Sacred Heart Church

Liturgical Ministers & Choir News

Adult Choir Rehearsal - The choir will resume rehearsal on Monday, February 13 and will sing at the 10:00 a.m. Mass on February 19.

Liturgical Ministers - Schedule requests for March 5 thru June 4th need to be sub-mitted no later than February 12. Please send the dates that you will be unavailable to You may also drop them off at the rectory or place them in the collection basket. Sign up sheets for the Novena will be posted at a later date.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion - Communion Ministers are reminded to sit closer to the Sanctuary when you are scheduled to serve. You are also reminded to begin your approach to the Sanctuary as we say the words..”Lord, I am not worthy…” Thank you.


Social Committee is planning a Mardi Gras Dinner following the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Saturday, February 25. A sign-up sheet is in the back of the church


Faith Sharing Groups - Sign up sheets are available in the back of the church for Small Faith Sharing Groups for six weeks of the Season of Lent reflecting on Cycle A Sunday Readings.

Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. in the Formation Center or Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. in the Formation Center or Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. at apartment 2204 at Graystone.

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.

Calendar of Cash - This is the last weekend that we will be selling Lottery Calendars in the church. They may be purchased in the rectory business office after this weekend. The office is open from 7:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday. The cost is $25 and your number is good for the entire year. So far we have only sold 362 calendars ! Please be supportive of this fund raiser. Thank you.

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.


Christian Prayer and Spirituality Course - This course will be offered at St. Catherine of Siena, Duncansville, beginning March 8th. Sr. Marilyn Welch, CCW will be teaching on Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. During this 8 week course, participants will explore both traditional and contemporary expressions of Christian prayer and spirituality that will help deepen their relation-ship with God. The cost which includes registration and materials is $55. To register please contact the Office of Adult Enrichment at 361-2000.

St. Leonard’s Home St. Joseph Table - St. Leonard’s Home will host its 2nd annual celebration of St. Joseph’s Table on Saturday, March 18 from 5-8:00 p.m. at the American Legion Post 516 Social Hall at Legion Park in Hollidaysburg. The event includes a meal, cheese bar, desserts, wine tasting, auction, prizes for bidding and entertainment. Tickets are $30 and are available at St. Leonard’s Home or by calling 695-9581 during business hours.

Ash Wednesday Fish Dinner will be held at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church from 4-7:00 p.m. Serving in the school cafeteria on 8th Avenue. $8-Baked or Fried fish. Tickets sold in advance at the parish office 806 11th Street.

St. Leonard’s Home will host its 2nd annual celebration of St. Joseph’s Table on Saturday, March 18 from 5-8:00 p.m. at the American Legion Post 516 Social Hall at Legion Park in Hollidaysburg. The event includes a meal, cheese bar, desserts, wine tasting, auction, prizes for bidding and entertainment. Tickets are $30 and are available at St. Leonard’s or by calling 695-9581 during business hours.

Fatima and Lourdes/Barcelona Tour - Now is the time to make reservations. Join Fr. Grimme and St. Therese Catholic Church in celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima plus other pilgrimage sites including Lourdes. Departure May 10, returning May 19, 2017. Book before November 11 and save $100 per person. Triple Room $3,769 per person, Double $3,799 per person and Single $4,199 per person. Price includes round trip from Altoona & Pittsburgh International Airport, air taxes and fees/surcharges; ten days and 16 meals. Phone St. Therese Rectory Office at 942-4479

Pilgrimage to Lourdes and Fatima - Msgr. Stan Carson, pastor of St. Michael Parish in Hollidaysburg, will be a chaplain on a June 24-30, 2017 Marian pilgrimage to Lourdes, France and Fatima, Portugal with Proximo Travel. The cost is $3,100 airfare and all-included. To register, please contact 814-479-4165 or 508-340-9370. You may also receive more information and register online at


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.


Part-time Housekeeper for Dmitri Manor - The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown has an opening for a part-time Housekeeper. Responsibilities include assisting with basic housekeeping duties for up to 12 occupants based upon a 25-hour work week. Cooking experience is required. Resumes must be submitted to 927 S Logan Blvd, Hollidaysburg PA 16648: Attn: Human Resources.

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.

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. 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.


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.


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.


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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