The Sixth and Final Apparition

of Our Lady of Fatima for 2018, is being honored by the Our Lady of Fatima parish in Altoona with a 6-hour exposition, adoration and benediction of the Blessed Sacrament on October 13th from 9 am to 2 pm. We will be praying the rosary for peace in the world, vocations to the priesthood and the Divine Mercy Chaplet for the Poor Souls in Purgatory in each hour. The remainder of each hour will be in personal silent prayer.

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Celebrating the Fatima devotions

The Franciscan Friars, T.O.R., from Loretto, invite you to participate with them in celebrating the Fatima devotions on Saturday, October 13th at 6:30PM at the Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel. The singing will be led by St. John the Evangelist of Lakemont and the sermon will be delivered by Fr. Anthony Francis Spilka, OFM Conv. of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Johnstown. We extend a cordial welcome to all.

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The ANNUAL “DIAMOND CLUB” MASS AND RECEPTION

For parishioners 75+ years of age will be held NEXT weekend, Saturday, October 13, 5PM! How wonderful to recognize our parish “patriarchs” and matriarchs” who have led—and continue to lead—us in the ways of holiness: prayer, wisdom, virtue, and church/community ministries!

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Saint Matthew School Scrip Purchases

Orders can be placed online at (Enrollment code: AGCFB8DC972) or contact Alison Narehood by phone 684-4121 or stmatthewschoolscrip@gmail.com or purchase after any of the weekend mass.

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Stewardship Reflection October 7th

Today’s readings remind us that God is the Origin of life itself. Thank Him throughout your life by serving others with your time, talent, and treasure.

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A Healing Prayer for Our Catholic Faith

Blessed are You, Lord Jesus, the guardian of human dignity. Relieve the suffering of the victims of sexual abuse. We pray that they may receive healing and comfort. Grant these victims peace of mind and a renewed faith in Your love and protection. Bless them, Our Ever Loving God, who relieves all pain and fear. Protect all of us from the injustice of others.
We pray for the priests who have remained faithful to their vocation and Your Holy Word. Strengthen them with Your wisdom and give them courage to reach beyond this crisis. Allow them to thrive, share in the ministry of Your kingdom and live up to the demands of the Holy priesthood.
Almighty Father, hear the prayers of those who call upon You in this time of disappointment. Help us to overcome this evil. Let us dwell on the blessings You have given us rather than the hurt we suffer now. Allow us to do more than condemn evil; let us be willing to work to make this a united church.
With responsive listening, learning from past mistakes and seeking the truth, may the church be a trusted witness of Your mercy and love.
May You, O Lord, who surpasses all understanding, keep our hearts faithful to Your Catholic Church. Amen.

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Catholic Daughters of the Americas

CDA is sponsoring a Fall Craft Fair on Saturday, November 3rd – crafter and vendor applications are located in the Vestibule.
All CDA members are asked to bring their filled basket to the parish office. Setup is Thursday, October 18th in the Gathering Space at 6:30 pm. Feel free to use any of the baskets in the Gathering Space.

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There will be a Healing Mass

Monday, October 8th at 7 pm, at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. Fr. Bill Kiel, from the Diocese of Greensburg, will be the main celebrant. All are welcome. For more information, please call 814-941-3832.

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NEW SCHEDULES/CONTACT LISTS FOR LECTORS AND EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS

Can be pick up in the Gathering Space this weekend. These will also be emailed to those ministers with an online address. Sr. Karen apologizes for the delivery delay.

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NEW ART WORK

Have you noticed the latest art work in our Church? It depicts the Blessed Mother and is located in the alcove behind the Blessed Sacrament. It has been donated to our church by Beverly Klucher, a native of State College, who is a professional artist. Please take the time to view this photo as it is a wonderful addition to our church.

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