21st Sunday in Ordinary Time August 21, 2016

“Strive to enter through the narrow gate,

for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter

but will not be strong enough.”

Luke 13: 24


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Pastor:  Reverend Jozef Kovacik

Phone: (814) 684-1480 (Parish Office & Rectory)

Fax:      (814) 684-7969

Website:    www.stmatthewtyrone.org

Email:        stmatthewtyrone@gmail.com



Parish Office Staff:  Rose Long & 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   Convent: (814) 684-3553

E-mail:   kseashored@msn.com

Sister Jane Miller 814-931-1120, jmseashell@msn.com

CCW Website:  www.ccwsisters.org


Ministry to the Homebound:Paula Lambert (814) 919-2042


Coordinators of Religious Education:

Elem/Middle (Gr. K-8): Mark Raffetto (814) 934-2936

or email at psufanmark@gmail.com


Sr. High (Gr. 9-11): Chris Gurekovich (814) 935-6198

or email at  cgureko@hotmail.com


Elementary Classes: (Grades K-6): Sunday mornings: 

9:00 to 10:15 AM (weekly during the school year)

Middle/High School: (Gr. 7-11):  Sundays: 6 to 8 PM (twice a month during the school year)


RCIA:  Susan Burkholder  (814) 684-0352

Pastoral Council – Jack Chambers  (814) 632-3339

Finance Council – Dennis Rozick  (814) 684-5511

School Council – Lawrence McKernan  (814) 632-7767

Cemetery Committee – Michael Feller  (814) 684-4401


Saint Matthew Catholic School

Principal:  Mrs. Jamie DiDomenico

Principal’s email:  smsdidomenico@gmail.com

Phone: (814) 684-3510

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

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“For behold, some are last who will be first and some are first who will be last.”               Luke 13: 30

Our standards in our society are so different from God’s standards.  We often rate or rank people by what they have, how powerful they are, or how successful they are.  Jesus reminds us that God will not judge us by the same earthly standards.

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Liturgical Reflection.

We are reminded that some who are last will be first, and some who are first will be last.  Do we give lip service of authentic service to following Jesus and living the Kingdom of God?  In other words, do our actions confirm our words?  We strive to enter the narrow gate by doing our best to live the values of God’s kingdom that Jesus showed us.  The Catholic Church is observing a Jubilee Year of Mercy.  Would you describe yourself as a merciful person?  Would those closest to you describe you as a merciful person?  Pope Francis tells us that mercy is fundamental to the Christian life and the proclamation of the gospel.  We pray to be instruments of God’s mercy.

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Families and the Gospel        August 21    Luke 13:22-30   

The “narrow gate” Jesus “opens for us” does not lead to the accumulation of stuff, but it does lead to happiness.  Family must be the school where we learn to ignore the lures of a materialistic world and to follow Jesus through “the narrow gate.”

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Stewardship  Reflections for the 21st Sunday  (August 21)

God has offered salvation unconditionally to everyone.  Yet it remains up to each of us to consciously choose to accept the good news of salvation.  There’s a difference between hearing  God’s word and actually practicing it.  Living as wise stewards and disciples of Jesus leads us to the “narrow gate.”

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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


Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated on Saturday from 4:00 PM till 4:30 PM or anytime upon request.

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Mass Schedule & Intentions: 

August 20 – 28, 2016


Sat.          5:00 PM  Sally Brenneman – Jim/Dottie Flaming
Sun.         8:00 AM Gene Cannistraci – Brenda Diamond

10:30 AM For the People of the Parish – Pastor

Mon.       8:00 AM Cody Belin – Family               

Tues.       8:00 AM John/Josephine Futrick – Jack/Teresa
Wed.        8:00 AM Monica Crum – Tom & Lea Smiach

Thurs.      8:00 AM Francis Hagg – Joanne & John Schell

Fri.          8:00 AM Jeanne Wallis – Family

Sat.          5:00 PM  Sally Brenneman  -MaryJane Cornelius

Sun.         8:00 AM  Margaret Baker – Conne Geraci

10:30 AM For the People of the Parish – Pastor


If you would like to have MASS celebrated for special intentions or for the deceased members of your family or friends please stop by or call the parish office.

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Activities for the Week of Aug. 22nd

Tues.       8:00AM – 2:00 PM – SMS In Service

7:00 PM – Maintenance (PO)

Wed.        3:30 PM – Rosary

Thurs.      SMS Begins

6:30 PM – Bingo  (H)

7:00 PM – R/E Committee (REO)

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Aug. 22nd  thru  Aug. 28th  – Lectors  

Weekdays – 8:00 AM –  Shirley Hall

Sat:   5:00 PM – B. Markel, R. Parker, A. Markel

Sun   8:00 AM –  M. Ruscio, C. Mertiff, B. Hiergeist

10:30 AM  – D. Murray, MJ Gunter, M. Panasiti


Aug. 27/28  – Altar Servers.

Sat.    5:00 PM – C. Carper, B. Zeigler

Sun.   8:00 AM – A. Pearson, E. Pearson

10:30 AM – K. Cowher, B. Daniels


Aug. 22nd thru Aug.28th

Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist

Weekdays  –  8:00 AM – Rose Long

Sat.    5:00 PM – S. Burkholder+, K. Raffetto, M. Raffetto

Sun.    8:00 AM –P. Harmison+, L. Grove, C. Ruscio

10:30 AM –  B. Hoyne+, D. Castagnola, S. Hoover


Aug. 27/28 –  Music Ministry

Sat.     5:00 PM – Laura/Aye

Sun.    8:00 AM – Laura/Leslie

10:30 AM –Laura/Molly


August  $  Counters:  B. Long+, M. Hunter, S. Hall


Church Cleaners – Aug. 14th to Aug. 28th

  1. Kreckel, M. & S. Ronan, P. Davis, N. Swope
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Congratulations Sr. Karen on your 40th year anniversary of joining the Carmelite Sisters of the Word.

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