December 11, 2022 – The Third Sunday of Advent

Families and the Gospel              Matthew 11:2-11

The question put to Jesus in today’s gospel is also put to us today: “Are you the one?”  Are you the one who will give guidance to the children in your life or must they look to TV sitcoms, films, videos and music lyrics for direction?  Are you the one?  Will you be the one? 

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Stewardship Reflection

We are gaining ground on our Advent mountain climb and this is a time to take a moment to rejoice in the Good News that our Savior will come again in triumph one day.  One this Gaudete (Rejoice”) Sunday we are filled with reminders of God’s final victory over suffering and injustice, and are given encouragement to remain steadfast in our mission to live as faith-filled disciples.  St. James, in our second reading, offers wise counsel.  “Be patient, brothers and sisters, until the coming of the Lord. .. . Make your hearts firm. . Do not complain, brothers and sisters, about one another, that you may not be judged.” 

     This is excellent advice for us Christian stewards as we face the challenges of everyday life in our broken world, especially in the hectic days that precede Christmas.  We can be good stewards of our attitude, “Making our hearts firm” by practicing patience with others and refusing to give in to the temptation to complain.  We can choose to see and rejoice in God’s presence with us, no matter the circumstances surrounding us.  (Stewardship Reflections by Catholic Stewardship Consultants, (2022/11/08)

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THOUGHTS ON STEWARDSHIP AS A WAY OF LIFE

THE  MANY  FACES  OF  SALVATION

“Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John … among those born of women there

is none greater than him.” Matthew 11: 7

“You too must be patient. Make you hearts firm, because the coming of the Lord is at hand.”    James 5: 8

Patience is another one of those things many of us struggle with. We want things to go according to our plan and our schedule; we like things to be convenient. Any change brings anxiety and fear. Through daily prayer God reveals to us what He wants us to do with the gifts He has given us. We are able to better align ourselves with God’s will and His plan, which is far better than anything we can come up with on our own.

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Mass Schedule & Intentions:

December 10 – 18, 2022

Sat.       5:30 pm   Jack Brantner – Phil & Maureen Aquadro

Sun.    10:30 am   George Smith – Anna & daughters

                            Dick Barrett – Ellie Spangler

Mon.    8:00 am    Mass at St. Joseph, Bellwood

Tues.     6:00 pm    Mass at St. Joseph, Bellwood

Wed.     8:00 am    Christopher Edmondson – John Paul & Tony

Thurs.   8:00 am    Eric Cavallucci – Tera Weber

Fri.         8:00 am    Raymond W. Hogue – JR & Susie Gurekovich

                                Bertha & John Yenter, Jr. – Estate

Sat        5:30 pm   Jack Brantner – Phil & Maureen Aquadro

Sun.    10:30 am    For the People – Pastor

Sanctuary Candle for the week of December 12th   is  in memory of Richard E. Dambeck requested by Tony & Kathy Carosielli. 

 

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.

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Activities for the Week of December 12 to December 18, 2022

Mon.       7:00 pm Reconciliation Service

Wed.       3:30 pm Rosary for the Unborn (C)

               6:30 pm SMS Christmas program (H)  

Thurs.     6:30 pm Bingo (Hall)

Sun.        9:00 am Religious Education

              10:30 am Church Decorating

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Liturgical Ministries and Other Parish Ministries –Weekly Schedules

Lectors: Weekdays – S McNelis

Lectors – December 17/18, 2022

Sat.   5:30 pm   R Zakrzwski, D Zakrzwski, S Zakrzwski

Sun. 10:30am     D Parker, R Parker, W Rimmer

Extraordinary Ministers Eucharist –Dec. 17/18, 2022

Sat.    5:30 pm   K Hoyne

Sun. 10:30 am   A Brooks

Altar Servers:  December 17/18, 2022

Sat.    5:30 pm     S Chappel, G Vaughn

Sun. 10:30 am     A Pownall, M Pownall

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Saint Matthew School News!

