September 12, 2021

The 224th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Families and the Gospel   (Mark 8: 27-35)

If we want to be happy at home, we must commit (“lose ourselves”) to our family.  IF we try to be independent from others (“save ourselves’), we end up lonely and alone.  Happiness is found in commitments.  The gospel is true:  We save our life by losing it!

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 814-684-1480.

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.


The Religious Education registration form for 2021-22 is located in the Gathering Space.  Please remember to register your child as Religious Education begins, Sunday, September 19th.   


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Year of Saint Joseph

Year of Saint JosephPope Francis has declared that 2021 is the Year of Saint Joseph.  A plenary indulgence is available.  See the right side under publications for this prayer and the indulgence. 

With the Apostolic Letter “Patris corde” (“With a Father’s Heart”), our Holy Father, Pope Francis recalls the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church.  To mark the occasion, the Holy Father has proclaimed a “Year of Saint Joseph” beginning on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary on December 8th, 2020 and extending it to the same Solemnity on December 8th, 2021.  Mindful of this, we invite you to reflect on one of the most important saints of our Church – Saint Joseph.  We don’t know much about him except what is mentioned in the Gospels. Joseph lived in Nazareth, was the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the foster-father of Jesus.  Holy Scripture proclaims him as a “righteous or just man,” and the Catholic Church has turned to Saint Joseph for his patronage and protection.  The Church also dedicates the entire month of March to Saint Joseph and urges believers to pay special attention to his life and example.  In the Gospels we will not find any words that Saint Joseph may have spoken.  Even though we may look at him as a “silent or quiet saint”, he speaks loudly because when God reached out to him he responded and from his trusting faith and actions we can certainly tell what kind of a person he was.  We know that devotion to Saint Joseph has grown significantly throughout the history of the Church.  I would like to encourage you to read “Patris corde” where pope Francis invites us to increase and strengthen our love for this great saint.  May we as God’s beloved children through the intercession of our mother Mary, her husband Saint Joseph cherish and celebrate God’s great love and mercy for us and seek to bring them to all we meet and touch them with the same loving and merciful hand God has touched us. This is the web link

Also, parishioners are encouraged to recite the rosary daily, gather together in the church on Wednesday afternoons at 3:30 for the recitation of the rosary, and before each of the weekend Masses.

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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: September 11 – 19, 2021                              

Sat.           5:30 PM Adrian Eberhart – Jeff Eberhart family

Sun.        10:30 AM For the People – Pastor

Mon.        8:00 AM Mass at Saint Joseph Church

Tues.        6:00 PM  Mass at Saint Joseph Church

Wed.        8:00 AM John J. Stella, & Gary Gurekovich – JR

                                Bertha Yenter & John Yenter Jr – Estate

Thurs.       8:00 AM Marcella Hunter – CDA  

Fri.           8:00 AM  Michael and Andy Lusardi – Chris,

                                Steve, & Michael Stoner

Sat.           5:30 PM  Ann Searer – Chris, Steve, & Michael Stoner

Sun.        10:30 AM  Michael Tree Family – Estate

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“Get behind me, Satan. You are thinking not as God does, but as humans do.” Mark 8: 33

“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.”     Mark 8: 34

Living a stewardship lifestyle means not only being responsible for my own life, but for the lives of others as well.  We realize that our gifts are not intended for ourselves, rather they are meant to be shared with others.  “Taking up my cross” means doing things when someone else needs me and not when it’s convenient for me.

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Liturgical Ministries and Other Parish Ministries –Weekly Schedules


  Lector – Weekdays – S Hall

   Lectors – September 18/19

  Sat..    5:30 pm   B Zakrzwski, D Zakrzwski,, S Zakrzwski    

Sun. 10:30  am   R Parker, D Parker, H Quinn

Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist –September 18/19

Sat.    5:30 pm    R Bunch, C Golden

Sun. 10:30 am    S Stoner, L Wright

Eucharistic minister that will be responsible for going to the tabernacle and also to the choir loft.

