January 17, 2021

The Second Sunday in Ordinary time

Family and the Gospel:                         John 1:35-42

Jesus’ question in today’s gospel is still valid today:  “What are you looking for?” What do you want from your spouse, children or parents?  Families are populated with imperfect people.  To expect perfection is unreal.  To expect and accept imperfection is wisdom. 

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 814-632-3070.

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.

Pope 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. 

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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.

January 16 – 24, 2021

Sat.           5:30 pm  Richard Searer – Margaret Baker

                                Jozef Kovacik  – Martha Russell

Sun.        10:30 am   For the People – by the Pastor

Mon.        8:00 am   Mass at Saint Joseph Church, Bellwood

Tues.        6:00 pm  Mass at Saint Joseph Church, Bellwood

Wed.        9:00 am   John J. Gurekovich – JR

                                Bertha and John Yenter, Jr – Estate

Thurs.       8:00 am   Jim Delozier – Surgical/Endoscopy Cntr

                                           Tony Hample – Connie Geraci            

Fri.           8:00 am   Mary Welsh – CDA

                                Marie Zanghi – Estate                          

Sat.           5:30 pm  William & Hulda Engelman – Estate

                                Christine Tennis – Mary Margaret Zang

Sun.        10:30 am                For the People – by the Pastor

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Liturgical Ministries and Other Parish Ministries –Weekly Schedules

  Lector – Weekdays – D Cunningham

  Lectors – January 23 & 24 

Sat.    5:30 pm        D Strayer, K Pearasn, J Ieraci

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

Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist – Jan, 23 & 24

Sat.     5:30 pm        M Raffetto, K Raffetto, L Morrison

Sun.  10:30 am        D Castagnola, R Long, S Ronan

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

Music Ministers –  Jan 23 & 24   

Sat.    5:30 pm        Richard/Ella

Sun. 10:30 am        Tammy/Nathan

Song sheets will be provided at each Mass

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Activities for the Week of January 18 to 24, 2021

Mon.       6:00 pm   No School

Wed.       9:00 am  SMS School Mass

               3:30 pm Rosary

Thur.       6:30 pm   Bingo (H)

Sun         9:00 am  R/E Virtual          

  

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THOUGHTS ON STEWARDSHIP AS A WAY OF LIFE

“They saw where he was staying and they stayed with him.” John 1:35-42

“Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them, ‘What are you looking for?’” John 1:38

What are you looking for?  Are you wasting your time looking for the material comforts of the world?  Or, is your heart longing for something deeper that can only be found by spending time with God?  Take time, each day, in silence and ask the Lord what it is that He wants you to do.

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Stewardship Reflection January 17, 2021

 Imagine Jesus asking you, “What are you looking for?”  We might respond with answers like a better job, more kids, retirement, or any number of things what we think will make our lives better.  The things we seek may be righteous, but as disciples of Christ, we should first and foremost seek the Kingdom of God.  The story of Jesus’ first disciples concludes with Andrew intentionally sharing the gift of meeting the Lord and did not hoard it to himself.  Instead he sought his brother and proclaimed what he had experienced, which serves as a reminder to us 

     Our calling is to be missionary disciples to seek the Lord and share what we have found.  Our faith is a gift?  The first role of a steward of the Good News is to share it with others.  Let us begin Ordinary time in the Year of Grace 2021 with this in mind.  May we respond as Samuel did, “Here am I, Lord; I come to do Your will!”

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Announcements:

  • 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 Nation Catholic Risk Retention Group, Inc.  This month article is Human Trafficking and Modern Technology:  What we can do about it by Judith Paparozzi. This article is available in the vestibule and also on the parish website.

  • ANNUAL MARCH FOR LIFE sponsored by the Knight of Columbus has been cancelled due to pandemic concerns.  The faithful are encouraged to pray as a family or individually for an end to abortion.  Let us take a stand to respect all life “from womb to tomb”. 

    House (Convent) for sale:  Anyone interested in the purchase of the house on 303 West 11th Street, Tyrone, PA should contact Father Jozef.  The size of the property is 6,530 square feet or 60×70 feet. The detached garage is 18 x 22 feet.  The house is 3,060 square feet, 2 ½ stories, finished basement and attic, 10 rooms, 2 1/2 baths, 2 fireplaces, 3 porches, gas heating.

  • Rosary Making Any parishioner interested in making rosaries is asked to contact Donna Cunningham at 814-632-5199.  Plans are for a group to meet after Daily Mass at 8:30 am but the day will be dependent on the volunteers.

  • 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 Scheduling
    Currently, there are over 400 Mass intentions outstanding  As a result there will be no new Mass intentions accepted for the remaining of 2020 and at least until July 2021.  However, Mass intentions will be accepted for recent deceased members of your family/friends.  The office staff understands this is a difficult situation and your patience and understanding is greatly appreciated.
  • 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 – 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.

  • Catholic Schools Week will be January 31st to February 5th.  Plans are for the week to begin with a school Mass on Sunday, January 31st at 10:30 am. More information will be forthcoming about the week’s events.
  •     On February 13th St. Matthew School will be holding their first online auction. Donations are being accepted and can be dropped off in the school office. Items to consider donating include homemade furniture, quilts, crafts, etc. You may also make a monetary donation that we can put towards gift certificates, tickets to events, golf passes, etc. Please contact Rebecca Burkholder, Alison Narehood, or the school office with any questions.
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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 – 11:00 AM

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: Robin Garbinsky

Call: (814) 937-7144 or email: rgarbinsky@dioceseaj.org

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)

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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 – 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: Mr. Terry DeCarbo

Principal’s email: tdecarbo@stmatthew-school.org

School Phone: (814) 684-3510

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

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Sister Karen’s contact information

Address:  1223 Four Leaf Lane, Hollidaysburg, PA  16648

Sr. Jane Cell:     931-1120

Sr. Jane Email:  jmseashell@msn.com

Sr. Karen Cell:   935-2934

Sr. Karen Email:  kseashored@msn.com 

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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