Weekend Mass Locations

Mass on Saturday, August 8 at 5:30 pm and on Sunday, August 9 at 10:30 am will be held in the church due to expected hot and humid weather and possibility of thunderstorms. Please remember to wear your mask for the entire mass.

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August 9, 2020 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Saint Matthew Masses at 5:30 pm on Saturday and 10:30 am on Sunday will continue for the faithful. Weather permitting Masses will be held at Oak Grove Cemetery where we are not limited to the number in attendance. We will use a ‘bring your own lawn chair’ policy.

     If you are not sure if a Mass will be held at the church or Oak Grove Cemetery, a notice will be placed on the Saint Matthew Facebook page and the Saint Matthew webpage.

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

DIRECTIONS to Oak Grove Cemetery: Take Route 453 N, West 15th Street from Saint Matthew Church, after Feller Funeral Home take a left turn onto Green Dale Avenue and continue straight to Oak Grove Cemetery.

If traveling from Houtzdale area take Route 453 S, West 15th Street, and before Feller Funeral Home take a right onto Green Dale Avenue and continue straight to Oak Grove Cemetery.

     If you are not sure if a Mass will be held at the church or Oak Grove Cemetery, a notice will be placed on the Saint Matthew Facebook page and the Saint Matthew webpage www.stmatthewtyrone.org at least one hour before the scheduled mass.

     Communion will be distributed AFTER mass and if you are unable to be seated in the cemetery or parish church communion will be brought to you.

     All are reminded that the Christian faithful are not obliged to participate at Mass on Sunday due to the circumstance of the Coronavirus pandemic. This remains in effect until further notice.

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.


Plenary Indulgence: Bishop Mark is also stressing that those impacted during this time are eligible to receive a Plenary Indulgence, which, according to the Catechism, removes the temporal punishment due to sin.
In the words of Pope John Paul II an indulgence is “the expression of the Church’s full confidence of being heard by the Father when – in view of Christ’s merits and by His gift, those of Our Lady and the saints – she asks Him to mitigate or cancel the painful aspect of punishment by fostering its medicinal aspect through other channels of grace.”
The conditions for the Plenary Indulgence include watching a televised Mass, praying the Rosary, the Stations of the Cross or other devotions, or at least receiving the Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and a pious invocation to the Blessed Mother, offering this trial in a spirit of faith in God and Charity towards one’s brothers and sisters. There must be a true commitment to fulfilling the sacramental obligations of Reconciliation and Eucharist as soon as possible.
“People can be assured of the graces than can come from even these restricted opportunities for prayer,” Bishop Mark mentioned. “God’s grace goes past all of these boundaries. People shoul

Families and the Gospel                                           Matthew 14:23-33

The demands of family can be so overwhelming we feel walking on water would be easier.  When Jesus was pressured, he dismissed everyone, so he could be “by himself and pray.”  When overwhelmed and stressed, go to a quiet place and surrender your pressured feeling to the Lord using Peter’s prayer in today’s gospel:  “Lord, save me.”

† Pastor:  Reverend Jozef  Kovacik

Phone: (814) 684-1480 (Parish Office & Rectory)
Fax: (814) 684-7969
Website: www.stmatthewtyrone.org

email:  stmatthewtyrone@gmail.com

Weekend Mass Schedule: Saturday at 5:30 PM and Sunday at 10:30 AM 

Weekday Mass Schedule:
Wednesday, Thursday & Friday at 8:00 AM
Holy Day of Obligation Mass Schedule: 9:00 AM and 7:00 PM

Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated on Saturday at 6:30 PM or anytime upon request.

Please remember if these times do not allow you to attend mass you can do so at Saint Joseph Church in Bellwood either on Saturday at 4:00 PM or Sunday at 8:00 AM and also on Monday at 8:00 AM & Tuesday at 6:00 PM and the Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated on Saturday at 3:30 PM 

Message From Bishop Mark – July 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Someone recently told me that she could hear the sigh of relief recently as restrictions were lifted that allowed for our churches to reopen. Numerous people have remarked how grateful they are to attend Sunday Mass and receive the sacraments, especially the Body and Blood of Christ in the Holy Eucharist. And they have mentioned how good it is to pray and worship with others in person.


I have not heard any criticism about the need for distancing or the way in which the financial offerings of the people are collected in a manner that avoids unnecessary physical contact.


However, there is one concern that is increasingly being brought to my attention. It has to do with the use of face masks. A better way to describe it is the growing number of letters and email messages advising me that people are simply not wearing face masks inside church.


A number of reasons for not wearing face masks have been shared with me, including:

·         It’s hard to breathe because it is too warm in church

·         We are in the green zone, so masks are no longer necessary

·         It’s too awkward for my kids who keep pulling them off

·         Where I live we are strong people and we have that herd immunity

·         As a young adult I have been out socializing with friends and no one has masks


I am well aware that no one wants to tell others to wear a mask. Pastors don’t want to be the bad guy. Ushers don’t want people giving them an earful if they mention anything about masks. Parents are frustrated when they try to get their children to cooperate.


