Sacred Heart Church

Liturgical Ministers & Choir News

Choir - Our choir will rehearse on Monday, March 5 at 7 p.m. and sing the opening night of the Novena on March 12 at 7:00 p.m.

Liturgical Ministers - Schedules will be available as soon as possible. In the meantime, please check the bulletin to see if you are scheduled. Thank you for your cooperation

Please note: Some names, (those who have been unavailable for an extended period of time) have been removed from the active schedule because of space constraints. These names are still on the roster sheets. Please notify the rectory if you will not be returning to active duty and your name will be removed. Thank you for your service.



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 at Sacred Heart - You may be the only one whose prayers can stop an abortion. Search your heart and start praying a weekly rosary with us at Sacred Heart. We meet each Wednesday in the church from 3-4:00 p.m. No commitment. Just stop in when you can. You are always welcome.

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.


Bingo - Calling all Bingo players! St. Rose has a bingo program that supports Holy Trinity Students! Please come and support a good cause and try your luck! Bingo nights are every Tuesday and Friday. Doors open at 5 p.m. with early bird games at 6:10 p.m. Regular games start at 7 p.m.

The Shroud of Turin Is This the Face of Jesus? - Next Sunday, March 11 at 4:00 p.m. at St. Rose of Lima Church, Bill Wingard will present the history and science of the Shroud of Turin and tackle its biggest mystery… Is the Shroud the actual burial cloth of Jesus? Personal research coupled with the knowledge and help of the original photographer, Barrie Schwortz, for scientific evaluation in 1978 make for a powerful and comprehensive presentation that will not disappoint. You are invited to hear the talk and see the full-size replica of the Shroud of Turin. A Free Will offering will be taken.

Basket Raffle - Sunday, March 18th at St. Benedict Church Hall in Carrolltown. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Drawing begins at 2 p.m. Tickets are 26 chances for $5. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society and the Sideline Cancer Student Organization at Saint Francis University.

Garvey Manor Basket Bingo - Sunday, March 18 from 2-5:00 p.m. Doors open at 1:15. Proceeds benefit programs for residents of Garvey Manor/Our Lady of the Alleghenies. $30 registration includes Bingo Game Pack, Five Free Tickets for Basket Bonanza Raffle, Refreshments. Seating is limited. Pre-Registration Recommended. Call Garvey Manor at 695-5571 to reserve a space.

Saint Leonard’s Home - St. Leonard’s will host its 3rd annual celebration of St. Joseph’s Table on Saturday, March 24 from 5-8:00 p.m. at the American Legion Post 516 Social Hall at Legion Park in Hollidaysburg. The event includes a meal, cheese bar, desserts, wine, auction, prizes for bidding and entertainment. Tickets are $30 and are available at St. Leonard’s Home or by calling 695-9581 during business hours.

Mount Carmel Bus Trip - Bus trip to Seneca Casino in Salamaca, NY on Saturday, April 7. Leave the church parking lot at 9 a.m. and depart the Casino at 8 p.m. The cost is $35 per person. We get back $25 in slot play and $5 food voucher . To receive these bonuses please bring to the Casino a valid photo ID. Please call the parish office at 942-8501 during the week to make reservations.


St. Therese of the Child Jesus Parish - Father Kelley Hall, 25th Ave and 5th St. Fridays during Lent, 4-7:00 p.m. Baked or Fried Fish, OR Fried or Steamed Shrimp Macaroni & Cheese OR French Fries OR Baked Potato Cole Slaw OR Applesauce, plus Stewed Tomatoes, Roll, Dessert and Drink. Adults $10. Children (under12) $7.00

Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Cathedral Hall - Lenten Lunches at the Cathedral. 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Eat In or Take Out. Ash Wednesday and Fridays of Lent (No lunch on Good Friday) Fish Sandwich with choice of Macaroni and Cheese OR French Fries. $7.00

Altoona Almrausch Schuhplattlers are planning to hold their Annual Fish Dinners from Ash Wednesday to and including Good Friday, March 30. These dinners will be held at the Unter Uns Club on Van Buren Ave and 14th Street. $9 for Adults $5 for Children 4-10 years. You will be served by the dancers, so no waiting in line.

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel February 14, Ash Wednesday only. 4:00-7:00 p.m. $8 Baked or Fried. Tickets sold in advance at Mr. Carmel Rectory Office.

Holy Family Parish, Portage will hold Fish Dinners on Feb. 23, March 9 and 23 from 4-6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Hand dipped or baked fish, FF, haluski or mac and cheese, cole slaw, vegetable, roll, dessert. Adults $10, Children 6-12. $5

In The Footsteps of Jesus - A Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, with Msgr. Michael Becker as chaplain, is being planned for May 16-26, 2018. Visit those places which are most sacred to all Christians: Bethlehem, Nazareth, Cana, the Sea of Galilee, Mt. Tabor. The Garden of Olives, Jerusalem and Cal-vary. The trip includes all travel and hotel accommodations, daily breakfast and most dinners, private coach and daily Mass at each site. The total cost is $3,850 per per-son. For further information, contact Msgr. Becker at or call 942-5503.


Catholic Volunteer Network - Would you like to make a difference in your community, the country, or the world? Do you want to serve those in need and work for social justice? Check our Response 2018, a free guide listing nearly 200 faith-based volunteer programs and thousand of opportunities. Volunteers serve full-time for periods of one week to one year or more across the United States and in more than 100 countries worldwide. Summer and school break opportunities are also available. Our volunteers are from all walk of life-from high school to senior citizens. Positions are available for both single and married volunteers, including those with children. Contact Catholic Volunteer Network to receive your free copy of Response 2018. Call 800-543-5046 or email

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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