Weekend Mass Locations

Mass on Saturday, September 26 at 5:30 PM and Mass on Sunday, September 27 at 10:30 AM will be held at Saint Matthew Church.

When mass is held in the church please remember to wear your mask for the entire Mass.

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September 27, 2020 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Families and the Gospel                   Matthew 21:28-32

 In today’s gospel Jesus asked, “What is your opinion?” Why do we think our opinion is dogma or fact?  An opinion is only how we perceive a situation or how we feel comfortable doing something.  Don’t argue over or become divided by “your opinion.”

If you are not sure if a Mass will be held at the church or Oak Grove Cemetery, a notice will be placed on the Saint Matthew Facebook page and the Saint Matthew webpage www.stmatthewtyrone.org at least one hour before the scheduled mass.

Communion will be distributed AFTER mass in the Gathering Space on Saturdays until 7 pm and Sundays until 12 noon.  

     All are reminded that the Christian faithful are not obliged to participate at Mass on Sunday due to the circumstance of the Coronavirus pandemic. This remains in effect until further notice.

A Message from Father Jozef:

Below is a traditional prayer of SPIRITUAL COMMUNION that many saints have prayed over the years. It can be prayed if you cannot attend mass or you find yourself at Mass unable to receive the Eucharist, or even in the midst of your daily work, lifting up your thoughts to God. The ultimate goal of our lives should be communion with our good and gracious God and an act of spiritual communion can help a person draw closer to that goal.

Lord Jesus,
I believe that You are truly
present in the Most Blessed 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 in Holy Communion,
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.

During these difficult times let us pray the following prayer:
Jesus traveled through towns and villages “curing every disease and illness.” At His command, the sick were made well.  We humbly ask you to come to our aid now and stay by our side in this time of uncertainty, confusion and pain, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus. Please heal those who have contracted the virus. Be with the doctors, nurses, researchers and all medical professionals who seek to heal and help those affected and who put themselves at risk in the process. May they know your protection and peace and may we all experience your healing love. AMEN.

NOTE: Any parishioner who may be in need of assistance of any kind, please contact the parish office 814-632-3070.

These are unprecedented times. The coronavirus has captured everyone’s attention but it has not taken away our faith. Our Church is alive and still carrying on its mission and Saint Matthew Parish will continue to bring you the light of Christ. But in order to continue our work, we need your support.
The Diocese of Altoona Johnstown has created a specific “Your Parish Offertory” giving site.
“Your Parish Offertory” is available on the diocese’ home page at www.dioceseaj.org/giving
At this link the Catholic Ministry page will appear
Click on Donate Online
Select Your Parish Offertory – Make a Donation
Select either a recurring donation “or” one time donation
Enter the amount of your donation
Select – Saint Matthew, Tyrone (126)

All funds donated will be credit to Saint Matthew Parish and we will be made aware of your continued generosity.
Thank you for your support and may our Lord continue to bless you, our community and our nation.


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Stewardship Reflection September 20, 2020

      Jesus calls on us to deny ourselves and follow him. Perhaps he is trying to help us see that everything we think we own is really a gift from God.  Stewardship is a call to discern our wants from our needs, a call to prioritize our lives so we can spend our precious time and resources on what is truly important.

 Stewardship is our faith lived out in our daily lives.  We must have faith that God will always provide what we need and faith that we can live a disciple’s life as he calls us, and faith that when we fail because of our human weaknesses, He is still there to provide comfort, to lift us up and help us to try again.

 Good stewards recognize that to strive to use all their gifts responsibly is not a burden but is living the mission of Jesus as baptized believers.  May we make the burdens of others lighter by sharing hope through our acts of kindness and mercy.

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Activities for the Week of September 28, 2020

Wed.       3:30 pm Rosary

Thur.       6-8pm     New Testament Class (GS)

               6:30 pm  Bingo (H)

Fri.          9:00am   SMS Rosary

Sun.        9:00 am   R/E K-8 (S & H)

               10:00 am R/E Rosary

               6:00 pm   R/E 9-11 (H)

7:30 pm R/E Rosary

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Mass Schedule & Intentions:

September 26 – October 4, 2020

Sat.     5:30PM         Ruth McNelis – Jane Klimas

                                Ed Dean – Jim Mattern Family

Sun     10:30AM       For the People by the Pastor

Mon.   8:00 PM        No Mass

Tues.  6:00 PM        No Mass

Wed.  8:00AM        No Mass

Thu.   8:00AM         Norm Tubo – Wife, Cecilia

                                Adolph & Marie Engelman – Estate

Fri.     8:00AM        Descendants of Gurekovich family – J.R.

