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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:

An information session on Natural Family Planning (NFP), a scientific method of regulating conception approved by the Catholic Church, will be held on Tuesday, May 23 at St. John Rectory Meeting Room, 134 E. Bishop St., Bellefonte at 7:00 p.m.  An NFP instructor will present information on learning the method. NFP is based on the awareness of a couple’s fertility. It can be used to achieve or postpone pregnancy and is a helpful tool for infertile couples. No reservations necessary. If you would like more information on the session, contact 814-355-3134.

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

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.

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

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

Jesus tells us in the gospel:   “I am in the Father and the Father is in me!”   The point is:  God is in each one of us, in our relationships and in our homes. The vocation of the Christian family is to live the divine gift which is already in and around us.  Mothers are instruments of Christ’s presence in the home.

In today’s gospel Jesus prepared his disciples for his departure.  Family life is a series of departures.  As we mature and grow older we constantly transition from the familiar to the new unknown.  Today Jesus assures us we are not alone in these transitions.  “I will not leave you orphans.  I will come to you.”

Jesus appointed apostles, he also appoints parents to represent Him in the family; “make disciples of your children, baptizing and teaching them all I have taught you.  Don’t worry, I am with you always.”

Our decisions create our style of living and what kind of person we are. That’s the awesome power of free will. As we celebrate Memorial Day, ask yourself: How do I want to be remembered? The power is in your hands, or rather in your decisions.

Like the disciples in today’s gospel, there are times we shut the doors of our hearts to people or events. It’s how we create emotional distance. Permanent distancing is lethal and prevents the PEACE Jesus offers you today.

 

As the Father “sent his son into the world” so parents send their children into the world “so that the world might be saved.” This is the missionary role of the Christian family. Your family is a school where your children develop convictions which enable them to make a difference in the world.

 

Parenting is a Eucharistic activity because from the first moment of conception children consume us, our flesh, blood, energy, time and resources. If we don’t sacrifice ourselves, our children would not have life.  This is the priesthood of parenting. Christ is present in this self-sacrifice. Fathering is an awesome responsibility and not for the weak or transient.

 

Jesus says, “Do not be afraid” three times in today’s gospel and reminds us “all concealed secrets will be revealed.” Do not be afraid to acknowledge problems in your family. If they remain “hidden in darkness” they will destroy the body and soul.”  Healing, understanding and hope are found only “in the light” of openness.  “Do not be afraid.”

 


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 36th 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!

 

 

 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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