The 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Families and the Gospel                                               Matthew 5:  17-37

To experience the peace which Christ promises we must shed our grudges, jealousy and feelings of being misunderstood, unappreciated or ignored. Peace and anger don’t mix. Today’s gospel warns, if you want peace in your heart and home, get rid of your anger. Anger is too costly.

The Annual Collection of Old Palm and Religious Articles exchange will take place February 1st to February 23rd. Please limit your donation to those dates. Blessed items that are not claimed will be disposed of in keeping with Church policy of being buried or burned. Unclaimed unblessed items will be thrown away.

† Pastor:  Reverend Jozef  Kovacik

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


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 

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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: February 8-16, 2020

Sat.     5:30 PM    Joe Fresh – Connie Geraci

                              Alice Patrick –Mike & Rumpai Abramo

Sun.   10:30AM   Michael & Delores Tree- Bill Engelman                     

Wed.   8:00 AM   No Mass

Thur.   8:00AM   No Mass

Fri.      8:00 AM   Anna Marie Nowins- Ed & Diana Bakosh

                              Anna Waite – CDA

Sat.     5:30pm     Clarence Hartsock – Family

                              Catherine Patrick –Rita Sangiorgi

Sun.  10:30AM    Alice Patrick – CDA

                              Marie Zanghi – CDA

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Office Staff & Ministries Contact Information

Parish Office Staff:  

Financial  Assistant: Debbie Zakrzwski

Administrative  Assistant: Sue Ronan   

email: Office Hours: Monday 8:30 AM to 11:00 am & Wednesday and Friday 8:30 AM – 4:00 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

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

Director of Music: Eva George (615) 496-9864

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: Mrs. Debbie St. Pierre
Principal’s email:
School Phone: (814) 684-3510
School web-site:

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Liturgical Ministries and Other Parish Ministries –Weekly Schedules



Weekdays   8:00 AM – S. Hall

February 22 & 23

Sat.   5:30 PM    M. Welker, B. Strayer, D. Strayer

Sun. 10:30 AM    G. Patton, A. Patton, R. Long 


Altar Servers  February 22 & 23

Sat.   5:30 PM     Beau & Cameron Zeigler

Sun.10:30 AM     I. Gibbon, L. Sims


Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist

February 22 & 23

Sat.    5:30 PM      Sam Toney+

Sun. 10:30 AM     Michael Rozick+


Music Ministers –  February 15 & 16

Sat.    5:30 PM        Tammy/Eva

Sun.  10:30 AM      Glory & Praise


February $ Counters-  P. DelBaggio, V. Frantz, D. Cunningham   


Church Cleaners: February 9th – February 22nd

G. Baldauf, D. Zakrzwski, L. Hoover, G. Patton, J. Pruss

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Stewardship Reflection February 16, 2020 –

Stewardship is not an effort through our time, talent and money to create a relationship with God.  It is our response to God with our time, talent and money.  It is our relationship with him that already exists through his son, Jesus Christ.     Christian stewards strive to be people of integrity.  They practice their God-given gift of free will to choose right over wrong, good over evil.

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“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.” Matthew 5: 17

 “For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”    Matthew 5: 20

The scribes and Pharisees lived according to the letter of the law, and they used this to elevate themselves above the other people. Jesus is clear – it’s the love that you have in your heart that will get you to heaven. Simply following church rules out of obligation, not love, does not put you on the path to heaven. Attending Mass on Sunday and then gossiping about a fellow parishioner on the parking lot is an example of a modern day Pharisee.   

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Activities for the Week of February 16, 2020

  Sunday    9:00AM      No R/E classes

                    10:30AM    Mass

                     1:00PM     SMS Basket Bingo

Monday     8:00 AM     No School

Tuesday    6:30PM      SMS Rodeo Comm. (L)

                    7:00PM      Cub Scouts (H)

Wed.          8:00AM      No Mass

                    3:30PM      Rosary

                    6:00PM      CDA (H)

                    6:30PM      RCIA (GS)

Thursday   8:00AM     No Mass

                    1:00PM      Rosary Making (GS)

                    6:30PM     Bingo (H)

                    6:30PM      Sacraments class (GS)

                    7:00PM      Boy Scouts (Church Basement)  

Friday        8:00 AM     Mass

                    8:00am      SMS Book Fair

Saturday    9:00AM      R/E Grs 3-5   Youth Day (H)

