February 18, 2024 – The First Sunday of Lent

Father Michael A. Pleva, Pastor of Saint Matthew Catholic Church

Families and the Gospel ~  Mark 1:12-15  

Jesus went into the desert to put his life in perspective.  This lent, take a fresh look at a difficult relationship in your life.  Concentrate on the positive things that a person does, not just the negatives.  Try to understand why their behaviors “bug” you.  Can you honestly share your feelings with them without attacking them?   Make Lent a time to MEND and FORGIVE!

Chaplet of Divine Mercy – Fridays at 6:30 pm

Stations of the Cross – Fridays during Lent at 7 pm

          Sacrament of Reconciliation will be celebrated on Saturdays at 12:30 pm

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will occur on Fridays from 8:30 am to 9:30 am.  This is great opportunity for spiritual nourishment.  Come and spend an hour with Jesus!

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The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert … Mark 1:12


“After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God….”

Mark 1:14

Have you ever thought about how difficult it must have been for Jesus to go to Galilee, knowing that John had just been arrested for teaching the same message that He was proclaiming. It took great love and trust for Jesus to do what the Father had sent Him here on earth to do. In the same way, living a stewardship lifestyle takes great love and trust from us. We must be willing to surrender completely to God, trusting that He will give us all that we need to fulfill His plan for us.


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Stewardship Reflection

As we celebrate our first Sunday of Lent, our readings today remind us why we partake in this 40-day Lenten journey – to prepare our hearts for the resurrection of Christ on the glorious Easter morning.

     Just like Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert where He was tempted by Satan, we too are called to ‘the desert’ – tempted by Satan to turn away from God.  We should strive to fully participate in this Lenten Season my mirroring Jesus, the model steward by Whom we are called to imitate.  Through our time in ‘the desert’, we will confront evil by weeding out the roots of sin in our lives through fasting.  And we will be sustained and nourished in the desert by prayer.  If we willingly choose to spend this Lent like Jesus, we will be ready to receive the glorious gift of Himself and partake in the riches that pour forth from that Gift.

     Let us strive to purify our hearts for the remainder of these 40 days so that we might be ready to receive all that God plans to bless us with on Easter. 

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Liturgical Ministries and Other Parish Ministries –Weekly Schedules

Weekdays    J Ieraci

Lectors – February 24/25, 2024

Sat.   5:30 pm   G Miller, J Ieraci, J Rumberer

Sun.  7:30 am   A Lynn, S Zakrzwski

Sun. 10:30am  K Naylor, T Naylor, E Hewitt

Extraordinary Ministers Eucharist Feb. 24/25, 2024

Sat.   5:30 pm P Lambert, T Scordo, M Raffetto

Sun. 7:30  am   M Rozick, B Rozick, K Hoyne

Sun. 10:30am S Thomas, M Morse, L Wright

Altar Servers:  February 24/25, 2024

Sat.    5:30 pm   H Narehood, G Vaughn

Sun.   7:30 am   TBD

Sun. 10:30 am   G Naylor, A Davis

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Mass Schedule & Intentions:

February 17, 2024  – February 25, 2024

Sat.   5:30 pm Margorie Adamczyk– Bob & Ginny Reeder

Sun.  7:30 am   Joe Kern – Fred Bennetti

Sun. 10:30 am  Mae Romano – Diane & Brenda

Mon.    8:00 am St. Joseph – Bellwood

Tues.  6:00 pm  St. Joseph – Bellwood

Wed.  8:00 am  Mario Crocetti – Zakrzwski Family

Thurs. 8:00 am  Mason Thompson – Murtagh Family

Thurs. 8:30 – 9:30 am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament followed by Benediction 

Fri.      8:00 am  Bertha and John Yenter, Jr. – Estate

Sat.    5:30 pm  Helen Kephart – Cindy, Jim & John

Sun.   7:30 pm  Rozick, Wilson, & Smith Families – Mike and Becky Rozick

Sun  10:30 am  For the People

Sanctuary Candle for the week of February 11th   is in memory of Sara Castagnola requested by the Castagnola and Burkel Family.  