See what is happening at our Saint Matthew School by visiting our website at:  www.stmatthew-school.org

  • Christmas program, The Greatest Gift, will be presented on Wednesday, December 14th at 6:30 in Harkin’s hall.  All are welcome.
  • Saint Matthew School just completed the final visit by the Middle States Accreditation Visiting Team which has recommended renewal of accreditation for our School.  The Team’s report identifies strengths as well as suggested areas of development.  In acknowledging the many positive aspects of our School the report noted, “We have observed a family-like environment throughout our visit and heard from your students about the high level of caring and concern the teachers have for their students.”  The job of the Middle States Commission is to verify that schools are enforcing academic honest policies and promoting rigorous studies at each grade level.  Congratulations to our staff, students, and families.
  • Where to look in the BIBLE when you …– need rest and peace – Matthew 11: 28-30

    – worry – Matthew 6: 19-34

    – are lonely or fearful – Psalm 23

    – need peace of mind – John 14: 27, Philippians 4: 6-8

    – are disappointed by people – Psalm 27

    – grow bitter or critical – 1 Corinthians 13

    – have sinned – Psalm 51, 1 John 1

    – are discouraged – Psalm 34

    – feel God seems far away – Psalm 139

    – think the world seems bigger than God – Psalm 90

    – are sick – Psalm 41

    – feel sorrowful – John 14, Psalm 46

    – are in danger – Psalm 91

    – want courage – Joshua 1: 1-9

    – need assurance – Romans 8

    – forget your blessings – Psalm 103

    – are looking for joy – Colossians 3

    – leave home to travel – Psalm 121

    – think of investments – Mark 10: 17-31

    – need guidelines for living – Matthew 5-7, Romans 12

    – need rules of conduct – Exodus 20: 1-17

    – need to know God’s will for your life – Proverbs 3: 1-6

  • Registration for Saint Matthew School for Kindergarten to Grade 6 can be made throughout the year.  Please contact the school office at 814-684-3510 or contact Jen Casanave at jcasanave@stmatthew-school.org
  • Saint Matthew School “Angels”.    For years, Saint Matthew parishioners have sponsored school children or made donations to help parents in the sacrifice of sending their child to a Catholic School.  Please consider assisting school families for the upcoming year.
  • Saint Matthew School Scrip Purchases –   Orders can be placed by  contacting Alison Narehood by phone 814-684-4121 “oremail  stmatthewschoolscrip@gmail.comor” purchase after any of  the weekend Masses.

Saint Matthew Catholic School Teachers

The Teachers and Staff:

Mrs. Danielle Harris- Preschool

Mrs. Beth Kasic – Preschool and After Care Aide

Miss Taylor Curry – Kindergarten

Mrs. Jennifer Casanave – First Grade & Lead Teacher

Mrs. Abigail Zeek – Second Grade

Mrs. Deborah Hewitt – Third Grade

Mrs. Roberta Woomer – Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Grade

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Announcements:

    • For those that cannot attend Mass -A prayer for the Act of Spiritual Communion

      My Jesus, 
      I believe that You are present in the Most Holy 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, 
      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.

    • Where to look in the BIBLE when you …

      – need rest and peace – Matthew 11: 28-30

      – worry – Matthew 6: 19-34

      – are lonely or fearful – Psalm 23

      – need peace of mind – John 14: 27, Philippians 4: 6-8

      – are disappointed by people – Psalm 27 

      – grow bitter or critical – 1 Corinthians 13

      – have sinned – Psalm 51, 1 John 1

      – are discouraged – Psalm 34

      – feel God seems far away – Psalm 139

      – think the world seems bigger than God – Psalm 90 

      – are sick – Psalm 41

      – feel sorrowful – John 14, Psalm 46

      – are in danger – Psalm 91

      – want courage – Joshua 1: 1-9

      – need assurance – Romans 8

      – forget your blessings – Psalm 103

      – are looking for joy – Colossians 3

      – leave home to travel – Psalm 121

      – think of investments – Mark 10: 17-31

      – need guidelines for living – Matthew 5-7, Romans 12 

      – need rules of conduct – Exodus 20: 1-17

      – need to know God’s will for your life – Proverbs 3: 1-6

    • The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown Proclaim!  TV Christmas special Joy to the World – Christmas will air on Sunday, December 18th at 5 pm on ATM ABS 23 and on Christmas morning, December 25th at 9 am on WATM ABS 23.  The one-hour show will include stories that highlight the spirituality, traditions, beauty, and merriment of Christmas throughout the diocese.  The show will also feature beautiful Christmas music from parish and Catholic school musicians, and – new this year – a Priest Choir.  Also, check your mailboxes in mid-December for a special Christmas edition of Proclaim!  Magazine, which will include a Christmas message from Bishop Mark, parish Christmas traditions, childhood Christmas memories from various priests, and cherished Christmas cookie recipes from local Catholics.

    • 2022 Pro-Life Christmas Cards can be ordered through the Blair County Chapter of Citizens Concerned for Human Life.  Cost of the cards are $8.00 per pkg. of 11 cards  A poster is in the vestibule with an example of the cards.  To order call Pat at 814-946-0681. 

