May 22, 2022 – Sixth Sunday of Easter

Families and the Gospel  John 14:23-29

Jesus gives this advice:  “Do not let your hearts be troubled.”  Worry and anxiety can consume our lives preventing us from seeing the love which surrounds us and binds us to one another.  Don’t miss the forest for the trees. We are living today what we worried about yesterday.

  

Prayer for Peace in Ukraine

     Bishop Mark is requesting that  the faithful throughout the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown to join him in praying for peace in Ukraine as Russian forces invade the Eastern European country.

     The Bishop stands united in prayer with Ukrainian Catholics in that troubled part of the world and with the local Ukrainian Catholic population here in Central Pennsylvania. During this difficult time, he is inviting everyone to join him in praying the following ancient prayer.

     We fly to Your patronage, O Virgin Mother of God. Despise not our prayers in our needs, but deliver us from all dangers, since you alone are pure and blessed. O most glorious Ever Virgin Mary, the Mother of Christ our God, accept our prayers and present them to Your Son and our God, that for the sake of You, He enlighten and save our souls.

“This prayer is a unique part of the spiritual heritage of the Catholic and Orthodox Christians of the Ukraine, dating back to the 10th or 11th century. It is quite similar to the Memorare prayer that most of us learned as children. As we watch the unfolding developments from Ukraine, it is often difficult to process our thoughts and feelings. That’s where a prayer like this can bring calm to our disturbed minds and hearts, and especially to our world.”

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.
AMEN.

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 814-684-1480.

DIOCESE ONLINE GIVING OPTION FOR SAINT MATTHEW PARISH
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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THOUGHTS ON STEWARDSHIP AS A WAY OF LIFE

SETTING  DISPUTES; RESPECTING  DIFFERENCES

It is the decision of the Holy Spirit and of us not to place any burden on you beyond the necessities.

Acts 15: 28

“…Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.”  (John 14: 27)

Our limited human understanding cannot begin to understand the immense power of God.  Instead of trusting in God, we often think we can control every outcome.  Do you want to make God laugh?  Tell Him your plans.  The next time worry, anxiety or fear creeps in, thank God for all He has given you and trust that He has a better plan for you.  Make God your first choice and not your last resort.

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Mass Schedule & Intentions:

May 21 – 29, 2022                  

Sat.           5:30 pm  Norm Tubo – wife, Cecilia  

Sun.         10:30 am  For the People – Pastor

Mon.        8:00 am   Saint Joseph – Bellwood

Tues.        6:00 pm  Saint Joseph – Bellwood

Wed.         8:00  am  Poor Forgotten Souls in Purgatory–Anon.

Thurs.     10:00 am  School Benefactors

                 7:00 pm For the People

Fri.            8:00  am  Minkoo Pratter – Zakrzwski Family

                                Adolph & Marie Engelman – Estate

Sat            5:30 pm  100th Birthday remembrance of

                                Rose Turiano – Family

Sun.        10:30 am  Joanna Walk – Rel Ed Teachers/Students

                                Bonnie Lou Ashcroft – Ron and 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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Liturgical Ministries and Other Parish Ministries –Weekly Schedules

Lectors: Weekdays – S McNelis

Lectors – May 28/29, 2022

Sat.   5:30 pm   D Strayer, S McNelis, S Chappell

Sun.10:30 am   S Cowher, K Naylor, T Naylor

Extraordinary Ministers Eucharist May 28/29, 2022

Sat.    5:30 pm    M Rozick

 Sun. 10:30 am   S Stoner

Altar Servers:  May 28/29, 2022

Sat.    5:30 pm     E Narehood, H Narehood

Sun. 10:30 am     Q Cowher, S Cowher

Music Ministers –  May 28/29, 2022

Sat.    5:30 pm     Richard/Leslie

Sun. 10:30 am    Tammy/Erin

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Stewardship Reflection

The concept of hospitality is fundamental to a stewardship way of life.  We picture inviting those new to our parish with a warm and sincere welcome.  Today’s Gospel reading from John invites us to think of hospitality in a slightly different way.  We hear Jesus speaking to his disciples and then to us, that we permit the blessed Trinity to come and dwell within us.  This request is stunning and tells us that our first and most privileged form of hospitality should be directed towards God Himself.

