1st Sunday of Advent
Weekend Mass Schedule:
– Saturday at 5:00 PM
– Sunday at 8:00 AM & 10:30 AM
Weekday Mass Schedule:
– Monday through Friday – 8:00 AM
Holy Day of Obligation Mass Schedule:
– Vigil – 7:00 PM
– 9:00 AM & 7:00 PM
Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated on Saturday from 4:00 PM till 4:30 PM or anytime upon request.
Pastor: Reverend Jozef Kovacik
Phone: (814) 684-1480 (Parish Office & Rectory)
Fax: (814) 684-7969
Parish Office Staff: Rose Long & Debbie Zakrzwski
Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
8:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Sister Karen Duddy, C.C.W.
Cell: (814) 935-2934 Convent: (814) 684-3553
Sister Jane Miller 814-931-1120, email@example.com
CCW Website: www.ccwsisters.org.
Coordinators of Religious Education
Elem/Middle (Gr. K-8): Mark Raffetto (814) 684-5362
or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sr. High (Gr. 9-11): Chris Gurekovich (814) 935-6198
or email at email@example.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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: (814) 684-3510
School web-site: www.stmatthew-school.org
Introduction In Book 8.12 of his seminal work, The Confessions, Saint Augustine recounts the tale of his hearing the almost hypnotic voice of a child melodically entreating him to, “Pick up and read…pick up and read.” He opened the Scriptures to the first passage that he found, the text of today’s second reading, Romans 13:13-14. Upon reading it, he claims that he had no desire to read further for, “it was as though a light of utter confidence had shone in all my heart, and all the darkness of uncertainty vanished away.” Specifically, Augustine was speaking of his wish to “put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the desires of the flesh.” (Romans 13:14) Augustine was at the threshold of his conversion which would have profound implications for him and for the Church.
Weeks ago, Bishop Bartchak announced in a pastoral letter to the Church of Altoona-Johnstown a year-long pastoral planning process for the diocese, beginning in January 2014. This is a great moment of opportunity for each one of us and our Local Church. It, like the experience of Augustine, is also the beginning of conversion process for all of the faithful. Bishop Mark has placed the plan within the three-fold context of journeying, building, and professing as highlights of the process. It is an occasion for moving from uncertainty to conviction as we explore the possibilities for the future of the further incarnation of the Kingdom of God in our midst.
During this Advent Season, as we await in hope the beginning of the process while keeping vigil for the Lord’s coming, we will do well to remember the encouraging invitation of Bishop Bartchak “not to be discouraged or disillusioned before we even begin. We can proceed from the same old attitude that focuses on diminishing resources (fewer people, priests, finances, etc.) or we can proceed from an awareness of the gifts of abundant faith and resources that we have or might discover if we put our minds and hearts to work toward maximizing the resources of “living stones” that are all around.” (Pastoral Letter, November 9, 2013).
In availing ourselves authentically to all possibilities, revealed in the Lord’s time, the virtue of hope will spring eternal for all pilgrim, co-creators, who strive to herald the Gospel concretely in our developing grace laden character and actions. Therefore, it remains important for us to “pick up and read” prayerfully the planning aids that cross our paths during this four week season of preparation.
St. Matthew Penance Service in preparation for the Christmas Season will be held on Wednesday, December 11th at 6:30.
“For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.”
Matthew 24: 42
Preparations for the Christmas season remind us how much we all want to be generous. We all want to give good gifts to one another. Yet, often when it comes to giving back to God our response is, “Not yet!” We put off sharing our time, talent and treasure for another day. We say we will give when we have more time or more money. Yet, none of us knows when God will come and ask for an accounting of how we used the gifts entrusted to our care. The start of Advent reminds us not to put off our stewardship. The Lord is coming!
Mon. – 9:45/10:30 AM – TCC/Epworth
6:30 PM – Parish Council (L)
7:30 PM – K of C (H)
Tues. – 7:15 PM – Cub Scouts
Wed.- 9:00 AM – SMS Mass
3:30 PM – Rosary
6:00 PM – CDA Christmas Party (H)
Thurs – 7:00 PM – Boy Scouts (H)
Fri. – 6:30 PM – Bingo (H)
Sun..- 9:00 AM – RE Class
10:00AM – RE Gr. 2 Par/Child Reconciliation (H)
10:30 AM – Glory & Praise Choir
6:00 PM – HYSM H, GS, L
December 2nd thru December 8th – Lectors
Weekdays – 8:00 AM – R. Long
Sat. 5:00 PM – K. Pastorik, M. Ruscio, S. Burkholder
Sun. 8:00 AM – J. & C. Wertz, W. Hiergeist
10:30 AM – M. Panasiti, D. Murray, L. Gehret
December 7/8 – Altar Servers
Sat. 5:00 PM – Emma & Sarah Hoover
Sun. 8:00 AM – Laura & Brian Gunter
10:30 AM – Kenny & Logan McKernan, H. Walk
December 2nd thru December 8th – Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist
Weekdays – 8:00 AM – F. Gurekovich
Sat. 5:00 PM – P. DelBaggio+, M. DelBaggio ,C. Golden
Sun. 8:00 AM – S/B Hall+, F. Gurekovich, S. Toney
10:30 AM – D. Castagnola+, P. Baran, M.E. Jones
December 7/8 – Music Ministry
Sat. 5:00 PM – Laura/Sarah
Sun. 8:00 AM – Laura/Lori
10:30 AM – Glory & Praise
Children’s Liturgy Leader
December 1st – Kim Wilson
December 8th – Nicole Swope
December $ Counters – P. Lusardi, M. Hunter, L. Stevens
Dec. 2-8/ – Rosary Leader – 7:30 AM – V. Frantz
Church Cleaners – Nov. 24th to Dec. 8th
R.Long, P. Ray, MJ Shank, W. & P. Lambert, S. Chambers
On December 4, 1063, the Catholic Church promulgated the first of its sixteen documents at the Second Vatican Council, The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy. This first document of the Council was approved by all the bishops of the world in union with the Bishop of Rome. This is the 50th Anniversary of the Constitution. This document is historical in its place in church history and its comprehensive revision of the liturgy ever undertaken at one time in the history of the Roman Catholic Church. Throughout this year of grace 2014, the Liturgy Office will reflect on this document, which has set the course for the liturgical life of the Church in the twenty-first century. The Liturgy Documents Volume I, General Introduction, page xi.
Support Elderly Religious – A parishioner writes, “As a Catholic school student from Grades K-12, I was formed to be the person I am by many religious brothers and sisters, and I am forever grateful.” Show your appreciation for the senior Catholic sisters, brothers, and religious order priests who made a positive difference in so many lives. Please give generously to this collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious.
Thank you for once again sharing with someone else this holiday season by selecting an angel or two. Please note, The “angels” that have FAMILY, and a number and letters (code for Catholic Charities) after it represents a family and the request is for gifts cards to either Martins or Walmart. The gifts should include a gift or sales receipt and the “angel” should be attached to the outside of the gift. Gifts are due under the tree no later than Sunday, December 8, 2013, as they will be transported to CC early that week.
The 9-11th grades are collecting Christmas cards to use to be sent to area nursing homes. So if you have any Christmas cards with envelopes you are not going to use we can put them to good use. A box will be provided in the gathering space for collection. We Thank You for your generosity!