Christmas Season – Baptism of our Lord

Families and the Gospel                                               Matthew 3:13-17
The words in today’s gospel, “This is my beloved, with Him I am pleased” are words every child needs to hear often. Affirmation is important to raise happy and confident children.

As our Christmas Season ends, a sincere THANK YOU is in order to all of you for your active participation in our Christmas liturgies, especially our musicians, cantors & choir, extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, readers, hospitality ministers, ushers, altar servers, and other ministers. Thank you also to all those who helped with decorating and cleaning of our church and all volunteers of any age who so graciously offered their time and talents to make the Christmas Season enjoyable and spiritually nurturing. Thank you very much for all your Christmas gifts and cards, filled with your prayers of support and friendship. Let us carry the spirit of this joyous season throughout the New Year so our Saint Matthew Parish family can grow and fulfill its mission in proclaiming the Good News of our Savior Jesus Christ.                                                   Father Jozef

House Blessing Kits can be found in the Gathering Space which include the blessing and a piece of chalk. Holy water is sprinkled in each room of the house. You may already have a holy water bottle from last year or new ones are available. Begin a new family tradition! 

Flu Season: Offering the Chalice and Shaking of Hands
Bishop Bartchak has asked that the Precious Blood of the Lord not be offered at Mass temporarily. Reception of Holy Communion on the hand is encouraged; however, reception on the tongue may not be denied. Also, the exchange of the sign of peace should avoid bodily contact. A reverent nod with eye contact and a smile will be the temporary practice. These norms are in effect throughout the winter months or until flu season is over.

† 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: January 11 – 19, 2020

Sat.      5:30 PM   Max & Marg Schnellbaugh – Family

                              Phil Payne – Schamrus Family

Sun.   10:30 AM  Rose Caruso: Carmen & Frank Barba:

                              John Barber – Sara Castagnola Family

Wed.   8:00 AM   Dennis Boscaino – Chris & Steve Stoner

                               Anna Marie Nowins – Ed & Diane Bakosh

Thur.    8:00AM  Norma & Cody Belin – Family

                              John J Gurekovich – JR

 Fri.    8:00 AM    John Romano II – John Romano (Dad)                           

Eric Cavallucci – Tera Weber              

Sat.     5:30 PM    For the people of the parish – Pastor

Sun.   10:30AM   Jerry Cornelius & Rose Cowher – Mary Jane                            

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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 – T Jeffries

January 18 & 19

Sat.   5:30 PM    S. Friday, B. Zakrzwski, J. Ieraci 

Sun. 10:30 AM    A Pearson, K. Pearson, K Pastorik


Altar Servers  January 18 & 19

Sat.   5:30 PM    D. Crowell, L. Woomer

Sun.10:30 AM    J.Conrad, R McKernan


Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist

January  18 & 19

Sat.    5:30 PM     S Hall+

Sun. 10:30 AM     J DiDomenico+


Music Ministers –  January 18 & 19

Sat.    5:30 PM        Eva/Maureen

Sun.  10:30 AM         Bev/Leslie


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


Church Cleaners: January 12th – 25th

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

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Stewardship Reflection January 12, 2020 – The Baptism of the Lord

Through the Sacrament of Baptism we become members of God’s family and members of the Body of Christ, the Church. Each member of the body of Christ has an obligation due to baptism to build up that Body, “As a body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, so also Christ. But as it is, God placed the parts, each one of them, in the body as he intended.”

A stewardship way of life leads the member to evangelization, human solidarity, social justice, ecumenism, and the Eucharist.  The members are called to bring these fruits into all spheres that they work in: the diocese, the parish, the domestic church (families), and the world.  What are you doing to build up the Body?

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“After Jesus was baptized, he came up from the water and behold, the heavens were opened.” Matthew 3: 16

And a voice came from the heavens, saying, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3: 17

Two thoughts come to mind when reading this. First, God, Our Father, is so generous, that he gave his only son, whom he really loves, to us so that we can have eternal life with him in heaven. God, Our Creator, really loves us, too! Second, Jesus was obedient to his Father’s will, even to the point of death. This is a reminder that our own lives are pure gifts from God and meant to serve God and others.

