5379 Portage Street 
Lilly, PA 15938
814.886.5551
Fax 814.886.7697
Email: familylife@dioceseaj.org

What to look for on this page!!!

  • Scheduled Programs by our office
  • Marriage Preparation Information Link
  • Reflections on Sunday Readings
  • Monthly Family Ritual
  • Information Links on Life Situations
  • “At Home” Enrichment/Educational Materials to Purchase

Staff:
Donna Cook, Office Manager
Jackie Lingafelt, Part-time Secretary
Dolly Templeton, Part-time Secretary

We serve parishes and families of the Altoona-Johnstown diocese:

Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Centre, Clinton, Fulton, Huntingdon, and Somerset.

Ages and Stages of Families

enriched and served  by our Office

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

Scheduled FAMILY LIFE OFFICE Sponsored Programs

Programs and resources for other areas of family life are available. Check our webpage for updates or contact our office for more information.

MASS and LUNCHEON was held
for Widows and Widowers

of the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese

A Remembrance Day of Prayer for Widow and Widowers of the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese was held on the first day of spring, Monday, March 20, 2017.  The theme for the day was “No winter lasts forever…Spring offers a New Beginning.” Ninety people participated in the program that was organized by the staff of the Diocesan Family Life Office.

The day started with mass at Immaculate Conception Church in New Germany.  Fr. Leon Hont, O.S.B., pastor of the parish celebrated the mass.  Since the program was held on the feast day of St. Joseph, Fr. Leon’s homily focused on St. Joseph, husband of Mary. Fr. Leon invited the widowed to share examples of how Mary, who was also a widow, might have felt when she lost her husband, Joseph.

A lit candle, with the name of the deceased  spouse’s name attached, was glowing during the mass as a litany of the deceased spouse’s names was read after the gospel.

Following  the mass, the participants enjoyed a luncheon in the parish hall.

Outdoor Mass for Married Couples with Bishop Mark

Sunday, July 23, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.

Annual outdoor mass held on a Sunday in the summer at Loretto for ALL parishioners of the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese. Bishop Mark is celebrant and homilist for the mass honoring those living the Sacrament of Marriage.

Wedding Anniversary Masses for couples celebrating 1, 5, 10, 25, 40, 50, 55, 60+ Anniversaries

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.

MARRIAGE

An excellent website for married couples  foryourmarriage.org

Worldwide Marriage Encounter
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
www.yourmarriageisworthit.org

Faith & Light Group for Those with Intellectual Disabilities

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.

Family Ritual

What to Give Up?  A Lenten Reflection  

Give up complaining——focus on gratitude.
Give up pessimism——become an optimist.
Give up harsh judgments——think kindly thoughts.
Give up worry——trust Divine Providence.
Give up discouragement——be full of hope.
Give up bitterness——turn to forgiveness.
Give up hatred——return good for evil.
Give up negativism——be positive.
Give up anger——be more patient.
Give up pettiness——become mature.
Give up gloom——enjoy the beauty that is all around you.
Give up jealousy——pray for trust.
Give up gossiping——control your tongue.
Give up sin——turn to virtue.
Give up giving up——hang in there!

     FAMILIES AND THE GOSPEL

     Reflections on the Sunday Reading

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


March 26       John 9:1-41

Failure to forgive blinds us to another’s goodness. Lent provides an opportunity to wash away our blind spots in the pool of forgiveness. Listen to Jesus in today’s gospel: “Go wash and see.”

April 2           John 11:1-45

Our families can become wrapped up chasing things we perceive will make us happy.  In Jesus’ words to Lazarus, He says to us:  “Come out” from what entombs you. In this fifth week of Lent, “untie” yourself and be free from unnecessary possessions.

April 9           Mt 26:14-27:66

The cruel death of Jesus tells us bad things can and do happen to very good people. It also tells us God is present during the suffering. Bad things happen but God does not abandon us.

April 16         John 20:1-9

Today’s gospel instructs us that Jesus “had to rise from the dead.” The dying we experience with unmet expectations in marriage and parenting is normal to family life. Families must rise above disappointments and be Easter people all year long.

