July 5, 2020 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Saint Matthew Masses at 5:30 pm on Saturday and 10:30 am on Sunday will continue for the faithful. Weather permitting Masses will be held at Oak Grove Cemetery where we are not limited to the number in attendance. We will use a ‘bring your own lawn chair’ policy.

     If you are not sure if a Mass will be held at the church or Oak Grove Cemetery, a notice will be placed on the Saint Matthew Facebook page and the Saint Matthew webpage.

 Communion will be distributed AFTER mass in the Gather Space on Saturdays at 7 pm and Sundays at 12 noon.  

DIRECTIONS to Oak Grove Cemetery: Take Route 453 N, West 15th Street from Saint Matthew Church, after Feller Funeral Home take a left turn onto Green Dale Avenue and continue straight to Oak Grove Cemetery.

If traveling from Houtzdale area take Route 453 S, West 15th Street, and before Feller Funeral Home take a right onto Green Dale Avenue and continue straight to Oak Grove Cemetery.

     If you are not sure if a Mass will be held at the church or Oak Grove Cemetery, a notice will be placed on the Saint Matthew Facebook page and the Saint Matthew webpage www.stmatthewtyrone.org at least one hour before the scheduled mass.

     Communion will be distributed AFTER mass and if you are unable to be seated in the cemetery or parish church communion will be brought to you.

     All are reminded that the Christian faithful are not obliged to participate at Mass on Sunday due to the circumstance of the Coronavirus pandemic. This remains in effect until further notice.

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.

IMPORTANT UPDATE FROM BISHOP MARK:

Plenary Indulgence: Bishop Mark is also stressing that those impacted during this time are eligible to receive a Plenary Indulgence, which, according to the Catechism, removes the temporal punishment due to sin.
In the words of Pope John Paul II an indulgence is “the expression of the Church’s full confidence of being heard by the Father when – in view of Christ’s merits and by His gift, those of Our Lady and the saints – she asks Him to mitigate or cancel the painful aspect of punishment by fostering its medicinal aspect through other channels of grace.”
The conditions for the Plenary Indulgence include watching a televised Mass, praying the Rosary, the Stations of the Cross or other devotions, or at least receiving the Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and a pious invocation to the Blessed Mother, offering this trial in a spirit of faith in God and Charity towards one’s brothers and sisters. There must be a true commitment to fulfilling the sacramental obligations of Reconciliation and Eucharist as soon as possible.
“People can be assured of the graces than can come from even these restricted opportunities for prayer,” Bishop Mark mentioned. “God’s grace goes past all of these boundaries. People should be comforted by that.”

Families and the Gospel                                      Matthew 11:25-30

Just as Jesus received a mission today, parents accept the mission of raising a family.  Parents are not alone in this exhausting and difficult mission.  Today Jesus tells us “come to me and I will give you rest.”

† Pastor:  Reverend Jozef  Kovacik

Phone: (814) 684-1480 (Parish Office & Rectory)
Fax: (814) 684-7969
Website: www.stmatthewtyrone.org

email:  stmatthewtyrone@gmail.com

Weekend Mass Schedule: Saturday at 5:30 PM and Sunday at 10:30 AM 

Weekday Mass Schedule:
Wednesday, Thursday & Friday at 8:00 AM
Holy Day of Obligation Mass Schedule: 9:00 AM and 7:00 PM

Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated on Saturday at 6:30 PM or anytime upon request.

Please remember if these times do not allow you to attend mass you can do so at Saint Joseph Church in Bellwood either on Saturday at 4:00 PM or Sunday at 8:00 AM and also on Monday at 8:00 AM & Tuesday at 6:00 PM and the Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated on Saturday at 3:30 PM 

Message From Bishop Mark – July 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Someone recently told me that she could hear the sigh of relief recently as restrictions were lifted that allowed for our churches to reopen. Numerous people have remarked how grateful they are to attend Sunday Mass and receive the sacraments, especially the Body and Blood of Christ in the Holy Eucharist. And they have mentioned how good it is to pray and worship with others in person.

 

I have not heard any criticism about the need for distancing or the way in which the financial offerings of the people are collected in a manner that avoids unnecessary physical contact.

 

However, there is one concern that is increasingly being brought to my attention. It has to do with the use of face masks. A better way to describe it is the growing number of letters and email messages advising me that people are simply not wearing face masks inside church.

