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GENTLY USED SHOE COLLECTION Have you cleaned out your closet lately? Your old shoes could be of use to others in need. The Boy Scouts of Troop 49 are collecting gently worn shoes. Scouts are collecting all types of shoes, dress shoes, sandals, athletic shoes, and casual. These shoes will help support the Troop as well as individuals in Ghana, Haiti, and Cambodia. Please drop off your shoes in the drop boxes in the back of St Mary's and Sacred Heart Churches. The last collection date is February 27, 2023.

LOTTERY TICKETS St. Mary's Camp will be holding a lottery calendar fundraiser for the month of February 2023. Tickets are $20.00 and give you two numbers. The winner will be based on the 7:00 pm Pa Lottery Pick 3. Prizes are $100.00 daily, $225.00 on Saturdays, and $500.00 on Sundays. Tickets can be purchased from any Camp Committee member, scout or at the St. Mary's Rectory. All proceeds benefit St. Mary's Camp.

River's Casino Trip: We are exploring the possibility of a trip to River's Casino in Pittsburgh, in mid-April. The cost will be approximately $50.00 per/person. If you are interested please contact Terry Carnicella at (814) 946-0672 or St. Mary's rectory at (814) 942-2416. This is not a fundraiser.


Saint Mary Prayer Chain: Louise Gioiosa, 942-2416

Sacred Heart Pro-Life Rosary meets on Wednesdays, at 3:00 p.m. in Sacred Heart Church. All are welcome to attend. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing. Any questions, please call the rectory at 943-8553.

First Saturdays Devotion - Every first Saturday at Saint Mary's Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Altoona, we will participate in the devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. This devotion was requested by Our Lady of Fatima during the apparition to Sister Lucia along with her cousin visionaries. Blessed Mother's request was that people make reparation for the sins committed against Her Immaculate Heart. The devotion will begin with the opportunity for Sacramental confession at 3:00 p.m. Along with confessions, recitation of the Rosary will occur at 3:15 pm. Following the recitation of the Rosary will be meditation.
During meditation, Atty. Terry Tomassetti will share his musical talent by singing Marian hymns along with the congregation.

Sacred Heart Food Pantry - Our parish's Food Pantry, which is open on Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. until 1:45 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.


KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS WINTER BLUES CONCERT Knights of Columbus Council #551 will host a Winter Blues Concert featuring The Mannish Boys on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 1508 12th Ave., Altoona. Doors open at 6 p.m. with music from 7 to 10 p.m. The $25 ticket per person includes food, beverages and music. The Mannish Boys is a five-piece, blues-based rock band with locally reunited members John McKelvey, Mark Panek, Mark Ruston, and Steve and Kevin Mitchell. Advance sales only. No walk-ins. Call (814) 942-6262 or (814) 280-7661


AASD ADULT EDUCATION PROGRAM offers free classes to adults 18 years and older. Earn your High School Equivalency Credentials (GED) or brush up on math and reading skills to prepare for a career training program, college, or employment. Morning and afternoon classes are available and enrolling now. For more assistance phone (814) 329-0261 or (814) 329-0255 or email us at and find us on Facebook AASD Adult Ed.

Pinnacle Catholic Hospice a Catholic palliative and hospice care company, is looking for volunteers for the following: Patient Sitters Bereavement Clerical Assistance Public RelationsCrafters (sewing, knitting card making, etc.) Pinnacle volunteers will be oriented in our training program to ensure you have the proper skills for patients and their families. For more information, please contact Parishioner Sarah Marchi at Pinnacle Catholic Hospice at (814) 201-2532

Teen Shelter - The R.K. Agarwal M.D. & Family Teen Center & Shelter is located at 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 breastfeeding 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. Income 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 cigarettes. 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.


Are you having a difficult time in your life? Do you have problems communicating with others, feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or 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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