    • St. Mary & St. Michael Nativity Festival is being offered as a gift to the Hollidaysburg parish communities including all in the surrounding community area.  This festival encourages attendees to reflect on the humble birth and life of Jesus Christ, Our Savior, and is a two-day, self-guided, FREE public event.  It will feature magnificently crafted nativity sets, including the historic nativity sets from both parishes.  Loaned by parishioners and friends, these works reflect the culture and perspective of artists around the world.  This amazing event will be held in the St. Mary social hall (312 Clark St. Hollidaysburg)  on Saturday, Dec. 17th from 3 pm to 7 pm and on Sunday, December 18th from 8:30 am to 6 pm.  A free Christmas Concert by the Altoona Community Band will be held at St. Mary Church at 3 pm on Sunday.S

    • ANGEL TREE FOR CATHOLIC CHARITIES:  All wrapped/bagged “Angel Gifts” are due under the Gathering Space tree by Sunday, December 11th.  Please remember to enclose clothing gift receipts inside your package and to place the “coded angel” on top of your package.  Gift cards should be placed in the box in the parish office near the door.  Thank you for your generosity.

    • Catholic Daughters of the Americas will be selling poinsettias and Christmas wreaths after all Masses the weekends of Dec. 10/11 and Dec. 17/18.  Flowers are provided by Rozick’s Greenhouse.  The poinsettia flower was been used as a Christmas symbol since the 17th century when Franciscan friars in Mexico included the plant in their Christmas celebrations.  The star-shaped leaf pattern is said to symbolize the Star of Bethlehem, and the red color the blood sacrifice of Jesus’s crucifixion. 

    • Retirement Fund for Religious.  This special collection will assist with retirement-funding shortages. Your gift helps to provide medications, nursing care, and more for the many Religious men and women who reside in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown and their religious communities.  Please prayerfully consider this collection which will be featured the weekend of December 10/11, 2022.

    •  Knights of Columbus will be selling Basket of Cheer raffle tickets. Chances are $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00.  All monies raised with go toward the Sister Karen Endowment Fund.  Drawing is December 28th.

    • REMINDER:  Christmas altar flower requests are due Sunday, December 11th.  Please place your requests in the collection or bring to the parish office.  Extra forms are available in the gathering space.

    • RICA (Right of Christian Initiation for Adults)  If you or someone you know are interested in learning more about our Catholic Faith, please contact  Sue Burkholder at 814-684-0352

    • Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown is establishing a prayer ministry and we are seeking prayer partners.  Every Friday we pray for those who ask for special intentions, for the marginalized, the vulnerable and all clients seeking assistance from Catholic Charities. 

           Prayer is one of the gifts we can give to each other at no extra cost.  To request prayers, please visit our website:  www.catholiccharitiesaj.org.  

           For more information on how to participate and spend time in prayer for those in need, please contact Lisa Fellabaum, Outreach Liaison at 814-505-1106 or by email at lfellabaum@dioceseaj.org

    • Parishioners are encouraged to recite the rosary daily, gather together in the church on Wednesday afternoons at 3:30, and come before the daily and weekend Masses for the recitation of the Rosary. This is a special way of praying for individual and special intentions in a group to provide you  comfort and support.

    • Catholic Ministries Drive parish goal for 2022 is $32,779. 

        The annual CMD directly supports 14 ministries through which people are accompanied in their journey (100% of your gift does directly to these ministries).  There are many gifted and generous laypersons in our diocese who share their time and talent to support our Catholic ministries.

        This year, more so than others, our world, our nation, our communities, our parishes, and our families need tangible expression of hope.  This year 2022 is a time for everyone to move FORWARD IN FAITH!

            All contributions received beyond our parish target will be used to assist in Harkin’s Hall roof replacement.

    •  Scholarship-  Any student from the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown who is attending or will attend Franciscan University of Steubenville is eligible to apply for the John Paul II Scholarship.  For more information about the St. Pope John Paul II Scholarship at www.franciscan.edu, call 800-783-6220, or email admissions@franciscan.edu

    • Apply now at Saint Joseph Academy  The Saint Joseph’s high school community and educational experience is strong, balanced, and most importantly, firmly founded in Jesus Christ. Applications are now being accepted at all grade levels. To learn more or begin the online application process go to www.stjoeacad.org. You may also contact Ms. Maryann Lingenfelter, Director of Admissions, at mlingenfelter@sjcacademy.org or 814-808-6118 to arrange a tour or discuss any questions you may have.  We are looking forward to having you as part of the Saint Joseph’s community!

