2nd Sunday of Advent ~ December 9, 2018

Stewardship  Reflection            December 9th             

Paul prays that all in the faith community increase their love and their knowledge to “discern what is of value.”  We grow as stewards and disciples of Jesus Christ by making decisions daily that demonstrate just how much we value our faith.

Pastor: Reverend Jozef Kovacik

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

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: kseashored@msn.com
Sister Jane Miller, C.C.W.
Cell: (814) 931-1120 E-mail: jmseashell@msn.com

Director of Religious Education: Gia Patton
Call (814) 682-9108 or email smspatton@gmail.com

Coordinator: Elementary & Middle School: Mark Raffetto
Phone: (814) 934-2936 Email: psufanmark@gmail.com

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

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Activities for the Week of December 10th

Activities for the Week of  December 10th

Tues.          6:00 PM – SMS Council (L)

                    7:00 PM – Scouts (H, Sch)

Wed.            3:30 PM – Rosary

                      6:00 PM – Cantor Rehearsal

                      6:30 PM – Celebration Choir Rehearsal

                      6:30 PM – RCIA (GS)

Thurs.        6:30 PM – Bingo (H)

                   6:30 PM – SMS Christmas Program at TAHS

Sat.             9:30AMFirst Reconciliation (CH, GS)

                     R/E Flower Sale

                     Refreshment Weekend

Sun.            9:00 AM – R/E Gr. K-5 (Sch)

                     10:30 AM – Glory & Praise Choir

                     R/E Flower Sale

                    11:30 AM – Parish Life Santa & Cookie Swap

                    6-8:00 PM – R/E Gr. 6-11 (All)

                   Christmas Caroling


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Mass Schedule & Intentions:

Mass Schedule & Intentions:   December  8 – 16, 2018

Sat.       5:00 PM   –Ralph & Emma Hagg – Family

Sun.      8:00 AM – Jerry Cornelius – Wife & Son

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

Mon      8:00 AM – Nicholas Zane – Jack and Cindy Zane

Tues    8:00 AM-   Ann & Frank Schneider – V. Frantz

Wed.    8:00 AM  Jill Rodgers – Zakrzwski Family

Thurs.   8:00 AM Bill Frantz & Dean Roumanis-V. Frantz

Fri.       8:00 AM –  Christopher Edmonson – John, Paul, and Tony

Sat.      5:00 PMJohn & Martha Rhoades- Aye Tepsic

Sun.     8:00 AM  –  Mom & Dad Cannistraci – Children

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

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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Dec.10th      thru   Dec. 16th      –  Lectors

Weekdays – 8:00 AM – R. Long

Sat:  5:00 PM –  B. Lambert, R. Bunch, L. Morrison

Sun.  8:00 AM –  H. Quinn, M. Ruscio, C. Mertiff

       10:30 AM –   B/K Bauer, MJ Gunter, A. Patton 

Dec. 15/16  –  Altar Servers

Sat.   5:00 PM – N. Lewis, M. Lewis

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

10:30 AM – A. & E. Riling

Dec. 10th      thru   Dec. 16th     Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist

Weekdays – 8:00 AM – S. McNelis

Sat.    5:00 PM –  K. Raffetto+, M. Raffetto, P. Lambert

Sun.   8:00 AM –   P. Davis+, B/S. Hall, S. Toney

10:30 AM –  ME Jones+, D. Panasiti, T. Patton

Dec. 15/16  –  Music Ministers

Sat.   5:00 PM –  Tammy/Maureen

Sun.  8:00 AM –  Tammy/Lori

10:30 AM –  Glory & Praise/Erin

Children’s Liturgy – Dec. 16th   –  Jack Wagner

December $ Counters – B. Long+, C. Golden, S. Hall

Church CleanersDecember 16th   thru December 22nd

  1. Ray, D. Zakrzwski, L. Hoover, G. Patton, J. Pruss


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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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  • Celebration Choir will meet on Wednesday, December 12th and Wednesday, December 1th at 6:30 pm in the Church to practice for the Christmas Season.  All are welcome!
  • Santa Visit and Cookie Swap after the 10:30 am Mass on Sunday, December 16th.  Bring your camera for your visit to Santa as well as your best cookies (2 dozen) for the cookies swap.
  • Angel Tree Gifts are due NEXT SUNDAY, December 16th.Please remember to enclose clothing gift receipts inside your package and to place the “coded angel” on top of your package so the correct person receives it.  Gift cards should be taken directly to the Parish Office.  Thank you for your generosity.  Note:  Any gifts not received on time will need to be delivered to Catholic Charities personally.
  • ANNUAL CHRUCH CHRISTMAS DECORATING AND LUNCHEON will take place on Sunday, December 23, 11:30AM, right after the 10:30 Mass.  Individuals and families—parishioners of all ages—are welcome to come and help.  A pizza and sub lunch will follow at 12:45 for all participants.
  • Pro-Life Christmas Cards to support the work of Blair County Chapter of Citizens Concerned for Human Life. A flyer with examples are in the vestibule on the bulletin board.  Celebrate the Birth of Our Lord and Giver of Life this Christmas Season!  To place an order or more information call Pat or Marita at 814-946-0681.
  • The Friar’s Nook Gift Shop located at 793 Monastery Road, Hollidaysburg. Hours are Monday –Saturday:  10 am to 4 pm.  Phone is 814-695-3802Christmas Happenings:  Christmas Sale:  December 15-22 ~ Finish up (or start) your Christmas shopping by stopping at the Friar’s Nook Gift Shop, Save 20% off your entire purchase on all items storewide December 15-22!

    Christmas Cooke Sale:  December 20 ~ Take the stress out of Christmas cookie prep by stopping at the Friar’s Nook Gift Shop’s Christmas Cookie Sale on Thursday, December 20th.  There will be a variety of ethnic and traditional Christmas cookies, so stop by early while supplies last!

  • Christmas Wreaths and Poinsettia Flower Sale will take place after this weekend masses and next weekend.  Proceeds will benefit the Religious Education Program.  Flowers are supplies by Rozick’s Greenhouse (where you can go and purchase your Christmas Trees).Also, remember to place your Altar Christmas Flower intentions by this weekend.  Forms may be found in the vestibule.


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Stewardship Reflection December 9th

Stewardship  Reflection            December 9th             

Paul prays that all in the faith community increase their love and their knowledge to “discern what is of value.”  We grow as stewards and disciples of Jesus Christ by making decisions daily that demonstrate just how much we value our faith.

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Saint Matthew School News!

 Saint Matthew School News!  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 “or” email  stmatthewschoolscrip@gmail.comor” purchase after any of  the weekend mass. 

Paint and Sip Fundraiser on Friday, January 11th from 6 pm to 8 pm.  Cost is $35 – RSVP to Paul Fleissner at 724-630-1538 or call the School Office at 684-3510.


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 StMattsBingo@gmail.com



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A voice of one crying out in the desert: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths. ”                  Luke 3 :4

“And this is my prayer: that your love may increase ever more and more in knowledge and every kind of perception, to discern what is of value…”          Philippians 1: 9-10

Glittery holiday ads can blind us to our stewardship values and distort our needs and wants. It is important that during this season of endless buying we remember that each of us also has the need to give back to God and to those that are in need.

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Advent Communal Penance Services

Communal Penance Services – During the season of Advent, Catholics are encouraged to seek God’s healing and forgiveness through the Sacrament of reconciliation.  The following is a schedule of Communal Penance Services at various parishes throughout the Diocese.  Please consult individual parishes for other Reconciliation opportunities leading up to Christmas.

December 10 @ 7 pm  Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, Altoona

December 13 @ 5:30 pm  Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Altoona

December 15 @ 10:00 am Saint Therese of the Child Jesus Parish, Altoona

December 16 @ 2 pm Our Lady of Victory, State College

December 16 @ 4 pm Saint Mary Parish, Hollidaysburg

December 17 @ 7 pm SAINT MATTHEW PARISH and Saint Rose of Lima Parish, Altoona

December 18 @ 7 pm Good Shepherd Parish, State College

December 19 @ 6:30 pm Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Altoona

December 20 @ 5:30 Sacred Heart Parish, Altoona

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