No public masses will be celebrated until further notice. All mass intentions will be fulfilled as Father Jozef will celebrate masses in private.
Every Sunday Mass can be watched on the parish’s Facebook page.
Saint Mathew Church will be open for private prayer daily from
9: 00 AM to 7:00 PM.
Saint Matthew Masses will begin the weekend of June 13th at 5:30 pm and June 14th at 10:30 am. Weather permitting Masses will be held at Oak Grove Cemetery where we are not limited to the number in attendance. We will use a ‘bring your own lawn chair’ policy.
If you are not sure if a Mass will be held at the church or Oak Grove Cemetery, a notice will be placed on the Saint Matthew Facebook page and the Saint Matthew webpage www.stmatthewtyrone.org at least one hour before the scheduled mass.
Communion will be distributed AFTER mass and if you are unable to be seated in the cemetery or parish church communion will be brought to you.
All are reminded that the Christian faithful are not obliged to participate at Mass on Sunday due to the circumstance of the Coronavirus pandemic. This remains in effect until further notice.
A Message from Father Jozef:
Please remember that the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) may prevent us from physical interaction and from uniting in a communal prayer when we gather together in our beautiful church, but it cannot keep us from being united in spirit; spirit of prayer and thanksgiving as a way of life, but most importantly the virus cannot keep us from our communion with the Lord by helping one another in any way we can, especially in these difficult times.
Below is a traditional prayer of SPIRITUAL COMMUNION that many saints have prayed over the years. It can be prayed if you cannot attend mass or you find yourself at Mass unable to receive the Eucharist, or even in the midst of your daily work, lifting up your thoughts to God. The ultimate goal of our lives should be communion with our good and gracious God and an act of spiritual communion can help a person draw closer to that goal.
I believe that You are truly
present in the Most Blessed Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment
receive You sacramentally in Holy Communion,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there
and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
During these difficult times let us pray the following prayer:
Jesus traveled through towns and villages “curing every disease and illness.” At His command, the sick were made well. We humbly ask you to come to our aid now and stay by our side in this time of uncertainty, confusion and pain, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus. Please heal those who have contracted the virus. Be with the doctors, nurses, researchers and all medical professionals who seek to heal and help those affected and who put themselves at risk in the process. May they know your protection and peace and may we all experience your healing love. AMEN.
NOTE: Any parishioner who may be in need of assistance of any kind, please contact the parish office 814-632-3070.
DIOCESE ONLINE GIVING OPTION FOR SAINT MATTHEW PARISH
These are unprecedented times. The coronavirus has captured everyone’s attention but it has not taken away our faith. Our Church is alive and still carrying on its mission and Saint Matthew Parish will continue to bring you the light of Christ. But in order to continue our work, we need your support.
The Diocese of Altoona Johnstown has created a specific “Your Parish Offertory” giving site.
“Your Parish Offertory” is available on the diocese’ home page at www.dioceseaj.org/giving
At this link the Catholic Ministry page will appear
Click on Donate Online
Select Your Parish Offertory – Make a Donation
Select either a recurring donation “or” one time donation
Enter the amount of your donation
Select – Saint Matthew, Tyrone (126)
All funds donated will be credit to Saint Matthew Parish and we will be made aware of your continued generosity.
Thank you for your support and may our Lord continue to bless you, our community and our nation.
IMPORTANT UPDATE FROM BISHOP MARK:
Plenary Indulgence: Bishop Mark is also stressing that those impacted during this time are eligible to receive a Plenary Indulgence, which, according to the Catechism, removes the temporal punishment due to sin.
In the words of Pope John Paul II an indulgence is “the expression of the Church’s full confidence of being heard by the Father when – in view of Christ’s merits and by His gift, those of Our Lady and the saints – she asks Him to mitigate or cancel the painful aspect of punishment by fostering its medicinal aspect through other channels of grace.”
The conditions for the Plenary Indulgence include watching a televised Mass, praying the Rosary, the Stations of the Cross or other devotions, or at least receiving the Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and a pious invocation to the Blessed Mother, offering this trial in a spirit of faith in God and Charity towards one’s brothers and sisters. There must be a true commitment to fulfilling the sacramental obligations of Reconciliation and Eucharist as soon as possible.
“People can be assured of the graces than can come from even these restricted opportunities for prayer,” Bishop Mark mentioned. “God’s grace goes past all of these boundaries. People should be comforted by that.”
Families and the Gospel John 20:19-23
Like the disciples in today’s gospel, there are times we shut the doors of our hearts to people or events. It’s how we create emotional distance. Permanent distancing is lethal and prevents the PEACE Jesus offers you today.
† Pastor: Reverend Jozef Kovacik
Weekend Mass Schedule: Saturday at 5:30 PM and Sunday at 10:30 AM
Weekday Mass Schedule:
Wednesday, Thursday & Friday at 8:00 AM
Holy Day of Obligation Mass Schedule: 9:00 AM and 7:00 PM
Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated on Saturday at 6:30 PM or anytime upon request.
Please remember if these times do not allow you to attend mass you can do so at Saint Joseph Church in Bellwood either on Saturday at 4:00 PM or Sunday at 8:00 AM and also on Monday at 8:00 AM & Tuesday at 6:00 PM and the Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated on Saturday at 3:30 PM