The 32nd Sunday of Ordinary Time – November 10, 2019

Pastor:  Reverend Jozef  Kovacik

Phone: (814) 684-1480 (Parish Office & Rectory)
Fax: (814) 684-7969
Website: www.stmatthewtyrone.org

email:  stmatthewtyrone@gmail.com

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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Second Collection for November 16th and 17th will be for Catholic Charites. For 79 years, Catholic Charities has helped our neighbors throughout Central Pennsylvania regardless of faith or background. 100% of contributions received through next weekend’s second collection will directly help your neighbors in need. Please return your Catholic Charities envelope (found in your bi-monthly packet) or make your gift online at www.catholiccharitiesaj.org thank you for helping Catholic Charities of Altoona-Johnstown to reduce poverty in communities throughout our Diocese.

FAMILIES NEEDED FOR ADVENT WREATH- CANDLE LIGHTING! In three weeks we begin the new church year and our four-week period of preparation for the joyous celebration of Christmas. As we have done in the past, once again we will need our parish families to participate in the Advent Wreath Candle-Lighting at the start of each of our weekend Masses. A sign-up list for this can be found in the vestibule. Please sign up today!

ADVENT – The parish office has several advent wreaths and candles for the upcoming Advent Season. Cost of a set of candles is $3.00, advent wreath is $7.00. Please inquire in the parish office regarding these items.

Knights of Columbus Congratulations! You may be a winner! 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. This holiday season give a gift to yourself and of yourself by becoming a Knight. What a great way of thanking Jesus for your many blessings! Contact Rich NcNelis 814-321-4013, Membership Director, St. Gregory Council

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Announcements:

  • CEMETERY UPDATE As we are approaching the celebration of All Souls (November 2) and we remember and pray for our deceased relatives and friends we are also reminded of the fact that one day we will need a burial spot where our earthly remains will be laid to rest. We are blessed with two cemeteries where we can be buried: Saint Luke in Sinking Valley and Oak Grove in Tyrone. I would like to let you know that the price for the privilege of burial (including perpetual care) in a plot of ground (or what has been referred to as buying a cemetery plot) in either of these cemeteries will increase from $350 to $400 starting January 1, 2020. If interested, please stop at the church office and make arrangements. Father Jozef
  • Knights of Columbus Congratulations! You may be a winner! 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. This holiday season give a gift to yourself and of yourself by becoming a Knight. What a great way of thanking Jesus for your many blessings! Contact Rich NcNelis 814-321-4013, Membership Director, St. Gregory Council 1218
  • PRISON MINISTRY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
    PCGG (Prison Christian Growth Group) is seeking volunteers interested in ministering to inmates at Benner and Rockview prisons. Twice a month, PCGG members visit inmates at the two prisons and participate in faith-sharing groups. A fulfilling and inspiring ministry, members are answering Jesus’ call to visit the prisoners. Anyone interested in more information may contact Teresa Jeffries at 914-381-
  • CCW Haiti Tea – You are invited to a Harvest Tea and Basket Raffle on Sunday, November 24, 2019, from 2-4 pm at Saint Patrick’s Parish Hall in Newry. Tickets are $18. Proceeds from this event benefit the Carmelite Community of the Word Hands and Hearts Haiti Ministry. For tickets, send names of those attending and payment to CCW Hands and Hearts Haiti Ministry, 394 Bem Rd. Gallitzin PA 16641. For information call 814-886-4098.

  • Advent Series at St. Bernardine Monastery
    Christmas will be here before you know it! Time for baking, decorating, shopping and card writing. Why not spend at least a little bit of Advent…Waiting? Hoping? Rejoicing? Celebrating? Join the Friars at St. Bernardine Monastery, 768 Monastery Road, Hollidaysburg, for a time of reflection, prayer, and fellowship exploring Advent themes. Dates are: Tuesday: Nov, 26th, Dec. 10th and 17th from 10 AM to 1 PM. Lunch is included and a free-will offering will be taken. Registration is necessary by calling the Monastery office by Nov. 22nd at 814-695-3802.

  • THANK YOU for your generous response to the collection for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith on October 19-20, 2019. Our parish raised $472.57. You may stay connected year-round to the Pope’s missions, continuing the commitment of World Mission Sunday, visiting MISSIO.org.

  • FAMILIES NEEDED FOR ADVENT WREATH- CANDLE LIGHTING! In three weeks we begin the new church year and our four-week period of preparation for the joyous celebration of Christmas. As we have done in the past, once again we will need our parish families to participate in the Advent Wreath Candle-Lighting at the start of each of our weekend Masses. A sign-up list for this can be found in the vestibule. Please sign up today!

