or Ash Wednesday, March 6) for which you will not be available Thank you.
  • MARK YOUR CALENDARS!A mid-winter FAMILY GET TOGETHER SPAGHETTI DINNER will take place on Saturday, February 9, 6PM, in Harkins Hall.  Leave the cooking to Dave Panasiti & Crew and enjoy the night out with family and friends!  Look for the Sign-Up Envelope in this weekend’s bulletin so we can determine how many meals to cook.  Cost is $10 per family, $5 individuals, returnable upon attendance.  Reservations will be limited to 160 persons so return your envelope quickly (Gathering Space, Parish Office, Collection Basket)!  Reservation deadline is February 3.
  • MOUNT CARMEL CONCERT SERIES  The third concert of the 2018-19 Concert Series at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 809 11th Street, Altoona, 16602 will take place on Sunday, January 27th,  at 3 pm.  We are pleased to have the “Select Singers” from the Grier School, under the direction of Ms. Ginger Reinhardt.  The “Select Singers” is a distinctively audition only group of singers in grades 7-12.  Much of their music is done acapella.  A free will offering will be taken at the end of the concert to benefit the Pipe Organ Campaign.
  • REFRESHMENT WEEKEND sign-ups for  2019 are in the Gathering Space.  Please be gracious with your time and talent.  Refreshment weekend can only occur if we have enough assistance – not a great time commitment but the benefits are abundant.
  • PARISH WOMEN’S RETREAT—“CREATING A SPIRITUAL LEGAGY”  — sponsored by our Catholic Daughters Court St. Rita and led by Sisters Karen and Jane,  will be held on Sunday, February 10.   It will begin with 10:30 Mass followed by a catered lunch and the retreat at Harkins Hall.  Cost is $10.  Participants can sign up in the Gathering Space (registration deadline February 3); monies can be paid via the collection basket, parish office, or at the next February 6 CDA meeting.  Note:  ALL women of the parish are invited to attend.
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