                    5:30PM      Mass

Sunday      9:00AM      R/E K-6 (sch)

                    10:30AM    G & P Choir

                    6:00PM      R/E 7-11 (all)

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  • Our Catholic Ministries Drive – Ignite Your Faith for Christ’s Mission launches today throughout our Diocese. During Lent and throughout the year, we are challenged to renew our spiritual devotions and duties-and one of those holy duties is to support the Church. This drive focuses on a select group of ministries with emphasis on the poor, families, youth, seminarians, and leadership development of clergy and laity. Please reflect on Bishop Mark’s invitation when it arrives this week. Remember that our parish uses the monthly “YELLOW ENVELOPE” to collect our CMD donations although donations online are welcome. All contributions received beyond our parish target will be used toward upgrades within our parish. Thank you for supporting these vital ministries with sacrificial gifs of prayers and treasure. 100% of your donation goes directly to these ministries.

  • CCW Lenten Spirituality Program – You are invited to the CCW Lenten Spirituality Program to be held Mondays, March 2, 9, 16, 223, & 30 from 10 am to noon. This 5-week series, using DVD presentations by best-selling author Edward Sri, will guide you through the last hours of Jesus’ life. Through readings, DVD presentations, discussions and prayer, come to a deeper understanding of God’s immeasurable and unconditional love. Pre-registration is required by Feb. 24th Cost of program: $20; Cost of book $15. Send registration by mail with payment to CCW Incarnation Center, 394 Bem Road, Gallitzin, PA 16641 or email registration to regarding credit card payment. All sessions will be held at the CCW Incarnation Center.

  • Adult Faith Formation Class at St. Rose of Lima parish in Altoona. Lead by Deacon Donald Gibboney on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. March 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31, and April 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th and May 5th. Faith development of every person is a lifelong journey. These classes are for everyone who wants to grow in faith and love God. Make plans to join us. For more information contact Marybeth at 814-361-2000 or visit us online at
    Lenten preparation/sacrifice made easier.
    Small Group Faith-Sharing is back.
    Six weeks (Feb. 23rd through March 29th). One night/week. Several groups for convenience.
    Discussion booklets at a cost of $8.00.
    Sign-ups next two weeks before/after Mass.
    Find your faith lifted through your fellow parishioners.
    Try it: won’t you?

  • The Annual Collection of Old Palm and Religious Articles exchange will take place February 1st to February 23rd. Please limit your donation to those dates. Blessed items that are not claimed will be disposed of in keeping with Church policy of being buried or burned. Unclaimed unblessed items will be thrown away.

  • Rosary Making On the 3rd and 4th Thursday of every month at 1 pm in the gathering space, we will be making rosaries for the apostleship of the Seas and Military Service members. All are welcome to come and help make rosaries. All materials will be provided. If school is cancelled the session will not be held. Thank you.
  • 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 for at least the first 6 months of this 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.

  • All occasion cards are available in the gathering space. Please feel free to take any cards you want. Also, if you have cards you would like to donate for someone else to use please, leave them by the box.

  •  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                            
  • 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, or at www.francis/edu/adcs.  Become that Someone today!
  • CATHOLIC REGISTER:  In the Gathering Space are copies of the Catholic Register.  The Register will no longer be mailed to individual parishioners but copies will be sent to each parish for distribution monthly. 

       The Diocese has also launched an online newspaper –PROCLAIM!: The Good News of Altoona-Johnstown featuring diocesan news, information, and commentary – including happenings at parishes and schools.  Visit the site at and sign up for

  • 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.  All calls are confidential.
  • AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of eligible purchase to our parish.   Please go to the following link: and you can start helping our church in this very easy way.
  • Please remember our local Tyrone Food Bank during these long winter months.  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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Saint Matthew School News!

●Would you like to volunteer your skills in marketing to assist Saint Matthew School in its many activities that involve the school, rodeo, and pa

●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. 

●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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Update regarding Sister Karen

Sister Karen continues to recuperate from her surgery. Please keep her in your prayers.

Prayer for Vocations: God our Father, You made each of us to use our gifts in the Body of Christ.We ask that You inspire young people whom You call to the priesthood and consecrated life to courageously follow Your will.

Send workers into Your great harvest so that the Gospel is preached, the poor are served with love, the suffering are comforted, and Your people are strengthened by the sacraments. We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen

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