Altar Servers:  September 18/19

Sat.    5:30 pm       M Aberthy, S Chappell

Sun. 10:30 am       A Pownall, M Pownall

Music Ministers –  September 18/19

Sat.    5:30 pm      Richard/Leslie

Sun. 10:30 am       Tammy/Erin

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  • Urgent Request – Bishop Mark has requested that a special collection for Haiti be taken the weekend of September 18th/19th . In a matter of 72 hours (August 14-16), this Caribbean country was struck by a 7.1 magnitude earthquake that destroyed homes, churches, and schools.  Haiti is one of the  poorest countries in the Americas, with corruption, political instability, poor infrastructure, lack of health care, and lack of education.  In good times, the average family lives on less than $2 per day.  The people and the country of Haiti have not recovered from the last major earthquake in 2010.  Help, our help, is desperately needed.  Donations collected as well as those online through the GIVING section of the Diocese website will be given to Catholic Relief Services for immediate distribution.  Thank you for your prayers and financial donations for our brothers and sisters in Haiti.  

  • The Franciscan Friars, T.O.R., from Loretto, invite you to participate with them in celebrating Fatima Devotions on Monday, September 13th in the gardens at Mount Assisi at 6:30 pm.  (In case of inclement weather, they will be held at the Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel.)  We are really looking forward to see you.


    WHO?  Carmelite Community of the Word

    WHAT?  Liturgy of Thanksgiving Celebrated 50 Years of God’s Blessings (Bishop Mark presiding) followed by Reception

    WHEN?  Thursday, September 23, 5pm

    WHERE?  Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel, Loretto

    WHY?  “We Sisters have been privileged to participate in the lives and ministries of St. Matthew’s parishioners for over 20 years.  We desire to share this community milestone with you who have enriched our lives.”

    NOTE:  RSVP REQUIRED BY FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 at community or you may contact Sr. Karen at or 935-2934.

  • 40 hours DevotionA devotional prayer centered around Ad oration of the Blessed Sacrament will be held at Our Lady of the Alleghenies church in Lilly (608 Main Street) on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday – September 12th, 13rh, and 14th.  A Devotional Service will begin each evening at 7 pm with Ad oration of the Blessed Sacrament during the day.  Everyone is welcome to attend!

  • The Windber Catholic Parishes invite you to venerate three Relics of St Padre Pio (his blood, hair, and scab from his wound).  The relics will be at St. Anthony of Padua Church, Windber on Tuesday, Septmber14th from 9 am to 8 pm.  We will have our traditional Noon Novena Mass in honor of St Anthony of Padua and St Padre Pio.  At 6 pm, there will be a Mass in honor of St. Padre Pio.  The Church will be open the entire day for veneration.  Also, confessions will be hard from 9-11 am and from 1-5:30 pm.   Quoting St Padre Pio, “Stay with me, Lord, for you are my light and without you I am in darkness” 

  • Refreshment Weekend “The Sweet Ministry” – Sign-up sheets are currently in the gathering space for those willing to serve as a host for a refreshment weekend.  Each Mass will need at least two hosts.  All items are set-up in advance, all you need to do is, after Mass, help to distribute the refreshments and clean-up.  Individuals and families are welcome so please add your name for the day and time that best suits your schedule. 

  • Please prayerfully consider donating to the Catholic University of America. Established by Pope Leo XIII and the U.S. Bishops in 1887, it is the National University of the Catholic Church.  This university claims 1/3 of the US Bishops and 12,000 priest and religious as alumni.  By giving to the national Collection, you will help support more than 6,000 students who are seeking a faith-filled education at an institution that supports cutting-edge research in multiple fields Please place your donation/envelope with your weekly Sunday offering this weekend, September 11/12, 2021.   

  • Next Sunday (September 19th) is CATECHETICAL SUNDAY – At the 10:30 Mass we will celebrate—and Fr. Jozef will commission—all who so generously give of their time and energies to ensure the Religious Education/Spiritual Formation of parishioners of all ages.  This includes Saint Matthew School, our Parish Religious Education program, and RCIA (Christian Initiation of Adults).

  • The feast day of Saint Matthew is Tuesday, September 21st There will be a special Mass at 9 am venerating our patron saint. After Mass the relic of Saint Matthew will be on display for personal veneration.  Please make plans to set aside time for prayer, take time to read the gospel of Saint Matthew keeping in mind that Saint Matthew depicts the humanity of Christ and emphasizes his physical sufferings.  He makes frequent reference to the fulfillment of prophecies because he wrote to Jews and to Jewish Christians.  Do something for the needy:  make a monetary donation through the envelope in your church packet, make a donation of clothing or toys to your favorite charity, and/or donate canned goods to the Tyrone Food bank.

