5379 Portage Street, Lilly, PA 15938
Donna Cook, Office Manager
Jackie Lingafelt, Part-time Secretary
Dolly Templeton, Part-time Secretary
Ages and Stages of Families
enriched and served
by Family Life Ministry
We serve parishes and families of the Altoona-Johnstown diocese:
Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Centre, Clinton, Fulton, Huntingdon, and Somerset.
- Single Parent
- Young Children
- Intellectual Disabilities
- Family Spirituality
- YOUR FAMILY!
Scheduled Family Life Programs and Resources:
Sunday, July 15, 2018 – 7:00 p.m.
Annual outdoor mass for married couples will be held on Sunday, July 15 at Loretto for ALL parishioners of the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese. Bishop Mark will be celebrant and homilist for the mass honoring those living the Sacrament of Marriage.
Each Fall, two separate celebrations will be held to pay tribute to couples celebrating milestone Wedding Anniversaries within that current year of 2018. One mass will be held at the Cathedral in Altoona on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018 and the other at St. John Gualbert Cathedral in Johnstown on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. Bishop Mark will be the celebrant and homilist at the Masses. All participants receive a certificate. A light reception follows each event.
Reservations are only accepted through your parish beginning in August.
Rediscover the one you love!
Get away from jobs, kids, chores, computers, phones and focus only on each other. If you would like greater depth, growth and enrichment in your relationship, don’t miss this chance.
412.635.7775 or 814.823.4600
The hectic and busy lives of people easily lead them into a situation of over-looking or forgetting those who cannot keep the same pace–those with intellectual disabilities–by accident or from birth. Faith & Light is a faith sharing group which includes family members, caregivers and friends of persons with intellectual disabilities. Meetings are held at the Family Life Office with activities held throughout the diocese.
Available to borrow:
Can be sent via mail
FAMILIES AND THE GOSPEL
Reflections on the Sunday Reading
~Used with permission from “Family Perspective” by Bud Ozar
In today’s gospel “the apostles gathered around and told Jesus all they had done.” Listening allows the other person to express, understand and appreciate their experiences. Whether it is the excited chatter of young children or the repetitious stories of an aging grandparent, listening is important. It is not just time well spent, it is sacred time.
In today’s gospel Phillip worried about “enough food” for the crowd. What is ENOUGH? When does our “enough” deprive another family of their fair share? Jesus performed today’s miracle because one child was willing to share and risk living with less. Can your family live more simply so that other families can simply live?
In today’s gospel Jesus tells us: “Do not work for what perishes.” Give your life to what endures such as the family history you are creating, the love and mutual respect which bonds you together, the memories you share and the forgiveness generously given. These are the true treasures that are worth working and dying for.
“Stop murmuring” Jesus told the disciples in today’s gospel. Complaining is a dead-end and constant complaining is nagging. We might feel better but others feel bitter. Silence or grumbling will not resolve the problem. Address differences honestly and respectfully. Don’t make them personal attacks.
“Blessed is the fruit of your womb” can be said of all mothers, because every child is “blessed” and a child of God upon whom God “looks with favor.” This is our deepest identity and destiny. We do not earn this blessing. God’s love is a free gift to each of us.
In today’s gospel Jesus speaks of eating his flesh and blood. Parents can identify with this, for they often feel devoured by all the demands of family life. This is unavoidable for children grow in the soil of sacrificial love. Parenting is not part time work. It is a consuming lifetime commitment.
Even though many found the teachings of Jesus “difficult,” He did not back down. In our families it is important to say what is difficult to hear, to speak the truth with kindness, to correct with love and guide with understanding.
Pictures from the Day of Prayer for Widow and Widowers of the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese–Wednesday, April 11.
2019 Catholic Family Calendar
Ordering information below
Helpful Links to Family Situations:
Publications for purchase from the Family Life Office:
Evangelizing tool for families of all ages and stages promoting family communication and faith sharing. Contains a monthly reflection, Sunday readings with discussion questions, simple daily activities or thoughts, listed Holy Days, Holidays, and Feast Days. Published since 1982…our 36th year!
Bulk orders available for the 2019 Catholic Family Calendar! The calendar can be ordered for churches by funeral homes, parishes, schools, or businesses as an advertising tool. Bulk orders over 100 with free ad space available at a substantially reduced rate. Orders due in our office by August 1, 2018!
Practical and spiritual ideas for grieving persons and families. Focuses on grieving as a normal process of healing. Section with questions for individual reflection or group discussion. 55 page booklet.
Ideal guide for families and individuals in search of spiritual and festive home practices. Contains traditions, activities, home rituals, and holiday legends from Thanksgiving to Epiphany. 53 page booklet.
Ideal guide for families and individuals in search of spiritual home practices focusing on the Lent and Easter seasons. Contains popular traditions, rituals, and devotional activities. 40 page booklet.
Ideal guide for families and individuals in search of spiritual home practices focusing on activities from Pentecost to Thanksgiving. Two parts: Ordinary activities in the life of a family; Holidays and Holydays. 36 page booklet.
This ministry attempts to reach out to families who have experienced the loss of a child through miscarriage or early fetal death by providing them with spiritual tools to help them to grieve their child.
Ideal Baptism gift or handout for parishes. Helps trace and record growth and development of child’s spiritual and physical life through writing and use of 80 stickers to mark baby’s “first” memories.
~ Parent resource for married and single parents, Catholic and Christian interfaith couples, parents already strong in their faith practice and those wondering where to begin.
Sequel to Passing on the Faith: Baby’s First Year.