“The Church is the family of God’s children, and God wants every family to be a beacon of the joy of his love in our world.“ ~ Pope Francis
Finding Joy With Each Other
2713 West Chestnut Ave., Altoona, PA 16601
Andre McCarville, Director
Dotty Caminiti, Office Coordinator
Maureen Roberts, Administrative Assistant
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!
9 Days for Life is a novena for the protection of human life. Each day’s intention is accompanied by a short reflection and suggested actions to help build a culture of life.
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
“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.'”
“Our children are like the Samaritan woman in today’s gospel. 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 themselves and others and live their commitments. With this ‘living water’ they will ‘never thirst.’ “
“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.”
“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 2020 be a time when you are ‘led by the Spirit’ to explore new ways to be a moral guide to your children.”
“Giving the shirt off your back, turning the other cheek, or walking / driving the extra mile is normal stuff in families. We do that for one another. Today’s gospel reminds us all people, even those we don’t like, are our brothers and sisters. Our family should prepare us to be FAMILY to others.”
February 16, 2020 – Sixth Sunday (Matthew 5:17-37)
“To experience the peace which Christ promises we must shed our grudges, jealousy and feelings of being misunderstood, unappreciated or ignored. Peace and anger don’t mix. Today’s gospel warns, if you want peace in your heart and home, get rid of your anger. Anger is too costly.”
February 9, 2020 – Fifth Sunday (Matthew 5:13-16)
Today’s gospel challenges us to be a “light” to our family. Parents shine their guiding light, not in front but behind them, inviting their children to follow their “good deeds.”
February 2, 2020 – Feast of the Presentation (Luke 2:22-40)
“Family life provides opportunities to grow in holiness. We are never perfect on this side of Heaven. Each of us has areas that could be presented to the Lord for purification. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide your family in finding those areas and offering them to God.”
January 26, 2020 – Third Sunday (Matthew 4:12-23)
“When Jesus called his disciples, they came ‘immediately.’ Parents wish their children would respond as quickly, but they don’t. Children grow slowly into responsibility. It is a process like walking, not done ‘immediately’, but in small steps. Parenting demands patient encouragement.”
January 19, 2020 – Second Sunday (John 1:29-34)
“Can you say, ‘I have testified Jesus is the Son of God?’ If you aren’t talking about Jesus in your family, you aren’t testifying. If you are not talking your talk, your children will see your words as meaningless.”
January 12, 2020 – Baptism of the Lord (Matthew 3:13-17)
“The words in today’s Gospel, “This is my beloved, with Him I am pleased,” are words every child needs to hear often. Affirmation is important to raise happy and confident children.”
Helpful Links to Family Situations:
Publications for purchase from the Family Life Office:
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.
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.
~ 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.