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THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER May 4, 2014 The disciples on the road to Emmaus hear the Scriptures interpreted in a way that had never occurred to them before. It causes their hearts to burn within them; it is what they have been waiting to hear all their lives.

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Third sunday of easter may 4 2014 the disciples on the road to emmaus hear

THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER

May 4, 2014

The disciples on the road to Emmaus hear

the Scriptures interpreted in a way that had

never occurred to them before. It causes

their hearts to burn within them; it is what

they have been waiting to hear all their lives.

It moves them to beg the Stranger, “Stay with

us.” Our hearts burn as we hear Peter

interpret Psalm 16 with the same striking

authority. It is as if the words that speak of

Christ’s resurrection – “You have made

known to me the paths of life; you will fill me

with joy in your presence” – have totally

revivified Peter’s own life. The Word, the

breaking of the Eucharistic bread, the

companionship of other followers are what

make us realize how truly we have been

“ransomed from all our futile conduct.”

they never traveled unaccompanied. The ever-faithful God

revealed his presence to them in fire and cloud, in bread from

heaven and water from the rock, and in the word of the

prophets. // Their story culminated in the great paschal

journey undertaken in their name by Jesus Christ. It is that

journey from death to life which we celebrate on all these

Sundays of Easter, as today’s first readings remind us. // But

the journey has not ended. We, the people of God, are still in

pilgrimage toward the kingdom of God in its fullness. And it is

no easy journey. It sometimes leads us, as it led the first

disciples, through the wilderness of doubt and the desert of

despair. It takes us from hope to disappointment to confusion

and back again. It is a journey marked by the sign of the

cross. Yet we, like our forebears, never travel unaccompanied.

The Lord whom we follow points out the road through the

word proclaimed in our assemblies. He reveals himself as

food for the journey in the breaking of the bread.

ST. MATTHEW

THE EVANGELIST PARISH

MINERSVILLE, PA

www.StMatthewTheEvangelistParish.org

Rectory Office Hours: Monday to Friday 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM

Phone: (570) 544-2211 Fax: (570) 54-2317

SAINT MATTHEW THE EVANGELIST WELCOMES ALL

No matter what your present status in the Catholic Church; no matter what

your current family or marital situation; no matter what your past or present

religious affiliation; no matter what your personal history, age, background,

race, ethnicity, etc.; you are Invited, Welcomed, Accepted, Loved and

Respected at Saint Matthew the Evangelist Parish!

SAFE ENVIRONMENT COORDINATOR: Sr. Meg Cole (610-866-0581x19)

VICTIM ASSISTANCE COORDINATOR: Wendy S. Krisak (1-800-791-9209)

WEEKDAY MASS AT 8:00 AM

MON – Living and Deceased Parishioners

TUE – Owsinski and Kupetz Families by Tom and Mary

WED – John Dobles by Daughter, Carol

THU – Betty Dean Renninger by Sister, Theresa and Frank

FRI – Stella Logan by Son, Joseph and Wife, Rita

SAT – 4:00 PM – First Communicants and Living and Deceased Parishioners

SUN – 8:30 AM – Ryan Wiscount by Mom and Dad

10:30 AM – Bernie Lescavage by Children

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THE WEEKLY CALENDAR: Cry out with joy to God, all the earth;/ O sing to the

glory of his name./ O render him glorious praise, alleluia. (Cf. Ps 66(65):1-2)

THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER, May 4 – SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION:

8:00 AM and 10:15 AM.

THE FAMILY PRAYER CHALICE FOR VOCATIONS(FPC): Jesus told us to ask the

Harvest Master to send laborers into his harvest. May the prayers of our participating

families bear fruit. Our thanks to ROBYNN MELOCHICK for hosting the Family

Prayer Chalice for Vocations this week. Sign up in Church Vestibule or call 570-399-5056.

FAMILY PERSPECTIVE: In today’s gospel the disciples were returning

home so “downcast” they did not recognize Jesus walking with them. In our

homes we can be so overwhelmed with responsibilities we don’t see God with

us. Today’s gospel tells us to stop and open our eyes to the blessings we are

to one another.

PRO-LIFE REFLECTION: “As bad as the economy is, as bad as the war

is, the destruction of innocent human life, especially in the womb, is a greater

evil, and correction of this grave evil must take place. Each of us has a role in

making this correction in our duties as citizens.”   Bishop Samuel J. Aquila.

