Sacred Heart Church

Liturgical Ministers & Choir News

Sacred Heart Choir will rehearse on Monday, December 16 and also Monday, December 23. Sacred Heart Choir will be singing the 9:00 p.m. Mass on Christmas Eve. They will present a short program of carols/songs beginning about 8:40 p.m.

Volunteers will be needed for Christmas and New Year's Masses. Sign up sheets are posted in the vestibule. Thank you.

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.

Liturgical Ministers - Schedule requests and dates of unavailability for the winter schedule (Nov. 30/December 1 thru February 22/23 need to be submitted no later than Monday. November 11. These may be emailed to, placed in the collection basket or dropped off at the rectory. Volunteers will be needed For Christmas and New Years Masses. Thank you.


Christian Mothers Spaghetti Dinner, will be held on Saturday, November 9th from 5:00-7:30 p.m. in St. Mary Memorial Hall. $8 adults and $5 for children under 10, under 3 eat free. Eat in or take out. Tickets will be sold after Mass at St. Mary's the weekend of October 26/27 and November 1/2. Tickets will also be sold at the door. There will be a Basket Raffle as part of Spaghetti Dinner. Anyone wanting to donate a basket can drop it off at Memorial Hall on Saturday, November 8 from 9 a.m. to Noon. If you would like to donate homemade desserts, please drop them off on Saturday before 4:00 Mass.

Harvest Fest at Sacred Heart on Saturday, after 5:30 p.m. Mass, November 2. Sign up sheets will be available in the vestibule of the church soon. Please mark if you can bring appetizers or desserts. Saint Mary's parishioners are also invited to come!

Sacred Heart Fundraisers We will have a Pittsburgh Steelers ticket raffle(3 tickets) for the December 15, Buffalo game. Chances are $10 per ticket or three chances for $25. Raffle ticket sales will take place the weekends of Nov. 16-17 and Nov. 23-24. Tickets were generously donated by a parishioner.

Bake Shop Bakes Orders - We will also be taking orders Nov. 16-17 and Nov. 23-24 for Bake Shop Bakes to be delivered the weekend of December 21-22 just in time for the Christmas week! Fresh pies/apple dumplings and brownies!


Saint Mary Prayer Chain: Louise Gioiosa, 942-7448

Sacred Heart 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.


HALLOWEEN FAMILY FUN FEST! The Saint Mary's Parish Life Committee is sponsoring a Halloween Family Fun Fest on Saturday, October 26 at 1:00 p.m. Children are encouraged to come in their Halloween costumes. There will be Parade of Costumes in the gymnasium, snacks and crafts in the Memorial Hall Cafeteria. We hope that parishioners and guests will participate by bringing treats to distribute during the Parade of Costumes. Simply bring your treats and decorations (if you like) to the gym before 1:00 p.m. to distribute treats during the parade which will begin at 1:00 p.m. This event is open to any and all who would like to attend. Please bring your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends. Sign-up sheets are at the church entrances. We would like to have an idea of how many children will be participating. Let's make this a fun, safe afternoon for the children.

Homemade Italian Trio Dinner. Lasagna, Spaghetti and Meatballs, Salad, Roll and Dessert. St. Joseph Catholic Church , Williamsburg on Sunday, November 3. Take out only. 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. $11.

Full-Time & Part-Time Positions Available

Mission Advancement Associate: Opening for an administrative assistant with marketing experience to support the board and president through a 30 hour week. $25/hour. More info at

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.

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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