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5379 Portage Street, Lilly, PA 15938
Fax 814.886.7697


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

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

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


     Reflections on the Sunday Reading

       ~Used with permission from “Family Perspective” by Bud Ozar

The Passion of Jesus makes it clear, no one escapes suffering.  Suffering is inevitable but no one should suffer alone.  That is one of the primary roles of families, to stand with and support each other in suffering.

That first Easter morning was confusing.  Jesus was missing and Mary Magdalene, Peter and John “did not know” what to do.  In family life there are confusing moments when “we don’t know” what to do. Like the apostles we are Easter people when we believe and trust in each other even when all seems lost.

In today’s gospel Jesus teaches, “Blessed are those who have not seen and believe.”  Accepting someone as they are, without demanding they prove themselves or meet our expectations, creates a rich relationship.  Without acceptance a home is only a house and a family is just a group of house mates.

The apostles were afraid  of Jesus until he ate with them and they touched him.  In your family the ordinary acts of eating together, touching, embracing not only confirm our love for each other, but also celebrate God’s presence in your family.  These ‘ordinary’ moments contain the “Extraordinary.”

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.”

March 21 Prayer Day and Luncheon for
Widows and Widowers
 was canceled due to the weather.  
Program rescheduled for Wednesday, April 11.
Call the Family Life Office-814-886-5551 to
re-register and new registrations accepted by Thursday, April 5.

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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