Liturgical Ministries and Other Parish Ministries –Weekly Schedules


Lectors              Weekdays   8:00 AM   T. Jeffries

September 28/29

Sat.-   5:30 PM  S. Friday, L . Morrison, R. Parker

Sun.   10:30 AMA. Patton, R. Long, G. Patton

 Altar Servers   September 28/29

Sat.   5:30 PM   M. Abernethy, M. Abernethy

Sun.10:30 AM    K. Lehner, S. Cowher

Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist

Weekdays 8:00 AM – R. Long

September 28/29

Sat.    5:30 PM    K. Raffetto+, M. Raffetto, S. Loose

Sun. 10:30 AM    D. Castagnola+, B. Hoyne, S. Thomas

Music Ministers  September 28/29

Sat.    5:30 PM   Richard/Eva

Sun.  10:30 AM   Aye/Rick

September $ Counters L. Stevens, M. Ronan, S. McNelis

Church Cleaners – September 22 thru October 5, 2019     

G. Baldauf, D. Zakrzwski. L. Hoover, G. Patton, J. Pruss

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The 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time – September 22, 2019

Families and the Gospel                                                 Luke 16: 1-13

Today’s gospel has a tip for parents: “Whoever is faithful in very little is faithful also in much.” Fidelity is a learned behavior. It is never too early to teach our children to be faithful to their promises, chores, and responsibilities. Of course the best teacher is the example of oiur own lives.

Pastor:  Reverend Jozef  Kovacik

Phone: (814) 684-1480 (Parish Office & Rectory)
Fax: (814) 684-7969



Second Collection for Hurricane Relief
The powerful force of Hurricane Dorian is still being felt by the people of the Bahamas and other Caribbean islands as well as places along the east coast of the United States. The condition in the Bahamas, especially the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama, are extremely poor due to lack of food, water, shelter, and medical services. The death toll continues to rise.
I am aware that so many of you have been praying at home and in your parishes for those affected by this tragic storm. Some have already asked how they might otherwise assist. I am asking that a special collection be taken at all Masses in parishes throughout the diocese on the weekend of September 21-22, 2019. All contributions will be forwarded to Catholic Relief Services and Catholic Charities USA who will see to it that financial assistance will go to those in need.
Most Rev. Mark L. Bartchak, Bishop of Altoona-Johnstown

Next weekend (September 28th and 29th), we will take up a special collection for medical and retirement needs of our active and senior diocesan priests. Contributions are managed by the diocese’s Medical Retirement Plan Commission to help keep our parish share of priests’ benefits at manageable levels. Your generous response will provide relief to the men who bring us closer to Christ through worship, service and community. Please use the special envelope in your monthly packet or donate online through the diocese’s website at Thank you.

Save the Date: A Rosary Rally will be held on Saturday, October 13th at 12 noon at the Tyrone Hotel Park on the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and 10th Street to mark the 102nd Anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima Portugal.

URGENT LEGISLATIVE ALERT FROM THE PA Pro-Life Federation House Bill 111, the so-called merit selection of judges bill, would take away the public right to vote for judges. Instead, a pro-abortion Governor could make the appointments. The bill could be voted on by the PA House of Representatives at any time.
ACTION ITEM: Please call and email your state representative with this urgent message: “Please oppose House Bill 111, I do not want my right to vote for judges to be taken away.”
If you do not know who your state representative is, or you need contact information, visit:

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Office Staff & Ministries Contact Information

Parish Office Staff:  Debbie Zakrzwski
Administrative Assistant and Financial Administrator

email: Office Hours: Monday 8:30 AM to 11:00 am & Wednesday and Friday 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Pastoral Ministry:
Sister Karen Duddy, C.C.W.
Cell: (814) 935-2934 E-mail:
Sister Jane Miller, C.C.W.
Cell: (814) 931-1120 E-mail:


Director of Religious Education: Gia Patton
Call (814) 682-9108 or email

Elementary Classes: (Grades K-6): Sunday mornings 9:00 AM to 10:15 AM (weekly during the school year)

Middle/High School: (Gr. 7-11): Sunday: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (twice a month during the school year)


RCIA: Susan Burkholder (814) 684-0352

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

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: Mrs. Debbie St. Pierre
Principal’s email:
School Phone: (814) 684-3510
School web-site:

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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.

