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

Family Life Office LENT Newsletter








 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.

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 (word file);  Schedule/Registration (PDF file)
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
(word file);  Schedule/Registration (PDF file)

-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.

~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.

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.



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May 2016

June 2016

An Invitation from the Diocese...
The church lovingly desires to walk with and support families who are struggling with infertility or who have lost a child through miscarriage and early infant death recently or in the past. The Diocese invites all of those who are experiencing this heartbreak to celebrate a Mass of Healing and Remembrance with Bishop Mark Bartchak. The Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, July 14th at 6:30 pm at Holy Name Church, 500 North Julian. St. Ebensburg, PA. A Light Reception will follow the mass in the church Narthex. Reservations are appreciated by July 12. Contact Family Life at 814-886-5551; email


  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. 11-12-13, 2016 (Antiochian Village Conference Center, Bolivar)
Contact: 412-635-7775 or 814-823-4600


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


 Family Life Newsletter - Lent 2016



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