  • ADVENT – The parish office has several advent wreaths and candles for the upcoming Advent Season. Cost of a set of candles is $3.00, advent wreath is $7.00. Please inquire in the parish office regarding these items.
  • The Friar’s Nook Gift Shop Pre-Black Friday Sale Start off your Christmas shopping with a stop at The Friar’s Nook Gift Shop Pre-Black Friday Sale November 16th to 23rd! The entire store will be 20% off, with great savings on nativities, gifts, flags, cards, and much more! The shop is located at 793 Monastery Road, Hollidaysburg (on St. Bernardine Monastery campus), and the hours are Monday thru Saturday 10 am to 4 pm. Please call 814-695-3802 with any questions.
  • All occasion cards are available in the gathering space. Please feel free to take any cards you want. Also, if you have cards you would like to donate for someone else to use please, leave them by the box.

  •  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 raym@apmc.edu.                            
  • URGENT LEGISLATIVE ALERT FROM THE PA Pro-Life Federation House Bill 111, the so-called merit selection of judges bill, would take away the public right to vote for judges. Instead, a pro-abortion Governor could make the appointments. The bill could be voted on by the PA House of Representatives at any time.

    ACTION ITEM: Please call and email your state representative with this urgent message: “Please oppose House Bill 111, I do not want my right to vote for judges to be taken away.”
    If you do not know who your state representative is, or you need contact information, visit:
    http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/findyourlegislator/#addr

  • CANCER AFFECTS EVERYONE – Our Community holds “Blair Relay for Life” each June at Mansion park for a 24 hour period to support all current or past CANCER FIGHERS/SURVICORS. Our Lady of Lourdes Church is attempting to change the one Catholic parish team into an Altoona Deanery team with as many parishes being represented as possible.  We will be holding three meetings (August, January, May) in the basement of Our Lady of Lourdes to discuss the details of the Relay. The meetings will be no longer than one hour in length.
    This is a great opportunity for different parishes to come together, especially our youth/young adults. Relay for Life is a wonderful time for fellowship with parishioners of all ages, especially cancer survivors. Activities are planned throughout the entire 24 hour period for teams to get involved and have fun.
    We are eagerly awaiting your response to be a participant to our new team. Please reach out to Allison Gressler at allisongressler27@gmail.com or 814-327-2580 or Kayley Burke at 814-502-5545 with any questions on Relay. 

  • 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 oce@francis.edu, 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 www.proclaim.dioceseaj.org and sign up for regular e-mail updates delivered to your inbox. 

  • Families United for Change  We are a group of Family Members affected by Addiction starting a grass roots effort to bring about change in recovery.  Meetings are every second Tuesday of the Month  at 7 pm.   Location is Hope Community Church, 1520 11th Street, Lower Level, Altoona PA   For questions please call 814-934-8067

  • 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 during these long winter months.  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.

Mass Schedule & Intentions:     

Sat.    5:30 PM        Claire & Martha Smith – Anna, Evie, & Maria Smith           

Sun. 10:30 AM       For the People – Pastor          

Wed.  9:00 AM      Eddie & Delores Carrera – Anna, Evie, & Maria Smith                                        Gordon Norris – family

Thu.   8:00 AM       Dec. members of the Gurekovich Family  – JR Gurekovich

                                 Norma & Cody Belin – Family

Fri.     8:00 AM      Frank Smiach  – Zakrzwski family

                              Past & Present Veterans of St. Matthew  Parish                            – Jerry & Sue Burkholder

Sat.     5:30 PM       Amy Reimer – Pete & Lisa Caporuscio

Sun.  10:30 AM      Evie Steinbauer – Anna, Evie & Maria  Smith            


                     

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Office Staff & Ministries Contact Information


Parish Office Staff:  

Financial  Assistant: Debbie Zakrzwski

Administrative  Assistant: Sue Ronan   

email: stmatthewtyrone@gmail.com Office Hours: Monday 8:30 AM to 11:00 am & Wednesday and Friday 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Pastoral Ministry:
Sister Karen Duddy, C.C.W.
Cell: (814) 935-2934 E-mail: kseashored@msn.com
Sister Jane Miller, C.C.W.
Cell: (814) 931-1120 E-mail: jmseashell@msn.com

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Director of Religious Education: Gia Patton
Call (814) 682-9108 or email smspatton@gmail.com

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)

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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 – 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: dstpierre@stmatthew-school.org
School Phone: (814) 684-3510
School web-site: www.stmatthew-school.org

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Liturgical Ministries and Other Parish Ministries –Weekly Schedules