April 23        John 20:19-31

“Whose sins you forgive, are forgiven.” The Kingdom of God begins in your home where children learn the paths to peace promised in today’s gospel through merciful and forgiveness demonstrated by their parents. Become who you are called to be, ambassadors of peace and forgiveness.

April 30        Luke 24:13-35

In today’s gospel the disciples were returning home so “downcast” they did not recognize Jesus walking with them. In our homes we can be so overwhelmed with responsibilities we don’t see God with us. Today’s gospel tells us to stop and open our eyes to the blessings we are to one another.

Free RESOURCE LIBRARY
-Books, periodicals, DVDs
-Can be sent via mail

 

Free SPEAKERS BUREAU
-For parishes and Catholic organizations anywhere in the diocese
-Topics of your choice relating to family

“AT HOME” ENRICHMENT/EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS TO PURCHASE

(Published by the Family Life Office)

2017 Catholic Family Calendar

Evangelizing tool for families of all ages and stages promoting family communication and faith sharing. Contains a monthly prayer, weekly Sunday readings with discussion questions, simple daily activities or thoughts, listed Holy Days, Holidays, and Feast Days. Published since 1982…our 35th 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!

Holiday Spirituality in the Home: Thanksgiving, Advent and Christmas

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.

A Change of Heart: Lent and Easter at Home

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.

Out of the Darkness into the Dawn: A Journey Through Grief 

Simple, practical and spiritual ideas for grieving persons and families. Focuses on grieving as a normal process of healing. Provides explanations of common grief experiences. Section with questions for individual reflection or group discussion. 55 page booklet.

Additional materials available:

Parent resource for Baby’s First Year “Passing on the Faith”

Parent resource for Age 1-4 “Passing on the Faith”

~ Baby’s First Year Calendar

~ Heaven’s Treasure – spiritual tools for those who experienced the loss of a child through miscarriage or early fetal death

~ Collection Basket – church bulletin supplement to enrich families.

Publications 

ORDER FORM and PRICING INFORMATION Download Preview

Available Enrichment/Education materials published by the Family Life Office

2017 Catholic Family Calendar Download Preview

Evangelizing tool for families of all ages and stages promoting family communication and faith sharing.

Holiday Spirituality in the Home: Thanksgiving, Advent and Christmas Booklet Download Preview

Ideal guide for families and individuals in search of spiritual and festive home practices. 

A Change of Heart: Lent and Easter at Home Booklet Download Preview

Ideal guide for families and individuals in search of spiritual home practices focusing on the Lent and Easter seasons.

Out of the Darkness into the Dawn: A Journey Through Grief Booklet Download Preview

Simple, practical and spiritual ideas for grieving persons and families. 

Ordinary Times Rituals and Traditions: Pentecost to Thanksgiving Booklet Download Preview

Rituals, traditions and activities for families and individuals from Pentcost up to Thanksgiving. Two parts: Ordinary activities in the life of a family; Holidays and Holy Days. 36 page booklet.

Baby’s First Year Calendar with stickers Download Preview

Calendar 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.  An ideal Baptism gift or handout for parishes.

Parent resource for Baby’s First Year “Passing on the Faith” Download Preview

A parish resource for married and sinle parents, Catholic and Christian interfaith couples, parents already strong in their faith practice and those wondering where to begin. Six Bi-monthly mailings covering baby's first year of life.

Parent resource for Age 1-4 “Passing on the Faith” Download Preview

A parish resource for married and sinle parents, Catholic and Christian interfaith couples, parents already strong in their faith practice and those wondering where to begin. Sequel to Baby's First Year mailings. 3 four-page mailings per year.

Heaven's Treasure Box Download Preview

Spiritual tools for those who experienced the loss of a child through miscarriage or early fetal death.

Collection Basket Bulletin Insert Subscription Download Preview

Collection of short enrichment ideas and information for duplication and distribution with parish bulletins.