The Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time – February 17, 2019

Families and the Gospel       February 17th         Luke 6:17, 20-26                

Don’t look very far when you hear today’s gospel speak of poverty, hunger, sorrow or exclusion.  These things happen in families.  Children feel “insulted” when they are constantly criticized.  Spouses “hunger” for affection.  Grandparents feel “excluded” by divorce and custody decisions  Parents “weep” because they feel alienated from their children.

Pastor:  Reverend Jozef  Kovacik

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

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:
Sister Jane Miller, C.C.W.
Cell: (814) 931-1120 E-mail:

Director of Religious Education: Gia Patton
Call (814) 682-9108 or email

Coordinator: Elementary & Middle School: Mark Raffetto
Phone: (814) 934-2936 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

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:
School Phone: (814) 684-3510
School web-site:

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Visiting Priest – Weekend of February 23, and 24, 2019

Cross Catholic Outreach – Father Antony Savarimuthu will be visiting our parish next weekend to speak at all of the Masses on behalf of cross catholic Outreach which was founded to create a meaningful link between parishes in America and the priest and nuns working in the Church overseas in the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, Central and South America. 

   Fr. Antony, is from South India, was ordained on April 12, 1985.  He has served as an associate pastoral care director, pastor, school administrator, and principal in his Diocese until he came to the United States in 1993.  Fr. Antony has traveled to Central America where he has witnessed the plight of the truly disadvantaged.  His tremendous passion towards the poor and the needy is expressed in the projects he personally supports in India in the areas of children’s education, elderly care, and program for women.

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Stewardship Reflection February 17th

                Stewardship  Reflection           February 17, 2019                

“Blessed are those who know how to detach themselves from their    possessions and their power so as to put them at the service of the needy,”                                                      (Pope John Paul II)

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                                         PRICELESS  BLESSEDNESS

                                   “Blessed are you…”       Luke 6: 20

       “Blessed are you when people hate you,…exclude and insult you,

   and denounce your name…on account of the Son of Man.”    Luke 6: 22

All of us have been in situations when someone has made a negative comment or joke about God or our Catholic faith. How did you respond? Did you stay silent or pretend to go along with the crowd because you didn’t want to cause waves and then, later, you felt bad? Know that God is with you all the time, the Holy Spirit will put the right words in your mouth. Pray for the strength and courage to proclaim our faith to others, especially during uncomfortable situations.

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Activities for the Week of February 18, 2019

Activities for the Week of  February 18th   

Monday          President’s Day

Tuesday         6:00 PM – Rodeo Committee (L)

                        7:00 PM – Scouts (H, Sch)

Wednesday   3:30 PM – Rosary

                        6:30 PM – RCIA (GS)

Thursday      3:30 PM – Bingo (H)

Friday            SMS Book Fair Begins (runs thru March 1) (GS)                 

Sunday           9-10:15 AM – R/E Gr. K-5 (Sch)

                        10:30 AM – Glory & Praise Choir

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

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.

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Mass Schedule & Intentions:

February 16 – 24, 2019

 Sat.      5:00 P M – Rosanne Starr-Peter/Lisa Caporuscio

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

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

Mon     8:00 AM – NO  MASS

Tues   8:00 AM–   NO  MASS

Wed.    8:00 AM – NO  MASS

Thurs.  8:00 AM-   NO  MASS

Fri.       8:00 AM –  NO  MASS

Sat      5:00 PM –  Clarence Hartsock – Family

Sun.     8:00 AM  – Jean Dixon & Martha Rhoades – CDA

10:30 AM  – Isabel Mack – CDA

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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Liturgical Ministries and Other Parish Ministries –Weekly Schedules

LITURGICAL MINISTRIES SCHEDULE                                                                    

Feb. 18th     thru     Feb. 24th   –  Lectors

Weekdays – 8:00 AM – NO DAILY MASS

Sat:  5:00 PM – S. Friday, JL Baran, L. Morrison

Sun.  8:00 AM –  Deb, Sarah, Bob Zakrzwski

       10:30 AM  –  A.Langenbacher, M. Morse, G. Patton

Feb. 23/24–  Altar Servers

Sat.   5:00 PM – C. Carper, B. Zeigler

Sun.  8:00 AM – A. Pearson, E. Pearson

10:30 AM – M. Chappell, M. Bauer

Feb. 18th    thru    Feb. 24th   

Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist

Weekdays – 8:00 AM – NO DAILY MASS

Sat.    5:00 PM –  P. Baran+     (NO CUP)

Sun.   8:00 AM –  K. Hoyne+    (NO CUP)

10:30 AM – J. Terosky+   (NO CUP)

Feb. 23/24-  Music Ministers

Sat.   5:00 PM –    Tammy/Erin

Sun.  8:00 AM –     Tammy/Maureen

10:30 AM –    Tammy/Maureen

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

Church CleanersFebruary 10th thru February 23rd

G. Baldauf, 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

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated on Saturday from 4:00 PM till 4:30 PM or anytime upon request.

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Saint Matthew School News!

REGISTRATION FOR SCHOOL YEAR 2019-2020 – Our Saint Matthew School offers Pre-K and grades Kindergarten through Sixth Grade.  Registration for the 2019-2020 year is ongoing.  INTERESTED????  Please contact  the school office at 814-684-3510 and talk to Shannon Chappell, Administrative Assistant, or Debbie St. Pierre, Principal.  Email:

Saint Matthew After Care Need  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 “oremail  stmatthewschoolscrip@gmail.comor” purchase after any of  the weekend mass. 

 BINGO  – FEBRUARY 17, 2019  

Saint Matthew School will be holding a bingo featuring Vera Bradley Bags in Harkins Hall on Sunday, February 17th at 2 pm.  Tickets can be purchased at the school or at the door for $25.00 .  

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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Thank You!

To all who helped in any way to make last weekend’s  Spaghetti Dinner a night of fellowship and good food.  “Special Thanks” to Mike and Sue Ronan, Jack and Marcus Wagner, Bob and Kim Wilson, Sarah McNelis, Maureen Drain, Gia Patton (and the Religious Education Classes), Autumn, Dana, and the Staff at Gio’s  for the help with the spaghetti dinner, set up, and clean up. 

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