Sacred Heart Church

Liturgical Ministers & Choir News

Ministry Training - Have you or a family member ever considered becoming an Altar Server, Reader, or Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion? If you or someone you know is in good standing with the Catholic Church and would like to be trained in any ministry, please call Mike Kelleher (814-934-4076) to set up a brief training session.


Marian Choir Picnic. It's that time of year again. The Marian Choir will be starting up with their annual picnic on Wednesday, August 21 at 6:00 p.m. , at the St. Mary's Parish Camp in Pinecroft. Hot Dogs and Hamburgers will be provided and members are asked to bring a covered dish. All returning members and any new members and families are invited to attend.

Saint Mary's Religious Education Parent and Teacher Meeting. A meeting is scheduled for Catechists Grades K-11 on Sunday, September 8, immediately after the student registration/parent meeting in the St. Mary's Memorial Hall Cafeteria. Registration/Parent meeting begins at 9:00 a.m. with the Sacramental Prep Parent Meeting beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Saint Mary's Religious Education Classes begin on Sunday, September 15 for grades K-11 at 9:00 a.m. There will be an All Youth Mass at 8:00 a.m.

St. Mary's Christian Mothers will have their monthly meeting on Monday, September 9, at 6:30 p.m. in the St. Mary's Church Basement Blessed Mother Room. Anyone who would like to join Christian Mothers is welcome to attend.


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. - Every Wednesday (weather permitting) a group of people meet at Sacred Heart Church and pray the Pro-Life Rosary. They have been meeting here at least 25 years. Your presence would be most welcome. The Holy Rosary gives us victory over all our enemies (St. Pio of Poetrelcina-the Rosary is the greatest weapon against the devil). You do not have to make any commitment, just come when you can. Thank you.

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.


BBQ Chicken Dinner - Sunday, September 8 sponsored by Saint Joseph's Church, Williamsburg. $8.50 Take Out Only. Pick up from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Riverside Park. Meal includes 1/2 BBQ chicken, baked potato, coleslaw, baked beans, applesauce, roll and dessert. Call Jim at 832-2139 or Sandy at 658-3600 for more information.

Birth of Mary Celebration - Sunday, September 8 at St. Catherine of Siena Church/Shrine. Special events on Sunday, Masses in church 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. Continuous Rosary. Celebrant, Msgr. Robert Saly, Pastor. 5 p.m. Shrine Mass, Celebrant/Homilist, Bishop Mark Bartchak . Displays, "Mary’s Birth, Lifetime, Heavenly Coronation." Spaghetti Dinner available Noon to 4:00 p.m. Coffee and cake after the evening Mass. Bring a lawn chair. Donations welcome.

Full-Time & Part-Time Positions Available

Organist Needed at Our Lady of Fatima Parish, 2010 12th Ave. One Mass on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and on the Holy Days at 6:00 p.m. Please reply to Carol Smith, Secretary at 942-0371 between 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.

Home Nursing Agency Healing Patch Seeks New Volunteers. Healing Patch is a free peer support program for grieving children and their families. With so many children facing the death of loved ones-be it parents, siblings, grandparents, or others, the Healing Patch gives them a safe place to share with others who understand and that healing is possible. New volunteers receive comprehensive training. For more information contact Melody Ray at 947-7200 or

St. Leonard's Personal Care Home in Hollidaysburg provides medication management, personal hygiene assistance, socialization, meals, housekeeping and 24 hour staff. We serve men and women 62+ years for whom it is no longer safe to live alone. To tour our beautiful Victorian home, call Sr. Cynthia Meyer at 695-9581 during weekday business hours.


Health South Ministers of Holy Communion - There is a need for volunteer Ministers of Holy Communion to take Communion to Catholic patients at Health South. We go there each Thursday around 3:30 p.m. You will only be scheduled for one Thursday a month. Two Communion Ministers usually go together and you will be trained. If you are interested, call the rectory at 943-8553.

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.


St. Leonard's Personal Care Home - St. Leonard's Personal Care Home in Hollidaysburg provides medication management, personal hygiene assistance, socialization, meals, housekeeping and a 24 hour staff in a home-like environment. We serve men and women 62+ for whom it is no longer safe to live alone. To tour our beautiful Victorian mansion or for more information, call Sr. Cynthia Meyer at 695-9581 during weekday business hours. We are a Catholic facility but accept all eligible applicants, and will assist with financial aid applications where applicable.


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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