Liturgical Ministers & Choir News
Adult Choir Rehearsal - The choir will rehearse Monday, April 10 from 7-8:30 p.m.
Liturgical Ministers - Schedules thru June 4 and updated roster sheets are now available in the rear of the church. If you cannot fulfill your assignment it is your responsibility to find a substitute.
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.
SACRED HEART CHURCH MEETINGS
SACRED HEART CHURCH GROUPS & EVENTS
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.
LOCAL CHURCH ACTIVITIES & FESTIVALS
Seneca Casino Trip - The Mount Carmel Social Committee is sponsoring a bus trip to the Seneca Casino in Salamanca, New York on Saturday, April 22. Departing from church parking lot at 9 a.m. and departing from the Casino at 8:00 p.m. We will not be making any stops going up or coming back from the casino. The cost is $35 per person. Casino Bonus: $25 slot play and $5 food. To receive the bonuses please bring to the casino a valid picture ID. For reservations please call the parish office during the week at 942-8501.
Roast Beef Dinner/Spring Festival - St. Demetrius Parish in Gallitzin will hold its 41st Annual Roast Beef Dinner/Spring Festival on Sunday, April 23rd. It will feature games, baskets, a bake sale, and of course, our delicious roast beef dinner. Location: Church Hall (former St. Patrick building) at the top of Church Street. Time is 11 a.m. until ? Tickets: Adults $10 and Children $6.
CCW 15th Annual “Hands & Hearts Haiti Fet” - The Carmelite Community of the Word invites you to our 15th Annual Hands & Hearts Haiti Fet (formerly known as the Paschal Festival), on Sunday, April 30, at Our Lady of Loretto Hall, 279 Saint Elizabeth St., Loretto. Thr afternoon will include a buffet dinner, silent auction, and a program featuring Francois Victor, a popular presenter for NickyNick Community TV in Brooklyn, NY. Mr. Victor grew up in Haiti and his sister is Sr. Emmanuelle, the foundress and superior of the Little Sisters of the Incarnation in Haiti. Doors open at 1:45 p.m. dinner will be served at 2:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for children. Participants are asked to contribute a new items of children’s and/or teen underwear or socks. Contact the CCW Incarnation Center at 886-4098 for tickets or more information. All proceeds will help us continue our ministry in Haiti.
Basket Bingo - The Cathedral Parish Longaberger Basket and Vera Bradley Bingo will take place Sunday, May 7, at Father Kelley Hall, 429 25th Avenue. Doors open at 12 Noon and games begin at 1:00 p.m. $25 entry ticket includes 15 games of bingo, food and beverages. Basket Bingo will benefit our children in Catholic schools, Religious Education and our youth activities. Please contact Cathedral Parish office at 944-4603 for ticket information. Thank you for your support.
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 www.proximotravel.com
Italy Trip, 2018 with Fr. Frank - There will be an information meeting concerning the Italy trip, Sept 24-Oct 5, 2018 with Fr. Frank, TOR on Sunday, April 30th at 3:30 p.m. in San Damiano Hall (Basement Hall of Mount Carmel Church). A representative from Proximo Travel will be in attendance. The trip will visit Catania, Mt. Etna, Taormina, Reggio Calabria, Tropea, Sorrento, Capri, Castel Gandolfo and Rome. Please plan to attend.
VOLUNTEERS & HELP NEEDED
The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown Part-time Housekeeper for Dmitri Manor
Hollidaysburg - Responsibilities include assisting with basic Housekeeping duties for up to 12 occupants based upon a 25-hour work week, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Resumes must be submitted to 927 South Logan Blvd, Hollidaysburg PA 16648; Attn: Lynette McEvoy, Director of 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. www.stjosephinstitute.com or call 888-777-1098
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.