Liturgical Ministers & Choir News
Adult Choir Rehearsal - The choir will rehearse on Monday, September 26 at 7:00 p.m. and sing the 10:00 a.m. Mass on Sunday, October 2.
Liturgical Ministers - Please check your schedule each week to see if you are on the schedule. Recently, we have had a lot of “no-shows” and have had to find last minute replacements before Mass began.
SACRED HEART CHURCH MEETINGS
Pro-Life Rosary - We also invite you to join with our group of dedicated parishioners to pray the rosary on Wednesday afternoons beginning at 3 p.m. in Sacred Heart Church. They are there every Wednesday! Could you spare an hour of your time to pray for the end of abortion?
SACRED HEART CHURCH GROUPS & EVENTS
Life Chain - Once again on Sunday, October 2, Citizens Concerned for Human Life will be sponsoring a Life Chain in Altoona from 2-3:00 p.m. The Life Chain will form along 17th Street and 9th Avenue.
Healing Mass - There will be a Healing Mass on Monday, October 17 at 7:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. Fr. Bill Kiel from the Diocese of Greensburg, will be the main celebrant. All are welcome, especially those in need of physical, emotional, or spiritual healing, and those who support and care for them as well. Music for Mass will be led by the Cathedral Charismatic Prayer Group Music Ministry.
Annual Rosary Rally - Annual Rosary Rally for “America Needs Fatima” will be held Saturday, October 15 at noon at the Heritage Plaza in Altoona. This is the 99th Anniversary of the “Miracle of the Sun” in Portugal.
Diocesan Pilgrimage - In celebration of the Year of Mercy, the faithful of Altoona-Johnstown are invited to join us for this spiritual pilgrimage on Saturday, November 12th, to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. The tentative schedule for the day is as follows.
11 a.m. Arrival
Noon Midday Prayer
12:45 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. Reconciliation Opportunity
3:00 p.m. Mass with Bishop Mark
4:30 p.m. Departure
For transportation information please contact Our Lady of Mt. Carmel rectory at 942-8501.
Faith Sharing Groups - The groups meet on Tuesdays at 8:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Also on Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m.
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.
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 - The Prayer Shawl Ministry meets this Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Formation Center. If you like to crochet and have an interest in joining this group feel free to come this Saturday.
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.
LOCAL CHURCH ACTIVITIES & FESTIVALS
Turkey/Waffle Dinner at Saint Mark’s - October 9, Noon until 2 p.m.
Dinner includes turkey, waffles, mashed potatoes, vegetable, dessert and drink. Take Outs available. Adults $10. Children 10 and under $5. No tickets will be sold the day of the dinner. Contact Robyn at 931-5683 or Michele at 944-0276 for tickets.
Annual Rosary Rally - The Annual Rosary Rally for America Needs Fatima will be held on Saturday, October 14 at the Heritage Plaza in Altoona. This is the 99th anniversary of the “Miracle of the Sun” in Portugal. Please support this worthwhile event celebrated in thousands of cities and towns across America. America is at a historic crossroad. Secularists are trying to push God from the public square. They reject His beneficial action upon society. But without God, where will our leaders get the wisdom to solve the great problems we face? For more information, call Robert Frederick at 937-6370.
HOUSING FOR SENIORS
St. Leonard’s Home - Worried about a loved one? 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 assistance, socialization, meals, housekeeping and a 24 hour staff in a home-like environment. For more information and a tour of our facility, please call Sister Cynthia Meyer at 695-9581 during weekday business hours. We are Catholic owned and sponsored but accept all eligible applicants, and assist with financial aid applications where applicable.
VOLUNTEERS & HELP NEEDED
In This Year of Mercy Help Feed the Poor - Society of St. Vincent DePaul Monastery Community Gardens at St. Bernardine Monastery in Hollidaysburg is asking for volunteers to help feed Blair County’s poor this summer. No experience necessary. Volunteers are needed to plant, weed, water, and harvest in the gardens and in the new high tunnel. Volunteers are also needed to wash and pack and deliver vegetables to charitable organizations like the St. Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen and area food banks. Go to www.monasterygardens.weebly.com
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.
