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.


~Know someone married
5 or 10 year

Engaged Couples

~Marriage Care

~An excellent website for
married couples





One minute
thoughts for




for couples planning
a Catholic wedding

for weekends or series
Registration form
Above information available
in blue box below


  2015 Catholic Family Calendar!    
  Theme: Fruits of the Holy Spirit
Includes daily faith filled activiies, thoughts, and suggested bible readings. Saints and holy days listed.
    Click here for ordering information.

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

Spiritual TEA

(or coffee if you prefer!)
All men and women
of the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese
who have experienced
the loss of a spouse are invited
to share together a cup of comfort,
a cup of tea.This gathering will include a time for prayer, faith comfort notes,
and fellowship. Held 2nd Wednesday of each month from 10-11 am at Family Life Office,
5379 Portage St., Lilly.  To register, call 814-886-5551 a week
before each month's gathering.
Next Gathering
Wednesday, November 12
10:00 to 11:00 a.m.


Partners in Faith Formation of Children with ASD, IDD and Other Disabilities 

Conference Dates:
(can attend either session)
Fri. Nov. 7 - 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Sat. Nov. 8 - 9:00-12 Noon

Held at
Our Lady of the
Alleghenies Church Hall
608 Main St., Lilly, PA

Keynote Speaker:
Deacon Larry Sutton, PhD

3 Hour Continuing
Education Program

For DRE's, Catechists,
Parents and Clergy--
Program will focus on the
Religious Education of
Children with Special Needs

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.

Nov. 14-16
Antiochian Village & Retreat Center, Bolivar, Pa.
Contact: 412-635-7775
or 814-823-4600

Jan. 24-25, 2015  COMMUTER
Sacred Heart Spirituality Center, Portage, Pa.
Contact: 814-495-4854


Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage
All Married Couples are invited to an Italian Dinner Party
Sunday, Oct. 19    4:00-6:30 p.m.    New Germany Hall, Summerhill, PA
Special night will include savory appetizers, an Italian buffet, and desserts followed by a faith-filled, humorous presentation on marriage that promises to have couples talking and laughing for days.   
Cost:  $30 a couple             Program Filled---40 couple limit








 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.


 Family Life Newsletter - Fall 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