  • Spiritual Life:  Are you or someone you know unable to attend Mass and would like to receive Communion?  The Spiritual Life Eucharistic Ministers can bring this important sacrament to you.  Whether a person lives at home or in a care facility, is temporarily or permanently home bound due to illness or COVID concerns, or has other circumstances that do not allow for attendance at Mass, we are available.  Please contact the church office at 814-684-1480 with the name of the person(s) that may desire Communion and a contact phone number and we will get in touch. 

         Is there another reason you may not be attending Mass?  Just like the prodigal son, everyone is joyfully welcomed back home and we, your parish family, want to have you join us at our table.  Please contact the church office and ask to speak to Father Jozef, or request a call back from a member of the Spiritual Life Committee so we can offer you options on what would be most helpful to you. 

  • Religious Education Registration form for 2021-22 is located in the Gathering Space.  Please consider registering your child to assist in planning and the purchase of materials.

    We welcome Lauren Wright as our Religious Education Director.  Please support and pray for her that she may be the best DRE she can be.

  • Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)  ~ Are you or someone you know interested in joining the Catholic Church?  In Catholic life, it is necessary to be confirmed in order to be a godparent at Baptism or sponsor at Confirmation.  If you are an adult and need the Sacraments of Initiation of Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist please call  Sue Burkholder at 684-0352  for more information or to make an appointment.

  • Help Needed – The funeral luncheon committee is looking for more volunteers.  This is a great opportunity to do something special for members of our parish.  Currently there are two groups that alternate serving luncheons after funerals.  The hours are usually 11 am to 2 pm.  As a volunteer, you will be called by the team leader when your team has a funeral lunch to serve.  Most committee members are retired and have a flexible schedule, therefore if a member cannot participate there is someone to fill in.  If interested, call or text Amy Brisbin at 814-931-4702.  Thank you!

  • Anyone interested in becoming a member of the Parish Council please contact Jason Terosky at 814-883-0077 or email or the parish office. 
  • 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 for more information.

  • MASS INTENTION SCHEDULING: The parish staff would like to extend our appreciation for the patience extended during the past year in the restrictions in scheduling of Masses.  As a result,  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.  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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Stewardship Reflection

Jesus’ words in the Gospel today challenges us to become imitators of Christ.  This is not an easy request.  It takes sacrifice, endurance, and commitment.  Yet, it is profoundly rewarding.  We should strive to remain committed to Christ in every joy and every trail, never ceasing to follow Him.  This means serving others even when we feel like serving ourselves.  If we surrender our lives to Christ and His mission, we will gain eternal life and become more alive than what we could truly imagine.

     St. James reminds us that active discipleship is lively, meaning our lives must be an extension of our faith.  As Christian stewards everything we do reflects what we believe.  We cannot just hold that belief in our heart, we need to share it.  This week let us sit in Jesus’ presence and listen to what He is calling us to do at this point in our lives.  Let us commit to follow him carrying our daily crosses as we live in gratitude and service to God, by sharing our time, talent and treasure.   (Stewardship Reflection, Catholic Stewardship Consultants, Inc. 2021/08/16)

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Activities for the Week of September 13 to September 19

Mon. 7:30 Knights of Columbus (H)

Wed.      3:30 pm Rosary

6:30 pm RCIA

Thurs.    6:30 pm Bingo

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Parish Office Staff & Ministries Contact Information

Parish Office Staff:  Financial and Administrative Assistant: Debbie Zakrzwski


Office Hours: Monday 8:30 AM – 11:00 AM

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

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


Director of Religious Education: Lauren Wright

Call: (814) 312-0969 or email:

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:


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


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”

Principal: TBA

School Phone: (814) 684-3510

School web-site:

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Saint Matthew School News!

●Saint Matthew School Scrip Purchases –   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.

The faculty, staff, and students of Saint Matthew School would like to extend a very special “THANK YOU” to the many benefactors who donated much needed school supplies as well as monetary donations.

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