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Activities for the Week of February 19 to February 25, 2024

Wed. 8:30 am Spiritual Life Committee (GS)

Thurs.    6:30 pm Bingo (H)

Sun.       9:00 am Religious Education Classes

Approx. 35 minutes before weekend Masses the Rosary is recited.  Please consider participating.

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      • For those that cannot attend Mass -A prayer for the Act of Spiritual Communion

        My Jesus, 
        I believe that You are present in the Most Holy 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, 
        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.


      • Where to look in the BIBLE when you …

        – need rest and peace – Matthew 11: 28-30

        – worry – Matthew 6: 19-34

        – are lonely or fearful – Psalm 23

        – need peace of mind – John 14: 27, Philippians 4: 6-8

        – are disappointed by people – Psalm 27 

        – grow bitter or critical – 1 Corinthians 13

        – have sinned – Psalm 51, 1 John 1

        – are discouraged – Psalm 34

        – feel God seems far away – Psalm 139

        – think the world seems bigger than God – Psalm 90 

        – are sick – Psalm 41

        – feel sorrowful – John 14, Psalm 46

        – are in danger – Psalm 91

        – want courage – Joshua 1: 1-9

        – need assurance – Romans 8

        – forget your blessings – Psalm 103

        – are looking for joy – Colossians 3

        – leave home to travel – Psalm 121

        – think of investments – Mark 10: 17-31

        – need guidelines for living – Matthew 5-7, Romans 12 

        – need rules of conduct – Exodus 20: 1-17

        – need to know God’s will for your life – Proverbs 3: 1-6


             From the opening prayer to the closing prayer, the Mass is a memorial and sacrifice; one continual offering to our good and gracious God, by making present the redeeming passion and death of his Son Jesus Christ for the salvation of all humankind through his crucifixion.  We celebrate Mass to offer our praise and thanksgiving for our redemption.  At mass we pray and worship God together in a faith filled community, we hear God’s voice in the Scripture Readings, let the message of salvation enter us and we receive Jesus truly present among us in the Holy Eucharist.

             You may ask a priest to offer a Mass for several reasons: for example, in thanksgiving, for the intentions of another person (such as on a birthday, wedding anniversary), or, as is most common, for the repose of the soul of someone who has died.  Let us never forget the infinite value and graces that flow from the Sacrifice of the Mass.  Please contact the church office if you would like to have a Mass celebrated.

      • The Sweetest Ministry – Please consider volunteering to assist at the monthly refreshment weekend socials.  Sign-up sheet is in the gathering space.

        Lenten Faith Sharing Groups will once again meet during the Lenten Season.  This four-week course will begin the week of February 19th.  Please sign-up in the Gathering Space and note whether you are willing to serve as a facilitator. Contact Steve Stoner at 814-931-7964 with questions. 

      • Fr. John Slovikovski Pastor of Visitation parish in Johnstown, as part of the celebration of the Jubilee 2025, is promoting and coordinating a pilgrimage to Rome, Assisi, and Orvieto, Italy, which is open to the entire diocese in the month of June 2025.  This pilgrimage will include visitations to the 4 Major Basilicas of Rome (The Vatican {with an audience with the Pope}, Saint Mary Major, Saint John Lateran, and Saint Paul outside the Walls.) We will also visit the Spanish Steps, the Catacombs, Trevi Fountain, and the Coliseum as well as the basilicas of St. Francis and Saint Clare in Assisi.  All of our tour will be guided by a native who is fluent in Italian.  If you are considering joining our group, you are asked to contact the Visitation Parish office @814-536-6110.  There is no obligation (financial or otherwise) before we make our commitment with the pilgrimage tour company in early 2024 when we will meet with our Pilgrimage tour company.  2025 is an exceptional time to be in Rome since it will be during a Jubilee Year which is a very special time for a Jubilee occurs only once every 25 years. 
      • 2023 Contribution Statements:  Parishioners can request a tax statement by placing your name on an envelope located in the Gathering Space “or”  access your Contribution Statements online by following the directions at the parish website.