    • In the Altoona/Johnstown Diocese there are several men currently studying for the priesthood.  Please keep them in your prayers.
      • Deacon Brian Norris
      • Justin Treon
      • Jacob Gindhart
      • John Roy
      • Max Kroell
    • St. Aloysius Church in Cresson, PA would like to extend an invitation to participate in the Praise and Worship prayer meetings on Tuesdays at 1:30 pm on Zoom with Father Bob Hilz, meeting ID# 6726349049 or dial 929-205-6099.

           If you are in need of counseling, Catholic Counselors of America LLC is open by appointment at St. Aloysius Faith Education and Community Center. By calling Leorosie Trexler at 814-505-7178.

           May God Our Father, through Our Lord Jesus Christ, bless you and your family, and may Our Blessed Mother Mary cover you in her mantle of protection!

    • 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 National Catholic Risk Retention Group, Inc.  This month’s article is Our Pledge to Protect Vulnerable Adults, by Judge Kate Huffman. This article is available in the vestibule and also on the parish website.
    • 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 INTENTION SCHEDULING: Mass intentions will now be accepted.   Mass intention or requests will be  limited to 3 masses for each family per year (only one Mass can be for the weekend or Holy Day).    We schedule as we receive mass intentions and will do our best to honor your requests. Please keep in mind to be kind and considerate of others and this will allow as many as possible in our parish family to be able to request a celebration of Mass.  Remember that the value of a Mass is infinite no matter when it is celebrated.

    • Please note that the annual collection of religious articles takes place once a year in February. You are asked to please keep items to exchange/donate until that time.  The gathering space is not a drop off for old or not used items throughout the year.  If an item is not blessed you may discard of it on your own.
    • 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.

      Prayer for Peace in Ukraine

           Bishop Mark is requesting that  the faithful throughout the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown to join him in praying for peace in Ukraine as Russian forces invade the Eastern European country.

           The Bishop stands united in prayer with Ukrainian Catholics in that troubled part of the world and with the local Ukrainian Catholic population here in Central Pennsylvania. During this difficult time, he is inviting everyone to join him in praying the following ancient prayer.

           We fly to Your patronage, O Virgin Mother of God. Despise not our prayers in our needs, but deliver us from all dangers, since you alone are pure and blessed. O most glorious Ever Virgin Mary, the Mother of Christ our God, accept our prayers and present them to Your Son and our God, that for the sake of You, He enlighten and save our souls.

      “This prayer is a unique part of the spiritual heritage of the Catholic and Orthodox Christians of the Ukraine, dating back to the 10th or 11th century. It is quite similar to the Memorare prayer that most of us learned as children. As we watch the unfolding developments from Ukraine, it is often difficult to process our thoughts and feelings. That’s where a prayer like this can bring calm to our disturbed minds and hearts, and especially to our world.”

    December 11 @ 4 pm Saint Mary Parish, Hollidaysburg

    December 12 @ 7 pm Saint Matthew, Tyrone

                            @  7 pm Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Altoona

                            @ 7 pm St. Rose of Lima, Altoona, PA

    December 14 @ 6 PM  Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Altoona

    December 15 @ 7 pm Most Holy Trinity, Huntingdon

    December 18 @ 4 pm St. John  the Evangelist, Lakemont

    December 19 @ 6 pm Our Lady of Victory,  State College

    December 22 @ 5:30 PM Sacred Heart Parish, Altoona

    Prayer for Peace in Ukraine

         Bishop Mark is requesting that  the faithful throughout the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown to join him in praying for peace in Ukraine as Russian forces invade the Eastern European country.

         The Bishop stands united in prayer with Ukrainian Catholics in that troubled part of the world and with the local Ukrainian Catholic population here in Central Pennsylvania. During this difficult time, he is inviting everyone to join him in praying the following ancient prayer.

         We fly to Your patronage, O Virgin Mother of God. Despise not our prayers in our needs, but deliver us from all dangers, since you alone are pure and blessed. O most glorious Ever Virgin Mary, the Mother of Christ our God, accept our prayers and present them to Your Son and our God, that for the sake of You, He enlighten and save our souls.

    “This prayer is a unique part of the spiritual heritage of the Catholic and Orthodox Christians of the Ukraine, dating back to the 10th or 11th century. It is quite similar to the Memorare prayer that most of us learned as children. As we watch the unfolding developments from Ukraine, it is often difficult to process our thoughts and feelings. That’s where a prayer like this can bring calm to our disturbed minds and hearts, and especially to our world.”

