Sacred Heart Church

Liturgical Ministers & Choir News

Adult Choir - The Choir will be taking a break for the summer. Back again in the fall. Thank you for your commitment this past year.

Liturgical Ministers - Schedules for June 11 through August 27 are now available in the back of the church. They are also available on our parish website. As a reminder, if you cannot fulfill your assignment you are responsible for finding a replacement. Thank you.

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

Outdoor Masses - Fr. John Byrnes, Rector and the Parish Family of St. 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. Masses will continue through Labor Day. Please bring a lawn chair. In the event of inclement weather, the Mass will be held in the Basilica of Saint Michael the Arch-angel.

Observance of the 100th Anniversary of the Apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima , Portugal - Pope Francis has encouraged the faithful to take advantage of the spiritual benefits at Marian celebrations during this centennial observance. In the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Bishop Bartchak will lead the following celebrations:
Friday, September 8, Feast of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 5:30 p.m., Mass and Rosary Procession (outdoor shrine), Saint Catherine of Siena Church, Duncansville.

Sunday, October 1, Annual Marian Celebration in Honor of the Holy Rosary, 3:00 p.m., Rosary and Mass, Saint Benedict Church, Johnstown.

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

Boys’ Basketball Camp Ages 5-17 - St. Francis Men’s Basketball is offering a basketball camp for boys age 5-17 beginning June 26 thru June 30.The cost is $150. Family and group discounts are available. Hours are 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. except the 30th and then time is 9 a.m. until 12:00 Noon. Campers will be grouped according to age and ability, so whether you are a beginner or an experienced varsity player, the Camp has a place for you! You can register online at camps.jumpforward.com/sfubasketball or call Luke McConnell at 471-1114

Diocesan Summer Camp Opportunities - Registrations for our diocesan Summer Camp Zacchaeus (Grades 4-9) are being accepted. Week one Camp Zacchaeus will be held from July 16-21 and week two will be held from July 23-28. Scholarship forms are available through the Youth Ministry Office. For more information or an application, contact Francine Swope in the Youth Ministry Office 317-2646.

St. Joan of Arc Annual Festival - St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, Route 53, Frugality (near Prince Gallitzin State Park and Glendale Lake) will be holding their annual Festival, Sunday, July 16th from 11 a.m. to 6 p.. We are featuring a Turkey and Noodle Dinner with all the trimmings. Dinner served Family Style from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Adults $10, Children 5-12, $5 Music Entertainment. Basket Auction at 5 p.m. Games, Bingo, Bake Sale, Refreshments and Lots More!

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

Saint Leonard’s Home - St. Leonard’s Home in Hollidaysburg provides quality personal care for persons over age 55 for who 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.

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.

 

 


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