2nd Sunday of Advent December 10, 2017

A voice of one crying out in the desert: “Prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight his paths.”

Mark 1: 3


We welcome all visitors. If you live in the area please call the Parish Office to register and become an active member of our parish family


Pastor: Reverend Jozef Kovacik

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

Parish Office Staff:
Administrative Assistant: Rose Long
Financial Administrator: 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
E-mail: kseashored@msn.com
Sister Jane Miller (814) 931-1120
Email: jmseashell@msn.com
CCW Website: www.ccwsisters.org

Director of Religious Education: Gia Patton
Call (814) 682-9108 or email smspatton@gmail.com
Coordinator: Elementary & Middle School: Mark Raffetto
Phone: (814) 934-2936 Email: psufanmark@gmail.com

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 – Jack Chambers (814) 632-3339
Finance Council – Dennis Rozick (814) 684-5511
School Council – Lawrence McKernan (814) 632-7767
Cemetery Committee – Michael Feller (814) 932-1788

Saint Matthew Catholic School
Principal: Mrs. Debbie St. Pierre
Principal’s email: dstpierre@stmatthew-school.org
Phone: (814) 684-3510
School web-site: www.stmatthew-school.org

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“Prepare the way of the Lord…”
Mark 1: 3

We are all called to live a holy life. We are all called to invite others to live holy lives. Living a stewardship lifestyle, being grateful and generous with our gifts, does just that – it puts us on the path to holiness and it invites others to be holy, too.

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Stewardship Reflection – 2nd Sun. of Advent- Dec.10th

It is through repentance that we acknowledge our sins. In their pastoral letter on stewardship, the U.S. bishops proclaim that “the Spirit of wisdom and courage helps people seek pardon and be mindful that in the face of all their forgetting, the most important work of their lives is to be Jesus’ disciples.” As we prepare to celebrate God’s greatest gift to us in the birth of our Savior, have we reconciled our sins so as to continue along the path to eternal life?

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The Sunday Obligation “weekend” for the 4th Sunday of Advent (Dec. 24th) will take place as usual: 5PM Saturday and 8AM and 10:30 AM on Sunday. Masses for Christmas (Dec. 25th) which is a Holy Day of Obligation will take place on Christmas Eve at 5PM (Children), 7PM, and 12 Midnight and on Christmas Day, Monday, Dec. 25th at 9AM.

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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:

December 9 – 17, 2017

Sat. 5:00 PM Ralph & Emma Hagg – Family
Sun. 8:00 AM Salvatore & Rosalie Cannistraci-Children
10;30 AM For the People of the Parish – Pastor
Mon 8:00 AM Bill Frantz & Dean Roumanis – Family
Tues. 8:00 AM Ann & Frank Schneider – Family
Wed. 8:00 AM Bill Engelman – Zakrzwski Family
Thurs. 8:00 AM Christopher Edmondson – Sons
Fri. 8:00 AM Mike Dixon – Wife & Garrett, Lucas &
Sat. 5:00 PM Joyce Miller – Family
Sun 8:00 AM Dec’d Mbrs of Spanelli Family – Family
10:30 AM For the People of the Parish – Pastor

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 11th

Mon. Angel Tree Gifts Due
5:00 PM – Priests’ Dinner (H)
7:00 PM – St. Matthew’s Advent Reconciliation Service
Tues. 6:30 PM – SMS Council (L)
7:00 PM – Scouts (H)
Wed. 3:30 PM – Rosary
6:30 PM – SMS Christmas Program (H)
Thurs. 6:30 PM – Bingo
7:00 PM – PCGG (L)
Fri. 7:00 PM – Knights of Columbus Christmas Party
Sat. 4:00 PM – R/E Flower Sale (GS)
Sun. 9-10:15 AM – K-5 Christmas Play Practice
10:30 AM – Glory & Praise Choir
11:30 AM – Church Decorating and Lunch
R/E Christmas Flower Sale after all masses
6-8:00 PM – SMASH & HSYM (All)

Please Note that RCIA will NOT meet this week.

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Dec. 11th thru Dec. 17th – Lectors
Weekdays – 8:00 AM – A. Searer
Sat.- 5:00 PM – B. Strayer, G. Miller, D. Strayer
Sun. – 8:00 AM – C. Nagle, C. Nagle, M. Nagle
10:30 AM – A. Patton, N. Patton, S. Cowher

Dec. 16/17 – Altar Servers
Sat. – 5:00 PM – C. Woomer, D. Baldauf
Sun. – 8:00 AM – M. Buck, S. Buck
10:30 AM – A. Pownall, M. Pownall

Dec. 11th thru Dec. 17th
Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist
Weekdays – 8:00 AM – R. Long
Sat. – 5:00 PM – S. Burkholder+, S. Loose, J. Zeigler
Sun. – 8:00 AM – M. Rozick+, P. Davis, R. Garbinsky
10:30 AM – G. Patton+, Sr. Jane, T. Patton

Children’s Liturgy – December 10th – Nicole Swope
December 17th – Erin Weber

Dec. 16/17 – Music Ministers
Sat– 5:00 PM – Laura/Maureen
Sun.– 8:00 AM – Laura/Sarah
10:30 AM – Glory & Praise

December $ Counters – B. Long+, C. Golden, S. Hall

Church Cleaners – Dec. 10th thru Dec. 16th
Mike & Sue Ronan, Paulette Davis, Nicole Swope, Kim Stever

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Communal Penance 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 Communal Penance Services at various parishes throughout the Diocese. Please consult individual parishes for other Reconciliation opportunities leading up to Christmas.
December 11 @ 7pm Saint Matthew Parish and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Altoona
December 14 @ 5:30pm Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Altoona and @ 7pm Most Holy Trinity Parish, Huntingdon
December 16 @ 10am Saint Therese of the Child Jesus Parish, Altoona
December 17 @ 2pm Our Lady of Victory Parish, State College and 4pm Saint Mary Parish Hollidaysburg
December 18 @ 7pm – Saint Rose of Lima Parish, Altoona
December 20 @ 6:30pm Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Altoona
December 21 @ 5:30pm Sacred Heart Parish, Altoona

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A limited number of OPLATKI/CHRISTMAS WAFERS will be available for the taking next weekend in the Gathering Space. Limit: one per family, please. Each wafer is enclosed in a special envelope that contains information regarding this family custom that highlights charity.

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