2nd Sunday of Lent March 1, 2015

Jesus took Peter, James, and John and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves.

Mark 9: 2


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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Liturgical Reflection . . .

The General Instruction of the Roman Missal makes specific references to the Season of Lent.  The Glory to God is not prayed during the Sunday of Lent.  During Lent, instead of the Alleluia, the Verse before the Gospel is sung.  During Lent it is forbidden for the altar to be decorated with flowers (exceptions are the Fourth Sunday of Lent, solemnities and feasts).  The playing of the organ and musical instruments is allowed only in order to support the singing.  The color violet or purple reflects the seriousness of the season.  The Sundays of Lent are prayed without exception; no other choice of Mass is permitted. A funeral Mass may not be  celebrated on Sundays of Lent, Holy Thursday, and the Paschal Triduum (Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter).  The General Instruction of the Roman Missal, Numbers 53, 62, 305, 313, 346, 354, and 380.

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Families and the Gospel   

Mk  9:2-10

The apostles thought they knew Jesus, but when He changed in front of them at the Transfiguration, they were “afraid.” In families we cannot freeze relationships because change and growth are inevitable.  Children grow up, parents grow old and spouses change.  Transfigurations are all around us and within us.  Relationships can only grow when we embrace the new and let go of the old.

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Lenten Reminders:

  • Lenten Meditation Booklets are available in the Gathering Space. Please take one.


  • CRS Rice Bowls – Hungering for a Bountiful Earth – This week CRS Rice Bowl takes us to the coffee highlands of Nicaragua, where we’re called to protect both the goodness of creation and the livelihoods of struggling families. How will this week’s fast remind us of the sacredness of God’s creation and our duty to protect it? The theme for this year is:  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. The message and devotion to Jesus as the Divine Mercy is based on the writing of Saint Faustina Kowalska, wrote a diary of about 600 pages recording the revelations she received about God’s mercy. The message of mercy is that God loves us no matter how great our sins.
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The church has begun the forty day  journey to Easter with the annual disciplines of praying, fasting and almsgiving.  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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“’Here I am!’ he answered.”

                                                             Genesis 22: 11


It is easy to say, “Here I am, Lord,” when we are kneeling in church. Can we just as easily answer, “Here I am, Lord,” when we go home, when a neighbor needs our help, when a fellow parishioner asks us to join a committee, or when a letter asks for our financial help? These are often exactly the places where Jesus calls us to be.

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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:

February 28 – March 8, 2015

Sat.   5:00 PM – Bill Korman – Mary Jane & Danny


Sun. –  8:00 AM –Gene Cannistraci – Brenda Diamond

& Son

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

Mon.–  8:00 AM – John Blazina – Margaret Baker

Tues.–  8:00 AM – Leonard Zanghi – Friend

Wed -   9:00 AM – Paul Morrison – Connie Geraci

Thur –  8:00 AM –  Christopher Erbeck – CDA

Fri.       8:00 AM – Rose & Ludwig Schafflhuber –

Rose & Bill Long

Sat..  –  5:00 PM –   For the People of the Parish

Sun.  –  8:00 AM –  Salvatore Cannistraci – Children

10:30 AM –  James Mack – Rose/Sara Castagnola


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 2nd

Mon. –   9:45/10:30 AM – Graystone Manor/ TCC

6:30 PM – Parish Council  (L)

7-7:45 PM – Celebration Choir

7:30 PM – K of C  (H)

Book Fair – Monday thru Sunday (GS)

Tues. – 7:00 PM – Cub/Boy Scouts  (H

Wed. –  9:00 AM – SM School Mass

3:30 PM – Rosary

6:00 PM – CDA  (H)

6:30 PM – RCIA  (GS)

7:00 PM – Stations of the Cross & Reconciliation

Thurs.- 6:30 &  & 7:00 PM – Glory & Praise Rehearsals

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

3:00 PM – Chaplet of Divine Mercy

6:30 PM – Bingo

Sat. –   10:00-2:00 PM – CDA Craft Fair  (H & GS)

Sun. –  3rd SUNDAY OF LENT

9-10:15 AM – R/E Classes

9-10 AM – Gr. 2 Eucharistic Class  (H

Noon to 3 PM – Gr. 10 Retreat  (H)

10:30 AM  Mass –  Glory & Praise Choir

6-8 PM – Girl Scouts  (GS)

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March 2nd  thru  Mar. 8th  – Lectors  

Weekdays – 8:00 AM – R. Long

Sat.    5:00 PM –  S. Burkholder, B. Markel, A. Markel

Sun.  8:00 AM –  R. Zakrzwski, D. Zakrzwski, S. Zarkzwski

10:30 AM –  T. Terosky, J. Terosky, M. Panasiti 


March 4, 7/8 – Altar Servers

Wed. –   7:00 PM  – A. Fernandes, A. Gaida

Sat. –     5:00 PM  – C. Carper, J. Lewis

Sun.-     8:00 AM –  H. Durbin, B. Pearson

10:30 AM-  K. Cowher, B. Daniels


March 7/8

Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist

Weekdays  –  8:00 AM –  NA

Sat.    –  5:00 PM –   C. Palmonka

Sun.   – 8:00 AM –  D. Weaver

10:30 AM –   J. Terosky


March 7/8 –   Music Ministry

Sat. –    5:00 PM – Aye/Leslie

Sun.     8:00 AM –  Laura/Maureen

10:30 AM –  Glory & Praise/Nathan


Children’s Liturgy

Sun. March 8th – Erin Weber


March  $  Counters –   C. Haag, C. Golden, J. Everhart



Church Cleaners – March 1st to March 15th

  1. DelBaggio, S. Feller, M & J Storm, S. Loose
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