Sacred Heart Church

Liturgical Ministers & Choir News

Adult Choir - The Choir will begin practice on Monday September 11 at 7:00 p.m.

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.



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.

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.


Chicken BBQ Dinner - St. Demetrius Parish in Gallitzin will hold its annual Chicken BBQ Dinner and Mini-Bazaar Sunday, September 24 in the parish Activity Center (rear 616 Church St) in Gallitzin. Dinners for Adults: $10, Children 6-12: $6. Takeouts $10. A flea market will also be featured as well as baked goods, games and baskets. Dinner will be served from 11 a.m. until ?

Save the Date - Is this the face of Jesus? The Shroud of Turin Talk will be held at St. Benedict Parish, 2310 Bedford St. Johnstown, Sunday, October 29 at 3:00 p.m. You are invited to hear the talk and see the full size replica of the Shroud of Turin. Attendees are encouraged to bring their cameras. No tickets are required; a love offering will be collected. All are welcome!

Altoona Public Square Rosary Rally Heritage Plaza - Join in the praying of the Rosary on the 100th Anniversary of the “Miracle of the Sun” at Fatima on Saturday, October 13th at 12:00 Noon at the Heritage Plaza, 11th Avenue and 14th Street. This event is celebrated in over 20,000 cities around the world on this same day. Invite a friend! We will be praying for our nation, veter-ans and troops. Go to

Basket Bingo - to support St. Leonard’s Personal Care Home charity care fund will be held on Saturday, October 14 from 1-3:30 p.m. at St. Catherine Church Hall in Duncansville. Lunch available at noon. Themed baskets for 20 bingo prizes and silent auction.

“Sermon on the Mount” - St. Mary’s Parish Life Committee is proud to host Emmy nominated TV and film star, Frank Runyeon who will perform a dramatic presentation of “Sermon on the Mount” followed by “Hollywood vs Faith”. Frank Runyeon portrayed Steve Andropoulos on As the World Turns and has appeared on numerous other TV shows. This presentation will be held on Sunday, October 15 and will begin at 1:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Memorial Hall, 1420 4th Ave in Altoona. Seating is limited to 300, so please make your reservation early. Reserved “VIP Angel Seats” will be the front 4 rows and are available for only $20 each with no need to arrive early to find a good seat. General Admission tickets are only $5 each. An Outdoor Rosary will follow the presentation at approximately 2:45 p.m.. Call St. Mary rectory office at 942-2416.

Save the Date - Sunday, November 12th. Baskets and Bags Bingo spon-sored by Holy Trinity Catholic School. Tickets on sale soon.

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


Maintenance-Custodial Position Available - Full time Maintenance/Custodial position available at Mount Carmel Parish. Basic duties: janitorial, general repairs and maintenance of the 8th Avenue properties (interior and exterior). Please send resume and references to Mt. Carmel Church, 806 11th Street, Altoona 16602

Holy Trinity Catholic School (Altoona) Job Openings - The following job openings are available for the 2017-2018 school year: Second Grade Teacher, Fourth Grade Teacher, Middle School Science Teacher (6-8), Middle School English/Religion Teacher, Religion Teacher (Part Time). A full listing of all job descriptions and clearances is available on the Diocesan Website.


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.

Pennsylvania WIC Women-Infants-Children - WIC provides eligible pregnant, postpartum and breast-feeding women, infants and children under age 5 with nutrition information, breastfeeding support, and healthy foods and referrals. WIC helps working families and the unemployed. Apply today at Home Nursing Agency, WIC Program, 206 W Plank Rd, Altoona. 943-0481. In-come Guidelines: (1) $1,859, (2) $2,503, (3) $3,148(4) $3,792. Each additional person add $645. PA WIC is funded by the USDA.

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

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.


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.


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.

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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