Families and the Gospel – Lk 3:1-6 Today’s gospel shows John the Baptist and parents have similar vocations. Like the Baptist, parents are asked to make “rough ways smooth” and to “prepare the way of the Lord” for their families. This Advent ask: “Does my life hinder or help my family to know Jesus?”
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 go to the Diocese website for updates: www.dioceseaj.org
December 5 @ 5 pm – Saint Joseph in Bellwood
December 5 @ 4 pm Saint John the Evangelist Parish, Altoona
December 6 @ 7 pm – Worship Hall of Pasquerilla Spiritual Center, Penn State Campus
December 9 @ 5:30 pm Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Altoona
December 12 @ 4 pm Saint Mary Parish, Hollidaysburg
December 13 @ 7 pm Saint Matthew, Tyrone
December 13 @ 6 pm Our Lady of Victory, State College
December 13 @ 7 pm Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Altoona
December 15 @ 6 pm Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Altoona
December 16 @ 5:30 pm Sacred Heart Parish, Altoona
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.
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.
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 814-684-1480.
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.