3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time January 25, 2015

 Then they abandoned their nets

and followed him.

Mark 1: 18



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 Reflections…

The Mass consists in some sense of two parts, namely the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist, these being so closely interconnected that they form but one single act of worship.  For in the Mass is spread the table both of God’s Word and of the Body of Christ, and from it the faithful are to be instructed and refreshed.  The Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist flow together so well that both form the one prayer of praise and thanks in the Church, the holy Mass.

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Families and the Gospel

                   Mk 1:14-20

In today’s gospel, Jesus didn’t hesitate when He invited people to follow Him.  He walked right up to them and clearly asked them to join Him.  If we want our children to follow us, we must be direct in our talk and clear in our example.

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“Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.”


                                                                  Mark 1: 17


Jesus’ call to “Follow me” is a call to all Christians! Jesus asks us to help Him build his church on earth by generously sharing all our gifts of prayer, talent and treasure. Remember, Jesus calls us to generously develop and share all our gifts, not just the ones we pick.

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Faith Finances

The Altoona-Johnstown Diocese will be welcoming Tom Zoradoni, the founder and author of FAITH FINANCES on Saturday, February 28th from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm at the Sacred Heart Spirituality Center, Portage, PA.  Mr. Zoradoni is a devout Catholic who through the trials of his own life has been called to a ministry of helping Catholics learn and live their faith by using scripture and basic budgeting tools to become financially free.  The workshop atmosphere will be fun and relaxed – no personal finance information will be shared with the group.  Cost for the course is $45/person and $75/couple.  Send name, address, phone and payment to Family Life Office, 5379 Portage St., Lilly PA  15938 @ 814-886-5551.

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Worldwide Marriage Encounters

Let Christ into your marriage so it can be a great marriage. Restore and renew your marriage to a unity of heart by attending a full overnight Marriage Encounter Weekend on February 27-28 to March 1 (Friday evening to Sunday afternoon) at the Atherton Hotel, State College. For information call 814-495-4854 or visit www.YourmarriageisWorthIt.org

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Concerts Under the Dome

Sunday, Feb. 8th at 2:00 PM, organ recital by Kevin M. Clemens, at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. Mr. Clemens will play organ works of J.S. Bach, John Cook, Marcel Lanquetuit, and Alexander Guilmant.  Concert is free and open to the public.

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Holy Land Tour

On May 6, 2015 a tour of the Holy Land from Loretto will take place.  Booking the nine day tour will cost $4,049.00 that includes airfare, hotels, breakfasts and dinners, expert tour director and local guides, and daily mass.  Included are sites of the Church of the Annunciation, Mount of Beatitudes, Transfiguration, the Way of the Cross, and Holy Sepulchre.  Please contact Msgr. Timothy J. Swope at 814-472-8551.

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Ecumenical Service

On Sunday, January 25th at 3 pm, Bishop Mark Bartchak will host an ecumenical service at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona.  All are invited to participate in this prayer.

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Online Giving – E Offering:   

For those who would like to start electronic  giving there is a link on our church website for you to do so.  Please go to  www.stmatthewtyrone.org and click on the My E Offering Link on the bottom right-hand side.  Questions – please contact the parish office.

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