Announcements:

  • Rev. Thomas A. Wantland, visited our parish last weekend.  He comes to us from Cross Catholic Outreach and will share some touching stories about the amazing work Catholic missions are accomplishing worldwide.  Since Cross Catholic Outreach empowers existing Catholic missions, its programs are extremely cost-effective, and the majority of the resources it collects go into program services that help the poorest of the poor around the world.  To learn more about Cross Catholic Outreach, please go to CrossCatholic.org/outreach or text Blessing to 474747.  There are brochures in the gathering space if you are interested in assisting in this ministry.

  • One of our parishioners has made a donation of the book, The Glories of Mary, for each Saint Matthew family.  Every chapter will plant a seed of love for Holy Mary in your heart.  Masterfully treating each phrase of the timeless prayer  “Hail, Holy Queen,” , St. Alphonsus unfolds the glories of the Blessed Virgin before your very eyes.  A wonderful read for this Advent Season. 

  • In the Altoona/Johnstown Diocese there are several men currently studying for the priesthood.  Please keep them in your prayers.
    • Deacon Brian Norris
    • Justin Treon
    • Jacob Gindhart
    • John Roy
    • Max Kroell
  • Thirty-fifth Annual Respect Life March… Sunday January 16, 2022; 12:00 NOON; We begin at 12:00 noon with a Prayer Service at St. Matthew Church in Tyrone.  We then walk the 1.25 miles to Oak Grove Cemetery to the grave of Baby Agnes Doe, for another short prayer service.  A luncheon will be not served in the parish hall after the march due to Covid concerns.

  • Save the Date:  Our Lady of Victory Parish is State College is accepting reservations for the 2022 March for  Life bus tip on Friday, January 21st.  Pick up location will be at Good Shepherd Catholic Church.  Cost is College Students/Youth $10, Adults $15, Family $30.  Buses will leave at 7 am, arrive in DC at 11:30 am, depart at 3:30 pm.   Stops will be made for lunch & dinner.  You are welcome to bring snacks, etc. with you.  Payment is due on or before January 10th. Questions please call Chris Kirkpatrick at 814-237-7832. 

  • Religious Education Reminder:  GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT RETREAT FOR 10TH GRADE STUDENTS – Sunday, January 23, 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m., at Saint Joseph in Bellwood.

  • ADULT EDUCATION CLASSES FOR THE NEW YEAR – Sr. Linda will offer a pre-Lenten/Lenten class on the Seven Deadly Sins and the Seven Lively Virtues beginning Friday, February 25, and through the Lenten Season each Friday following Stations of the Cross, from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. We will have a sign-up sheet as we get closer to the time the class begins.

  • JOIN US FOR ZOOM CLASSES IN THE NEW YEAR!

    The following classes are open to all!

    • Sacraments taught by Deacon Michael Russo, Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30 PM (8 weeks) beginning January 11th.
    • Christian Prayer and Spirituality taught by Deacon Michael Russo, 6:30—8:30 PM (10 weeks) beginning Wednesday: February 16 & 23 and then moves to Tuesdays beginning March 1st.
    • Church History taught by Deacon Don Gibboney, Wednesdays from 6:00-8:30 PM (2 ½ hour classes – 8 weeks) beginning February 23.

    For registration please visit www.dioceseaj.org/lay-ecclesial-ministry or contact Marybeth, Office of Adult Enrichment and Lay Ecclesial Ministry at (814) 361-2000 or mheinze@dioceseaj.org. All are welcome!

  • PRAYING WITH ICONS CLASS: Icons are not simply art; they are a way into contemplative prayer, and therefore one way to let God speak to us. Praying with Icons focuses on the Festal Icons (the major events in the life of Christ) and the Sacred Scripture that speaks to us through the sacred images. This class will be taught as a Zoom Class by Deacon Michael Russo. The registration fee for this class is $35. The dates and time are TBD. If you are interested in attending this class, please email Marybeth at mheinze@dioceseaj.org or call (814) 361-2000. All are welcome!

  • St. Aloysius Church in Cresson, PA would like to extend an invitation to participate in the Praise and Worship prayer meetings on Tuesdays at 1:30 pm on Zoom with Father Bob Hilz, meeting ID# 6726349049 or dial 929-205-6099.

         If you are in need of counseling, Catholic Counselors of America LLC is open by appointment at St. Aloysius Faith Education and Community Center. By calling Leorosie Trexler at 814-505-7178.

         May God Our Father, through Our Lord Jesus Christ, bless you and your family, and may Our Blessed Mother Mary cover you in her mantle of protection!

  • Cindy O’Connor of the Office of Child and Youth Protection office of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown has requested that we provide educational article each month provide by VIRTUS of The National Catholic Risk Retention Group, Inc.  This month’s article is Our Pledge to Protect Vulnerable Adults, by Judge Kate Huffman. This article is available in the vestibule and also on the parish website.
  • The Family Life Office of the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese has a ministry, Heaven’s Treasure.  The ministry attempts to reach out to families who have experienced the loss of a child through miscarriage or early fetal death by providing them with spiritual tools to help them to grieve their child through the care of the Catholic Church.  Please call the office at 814-695-5579 or email familylife@dioceseaj.org for more information.

  • MASS INTENTION SCHEDULING: Mass intentions will now be accepted.   Mass intention or requests will be  limited to 3 masses for each family per year (only one Mass can be for the weekend or Holy Day).    We schedule as we receive mass intentions and will do our best to honor your requests. Please keep in mind to be kind and considerate of others and this will allow as many as possible in our parish family to be able to request a celebration of Mass.  Remember that the value of a Mass is infinite no matter when it is celebrated.

  • Please note that the annual collection of religious articles takes place once a year in February. You are asked to please keep items to exchange/donate until that time.  The gathering space is not a drop off for old or not used items throughout the year.  If an item is not blessed you may discard of it on your own.
  • 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.  ProjectRachel@dioceseaj.org.  All calls are confidential.
  • AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of eligible purchase to our parish.   Please go to the following link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/23-1390606 and you can start helping our church in this very easy way.
  • Please remember our local Tyrone Food Bank.  Canned soups, peanut butter, cereal, jelly, and personal care items are always needed.  The Food Bank requests that dates on all donations be current.  Expired items cannot be accepted.

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