Seventh Sunday of Easter

No public masses will be celebrated until further notice. All mass intentions will be fulfilled as Father Jozef will celebrate masses in private.

Every Sunday mass can be watched on the parish’s Facebook page.

Saint Mathew Church will be open for private prayer daily from

9: 00 AM  to  7:00 PM.

Note: There are new directives announced by Bishop Mark Bartchak.  For these new guidelines see the link to the May 24, 2020 bulletin to the right and or the Altoona Johnstown Diocese website: 

A Message from Father Jozef:

Please remember that the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) may prevent us from physical interaction and from uniting in a communal prayer when we gather together in our beautiful church, but it cannot keep us from being united in spirit; spirit of prayer and thanksgiving as a way of life, but most importantly the virus cannot keep us from our communion with the Lord by helping one another in any way we can, especially in these difficult times.

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
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.


Plenary Indulgence: Bishop Mark is also stressing that those impacted during this time are eligible to receive a Plenary Indulgence, which, according to the Catechism, removes the temporal punishment due to sin.
In the words of Pope John Paul II an indulgence is “the expression of the Church’s full confidence of being heard by the Father when – in view of Christ’s merits and by His gift, those of Our Lady and the saints – she asks Him to mitigate or cancel the painful aspect of punishment by fostering its medicinal aspect through other channels of grace.”
The conditions for the Plenary Indulgence include watching a televised Mass, praying the Rosary, the Stations of the Cross or other devotions, or at least receiving the Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and a pious invocation to the Blessed Mother, offering this trial in a spirit of faith in God and Charity towards one’s brothers and sisters. There must be a true commitment to fulfilling the sacramental obligations of Reconciliation and Eucharist as soon as possible.
“People can be assured of the graces than can come from even these restricted opportunities for prayer,” Bishop Mark mentioned. “God’s grace goes past all of these boundaries. People should be comforted by that.”

Families and the Gospel                                           John 17:1-11

Jesus tells us today, “you are my witnesses” and guarantees the “promise of the Father” to “clothe us with the power to accomplish this mission”. It is not worldly power which dominates and manipulates. It is the power of the Kingdom of God to live in peace, forgiveness, compassion, service to others, love of enemies and care for the poor and defenseless.

† 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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  • For updates on confessions, masses, distribution of Holy Communion see the Bulletin Link to your left for May 24, 2020 and/or the Diocese website at: 
  • Please note: Vacation Bible School has been cancelled for this year.

  • COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION FORMS: College Scholarship application forms for those beginning/continuing their college education are available in the Gathering Space. Scholarship monies are for vocational, associate and bachelor degree programs. There are separate forms for vocational scholarships. Saint Matthew student parishioners are required to submit an application each year. Completed forms should be returned to the parish office by June 15, 2020


    All council, committee, organization, and activity chairpersons are asked to begin planning your meetings and events for July 2020-June 2021. Your dates are due to Debbie Zakrzwski in the Parish Office by Monday, June 15th. The review of the annual calendar will take place at a date yet to be determined.

  • 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 at least the first 6 months of this year due to a backlog of masses and when mass intentions are accepted the number of masses you can request may be limited. Thank you for patience and understanding. 
  • 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.

  • 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.  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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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.

No public masses will be celebrated until further notice. However, all mass intentions will be fulfilled as requested as Father Jozef will celebrate mass in private.  

Mass Schedule & Intentions: May 23 – 31, 2020

Sat.        Mother’s Day envelope intentions

               Michael & Delores Tree – Bill Engelman

Sun.       For the People

Mon.      Raymond Hagg – Richard & Esther Hagg

               Sister Karen Duddy – Mary Welsh

Tues.      Katherine DelBaggio – CDA

               Flora DeGirolomo – Louis & Susan Prosperi

Wed.      Eugene Hagg – Mary Welsh

               Phyllis Johnson – Margaret Baker

Thur.      Eleanor Hughes – Bill Engelman

               Delores Patton – CDA

Fri.         Abigal Baker – Mark & Renae Sinisi

               Angie Deleo – Connie Geraci

Sat.         22nd Anniversary of the Ordination of Father Jozef

Sun.       For the people of the parish – Pastor

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Activities for the Week of May 24, 2020

NOTE:  per directive of Bishop Mark Bartchak all Parish activities are canceled


All council, committee, organization, and activity chairpersons are asked to begin planning your meetings and events for July 2020-June 2021.  Your dates are due to Debbie Zakrzwski in the Parish Office by Monday, June 15th.  The review of the annual calendar will take place at a date yet to be determined.   

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Stewardship Reflection May 24, 2020 –

The First pillar of Christian Stewardship is all about becoming aware of your own worth and the worth of others. When you are hospitable to others you are showing the fact that they are worthy. As human beings created in the likeness of God, we all deserve the right to life and respect. Jesus also tells us that whatever we do for the least of our brothers and sisters, we do for Him.

Practicing hospitality towards our neighbors is a simple yet effective way to practice good stewardship. The coronavirus pandemic and shutdown put a lot of people through hardships that still continue. We have been put on this earth during a once in a lifetime pandemic, and how are we going to respond to it? Be hospitable to those around you. Tip your food delivery driver, call your elderly friends and family and give to your parish offertory (if possible, perhaps give your weekly offering for the weeks you were out). Remember, as St. Teresa said, we are Christ’s Hands on Earth.

The Second Pillar of Christian Stewardship is prayer but that does not make it any less important than the first pillar. How can we be good stewards of the Faith without God? Mother Theresa said, “God speaks in the silence of the heart. Listening is the beginning of prayer.” When we pray we should allow ourselves to listen to what God wants of us and ask Him to guide us.

Ask yourself right now: how can you serve God today? Tomorrow? Next week? We may know the answer… we could look at our current vocation and see how we can serve God and others. However, sometimes it is not easy to know what God wills of you. Sometimes we may not know how to become good stewards in our community. Sometimes we may even struggle to see what is the point of being a good steward. Prayer to God can comfort us and guide us to do what we should to be the best Catholic steward we can be.


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I will not leave you orphans: I will come to you. John 14: 18

For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that be God’s will, than for doing evil.”                             1 Peter 3: 17

The old line says “if you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.” Many of us are diligent in our planning and making sure things are progressing smoothly. Then disaster strikes, we don’t get the result that was intended or an unforeseen problem arises. Many times we may respond negatively and ask, “Why me?  I did everything right!”  Here’s the thing – adversity humbles us and reminds us of our dependence on God and not on our own self-reliance. Rest assured, God has a better plan in store for you. 

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Parish Office Staff & Ministries Contact Information

Parish Office Staff:  

Financial  Assistant: Debbie Zakrzwski

Administrative  Assistant: Sue Ronan   


Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8:30 AM – 2:30 P

Director of Music: Leslie Estep
Call: (814) 684-4899 or email:


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

Call: (814) 684-0352 or email:


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

No public masses until further notice. Saint Matthew Parish will be open daily from 9 am to 7 pm.

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Update regarding Sister Karen


Address:  1223 Four Leaf Lane, Hollidaysburg, PA  16648

Sr. Jane Cell:     931-1120

Sr. Jane Email:

Sr. Karen Cell:   935-2934

Sr. Karen Email: 

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!

●Please consider registering/enrolling your child, grandchild, niece, or nephew in Our School.  Call the school office for information.  Children will be turned away due to the inability to pay the full tuition.

Would you like to volunteer your skills in marketing to assist Saint Matthew School in its many activities that involve the school, rodeo, and pa

●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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