Sat.    5:00 PM   Past & Present Clergy and Religious of Saint Matthew Parish

 Sun.   8:00 AM   For the People

          10:30 AM Jean Franco – Cindy O’Rourke

Mon    9:00 AM  In Thanksgiving for Blessings bestowed on Saint Matthew School

Tues    8:00 AM  Nicholas Zane – Cindy & Jack

Wed.   8:00 AM  Mike & Kathy Narehood and Family – Sam & Karen

Thur.   8:00 AM  Michael Tree Family – Estate

Fri.      8:00 AM  Mr & Mrs. John Yenter – Estate

Sat.      5:30 PM   For the People

Sun.     10:30AM Craig Hunter – Gwen Miller

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Stewardship Reflection September 22, 2019 – 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Each of, regardless of our level of wealth, has the ability to be a prudent and sensible steward.  We are called to be trustworthy and responsible in obeying God’s laws of charity, honesty, and justice.  We are called to be the advocate and voice of the poor in our faith and civic communities.

     Will we be able to give a full account of our stewardship at the end of our earthly journey to our merciful Master?  Will we be able to proclaim the responsible management of our time, our abilities, and our treasures?

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Update regarding Sister Karen

Please continue to keep Sister Karen is your prayers as she recovers from open heart surgery.  She has returned home for continued rehab and recuperation.  If you would consider assisting in providing meals for Sister Karen and Sister Jane, a sign-up list is available in the Gathering Space.  In addition, you may send cards to the convent at 303 West 11th Street, Tyrone  PA  16686.  Delivery time for the Sisters’ meals will be anytime after 5 PM.

  A 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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“No servant can serve two masters. He will hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon (wealth).”                        Luke 16: 13
Is money a “god” that you put before God? Giving money to support the Church and other charity is a pillar of our faith, just like attending Mass every Sunday and participating in parish ministry. Giving money frees us from being a slave to money. It increases our dependence on God and our trust that God will provide all that we need.

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Activities for the Week of September 22, 2019

Sunday           9:00 AM Rel. Education K-5 (School)

                         10:30 Glory and Praise Choir                        

                         11-5:30 10th Grade Retreat – Wertz Farm

                         ARISE Sign-ups (all masses)

Monday      9:00 School Mass – 150th Anniversary

Tuesday         Church Meals

                          7:00 PM Cub Scouts (H)

Wednesday    3:30 PM  Rosary

                         6:30 PM RCIA (GS)

Thursday        6:30 PM Bingo  

                    7:00 PM Boy Scouts

Saturday      Feast of Saint Matthew

Friday          Church Meals

SMS InService (NoSchool)

Saturday      Refreshment Weekend (all masses)

  ARISE Sign-ups (all masses)

Sunday         No Rel. Ed.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

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  • Please help Sister Karen and Sister Jane fill their Sea Container for Haiti! The Carmelite Community of the Word is preparing the annual shipping crate of supplies for their sister convent’ school and orphanage in Haiti. They will be creating 250 individual care boxes for the children. Due to the political unrest in Haiti obtaining food has become more difficult so canned goods have been added to the list. Please drop off your donation by Sunday, September 22nd. The small act of MERCY will have a profound effect on the lives of these children. Thank you!
  • ARISE – Session 3
    Registrations for the Fall ARISE Program, In the Footsteps of Christ, can be dropped off in the Gathering Space until September 22nd. ARISE Team members will be available before and after the Masses to answer questions and collect registrations forms. Questions can also be directed to Bill Harshman at 684-1639. Small Groups will be assigned and scheduled after September 22nd.  
  • Organ Concert at Mt. Carmel, Altoona
    There will be an Organ Concert at Mount Carmel Church, Altoona, 8th Avenue & 11th Street, on Sunday, October 6th, at 3 pm. The guest organist is Gail Archer. Ms. Archer is a Professor of Organ at Manhattan School of Music and Adjunct Artist in Music at Vassar College. A free will offering will be taken to benefit the Mt. Carmel Pipe Organ Campaign.

  • The Catholic Faith…..In one Hour
    Whether from the inside or from the outside, the Catholic faith can sometimes seem a confusing tangle of teachings, practices, rituals, rules and structures. But with just a few organizational principles, Catholicism can actually be fully explained in less than an hour.
    On Thursday evening, October 10th, Mr. Robert Sutton, of Bishop Guilfoyle High School, will host a faith formation opportunity for adults entitled “The Catholic Faith in One Hour.” This presentation summarizes what the most basic teachings and beliefs of Catholicism are, and answers some of the most basic questions that both Catholics and non-Catholics have.
    This presentation is free and open to all interested adults. The presentation will take place in the Bishop Guilfoyle library from 7-8 pm on Thursday, October 10th. Please contact Mr. Sutton with any questions at

