Gifts from the Holy Land will be available after all Masses the weekend of August 24th and August 25th.
NEEDED: Parishioner interested in spearheading the church cleaning schedule, organizing spring cleaning, and cleanings during the Easter/Christmas holiday. Please contact the church office.
All occasion cards are available in the gathering space. Please feel free to take any cards you want. Also, if you have cards you would like to donate for someone else to use please, leave them by the box.
Refreshment Weekend or the “Sweet Ministry” Please consider serving as a host for the monthly refreshment weekends which begin in September. All set up and preparation is done in advance so as a host you just need to greet parishioners, replenish the food and do light clean up. Sign-up sheets can be found in the gathering space.
Birth of Mary Celebration on September 8, 2019 at Saint Catherine of Siena Shrine on Old Rt. 22, Duncansville, PA . Masses at 8 am, 11 am, and 5 pm. Holy Rosary Commences in the church from 9 am to 10:30 am and from 12 noon to 4:30 pm. Spaghetti dinner from 12 noon to 4 pm in the Church Hall.
The Tyrone Snyder Public Library is very thankful for the generosity of Saint Matthew parish for all the school supplies to assist in the Equip Our Eagles project
Home Nursing Agency is seeking volunteers for their program, Healing Patch (to aid children who have lost a parent or sibling). New volunteers receive comprehensive training and have assistance in obtaining necessary clearances. For more information, contact Melody Ray at (814) 947-7200 or firstname.lastname@example.org
ARISE – Session 3 is Coming
Mark your calendars and plan to join one of the faith-sharing ARISE in Christ groups this fall which is six weeks starting October 6 through November 10. Details are pending. Over 60 parishioners gave powerful testimony to their involvement. Let’s build those numbers. Sign-ups will occur before and after all Masses from September 14 through September 22. If you were a small group facilitator, in a previous session, please consider leading a group once again. If you would like to become a small group facilitator training is available and not a big time commitment. For questions contact Bill Harshman at 684-1639 or by email at email@example.com
ALSO: Interested in an ARISE spiritual head start? All ARISE Team Leaders and Small Group Leaders as well as anyone with interest is invited to an ARISE Commissioning Mass at 7 PM on August 18 at Our Lady of the Alleghenies in Loretto with Bishop Mark presiding. Car-pooling can be arranged.
Celebrating a Wedding Anniversary? If you are celebrating 1, 5, 10, 25, 30, 50, 55, 60, and 60 plus years of marriage in 2019 and you would like to attend the Annual Wedding Anniversary Liturgy on Sept. 15th in Altoona or Sept. 22nd in Johnstown, contact the parish office for details. Reservations must be made by Sunday, August 25th.
Religious Education – There is a need for elementary school catechists. Please contact Gia Patton at (814) 312-8380 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) begins September 4th ~ Are you or someone you know interested in joining the Catholic Church? In Catholic life, it is necessary to be confirmed in order to be a godparent at Baptism or sponsor at Confirmation. If you are an adult and need the Sacraments of Initiation of Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist please join our group on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 PM in the Gathering Space beginning September 5th. For more information call Sue Burkholder at 684-0352.
- OUTDOOR SUMMER MASSES are held at the beautiful Shrine of Our Lady of the Alleghenies in Loretto. Masses will continue through Labor Day Weekend, September 1st . Please bring a lawn chair. In the event of inclement weather, the Mass will be celebrated in the Basilica of Saint Michael the Archangel.
CDA is sponsoring a Fall Craft Fair on Saturday, November 2nd – crafter and vendor applications are located in the Gathering Space. A gently used designer purse sale will also take place. Spaces are limited. For questions, call Debbie Zakrzwski at 632-3070.
