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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 15, 2018 – 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.

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

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 is a job description for Christian parents.  For most people the most influential shepherds in their lives are their parents.  Every parent is called to be a “good shepherd” to “freely lay down their live” for the children, to “love” and “know” their children and to “lead” them so “they know your voice.”

Like the vine grower in today’s gospel, parents must “prune and cleanse” the branches in their family if their children are going to be rooted.  Discipline, limits, and setting goals are a necessary part of parenting so our children will grow and “bear fruit.”

Today’s gospel challenges us to “love one another as I have loved you.”  Jesus is our model and he asks us to “lay down our life” (our time, attention, opinions and needs) for each other.  This is the sacrament of the family, when God is made visible in our sacrificial love for one another.

Jesus was worried about his disciples and he turned to prayer.  No matter how much time we spend trying to “guard and protect” our children, each day they become less dependent on us and we must let go and let God.  Prayer and parenting go together.  No one understands that more than Mothers!

Today, on Pentecost, we remember Christ has given us the Holy Spirit to assist us in raising our family and he expects us to use this personal gift.  Let’s turn off the noise, apps and distractions in our lives and let the Holy Spirit guide us to the truth.

In today’s gospel Jesus commands, “Teach them to carry out everything I have commanded you.” This command is meant for every Christian.  In light of the command, parenting is not only the most difficult task a person can take on, it is also one of the most apostolic and missionary tasks.  Jesus commands all parents to teach their children “all that I have commanded you.”

Memorial Day is a good time to remember family members who have gone home to the Lord. These memories are sacred for they rekindle our faith and hope for a future reunion.  We were born from their love and will return to their love.

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

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 36th year!

Bulk orders available for the 2019 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, 2018!

 

 

 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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