April 14, 2024 – Third Sunday of Easter

Father Michael A. Pleva, Pastor of Saint Matthew Catholic Church

Families and the Gospel                 Luke 24:35-48

The apostles were afraid of Jesus until he ate with them and they touched him. In your family the ordinary acts of eating together, touching, embracing not only confirm our love for each other, but also celebrate God’s presence in your family.  These ‘ordinary’ moments contain the “Extraordinary.”

          Sacrament of Reconciliation will be celebrated on Saturdays at 12:30 pm

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will occur on Fridays from 8:30 am to 9:30 am.  This is great opportunity for spiritual nourishment.  Come and spend an hour with Jesus!

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Stewardship Reflection

During this Easter season, in addition to celebrating all that Christ did for us, we are also reminded of how His sacrifice impacts our lives.  The knowledge of His sacrifice should not only affect our minds but also our hearts, changing how we live. 

     Through sin, we betray Jesus once again.  It is like saying, “crucify Him!” Sometimes we deliberately turn away from Jesus out of pride and selfishness, and other times, we are not even aware of the gravity of our sin.  Whether we know our weaknesses or are ignorant to them, let us ask God to reveal the areas of our lives in which we are betraying Him – maybe through addiction, materialism, and how we spend our money or time and putting things above God.  And let us ask for the grace to repent and change our ways.

     As we are still in the midst of this Easter season, let us take some time to think about what Christ did for us and the changes we should make in our daily lives to help us grow closer to Him.

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Liturgical Ministries and Other Parish Ministries –Weekly Schedules

Weekdays    D Cunningham

Lectors – April 20/21, 2024

Sat.   5:30 pm   R Bunch J Ieraci, G Miller,

Sun.  7:30 am   A Lynn, B Hiergeist

Sun. 10:30am  K Naylor, T Naylor, E Hewitt

Extraordinary Ministers Eucharist  April 20/21, 2024

Sat.   8:00 pm L Morrison, T Scordo, K Raffetto

Sun. 7:30 am   G Baldauf, S Zakrzwski, D Zakrzwski

Sun. 10:30am D Castagnola, J Terosky, L Wright

Altar Servers:  April 20/21, 2024

Sat.    5:30 pm   E Narehood, G Vaughn

Sun.   7:30 am   TBD

Sun. 10:30 am   S Cowher, Q Cowher

 

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Mass Schedule & Intentions:

April 13, 2024  – April 21,  2024

Sat.   5:30 pm John Edward & Marty Rhoades – Aye Tepsic

Sun.  7:30 am Bertha & John Yenter, Jr. – Estate

Sun. 10:30 am  For the People – Pastor

Mon.   8:00 am St. Joseph – Bellwood

Tues.  6:00 pm  St. Joseph – Bellwood

Wed.  8:00 am  David Johns – Teresa Jeffries & Roberta Woomer

Thurs. 8:00 am  Eric Cavallucci – Tera Weber

Fri.      8:00 am Roy ‘Jim’ Heaton – Knights of  Columbus                                                                               

Fri.      8:30 – 9:30 am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament followed by Benediction

Sat.    5:30 pm Ann & Frank Schneider – Virginia Frantz

Sun.   7:30 am  Ted Williams – Juda Harvey

Sun  10:30 am  Bill Vyhonsky – Judy & Shawn

Sanctuary Candle for the week of April 14th  is for a special intention.

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THOUGHTS ON STEWARDSHIP AS A WAY OF LIFE

 Credible, Caring Witnesses

“It is I myself. Touch me and see.” Luke 24:39

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“Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’ But they were startled and frightened…” – Luke 24:36-37

Throughout the day we have many opportunities to “see the face of Jesus” in others and to “be the face of Jesus” to others. Do we take that opportunity to provide “peace” to those we encounter or are we afraid of what others will think of us and do nothing? Pray for the strength and courage to live a “God-centered” life and not a “self-centered” life.

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Activities for the Week of April 15 to April 21, 2024

Wed: 6:30 pm OCIA (GS)

Thurs.    6:30 pm Bingo (H)

Sun. 9:00 am Religious Education

Approx. 35 minutes before weekend Masses the Rosary is recited.  Please consider participating.

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Announcements:

      • For those that cannot attend Mass -A prayer for the Act of Spiritual Communion

        My Jesus, 
        I believe that You are present in the Most Holy 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, 
        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.

        Amen.