     How does one show hospitality to God?  How do we make God “at home and at ease” within us? Jesus tells us how:  we are to keep His word, to follow his teachings.  To keep His word, we must k now His word.  The study of Scripture and Church teachings must be a priority in our lives.  Than our own hearts will be a hospitable dwelling place for the Blessed Trinity.  Our greetings and ministries will radiate with the warmth of God’s love.  And our parish family will become at least a little bit like heaven on earth.  This is the simplicity and glory of a stewardship way of life.  (Stewardship Reflection, Catholic Stewardship Consultants, Inc. 2022/04/18)

    

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Activities for the Week of May 23 to May 29, 2022

Wed.       3:30 pm  Rosary (C)

Thurs.     6:30  pm – Bingo (H)

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Announcements:

  • Mass for widows and widowers to be Televised

    Remember your loved ones on Sunday, May 29, 2022 with a televised Mass Celebrated by Bishop Mark Bartchak at 11:00 am on ATM ABC 23 and will rebroadcast that night at 9:00 pm on the Atlantic Broadband channel 9. 

         All persons who have lost a spouse through death throughout the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese are invited to register by contacting the Family Life Office 814-317-2643 or email familylife@dioceseaj.org

         When registering, please give your name, address, phone number and the name of your spouse who has passed away. The last day to register is Tuesday, May 24, 2022

  • Prayer for Peace in Ukraine

         Bishop Mark is requesting that  the faithful throughout the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown to join him in praying for peace in Ukraine as Russian forces invade the Eastern European country.

         The Bishop stands united in prayer with Ukrainian Catholics in that troubled part of the world and with the local Ukrainian Catholic population here in Central Pennsylvania. During this difficult time, he is inviting everyone to join him in praying the following ancient prayer.

         We fly to Your patronage, O Virgin Mother of God. Despise not our prayers in our needs, but deliver us from all dangers, since you alone are pure and blessed. O most glorious Ever Virgin Mary, the Mother of Christ our God, accept our prayers and present them to Your Son and our God, that for the sake of You, He enlighten and save our souls.

    “This prayer is a unique part of the spiritual heritage of the Catholic and Orthodox Christians of the Ukraine, dating back to the 10th or 11th century. It is quite similar to the Memorare prayer that most of us learned as children. As we watch the unfolding developments from Ukraine, it is often difficult to process our thoughts and feelings. That’s where a prayer like this can bring calm to our disturbed minds and hearts, and especially to our world.”

  • The Franciscan Friars, T.O.R., from Loretto, invite you to participate with them in celebrating the Fatima Devotions on the 13th of each month from May to October at 6:30 pm at the Basilica of Saint Michael the Archangel.  Please place these dates in your calendar. We are really looking forward to seeing you.

  • Outdoor Masses will be celebrated at the Our Lady of the Alleghenies Shrine in Loretto every Sunday evening at 7:00 pm through Labor Day weekend – September 4th.  In case of inclement weather, the Mass will be celebrated in the Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel.

         The Chapel House of Father Demetrius Gallitzin will be open for visiting hours from 3 pm to 6 pm this summer on:  June 5, June 19, July 17, July 31, August 14, and August 28.

  • Catholic Ministries Drive parish goal for 2022 is $32,779. 

      The annual CMD directly supports 14 ministries through which people are accompanied in their journey (100% of your gift does directly to these ministries).  There are many gifted and generous laypersons in our diocese who share their time and talent to support our Catholic ministries.