      • CDA Court Saint Rita #523 from Tyrone is sponsoring a chartered bus trip to Sight and Sound Theater in Lancaster on Thursday, April 25th to see Daniel.  Departure time will be 7 am from the Bull Pen in Tyrone.  Other possible pick-ups will be at Lowe’s in Altoona at 6:30 am and Home Depot in State College at 7:45 am.  We will arrive back in Tyrone around 8:30 pm.  The cost for the trip, including transportation and the show is $175.  Meals will be on your own.  We will stop for dinner around 4 pm at Hoss’s in Lewistown.  Call, text, or email Amy Brisbin at 814-931-4702, amylbrisbin@gmail.com.  Please respond by February 28th.  Payment by check to “CDA” will be due on March 6th

    • Mass Scheduling for 2024  Mass requests are being accepted.  Each family is limited to 3 Mass request per year with one being on a Sunday.  All Mass requests for the recently deceased will be placed in the Mass schedule as received. 

    • Adoration Chapel at Saint Mary’s, 712 Allegheny Street, Hollidaysburg, PA  is open every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of each week from 7 am to 11 pm.  Come spend time with Jesus!

    • Franciscan Friars Lenten Series – Although we may still be recovering from the celebration of Christmas.  Lent is quickly approaching.  During these weeks, the Church and Scriptures for the season invite us back into the desert – a place of quiet – to simplify our lives so we can deepen our relationship with God and one another and grow in the awareness that only God can satisfy our deepest hungers. 

           Join the Franciscan Friars for four weeks of Lenten Reflections, beginning on Wednesday, February 21st.  Through reflection, prayer, and fellowship we will journey together towards the abundant life of Easter! 

           The first 30 registrants will be assigned to the Daytime Lenten Reflections which will begin at 10 am and include a Lenten reflection, the celebration of Holy Mass, and lunch with the friars.  The workshop will be $20 per class or $60 for the four-week series.  If there is enough demand, we will host Evening Lenten Reflections which will begin at 6:30 pm and include a Lenten reflection and a prayer service.  The evening class will be $10 per class or $30 for the four-week series. 

           All classes (February 21st and 28th & March 6th and 13th) will be held at St. Bernardine Monastery, 768 Monastery Road, Hollidaysburg.  To register for the workshop, please send your payment to:  Franciscan Friars, TOR, PO Box 139, Hollidaysburg, PA  16648.  For questions, please call 814-695-3802.  We look forward to seeing you!

    • The four-week Faith Sharing Group will be meeting on Monday evenings at 7 pm in the gathering space beginning February 19th.  Participants are still welcome to attend.  Copies of the materials are available in the gathering space.

    • Catholic Ministries Drive (CMD)   Our parish goal for 2024 is $29,219.

        The annual CMD directly supports 14 ministries through which people are accompanied in their journey (100% of your gift does directly to these ministries).  There are many gifted and generous laypersons in our diocese who share their time and talent to support our Catholic ministries.

        This year, more so than others, our world, our nation, our communities, our parishes, and our families need tangible expression of hope.   

    • Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will occur every Thursday during Lent after daily Mass from 8:30 am to 9:30 am.   This is great opportunity for spiritual nourishment.  Come and spend an hour with Jesus!  NOTE:  During Holy week Eucharistic Adoration will take place after Holy Thursday Mass until midnight.

    • Did you know 100% of your PA tax money can be sent to our local catholic school?   Look for brochures by the exit doors or contact RedefinED to enroll in EITC, a local company hired by the Diocese to manage enrollments, at 814-419-5505 or www.redefiningeducation.com
    • Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown is establishing a prayer ministry and we are seeking prayer partners.  Every Friday we pray for those who ask for special intentions, for the marginalized, the vulnerable and all clients seeking assistance from Catholic Charities. 

