Sacred Heart Church

Liturgical Ministers & Choir News

The Adult Choir will be singing on Sunday, April 6 at 5:30 p.m. Vespers, April 8th, at the 7:00 Novena Mass, and on Sunday, April 13, at 10:00 a.m. Palm Sunday Mass.

Note to the Liturgical Ministers - When in the pews, Liturgical Ministers are asked to sit in a location that best accommodates their ministry. Those who take up the collection are asked to sit somewhere near the vestibule. Readers and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are asked to sit somewhere near the sanctuary and on the side of the church closest to their ambo and/or lectern. For daily Masses, readers are asked to sit in the sanctuary from the beginning of Mass until he or she has completed the readings. For daily Masses, if liturgical ministers have concerns about using the steps, they may sit in the sanctuary for the whole Mass.


Maintenance Committee is scheduled to meet on Thursday, April 10, at 7:00 p.m. in the Formation Center.

Garden Volunteers - Volunteers are needed to help clean our parish gardens this coming Saturday, April 12th at 8:30 a.m. This first-of-the season cleanup will probably only take about an hour. There’s a sign-up sheet in the vestibule.

Social/Fellowship/Picnic Committee Meeting - Our parish is scheduled to have a picnic on Sunday, June 22, at Brush Mountain Sportsmen’s Club . There will be a planning meeting on Thursday, March 27, at 6:30 p.m. in the Formation Center. The members of our Social Committee, previous Picnic Planners, and newly interested parishioners are invited to attend.


Dr. Scott Hahn to Speak at Saint Francis University - Dr. Scott Hahn, Biblical theologian, Catholic convert, author, national speaker, and professor-will present at St. Francis University on Thursday, April 10. His talk entitled “Consuming the Word: the Bible, the Eucharist and the New Evangelization” will take place from 7-8:00 p.m. at the John F. Kennedy Center auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. His talk about the New Evangelization will call on Catholics to deepen their faith, believe in the Gospel, and proclaim the Gospel. He will also speak about how the New Evangelization is an invitation for Catholics to renew their relationship with Jesus and his Church.

“Moses”, Sight and Sound Theater - Sacred Heart travelers and friends, we will be leaving on April 25th at 9:00 a.m. for a trip to see “Moses” at Sight and Sound Theater in Lancaster. The cost is $120 which includes bus, tip, dinner with tips, ticket to Moses, drinks and snacks on the bus. Dinner at “Good & Plenty” restaurant, stop at Strasberg Creamery, arrive back at Sacred Heart at 10:00 p.m. Money must be paid by March 24, so make your reservation early. Call Emma Helen at 944-9588 to make or confirm your reservation. Make check to: Emma Helen Brolley, 2708 6th Ave, Altoona PA 16602

Pilgrimage To Lourdes and Fatima - The frequent apparitions of the Blessed Mother at Lourdes, France in 1858 and in Fatima, Portugal in 1917 are expressions of God’s faithful love and His deep desire that we all grow in holiness. Mary, as the “handmaid of the Lord” and a caring mother, gently invites us to conversion of life and to eternal happiness. Prayer, especially praying the rosary, sustains and nourishes our quest. Msgr. Carson will be chaplain on a June 18-26, 2015 Marian pilgrimage to Lourdes, France and Fatima, Portugal with Proximo Travel. The cost is $3,699.00 airfare and all-included. To register, please contact (855) 842-8011 or (508) 340-9370. You may also receive more information and register online at There are brochures in the vestibule.

Sacred Heart Food Pantry - Our parish’s Food Pantry, which is open on Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., was founded to assist parishioners and non-parishioners who need some assistance in providing a few meals for their household. If you have any questions or would like more information, call their number on Wednesdays at 943-4529.

Sacred Heart Prayer Shawl Ministry - This ministry, which meets the second Saturday of the month is celebrating it’s 5th anniversary. We congratulate them for their dedication.

Due to the increasing cost of yarn, we are designating the “Poor Box”, which is located in the back of the church, as a place to make donations to this ministry. If you, or anyone you know, would appreciate one of the Prayer Shawls, please call the rectory at 943-8553.

2014 Calendar of Cash - Last week we had two $50 winners and four $25 winners. Calendars are still available at the rectory business office. Your number is good for the whole year. Cost is $25. This is our only fund raiser for the year. Please be supportive. Thank you.

Pro-Life Rosary is held every Wednesday from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church. Won't you take an hour out of your week and join us in praying for an end to abortion.

Bereavement Committee - The Sacred Heart Bereavement Ministry exists to provide resources, support and comfort to anyone who has experienced a death of a loved one. For more information contact Patty Buckel at 942-0321 or Dave Zeak at 946-3715.


Carmelite Community of the Word Paschal Festival - 12th Annual Paschal Festival will be held on Friday, April 25 at Holy Name Parish Hall in Ebensburg. Buffet Dinner, Silent Auction, and entertainment. “The Singing McGuire Brothers” are back by popular demand. Social at 6:00 p.m., Dinner and Auction at 6:30 p.m. and Entertainment at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 for adults. Reservation deadline is April 11. Tickets can be obtained by contacting any CCW sister or by calling Sr. Jane Miller at 886-4098.

St. Therese Parish-Fr. Kelly Hall - Fish Fry-Fridays During Lent 4-7 p.m. $8 Adults, $5 Children. Choice of baked or fried fish or fried or steamed shrimp; French fries or baked potato or mac and cheese. Applesauce or homemade coleslaw, stewed tomatoes, roll, dessert and drink.


St. Leonard’s Home - St. Leonard’s Home in Hollidaysburg provides quality personal care for persons over age 55 for whom it is no longer safe to live alone. We provide medication management, personal hygiene, activities, meals, housekeeping and 24 hour staff. For more information and a tour, please call sister Cynthia Meyer at 695-9581.

Marian House Manor - Apartments for seniors and mobility impaired adults located at 1408 4th Avenue. 21 apartments each with single bedroom, living-dining area, kitchen and bath. Common laundry area and a community room and large porch area. Heat, water, electric and trash included in rent. You can reach the manager at 942-5018.


Hospice Volunteer - If you have a desire to help someone who is facing a life-limiting illness or grieving the loss of a loved one, you can apply to become a Home Nursing Agency Hospice volunteer. Training for new volunteers begins this month. Visit Pennsylvania Catholic Conference. Copies are available at the main entrance to the church in the pamphlet rack. You may also call the rectory and a copy will be sent to you.


Over the years, Sacred Heart Parish has been blessed with a remembrance in the wills of deceased parishioners and friends. Bequests have enabled us to purchase the nativity set that decorates our church at Christmas and replace what was a paved courtyard with landscaping. A bequest also helped to install the new heating boilers in our church

Adult Education and Family Literacy Programs

The Adult Education Program is available for those individuals desiring to achieve their GED, improve their academic or employment skills, learn English as a Second Language, or acquire computer skills. Classes are located at the former Steven�s School at 200 E. Crawford Ave. For more information contact 946-8229 or 940-6936.



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