      This year, more so than others, our world, our nation, our communities, our parishes, and our families need tangible expression of hope.  This year 2022 is a time for everyone to move FORWARD IN FAITH!

          All contributions received beyond our parish target will be used to assist in Harkin’s Hall roof replacement.

  •  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. Students are required to submit an application each year.  Completed forms should be returned to the parish office by June 15, 2022.

  • The Knights of Columbus, St. Gregory Council hare having their 2022 Baby Bottle Campaign to help raise funds for ELM (Every Life Matters) – Tyrone’s pregnancy support center.  Baby bottles can be picked up in the Gathering Space starting Mother’s Day weekend.  You are encouraged to place your spare change, bills, or a check in the bottle and return them to the box in the Gathering Space by Father’s Day.

  • Scholarship-  Any student from the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown who is attending or will attend Franciscan University of Steubenville is eligible to apply for the John Paul II Scholarship.  For more information about the St. Pope John Paul II Scholarship at www.franciscan.edu, call 800-783-6220, or email admissions@franciscan.edu

  • Carmelite Community of the Word Golf Tournament will be held “in person” on Friday, June 3, 2022 at Scotch Valley Country Club.  This year our tournament will begin at 9 am.  Registration begins at 8 am.  We will provide a continental breakfast in the morning, after your round of golf, a BBQ picnic lunch will be served outdoors, followed by awards and an auction.   Cost is $425 for a foursome; $125 for individual golfers.  If you would like to attend the lunch and auction but not golf that is $15.  Final deadline for Registration is May 25th.  To register, or for more information, contact Kelli Murphy at 814-886-4098 or email at communityofficeccw@gmail.com

    Apply now at Saint Joseph Academy For Fall Enrollment  The Saint Joseph’s high school community and educational experience is strong, balanced, and most importantly, firmly founded in Jesus Christ. Applications are now being accepted at all grade levels for Fall 2022 enrollment. To learn more or begin the online application process go to www.stjoeacad.org. You may also contact Ms. Maryann Lingenfelter, Director of Admissions, at mlingenfelter@sjcacademy.org or 814-808-6118 to arrange a tour or discuss any questions you may have.  We are looking forward to having you as part of the Saint Joseph’s community!

  • In the Altoona/Johnstown Diocese there are several men currently studying for the priesthood.  Please keep them in your prayers.
    • Deacon Brian Norris
    • Justin Treon
    • Jacob Gindhart
    • John Roy
    • Max Kroell
  • St. Aloysius Church in Cresson, PA would like to extend an invitation to participate in the Praise and Worship prayer meetings on Tuesdays at 1:30 pm on Zoom with Father Bob Hilz, meeting ID# 6726349049 or dial 929-205-6099.

         If you are in need of counseling, Catholic Counselors of America LLC is open by appointment at St. Aloysius Faith Education and Community Center. By calling Leorosie Trexler at 814-505-7178.

         May God Our Father, through Our Lord Jesus Christ, bless you and your family, and may Our Blessed Mother Mary cover you in her mantle of protection!

  • Cindy O’Connor of the Office of Child and Youth Protection office of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown has requested that we provide educational article each month provide by VIRTUS of The National Catholic Risk Retention Group, Inc.  This month’s article is Our Pledge to Protect Vulnerable Adults, by Judge Kate Huffman. This article is available in the vestibule and also on the parish website.
  • The Family Life Office of the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese has a ministry, Heaven’s Treasure.  The ministry attempts to reach out to families who have experienced the loss of a child through miscarriage or early fetal death by providing them with spiritual tools to help them to grieve their child through the care of the Catholic Church.  Please call the office at 814-695-5579 or email familylife@dioceseaj.org for more information.

  • MASS INTENTION SCHEDULING: Mass intentions will now be accepted.   Mass intention or requests will be  limited to 3 masses for each family per year (only one Mass can be for the weekend or Holy Day).    We schedule as we receive mass intentions and will do our best to honor your requests. Please keep in mind to be kind and considerate of others and this will allow as many as possible in our parish family to be able to request a celebration of Mass.  Remember that the value of a Mass is infinite no matter when it is celebrated.