  • Old Testament class is being offered in two locations by the Office of Adult Enrichment and Lay Ecclesial Ministry. Beginning Tuesday, October 29th, this 8-week class will be offered by Fr. Brian Saylor at St. Rose of Lima, Altoona and on Wednesday, October 30th by Fr. Peter Crowe at St. Patrick School, Johnstown. Class time is 6:30-8:30 PM. This class may be taken for continuing education hours. The cost of this class which includes registration and book fee is $65. You may register online at or by calling or emailing Marybeth at 814-361-2000 or All are welcome!
  • Mass and Bingo at Most Holy Trinity Parish in Huntingdon, PA on Saturday, September 28, 2019. Mass is at 5 pm and bingo will start at 6:30 pm. Kitchen will be open. Tickets are $30 per person. Limited number of tickets will be sold. Contact the following for ticket information: Dugan Bennett 814-506-6802, Richard Evans 814-643-3959, or Tony Zumpetta 814-644-0693. Proceeds will benefit the kitchen renovation project.
  • Save the Date: A Rosary Rally will be held on Saturday, October 13th at 12 noon at the Tyrone Hotel Park on the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and 10th Street to mark the 102nd Anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima Portugal.
  • All occasion cards are available in the gathering space. Please feel free to take any cards you want. Also, if you have cards you would like to donate for someone else to use please, leave them by the box.

  • Refreshment Weekend or the “Sweet Ministry” Please consider serving as a host for the monthly refreshment weekends which begin in September. All set up and preparation is done in advance so as a host you just need to greet parishioners, replenish the food and do light clean up. Sign-up sheets can be found in the gathering space.

  • Home Nursing Agency is seeking volunteers for their program, Healing Patch (to aid children who have lost a parent or sibling). New volunteers receive comprehensive training and have assistance in obtaining necessary clearances. For more information, contact Melody Ray at (814) 947-7200 or

  • CDA is sponsoring a Fall Craft Fair on Saturday, November 2nd – crafter and vendor applications are located in the Gathering Space. A gently used designer purse sale will also take place. Spaces are limited. For questions, call Debbie Zakrzwski at 632-3070.                             

    URGENT LEGISLATIVE ALERT FROM THE PA Pro-Life Federation House Bill 111, the so-called merit selection of judges bill, would take away the public right to vote for judges. Instead, a pro-abortion Governor could make the appointments. The bill could be voted on by the PA House of Representatives at any time.
    ACTION ITEM: Please call and email your state representative with this urgent message: “Please oppose House Bill 111, I do not want my right to vote for judges to be taken away.”
    If you do not know who your state representative is, or you need contact information, visit:

  • CANCER AFFECTS EVERYONE – Our Community holds “Blair Relay for Life” each June at Mansion park for a 24 hour period to support all current or past CANCER FIGHERS/SURVICORS. Our Lady of Lourdes Church is attempting to change the one Catholic parish team into an Altoona Deanery team with as many parishes being represented as possible.  We will be holding three meetings (August, January, May) in the basement of Our Lady of Lourdes to discuss the details of the Relay. The meetings will be no longer than one hour in length.
    This is a great opportunity for different parishes to come together, especially our youth/young adults. Relay for Life is a wonderful time for fellowship with parishioners of all ages, especially cancer survivors. Activities are planned throughout the entire 24 hour period for teams to get involved and have fun.
    We are eagerly awaiting your response to be a participant to our new team. Please reach out to Allison Gressler at or 814-327-2580 or Kayley Burke at 814-502-5545 with any questions on Relay. 

  • Saint Francis University’s Adult Degree & Continuing Studies program caters to adult learners.  Our programs are accredited and fully online.  We offer affordable tuition.  Check out our programs in Business, Early Childhood Education, Behavioral Science, Health Studies, and more!  If you’re interested in learning more you can call us at 814-472-3012, email, or at www.francis/edu/adcs.  Become that Someone today!
  • CATHOLIC REGISTER:  In the Gathering Space are copies of the Catholic Register.  The Register will no longer be mailed to individual parishioners but copies will be sent to each parish for distribution monthly. 

       The Diocese has also launched an online newspaper –PROCLAIM!: The Good News of Altoona-Johnstown featuring diocesan news, information, and commentary – including happenings at parishes and schools.  Visit the site at and sign up for regular e-mail updates delivered to your inbox. 

  • Families United for Change  We are a group of Family Members affected by Addiction starting a grass roots effort to bring about change in recovery.  Meetings are every second Tuesday of the Month  at 7 pm.   Location is Hope Community Church, 1520 11th Street, Lower Level, Altoona PA   For questions please call 814-934-8067

  • 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 during these long winter months.  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!

Celebrating 150 Years! 

We will celebrate the School’s 150th Anniversary on Monday, September 23rd with a 9 am Mass. Bishop Bartchak will preside at the mass. Won’t you come and worship with us?

 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. 

Our Saint Matthew School is currently looking to update our records of school alumni. If you would like to be included, please provide your name, contact information and the year you graduated Saint Matthew School. Your info may be placed in the collection basket in an envelope marked Saint Matthew School or delivered to the church or school office.

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