As I listen to all of those comments, I am also mindful of the concerns of people who come to Mass with the reasonable expectation that everyone is doing their part in observing the directives that were announced as a necessary part of the reopening of churches.


I am also mindful of the expert advice I have received and continue to receive. The message remains the same. Masks are the most important means of protecting yourself and others when you find yourself in a group.


In places throughout the country where businesses have reopened and people are gathering without using face masks, there has been an alarming increase in the number of COVID-19 cases. News reports indicate that the number of confirmed cases in the past month have doubled in many of those places. As a result, the restrictions and closures are being reinstated.


The people of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown have been known as being pro-life. That value and commitment of being pro-life is not limited to being against abortion of children. It extends from conception to natural death. It extends to every human person because we are all made in the image and likeness of God.

The care we have for ourselves and for the well-being and safety of others is found in Sacred Scripture. Just think of the story of Cain and Abel (Genesis 4:1-15), when the Lord asked Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” And Cain replied, “Am I my brother’s keeper?”


We know the answer is yes. We are responsible for each other. Our Lord Jesus Christ affirmed that when he reminded us that we are to love our neighbor as we love ourselves (Luke 10:27). And Jesus went on to describe in the story of the Good Samaritan that we must literally go out of our way to help someone in need (Luke 10:29-37).


In that famous Gospel story, Jesus reminds us that there are times when caring for others involves an inconvenience and even a sacrifice on their part. That care for others is to be generous and done with compassion for the other person.


So how does this apply to all of us when it comes to COVID-19, face masks, and being in the parish church for Mass?

Wearing a face mask is a way in which we can love ourselves, since it is for our individual protection. Wearing a face mask is a way in which we can love our neighbors, so that an invisible virus is not spread from one to another. And remember, there are lots of people who have COVID-19, but they don’t have any symptoms; they don’t know that they have it.




In previously announced guidelines, I advised that the dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days remains in effect, but if you cannot or should not attend due to medical conditions, you are encouraged to watch Mass on TV or via the internet.


Some people have chronic health conditions that make it extremely difficult to use a mask. If you are in that category, you are not obliged to attend Mass. At the same time, if you wish to receive Holy Communion, you should make that known so that Holy Communion may be brought to you as long as that is necessary. This can be done by a priest, deacon, or extraordinary minister of Holy Communion.


If it’s just too warm to wear a mask during Mass, you can remain outside, and wait to receive Holy Communion without entering the church according to the plan that each parish should have in place.


ALTAR SERVERS, EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS, READERS (except for when they are actually reading), AND ANYONE ELSE WHO ENTERS INTO THE SANCTUARY (including deacons/priests) ARE TO WEAR A MASK.


MASKS ARE TO BE WORN BY USHERS, ORGANISTS, SONG LEADERS (except when they are engaged in singing).




The use of face masks is the number one means of protecting yourself and others from the spread of COVID-19.


I received a number of compliments from public health officials and government leaders for the implementation of the measures that were in place in our churches, schools, and other parish buildings.


I take this opportunity to thank all of you again for your cooperation in this effort. However, I need to be clear that unless the proper precaution of utilizing face masks is observed by everyone, it may result in the closures once again. No one wants to return to that experience.




As the slogan goes, “We are all in this together.” And that includes the presence of the Lord Jesus among us and with us.


Don’t let yourself even think about a slogan once suggested by Cain in the very first book of the Bible: “Am I my brother’s keeper?” Apparently Cain did not know the answer. But you do. “We are all in this together.”


Enjoy the July 4 Independence Day celebrations; but be safe. And enjoy the rest of the summer by taking good care of each other.


Bishop Mark

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Stewardship Reflection August 9, 2020

We can stay on course as a keeper of all God’s gifts when we stay focused on God.  Even the apostles doubted Jesus.  He calmed their fears, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”  Many times we are afraid and let obstacles get in our way of living as true stewards:  If we share our time, we won’t have enough to do what we want to do; If we give our money away, we won’t have enough to buy what we want for our loved ones and ourselves; if we offer our talents, they won’t be good enough to meet our expectation; if we love without strings, we won’t receive enough love in return.

     A Christian steward recognizes God as the source of all.  Christian Stewardship does not seem as counter-cultural now as it did six months ago.  How will you continue to live with courage to meet the needs of others?

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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.