    Communal Reconciliation Services – During the season of Advent, Catholics are encouraged to seek God’s healing and forgiveness through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  The following is a schedule of local Communal Penance Services.  Please go to the Diocese website for updates:  www.dioceseaj.org

    December 4 @ 5 pm St. Joseph, Bellwood

    • Prayer for Peace in Ukraine

           Bishop Mark is requesting that  the faithful throughout the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown to join him in praying for peace in Ukraine as Russian forces invade the Eastern European country.

           The Bishop stands united in prayer with Ukrainian Catholics in that troubled part of the world and with the local Ukrainian Catholic population here in Central Pennsylvania. During this difficult time, he is inviting everyone to join him in praying the following ancient prayer.

           We fly to Your patronage, O Virgin Mother of God. Despise not our prayers in our needs, but deliver us from all dangers, since you alone are pure and blessed. O most glorious Ever Virgin Mary, the Mother of Christ our God, accept our prayers and present them to Your Son and our God, that for the sake of You, He enlighten and save our souls.

      “This prayer is a unique part of the spiritual heritage of the Catholic and Orthodox Christians of the Ukraine, dating back to the 10th or 11th century. It is quite similar to the Memorare prayer that most of us learned as children. As we watch the unfolding developments from Ukraine, it is often difficult to process our thoughts and feelings. That’s where a prayer like this can bring calm to our disturbed minds and hearts, and especially to our world.”

    • Communal Reconciliation Services – During the season of Advent, Catholics are encouraged to seek God’s healing and forgiveness through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  The following is a schedule of local Communal Penance Services.  Please go to the Diocese website for updates:  www.dioceseaj.org

      December 4 @ 5 pm St. Joseph, Bellwood

      December 5 @ 7 pm, Penn State, Worship hall of Pasquerilla Center, State College

    • December 6 @ 7 pm  Good Shepherd, Port Matilda

      December 9 @ 5:30 pm Our Lady of Lourdes, Altoona

      December 10 @ 10 am St. Theresa of the Child Jesus,                                                                                        Altoona

      December 11 @ 4 pm Saint Mary Parish, Hollidaysburg

      December 12 @ 7 pm Saint Matthew, Tyrone

                              @  7 pm Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Altoona

                              @ 7 pm St. Rose of Lima, Altoona, PA

      December 14 @ 6 PM  Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Altoona

      December 15 @ 7 pm Most Holy Trinity, Huntingdon

      December 18 @ 4 pm St. John  the Evangelist, Lakemont

      December 19 @ 6 pm Our Lady of Victory,  State College

      December 22 @ 5:30 PM Sacred Heart Parish, Altoona

    • GIVE BACK THROUGH #IGIVECATHOLIC!
      Thank you to all who contributed online and through the regular collection for a total of $475.00.  There is still time to donate towards helping to defray the cost of winter utilities just place your donation in an envelope in the weekend collection basket.    FYI the cost of snow removal has increased over 70% from last year due to rising costs of fuel etc.   

    • 2022 Pro-Life Christmas Cards can be ordered through the Blair County Chapter of Citizens Concerned for Human Life.  Cost of the cards are $8.00 per pkg. of 11 cards  A poster is in the vestibule with an example of the cards.  To order call Pat at 814-946-0681. 

    • St. Mary & St. Michael Nativity Festival is being offered as a gift to the Hollidaysburg parish communities including all in the surrounding community area.  This festival encourages attendees to reflect on the humble birth and life of Jesus Christ, Our Savior, and is a two-day, self-guided, FREE public event.  It will feature magnificently crafted nativity sets, including the historic nativity sets from both parishes.  Loaned by parishioners and friends, these works reflect the culture and perspective of artists around the world.  This amazing event will be held in the St. Mary social hall (312 Clark St. Hollidaysburg)  on Saturday, Dec. 17th from 3 pm to 7 pm and on Sunday, December 18th from 8:30 am to 6 pm.  A free Christmas Concert by the Altoona Community Band will be held at St. Mary Church at 3 pm on Sunday.

    • ANGEL TREE FOR CATHOLIC CHARITIES:  All wrapped/bagged “Angel Gifts” are due under the Gathering Space tree by Sunday, December 11th.  Please remember to enclose clothing gift receipts inside your package and to place the “coded angel” on top of your package.  Gift cards should be placed in the box in the parish office near the door.  Thank you for your generosity.
    • Catholic Daughters of the Americas will be selling poinsettias and Christmas wreaths after all Masses the weekends of Dec. 10/11 and Dec. 17/18.  Flowers are provided by Rozick’s Greenhouse.  The poinsettia flower was been used as a Christmas symbol since the 17th century when Franciscan friars in Mexico included the plant in their Christmas celebrations.  The star-shaped leaf pattern is said to symbolize the Star of Bethlehem, and the red color the blood sacrifice of Jesus’s crucifixion. 