 

A number of reasons for not wearing face masks have been shared with me, including:

·         It’s hard to breathe because it is too warm in church

·         We are in the green zone, so masks are no longer necessary

·         It’s too awkward for my kids who keep pulling them off

·         Where I live we are strong people and we have that herd immunity

·         As a young adult I have been out socializing with friends and no one has masks

 

I am well aware that no one wants to tell others to wear a mask. Pastors don’t want to be the bad guy. Ushers don’t want people giving them an earful if they mention anything about masks. Parents are frustrated when they try to get their children to cooperate.

 

As I listen to all of those comments, I am also mindful of the concerns of people who come to Mass with the reasonable expectation that everyone is doing their part in observing the directives that were announced as a necessary part of the reopening of churches.

 

I am also mindful of the expert advice I have received and continue to receive. The message remains the same. Masks are the most important means of protecting yourself and others when you find yourself in a group.

 

In places throughout the country where businesses have reopened and people are gathering without using face masks, there has been an alarming increase in the number of COVID-19 cases. News reports indicate that the number of confirmed cases in the past month have doubled in many of those places. As a result, the restrictions and closures are being reinstated.

 

The people of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown have been known as being pro-life. That value and commitment of being pro-life is not limited to being against abortion of children. It extends from conception to natural death. It extends to every human person because we are all made in the image and likeness of God.

The care we have for ourselves and for the well-being and safety of others is found in Sacred Scripture. Just think of the story of Cain and Abel (Genesis 4:1-15), when the Lord asked Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” And Cain replied, “Am I my brother’s keeper?”

 

We know the answer is yes. We are responsible for each other. Our Lord Jesus Christ affirmed that when he reminded us that we are to love our neighbor as we love ourselves (Luke 10:27). And Jesus went on to describe in the story of the Good Samaritan that we must literally go out of our way to help someone in need (Luke 10:29-37).

 

In that famous Gospel story, Jesus reminds us that there are times when caring for others involves an inconvenience and even a sacrifice on their part. That care for others is to be generous and done with compassion for the other person.

 

So how does this apply to all of us when it comes to COVID-19, face masks, and being in the parish church for Mass?

Wearing a face mask is a way in which we can love ourselves, since it is for our individual protection. Wearing a face mask is a way in which we can love our neighbors, so that an invisible virus is not spread from one to another. And remember, there are lots of people who have COVID-19, but they don’t have any symptoms; they don’t know that they have it.

 

I AM REPEATING MY PERSONAL APPEAL TO ALL OF YOU TO USE A FACE MASK WHEN YOU ATTEND MASS AND OTHER PARISH GATHERINGS.

 

In previously announced guidelines, I advised that the dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days remains in effect, but if you cannot or should not attend due to medical conditions, you are encouraged to watch Mass on TV or via the internet.

 

Some people have chronic health conditions that make it extremely difficult to use a mask. If you are in that category, you are not obliged to attend Mass. At the same time, if you wish to receive Holy Communion, you should make that known so that Holy Communion may be brought to you as long as that is necessary. This can be done by a priest, deacon, or extraordinary minister of Holy Communion.

 

If it’s just too warm to wear a mask during Mass, you can remain outside, and wait to receive Holy Communion without entering the church according to the plan that each parish should have in place.

 

ALTAR SERVERS, EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS, READERS (except for when they are actually reading), AND ANYONE ELSE WHO ENTERS INTO THE SANCTUARY (including deacons/priests) ARE TO WEAR A MASK.

 

MASKS ARE TO BE WORN BY USHERS, ORGANISTS, SONG LEADERS (except when they are engaged in singing).

 

When you are in church for Mass, THE MASK SHOULD ONLY BE REMOVED FOR A BRIEF MOMENT WHEN YOU ARE ABOUT TO RECEIVE HOLY COMMUNION, AND THEN IT SHOULD BE PUT BACK IN PLACE UNTIL MASS IS FINISHED AND YOU HAVE EXITED THE CHURCH.

 

The use of face masks is the number one means of protecting yourself and others from the spread of COVID-19.

 

I received a number of compliments from public health officials and government leaders for the implementation of the measures that were in place in our churches, schools, and other parish buildings.

 

I take this opportunity to thank all of you again for your cooperation in this effort. However, I need to be clear that unless the proper precaution of utilizing face masks is observed by everyone, it may result in the closures once again. No one wants to return to that experience.