           Prayer is one of the gifts we can give to each other at no extra cost.  To request prayers, please visit our website:  www.catholiccharitiesaj.org.  

           For more information on how to participate and spend time in prayer for those in need, please contact Lisa Fellabaum, Outreach Liaison at 814-505-1106 or by email at lfellabaum@dioceseaj.org

    • Looking for a rewarding career in a faith-filled environment?  Locations throughout the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese have current openings in a variety of fields.  For a complete listing  go to https://www.dioceseaj.org/employment  

    • Parishioners are encouraged to recite the rosary daily, gather together in the church on Wednesdays after the daily Mass at 8 am  and come before the daily and weekend Masses for the recitation of the Rosary. This is a special way of praying for individual and special intentions in a group to provide you  comfort and support.

    • Scholarship-  Any student from the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown who is attending or will attend Franciscan University of Steubenville is eligible to apply for the John Paul II Scholarship.  For more information about the St. Pope John Paul II Scholarship at www.franciscan.edu, call 800-783-6220, or email admissions@franciscan.edu
    • Apply at Saint Joseph Academy  The Saint Joseph’s high school community and educational experience is strong, balanced, and most importantly, firmly founded in Jesus Christ. Applications are now being accepted at all grade levels. To learn more or begin the online application process go to www.stjoeacad.org. You may also contact Ms. Maryann Lingenfelter, Director of Admissions, at mlingenfelter@sjcacademy.org or 814-808-6118 to arrange a tour or discuss any questions you may have.  We are looking forward to having you as part of the Saint Joseph’s community!

    •      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!

    • 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: 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.
    • 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.

      Prayer for Peace in Ukraine

           Bishop Mark is requesting that  the faithful throughout the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown to join him in praying for peace in Ukraine as Russian forces invade the Eastern European country.

           The Bishop stands united in prayer with Ukrainian Catholics in that troubled part of the world and with the local Ukrainian Catholic population here in Central Pennsylvania. During this difficult time, he is inviting everyone to join him in praying the following ancient prayer.

           We fly to Your patronage, O Virgin Mother of God. Despise not our prayers in our needs, but deliver us from all dangers, since you alone are pure and blessed. O most glorious Ever Virgin Mary, the Mother of Christ our God, accept our prayers and present them to Your Son and our God, that for the sake of You, He enlighten and save our souls.

      “This prayer is a unique part of the spiritual heritage of the Catholic and Orthodox Christians of the Ukraine, dating back to the 10th or 11th century. It is quite similar to the Memorare prayer that most of us learned as children. As we watch the unfolding developments from Ukraine, it is often difficult to process our thoughts and feelings. That’s where a prayer like this can bring calm to our disturbed minds and hearts, and especially to our world.”

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Saint Matthew School News!

See what is happening at our Saint Matthew School by visiting our website at:  www.stmatthew-school.org

  • Doctor Seuss week is almost upon us.  Are you itching to read to a small group of very eager listeners? St. Matthew School has exactly what you need!  On Thursday March 7, you are invited to sign up to read your favorite Doctor Seuss book (or one we provide) to one of our classes.  If you are available, we would love to have you come read to our kids.  A sign-up sheet is available in the Gathering Space.  If you have any questions, feel free to call the school office at  814-684-3510.
  • St. Matthew School students in the Entrepreneurial Program will be featured on Studio 814 on WTAJ-TV, February 20, to present the donation they earned from their Christmas Bazaar to The Miracle League of Blair County.  The program airs at 10 am.  Congratulations to these young business men and women for using their time and talents to benefit others.
  • Saint Matthew School “Angels”.    For years, Saint Matthew parishioners have sponsored school children or made donations to help parents in the sacrifice of sending their child to a Catholic School.  Please consider assisting school families for the upcoming year.
  • Saint Matthew School Scrip Purchases –   Orders can be placed by  contacting Alison Narehood by phone 814-684-4121 “oremail  stmatthewschoolscrip@gmail.comor” purchase after any of  the weekend Masses.
  • Did you know 100% of your PA tax money can be sent to our local catholic school?   The only way to can have the PA taxes you already pay benefit our Saint Matthew School is to enroll in EITC.  Look for brochures by the exit doors or contact RedefinED, a local company hired by the Diocese to manage enrollments, at 814-419-5505 or www.redefiningeducation.com.