    • Retirement Fund for Religious.  This special collection will assist with retirement-funding shortages. Your gift helps to provide medications, nursing care, and more for the many Religious men and women who reside in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown and their religious communities.  Please prayerfully consider this collection which will be featured the weekend of December 10/11, 2022.

    •  Knights of Columbus will be selling Basket of Cheer raffle tickets. Chances are $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00.  All monies raised with go toward the Sister Karen Endowment Fund.  Drawing is December 28th.

    • REMINDER:  Christmas altar flower requests are due Sunday, December 11th.  Please place your requests in the collection or bring to the parish office.  Extra forms are available in the gathering space.

    • RICA (Right of Christian Initiation for Adults)  If you or someone you know are interested in learning more about our Catholic Faith, please contact  Sue Burkholder at 814-684-0352

      • Catholic Daughters of the Americas 
      • BASKET RAFFLE IS UNDERWAY! There are an amazing variety of Baskets to choose from this year with something for everyone of all ages. Tickets are 7 for $5.00 and are available through Sunday, November 20t.
    • Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown is establishing a prayer ministry and we are seeking prayer partners.  Every Friday we pray for those who ask for special intentions, for the marginalized, the vulnerable and all clients seeking assistance from Catholic Charities. 

           Prayer is one of the gifts we can give to each other at no extra cost.  To request prayers, please visit our website:  www.catholiccharitiesaj.org.  

           For more information on how to participate and spend time in prayer for those in need, please contact Lisa Fellabaum, Outreach Liaison at 814-505-1106 or by email at lfellabaum@dioceseaj.org

    • Parishioners are encouraged to recite the rosary daily, gather together in the church on Wednesday afternoons at 3:30, and come before the daily and weekend Masses for the recitation of the Rosary. This is a special way of praying for individual and special intentions in a group to provide you  comfort and support.

    • Catholic Ministries Drive parish goal for 2022 is $32,779. 

        The annual CMD directly supports 14 ministries through which people are accompanied in their journey (100% of your gift does directly to these ministries).  There are many gifted and generous laypersons in our diocese who share their time and talent to support our Catholic ministries.

        This year, more so than others, our world, our nation, our communities, our parishes, and our families need tangible expression of hope.  This year 2022 is a time for everyone to move FORWARD IN FAITH!

            All contributions received beyond our parish target will be used to assist in Harkin’s Hall roof replacement.

    •  Scholarship-  Any student from the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown who is attending or will attend Franciscan University of Steubenville is eligible to apply for the John Paul II Scholarship.  For more information about the St. Pope John Paul II Scholarship at www.franciscan.edu, call 800-783-6220, or email admissions@franciscan.edu

    • Apply now at Saint Joseph Academy  The Saint Joseph’s high school community and educational experience is strong, balanced, and most importantly, firmly founded in Jesus Christ. Applications are now being accepted at all grade levels. To learn more or begin the online application process go to www.stjoeacad.org. You may also contact Ms. Maryann Lingenfelter, Director of Admissions, at mlingenfelter@sjcacademy.org or 814-808-6118 to arrange a tour or discuss any questions you may have.  We are looking forward to having you as part of the Saint Joseph’s community!

    • In the Altoona/Johnstown Diocese there are several men currently studying for the priesthood.  Please keep them in your prayers.
      • Deacon Brian Norris
      • Justin Treon
      • Jacob Gindhart
      • John Roy
      • Max Kroell
    • St. Aloysius Church in Cresson, PA would like to extend an invitation to participate in the Praise and Worship prayer meetings on Tuesdays at 1:30 pm on Zoom with Father Bob Hilz, meeting ID# 6726349049 or dial 929-205-6099.

           If you are in need of counseling, Catholic Counselors of America LLC is open by appointment at St. Aloysius Faith Education and Community Center. By calling Leorosie Trexler at 814-505-7178.

           May God Our Father, through Our Lord Jesus Christ, bless you and your family, and may Our Blessed Mother Mary cover you in her mantle of protection!

