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

Staff:
Donna Cook, Office Manager
Dotty Caminiti, Part-time 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.

  • 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 Programs and Resources:

Sunday, July 14, 2019 – 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.

Picture from mass held on Sunday, July 15, 2018

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. 15, 2019 and the other at St. John Gualbert Cathedral in Johnstown on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019. 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
www.yourmarriageisworthit.org

https://www.dioceseaj.org/download/58/family-and-the-gospel/6187/widow-flyer-for-website-revised.pdf

Pictures from the Day of Prayer for Widow and Widowers of the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese–Wednesday, April 11.

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

     FAMILIES AND THE GOSPEL

     Reflections on the Sunday Reading

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

Mary and Joseph must have been proud when their village “all spoke well of Jesus and were amazed at his words.” But they probably felt shame when the same people drove him out of town. Like Mary and Joseph, the highs and lows of parenting are our path to being a Holy Family.

In today’s gospel, Jesus asked Simon to start by “going a short distance.”  Later he asked Simon to “go into deeper water.”  The first stop toward reconciliation is usually a “short distance” which gives us the courage to further “into deeper water.”  Reconciliation starts with the first short step!

Don’t look very far when you hear today’s gospel speak of poverty, hunger, sorrow or exclusion.  These things happen in families. Children feel “insulted” when they are constantly criticized. Spouses “hunger” for affection. Grandparents feel “excluded” by divorce and custody decisions.  Parents “weep” because they feel alienated from their children.

In studying the effects of religion upon family relationships, researchers inform us hostility and prayer can’t co-exist. You cannot be hostile toward someone for whom you are praying. Today’s gospel encourages us: “Bless those who curse you.  Pray for those who treat you badly.”

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 37th year!

Individual calendar ordering information.  https://www.dioceseaj.org/calendar order form.pdf

Bulk orders available for the 2020 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, 2019! More information at a later date.

 

 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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