Saint Matthew Catholic School Teachers

The Teachers and Staff:

Ms. Pauline Wiley – Principal

Vickie Henry – School Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Beth Kasic – Preschool and After Care Aide

Miss Taylor Curry – Kindergarten

Mrs. Jennifer Casanave – First Grade & Lead Teacher

Mrs. Margorie Frank – Second and Third Grade

Mrs. Deborah Hewitt – PreSchool

Mrs. Roberta Woomer – Fourth and Fifth and Sixth Grade

Mary Jane Rudakzwich – Librarian

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2024 Pope Francis Intentions

Below, please find the prayer intentions of the Holy Father for 2024:


For the gift of diversity in the Church
We pray that the Holy Spirit may help us to recognize the gift of different charisms within the Christian community and to discover the richness of different traditions and rituals in the Catholic Church.


For the terminally ill
We pray that those with a terminal illness, and their families, receive the necessary physical and spiritual care and accompaniment.


For the new martyrs
We pray that those who risk their lives for the Gospel in various parts of the world inflame the Church with their courage and missionary enthusiasm.


For the role of women
We pray that the dignity and immense value of women be recognized in every culture, and for the end of discrimination that they experience in different parts of the world.


For the formation of religious and seminarians
We pray that religious women and men, and seminarians, grow in their own vocations through their human, pastoral, spiritual and community formation, leading them to be credible witnesses to the Gospel.


For migrants fleeing their homes
We pray that migrants fleeing from war or hunger, forced to undertake journeys full of danger and violence, find welcome and new opportunities in the countries that receive them.


For the pastoral care of the sick
We pray that the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick confer to those who receive it and their loved ones the power of the Lord and become ever more a visible sign of compassion and hope for all.


For political leaders
We pray that political leaders be at the service of their own people, working for integral human development and for the common good, especially caring for the poor and those who have lost their jobs.


For the cry of the Earth
We pray that each one of us will hear and take to heart the cry of the Earth and of victims of natural disasters and climactic change, and that all will undertake to personally care for the world in which we live.


For a shared mission
We pray that the Church continue to sustain in all ways a Synodal lifestyle, as a sign of co-responsibility, promoting the participation, the communion and the mission shared among priests, religious and lay people.


For anyone who has lost a child
We pray that all parents who mourn the loss of a son or daughter find support in their community and receive peace and consolation from the Holy Spirit.


For pilgrims of hope
We pray that this Jubilee Year strengthen our faith, helping us to recognize the Risen Christ in our daily lives, and that it may transform us into pilgrims of Christian hope.

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Parish Office Staff & Ministries Contact Information

Pastor:  Reverend Father Michael Pleva

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

Fax:      (814) 684-7969

Website:    www.stmatthewtyrone.org

Email:   stmatthewtyrone@gmail.com

Parish Office Staff:  Financial and Administrative Assistant: Debbie Zakrzwski

Email: stmatthewtyrone@gmail.com

Office Hours: Monday 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Wednesday and Friday 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

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


Director of Religious Education: Lauren Wright

Call: (814) 312-0969 or email: lwright@dioceseaj.org

Elementary to High School: (Grades K-8): Sunday mornings 9:00 AM to 10:15 AM


RCIA: Susan Burkholder

Call: (814) 684-0352 or email: jsburkholder@verizon.net


Ministry to the Homebound: Paula Lambert (814) 932-0651


Pastoral Council – Jason Terosky (814) 692-4222
Finance Council – Dennis Rozick (814) 684-5511
School Council – TBA
Cemetery Committee – Shirley Hall (814) 931-0657

Saint Matthew Catholic School “serving our community since 1869”

Lead Teacher: Jennifer Casanave.

School Phone: (814) 684-3510

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

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