Stewardship Reflection April 21th – Easter Sunday

 Rejoice and give thanks always! Alleluia!  Alleluia!

The gift of eternal life is yours.

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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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Easter Sunday – April 21, 2019

Families and the Gospel                April 21st        John 20:1-9

Millions of Christians around the world celebrate the Resurrection today.  It all began simply on the first Easter with one person telling another: “Mary told Peter” and “they believed.”  Faith is passed one person to another; it is caught, not taught and parents are the most effective persons to pass faith to 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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Mass Schedule & Intentions:

                      April 20 – 28, 2019

Sat.     8:30 PM—Easter Vigil – Candidates & Catechumens

Sun.     8:00 AM – For the People of the Parish – Pastor

10:30 AM –  Easter Flower Intentions

Mon    8:00 AM –  Michael Dionis – Rose & Bill

Tues   8:00 AMForgotten Souls in Purgatory Burkholders

Wed.   8:00 AM-   Nicholas Zane – Cindy & Jack

Thurs. 8:00 AM-    M/M John Yenter – Estate

Fri.      8:00 AM-   Ricco J. Leana  Kathy/Mike Hoyne

Sat       5:00 PM    Eric Cavalucci – Tara

Sun     8:00 AM – For the People of the Parish – Pastor

10:30 AM –  Daniel Romano – Family

          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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“They have taken the Lord from the tomb,  and we don’t know where they put him.”                                                      John 20: 2

“He went about doing good and healing all those oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.”                                    Acts 10: 38

On this Easter Sunday, open your hearts to receive God’s love, mercy and forgiveness. God is love and we are made in His image and likeness. Let our lives reflect His light to others. Pray for guidance on how to live your life and give thanks for all that He has given you.


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Activities for the Week of April 22, 2019

Mon.           6:00 PM – CDA Financial Review (L)

                    6:30/7:00 PM – Glory & Praise Practice  

Tues.          7:00PM –  Maintenance (PO)

                    7:00 PM –  Scouts (H; Sch)

Wed.          3:30 PM –  Rosary

                    6:30 PM – RCIA (GS)

                    6:30 PM – Cantors

Thurs.        6:30 PM – Bingo

               6:00 PM – 1st Communion Practice

Sat.             4:30 PM –  1st Communion Pictures

                  5:00 PM – 1st Communion Mass

                    Refreshment Weekend

  Sun.            Divine  Mercy  Sunday

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

                       10:30 AM – Glory & Praise Choir

                       10:30 AM – Gr. 10 Commitment

                       11:30 AM – Final R/E

                       11:30 – 2:00 PM Exposition of Blessed Sacrament

                       2:00 PM – Divine Mercy Chaplet and Benediction

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

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Liturgical Ministries and Other Parish Ministries –Weekly Schedules

April 22nd    thru   April 28th  –  Lectors

Weekdays – 8:00 AM – S.  McNelis

Sat.-   5:00 PM –Gr. 2 Communion Students

Sun.   8:00 AMC. Nagle, M. Nagle, C. Nagle

10:30 AM 10th Grade R/E Students

April 27/28 –  Altar Servers

Sat.   5:00 PM –   M. Weber, C. Weber

Sun.  8:00 AM –  S. Zakrzwski, L. Hamer

10:30 AM –  R. McKernan, J. Gilliland

April 22nd   thru  April 28th Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist

Weekdays – 8:00 AM – C. Golden

Sat.    5:00 PM –    R. Bunch+, S. Burkholder, T. Scordo

Sun. – 8:00 AM –    K. Hoyne+, J. DiDomenico, L. Grove

10:30 AM –  B. Hoyne+, Sr. Jane, S. Thomas

April 27/28  –  Music Ministers

Sat.    5:00 PM –   TBD/Eva

Sun .  8:00 AM –   TBD/Maureen

10:30 AM –   Glory & Praise Choir

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

Church CleanersApril 21st  thru April 27th     

  1. Baldauf, D. Zakrzwski, L. Hoover, G. Patton, J. Pruss
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Easter Season

Prayer for Easter

You are no longer in the power of sin, of evil!

Love has triumphed, mercy has been victorious!

God’s mercy always triumphs, because God’s love is stronger

than evil and death itself. God’s love can transform our lives.

God’s love can do this! –Pope Francis


May the blessings of this most joyous season renew your hearts and souls with His love as we celebrate THE GIFT OF NEW AND EVERLASTING LIFE given to us by our good and gracious God.  May the light of Jesus’ resurrection always guide all your steps on your life journey. 

                                               Fr. Jozef & Parish Staff

HOLY WEEK/EASTER THANK YOU to Father Jozef and the many parishioners who contributed to the prayerful celebration of the holiest week in our church calendar:  church cleaners, decorators, Celebration Choir, Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, altar servers, ushers, RCIA team, oil bearers, foot washees, etc. Many hours of behind-the-scenes preparation go into our special Triddum services. 


The Parish will commemorate Divine Mercy Sunday, April 28h;with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 11:30 pm to 2:00 pm.  Then at 2:00 PM the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament will take place.  All are welcome to come and pray.

