Sacred Heart Church

Liturgical Ministers & Choir News

Schedules thru August 31 are now available in the back of the church. Please remember to find a substitute if you cannot fulfill your assignment. Thank you.

Garvey Manor Ministry Opportunity - Eucharistic Ministers are needed for the 9:30 a.m. Sunday Mass to take Holy Communion to the residents at Garvey Manor when the Mass is over. We need your help on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month. We also would like to have someone for every Friday at our 10:00 a.m. Mass. Please call Debbie Dorazio at 694-5571 ext. 4009.



Our parish's Bereavement Committee will host luncheons followed by faith/grief sharing and prayer after the 11:30 a.m. First Friday Mass on June 6 and after the 11:30 a.m. Holy Day Mass on August 15th, the Feast of Mary’s Assumption into Heaven. The rosary prayed before the August 15th Mass will be for those who have died and for those who grieve. The Bereavement Committee’s next planning meeting will be on Sunday, July 13, at 1:30 p.m.

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 one $50 winner and six $25 winners. Calendars for 2014 are still available for $25. We will once again be selling calendars for next year, 2015. If you would like to reserve special numbers in advance, you may do so by calling the rectory office. 943-8553

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.


Outdoor Masses - Once again outdoor Masses are being celebrated this summer at Our Lady of the Alleghenies Shrine in Loretto. Masses are at 7:00 p.m. every Sunday through Labor Day weekend. Please bring a lawn chair.

57th Homecoming Festival - St. Benedict Church in Carrolltown Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 25, 26, 27. Starting on Friday at 5 p.m. with Ethnic Foods. There will be a Bouncy House, Climbing Wall and Dunking Booth all three days. Saturday grounds open at Noon with Mass at 4 p.m. “Steamer”, Altoona Curve Mascot will be there from 1 to3 p.m. Adult Karaoke begins at 7 p.m. A chicken dinner with homemade noodle soup will be featured on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $9 and children $4. Bingo, Basket Auction, Garage Sale, Games, Music, Ethnic Foods, Bake Sale and Refreshments. $13,000 in cash prizes to be awarded July 28 thru August 1. Win a John Deere Trail Gator or $7,500 cash to be awarded on Sunday, July 27.

Mass For Married Couples - Bishop Mark will celebrate the annual outdoor Mass honoring married couples on July 27 at 7:00 p.m. at Our Lady of the Alleghenies Shrine in Loretto. All married couples are invited to attend as well as their families.

Atlantic City Bus Trip - Tom DeBernardis (943-7533) is sponsoring an Atlantic City Casino bus trip and military air show on Wednesday, August 13th. Free buffet/$20 casino money. $60 per person. Call Tom for more information.

Reserve the Date - St. Vincent DePaul, Peter Lemke Council is proud to announce that Dr. Scott Hahn, an internationally renowned lecturer/theologian and Professor of Biblical Theology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville will be at Mt. Aloysius College on Saturday, September 13.

Starting off the day, Mass will be at 8:30 a.m. Dr. Hahn will have 2 sessions in the morning, lunch and an afternoon session (topics will be announced at a later date.)

There will be a $5 charge for this event and food will be provided. Reservations are required. For inquiries or reservation, please contact: or call Sandy at 472-8814.

Matthew Kelly: An Event You Will Want To Experience - September 27 at St. Francis University. Sponsored by the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. If any Sacred Heart parishioners would like to attend, the parish will pay the $39 for adults and $15 for teens and college students. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided during two half-hour breaks. Participants are encouraged to bring lunch. 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Stokes Athletic Center, Saint Francis University. Details are available at and click on the Matthew Kelly Event or you may call the rectory office at 943-8553.

Boston Long Weekend Trip - Mt. Carmel Parish is sponsoring a four day trip to Boston with Fr. Frank on October 10, 11, 12,13.The cost is single -$1,115, double $840 per person. Trip includes transportation, LaQuinta Inn, 3 nights, step on guide for a 4 hour Boston tour, lunch, dinner, admission to John Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum and to Boston Tea Party Museum, Spirit of Boston Dinner Cruise, Mass at St. Anthony Church, Tips. For reservations, please call the Mt. Carmel Parish Office, 942-8501, weekdays. Only taking one bus.


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 a 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


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.

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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