Liturgical Ministers & Choir News
Adult Choir Rehearsal - The choir will sing at 10:00 a.m. Mass on Pentecost Sunday, May 15.
Liturgical Ministers - Schedules for June, July, and August are now available in the vestibule of the church as well as on our parish website. If you are unable to fulfill your assignment you are responsible for finding a substitute. For the summer, the parish secretary will have a list of summer ministers and their availability. Roster sheets will be updated in the fall. Thank you.
SACRED HEART CHURCH MEETINGS
SACRED HEART CHURCH GROUPS & EVENTS
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
Outdoor Summer Masses - Father John Byrnes, Rector and the Parish Family of Saint Michael the Archangel Basilica, Loretto, invite the faithful to join us each Sunday evening at 7:00 p.m. for the outdoor Sunday Mass at the beautiful Shrine of Our Lady of the Alleghenies in Loretto. Outdoor Masses will continue through Labor Day, September 4. Please bring a lawn chair. In the event of inclement weather, the Mass will be held in the Basilica of Saint Michael the Archangel.
Fortnight for Freedom - Bishop Bartchak will gather in the Altoona Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament on Thursday, June 23 at 7:00 p.m. Bishop Mark will preside at a Holy Hour in observance of the annual Fortnight for Freedom, sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, this year’s theme is “Witnesses to Freedom”.
“Where Are You Going?” Quo Vadis Days at Saint Francis University Loretto, Sunday July 17th to July 20th - The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown and the TOR Franciscans of the Sacred Heart Province are teaming up to hold a Vocation event. This event is for men 18 years old and above! It is a retreat for men that covers talks on prayer, discernment, marriage, priesthood and religious life while offering a lot of time for recreation and prayer. It will be staffed by the priests and seminarians of the diocese and the Sacred Heart TOR friars of Saint Francis University. For more information contract Fr. Matthew Reese at 695-5579 or VOCATIONS@DIOCESEAJ.ORG
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.