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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
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
  • 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. 9, 2018 and the other at St. John Gualbert Cathedral in Johnstown on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. 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

Today’s gospel shows John the Baptist and parents have similar vocations. Like the Baptist, parents are asked to make “rough ways smooth” and to “prepare the way of the Lord” for their families. This Advent ask: Does my life hinder or help my family to know Jesus?

Today’s gospel tells us to SHARE! This Christmas resist the pressure to give token gifts. Instead, use those funds to give NESSESSITIES to the poor. If our impoverished brothers and sisters are not on our giving list, we’ve missed the point of Christmas.

Mary was excited about her first pregnancy and rushed to tell her cousin. Sadly children are often seen as a liability, “another mouth to feed” or an “obstacle to my career.” It is said “Christmas is for children.” It is more accurate to say “Christmas is for adults to appreciate the gift of children!”

God chose to enter human history in a family. By Divine design the salvation of the world began in a family. Family was the best God the Creator could do for his Beloved Son. Jesus was our first Christmas gift.

Today’s gospel contains this truth about parenting: “but his parents did not know.” One of the reasons parenting is so difficult is because our children don’t tell us everything. If the Holy Family had trouble with their teenager, why do we think it will be easier for us?

The gospel tells us “Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart.” We would do well to imitate Mary in our New Year’s resolution. Instead of criticizing let’s “keep it in our hearts.” Criticism isn’t productive or well received anyway!

After meeting Jesus, the Magi returned home by “another way.” What in your family needs to be done “another way?” Do you need another way to resolve differences, to communicate or show affection? This is a new year. It’s time to change what isn’t working. Take a tip from some wise men, there’s always “another way.”

Jesus was a young man and his Father affirmed him in front of a huge crowd saying, “You are my beloved son; with you I am very pleased.” Our children are never too old to appreciate our praise.

At Cana, we get a good insight into Mary’s parenting style. She did not plead, argue, demand or manipulate. She merely pointed out the situation and trusted her son would make the best decision.

In today’s gospel Jesus was “praised by all” except at home in Nazareth where the “eyes of all were intently on him.” Acceptance can be hard to find at home due to unreal expectations. Jesus challenges us to “proclaim liberty” to anyone “oppressed” or “captive” by our expectations.

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. 

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