As you may know, Carmelite Sister of the Word, Karen Elizabeth Duddy, finished her earthly journey on Sunday, July 31. Our parish family would like to extend our deepest sympathy and sincere condolences to her family, to Sister Linda and all the CCW sisters. With deepest gratitude for the countless blessings she brought, over many years, to our various schools, parishes and communities throughout our diocese, let us pray for Sister Karen, may our good and gracious God, the Giver of all life, grant her eternal peace in His kingdom and her family and religious community comfort and strength as they mourn her passing.
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.
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.
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!
For everything, Dad, we thank you…
Always coming through,
Teaching us every day,
Helping us on our way,
Encouraging us in all we do,
Remaining strong, steady, and true!
To all fathers, grandfathers, Godfathers and father figures who provide love, protection, courage, good example and many other important things to us. We pray that our good and gracious God continue to bless them with all they need to fulfill their fatherly role to the best of their abilities. Our faith community would like to extend an invitation to all fathers and father figures in our parish to receive a small token of our appreciation for Father’s Day.
If you were not able to attend mass this weekend, please stop by the parish office this week for your pen.
Summer Mass Attendance: There is a website www.masstimes.org where you can find a catholic church if you happen to be traveling. Please use it so you don’t miss Sunday celebration of the Eucharist.
The Family Life Office of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown invites you to join us for the return of Faith Day at Delgrosso’s Amusement Park! This year, Faith Day will be held on Saturday, June 25 in conjunction with the World Meeting of Families in Rome. While admission to the Park is always free (opens @ 8am), for those attending Faith Day, Ride-and-Slide passes are reduced to $20! Normally, $31.95! The day will culminate with Mass with Bishop Mark at the large pavilion at 4:30pm.
Ride coupons are available in the vestibule.
As of May 31, 2022, our Parish has exceeded the Diocesan Goal of $19,337.00 for the Catholic Ministries Drive. Thanks to your generosity, we have raised $21,920.58 thus far. The drive continues until the end of the year, so if you haven’t yet contributed and the spirit moves you, it’s not too late. Anything we raise from here on out will come back to our parish to be used for our much needed
repair projects. Thank you again for supporting Saint Joseph Parish.
I would like to express my deepest gratitude for your cards, prayers,
wishes and gifts I received from you as I celebrated the
24th anniversary of my priestly ordination on May 30. Your support,
friendship and most importantly your lives and prayers are
such a powerful inspiration and source of strength and energy for
my priestly ministry. I am blessed and honored to be your parish
priest for almost three years now. I thank God for giving me such a
loving and thoughtful faith community here at Saint Joseph’s. As
we journey together into the Kingdom of God, let us continue to let
the Holy Spirit guide us on our mission of proclaiming the Good
News of our Savior Jesus Christ. Father Jozef