The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross September 14, 2014

For God did not send his Son

into the world to condemn the world,

but that the world might be saved through him.

John 3: 17



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Pastor:  Reverend Jozef Kovacik


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

Fax:      (814) 684-7969



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


Sister Jane Miller 814-931-1120,

CCW Website:


Coordinators of Religious Education

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

or email at


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

or email at


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:

Phone: (814) 684-3510

School web-site:

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Liturgical Reflection . . .

Today’s feast commemorates a double anniversary.  First, in Jerusalem, the Emperor Constantine erected around church, the Anastasis, above the grave of Jesus, and a basilica, the Martyrium.  In the square between the two churches, a shrine, Calvarium, marked the place of the crucifixion.  These were dedicated in 335.  Second, this feast also commemorates the discovery of the Lord’s cross by the empress, St. Helena in 320.  The Cross is our sign of salvation.  On the wood of the Cross, the Crucified Lord was sacrificed and the tree of defeat became the tree of victory.  Our sins are forgiven and we are reconciled with our God.

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Families and the Gospel     Jn 3:13-17

“God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.”  We all have crosses to bear. Name a time when suffering has brought your family to new life!

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Exaltation of the Holy Cross: 

Knowing that God loves us beyond all measure causes us to love Him in return through the unconditional sharing of our gifts.  While this takes a lifetime to perfect, it is the path of grateful Christian stewards.

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“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son…”

                                                                   John 3: 16

God gave us the gift of His son so we can enjoy eternal salvation. Of all our gifts, our life, is the most precious. We belong to God. This is why we must take time every day to ask Him how He wants us to use the life He has given us.

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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:

 September 13 – 21, 2014


Sat.   5:00 PM – Catherine Muhlbauer – Daughters/Fam.

Sun. –  8:00 AM  – Kay DelBaggio – Judy & Matt Norris

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

Mon.–  8:00 AM – Pete Getz – wife, Judy

Tues.– 8:00 AM –  Stella, John, Gary Gurekovich-

J R Gurekovich

Wed.    9:00 AM – Michael & Andy Lusardi –

Chris, Steve, & Michael Stoner

Thur  –8:00 AM – Clara Himes – CDA

Fri.   –  8:00 AM  – Bill Schoch – Barbara & Elwood


Sat..  –  5:00 PM-   Sr. Lambert Hagg – Family

Sun.  – 8:00 AM – Tony Castagnola

10:30 AM – 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 Sept. 8th

Tues   –  6:00 PM – Finance Council  (PO)

7:00 PM – Cub/Boy Scouts  (H)

Wed   –   9:00 – SMS Mass

3:30 PM – Rosary

6:30 PM – RCIA  (GS)

Fri –        6:30 PM –  Bingo  (H)

Sun. –     Feast of St. Matthew

9-10:15 AM – RE Class

10:30 AM Mass – Catechetical Sunday

5-6:00 PM – Confirmation Sponsor Meeting (H)

6-8 PM HS Youth Ministry (H, GS, L)

6-8 PM – Senior Class (PO)

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Sept . 15th   thru  Sept. 21st   – Lectors

Weekdays – 8:00 AM –V. Frantz

Sat.     5:00 PM –  J. L. Baran, D. Strayer, B. Strayer

Sun.    8:00 AM –  S. Sharer, G. Patton, V. Cornish

10:30 AM –  Religious Education Teachers


Sept. 20/21 –  Altar  Servers

Sat.         5:00  PM –   J. Lewis, D. Parker

Sun.-       8:00 AM   –  S. Zakrzwski, A. Markel

10:30 AM –   E. Beam, M. Beam


Sept. 15th  thru Sept.21st –   Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist

Weekdays  –  8:00 AM –  R. Long

Sat.     5:00 PM – M. Raffetto+, K. Raffetto, L. Morrison

8:00 AM – J. DiDomenico+, D. Zakrzwski, G. Ray

10:30 AM – R.Long+, Sr. Jane Miller, D. Castagnola


Sept. 20/21  –  Music Ministry

Sat.   .  5:00 PM –  Laura/Maureen

Sun.     8:00 AM –  Laura/Lori

10:30 AM –  Laura/Gina

Children’s Liturgy – Nichole Swope

September  $  CountersM. Baker, V. Frantz, C. Haag


Church Cleaners – Sept. 15th  to Sept. 27th

Patrice DelBaggio, Sue Feller, M & J Storm

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Traditionally, this time of year you are invited to become involved in various liturgical ministers our parish offers.  What is ministry?  In its broadest sense, ministry is any activity which reveals the presence of God among God’s people.  Ministry is a response to that presence by imitating Jesus, who is the person of God among us.  It recognizes that we are created to live in a peaceful relationship with God and each other, rather than to live alone.  Ministry offers everyone the opportunity to share themselves with, and for, others, as Jesus did.  Whether a specific ministry assists another spiritually (e.g., reader, choir, catechist), physically (e.g., feed the hungry, shelter the homeless) or emotionally (e.g., visit the sick or imprisoned, comfort the afflicted), every act of ministry supports and nourishes both the giver and the receiver in their respective quests for holiness.

Any person in 4th grade or older can become an altar server.  Any person in 9th grade or older can become a lector, usher or greeter. Any person who has been fully initiated (having received the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist and if married, their present marriage must be valid, i.e. recognized as being valid by the Church) may become an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion.


Please prayerfully consider this ministry.  Training will take place in the church on:


September 21st – 9:15 am  Readers

September 28th – 9:15 am  Extraordinary Ministers

of Holy Communion

October 5th – 11:30 am      Altar Servers

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