  • Please note that the annual collection of religious articles takes place once a year in February. You are asked to please keep items to exchange/donate until that time.  The gathering space is not a drop off for old or not used items throughout the year.  If an item is not blessed you may discard of it on your own.
  • 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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Saint Matthew School News!

Saint Matthew School Scrip Purchases –   Orders can be placed by  contacting Alison Narehood by phone 814-684-4121 “oremail  stmatthewschoolscrip@gmail.comor” purchase after any of  the weekend Masses.

Saint Matthew Catholic School Teachers

The Teachers and Staff:

Mrs. Danielle Harris- Preschool

Mrs. Beth Kasic – Preschool and After Care Aide

Miss Taylor Curry – Kindergarten

Mrs. Jennifer Casanave – First Grade & Lead Teacher

Mrs. Kimberly Shoop – Second Grade

Mrs. Deborah Hewitt – Third and Sixth Grade

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Parish Office Staff & Ministries Contact Information

Parish Office Staff:  Financial and Administrative Assistant: Debbie Zakrzwski

Email: stmatthewtyrone@gmail.com

Office Hours: Monday 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Wednesday and Friday 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

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

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Director of Religious Education: Lauren Wright

Call: (814) 312-0969 or email: lwright@dioceseaj.org

Elementary to High School: (Grades K-8): Sunday mornings 9:00 AM to 10:15 AM

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RCIA: Susan Burkholder

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

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Ministry to the Homebound: Paula Lambert (814) 932-0651

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Pastoral Council – Jason Terosky (814) 692-4222
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”

Lead Teacher: Jennifer Casanave.

School Phone: (814) 684-3510

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

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2022 Pope Francis Intentions

Below, please find the prayer intentions of the Holy Father for 2022:

JANUARY

For true human fraternity

We pray for all those suffering from religious discrimination and persecution; may their own rights and dignity be recognized, which originate from being brothers and sisters in the human family.

FEBRUARY

For religious sisters and consecrated women

We pray for religious sisters and consecrated women; thanking them for their mission and their courage; may they continue to find new responses to the challenges of our times.

MARCH

For a Christian response to bioethical challenges

We pray for Christians facing new bioethical challenges; may they continue to defend the dignity of all human life with prayer and action.

APRIL

For health care workers

We pray for health care workers who serve the sick and the elderly, especially in the poorest countries; may they be adequately supported by governments and local communities.

MAY

For faith-filled young people

We pray for all young people, called to live life to the fullest; may they see in Mary’s life the way to listen, the depth of discernment, the courage that faith generates, and the dedication to service.

JUNE

For families

We pray for Christian families around the world; may they embody and experience unconditional love and advance in holiness in their daily lives.

JULY

For the elderly

We pray for the elderly, who represent the roots and memory of a people; may their experience and wisdom help young people to look towards the future with hope and responsibility.

AUGUST

For small businesses

We pray for small and medium sized businesses; in the midst of economic and social crisis, may they find ways to continue operating, and serving their communities.

SEPTEMBER

For the abolition of the death penalty

We pray that the death penalty, which attacks the dignity of the human person, may be legally abolished in every country.

OCTOBER

For a Church open to everyone

We pray for the Church; ever faithful to, and courageous in preaching the Gospel, may the Church be a community of solidarity, fraternity and welcome, always living in an atmosphere of synodality.

NOVEMBER

For children who suffer

We pray for children who are suffering, especially those who are homeless, orphans, and victims of war; may they be guaranteed access to education and the opportunity to experience family affection.

DECEMBER

For volunteer not-for-profit organisations

We pray that volunteer non-profit organizations committed to human development find people dedicated to the common good and ceaselessly seek out new paths to international cooperation.

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