Family Life

5379 Portage Street (Rt. 53), Lilly, PA 15938           814-886-5551; FAX: 814-886-7697
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30-4:00                             E-mail:
Director: Mrs. Amy Kanich
Staff: Donna Cook, Office Manager; Jackie Lingafelt, Part-time Secretary; Dolly Templeton, Part-time Secretary

We serve families and parishes in the entire Altoona-Johnstown diocese:
     Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Centre, Clinton, Fulton, Huntingdon, and Somerset.




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Meditations on
the gospel readings for
each Sunday
of the month









for Couples Planning
Catholic Wedding

Marriage Preparation
Registration Form

PDF version


Scheduled Programs    (Register through the Family Life Office unless otherwise noted).

Valentine's Morning Prayer and Brunch for Widows and Widowers


All men and women
of the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese
who have experienced
the loss of a spouse are invited
to remember their loved one at a mass at 10:00 a.m. on
Wed. Feb. 11 followed by a brunch and presentation on St. Paul's Life-An actor's Portrayal by Glen Smith.  Held at Immaculate Conception Church, Summerhill. $5 suggested donation. To register, call 814-886-5551 by Tues, Feb. 3.

Click here for flyer


Are you stressed over bills? Do you dread payments? Do you want financial peace of mind?

The Altoona-Johnstown
Diocee is sponsoring a
Full Day Workshop to help you!

Sat. February 28, 2015
8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Held at
Sacred Heart Spirituality Center, 1872 Munster Rd., Portage, PA

Keynote Speaker:
Tom Zordani,
founder and author of

Cost: $45 per person or
$75 pr couple (includes
course materials,
breakfast and lunch)

Click here for registration

Worldwide Marriage Encounter
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.

Feb. 27-28-March 1, 2015
The Atherton Hotel
State College, Pa.
Contact: 412-635-7775
or 814-823-4600








 A great website for
engaged couples 

Guidelines for Couples Planning a Catholic Wedding
Congratulations! We are delighted that you have chosen to marry in the Church. You have our care and our support now and throughout the future of your marriage.

~Download for free:
 "Getting Married"  Practical ideas to cut the stress and cost of getting married: bridal showers, invitations, flowers, attire, guest list, seating, reception, out-of-town guests, etc.

Meet with the priest or deacon who will witness your marriage AS SOON AS YOU BECOME ENGAGED or at least nine months before your proposed wedding date. You will be meeting with your priest/deacon several times.

Take FOCCUS (the priest or deacon will tell you how). FOCCUS is NOT a test. It's a discussion tool to help you communicate about the areas of your relationship that are strong and those that need work. Your priest, deacon, or someone assigned by him will process the results with you.

Attend marriage preparation. Choices include:

-Engaged Couples Weekend: Schedule/Registration Form
 Informal presentations by a team which includes married couples. Time to reflect and discuss with your partner in lovely surroundings. Could be a great wedding gift from parents or friends. (Gift certificates available).

-Marriage Preparation Series:           Schedule/Registration Form

 -Sponsor Couple: Involves several meetings with a married couple from your parish. Arrange this through your parish, if they offer it.

-Remarriage Sponsor Couple: When one of you has been married before. E-mail the Family Life Office ( for a registration form and further information. Please put "Remarriage Sponsor Couple" in the subject line.

Consider Natural Family Planning instructions 
Couples wishing to learn more about the natural method of family planning can contact the Family Life Office or click here for brochure.


          MARRIAGE      ~Know someone married 5 or 10 year               ~Marriage Care     ~An excellent website for married couples -    ~Companioning Engaged Couples


 Family Life Newsletter - Christmas 2014


Your Annual Catholic Appeal dollars at work!

-Books, periodicals, numerous video and audio tapes
   -Can be sent via mail

-For parishes and Catholic organizations anywhere in the diocese
   -"Family Table-Parish Altar" demonstration
   -Topics of your choice relating to family

For: parish staffs, parish councils, family life committees, teachers, catechists, Home-School groups, parish committees, Catholic organizations
-Making what you already do family-friendly
   -Practical ideas for involving parents more fully in their children's religious formation
   -Supporting marriage, discouraging divorce
   -Helping your parish grow holier families
   -Ideas for Family Life Committees

Family RESOURCES for Home and Parish  ~ ORDER FORM 

Serving Families throughout the Life Cycle:
Click on any of these topic areas to find information, resources, and helpful links.

    Life Cycle:

     Special Situations: 

~Diocesan member  National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers