Sacred Heart Church

Liturgical Ministers & Choir News

Sacred Heart Liturgical Ministers - Schedules through March 3 are available in the back of the church. They may also be found on our parish website. Sign up sheets for our Christmas Masses are/will be posted in the vestibule. Volunteers will be needed for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, 12/7@5:30 and 12/8@11:30 and the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, 12/31@5:30 and 1/1@11:00. 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 - We would like to encourage Saint Mary parishioners as well as Sacred Heart parishioners to attend our weekly Pro-Life Rosary in Sacred Heart Church. They meet on Wednesday's at 3:00 in the afternoon. Your participation would be greatly appreciated. Can you spare an hour of your time to pray for the end of 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.


Christmas Cookie Sale - Take the stress out of Christmas cookie prep by stopping at The Friar’s Nook Gift Shop’s Christmas Cookie Sale on Thursday, December 20. There will be a variety of ethnic and traditional Christmas cookies, so stop by early while supplies last! Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Community Celebration of Christmas - Sunday, December 30 at 3 p.m. at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church. A relaxing concert with seasonal music. The organists will be Agoston Solzi and James Dengler. A free will offering will benefit the Pipe Organ.

Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe - St. John the Evangelist Church is having a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico this December 8-13, 2018 to be there for the beautiful Mass of Roses on the feast day, December 12th. $2,294 per person includes air fare from Altoona. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Daily. Mass every day. For a flyer or more details call Cathie or Michael Milano at 1-800-773-2660

Full-Time & Part-Time Positions Available

Part-time Housekeeper Position Available Saint Mary Church, Altoona - Key Responsibilities are to provide cleaning for the rectory, church, and Memorial Hall. Two days per week, 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Ten hours total. Previous cleaning experience is required as well as being supportive of the mission of the Catholic Church, able to satisfactorily complete background checks and training applicable to diocesan requirements. Able to prioritize tasks and manage time efficiently. Please call Sacred Heart Rectory at 943-8553 or the Diocesan Human Resource Office at 695-5579 ext. 2613, for further information. For a complete listing of duties and qualifications, go to

Good Shepherd Catholic Church in State College - is seeking a full-time Director of Faith Formation. Primary responsibilities include developing, implementing, organizing, and managing catechetical and evangelization minis-tries for children, youth and adults. Other duties include overseeing the parish's Sacrament Preparation and Youth Ministry programs and recruiting, training and supporting volunteer catechists. Candidates should be experienced catechists who think creatively, work independently and posses effective verbal and written communication skills. Must be a practicing Catholic with a solid command of Catholic theology. Must have or be able to obtain all Safe Environment and Child Protection clearances required by the Diocese if Altoona-Johnstown and the Common-wealth of Pennsylvania. Candidates should have a bachelor's degree in religious education, pastoral ministry or related field. Master's degree are welcome. Mail resume and cover letter to DFF Search; Good Shepherd Church, 867 Grays Woods Blvd, Port Matilda PA 16870 or email


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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