THANK YOU. . . . . . . .

For many decades The Friar’s Shop in Loretto, PA has served the local community providing religious gifts for every occasion. Through the years we have often sold both baptism and wedding gifts for the same recipient. It has been a true pleasure to build relationships with so many faithful, regular customers. However, times have changed a great deal. It is hard for any brick and mortar store to compete with the online giants. It is with great sadness that we must announce that the Friar’s Shop is closing. Our last day of operation will be Saturday, September 15th. We will be offering storewide discounts to help reduce inventory. We thank you all for your friendship and support through the years. May God Bless you all.

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Annual Wedding Anniversary Liturgy

If you are celebrating your 1, 5, 10, 25, 30, 50, 55, 60, and 60 plus Wedding Anniversary in 2018 and you would like to attend the Annual Wedding Anniversary Liturgy on Sept. 9th in Altoona or Sept. 16th in Johnstown Contact the parish office for details and to make reservations.

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Saint Matthew School News!

Can you help supply our Catholic School teachers and students with needed school supplies for the upcoming academic year? In the gathering space is a “Giving Tree”. Please look over the items requested, select the item(s) you would like to purchase and return them to the Gathering Space or the School office. Thank you in advance for your generosity!
There is still time to register your child for the academic school year. Please consider the benefits of a Catholic education. See the front of the bulletin for contact information for our school principal, Mrs. Debbie St. Pierre.

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Icon Writing Workshop

On November 4-10th (Sunday to Saturday) at Bethany Retreat Center in Frenchville. Come to Bethany Retreat Center for a special opportunity to learn about and create an icon based upon the 13th century image of Archangel Gabriel. The days will include class instruction and painting, personal prayer time, daily Mass, and home-cooked meals. To register or more information contact the center at 814-263-4855 or email at or go to the Retreat Center’s website for more information at:

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Mark Your Calendars ~ Saint Matthew Parish Picnic
When: August 12th Where: Reservoir Park
Details: 10:30 Mass celebration at the park followed by Picnic. Volunteers are needed to assist with games, set-up, and clean-up – please contact Jack Wagner 632-6719
Remember to reserve your spot by Sunday, August 5th. $5.00 indiv. or $10 for a family.

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2018-19 Religious Education teachers and assistants needed for all grade levels. Please call Gia Patton 682-9108 for more information.

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–Annual Music Ministry Party: This Thursday, 6PM, at the Bull Pen. RSVP Sr. Karen (phone, email) by tomorrow!
–Rehearsal of New Pope Paul VI Mass Parts: Monday, August 13, 6:30, in the Church.

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Can You Help?:

Looking for a woman interested in assisting a young senior with cooking and companionship. Tyrone area, paid position, must have Driver’s License, PT hours late afternoon-evening. Please give resume and/or information to Church Office.

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There is still time to join the pilgrimage

(Sponsored by St. Benedict Parish in Johnstown) to Assisi and Rome this October 1-10, 2018. Brochures and information can be obtained by contacting Deacon Michael 288-3036 or or visit the website at

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Families and the Gospel July 29 (John 6:1-15)

In today’s gospel Phillip worried about “enough food” for the crowd. What is ENOUGH? When does our “enough” deprive another family of their fair share? Jesus performed today’s miracle because one child was willing to share and risk living with less. Can your family live more simply so that other families can simply live?

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