Sat.        5:30 pm   Chris Gurekovich – Joe & Patty Yost

                               Jim Delozier – Dottie & Jim  

Sun.       10:30 am Carol Bonsell – Karen Watson

                               Jean Geraci – MaryAnn Crider

Mon.      8 am  Mass at St. Joseph Parish  

Tues.      6 pm  Mass at St. Joseph Parish

Wed.      8 am  Jim Delozier – Rich & Ann Searer

                         Carolyn Haag – CDA

Thurs.    8 am  Kathie Ray – Sue Ross

                         Steve Welsh – Mike & Becky Rozick

Fri.         8 am  Robert Gensamer – Nina Biddle & Gene Altobelli

                         Bill Korman – Marie Damico

Sat.         5:30pm     Eric Cavallucci – Tera Weber

                    Carol Bonsell – Mary Jane & Don Korman

Sun.       10:30 am For the People

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“He said, “Come.” Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus.”  Matthew 14: 29

When you hear Jesus calling, do you respond immediately and trust that He knows what He’s doing? If so, you are walking on water! When we say “yes” to Jesus, we feel the power of His presence in our lives. We can feel the freedom it gives us! Listen to how Jesus is calling you to live the extraordinary life He has intended for you.

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Activities for the Week of August 10, 2020

Wednesday 3:30 pm           Rosary  (Church)

Thursday 6:30 pm Bingo (Harkins Halll)

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  • Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) begins August 19th ~ 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 join our group on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 PM in the Gathering Space beginning August 19th.  For more information call Sue Burkholder at 684-0352.
  • Religious Education Registration forms and fees are due by August 25th.  Forms were emailed and are available on the parish website. Please remit all forms and payments to the parish office in an envelope marked  Attn:  Gia Patton on them.  If no information has changed from last year, please only submit the fee schedule form with your payment.

         In the event we experience a resurgence of the pandemic as schools open and Religious Education begins again, online lessons, resources and materials need to be created.  We will also need to develop a system to carefully observe social distancing and disinfecting protocols.  If interested in helping with these endeavors, please contact Gia Patton. 

         Co-teachers needed for kindergarten, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. Substitutes and guest speakers needed for all grades.  Please prayerfully consider volunteering for this ministry and contact our Director of Religious Education, Gia Patton for more information.  The registration fee is waived for all teachers.  Thank you!

  • House for sale:  Anyone interested in the purchase of the house on 303 West 11th Street, Tyrone, PA where the sisters used to live should contact Father Jozef or call the parish office for an appointment.  The size of the property is 6,530 square feet or 60×70 feet. The detached garage is 18×22 feet.  The house is 3,060 square feet, 2 ½ stories, finished basement and attic, 10 rooms, 2 1/2 baths, 2 fireplaces, 3 porches, gas heating.

  • Classes Via Intranet The Office of Adult Enrichment and Lay Ecclesial Ministry is happy to announce that 3 classes will be offered via the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown Intranet.  Deacon Michael Russo will be teaching Sacred Scripture and Synoptic Gospels, a 10-week course, Tuesday from 6-8:30 pm beginning August 18th and wisdom Literature and Psalms, a 6-week course, Thursdays from 6-8:30 pm beginning August 27th.  Heart of Faith, a 8-week course will also be offered via Intranet beginning Wednesday, September 2 from 6-8 pm.  Please note that there is a limited amount of seating for each of these classes to be attended in person at St. Patrick School, Johnstown.  Masks and Social Distancing will be required if attending in person. For more information, registration, and book fees, please contact Marybeth at 814-361-2000.

  • SUMMER REMINDER: MASS ATTIRE  Each Sunday we gather as a parish community to praise and thank our great God, to experience His Loving mercy and place our needs before Him. We are guided by His Word and nourished by His own Body and Blood.

    Parishioners of all ages are reminded that, although the church has no set dress code, appropriate dress for Mass includes clean, conservative and modest clothing, expressing our heart’s devotion to God and our desire to strengthen (vs distract from) the faith of those around us.
    There is a website www.masstimes.org where you can find a catholic church as you are traveling. Please use it so you don’t miss Sunday celebration of the Eucharist.

  • Outdoor Mass honoring Married Couples with Bishop Mark The Altoona-Johnstown Diocesan Family is invited to participate and to pray for those living the Sacrament of Marriage at an Outdoor Mass honoring Married Couples on Sunday evening, July 19 at 7:00 pm at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Alleghenies in Loretto. Bring a lawn chair. In-doors if rain. This is a wonderful way to celebrate, encourage and support married couples!

  • Celebrating a Wedding Anniversary? If you are celebrating 1, 5, 10, 25, 30, 50, 55, 60, and 60 plus years of marriage in 2019 and you would like to attend the Annual Wedding Anniversary Liturgy on Sept. 13th in Altoona or Sept. 20th in Johnstown, contact the parish office for details. Reservations must be made by Monday, August 24th.

