Pentecost Sunday – June 9, 2019

Families and the Gospel                                                Pentecost Sunday
Today’s gospel tells us God actually wants to take up residence in your family. “We will come and make our home with you.” Every family is called to be a tabernacle where God dwells. Is Jesus a permanent member of your family or temporary guest? Today the promise is given. The choice is ours.

Pastor:  Reverend Jozef  Kovacik

Phone: (814) 684-1480 (Parish Office & Rectory)
Fax: (814) 684-7969


Congratulations to the Graduates of Saint Matthew Catholic School. The mass and graduation took place Monday, June 3rd. The Class of 2019 consists of:

Max Abernethy                    Rose McKernan
Anleigh Ahlert                      Sabastian Polizzi
Quinn Cowher                      Marian Pownall
Sophia Cowher

CONGRATULATIONS to Emma Hoover, daughter of Adam and Lynda Hoover who earned valedictorian honors at the 2019 Tyrone High School Graduation, June 4th and Sarah Zakrzwski, daughter of Robert and Deborah Zakrzwksi, who earned salutatorian honors at the 2019 Bishop Guilfoyle High School Graduation, May 17, 2019.

Thank you to Annie Markel, senior at Bishop Guilfoyle High School, who painted and donated the beautiful portrait of our Blessed Mother being displayed in the Gathering Space. This portrait was part of a School/Class community outreach and will be displayed in our Saint Matthew Catholic School (that Annie also attended).

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Mass Schedule & Intentions:

June 8 – 16, 2019

Sat.      5:00 PM –  Max & Marg Schnellbaugh – Family

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

          10:30 AM – Ludwig Schafflhuber – Rose & Bill

Mon    8:00 AM    Bobbi Damico – Betty Feller

Tues   8:00 AM–  Cody & Norma Belin – Family

Wed.   8:00 AM –  Roberto Carrera – Anna, Evie &Maria Smith

Thurs. 8:00 AM –  Nicholas Zane – Cindy & Jack

Fri.      8:00 AM-   Frank Smiach – Zakrzwski Family

Sat      5:00 PM –  Francis Hagg – Martha & Ann

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

10:30 AM –  Fathers’ Day Flower Intentions

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Stewardship Reflection June 9th – Pentecost

Pentecost Easter          

“The Spirit, the first gift of the risen Christ to his people, gives us both the ability to receive the Gospel of Jesus and, in response, the power to proclaim it.”

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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

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated on Saturday from 4:00 PM till 4:30 PM or anytime upon request.

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Office Staff & Ministries Contact Information


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 E-mail:
Sister Jane Miller, C.C.W.
Cell: (814) 931-1120 E-mail:

Director of Religious Education: Gia Patton
Call (814) 682-9108 or email

Coordinator: Elementary & Middle School: Mark Raffetto
Phone: (814) 934-2936 email:

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 – Sarah McNelis (814) 684-5598
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
“serving our community since 1869”
Principal: Mrs. Debbie St. Pierre
Principal’s email:
School Phone: (814) 684-3510
School web-site:

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“Peace be with you.  As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”        John 20: 21

“The Advocate, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.”                          John 14: 26

The materialism of our society lures us to concentrate more on what we want than on what God wants for us. The relativism of our world tells us that we should be tolerant of all things, that there is no absolute truth. Pray to the Holy Spirit to transform our lives and to guide our thoughts, words and actions.

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Activities for the Week of June 10, 2019

Tues.          Church Meals              

Wed.          3:30 PM – Rosary

Thurs.       6:30 PM – Bingo (H)

               6:00 PM – Music Ministry Party  (Bullpen)

 Fri.         Church Meals


Sat.         RODEO

               CDA Fathers’ Day Hearts & Flowers (All Masses)

Sun.        Father’s Day

               Rodeo Clean-up    

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Liturgical Ministries and Other Parish Ministries –Weekly Schedules