      • Where to look in the BIBLE when you …

        – need rest and peace – Matthew 11: 28-30

        – worry – Matthew 6: 19-34

        – are lonely or fearful – Psalm 23

        – need peace of mind – John 14: 27, Philippians 4: 6-8

        – are disappointed by people – Psalm 27 

        – grow bitter or critical – 1 Corinthians 13

        – have sinned – Psalm 51, 1 John 1

        – are discouraged – Psalm 34

        – feel God seems far away – Psalm 139

        – think the world seems bigger than God – Psalm 90 

        – are sick – Psalm 41

        – feel sorrowful – John 14, Psalm 46

        – are in danger – Psalm 91

        – want courage – Joshua 1: 1-9

        – need assurance – Romans 8

        – forget your blessings – Psalm 103

        – are looking for joy – Colossians 3

        – leave home to travel – Psalm 121

        – think of investments – Mark 10: 17-31

        – need guidelines for living – Matthew 5-7, Romans 12 

        – need rules of conduct – Exodus 20: 1-17

        – need to know God’s will for your life – Proverbs 3: 1-6

      • WHY DO WE CELEBRATE MASS?

             From the opening prayer to the closing prayer, the Mass is a memorial and sacrifice; one continual offering to our good and gracious God, by making present the redeeming passion and death of his Son Jesus Christ for the salvation of all humankind through his crucifixion.  We celebrate Mass to offer our praise and thanksgiving for our redemption.  At mass we pray and worship God together in a faith filled community, we hear God’s voice in the Scripture Readings, let the message of salvation enter us and we receive Jesus truly present among us in the Holy Eucharist.

             You may ask a priest to offer a Mass for several reasons: for example, in thanksgiving, for the intentions of another person (such as on a birthday, wedding anniversary), or, as is most common, for the repose of the soul of someone who has died.  Let us never forget the infinite value and graces that flow from the Sacrifice of the Mass.  Please contact the church office if you would like to have a Mass celebrated.

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      • Fr. John Slovikovski Pastor of Visitation parish in Johnstown, as part of the celebration of the Jubilee 2025, is promoting and coordinating a pilgrimage to Rome, Assisi, and Orvieto, Italy, which is open to the entire diocese in the month of June 2025.  This pilgrimage will include visitations to the 4 Major Basilicas of Rome (The Vatican {with an audience with the Pope}, Saint Mary Major, Saint John Lateran, and Saint Paul outside the Walls.) We will also visit the Spanish Steps, the Catacombs, Trevi Fountain, and the Coliseum as well as the basilicas of St. Francis and Saint Clare in Assisi.  All of our tour will be guided by a native who is fluent in Italian.  If you are considering joining our group, you are asked to contact the Visitation Parish office @814-536-6110.  There is no obligation (financial or otherwise) before we make our commitment with the pilgrimage tour company in early 2024 when we will meet with our Pilgrimage tour company.  2025 is an exceptional time to be in Rome since it will be during a Jubilee Year which is a very special time for a Jubilee occurs only once every 25 years. 
      • PCGG (Prison Christian Growth Group) is seeking volunteers interested in ministering to inmates at Benner and Rockview prisons.  Twice a month, PCGG members visit Rockview and one a month, Benner.  A fulfilling and inspiring ministry, members are answering Jesus’s call to visit the prisoners.  Anyone interested in more information may contact Teresa Jeffries at 814-381-1317 or jeffriesteresa2@gmail.com

      • The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown proudly present Dr. Edward Sri for a 2-day event celebrating the national Eucharistic Revival at Mount Aloysius College in Cresson, PA 

        April 19th Day #1:  For high school, college, and young adult audience on the topics of men, women, and the Mystery of Love and  when you pray:  trust, surrender and the transformation of your soul.

        April 20th Day #2:  For a general audience on the topics of:  Be a transformed as a disciple of Christ: trust, surrender and the transformation of your soul: vibrant faith in a secular age. 

        Register online at www.dioceseaj.org or obtain a registration in the parish office.  Direct all questions to Sister Linda LaMagna at 814-742-7894 or llamagna@dioceseaj.org

      • GARVEY MANOR CONFRATERNITY OF THE BROWN SCAPULAR This faith-filled group meets on the first Saturday of each month in the Chapel at Garvey Manor. We begin the rosary at 9:30 a.m. attend the 10 a.m. Mass, followed by spiritual reflection led by Sister Jacinta under the loving protection of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in the Hall. Membership is open to any Catholic who would find it spiritually beneficial to be united with others in pursuit of holiness. If interested call Sister Jacinta (814) 695-5571.

