BISHOP MARK BARTCHAK AND THE FAMILY LIFE OFFICE CORDIALLY INVITE ALL COUPLES CELEBRATING 1, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60+ YEARS OF MARRIAGE IN 2022 (AND THEIR FAMILIES) TO ATTEND THE ANNUAL WEDDING ANNIVERSARY LITURGY. Couples may attend Sunday, September 18 in ALTOONA at Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament or Sunday, September 25 in JOHNSTOWN at St. John Gualbert Cathedral. Both locations are handicap accessible. Liturgies in each location begin at 2:00 p.m. Most Rev. Bishop Mark will be the celebrant and homilist at each celebration. Refreshments/snacks will be available after the mass for anniversary couples and their families. Reservations must be made through your parish for either celebration by Monday, August 29. Forms are available at each entrance of the church.
CATECHISTS & PARENT BOARD MEETING – Sun., Aug. 7, 10:00 a.m., in the social hall.
Knights of Columbus meeting: Mon., Aug 8, at 7:00 pm.
FINANCE COUNCIL MEETING: Tue., Aug. 9, at 6:30 pm.
MAINTENANCE COMMITTEE MEETING: Tue., Aug. 30, at 6:30 pm.
Fundraising Committee/Parish Association Meeting: Wed., Aug 31, at 6:30 pm.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION FOR PRE-SCHOOL, KINDERGARTEN, GRADE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS begins on Sunday, September 11, with Pre-School, K and Grade School (Grades 1-6) from 10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m., and Junior High, High School from 6-8:00 p.m. every other Sunday.
CATECHISTS MEETING – A meeting will be held on Sunday, August 7, at 10:00 a.m., for all our Grade School as well as High School Catechist, in the Parish Social Hall. Please contact Sr. Linda if you are not able to attend.
PARENT BOARD FOR RELIGIOUS EDUCATION – A meeting will be held on Sunday, August 7, at 10:00 a.m. with the parishioners who are members of the Parent Board for Religious Education. This first meeting will be held with the Catechists.
Dates for Pre-K and Grade school parents to Mark on your Calendars – A Parent meeting for parents who have children in Pre-K, through Grade 6, will be held on Sunday, September 25, at 10:00 a.m., which is during the children’s Religious Education Hour.
DATES FOR JUNIOR HIGH AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO MARK ON THEIR CALENDARS – On Sunday, October 2, a Parent-Teen Meeting will be held in the Church from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. This meeting is for Jr. High and High School students along with their parents.
CONFIRMATION PREPARATION NEWS
SPONSOR CANDIDATE MEETING FOR 11TH GRADE CONFIRMATION CANDIDATES WITH THEIR SPONSORS, will be held on Sunday, October 9, from 10:00 – 11:15 a.m., in the Chapel. Please make let your chosen sponsor know the date and time of this meeting.
11TH GRADE STUDENTS PREPARING FOR CONFIRMATION should prayerfully choose their Confirmation Sponsor at this time. Be sure to review the sponsor eligibility qualities before contacting the person you choose. Please choose your sponsor and contact them by August 15. Also, 11th Grade students should begin to prayerfully consider the name they would like to choose as their Confirmation Name.
THE DATE FOR CONFIRMATION 2023 is April 11, 2023 at 7:00 p.m., at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. Confirmation Rehearsal will be on Monday, April 10, at 6:00 p.m.
MARIANNA’S HOAGIES & PIZZA SALE
Starting the weekend of July 23/24, we will be distributing order forms before & after mass, at each entrance, for the hoagie & pizza fundraiser. Pick-up date is Friday, August 26, which coincides with the Bellwood-Antis/Tyrone “Backyard Brawl” football game. Order forms AND money must be turned in by Sunday, August 14.
INDEPENDENCE DAY PRAYER
Almighty and ever-living Father, in whose name the founders of our great country won liberty for themselves and for us, and lit the torch of freedom for nations then unborn. Please grant that all the people of this land may have the courage and strength to cherish and protect our liberties in righteousness and peace and with your guidance grow as your people, one nation under God. AMEN.