Padre Pio Family Fest at Saint John the Baptist New Baltimore – All are invited to New Baltimore on Sunday, September 8th for an exciting program of prayer, music, games, and food. There will be an outdoor Mass at Noon. During the afternoon there will be music and games. At 5 pm there will be a healing prayer service in honor of Padre Pio. Relics of Padre Pio, including a glove he wore and blood from his stigmata will be available for veneration. The Fest is sponsored by the Capuchin Franciscan Friars.
URGENT LEGISLATIVE ALERT FROM THE PA Pro-Life Federation House Bill 111, the so-called merit selection of judges bill, would take away the public right to vote for judges. Instead, a pro-abortion Governor could make the appointments. The bill could be voted on by the PA House of Representatives at any time.
ACTION ITEM: Please call and email your state representative with this urgent message: “Please oppose House Bill 111, I do not want my right to vote for judges to be taken away.”
If you do not know who your state representative is, or you need contact information, visit:
- FOOD, FUN AND INSPIRATION FOR BODY AND SOUL Please respond to the present and near future Gathering Space materials related to the following great events sponsored by the Parish Life Committee.
Friday, October 4 – Bus Trip: “Jesus”
Friday, December 6 – Bus Trip: “Christmas Miracle”
NOTE: Bus trips are to sight and Sound Theatre in Ronks, PA. Cost is $110 plus $16 for buffet meal at Golden Corral. It may not seem like it, but these are reasonable prices for these events.
CANCER AFFECTS EVERYONE – Our Community holds “Blair Relay for Life” each June at Mansion park for a 24 hour period to support all current or past CANCER FIGHERS/SURVICORS. Our Lady of Lourdes Church is attempting to change the one Catholic parish team into an Altoona Deanery team with as many parishes being represented as possible. We will be holding three meetings (August, January, May) in the basement of Our Lady of Lourdes to discuss the details of the Relay. The meetings will be no longer than one hour in length.
This is a great opportunity for different parishes to come together, especially our youth/young adults. Relay for Life is a wonderful time for fellowship with parishioners of all ages, especially cancer survivors. Activities are planned throughout the entire 24 hour period for teams to get involved and have fun.
We are eagerly awaiting your response to be a participant to our new team. Please reach out to Allison Gressler at email@example.com or 814-327-2580 or Kayley Burke at 814-502-5545 with any questions on Relay.
- Saint Francis University’s Adult Degree & Continuing Studies program caters to adult learners. Our programs are accredited and fully online. We offer affordable tuition. Check out our programs in Business, Early Childhood Education, Behavioral Science, Health Studies, and more! If you’re interested in learning more you can call us at 814-472-3012, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or at www.francis/edu/adcs. Become that Someone today!
CATHOLIC REGISTER: In the Gathering Space are copies of the Catholic Register. The Register will no longer be mailed to individual parishioners but copies will be sent to each parish for distribution monthly.
The Diocese has also launched an on–line newspaper –PROCLAIM!: The Good News of Altoona-Johnstown featuring diocesan news, information, and commentary – including happenings at parishes and schools. Visit the site at www.proclaim.dioceseaj.org and sign up for regular e-mail updates delivered to your inbox.
Families United for Change We are a group of Family Members affected by Addiction starting a grass roots effort to bring about change in recovery. Meetings are every second Tuesday of the Month at 7 pm. Location is Hope Community Church, 1520 11th Street, Lower Level, Altoona PA For questions please call 814-934-8067
- Try Catholic Radio – WJVM 90.3 FM the Voice of Divine Mercy
- PROJECT RACHEL: Would you like to find peace in your heart with your aborted child, with God, with the Church? Don’t be afraid, the door is open. For women, men, anyone wounded by abortion. Contact Project Rachel 814-884-8000. ProjectRachel@dioceseaj.org. All calls are confidential.
- AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of eligible purchase to our parish. Please go to the following link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/23-1390606 and you can start helping our church in this very easy way.
- Please remember our local Tyrone Food Bank during these long winter months. Canned soups, peanut butter, cereal, jelly, and personal care items are always needed.
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