    • 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 National Catholic Risk Retention Group, Inc.  This month’s article is Our Pledge to Protect Vulnerable Adults, by Judge Kate Huffman. This article is available in the vestibule and also on the parish website.
    • 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 INTENTION SCHEDULING: Mass intentions will now be accepted.   Mass intention or requests will be  limited to 3 masses for each family per year (only one Mass can be for the weekend or Holy Day).    We schedule as we receive mass intentions and will do our best to honor your requests. Please keep in mind to be kind and considerate of others and this will allow as many as possible in our parish family to be able to request a celebration of Mass.  Remember that the value of a Mass is infinite no matter when it is celebrated.

    • Please note that the annual collection of religious articles takes place once a year in February. You are asked to please keep items to exchange/donate until that time.  The gathering space is not a drop off for old or not used items throughout the year.  If an item is not blessed you may discard of it on your own.
    • 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.
  • FAMILIES NEEDED FOR ADVENT WREATH – CANDLE LIGHTING! In two weeks we will begin the new church (liturgical) year and our four-week period of preparation for the joyous celebration of Christmas.  We are asking our parish families to participate in the Advent wreath candle lighting at the start of each of our Advent weekend Masses.  A sign-up list for this can be found in the vestibule.  Please participate and sign up today!

  • 2022 Pro-Life Christmas Cards can be ordered through the Blair County Chapter of Citizens Concerned for Human Life.  Cost of the cards are $8.00 per pkg. of 11 cards  A poster is in the vestibule with an example of the cards.  To order call Pat at 814-946-0681. 

  • St. Mary & St. Michael Nativity Festival is being offered as a gift to the Hollidaysburg parish communities including all in the surrounding community area.  This festival encourages attendees to reflect on the humble birth and life of Jesus Christ, Our Savior, and is a two-day, self-guided, FREE public event.  It will feature magnificently crafted nativity sets, including the historic nativity sets from both parishes.  Loaned by parishioners and friends, these works reflect the culture and perspective of artists around the world.  This amazing event will be held in the St. Mary social hall (312 Clark St. Hollidaysburg)  on Saturday, Dec. 17th from 3 pm to 7 pm and on Sunday, December 18th from 8:30 am to 6 pm.  A free Christmas Concert by the Altoona Community Band will be held at St. Mary Church at 3 pm on Sunday.

  • Shop for a Cause this Christmas!  – Ten Thousand Villages is partnering with the State College Chapter of Catholic Relief Services to offer a community shopping event on Saturday, December 3rd from 11 am to 6 pm at their store at 1341 South Atherton Street.  An exciting collection of handmade fair trade artisan gifts are available and 15% of your purchase will be donated to Catholic Relief Services in support of their agricultural, educational and emergency relief work around the world. 
  • ANGEL TREE FOR CATHOLIC CHARITIES:  All wrapped/bagged “Angel Gifts” are due under the Gathering Space tree by Sunday, December 11th.  Please remember to enclose clothing gift receipts inside your package and to place the “coded angel” on top of your package.  Gift cards should be placed in the box in the parish office near the door.  Thank you for your generosity.

  • Catholic Daughters of the Americas will be selling poinsettias and Christmas wreaths after all Masses the weekends of Dec. 10/11 and Dec. 17/18.  Flowers are provided by Rozick’s Greenhouse.  The poinsettia flower was been used as a Christmas symbol since the 17th century when Franciscan friars in Mexico included the plant in their Christmas celebrations.  The star-shaped leaf pattern is said to symbolize the Star of Bethlehem, and the red color the blood sacrifice of Jesus’s crucifixion. 

  • Retirement Fund for Religious.  This special collection will assist with retirement-funding shortages. Your gift helps to provide medications, nursing care, and more for the many Religious men and women who reside in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown and their religious communities.  Please prayerfully consider this collection which will be featured the weekend of December 10/11, 2022.

  •  Knights of Columbus will be selling Basket of Cheer raffle tickets. Chances are $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00.  All monies raised with go toward the Sister Karen Endowment Fund.  Drawing is December 28th.

  • REMINDER:  Christmas altar flower requests are due Sunday, December 11th.  Please place your requests in the collection or bring to the parish office.  Extra forms are available in the gathering space.

  • RICA (Right of Christian Initiation for Adults)  If you or someone you know are interested in learning more about our Catholic Faith, please contact  Sue Burkholder at 814-684-0352

    • Catholic Daughters of the Americas 
    • BASKET RAFFLE IS UNDERWAY! There are an amazing variety of Baskets to choose from this year with something for everyone of all ages. Tickets are 7 for $5.00 and are available through Sunday, November 20t.
  • Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown is establishing a prayer ministry and we are seeking prayer partners.  Every Friday we pray for those who ask for special intentions, for the marginalized, the vulnerable and all clients seeking assistance from Catholic Charities. 

