5th Sunday of Lent March 22, 2015

“Whoever loves his life loses it,

and whoever hates his life in this world

will preserve it for eternal life.”

John 12: 25


DID YOU KNOW?  Sister Karen’s Birthday is Tuesday, March 24th and Father Jozef’s Birthday is Saturday, March 28th.


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:  Rose Long & Debbie Zakrzwski

Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday

8:30 AM  –  2:30 PM


Pastoral Ministry:

Sister Karen Duddy, C.C.W.

Cell:  (814) 935-2934   Convent: (814) 684-3553

E-mail:   kseashored@msn.com

Sister Jane Miller 814-931-1120, jmseashell@msn.com

CCW Website:  www.ccwsisters.org


Coordinators of Religious Education

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

or email at psufanmark@gmail.com


Sr. High (Gr. 9-12): Chris Gurekovich (814) 935-6198

or email at  cgureko@hotmail.com


E/M Classes (Grades K-8): Sunday mornings: 

9:00 AM to 10:15 AM (Sept. to May)


Youth Ministry Sessions (Gr. 9-11):  Every other Sunday: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (September to April)


RCIA:  Susan Burkholder  (814) 684-0352

Pastoral Council – Michael Ronan  (814) 632-8585

Finance Council – Dennis Rozick  (814) 684-5511

School Council – Lawrence McKernan  (814) 632-7767

Cemetery Committee – Michael Feller  (814) 684-4401


Saint Matthew Catholic School:

Principal:  Mrs. Jamie DiDomenico

Principal’s email:  smsdidomenico@gmail.com

Phone: (814) 684-3510

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

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“I will be their God and they shall be my people.”


Jeremiah 31: 33


What does it mean to be God’s people? It means we recognize that everything we have and everything we are belongs to God. We aren’t “owners” of anything, we are merely “stewards” of the gifts God has given us. It means we are willing to use our gifts and our lives to care for our neighbors and the world, just as God cares for us.

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Liturgical Reflection . . .

The Local Church of Altoona-Johnstown will assemble on Monday of Holy Week, March 30, at 11:00AM, in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament for the annual Chrism Mass.  Bishop will gather with his college of priests assisted by his deacons with the assembled faithful from throughout the Diocese.  Bishop will bless the Oil of the Catechumens, the Oil of the Sick, and Sacred Chrism. These consecrated oils will be used for the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Orders and Anointing of the Sick; also, new altars will be consecrated with Sacred Chrism.  Each parish community will take a portion of the three oils back to the parish for use in the appropriated liturgical celebrations.  The entire diocesan family is invited to participate in this annual Liturgy.

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Families and the Gospel                Jn 12:20-33

Relationships come with a price tag.  We must be willing to entrust ourselves to another, to let go of our autonomy and die to our independence.  It is in dying to our independence that we find inter-dependence with others.

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To prepare for the celebration of Easter, I would like to encourage you to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  Here are the dates and times of the Communal Reconciliation Services in our area.

March 22nd at 5 PM – Saint Rose of Lima, Altoona

March 23rd at 7 PM – Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Altoona

March 24th at 7 PM – Good Shepherd Church, State College

March 25th at 6:30 PM – Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Altoona

March 26th at 7 PM – Saint Matthew – Tyrone

March 26th at 7:00 PM – Our Lady of Lourdes, Altoona

March 29th at 4 PM – Saint Mary, Hollidaysburg and at 2 PM – Our Lady of Victory, State College

March 31st at 7 PM – Penn State Campus (State College), Pasquerilla Spiritual Center

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Lenten Reminders: 

  • Lenten Meditation Booklets are available in the Gathering Space. Please take one – it is never too late to strengthen your Lenten journey.
  • Stations of the Cross Bookmarks are available in the vestibule under the Bulletin Board. These are a great spiritual reference for those who would like to mediate on the Stations of the Cross at home or for our parishioners who are home bound, shut-ins, and in residence at care facilities. Please take one for yourself and for those who need them.
  • CRS Rice Bowls – Hungering for Peace –CRS Rice Bowl brings our Lenten journey back to Africa this week, to the Democratic Republic of Congo. We join our fasting in solidarity with people who go hungry, and we remember in prayer the importance of building a community that is willing to support those most in need. PRAY as a family, FAST in solidarity and GIVE to change lives  What better way to teach children that we can make a difference in someone’s life? Pick-up your family’s rice bowl in the Gathering space. Remember, your Lenten sacrifices change lives.
  • Stations of the Cross will be held each Wednesday of Lent at 7:00 pm. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be celebrated right after the Stations of the Cross. Saint Matthew School will pray the Stations of the Cross every Friday at 9:00 AM.
  • Chaplet of the Divine Mercy on Friday’s at 3 PM.
  • Easter Flower Altar Flower orders as due March 22nd.
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LENTEN FAST AND ABSTINENCE a forty day journey

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence. All Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence. FASTING refers to only one full meal with two small meals and no eating otherwise for the day. ABSTINENCE refers to not eating meat at all during the day.  All those who have reached their 14th year are obligated to ABSTAIN. The church directs the holy FAST to all those in their 18th year until their 60th year.  (Canon 1525)  The ancient practice of fasting and abstaining can occur throughout the other days of Lent. This is not obligatory and can take a variety of forms distinct from food. Please remember that true fasting is both external and internal.


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Mass/Reconciliation Schedule

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:

                                         March 21 – 29, 2015



Sat.   5:00 PM – John Molnar – Wife, Helen

Sun. –  8:00 AM –John & Josephine Futrick – Jack &

Teresa Futrick

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

Mon.–  8:00 AM – Adeline Maceno – Jack/Carol Brantner

Tues.–  8:00 AM – Phil, Andrew, & Michael Lusardi –


Wed -   8:00 AM – Joseph Hughes – Jack/Carol Brantner

Thur –  8:00 AM – Frank Zitzlsperger – Rose & Bill Long

Fri.       8:00 AM – Pete Getz – Wife, Judy

Sat..  –  5:00 PM –  In Honor of the Birthdays of Sr. Karen

and Fr. Jozef

Sun.  –  8:00 AM – For the People of the Parish – Pastor

10:30 AM – Mary Minerich – Margaret Baker


If you would like to have Mass celebrated for special intentions or for the deceased members of your family or friends please stop by or call the parish office.

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Activities for the Week of March 23rd

Mon.  – 6:30-7:00 PM – Cantors

7-7:45 PM – Celebration Choir

Tues. – Church Meals

7:00 PM – Cub/Boy Scouts  (H)

Wed. –   3:30 PM – Rosary

6:30 PM – RCIA  (GS)

7:00 PM – Stations of the Cross & Reconciliation

Thurs.-  5:00 PM – Dinner for Priests  (H)

7:00 PM – Lenten Reconciliation Service – Church

7:00 PM – Rel. Ed. Committee  (L)

Fri.  –Church Meals

9:00 AM – Stations of the Cross (School)

3:00 PM – Chaplet of Divine Mercy

6:30 PM – Bingo


9-10:15 AM – R/E Classes

9:45 AM Gr. 9 Leads Stations of the Cross

RCIA  Passion Retreat

Noon-1:30 PM – Grs.9 & 11  Confirmation Session  (H, L)

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