Garvey Manor Seeks Volunteers - Volunteer opportunities are available: We have a real need for volunteers to assist in our Beauty Shop. Transport residents from their rooms to the Beauty Shop where you can assist the beautician in little jobs. Assist in our gift shop. Help transport residents to and from church or therapy. You could be a prayer partner by visiting and helping a person feel a little better that day. Opportunities are endless. Volunteers receive complementary lunch and snack. Please consider volunteering even two hours a month to make a difference in someone's life. Please call parishioner, Debbie Dorazio at 695-5571 extension 4009.
Teen Shelter - The Teen Shelter is much more than just a shelter for runaway, homeless and at risk youth ages 12-17. This shelter, located at 3718 6th Avenue has been operated by Family Services since 1991. No all youth are seeking shelter some are just trying to find a place to spend a few hours. Youth drop in after school, get help with their homework, stay for dinner and participate in nightly group discussions dealing with issues pertaining to their age group. Student volunteers from Penn State Altoona assist with this program. Drop-in services are also available when school is in session. Phone 941-0975.
Partnering for Health is a free nonprofit medical clinic directed by Dr. Zane Gates, that provides medical care for the working uninsured members of our community. They are in need of volunteer RNs, LPNs and MAs to check patients into the rooms. Also in need are office volunteers to help answer the phone, file, etc. Any assistance you can provide would greatly be appreciated. Please call Paula at 889-6111.
WIC Program - WIC is a program of the Pennsylvania Department of Health with funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. WIC helps you help your family in many ways. WIC foods are free. Are you pregnant or recently had a baby? Do you have a child under age 5? Are you the guardian for a child under the age of 5? Many working families qualify. A family of 4 may earn up to $40,793 and still qualify for the eligibility guidelines. Please call Home Nursing at 943-0481 to inquire about this program.
Healing from Addiction - Drugs and alcohol destroy lives, families, relationships and careers. They steal hope and ruin dreams. St. Joseph Institute has a team of experienced professionals and a program built on a strong Christian foundation. We know that God wants you to be healed and that you can get better with His help. The Institute has scholarships covering up to 50% of the treatment cost for those who qualify. www.stjosephinstitute.com or call 888-777-1098
Marian House Manor - Located at 1408 4th Avenue is currently taking applications for one bedroom apartments offered to senior (62+ or mobility impaired persons with limited income. Call 942-5018 Monday thru Friday, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Hollidaysburg Veterans Home - Seeking volunteers to visit and talk with the veterans, play games, do puzzles or sit in the smoking room and light their cigarette. Weather permitting they can be taken outside to the patio or for a stroll around the grounds. If you are interested in volunteering, please call the Volunteer Office at 696-5371.
Saint Leonard's Home, Inc. - Worried about an elderly loved one? 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, or who desire a supportive community living arrangement for their later years. We assist with financial aid applications. For more information and a tour, please call Sr. Cynthia Meyer at 695-9581 during weekday business hours.
Blair Senior Services - Blair Senior Services is seeking volunteers 55 years of age or older, who would like to make a difference in the lives of the residents of our community through RSVP. Please call Brian Querry at 946-1235, ext. 1041 to learn how you can help.
CATHOLIC CHARITIES SERVICES
Are you having a difficult time in your life? Do you have problems communicating with others, feeling overwhelmed, anxious, depressed? Coping with the loss of a loved one, a relationship or employment? Catholic Charities Counseling Program can help! We offer confidential, professional counseling services to any person within the diocese. Counselors provide clients with a safe, nonjudgmental place to discuss problems, develop coping skills and most of all, gain a sense of hope for the future. For more information or to speak with a counselor call 944-9388. Fees start at $5 a session.
LIVING WILL AND HEALTH CARE POWER OF ATTORNEY
The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference has created a form that can be used to create a Living Will (Advance Health Care Directive) and Health Care Power of Attorney. You can download the information from the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference website at 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.
REMEMBERING SACRED HEART PARISH IN YOUR WILL
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 Stevenï¿½s School at 200 E. Crawford Ave. For more information contact 946-8229 or 940-6936.