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5379 Portage Street, Lilly, PA 15938
Fax 814.886.7697


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.

  • Traditional
  • Multi-Generational
  • Parents
  • Widowed
  • Elderly
  • Bereaved
  • Married
  • Engaged
  • Step-Families
  • Separated/Divorced
  • Single Parent
  • Childless
  • Young Children
  • Teens
  • Singles
  • Intellectual Disabilities
  • Family Spirituality

Scheduled Family Life Programs and Resources:

Sunday, July 23, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.

Annual outdoor mass held on Sunday, July 23 at Loretto for ALL parishioners of the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese was enjoyed by many married couples. Bishop Mark who was celebrant and homilist for the mass honoring those living the Sacrament of Marriage.

Each Fall, two separate celebrations are held to pay tribute to couples celebrating milestone Wedding Anniversaries within that current year. One mass is held at the Cathedral in Altoona and the other at St. John Gualbert Cathedral in Johnstown. The Bishop of the Diocese celebrates Mass at each. 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:
– Books
– Periodicals
– DVD’s


Can be sent via mail


     Reflections on the Sunday Reading

       ~Used with permission from “Family Perspective” by Bud Ozar

Forgiveness is critical to a healthy life.  By holding on to an injury, we are hoping for a better past which will never happen.  Forgiveness recognizes that we were unjustly treated and that it will not be corrected. Forgiveness does not condone the injustice.  It is a decision to not let the injustice control our lives any longer.



Today Jesus is saying to us: “Why are you idle? Go into my vineyard.” Family, where “the last will be first,” is the “vineyard” entrusted to us in today’s gospel.  Successful families are constructed by “laborers” who work hard on family relationships and not by couch potatoes.



In today’s gospel Jesus asked, “What is your opinion?”  Why do we think our opinion is dogma or fact? An opinion is only how we perceive a situation or how we feel comfortable doing something. Don’t argue over or become divided by “your opinion.”

Children will reject many parental values as they grow up and develop their own identity.  Like the landowner in today’s gospel, parents may feel disappointed or rejected after investing so much of themselves.  Today Jesus advises parents to make rejection “the cornerstone” of a new and richer relationship with your developing children.


The king in today’s gospel had a bottom line beyond which he would not negotiate. As parents we need to identify what is critical (non-negotiable) and what is open to discussion.  Not all issues are equal.

Jesus sounds like a frustrated parent when he says “Why are you testing me?”  Children test parents because that is how they learn limits.  Imitate Jesus in today’s gospel: be firm but fair.

In today’s gospel the Pharisees were asking about a commandment (something we have to do)! And Jesus was talking about love (what we want to do with our “whole heart, mind and soul”).  In families we daily lay down our lives for one another, not because of a law but out of love.

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 2018 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, 2017!



 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.

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