Sacred Heart Church

Liturgical Ministers & Choir News

Choir News - The Choir will be taking a break for the summer. Back again in the fall. Thank you for your commitment this past year.

Liturgical Ministers - All Liturgical Ministers should have received a letter last week asking you to fill out the form requesting your preference in Mass times. It also asks that you list the dates that you will not be available during the fall schedule. If you are no longer able to be a minister, please let us know that also. Gratitude is extended to all Liturgical Ministers and all that you do for the Church. Completed forms may be mailed to the rectory, dropped in our mail slot, or placed in an envelope in the collection basket. Please return by August 1. Thank you.

Liturgical Ministers - Current schedules were already completed before the change in Mass times. 5:30 p.m. Mass scheduling remains the same. If you were scheduled at 8:30 a.m., you will now be 10:00 a.m. If you were scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Mass, you will now be Noon Mass. If you have any doubts, please check the schedule in our bulletin each week. And once again, if you will not be available for your scheduled day, please let someone know and find a replacement.


Parish Picnic - Family, food and plenty of fun; that’s what to expect at our Parish Picnic! It will be held on Sunday, July 22 at 1:00 p.m. at Highland Park. The parish will supply chicken and hot dogs. You are asked to bring a casserole or dessert, serving spoon and drinks for your family. Games for children and bingo for adults. In order to plan how much food to prepare, please fill out the picnic form below and put in collection basket or send to the rectory.


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 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.

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.


Outdoor Mass Honoring Married Couples - Bishop Mark will celebrate an outdoor Mass honoring married couples at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Alleghenies in Loretto on Sunday, July 15 at 7:00 p.m. (next to the Basilica of St. Michael) Bring a lawn chair. Indoors if rain.

Saint Benedict Church 61st Home-Coming Festival - 100 Main Street, Carrolltown Entertainment every day-bingo, basket auction, garage sale, games, live music, bake sale, ethnic foods and refreshments, climbing wall and dunking booth. Friday 27th, open at 5 with ethnic foods and wing night specials, Saturday 28th, open at Noon with Second Annual Cruise-In from Noon to 5 p.m. Mass at 4 p.m. Sunday 29th, home-made chicken dinner and noodle soup, served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Take-out dinners are available. Adults $10 Children 5-12 $5. Kid peddle tractor pull competition 3-8 year old beginning at 3:00 p.m. $15,000 in Cash Prizes to be awarded July 30 thru August 3, cost is $5 donation. $1000 money ticket, $1 donation, with the drawing being on Sunday evening, July 29.

St. Mary’s Yard Sale - The Parish Life Committee of St. Mary Church is planning a yard sale on Saturday, August 4 in Memorial Hall. The sale will begin at 9 a.m. and close at 3 p.m. Please think about donating your unneeded items to the Parish Life Committee. They will accept everything except clothing, TVs, computers or exercise equipment. Or, you can rent a table to sell your goods for only $15 per table and you keep the profit from what you sell. If you have items to donate to St. Mary’s sale, please contact Dot at 944-0258 to make arrangements for dropping these items off or to arrange for pick-up sometime in mid July.

Outdoor Summer Masses - Fr. John Byrnes, Rector and the Parish Family of St. Michael the Archangel Basilica, Loretto, invite the faithful to join us each Sunday evening at 7:00 p.m. for the out-door Sunday Mass at the beautiful Shrine of Our Lady of the Alleghenies in Loretto. Masses will continue through Labor Day. Please bring a lawn chair. In the event of in-clement weather, the Mass will be celebrated in the Basilica of Saint Michael the Archangel.

Men’s Retreat - St. John the Baptist Retreat Center in New Baltimore, PA will be offering a retreat for men, June 22-23 at their historic retreat house located in Somerset County. The re-treat director will be Father Larry Richards, a priest of the Diocese of Erie. His retreat should help to inspire men to become the true heroes they long to be—men of courage, compassion, and integrity. The retreat will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Friday June 22 and will conclude the afternoon of Saturday, June 23. Cost is $80 for a single room and $75 for double occupancy, and $45 for those who do not want to spend the night. To register or for more information please phone the retreat center at 733-2210 or email Fr. Aron Maghsoudi at

Ladies Retreat - August 10-11-12 at Mount Saint Ann Retreat Center, 1120 N Center St., Ebensburg, PA. Spiritual Director, Rev. Leon Hont, OSB, Pastor of St. John the Baptist Church and Immaculate Conception Church, Summerhill, PA. The Retreat is open to commuters. To reserve a place call the Sisters of St. Ann, 472-9354

Full-Time Positions Available

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


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.


Marian House Manor Taking Application - Marian House Manor is an apartment building for seniors (62+) and mobility impaired persons (18+) who are eligible for government assisted housing. Apartments include a single bedroom, combined living-dining area, bathroom and kitchen. Some utilities are included. Marian House Manor is managed by Improved Dwellings for Altoona. For further information or an application, please call 942-5018.


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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