Sacred Heart Church

Liturgical Ministers & Choir News

Liturgical Ministers - Lectors, Servers and Extraordinary Ministers, schedule request for November 30 thru February 15 need to be submitted no later than November 9. The preferred method of submission is to email to: If need be, they can be placed in the collection basket or dropped off at the rectory. Sign up sheets for our Christmas and New Year’s Liturgies are in the back of the church. Our Christmas Mass schedule will be 5:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. on December 24, Midnight, 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Christmas Day.



Grief/Faith Support Group - Come and help yourself heal. Anyone who has experienced grief (parents, child, grandparents, family members or friends), are welcome to attend. Our first session will be on Tuesday, October 21st, 6:30- 7:30 p.m. in the Formation Center. We will continue these healing sessions every third Tuesday of each month thru May 2015. For reservations, please call Mary Catherine McGregor at 942-2763.

Our Grief/Faith Support committee would like to invite anyone who has experienced grief to join us on November 7th for our Faith and Fellowship luncheon from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. in the Formation Center. Sign up sheets will be in the back of the church. Everyone is welcomed.

The Sacred Heart Card Club will be meeting in the Formation Center this Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. The group will meet every second and fourth Wednesday of the month. Spend an afternoon of fun with parishioners and friends!

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 - 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 - The Calendar of Cash lottery tickets for 2015 are now available at the rectory office. If you cannot stop by the office, yours can be mailed to you; just call with the numbers you would like to have. $25 for the entire year. Payoffs range from $25 to $500. This is the only fund raiser that Sacred Heart has. Please be supportive. Thank you. Last week we had two $50 winners and four $25 winners.


Candlelight Saints Tour: Apostles and their Friends - The Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel in Loretto will be hosting their Annual Saints Tour on October 24th. Entertainment, education, local history and a bit of Halloween spookiness. Tours depart every 20 minutes from 6-10 p.m. and last approximately 1 1/2 hours. Please note that it is not handicap accessible. Cost is $7 per person. Please dress for the weather, as tours continue rain or shine. Bring a nonperishable food item in exchange for a free coffee, hot chocolate, or soda. Hot food will be available for purchase.

Third Annual Patriotic Rosary Celebration With Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament - Saturday, October 25 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cathedral. Bishop Mark Bartchak will be the Presider and Homilist. Catholic Daughters of the Altoona-Johnstown Diocesan Courts have undertaken this project for the third year to seek Divine Guidance to gain wisdom and knowledge to exercise our right to vote on November 4, for leaders who will best uphold our religious freedom.

Saint Jude Triduum Church of Saint Mark - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, October 27,28,29 Masses and Devotions 8:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Fr. Jack McDowell, OFM, President of Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School will be Celebrant and Homilist at the 5:30 p.m. Masses. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be offered prior to each Mass. Triduum Prayers will be prayed at each Mass followed by Veneration of the Relic of Saint Jude.

St. Clement Church Super Ticket! - Exact Number Wins a Super Bowl Package for 2 Super Bowl Prize includes: 2 Bowl Tickets to Phoenix AZ, Hotel Accommodations, January 30 through February 2, Breakfast, Pre Game Party, Tickets to NFL Experience and Super Bowl Souvenirs, PLUS $2,500 in travel expenses. OR, you can receive $10,000 in cash. The closest number above and number below the 7:00 p.m. first BIG 4 drawing on November 2nd each wins $1000. Winning numbers determined by the First BIG FOUR 7:00 p.m. drawing on Sunday, November 2. Two numbers on each ticket. Donation is $10 each ticket. Benefits St. Clement Church . You may send a note stating how many tickets you would like to purchase, along with your name, address and payment to: St. Clement Church, 114 Lindberg Ave., Johnstown PA 15905 and your tickets will be mailed to you.

Simpson-Temple United Parish Holiday Bazaar - November 1, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Join us for lunch (available all day), baked goods, soup to go, crafts, door prizes and “Kidz Korner”.

Theology on Tap: A Series on Pope Francis - In honor of Pope Francis, the Diocese is sponsoring a Theology on Tap Series focusing on the Holy Father. Theology on Tap is a casual speaker/discussion series for young adults 18-29. November 3rd topic will be Pope Francis and the New Evangelization, presented by Bishop Mark. All sessions at 7:00 p.m. at Zach’s in Altoona. Enter through Joe’s Bar.

Greece and Turkey Pilgrimage - Travel with Msgr. Michael Servinsky, VG, Pastor of Holy Rosary on a Greece and Turkey Pilgrimage to Thessaloniki, Phillippi, Kavala, Kalambaka, Meteora, Delphi, Corinth, Athens, Piraeus, Mykonos, Kisadasi, Ephesus, Patmos, Santorini and Istanbul. Trip Dates: April 18-30, 2015. Cost is $4,799. Airfare and All-Included. To register please contact


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.


Rectory Cook Needed - Mt. Carmel Rectory, Altoona, has a position open for a lunch time cook (Monday-Friday). If you are interested, please contact Mt. Carmel Rectory at 942-8501.

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.

Blair Senior Services Volunteers Needed - Blair Senior Services is currently in urgent need of volunteers to help deliver home delivered meals. Volunteers help one to three days a week and deliver approximately 20 meals per delivery day. Meals are delivered on Monday , Wednesday and Friday and generally it is a two person process. It takes approximately 1 to 2 hours to complete a day’s delivery. If you are interested or would like more information, please call by Friday, November 16 at 946-1235.

Volunteer Drivers Needed - The American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program can provide free transportation to cancer related medical appointments. Trained, volunteer drivers donate their time and personal vehicles in order to transport patients to the life-saving cancer treatment they need. Please call the American Cancer Society at 695-9232 to learn more about volunteering.

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. 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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