Sacred Heart Church

Liturgical Ministers & Choir News

Sacred Heart Choir will practice on Monday, April 15 at 7 p.m. This is for Holy Thursday and Good Friday. Please bring applicable music.

Sacred Heart Liturgical Ministers - Schedules for March 9/10 thru June 8/9 are now available in the back of the church. If you are unable to fulfill your assignment you are responsible for finding a substitute. Do not assume someone will be there to fill in for you. There have been a number of missed assignments as of late. Thank you.


St. Mary's Christian Mothers will have their monthly meeting on Monday, April 1 at 6:30 p.m. in the St. Mary's Church Blessed Mother Room.

Nocturnal Adoration Vigil of Prayer will be held on Friday, April 5th, at Sacred Heart Church from 8:00 p.m. until 11 p.m.

Saint Mary's Prayer Pal Tree is in the back of the church this weekend with the names of our RCIA Candidates who will be receiving the Sacrament of First Holy Communion on Easter Sunday, April 21, our 2nd grade children who will be receiving their First Holy Communion on May 4, our 11th grade Candidates who will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation on April 24. if you would like to be a "Prayer Pal" for one of these candidates, please take a name from the tree and pray each day for that person. When the date comes near for them to receive the Sacrament, you can give them a card to congratulate them and let them know you have been praying for them.


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.


Lenten Fish Dinners
Altoona Almrausch Scuhplattlers (German Dance Group) are planning to hold their 12th Annual Fish Dinners from Ash Wednesday, March 6, to and including Good Friday, April 19. These dinners will be held at the Unter Uns Club on Van Buren Avenue and 14th St. Dinner will be served from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. or until sold out. $9 for adults, $5 for children 4-10 years, 3 and under, free. You will be served by dancers so there is no waiting in line. Baked or fried Haddock, Baked Macaroni and Cheese or Scalloped Potatoes, Stewed Tomatoes, Cole Slaw, Homemade desserts and coffee will also be available. Plenty of level off street parking and the club is smoke free.

Lenten Fish Dinners-Best in Town! Our Lady of Lourdes will be having their famous Lenten Fish Dinners every Friday during Lent beginning March 8 and including Good Friday, April 19. Baked or hand dipped fried haddock, fresh cut FF or homemade mac&cheese, homemade stewed tomatoes, coleslaw or applesauce, homemade dessert and drink. Adults $10.50 and children twelve and un-der $7.50. Take out begins at 3:30 p.m. and eat in from 4:30—7:00. We are known for having the BEST FISH DINNER IN TOWN!

Lenten Lunches at the Cathedral - Fish Sandwich with choice of Macaroni and Cheese or Pierogie or French Fries or Haluski. $8.00 includes drink. Ash Wednesday and Fridays of Lent (no lunch on Good Friday) 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Eat in or Take Out.

St. Mary's Annual Casino Trip We will be taking our annual trip to River's Casino on Thursday, April 25. The bus will depart from Lowe's at 8:00 a.m. and return to Lowe's at approximately 6:00 p.m. The cost is $35 and includes comp money at the casino and a voucher towards lunch. Donuts and a bagged supper will also be provided. Seating is limited to 50. This trip is open to Saint Mary's and Sacred Heart parishioners and guests 21 years of age and older. If interested, please call Terry Carnicella at 946-0672 or 502-8366.

St. Mary's Annual Golf Tournament on Sunday, June 2nd. The scramble will once again be held at the King Valley Golf Course. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with tee-off at 8:00 a.m. Cost is $70 per golfer which includes a round of golf plus cart, beverages, skill prizes and a home made spaghetti dinner to follow. Teams of 4 can register together or individuals who will be teamed up. Also we are looking for tee ($50) and hole ($100) sponsors. If you would like to play or you or your business be a sponsor, sign-up sheets will be available soon at Saint Mary's and Sacred Heart churches or by call John Carnicella at 935-6836 or Terry Anderson at 932-0465.

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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