April 13, 2014

Palm (Passion) Sunday

“Behold, your king comes to you,

meek and riding on an ass.”

 Matthew 21: 15




“As they were marching out, they came upon a man of Cyrene, Simon by name; this man they compelled to carry his cross.”  

                                                            Matthew 27: 32

The Lord calls us to love God and to love our neighbor. Every day we are presented with opportunities to love our neighbor and help him “carry his cross”. These opportunities aren’t usually big events, they are usually ordinary occurrences like helping someone carry their groceries or holding the door open for someone. The key is putting the other person’s needs before your own and not expecting anything in return.





Mass of the Lord’s Supper:  7  pm

Adoration:   8-9:30 pm


Passion of the Lord:  3  pm

Divine Mercy Chaplet:  4  pm

Stations of the Cross:  7  pm


The Easter Vigil Mass: 8:30 pm


Masses:  8 am & 10:30am



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.


Coordinators of Religious Education

Elem/Middle (Gr. K-8): Mark Raffetto (814) 684-5362

or email at psufanmark@gmail.com


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

or email at  cgureko@hotmail.com


E/M Classes (Grades K-8): Sunday mornings:  

9:00 AM to 10:15 AM (Sept. to May)


Youth Ministry Sessions (Gr. 9-11):  Every other Sunday: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (September to April)


RCIA:  Susan Burkholder  (814) 684-0352

Pastoral Council – Michael Ronan  (814) 632-8585

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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Mass Schedule & Intentions:

 April 12 – 20, 2014


Sat.   5:00 PM – John Molnar – Wife, Helen

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

10:30 AM –John C. Romano II – Mom & Dad

Mon.–  8:00 AM – Beatrice Steindl – Hunter & Reighard


Tues.–  8:00 AM  - Elizabeth Steindl – Hunter & Reighard


Wed.-   8:00 AM  - Art Hoover – Wife, Carolyn & Family

Thur.-  7:00 PM – M/M John Yenter, Sr. – Estate

Fri.   –   3:00 PM – Good Friday Service

Sat.  -    8:30 PM  – Easter Vigil – Candidates and


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

10:30 AM – Easter Flower Intentions


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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Liturgical Reflection

Today is Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion.  The Church names this Holy Week.  Of all the weeks in the year, this is the holiest.  We carry our blessed palms as we enter the holy city Jerusalem.  In Jerusalem we will die and rise with our Lord this week.  We have had forty days to name those things that must die so that we can rise to new life with Christ.  Holy Thursday evening we will gather in the upper room with the Lord; we will meet Him Good Friday on Calvary; we will pray outside His tomb Holy Saturday; and on Easter we will proclaim the joyful praises of the Church for all that God has done for us.  Take your palms home and place them prominently to recall the glory of this week.

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Decorating of the Church for Easter

Will begin on Saturday, April 19th at 10:30 am.  Please consider assisting with preparing our church for the Joy of the Easter Season. Questions please contact Steve Stoner.

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Activities for the Week of April 14th

Mon. – 11:00 AM  Chrism Mass (Altoona Cathedral)

Tues. – 7:15 PM –Cub Scouts

Wed. –  3:30 PM –Rosary

7:00 PM – Stations of the Cross

Holy Thursday 7:00 PM – Mass

8-9:30 – Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Adoration

7:00 PM – Boy Scouts  (H)

Good Friday – 3:00 PM – Service

4:00 PM – Divine Mercy Chaplet

7:00 PM – Stations of the Cross

Holy Saturday - 10:00 AM – Blessing of Easter Baskets in

Church followed by Easter Egg Hunt

8:30 PM – Easter Vigil Mass

Easter Sunday  - 8:00 AM – Mass

10:30AM -  Mass

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 April 14th thru April 20thLectors

Weekdays – 8:00 AM – S. Hall

Holy Thursday – J. Ieraci, S. Cowher, K. Pastorik

Good Friday -  M. Raffetto, L. Gehret,  R. Long,

A. Lynn (Narrator), D. Zakrzwski

Saturday (Easter Vigil) – S. Burkholder, C. Nagle,

C. Nagle, S. Friday, J.L. Baran, G. Patton

Easter Sunday  8:00 AM- J. Wertz, C. Wertz, W. Hiergeist

10:30 AM – M. Panasiti, M.J. Gunter,

S. Cowher,



April  14th thru April 20th -  Altar  Servers

Wed.   7:00 PM – K. Lingenfelter, C. Case

Holy Thursday – T. Hoover, E. Baran, E. Hoover,

S. Hoover

Good Friday   -    C.Brooks, L. Brooks

Saturday (Easter Vigil) -  B. Strayer, E. Fusco, D. Parker

Easter Sunday -    8:00 AM – S. Isenberg, K. Cowher

10:30 AM-  B. Gunter, L. Gunter



April 14th  thru April 20th  –   

Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist

Weekdays -  8:00 AM – R. Long

Holy Thursday – C. Igou, G. Ray, J. DiDomenico,

C. O’Rourke, R. Long, T. Patton, D. Zakrzwski

Good Friday -  P. Lambert

Saturday (Easter Vigil) – C. Golden+, R. Long, G. Ray

Easter Sunday -

8:00 AM – C. Igou+, D. Zakrzwski, S. Toney

10:30 AM -  R. Long+, S. Lewis, S. Thomas



April 14th thru April 20th   -  Music Ministry

Holy Thursday – Laura/Aye/Choir

Good Friday -      Laura/Choir

Saturday (Easter Vigil) – Laura/Choir

Easter Sunday  -  8:00 AM  – Laura/Molly

10:30 AM  - Laura/Leslie/Choir


Children’s Liturgy Leader

April 20thNO CLASS


April $ CountersP. Lusardi, M. Hunter, L. Stevens


Church Cleaners – April 14th thru April 27th

P&D Kreckel, M&S Ronan, P. Davis, N. Swope

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This may be the question one asks after leaving church on Palm Sunday.  The Church invites us to preserve reverently blessed palms in our homes to ward off the assaults of the devil and to obtain God’s protection.  Some Catholics have the custom of burning a piece of blessed palm during severe storms or other dangers.  A sprig of blessed palm may also be placed in barns or other buildings for their protection.  Good places to place the blessed palm are behind crucifixes or large holy pictures on the walls.  Palms should not be allowed to lie around or be cast aside where they may be trodden on or otherwise disrespectfully treated.

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Our parish, once a year on Good Friday, is called on to support Christians in the Holy Land.  As a pontifical collection requested by Pope Francis, the annual Good Friday Collection offers a direct link for parishioners to be witnesses of peace and to help protect the Holy Places.

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To be held on Monday, April 14th at 11:00
am at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona.  The Bishop will gather with his college of
presbyters, and the Deans will again entrust the sacred oils to each
parish.  The three oils are to be presented to the faith community during the
celebration of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday Evening.

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Etiquette For Mass:

Please remember to “turn off” you cell phone before mass and no other electronic devices should be in use during mass.

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