         Prayer is one of the gifts we can give to each other at no extra cost.  To request prayers, please visit our website:  www.catholiccharitiesaj.org.  

         For more information on how to participate and spend time in prayer for those in need, please contact Lisa Fellabaum, Outreach Liaison at 814-505-1106 or by email at lfellabaum@dioceseaj.org

  • Parishioners are encouraged to recite the rosary daily, gather together in the church on Wednesday afternoons at 3:30, and come before the daily and weekend Masses for the recitation of the Rosary. This is a special way of praying for individual and special intentions in a group to provide you  comfort and support.

  • Catholic Ministries Drive parish goal for 2022 is $32,779. 

      The annual CMD directly supports 14 ministries through which people are accompanied in their journey (100% of your gift does directly to these ministries).  There are many gifted and generous laypersons in our diocese who share their time and talent to support our Catholic ministries.

      This year, more so than others, our world, our nation, our communities, our parishes, and our families need tangible expression of hope.  This year 2022 is a time for everyone to move FORWARD IN FAITH!

          All contributions received beyond our parish target will be used to assist in Harkin’s Hall roof replacement.

  •  Scholarship-  Any student from the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown who is attending or will attend Franciscan University of Steubenville is eligible to apply for the John Paul II Scholarship.  For more information about the St. Pope John Paul II Scholarship at www.franciscan.edu, call 800-783-6220, or email admissions@franciscan.edu

  • Apply now at Saint Joseph Academy  The Saint Joseph’s high school community and educational experience is strong, balanced, and most importantly, firmly founded in Jesus Christ. Applications are now being accepted at all grade levels. To learn more or begin the online application process go to www.stjoeacad.org. You may also contact Ms. Maryann Lingenfelter, Director of Admissions, at mlingenfelter@sjcacademy.org or 814-808-6118 to arrange a tour or discuss any questions you may have.  We are looking forward to having you as part of the Saint Joseph’s community!

  • In the Altoona/Johnstown Diocese there are several men currently studying for the priesthood.  Please keep them in your prayers.
    • Deacon Brian Norris
    • Justin Treon
    • Jacob Gindhart
    • John Roy
    • Max Kroell
  • St. Aloysius Church in Cresson, PA would like to extend an invitation to participate in the Praise and Worship prayer meetings on Tuesdays at 1:30 pm on Zoom with Father Bob Hilz, meeting ID# 6726349049 or dial 929-205-6099.

         If you are in need of counseling, Catholic Counselors of America LLC is open by appointment at St. Aloysius Faith Education and Community Center. By calling Leorosie Trexler at 814-505-7178.

         May God Our Father, through Our Lord Jesus Christ, bless you and your family, and may Our Blessed Mother Mary cover you in her mantle of protection!

  • 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 National Catholic Risk Retention Group, Inc.  This month’s article is Our Pledge to Protect Vulnerable Adults, by Judge Kate Huffman. This article is available in the vestibule and also on the parish website.
  • 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 INTENTION SCHEDULING: Mass intentions will now be accepted.   Mass intention or requests will be  limited to 3 masses for each family per year (only one Mass can be for the weekend or Holy Day).    We schedule as we receive mass intentions and will do our best to honor your requests. Please keep in mind to be kind and considerate of others and this will allow as many as possible in our parish family to be able to request a celebration of Mass.  Remember that the value of a Mass is infinite no matter when it is celebrated.

  • Please note that the annual collection of religious articles takes place once a year in February. You are asked to please keep items to exchange/donate until that time.  The gathering space is not a drop off for old or not used items throughout the year.  If an item is not blessed you may discard of it on your own.
  • 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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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 – 12:00 PM

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: Lauren Wright

Call: (814) 312-0969 or email: lwright@dioceseaj.org

Elementary to High School: (Grades K-8): Sunday mornings 9:00 AM to 10:15 AM

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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 – Jason Terosky (814) 692-4222
Finance Council – Dennis Rozick (814) 684-5511
School Council – TBA
Cemetery Committee – Shirley Hall (814) 931-0657

Saint Matthew Catholic School “serving our community since 1869”

Lead Teacher: Jennifer Casanave.

School Phone: (814) 684-3510

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

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Sister Jane’s contact information

Sister Jane Miller is in residence at St. Joseph parish in Bellwood. Here is her contact information.

Address: 623 E. Third Street, Bellwood, PA  16617

Sr. Jane Cell:     931-1120

Sr. Jane Email:  jmseashell@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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