Sacred Heart Church

Liturgical Ministers & Choir News

Adult Choir - Choir will rehearse on Monday, December 18 at 7:00 in preparation for our Christmas Mass

Liturgical Ministers - Schedule requests for February 18 thru May 20 need to be submitted no later than February 4. Please email the dates you will be unavailable during this time frame, to Please note the change in email address. You may also drop them off at the rectory office or place them in the collection basket. Please limit your requests to the above mentioned time frame. Request for future dates may get lost. Sign up sheets for the Novena (March 12-20) will be posted at a later date. Thank you.

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.

Ministers of Holy Communion Needed for HealthSouth - If you are a Minister of Holy Communion please consider volunteering at HealthSouth Rehab Hospital once a month to distribute Holy Communion to the Catholic patients. A schedule is made for 3 months and you will have a partner to go with you. It usually takes a little over an hour and begins between 3:30-4:00 p.m. If you can volunteer, please call the rectory office at 943-8553. You will be trained. Thank you.



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.


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.


Temporary Parish Secretary, Dudley, PA - Duties include assisting pastor and secretary with the development and implementation of effective business practices. Flexible work schedule is based upon a short-term maximum of 200 hours. Interested candidates must contact the parish rectory at 635-2919 or email the administrator at . Please respond no later than December 1st.


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

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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