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Altoona-Johnstown Dioceses suspend all public Masses

Bishop Mark L. Bartchak today announced the suspension of the celebration of all public Masses and all other liturgical celebrations in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown effective immediately and continuing until further notice. Throughout this time, the dispensed obligation to attend Sunday and Holy Day Masses, granted by the Bishop on March 12, remains in effect.

During this period, churches will continue to be open for private prayer, and the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown will continue to broadcast the Sunday Mass on television. A Liturgy will air every Sunday at 11:00 a.m. on WATM ABC 23. The Mass will also be posted on the diocesan website and Facebook and Twitter social media platforms.

Liturgical Ministers & Choir News



Saint Mary Prayer Chain: Louise Gioiosa, 942-7448

St. Mary's Christian Mothers will be having their monthly meeting on Monday, March 2, at 6:30 p.m. in the St. Mary's Church Basement Blessed Mother Room.

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.


Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament - Fish Lunches at the Cathedral on all Fridays of Lent except Good Friday. The menu includes fish sandwich, choice of mac and cheese, pierogie, Haluski , French fries, drink. Serv-ing from 11a.m. until 1:30 or sold out. To pre-order take outs, call 944-4603.

Our Lady of Lourdes Fish Fry. Take Out-3:30-6:30. Eat-In 4:30-6:30. Adults ,$10.50 Children under 12, $7.50. Every Friday including Good Friday.

St. Therese of the Child Jesus Parish Father Kelley Hall. Fridays during Lent, excluding Good Friday. 4:00 p,m. until 7:00 p.m. Drinks not available with takeouts. Adults $11. Children under 12, $7.

Altoona Almrausch Schuhplattlers (German Dance Group) - Lenten Fish Dinners will be held by from Friday, February 28 to and including Good Friday. There will be NO dinners on Ash Wednesday. These dinners will be held at the Unter Uns Club on Van Buren Avenue and 14th Street. The dinners will be served from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. or until sold out. Dinners include your choice of baked or fried Haddock, Baked Macaroni & Cheese or Scalloped Potatoes, Stewed Tomatoes, cole slaw, rolls and butter. Homemade desserts and coffee will also be available for a fee of 50 cents. The dinners cost $10 for adults, $5 for children 4-10 years old and under 3 is free. You do not have to be a member to attend these dinners as they are open to the public. There is plenty of level off street parking and the club is smoke free. You will be served by the dancers so there is no standing in line.

Bus Trip to Sight and Sound Theatre to see Queen Esther-live on stage. Tuesday, June 9. Price $125 includes transportation, performance and family style meal at Hershey Farm Restaurant. Depart from Martin's Food Plaza, Duncansville at 6:30 a.m. First come, first serve. Call Ron Harella 935-4804 or Darlene Harella 934-1759.

Rivers Casino Trip sponsored by Saint Mary's, will be on Wednesday, April 15. The cost is $40 and includes the bus, donuts, a bagged supper on the way home and tips. Also, everyone will get $25 in free slot play and a $5 food credit. The bus will leave Lowe’s parking lot at 7:45 a.m. and return approx 7:00 p.m. Seating is limited to 50 people and money is due when you register. For reservations, please call Terry and John Carnicella at 814-502-8366.

Full-Time & Part-Time Positions Available

Housekeeper Needed St. Rose of Lima Parish is looking for a part-time housekeeper for the rectory. 12-16 hours per week. Main responsibilities are general house cleaning (no cooking necessary). For more information please contact the rectory at 944-8509.

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.

Part-time general laborer needed for Transfiguration Parish in Conemaugh, working up to 25 hours per week. Duties are to inspect and conduct general repairs of associated buildings, perform landscaping duties such as snow removal and grass cutting and assist with set up and take down for parish and community events. Candidates must submit resumes to: or to Lynette McEvoy-Director of Human Resources-Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown-2713 W Chestnut Ave-Altoona PA 16601.


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 R.K. Agarwal M.D. & Family Teen Center & Shelter is located 1701 6th Ave. Altoona, PA 16602. The Teen Shelter is much more than just a shelter for runaway, homeless and at risk youth ages 12-17. This shelter has been operated by Family Services since 1991. Not 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.

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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