                      Mike Dixon – Dennis & Lynn Dixon & Family

Sat.      5:30PM         Isabel Mack – CDA

                                Steve Welsh – Mike & Becky Rozick

Sun.     10:30AM      John Conrad – Margaret Lucas

                                Deb Romano – Gwen Miller

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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“Tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God before you.” Matthew 21: 31

“Do nothing out of selfishness; rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves…”  Philippians 2: 3

Pride and ego are hard things to control.  We see how others act or dress and think we are superior to them.  We idolize our own self-image.  But, if we truly believe everything is a gift from God, we recognize all the people that God has put in our lives as gifts!  We are grateful for how they enrich our lives.  Pray every day for the people in your life: your family, your friends and those who make you angry.

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Liturgical Ministries and Other Parish Ministries –Weekly Schedules


Lectors   Weekdays   8:00 AM – Rose Long

Music Ministers – September 26 & 27

Sat. 5:30 pm           Richard/Erin

Sun. 10:30 am        Tammy/Leslie

Song sheets will be provided at each Mass

Note:  Monthly Collection Counters and Church Cleaners will not be assigned until the Fall.

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    We will have a display of beautiful handmade olive wood carvings from the Holy Land.  The Christians of the Holy Land have been suffering and continue to live in difficult economical situations.  Olive wood carvings are part of a tradition handed down from one generation to another.   Christian families have worked close to 2,000 years to protect the Holy sites in Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Nazareth, and to spread the word of Jesus.  For about the last 1,000 years they used carvings to keep the Bible alive in dimensions.  Their mission is to support our fellow Christians in the Holy Land by selling some of their olive wood carvings which are a major source of their income.  Proceeds from the sale will benefit Christian families in Bethlehem, Holy Land.  In the last century Christians were 37% of the Holy Land population but today they are only 5%.   By your support through the purchasing of these wood carvings, 200 Christian families will be helped and will be able to remain in the Holy Land.  Christian families of Bethlehem will bring to us authentic gifts from the Holy Land.  These gifts will be available in the church vestibule the weekend of September 26 & 27 before and after masses. As a form of payment, they accept cash, checks and credit cards. Father Jozef can bless any items you purchase.

  • Rosary Rally to be held at the Saint Matthew School parking lot (near the statue of the Blessed Mother) on Saturday, October 10th at noon to mark the 103rd  Anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima Portugal. Please consider participating.  Chairs will be provided and you can stay in your car if you prefer. 

  • House for sale:  Anyone interested in the purchase of the house on 303 West 11th Street, Tyrone, PA where the sisters used to live should contact Father Jozef or call the parish office for an appointment.  The size of the property is 6,530 square feet or 60×70 feet. The detached garage is 18×22 feet.  The house is 3,060 square feet, 2 ½ stories, finished basement and attic, 10 rooms, 2 1/2 baths, 2 fireplaces, 3 porches, gas heating.

  • The Family Activities Committee of CDA is planning a Halloween Parade.  The parade will be held on Sunday, October 26th  (rain date Sunday, November 1st) after the 10:30 mass in the church parking lot.  We will begin the parade around 11:45.  Children should wear costumes.  There must be at least one parent attending.  Sign up in the gathering space or call Amy Brisbin (814-931-4702).  Donations of individually wrapped candy is appreciated and may be placed in a donation box in the gathering space. 

  • Mass Scheduling
    Currently, there are over 400 Mass intentions outstanding  As a result there will be no new Mass intentions accepted for the remaining of 2020 and at least until July 2021.  However, Mass intentions will be accepted for recent deceased members of your family/friends.  The office staff understands this is a difficult situation and your patience and understanding is greatly appreciated.

  • 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.
  • AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of eligible purchase to our parish.   Please go to the following link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/23-1390606 and you can start helping our church in this very easy way.
  • 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.

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Parish Office Staff & Ministries Contact Information

Parish Office Staff:  

Financial  Assistant: Debbie Zakrzwski

Administrative  Assistant: Sue Ronan  

Email: stmatthewtyrone@gmail.com

Office Hours: Monday 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Wednesday and Friday 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM

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


Director of Religious Education: Robin Garbinsky

Call: (814) 937-7144 or email: rgarbinsky@dioceseaj.org

Elementary & Middle School: (Grades K-8): Sunday mornings 9:00 AM to 10:15 AM (weekly during the school year)

High School: (Grades 9-11): Sunday: 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM (twice a month during the school year)


RCIA: Susan Burkholder

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


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: Mr. Terry DeCarbo

Principal’s email: tdecarbo@stmatthew-school.org

School Phone: (814) 684-3510

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

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Update regarding Sister Karen


Address:  1223 Four Leaf Lane, Hollidaysburg, PA  16648

Sr. Jane Cell:     931-1120

Sr. Jane Email:  jmseashell@msn.com

Sr. Karen Cell:   935-2934

Sr. Karen Email:  kseashored@msn.com 

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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