STEWARDSHIP: “Did not our hearts burn within us while He talked to us

on the road, while He opened to us the scriptures?”  Luke 24:32. How often do

we take the time to see what Jesus wants from us? Are our prayers always

petitions, asking Jesus to do things for us? If so, that’s a one-sided

relationship. Living our faith means developing a personal relationship with

Jesus. So, just like any friendship with another person, there is give and take,

each side listening to other and helping each other out. Take time in silence to

listen to what Jesus is saying to you.LAST WEEK YOU CONTRIBUTED:

Sunday: $2,885; Capital Improvement: $468; Expenses: $6,857.03

(ordinary); $4,500 (school subsidy); $7,842 (Diocesan Assessments). Thanks!

EASTER SEASON CHARITY:ST. VINCENT DE PAUL FOOD PANTRY–

Your donation of all TYPES OF CANNED MEATS will allow the SVDP Society

to aid the needy of our area. Volunteer to help our SVDP Society Outreach

and God’s Bountiful Table. Call570-544-2739 for information.

EASTER SEASON VOTIVES:(1) SANCTUARY: IMO Helen Maletz (9th

Annv) by Son, Father Leo. (2) ALTARS: BLESSED VIRGIN MARY: IMO

John Dobles by Daughter, Carol; For the Health of George Homa and Special

0.

The people of God have

always been a pilgrim

people. Since the

beginning of Lent, we have

traced their steps from the

garden of Eden to the

garden of the empty tomb.

It was never an easy

journey. It led them through

wilderness and through

desert. It took them from

slavery to the land of

promise, to exile and back

again. They knew what it

was to walk in the valley of

the shadow of death. Yet

2014 BISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL: Many thanks to those who have made a pledge to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. Making a six-month pledge to the Appeal allows you to maximize the amount that you may give by making monthly payments. For example, a $120 gift to the Appeal may be setup with six $20 installments. Your generosity funds the annual budget for important Diocesan ministries in our area. To make your gift, please return the pledge form that you will receive in the mail, drop it in the Sunday collection basket, visit the Appeal’s website at www.2014baa.org, or call 800-831-4443. // We welcome Julia Leibensperger, Principal of St. Joseph Center for Special Learning, Pottsville, who will speak at all weekend Masses on behalf of the Appeal, especially concerning the good your financial contributions accomplish for the special children who attend SJCSL.

FYI: On April 18, a letter from

Msgr. Alfred A. Schlert, Vicar

General of our Diocese, sent on

behalf of His Excellency Bishop

Barres, was received. It concerned

permissions requested to paint the

interior of St. Matthew the

Evangelist Church and to repair the

exterior of The Good Shepherd

School Building. Approval for these

two projects is pending until these

three conditions are fulfilled: 1) the

former St. Francis of Assisi Church

roof must be repaired; 2) the past

due assessments for the former St.

Francis of Assisi Parish of $48,823

are to be remitted in full to the

Diocese; and 3) renovations to the

school building MUST include a

review of the means of egress as a

part of the overall renovation plan.

These conditions will be fulfilled

in obedience.

Intention by Wife and Family; For the Health of Marie Sokoloski by Francis and Dolores Leister; Special Intention by Stan and Sally Gober.

(3) BEFORE: ST. JOSEPH: Special Intention. REREDOS NICHE: IMO Rev. Joseph F. Reilly by Parents. Call 570-544-2211.


Third sunday of easter may 4 2014 the disciples on the road to emmaus hear

NATIVITY BVM CHINESE AUCTION: Doors open 11:00 AM; Bingo starts 2:00 PM. Call Diane (570-294-0551) for information.

POLKA SPRING FLING: 2:30 PM to 6:30 PM, St. Mary Catholic Church, Hamburg. Tickets are $20 each in advance and $25 at the

door. Music by Polka Country Musicians. Food and beverages available for purchase. Call 610-562-7657 for tickets and information.

MONDAY, May 5 – VISITATION OF THE SICK: Our sick and shut-in will be brought Holy Communion for the month of May. Should someone

need to be added to our list call 570-544-2211.

TUESDAY, May 6 – ST. MATTHEW THE EVANGELIST RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAM: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM, the

Good Shepherd Building.Callour coordinator of Religious Education, Rosalie Novack (570-544-2211).ABSENCES MUST BE REPORTED!

WEDNESDAY, May 7 – DEVOTIONS TO ST. PEREGRINE: 8:00 AM Mass. Ask St. Peregrine to help cancer patients and their caregivers.

THURSDAY, MAY 8 – “SOUNDS OF THE SPIRIT” CONTEMPORARY CHOIR REHEARSAL: 7:00 PM, Church Loft. Call 570-544-2355.

