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.

Remembering your spouse…

PRAYER DAY and LUNCHEON
for Widows and Widowers

of the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese

 

Held on Monday, March 20

Starts with 11:00 a.m. Mass
Hosted by Immaculate Conception Church
1640 New Germany Road, Summerhill
All spouses will be mentioned and remembered at the mass.
Please provide the name of your spouse when you register.

Mass followed by Luncheon in Marian Hall downstairs

Reservation required by Tuesday, March 14.
Contact program sponsor:
Family Life Office
Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown
5379 Portage St., Lilly, PA 15938
814-886-5551    familylife@dioceseaj.org

$5.00 suggested donation can be given on the day of the event.

Outdoor Mass for Married Couples with Bishop Mark

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

ST. PATRICK DAY PRAYER  

Christ shield me today…
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every person who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

     FAMILIES AND THE GOSPEL

     Reflections on the Sunday Reading

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

 

February 26       Mt 6:24-34

Because we believe we can control and create our own world, we attempt to juggle multiple agendas and we pay the price of neglecting those closest to us.  Too late we reach the point of asking “Was it worth it?”  We really can’t serve two masters.

March 5       Mt 4:1-11

In today’s gospel Jesus cautions it is not enough to provide food for our children; “one does not live on bread alone…” Let Lent be a time when you are “led by the Spirit” to explore new ways to be a moral guide to your children.

March 12       Mt 17:1-9

Transfiguration is a common occurrence in families. When we commit to another, such as a spouse in marriage or a child in parenting, we are not committing to them only as they are today, but to the person they are becoming.

March 19       Jn 4:5-42

Our children are like the Samaritan woman. They need more than material things. They need the “living water” only the adults can give. It will teach them how to make decisions, take responsibility, respect others and themselves and live their commitments. With this “living water” they will “never thirst.”

March 26       Jn 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.”

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.

ORDER FORM and PRICING INFORMATION Download Preview

Available Enrichment/Education materials published by the Family Life Office

2017 Catholic Family Calendar Download Preview
Holiday Spirituality in the Home: Thanksgiving, Advent and Christmas Booklet Download Preview
A Change of Heart: Lent and Easter at Home Booklet Download Preview
Out of the Darkness into the Dawn: A Journey Through Grief Booklet Download Preview
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.