    • Mass Scheduling for 2024  Mass requests are being accepted.  Each family is limited to 3 Mass request per year with one being on a Sunday.  All Mass requests for the recently deceased will be placed in the Mass schedule as received. 

    • Adoration Chapel at Saint Mary’s, 712 Allegheny Street, Hollidaysburg, PA  is open every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of each week from 7 am to 11 pm.  Come spend time with Jesus

    • Catholic Ministries Drive (CMD)   Our parish goal for 2024 is $29,219.

        The annual CMD directly supports 14 ministries through which people are accompanied in their journey (100% of your gift does directly to these ministries).  There are many gifted and generous laypersons in our diocese who share their time and talent to support our Catholic ministries.

        This year, more so than others, our world, our nation, our communities, our parishes, and our families need tangible expression of hope.   

    • Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will occur every Friday after Mass from 8:30 am to 9:30 am.   This is great opportunity for spiritual nourishment.  Come and spend an hour with Jesus!  NOTE:  During Holy week Eucharistic Adoration will take place after Holy Thursday Mass until midnight.

    • Did you know 100% of your PA tax money can be sent to our local catholic school?   Look for brochures by the exit doors or contact RedefinED to enroll in EITC, a local company hired by the Diocese to manage enrollments, at 814-419-5505 or www.redefiningeducation.com
    • Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown is establishing a prayer ministry and we are seeking prayer partners.  Every Friday we pray for those who ask for special intentions, for the marginalized, the vulnerable and all clients seeking assistance from Catholic Charities. 

           Prayer is one of the gifts we can give to each other at no extra cost.  To request prayers, please visit our website:  www.catholiccharitiesaj.org.  

           For more information on how to participate and spend time in prayer for those in need, please contact Lisa Fellabaum, Outreach Liaison at 814-505-1106 or by email at lfellabaum@dioceseaj.org

    • Looking for a rewarding career in a faith-filled environment?  Locations throughout the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese have current openings in a variety of fields.  For a complete listing  go to https://www.dioceseaj.org/employment  

    • Parishioners are encouraged to recite the rosary daily, gather together in the church on Wednesdays after the daily Mass at 8 am  and come before the daily and weekend Masses for the recitation of the Rosary. This is a special way of praying for individual and special intentions in a group to provide you  comfort and support.

    • Scholarship-  Any student from the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown who is attending or will attend Franciscan University of Steubenville is eligible to apply for the John Paul II Scholarship.  For more information about the St. Pope John Paul II Scholarship at www.franciscan.edu, call 800-783-6220, or email admissions@franciscan.edu
    • Apply at Saint Joseph Academy  The Saint Joseph’s high school community and educational experience is strong, balanced, and most importantly, firmly founded in Jesus Christ. Applications are now being accepted at all grade levels. To learn more or begin the online application process go to www.stjoeacad.org. You may also contact Ms. Maryann Lingenfelter, Director of Admissions, at mlingenfelter@sjcacademy.org or 814-808-6118 to arrange a tour or discuss any questions you may have.  We are looking forward to having you as part of the Saint Joseph’s community!

    •      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!

    • 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.
    • 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.

      Prayer for Peace in Ukraine

           Bishop Mark is requesting that  the faithful throughout the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown to join him in praying for peace in Ukraine as Russian forces invade the Eastern European country.

           The Bishop stands united in prayer with Ukrainian Catholics in that troubled part of the world and with the local Ukrainian Catholic population here in Central Pennsylvania. During this difficult time, he is inviting everyone to join him in praying the following ancient prayer.

           We fly to Your patronage, O Virgin Mother of God. Despise not our prayers in our needs, but deliver us from all dangers, since you alone are pure and blessed. O most glorious Ever Virgin Mary, the Mother of Christ our God, accept our prayers and present them to Your Son and our God, that for the sake of You, He enlighten and save our souls.

      “This prayer is a unique part of the spiritual heritage of the Catholic and Orthodox Christians of the Ukraine, dating back to the 10th or 11th century. It is quite similar to the Memorare prayer that most of us learned as children. As we watch the unfolding developments from Ukraine, it is often difficult to process our thoughts and feelings. That’s where a prayer like this can bring calm to our disturbed minds and hearts, and especially to our world.”