FRIDAY, MAY 9 – SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: 7:45 AM.

SATURDAY, MAY 10 – SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: 3:30 PM.

HELPERS OF GOD’S PRECIOUS INFANTS PRAYER PILGRIMAGE: Prayer Pilgrimage followed by lunch beginning with 8:00 AM

Mass at Notre Dame Church, Bethlehem with Father Joseph Ganser. 2nd Saturday of every month. Email [email protected]

FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER, May 11 – SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: 8:00 AM and 10:15 AM.

MOTHERS’ DAY: We are asking for Vigil and Floral Memorials to decorate our Church and altars for Mothers’ Day. The Vigil

offering is $5. The Flower offering is $10. Call the Rectory (570-544-2211) as soon as possible to make arrangements.

THE FAMILY PRAYER CHALICE FOR VOCATIONS (FPC): TONI AND BOB PLESNARSKI (10:30 AM) will host the FPC

this week. Call 570-399-5056 or sign-up in the Church Vestibule. We need host families for June.

SECOND COLLECTION ENVELOPE: (1) INSURANCE: Your contribution will help us pay the premiums to insure all Parish buildings.

(2) Please check your Sunday Church Envelope Boxes for the envelopes you might have missed. Kindly catch up! (3) Please write the

amount of your donation on your envelope. Do not staple, scotch tape it shut. Simply seal it with a lick.Thanks!

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MINISTERS AT MASS FOR FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

OFF. PROCESSIONLECTORS EUCH. MINISTERSALTAR SERVERS

SAT 4:00 PM First Communicants Michael NovackMaria BartushNathan Tropp

Alex Reppert

SUN 8:30 AM WiscountFamily John HudockMary Regina Mundy Nicholas Quinn

Nick Quinn Gabriella Quinn

Maria Quinn

10:30 AM LescavageFamily Mary Ann Harrison Marian Rhoads Jordan Berdanier

Anthony Forte

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COMING EVENTS: Please be sure to mark your calendar!

MAY 14 – GOD’S BOUNTIFUL TABLE: 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM, Fr. Anthony Ricapito Annex.

MAY 16 – ST. JOSEPH CENTER 23RD ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT AND DINNER: Registration begins at 11:00 AM. Mountain Valley

Golf Course. All golf fees include lunch and dinner. Call 570-622-4638 for more information and to register.

MAY 18 – MINERSVILLE ROTARY CLUB 4TH ANNUAL CAR SHOW: Registration, 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM; Awards, 3:00 PM. McCann School

of Business, Pottsville. Food sales, basket auctions, 50/50, ultimate grill drawing. Registrations, available at www.minersvillerotary.org.

MAY 25 – ST. MATTHEW THE EVANGELIST ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS: 6:00 PM Prayer Service. Vigils (offering $6 each) can be

memorialized in memory/honor of a loved one by calling 570-544-2739.

MAY 26 – NOTRE DAME CLUB OF SCHUYLKILL COUNTY “ANNUAL POTTSVILLE MILE”: Benefits St. Joseph Center for Special

Learning, Pottsville. For more information or to register or to become a sponsor, please email Bill Kern at [email protected]

MAY 29 – THE SOLEMNITY OF THE ASCENSION OF OUR LORD: Today is a Holy Day of Obligation for all Catholics. Mass will be

celebrated at 7:00 PM (evening before), 8:00 AM and 7:00 PM.

JUNE 15 – EASTER DUTY: This is the LAST day to fulfill the Easter Precept. CANON 920- #1. All the faithful after

having been initiated into the Most Holy Eucharist, are bound by the obligation of receiving Communion at least

once a year. #2. This precept must be fulfilled during the Easter Season (First Sunday of Lent to Trinity Sunday)

unless it is fulfilled for a just cause at some other time during the year. (Please realize that fulfillment of your

Easter Duty would also require the reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation if you are aware of having

committed Mortal Sin, e.g. deliberately missing Sunday Mass.)

JUNE 16 – 20 – ST. MATTHEW’S TRAVELERS’ CAPE COD, MA INCLUDING MARTHA’S VINEYARD AND NANTUCKET BUS TRIP: $650

per person (double occupancy) includes: 4 nights lodging, 4 breakfasts, 4 dinners, visit to Mystic Seaport en route to Cape Cod, Fully

escorted tours of Hyannis area, including Kennedy Memorial and Main Street, Chatham, ferry ride to Martha’s Vineyard with tour, ferry ride

to Nantucket Island with tour, Hyannis Harbor Cruise with view of Kennedy Compound, visit to Foxwoods Casino en route home, souvenir

gift, luggage handling, all taxes and meal gratuities, Motorcoach transportation. Call Julie (570-544-5231) or Millie (570-628-5413).

