August 1, 2021

The 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Families and the Gospel   (John 6:24-35)

In today’s gospel, Jesus tells us:  “Do not work for what perishes.”  Give your life to what endures such as the family history you are creating, the love and mutual respect, which bonds you together, the memories you share and the forgiveness generously given.  These true treasures are worth working and dying for.

NOTE:  The Christian faithful will be obliged to participate at Mass beginning on Sunday, August 15, 2021. For more information go to www.dioceseaj.org

Your Action is Needed:  Over the next few weeks, the House Appropriations Committee will be voting on the Labor/Health and Human Services bill that is expected to eliminate the Hyde Amendment.  Without the Hyde Amendment, billions of taxpayer dollars could be used to pay for abortions in the U.S. and throughout the world.  Don’t let our government make you pay for taking of an innocent human life.  Congress needs to hear from you.  Please go to the following link to sign a petition urging our congressmen to keep the Hyde Amendment.  https://www.votervoice.net/USCCB/Campaigns/86502/Respond

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 814-684-1480.

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

BELIEVING IS SEEING BEYOND THE SIGN

“I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry.” John 6: 24

“Each day the people are to go out and gather their daily portion; thus will I test them, to see whether they follow my instructions or not.                      Exodus 16: 4

When the Israelites gathered more than their daily portion of manna, the surplus became wormy and rotten.  In the same way today, self-reliance, pride and ego leads to hoarding and excessive surplus of goods and money.  Living a stewardship lifestyle helps us discern our “wants” from our “needs”.  Living a grateful and generous lifestyle reminds us that God will provide all that we need and that we have plenty to share.

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Mass Schedule & Intentions:

July 31 – August 8, 2021

Sat.           5:30 pm  Bertha Yenter and John Yenter Jr- Estate

Sun.        10:30 am  Maxine Schoch – CDA

Mon.        8:00 am   No Mass

Tues.        6:00 pm  No Mass

Wed.        8:00 am   No Mass

Thurs.       8:00 am   No Mass

Fri.           8:00 am   Nicholas Zane – Cindy and Jack

Sat.           5:30 pm  Primo and Phil Lusardi – Chris, Steve,

                                & Michael

Sun.        10:30 am  William and Hulda Engelman – Estate

                 2:00 pm – CD of A 100th Anniversary Mass

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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Liturgical Ministries and Other Parish Ministries –Weekly Schedules

LITURGICAL MINISTRIES SCHEDULE

  Lector – Weekdays – V Frantz

   Lectors – August 7/8

Sat..    5:30 pm   K Pearson, D Strayer, S Zakrzwski    

Sun. 10:30  am   A Brisbin, L Wright, K Auman-Bauer

Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist – August 7/ 8

Sat.    5:30 pm    K Hoyne, P Ray

Sun. 10:30 am    S Stoner, S Thomas

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

Altar Servers:  August 7/ 8

Sat.    5:30 pm       M Abernethy, S Chappell

Sun. 10:30 am       R McKernan, P Fleissner

Music Ministers –  August 7/ 8

Sat.    5:30 pm      Richard/Leslie

Sun. 10:30 am       Erin

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Announcements:

  • NOTE:  The Christian faithful will be obliged to participate at Mass beginning on Sunday, August 15, 2021. 

  • Special Collection July 31st/August 1st: Please note that in your current packet of monthly envelopes there is a special envelope marked, “Missionary CO-OP” that’s because Fr. Michael McCormack, O.P., will preach a mission appeal at our parish on July 31-August 1 to share the good works of the Dominican Friars in East Africa. Fr. Michael invites all parishioners to become partners in mission with the friars serving in the mission, where they are engaged in the work of evangelization and faith development. The pandemic continues to severely impact the poor and underserved communities in Kenya where the friars serve. The Dominican Friars depend on the support of the Catholic faithful here at home. Your generosity is greatly appreciated

  • Celebration of Marriage:  Bishop Mark Bartchak and the Family Life Office cordially invite all couples celebrating 1, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60+ years of marriage in 2021 (and their families) to attend the Annual Wedding Anniversary Liturgy.  Couples may attend Sunday, September 12th in Altoona at Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament or Sunday, September 19th  in Johnstown at St. John Gualbert Cathedral.  Both locations are handicap accessible.  Liturgies in each location begin at 2 pm.   Bishop Mark will be the celebrant and homilist at each celebration.  Refreshments/snacks will be available after the Mass for anniversary couples and their families, as COVID safety measures permit.  Deadline is Sunday, August 22nd.