  • The Friar’s Nook Gift Shop-Christmas in July is upon us!  At the Friar’s Nook Gift Shop, all clearance items as 75% off through August 1st!  Also, the shop is still stocked up for all of your sacrament needs!  The shop will continue to have modified hours through Labor Day which are Fridays and Saturdays, 10 am to 4 pm, and is located on the campus of Saint Bernardine Monastery at 793 Monastery Road, Hollidaysburg.  For any questions, please call 814-695-3802. 

  • Confirmation Date has been scheduled for Saturday, September 12th at 7 pm
  • Religious Education News: Instructors needed for Grades 1, 3, 5, and 6. Please prayerfully consider volunteering for this ministry and contact Gia Patton for more details.
  • OUTDOOR SUMMER MASSES to be held at 7 pm at the beautiful Shrine of Our Lady of the Alleghenies in Loretto, PA. Masses will continue through Labor Day Weekend, September 7th. Please bring a lawn chair. In the event of inclement weather, the Mass will be celebrated in the Basilica of Saint Michael the Archangel.
  • Announcing the re-opening of Catholic Counselor of America at Saint Aloysius Faith Education and Community Center in Cresson, PA. We’re in this together with you. We fuse our wills to God’s Most Holy and Divine Will and live out our calling to be God’s instruments of His peace and blessings. We would be honored to be of service to you. Call 814-505-7178 for information or to schedule an appointment.
  • Mass Scheduling for 2020 Please note in scheduling of Masses for 2020, there will most likely be two intentions for each mass due to a reduction in mass availability times and a backlog of mass intentions. Sunday masses will be limited to two per family per year. In addition, there will be no mass intentions accepted until later in the year due to a backlog of masses and when mass intentions are accepted the number of masses you can request may be limited. Thank you for patience and understanding. 
  • Knights of Columbus – If you are between the ages of 18-88+ and are a Catholic gentlemen in communion with the Holy See, you are eligible to become a Knight of Columbus! Why should you join the K of C? If you would like to be more actively involved in your church and community, support projects for those in need, and become involved in a program you are greatly committed to, then you need us! Because we need you! We need men who are willing to share their special talents and abilities with others.  What a great way of thanking Jesus for your many blessings! Contact Rich NcNelis 814-321-4013, Membership Director, St. Gregory Council 1218

  • Please note that if you have not received your bi-monthly contribution envelopes or have changes in address, you need to contact the parish office. Changes in name and address usually take at least an envelope cycle (2-3 months) to change due to company turnaround. Thank you for your cooperation and patience.

  • Home Nursing Agency is seeking volunteers for their program, Healing Patch (to aid children who have lost a parent or sibling). New volunteers receive comprehensive training and have assistance in obtaining necessary clearances. For more information, contact Melody Ray at (814) 947-7200 or raym@apmc.edu.                            

  • Saint Francis University’s Adult Degree & Continuing Studies program caters to adult learners.  Our programs are accredited and fully online.  We offer affordable tuition.  Check out our programs in Business, Early Childhood Education, Behavioral Science, Health Studies, and more!  If you’re interested in learning more you can call us at 814-472-3012, email oce@francis.edu, or at www.francis/edu/adcs.  Become that Someone today!
  • 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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Liturgical Ministries and Other Parish Ministries –Weekly Schedules


Lectors   Weekdays   8:00 am – T. Jeffries

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Lectors – August 15 and 16

Sat.   5:30 pm    S. Loose, A. Markel, B. Markel

Sun. 10:30 am   T. Naylor, K. Bauer, K. Naylor

Altar Servers – August 15 and 16

Sat.   5:30 pm        NA

Sun.10:30 am         NA

Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist – August 15 & 16

Sat.    5:30 pm        T. Scordo, M. Rozick, C. Igou

Sun. 10:30 am        J. Terosky, S. Thomas, S. Stoner

If Mass is held in the church the last Eucharist Minister listed will first go to the choir loft to distribute Holy Communion.

Music Ministers – August 15 and 16

Sat. 5:30 pm          Richard/Erin

Sun. 10:30am        Tammy/Leslie

song sheets will be provided at each mass

Note:  Monthly Collection Counters and Church Cleaners will not be assigned until the Fall.

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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, Wednesday and Friday 8:30 AM – 2:30 P

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


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

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”
School Phone: (814) 684-3510
School web-site: www.stmatthew-school.org

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Saint Matthew School News!

Current Employment Opportunities at our Saint Matthew Catholic School: 

  • Principal
  • Cafeteria Manager/Cook
  • After school care coordinator 

If interested or if you want to know more about these positions please go to: www.dioceseaj.org/employment/

  • There is still time to register your child for Pre-school, Kindergarten, Grades 1 to 6 for the 2020-2021 School Year.  Please call the school office 814-684-3510
  • Would you like to volunteer your skills in marketing to assist Saint Matthew School in its many activities that involve the school, rodeo, and parish.

●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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