June 10th     thru   June 16th    –  Lectors

Weekdays – 8:00 AM – S. Searer

Sat.-   5:00 PM – S. Loose, R. Parker, S. Burkholder

Sun.   8:00 AMK. Pastorik, A. Searer, A. Lynn

          10:30 AM A. Langenbacher, B/K Bauer, D. Murray

June 15/16 ––  Altar Servers

Sat.   5:00 PM – M. Weber, C. Weber

Sun.  8:00 AM – A. Markel, E. Narehood

       10:30 AM –  K. Friday, G. Naylor

June 10th thru June16th Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist

Weekdays – 8:00 AM – R. Long

Sat.    5:00 PM –    M Raffetto+, K. Raffetto, P. Ray

Sun. – 8:00 AM –   C. Igou+, S. Lewis, M. Rozick

         10:30 AM –  J. Terosky+, S. Hoover, ME Jones

June 15/16 –  Music Ministers

Sat.    5:00 PM –   Aye/Erin

Sun.  8:00 AM –   Aye/Leslie

         10:30 AM –   Aye/Leslie/Becca

June $ Counters- P. DelBaggio+, V. Frantz, D. Cunningham

Church Cleaners – June 2nd  thru June 15th   ,     

M. & S. Ronan, P. Davis, N. Swope, K. Stever 9

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  • REMINDER TO ALL MUSIC MINISTERS! Our annual Music Ministry Gathering will take place THIS Thursday, June 13, 6PM, at the Bull Pen Restaurant. Please RSVP to Sister Karen by TOMORROW (Monday)—if you haven’t already—so that the correct number of attendees can be called into the restaurant.

  • FOOD, FUN AND INSPIRATION FOR BODY AND SOUL Please respond to the present and near future Gathering Space materials related to the following great events sponsored by the Parish Life Committee.
    Sunday, August 11 – Parish Mass /Picnic at Reservoir Park
    Friday, October 4 – Bus Trip: “Jesus”
    Friday, December 6 – Bus Trip: “Christmas Miracle”
    NOTE: Bus trips are to sight and Sound Theatre in Ronks, PA. Cost is $110 plus $16 for buffet meal at Golden Corral. It may not seem like it, but these are reasonable prices for these events.
    Sr. Karen will be away through Tuesday, June 11, but please contact her no later than June 17 to set up a late June appointment to discuss the details of your desired memorial Wall plaque(s).

  • ATTENTION LECTORS AND EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS! Dates for which you will be UNAVAILABLE for Ministry during the months of July, August and September are due to Sr. Karen no later than next Monday, June 17. Thank s to those who have already responded.

  • JULY 2019-JUNE2020 MASTER CALENDAR REVIEW Chairpersons—or their representative—of all Parish and School Councils, Committees, Organizations, and Activities are expected to be present for the master Calendar Review Meeting on Tuesday, June 8, 6:30PM, in the Gathering Space. Thank you to all Chairs who so promptly prepared and submitted their desired dates, times and places for their gatherings!!!!

  • REMINDER – First Holy Communion Banners are available in the Gathering Space for pick-up. High School Seniors are also encouraged to take their photos.


    College Scholarship application forms for those beginning/continuing their college education are available in the Gathering Space. Scholarship monies are for vocational and associate and bachelor degree programs.  There are separate forms for vocational schools. Students are required to submit an application each year.  Completed forms should be returned to the parish office by June 15, 2019.

  • Can You Help? – Three-year-old Ailani Myers, granddaughter of Saint Matthew parishioners Jamie and Gary DiDomenico, has leukemia and needs a bone marrow transplant. Since a match has not been found, a Bone Marrow Registry Drive is being held at Bishop Guilfoyle High School on Sunday, June 9th from 11am – 2pm. If you are between the ages of 18-44, please consider giving the gift of life. It is as simple as completing a form and swabbing your cheek. If you are unable to attend but would like to have a kit mailed to you, then register online at: or text “4Ailani” to 61474.