  • Spiritual Life:  Are you or someone you know unable to attend Mass and would like to receive Communion?  The Spiritual Life Eucharistic Ministers can bring this important sacrament to you.  Whether a person lives at home or in a care facility, is temporarily or permanently home bound due to illness or COVID concerns, or has other circumstances that do not allow for attendance at Mass, we are available.  Please contact the church office at 814-684-1480 with the name of the person(s) that may desire Communion and a contact phone number and we will get in touch. 

         Is there another reason you may not be attending Mass?  Just like the prodigal son, everyone is joyfully welcomed back home and we, your parish family, want to have you join us at our table.  Please contact the church office and ask to speak to Father Jozef, or request a call back from a member of the Spiritual Life Committee so we can offer you options on what would be most helpful to you. 

  • Religious Education Registration form for 2021-22 is located in the Gathering Space.  Please consider registering your child to assist in planning and the purchase of materials.

    We welcome Lauren Wright as our Religious Education Director.  Pease support and pray for her that she may be the best DRE she can be.

  • 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.

  • Take a Tour of Our Lady of Victory Catholic School (OLVCS)   We might be just what you are looking for! Take some time this summer and learn more about Our Lady of Victory Middle School.  Academic Excellence. Anchored in Faith.   We provide opportunities for students to excel in academics, athletics, fine arts, and other extra-curricular activities. We are committed to the highest standards of learning for all of our students and provide a classroom environment that is most conducive to learning.  Our certified teachers are continually improving their skills through in-service and post-certification opportunities. We enable students to reach their full potential and learn the skills needed to succeed at school and life! We are proud and blessed that we offered in-person learning this entire school year.  To learn more and to enroll, visit, olvcatholicschool.org. Email Cindy Kolarik at kolarikc@olvcs.org to schedule a tour.  Experience the love of Christ at our Catholic School. 

  • 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.

  • CCW Endless Summer Golf Tournament  – You will now have the chance to pick your day to golf with your friends/family at Scotch Valley Country Club ending on September 17th.  PRICE:  Foursome: $350; Threesome: $300; Twosome:  $250.  No individual tickets/no teams of 6.  Price includes green fees and cart rental.  Each golfer will receive a food voucher.

    • Complete and mail your team information with payment to 394 Bem Road, Gallitzin, PA 16641. A postcard noting your payment information will be mailed.
    • Determine a Monday-Friday until September 17th to golf. Call Scotch Valley at 814-695-1478 to schedule a tee-time and mention you are golfing with the CCW tournament.
    • Hand in your scores after golfing. There will be prizes for 4 teams! Questions are to be directed to communityofficerccw@gmail.com or call at 814-475-4435 Monday-Friday between 9 am and 3 pm. 
  • The Carmelite Community of the Word will celebrate a Memorial Prayer Service honoring the life of Sr. Celeste Ciesielka who died from Covid-19 on December 15, 2020.  Sr. Celeste served in many roles and touched the lives of many throughout the Diocese.  Family, friends and co-workers are invited to join in this celebration to be held at the CCW Incarnation Center Motherhouse, 394 Bem Rd, Gallitzin, PA on Sunday, August 1, 2021.  An outdoor prayer service is planned for 2 pm with a reception to continue until 4 pm.  Attendees are asked to bring a lawn chair if possible to compliment seating within a tent.  Please respond by July 28th  -emailing communityofficeCCW@gmail.com.
  • 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  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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Stewardship Reflection

Reflection   St. Paul advises us in his letter to the Ephesians to “put away the old self of your former way of life…and put on the new self.”  Paul is calling for a conversion, a change in how we live.  Jesus began his ministry with telling people to “Repent.”  The original word Jesus said was “metanoeo,” the Greek words as reported I the Gospels.  There are two parts to this word:  the Meta means “change,” and the second noeo refers to the mind and its thought and perception.  What Jesus was really saying to us was “change your hearts and minds.” 

     We are called to a change, a transformation that puts God at the center of our lives rather than self.  This is the stewardship conversion.  This is not a one-time conversion but an ongoing one, a daily one, perhaps even more than once a day.  It is not impossible if everything we do is motivated by the desire to live as Jesus wants us to.  It is not easy, but it is joyful and fulfilling.  (Stewardship Reflection, Catholic Stewardship Consultants, Inc. 2015/07/14)

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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: Lauren Wright (814-312-0969)

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: TBA

Principal’s email: TBA

School Phone: (814) 684-3510

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

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Activities for the Week of August 2 to August 8, 2021

Wed.      3:30 pm Rosary

Thurs.    6:30 pm Bingo

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Saint Matthew School News!

Current Employment Opportunities at our Saint Matthew Catholic School:

– Principal

– 3rd and 4th Grade 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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