 

So here is the bottom line: FACE MASKS ARE NOT OPTIONAL WHEN WE COME TO CHURCH.

 

As the slogan goes, “We are all in this together.” And that includes the presence of the Lord Jesus among us and with us.

 

Don’t let yourself even think about a slogan once suggested by Cain in the very first book of the Bible: “Am I my brother’s keeper?” Apparently Cain did not know the answer. But you do. “We are all in this together.”

 

Enjoy the July 4 Independence Day celebrations; but be safe. And enjoy the rest of the summer by taking good care of each other.

 

Bishop Mark

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Stewardship Reflection July 5, 2020

Today’s psalmist sings with joy, “let all our works give you thanks, O Lord, and let your faithful ones bless you.” A steward’s life is grounded in giving thanks and being transformed into a person who lives with an attitude of gratitude.” 

     By handing our ordinary lives over to Jesus we can rest in the promise of Jesus that to labor in His name we learn to be humble and not act as if becoming a Christian steward is burdensome., For my yoke is easy, and by burden light.”  (Matthew 11:30)

   

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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.

July 4 – 12, 2020

Sat.        5:30   pm   Harry Schreber and Gerry Higgins

                                 – Connie Geraci   

Sun.       10:30 am For the People – Pastor

Mon.      8 am  Mass at St. Joseph Parish  

Tues.      6 pm  Mass at St. Joseph Parish

Wed.      8 am  Norm Tubo – wife, Cecila

                         Katherine DelBaggio – CDA

Thurs.    8 am  Norma Dixon – Connie Geraci                                   

Ellen Cushion – Cathy Igou

Fri.         8 am  Catherine Schriber – Connie Geraci

                         Dec’d Membrs of Ivan & Minerich Family – Margaret Baker

Sat.         5:30 pm  Angelo Cannistraci – Wife

                               Bill Korman – Janet Kolesky

               10:30 am Marion Glasgow-Michael & Becky Rozick

                                Dale Eberhart – Connie Geraci

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THOUGHTS ON STEWARDSHIP AS A WAY OF LIFE

OUR  BEST  AND  ONLY  GOD

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Matthew 11: 28

“For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”  Matthew 11:30

When we think of being good stewards, we may think that God is asking too much of us when He calls us to generously share our time, talent, and treasure. However, we must remember that we are not “owners” of anything, we are merely “stewards” of the gifts God has given us. All He is asking is that we give back a small portion, in gratitude, of what He has already given to us.

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Liturgical Ministries and Other Parish Ministries –Weekly Schedules

Lectors   Weekdays   8:00 am – R. Long

Lectors – July 11 and 12

Sat.   5:30 pm    Debbie Strayer, Debbie Strayer, K. Hoyne

Sun. 10:30 am   A. Langenbacher, M. Raffetto, A. Patton

Altar Servers – July 11 and 12

Sat.   5:30 pm        NA

Sun.10:30 am        NA

Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist – July 11 and 12

Sat.    5:30 pm       M. Raffetto, K. Raffetto, R. Bunch

Sun. 10:30 am       G Patton, T. Patton, N. Patton

Music Ministers – July 11 and 12

Sat. 5:30 pm          Richard/Leslie

Sun. 10:30am        Bev/Tammy

song sheets will be provided at each mass

Note:  Monthly Collection Counters and Church Cleaners will not be assigned until the Fall.

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Parish Office Staff & Ministries Contact Information

Parish Office Staff:  

Financial  Assistant: Debbie Zakrzwski

Administrative  Assistant: Sue Ronan   

Email: stmatthewtyrone@gmail.com

Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8:30 AM – 2:30 P

Director of Music: Leslie Estep
Call: (814) 684-4899 or email: lime458@verizon.net

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Director of Religious Education: Gia Patton
Call: (814) 682-9108 or email: gpatton@dioceseaj.org

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)

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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”
School Phone: (814) 684-3510
School web-site: www.stmatthew-school.org

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Activities for the Week of July 6, 2020

Wednesday 3:30 pm           Rosary  (Church)

Thursday 6:30 pm Bingo (Hall)

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Announcements:

  • SUMMER REMINDER: MASS ATTIRE
    Each Sunday we gather as a parish community to praise and thank our great God, to experience His Loving mercy and place our needs before Him. We are guided by His Word and nourished by His own Body and Blood.
    Parishioners of all ages are reminded that, although the church has no set dress code, appropriate dress for Mass includes clean, conservative and modest clothing, expressing our heart’s devotion to God and our desire to strengthen (vs distract from) the faith of those around us.
    There is a website www.masstimes.org where you can find a catholic church as you are traveling. Please use it so you don’t miss Sunday celebration of the Eucharist.
  • The Friar’s Nook Gift Shop-Christmas in July is upon us!  At the Friar’s Nook Gift Shop, all clearance items as 75% off through August 1st!  Also, the shop is still stocked up for all of your sacrament needs!  The shop will continue to have modified hours through Labor Day which are Fridays and Saturdays, 10 am to 4 pm, and is located on the campus of Saint Bernardine Monastery at 793 Monastery Road, Hollidaysburg.  For any questions, please call 814-695-3802. 

  • Confirmation Date has been scheduled for Saturday, September 12th at 7 pm
  • Religious Education News: Instructors needed for Grades 1, 3, 5, and 6. Please prayerfully consider volunteering for this ministry and contact Gia Patton for more details.
  • Please note: Vacation Bible School has been cancelled for this year.

  • OUTDOOR SUMMER MASSES to be held at 7 pm at the beautiful Shrine of Our Lady of the Alleghenies in Loretto, PA. Masses will continue through Labor Day Weekend, September 7th. Please bring a lawn chair. In the event of inclement weather, the Mass will be celebrated in the Basilica of Saint Michael the Archangel.
  • Announcing the re-opening of Catholic Counselor of America at Saint Aloysius Faith Education and Community Center in Cresson, PA. We’re in this together with you. We fuse our wills to God’s Most Holy and Divine Will and live out our calling to be God’s instruments of His peace and blessings. We would be honored to be of service to you. Call 814-505-7178 for information or to schedule an appointment.
  • Mass Scheduling for 2020 Please note in scheduling of Masses for 2020, there will most likely be two intentions for each mass due to a reduction in mass availability times and a backlog of mass intentions. Sunday masses will be limited to two per family per year. In addition, there will be no mass intentions accepted for at least the first 6 months of this year due to a backlog of masses and when mass intentions are accepted the number of masses you can request may be limited. Thank you for patience and understanding. 
  • Knights of Columbus – If you are between the ages of 18-88+ and are a Catholic gentlemen in communion with the Holy See, you are eligible to become a Knight of Columbus! Why should you join the K of C? If you would like to be more actively involved in your church and community, support projects for those in need, and become involved in a program you are greatly committed to, then you need us! Because we need you! We need men who are willing to share their special talents and abilities with others.  What a great way of thanking Jesus for your many blessings! Contact Rich NcNelis 814-321-4013, Membership Director, St. Gregory Council 1218

  • Please note that if you have not received your bi-monthly contribution envelopes or have changes in address, you need to contact the parish office. Changes in name and address usually take at least an envelope cycle (2-3 months) to change due to company turnaround. Thank you for your cooperation and patience.

  • 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 raym@apmc.edu.                            

  • 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 oce@francis.edu, or at www.francis/edu/adcs.  Become that Someone today!
  • 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!

Current Employment Opportunities at our Saint Matthew Catholic School: 

  • Principal
  • Cafeteria Manager/Cook
  • 5th & 6th grade teacher
  • After school care coordinator 

If interested or if you want to know more about these positions please go to: www.dioceseaj.org/employment/

  • There is still time to register your child for Pre-school, Kindergarten, Grades 1 to 6 for the 2020-2021 School Year.  Please call the school office 814-684-3510
  • Would you like to volunteer your skills in marketing to assist Saint Matthew School in its many activities that involve the school, rodeo, and parish.

●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. 

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Update regarding Sister Karen

SISTERS’ NEW 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 
Please continue to support Sr. Karen and Sr. Jane with your prayers as Sr. Karen is facing multiple challenges to her health.  After being hospitalized in June followed by a fall, she was admitted last week and diagnosed with an infection in her arm. She underwent surgery for the infection on Monday, and then, on Thursday, the cardio thoracic surgeon cleaned out an abscess in her chest.  Hopefully, this will not require any further intervention.  Upon discharge from the hospital Sr. Karen will return to Garvey Manor for rehabilitation.  Cards can be sent to her home address:  1223 Four Leaf Lane, Hollidaysburg, PA  16648. 

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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