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Activities for the Week of January 12, 2020


Sunday      9:00 AM     R/E K-5 (Sch)

                    11:30AM    Un-decorate the Church

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

Tuesday    6:00PM      SMS Council (L)

                    7:00PM      Cub Scouts (H)

Wed.          8:00AM      Mass

                    3:30PM      Rosary

                    6:30PM      RCIA (GS)

Thursday   8:00AM     Mass

                    6:30PM      Bingo

                    7:00PM      Boy Scouts (Base)

Friday        8:00 AM     Mass

Saturday   5:30PM      Mass

Sunday      9:00AM      R/E K-6

                    10:30AM    Glory & Praise Choir

                    12 Noon    Prolife March


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  • Flu Season: Offering the Chalice and Shaking of Hands
    Bishop Bartchak has asked that the Precious Blood of the Lord not be offered at Mass temporarily. Reception of Holy Communion on the hand is encouraged; however, reception on the tongue may not be denied. Also, the exchange of the sign of peace should avoid bodily contact. A reverent nod with eye contact and a smile will be the temporary practice. These norms are in effect throughout the winter months or until flu season is over.

  • ANNUAL TYRONE MARCH FOR LIFE sponsored by the Knight of Columbus will take place Sunday, January 19th, beginning with a short prayer service in our church at 12 Noon. Marchers will then walk—or drive—from St. Matthew’s to Oak Grove Cemetery where a prayer service will be held at the grave of Baby Agnes. Lunch will be provided after the walk at Harkins Hall. Let us take a stand to respect all life “from womb to tomb”.

  • On Monday, January 20, 2020, the Knights of Columbus is sponsoring a bowling and pizza party from 1-3 pm for K-12 students from the St. Joseph and St. Matthew parishes as well as a guest. Please sign up either in the back of the church or side room of St. Joseph or sign up in the Gathering Space of St. Matthew.
  •  PCGG (prison Christian Growth Group) is having a team meeting on Sunday, February 15th at 7 pm at Good Shepherd Church in State College. Anyone who may be interested in finding out more about this ministry is invited to attend. Visiting prisoners is one of the Corporal Acts of Mercy. Please call/email Teresa Jeffries at 814-381-1317 or with any questions.  
  • SAVE THE DATE: On Saturday, February 8th, Saint Matthew Parish will be hosting our 2nd annual Spaghetti Dinner in Msgr. Harkins Hall. Price is $5/person or $10/family (which will be returned at the dinner). More information will follow in the parish bulletin.
  • 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 the first 6 months of this year due to a backlog of masses. Thank you for patience and understanding.
  • Saint Matthew Parish is looking for a pianist starting in the coming year. Please contact Eva George at 615-495-9864 and learn more about this opportunity to serve the community in song. 
  • 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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Update regarding Sister Karen

HEALTH UPDATE FROM SR. KAREN  Unfortunately, my post-surgery health problems have continued.  Recent echo-cardiogram and TEE tests have shown that my recently placed mechanical aortic valve is leaking.  This was hard-to-hear news as there is no easy fix; it means I need to go through open heart surgery again for a new valve to be installed!  At this point I am scheduled to have that surgery done on January 22 at Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh.  I trust in God’s loving providence and your supportive 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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Saint Matthew School News!

●LEARN. SERVE. LEAD. SUCCEED. Our annual observance of Catholic Schools Week begins in two weeks. This year, we are celebrating the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our church, our communities and our nation. Please join us for our Open House on Sunday, January 26th at 11:30 am at Saint Matthew Catholic School. For more information call 684-3510 or go to our website address: www.stmatthew-school-org Please come and see what we have to offer. Celebrating 150 Years!

●Saint Mathew School will be holding its annual Bingo featuring Vera Bradley bags on Sunday, February 16th. Doors open at 1 pm and bingo begins at 2 pm. Tickets will be sold at the door. Monetary donations to cover the cost of bags or donations to fill the bags are welcome. Please contact Becky Burkholder with any questions at

●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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