   The Message of the Divine Mercy that Sr. Faustina received from the Lord was not only directed toward her personal growth in faith but also toward the good of the people.  When the command of our Lord to paint an image according to the pattern that Sr. Faustina had seen, came also a request to have this image venerated, first in the Sisters’ chapel, and then throughout the world.  The same is true with the revelations of the Chaplet.  The Lord requested that this Chaplet be said not only by Sr. Faustina, but by others: “Encourage souls to say the Chaplet that I have given you.”  The same is true of the revelation of the Feast of Mercy. “The Feast of Mercy emerged from my very depths of tenderness.  It is my desire that it solemnly be celebrated on the First Sunday after Easter.  Mankind will not have peace until it turns to the fount of My Mercy.” 

   The Divine Mercy Novena and Chaplet begins on Good Friday and will end on Saturday, April 27th.  A pamphlet containing these prayers can be found in the vestibule. 

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  • Next Weekend’s Second Collection will be for the Catholic Home Mission Appeal – envelope provided in your monthly packet. 
  • April is Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month  The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown is firmly committed to protecting children and youth.  If you have a reasonable cause of suspected child abuse, general child well-being concerns or know of other abuse of minors please report your concerns to:   call 911 immediately if there is an indication of imminent danger, call PA Child Line 1-800-932-0313, call PA State Police Headquarters 717-783-5599 or your local police station
  • The Carmelite Community of the Word invites you to our Annual Hands & Hearts Haiti Fet (Paschal Festival), on Sunday, May 5, 2019 at Our Lady of Loretto Hall, 279 St. Elizabeth Street, Loretto, PA  15940.  Please join us for an afternoon of good food, and enriching entertainment through Haiti stores and information on the CCW Hands & Hearts Ministry efforts.  The afternoon will include a silent auction and opportunity to purchase Haitian Art and Craft items.  Doors open at 1:15 pm; Dinner and Program at 2 pm tickets are $35 for adults and 415 children under 13.  In addition, each participate is asked to contribute an item of children’s or teens new underwear or socks.  Contact the CCW Incarnation Center at 814-886-4098 for tickets or for more information.  Ticket deadline is April 29th.  All proceeds will benefit CCW Hands & Hearts Haiti Ministry.
  • SAVE THE DATE: The Mass to honor our High School graduates (10:30 am) and the Banquet (to be held after the 10:30 am Mass) will take place on Sunday, May 5, 2019.  Seniors and Parents/Guardians with
  • The GLORY AND PRAISE CHOIR will rehearse tomorrow evening, Monday, April 22 (6:30 Guitarists, 7:00 Vocalists) for the Easter season. We will then minister at the following 10:30 AM Masses: April 28, May 5, May 19, and May 26. Any parishioner is welcome to join us in celebrating this most festive season of the church year.
  • Mark your calendars for the annual ANOINTING OF THE SICK Mass which will be held in two weeks: Saturday, May 4, 5PM Mass. Persons of any age suffering from acute or chronic illness, preparing for surgery, or dealing with the effects of aging are welcome to receive this Sacrament of Healing.
  • Please join Catholic Charities on Thursday, April 25th at The Ramada Inn in State College for their Wines of the Pacific Northwest tasting and pairing event. This will be an extraordinary evening of wine, food and fun, all while supporting families in your community. A sommelier will share six specially selected and spectacular wines from the Pacific Northwest, carefully paired with delicious appetizers. The event will feature a mix of whites, reds, and rose wines so there will be something for everyone to enjoy. Tickets are $50 per person, and all proceeds will go towards funding services for those in need in your community. Tickets are available by called 814-944-9388.
  • The Family Life Office of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown is once again sponsoring a day of prayer and fellowship for those who have lost a spouse on Wednesday, May 8th.  Mass will be celebrated at 11 AM at Immaculate Conception Parish, 1640 New Germany Road, Summerhill.  All deceased spouses will be mentioned and remembered at the Liturgy.  Guests are invited to provide the name of the deceased spouse when they register for their observance.
  •          A luncheon will follow the Mass in Marian Hall at the parish.  Reservations are required by Wednesday, May 1st.  Contact the Family Life Office by phone at 814-886-5551 or at   A suggested $5 donation can be offered on the day of the event. 
  • 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!
  • MOVIE  TO  SEE  – The movie Unplanned is in theaters in the area:  UEC Theatres in State College and AMC Classic Theatre in Altoona.  The movie presents the story of Abby Johnson who worked for Planned Parenthood for many years but had a conversion after witnessing a live fetus during an ultrasound. This experience transformed her into an ardent pro-life advocate.
  • 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 regular e-mail updates delivered to your inbox. 

  • 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 during these long winter months.  Canned soups, peanut butter, cereal, jelly, and personal care items are always needed.
  • Stations of the Cross project sponsored by  Olivia Butler, 11th grade student at Bishop Guilfoyle is seeking donations.  The Stations will be placed on the grounds of Bishop Guilfoyle High School.  Donations are being accepted and can be sent to BG High School, 2400 Pleasant Valley Blvd., Altoona, PA  16602 (Atten: Business Office).  Donations of $150 or more may request to have a Station memorialized.  This project will assist Olivia in achieving her Girl Scout Ambassador’s Award.

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Organ Restoration Project Update

February 15 2019

Mr. Greg Stager continues working on the tedious electrical and carpentry work, but as we reported last week, the overall project completion will not be completed until later in the spring.  Until then, Mr. Stager has donated a digital keyboard for use in the choir loft.  Our instrumentalists can use it to provide us with the sound of an organ for upcoming services. 



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