3rd Sunday of Advent December 14, 2014

He was not the light, but
came to testify to the light.
John 1: 8

 

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. 9-11): 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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ADVENT RECONCILIATION SERVICES

In preparation for the celebration of Jesus’ birth please make sure you receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  For your convenience, listed below are the dates and times of the Communal Reconciliation Services in various parishes in our area. Please choose one that will work for you and receive the Sacrament of God’s love and forgiveness.
Monday, 12/15: Saint Matthew, Tyrone, 7:00 pm.
12/16: Most Holy Trinity, Huntingdon, 7:00PM

12/17: Cathedral, Altoona, 6:30 PM.
12/18: Sacred Heart, Altoona, 5:30 PM.

12/21: Our Lady of Victory, State College, 2:00 PM

 

 

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3rd Sunday of Advent (Dec. 14th)

Just as the pink candle of the Advent Wreath shining on in Joy, may we “shine on” as we share our blessings in cheerfulness and gratitude.

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Liturgical Reflection . .

It is by baptism that the Christian people have a right and duty to participate at Mass.  When the Eucharist is arranged in such a way that the fruits of the Lord’s passion, death, and resurrection are remembered, then the assembled believers are led to a conscious, active, and full participation in the sacred mysteries.  This is a participation in body and in mind, a participation fervent with faith, hope, and charity that is required by the very nature of the Eucharist.  Thus the ecclesial nature of the Mass is made manifest and the body of Christ becomes one in the celebration of the Eucharist

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A Prayer for Advent

Lord Jesus,  Master of both the light and the darkness, send your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas.  We who have so much to do seek quiet spaces to hear your voice each day.  We who are anxious over many things look forward to your coming among us.  We who are blessed in so many ways long for the complete joy of your kingdom.  We whose hearts are heavy seek the joy of your presence.  We are your people, walking in darkness, yet seeking the light.  To you we say, “Come, Lord Jesus!”  Amen.            – Henri Nouwen

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Families and the Gospel: 

Lk  1:26-38

The gospel reports “there is one among you whom you do not recognize.”  It is hard to believe Christ is present in a family with crazy schedules, suppers that start too late and end too early, cares that don’t start, misunderstanding, frustrations, piles of laundry, unmatched socks and stretched budgets.  The list is endless.  The words spoken at Mass, “The Lord is with you,” are not a hope, they are a fact.

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Please pray for our Catechumens:

Jesson Crowell, Kara Carper & Trinity Ansman as well as the Candidates for full communion of the Catholic Church Susan Loose, Kimberlee Brokenshire, &  Aleic Hunter.  Please also pray for their sponsors and the entire RCIA team for their guidance and prayerful support

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Prayers

Prayers for Advent, Advent Wreaths, The Christmas Season, and Epiphany can be found at http://www.cptryon.org/prayer/adx/adwreath.html

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Electronic Giving

Anyone wishing to start online or “electronic” giving or who would like to obtain information regarding this option, please “sign-up” in the gathering space so information can be forwarded to you.

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THOUGHTS ON STEWARDSHIP AS A WAY OF LIFE

“Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you”

                                                                                                                                          1 Thessalonians 5: 16 – 18 

 

This scripture reading sums up Stewardship. “Rejoice always” means place your trust in God; He will provide all that you need. “Pray constantly” means prayer should be a running conversation with God throughout the whole day, every day. “Give thanks in all circumstances” means even in bad situations, thank God. Suffering a little bit helps build empathy for others in similar situations.

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