  • Experience Peace, Tranquility & Healing at the home of Padre Pio in the USA – Join Fr. Dave Peles and Deacon Michael Russo for a day-long Pilgrimage to the National Center for Saint Padre Pio on June 26, 2019.  Round trip bus fare is $55.00 per person.  Lunch is $21.00 per person-gratuities are included.  The Padre Pio Shrine is located in Barto, PA.  Explore the gallery, visit the center, pray in the magnificent chapel, and visit the museum.  Bus will depart at 7 am at Saint Benedict Church in Johnstown.  For more info. contact Deacon Michael Russo at 814-288-3036 or


    Vacation Bible School volunteers needed for June 24-28, 2019 from 9 am to 12 noon. Please contact Gia Patton if interested. Any help would be appreciated!  Registration forms will be available in the Gathering Space next weekend.  

  • Love in an Age of LonelinessA Day Retreat on the Family.  Don’t miss this opportunity to reflect on marriage and family life with well-known speakers and authors Kimberly Hahn and Mike Aquilina.  Includes Mass with Bishop  Mark, confession, Adoration, and lunch.  Saturday, June 22nd, starting at 9am at St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy in Boalsburg, PA .  The first 100 to register will receive a free copy of the The First Society by Scott Hahn.  Spaces are limited.  Register at

  • Saint Francis University – Red Flash Boys Basketball Camps
    Session 1 – June 24th to Jun 28th @ Hollidaysburg YMCA
    Session 2 – July 29th to August 2nd @ Maurice Stokes Athletics Center at SFU Ages are from 5 to 17 ~ Group and Family discounts available. To register call Luke McConnell at 814-471-1114 or email or you can visit the website

  • Families United for Change  Is Your Family Suffering from Drug Addiction?  We are a group of Family Members affected by Addiction starting a grass roots effort to bring about change in recovery.  Next Meeting:  May 14th 2019 (and, every second Tuesday of the Month) at 7 pm.   Location is Hope Community Church, 1520 11th Street, Lower Level, Altoona PA   For questions please call 814-934-8067

  • Diocesan Summer Camp Opportunities – Registrations for Diocesan summer camps, Camp Timothy (Grades 10-12 and newly graduated seniors) and Camp Zacchaeus (grades 4-9) are being accepted.  Anyone interested in attending a camp or information on donating to the Angel Fund, please contact Francine Swope in the Youth Ministry Office 814-317-2646.

  • 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, or at www.francis/edu/adcs.  Become that Someone today!
  • CATHOLIC REGISTER:  In the Gathering Space are copies of the Catholic Register.  The Register will no longer be mailed to individual parishioners but copies will be sent to each parish for distribution monthly. 

       The Diocese has also launched an online newspaper –PROCLAIM!: The Good News of Altoona-Johnstown featuring diocesan news, information, and commentary – including happenings at parishes and schools.  Visit the site at and sign up for regular e-mail updates delivered to your inbox. 

  • Families United for Change  We are a group of Family Members affected by Addiction starting a grass roots effort to bring about change in recovery.  Meetings are every second Tuesday of the Month  at 7 pm.   Location is Hope Community Church, 1520 11th Street, Lower Level, Altoona PA   For questions please call 814-934-8067

  • 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.  All calls are confidential.
  • AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of eligible purchase to our parish.   Please go to the following link: and you can start helping our church in this very easy way.
  • Please remember our local Tyrone Food Bank during these long winter months.  Canned soups, peanut butter, cereal, jelly, and personal care items are always needed.
  • Stations of the Cross project sponsored by  Olivia Butler, 11th grade student at Bishop Guilfoyle is seeking donations.  The Stations will be placed on the grounds of Bishop Guilfoyle High School.  Donations are being accepted and can be sent to BG High School, 2400 Pleasant Valley Blvd., Altoona, PA  16602 (Atten: Business Office).  Donations of $150 or more may request to have a Station memorialized.  This project will assist Olivia in achieving her Girl Scout Ambassador’s Award.

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Organ Restoration Project Update

Mr. Greg Stager continues working on the tedious electrical and carpentry work, but as we reported last week, the overall project completion will not be completed until later in the spring.  Until then, Mr. Stager has donated a digital keyboard for use in the choir loft.  Our instrumentalists can use it to provide us with the sound of an organ for upcoming services. 


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