Lectors              Weekdays   8:00 AM   R Long

November 16-17

Sat.-  5:30 PM   R. Bunch, B Lambert, S. McNelis

Sun. 10:30 AM   G. Patton, A Patton, R. Long

 Altar Servers   November 16/17

Sat.   5:30 PM   M. Lewis, G Naylor

Sun.10:30 AM   K. Friday, A. Riling

Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist

Weekdays 8:00 AM – P. DelBaggio

November 16/17

Sat.    5:30 PM    C Palmonka+, P Lambert, P. Ray

Sun. 10:30 AM    R Garbinsky+, S. Hoover, Sr J Miller

Music Ministers – November 16/17

Sat.    5:30 PM   Richard/Leslie

Sun.  10:30 AM   Eva/Maureen

November $ Counters-  

B. Lambert+, P. Lambert, J. Everhart (Please come at 9 AM)    

Church Cleaners – Nov 3rd to 16th

P DelBaggio, S Feller, S Loose, S. Thomas, R. Schoch

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Stewardship Reflection November 10, 2019 – 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

    As stewards, we are called to be responsible caretakers of the time, talent and treasure we have been blessed with on our earthly journey. We are asked to put God first in our lives and to give in a deeper way than we have been asked before.

    Many of us need to be reminded that the concept of Christian stewardship is not new. “Christ has no body on earth but yours: no hands but yours, no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which He is to go about doing good: yours are the hands with which He is to bless people now.” St. Theresa of Avila

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Update regarding Sister Karen

HEARTFELT GRATITUDE FRM SISTERS KAREN AND JANE 

As we begin this month of Thanksgiving, we want to thank Fr.  Jozef and the many St. Matthew parishioners—and we mean MANY!—who have supported us in so many generous and self-sacrificing ways through the recent months of Sr. Karen’s surgery and its aftermath.  The numerous prayers and greeting cards, the amazing variety of delicious meals, the cleaning of convent windows and curtains, the laborious movement of our washer and dryer to the first floor. ALL THIS HAS MEANT SO MUCH ANS WE ARE GRATEFUL BEYOND WORDS FOR EACH AND EVERY ACT OF KINDNESS!!! 

To the above we add the parishioners who have stepped forward to compete the Parish Directory, assure the occurrence of Spiritual Life events, coordinate/participate in Session 3 of ARISE, direct the Glory and Praise Choir, organize liturgical ministry schedules, ETC!  EVERYDAY SAINTHOOD IS ALIVE AND WELL IN TYRONE!!! 

UPDATE ON SR. KAREN’s HEALTH Though Sr. Karen had her aortic valve replacement surgery in mid-August and returned home from Altoona Hospital and Encompass Health in mid-September, there have been numerous unexpected complications along the way.  At this point she was to be in her 3rd week of Cardiac Rehab (12 weeks total), but the very exercises meant to increase her healing led to injuries for which she continues to undergo medical testing, ex. difficulty walking and breathing.  Sr. Karen hopes to return to Sunday Mass this weekend and looks forward to renewing.

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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THOUGHTS ON STEWARDSHIP AS A WAY OF LIFE

ALL  KINDS  OF  DYING

“Now there were seven brothers: the first married a woman
but died childless.” Luke 20:29

“May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting encouragement and good hope through his grace, encourage your hearts and strengthen them in every good deed and word.”       2 Thessalonians 2: 16-17
 
There are two important lessons here. First, we are called to be generous with our encouragement and hope. As God shows us mercy, we must be merciful to others. Second, joy is contagious! The joy we receive from doing good works not only strengthens us, it encourages others as well. Share the joy of living your faith whenever you can

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Activities for the Week of November 10, 2019

Sunday      9:00AM- RE K-5 (Sch)

10:30AM – Glory and Praise Choir

                    11:30AM – CDA Basket Drawing

                    2 – 5PM – Bingo (H)

6 to 8PM – Rel. Ed. Grades 6-11 (ALL)

                    8PM – TCP (H)           

Monday     NO SCHOOL

Tyrone Community Players (H)

Tuesday   10;00AM – SMS Assembly (H)

                    6:00PM – SMS Council (L)

7:00 PM –  Cub Scouts (GS) and Tyrone Community Players(H)

Wed.          9:00AM – SMS Mass

                    3:30 PM –  Rosary

                    6 – 7:30PM – Reconciliation Retreat (H)

                    6:30 PM –  RCIA (GS)

                    6:30-9PM – Cantors (CH)                   

8:00PM – TCP (H) s  

Thur.          7:00 PM – Boy Scouts (Base) and Tyrone Community Players (H)

Friday        Tyrone Community Players Show (H)

Sat             Refreshment weekend (All Masses)

                    8AM – 6PM GR 11 – Firestarters at SFU

                    Tyrone Community Players Show (H)

Sunday     9:00am – Rel. Ed. Grades K-5 (Sch)

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Saint Matthew School News!

Celebrating 150 Years! 

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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