Sixth Sunday of Easter- May 26, 2019

Families and the Gospel                                  May 26, 2019    John 14:23-29
Today Jesus makes an amazing promise: “My Father will love you and we will make our home with you.” Imagine the Creator of the universe living in your home, eating and watching TV with you, listening to you conversations, laughter, and disagreements; with you in the difficulties, successes and when you sleep. This is the promise made to families that “keep my word.” What a security system!

Pastor:  Reverend Jozef  Kovacik

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


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Stewardship Reflection May 26th – Sixth Sunday of Easter

6th  Sunday of Easter          

“When we accept our lives as sheer gifts, the Spirit can use us as apt instruments for spreading the Gospel and the true peace of Christ.”

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Easter Season

Prayer for Easter

You are no longer in the power of sin, of evil!

Love has triumphed, mercy has been victorious!

God’s mercy always triumphs, because God’s love is stronger

than evil and death itself. God’s love can transform our lives.

God’s love can do this! –Pope Francis


May the blessings of this most joyous season renew your hearts and souls with His love as we celebrate THE GIFT OF NEW AND EVERLASTING LIFE given to us by our good and gracious God.  May the light of Jesus’ resurrection always guide all your steps on your life journey.   

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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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Mass Schedule & Intentions:

May 25– June 2, 2019
Sat.     5:00 PM – Kaleb Woomer – Gram & Anita
Sun.    8:00 AM – Helen Schoch – Cathy Igou
10:30 AM – For the People of the Parish – Pastor
Mon    9:00 AM Michael Dionis – Rose & Bill Long
Tues    8:00 AM- Cody Belin – Family
Wed.   7:00 PM Nicholas Zane – Jack & Cindy Zane
Thurs. 9:00 AM- Thanksgiving of Fr. Jozef’s 21st Anniversary of Ordination
7:00 PM – For the People of the Parish – Pastor
Fri.       8:00 AM- Frank Ferrari – Family
Sat        5:00 PM – Casper & Alice Smith – Anna, Evie and Maria Smith
Sun       8:00 AM – 35th Anniv. Kathy & Mike Hoyne
10:30 AM – For the People of the Parish – Pastor

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

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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 I leave with you; my peace I give to you.”     John 14: 27

“…do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid”                 John 14: 27

Our limited human understanding cannot begin to understand the immense power of God. Instead of trusting in God, we think we can control every outcome. Do you want to make God laugh? Tell Him your plans. The next time worry, anxiety or fear creeps in, thank God for all He has given you and trust that He has a better plan for you.

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Activities for the Week of May 27, 2019

Mon.           9:00 AM – Mass at Oak Grove Cemetery

Tues.          7:00 PM –  Confirmation at Cathedral

                    7:00 PM – Maintenance Committee (PO)

                    7:00 pm – Scouts (H, Sch)           

Wed.          3:30 PM –  Rosary

                    6:00 PM – Cantor Rehearsal

                    7:00 PM – Vigil Mass

Thurs.        9:00 AM –  SMS Mass (Honor Fr. Jozef’s Anniv.)

                    7:00 PM –  Ascension Thursday Mass

                  6:30 PM – Bingo

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Liturgical Ministries and Other Parish Ministries –Weekly Schedules

+++ May 27th      thru   June 2nd    –  Lectors

Weekdays – 8:00 AM – R. Long

Wed. – 7:00 PM –  C. Nagle, C. Nagle, M. Nagle

Thurs. 9:00 AM –   SMS School Students

            7:00 PM –    K. Pearson, A. Pearson, E. Pearson

Sat.-   5:00 PM – G. Miller, S. Friday, Sr. Karen

Sun.   8:00 AMB., D. & S. Zakrzwski

          10:30 AM M. Morse, M. Raffetto, S. Gavazzi

+++ May  29/30 – June 1/2  –  Altar Servers

May 29 – Wed. 7:00 PM – B. Davidson, I. Gibbons

May 30 – Thurs. 7:00 PM – M. Chappell, M. Bauer

Sat.   5:00 PM – B. Baldauf, R. Crowell

Sun.  8:00 AM – M. Stoner, C. Lewis

       10:30 AM –  L. Brooks, Q. Cowher

+++ May 27th thru June 2nd   Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist

Weekdays – 8:00 AM – C. Golden

Wed. – 7:00 PM –     D. Castagnola+, R. Bunch, J. Zeigler

Thurs. – 9:00 AM –   SMS School  Mass

               7:00 PM –   P. Baran+, L. Morrison, J. Terosky

Sat.    5:00 PM –    G. Baldauf+, S. Burkholder, S. Loose 

Sun. – 8:00 AM –    L. Grove+, J. DiDomenico, K. Hoyne

         10:30 AM –  T. Patton+, Sr. Jane, G. Patton

+++ May  29/30 –  June 1/2-  Music Ministers

Wed. – 7:00 PM – Aye/Leslie

Thurs. – 7:00 PM – Aye/Maureen

Sat.    5:00 PM –   Tammy/Erin

Sun.  8:00 AM –   Tammy/Maureen/Becca

         10:30 AM –   Tammy/Maureen

+++ May $ Counters –    L. Stevens+, M. Ronan, S. McNelis

+++ Church Cleaners – May 19th  thru June 1st  ,     

P. DelBaggio, S. Feller, S. Loose, S. Thomas, R. Schoch fffff

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  • Our annual MEMORIAL DAY MASS will take p lace Monday, May 27th at 9:00AM, in Oak Grove Cemetery. We will prayerfully remember all men and women who have died in service to our country as well as our own loved ones who have passed. How special to pray in the midst of the graves of so many of the parishioners whose legacy of faith, hope and love live on in our Saint Matthew’s community!


    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.

  • CCW HANDMADE QUILT CHANCES will be sold in the Gathering Space before and after all Masses during the next two weekends:  May 18-19 and 25-26.  Monies raised benefit the CCW Sisters.

  • MEMORIAL WALL ADDITIONS Some parishioners have asked about having a plaque added to those already up in the Gathering Space.   Memorial Wall Plaques represent significant donation made to the parish at the time of our early 2000s renovation, but they can be added to as follows:  $2,000 for 5×7, $7,500 for 6×9, and $20,000 for 9×12.  Donators may design their own plaque in a variety of ways:  photos or religious symbols, personal or Scriptural text.  Plaques may honor the donor and be placed in memory of a loved one.  If you are interested in a plaque, please examine those already on our Memorial Wall for ideas and then take a Memorial Wall Plaque form found in the Gathering Space.  Persons desiring to add a plaque to our Memorial Wall are asked to contact Sr. Karen (see front of bulletin) in the next two weeks to set up an appointment during the month of June. 


    JULY 2019-JUNE 2020 PAIRSH CALENDAR PLANNING   All council, committee, organization, and activity chairpersons are asked to begin planning your meetings and events for July 2019-June 2020.  Your dates are due to Sr. Karen in the Parish Office by Monday, June 3.  There review of the annual calendar will take place Tuesday evening, June 18, 6:30PM in the Gathering Space. 

  • 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

    ARISE Seasons One and Two (out of Five) came to an end with last week’s Pot Luck Supper. Thanks are in order for all who served on the Parish Team, led the Small Faith Sharing Groups, Shared their Homes, and/or participated in the weekly Gospel-based prayers and community-building discussions. 55 persons took advantage of ARISE, many of whom are already looking forward to Season Three in the Fall. This does not count the youth of our parish who participated in the ARISE process through our School and Religious Education. Special thanks to the Independent Catholic Foundation of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown for the $800 grant which covered the cost of introductory Parish Kits and the postage of all Leadership and Participant materials. To learn more about the work of the Independent Catholic Foundation you can go to its website or call (814) 201-2080.


    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.  

  • 15TH ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT sponsored by the CARMELITE COMMUNITY OF THE WORD will be held FRIDAY, JUNE 7 at SCOTCH VALLEY. Thank you so much to those of you who have already expressed interest in golfing and/or who have sent in donations to support this one public fundraiser that supplements the ministerial salaries and supports the physical, spiritual, educational, etc. needs of the 13 Sisters (ages 63-83) themselves. Your contributions of all kinds—including prayers!—mean more than words can say.
    Registration Deadline is this Friday, May 31. Shotgun start at 12 Noon includes Scramble Format, Lunch, Course Refreshments, Casual Dinner, Prizes, Live Auction: Cost: $125/Golfer or $475/Foursome.
    Monetary Sponsorship or Donations of Any Size, or Items for the Live Auction are welcomed! So are Tee Signs ($100) Program Ads ($50-$150), Your Presence at the Dinner and Auction ($20)! Deadline for these contributions is also this Friday, May 31.
    Talk to one of the Sisters or contact Kelli Murphy, CCW Development Director, by phone at 886-4098 or email

  • 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

  • Father Jozef’s 21st Priesthood Anniversary is May 30th.   Our faithful priests need our prayerful support and reminders of our gratitude for their ministry to us.

  • 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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