Sacred Heart Church

Liturgical Ministers & Choir News

Sacred Heart Liturgical Ministers (Altar Servers, Lectors, Communion Ministers) - Summer Schedules (June 16-September 8) are now available in the back of the church. They may also be found on the parish website. If you cannot fulfill your assignment it is your responsibility to find a substitute. Roster sheets are also in the back of the church and will be updated in the fall. Thank you.


St. Mary's Christian Mother's will be holding their monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, July 1, in the St. Mary's Church Basement Blessed Mother Room.. New members are always welcome.

Saint Mary's Picnic Chances are available in the Church Basement Blessed Mother Room.

Saint Mary's Tee Shirt Orders are due by Wednesday, June 26. Antique Royal Blue with White Lettering. Order forms are available at the church entrances.


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.


Sacred Heart and Saint Mary's Baseball Tickets Both parishes have 30 tickets to the Altoona Curve vs Binghamton Rumble Ponies baseball game on Friday, June 28, at 7:00 p.m. Fireworks after the game are included. These tickets are for registered church members only at no cost. However, if you would like to bring a non-parishioner friend, the cost will be $10. Seats are in Section 108 beginning with Row 1. Tickets are available at each rectory office.

Saint Mary's Christian Mothers Hoagie Sale: The hoagie is a traditional 12" hoagie that will be made fresh by St. Mary's parishioners. The cost is only $7. To order, please fill out the form below and return it with the money via the collection basket at Mass. Please mark the envelope "St. Mary's Christian Mother's Hoagie Sale". All orders are due by July 6th. All hoagies must be ordered and paid for in advance. Hoagies can be picked up after all Masses on July 13th and 14th in the alley behind the church.

Outdoor Summer Masses - Fr. John Byrnes, Rector and the Parish Family of St. Michael the Archangel Basilica, Loretto invite you to join us each Sunday evening at 7:00 p.m. for the outdoor Sunday Mass at the beautiful garden Shrine of Our Lady of the Alleghenies in Loretto. The first Mass of the season will be celebrated on Sunday, May 26 and will continue through Labor Day Weekend, September 1. Please bring a law chair. In the event of inclement weather, the Mass will be celebrated in the Basilica of Saint Michael the Archangel.

Free Youth Football Clinic. Tom Irwin Field, Bishop Guilfoyle High School. Camp is run by Bishop Guilfoyle's 3X State Championship Winning Head Varsity Football Coach, Justin Wheeler, his staff and players. Any and all area students entering grades 1-8 are welcome to attend! July 17, 5:00-8:00 p.m. Awards and prizes! Free hot dogs and ice cream from Greenwood Meadows. Wear shorts, T-shirts and spikes. Bring your own water bottle. Please check in and/or register in the cafeteria by 4:45 p.m. Registration forms are available at Sacred Heart Rectory or Saint Mary Rectory. Return by July 1.

Full-Time & Part-Time Positions Available

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


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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