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Parish Office Staff & Ministries Contact Information

Pastor:  Reverend Father Michael Pleva

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

Fax:      (814) 684-7969

Website:    www.stmatthewtyrone.org

Email:   stmatthewtyrone@gmail.com

Parish Office Staff:  Financial and Administrative Assistant: Debbie Zakrzwski

Email: stmatthewtyrone@gmail.com

Office Hours: Monday 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Wednesday and Friday 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Director of Music: Leslie Estep
Call: (814) 684-4899 or email: lime458@verizon.net

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Director of Religious Education: Lauren Wright

Call: (814) 312-0969 or email: lwright@dioceseaj.org

Elementary to High School: (Grades K-8): Sunday mornings 9:00 AM to 10:15 AM

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RCIA: Susan Burkholder

Call: (814) 684-0352 or email: jsburkholder@verizon.net

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Ministry to the Homebound: TBA

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Pastoral Council – Jason Terosky (814) 692-4222
Finance Council – Dennis Rozick (814) 684-5511
School Council – TBA
Cemetery Committee – Shirley Hall (814) 931-0657

Saint Matthew Catholic School “serving our community since 1869”

Principal: Pauline Wiley

pwiley@stmatthew-school.org

School Phone: (814) 684-3510

School web-site: www.stmatthew-school.org

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Saint Matthew School News!

See what is happening at our Saint Matthew School by visiting our website at:  www.stmatthew-school.org

  • The second annual Cash Bash will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2024.  Tickets will be available after Masses and in the parish office.
  • Saint Matthew School “Angels”.    For years, Saint Matthew parishioners have sponsored school children or made donations to help parents in the sacrifice of sending their child to a Catholic School.  Please consider assisting school families for the upcoming year.
  • Saint Matthew School Scrip Purchases –   Orders can be placed by  contacting Alison Narehood by phone 814-684-4121 “oremail  stmatthewschoolscrip@gmail.comor” purchase after any of  the weekend Masses.
  • Did you know 100% of your PA tax money can be sent to our local catholic school?   The only way to can have the PA taxes you already pay benefit our Saint Matthew School is to enroll in EITC.  Look for brochures by the exit doors or contact RedefinED, a local company hired by the Diocese to manage enrollments, at 814-419-5505 or www.redefiningeducation.com.

Saint Matthew Catholic School Teachers

The Teachers and Staff:

Ms. Pauline Wiley – Principal

Vickie Henry – School Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Beth Kasic – Preschool and After Care Aide

Miss Taylor Curry – Kindergarten

Mrs. Jennifer Casanave – First Grade & Lead Teacher

Mrs. Margorie Frank – Second and Third Grade

Mrs. Deborah Hewitt – PreSchool

Mrs. Roberta Woomer – Fourth and Fifth and Sixth Grade

Mary Jane Rudakzwich – Librarian

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2024 Pope Francis Intentions

Below, please find the prayer intentions of the Holy Father for 2024:

January

For the gift of diversity in the Church
We pray that the Holy Spirit may help us to recognize the gift of different charisms within the Christian community and to discover the richness of different traditions and rituals in the Catholic Church.

February

For the terminally ill
We pray that those with a terminal illness, and their families, receive the necessary physical and spiritual care and accompaniment.

March

For the new martyrs
We pray that those who risk their lives for the Gospel in various parts of the world inflame the Church with their courage and missionary enthusiasm.

April

For the role of women
We pray that the dignity and immense value of women be recognized in every culture, and for the end of discrimination that they experience in different parts of the world.

May

For the formation of religious and seminarians
We pray that religious women and men, and seminarians, grow in their own vocations through their human, pastoral, spiritual and community formation, leading them to be credible witnesses to the Gospel.

June

For migrants fleeing their homes
We pray that migrants fleeing from war or hunger, forced to undertake journeys full of danger and violence, find welcome and new opportunities in the countries that receive them.

July

For the pastoral care of the sick
We pray that the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick confer to those who receive it and their loved ones the power of the Lord and become ever more a visible sign of compassion and hope for all.

August

For political leaders
We pray that political leaders be at the service of their own people, working for integral human development and for the common good, especially caring for the poor and those who have lost their jobs.

September

For the cry of the Earth
We pray that each one of us will hear and take to heart the cry of the Earth and of victims of natural disasters and climactic change, and that all will undertake to personally care for the world in which we live.

October

For a shared mission
We pray that the Church continue to sustain in all ways a Synodal lifestyle, as a sign of co-responsibility, promoting the participation, the communion and the mission shared among priests, religious and lay people.

November

For anyone who has lost a child
We pray that all parents who mourn the loss of a son or daughter find support in their community and receive peace and consolation from the Holy Spirit.

December

For pilgrims of hope
We pray that this Jubilee Year strengthen our faith, helping us to recognize the Risen Christ in our daily lives, and that it may transform us into pilgrims of Christian hope.

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