JULY 24, 25, 26 – ST. MATTHEW THE EVANGELIST PARISH ANNUAL TRIDUUM IN HONOR OF GOOD ST. ANNE: DAY 1 and DAY II:

Triduum prayers and Veneration of St. Anne’s Relic after 8:00 AM Mass. DAY III: Feast of Saints Joachim and Anne, Parents of our Lady,

Grandparents of our Lord. This day is the conclusion of our Triduum in Honor of St. Anne. We will have a special Healing Mass within

which the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick will be celebrated at 9:00 AM. Call the Rectory (570-544-2211) to register for Anointing.

JULY 28 – AUGUST 1 – NATIVITY BVM HIGH SCHOOL THEATRE ARTS CAMP: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Daily. Performance August 1st at 7:30

PM. Open to students entering grades 7 through college. Instruction from college level professors. Equivalent to college course of 3 credit

hours. Cost $495. Call 570-622-8110 to register.

AUGUST 17 – ST. MATTHEW THE EVANGELIST ANNUAL SUMMER FESTIVAL: 12:00 Noon to 9:00 PM, South Cass Fire Co. Picnic

Grounds, Primrose. Come and enjoy All the ethnic foods you love! Call 570-544-2211 for more information.

 SEPTEMBER 8 – 11– ST. MATTHEW’S TRAVELERS’ OUTER BANKS, NORTH CAROLINA BUS TRIP:$539 per person (double occupancy)

includes: 3 nights lodging, 3 breakfasts, 3 full course dinners, guided tour of Cape Hatteras, Roanoke Island Festival Park, Graveyard of

the Alantic, Wright Brothers National Memorial, Elizabethan Gardens, Bodie Island Lighthouse, souvenir gift, luggage handling, all taxes

and meal gratuities, Motorcoach transportation. Your payment is your reservation. Call Julie (570-544-5231) or Millie (570-628-5413).

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CEMETERY NEWS: Christmas decorations and winter flowers MUST be removed from all 5 Parish Cemeteries

immediately! Otherwise, they will be discarded! Thanks!

EASTER FLOWER MEMORIALS: We gratefully acknowledge your kindness and generosity which allowed us to decorate our church so

beautifully during this past Easter Season (Unless otherwise noted each donation was $10): IMO Lenny Kostek by Shirley Kostek; IMO

Felix and Josephine Costic by Son, Jerry; IMO Charles Matz by Darlene; IMO Felix and Antoinette M. Kryston by Anna Kryston ($15); IMO

Stanley and Anna Gober by M/M Daniel Clark ($20); IMO John and Louise Kishel by Daughter, Joan Roberts; IMO Michael J. Warhola by

Family; IMO Angelina Reta by Catherine Brilla; IMO Gerald Murphy and Jack Consugar by Gerry Maley ($20) (TBC).

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: Within our 4:00 PM Mass today, the following children of our

Parish will receive their Eucharistic Lord for the first time: KAITLYN KOURY, BRAYDEN

MIKLESAVAGE, TYLER NOVACK, BROCK POLINSKY, BROCK REGNIER, GAVIN

STINE. May their parents keep them close to our Risen Savior and His Church! THEY ARE OUR

PARISH’S TREASURE! After Mass their will a light social for our First Communicants and their families in the P.C.

MAY 18 – ST. MATTHEW THE EVANGELIST SPAGHETTI DINNER: 11:00 AM TO 3:00 PM, Parish Center. $8.50 Adults; Children $4.50. Donations

of Baked Goods would be greatly appreciated and can be brought to the Parish Center between 7:00 AM and 11:00 AM. Please purchase your one

50/50 chance. Kindly make all returns to the Rectory (570-544-2211) as soon as possible.

MAY 21 – ST. MATTHEW’S TRAVELERS’ MOUNT AIRY CASINO BUS TRIP: Pay $25; Rebate $25.Includes free buffet. Bus leaves R&J 7:45 AM;

Quandel’s in Minersville 8:15 AM. Bus departs casino 4:00 PM. Call Julie (570-544-5231) or Millie (570-628-5413).

MAY CALENDAR WINNERS: May 1 – Lucy Barnetsky; May 2 – Val Davis; May 3 – Betty Valosin


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