Spiritual notes

The first Novena of 2018 to Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. Therese (the Little Flower) offered by the Discalced Carmelite Nuns of Loretto will open on Jan. 22 and end on

Jan. 30. All intentions submitted to the nuns will be remembered with the special Novena prayers following the daily Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the nuns’ chapel. Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament is held at 4 p.m. every Sunday and the first Friday of every month. All are welcome to attend the Benediction followed by the veneration of the relic of St. Therese of the Child Jesus of the Holy Face. Petitions may be sent to Mother Prioress, Discalced Carmelite Monastery, P.O. Box 57, Loretto, PA 15940.

The Central Pennsylvania Bible Conference will conduct a winter session on Jan. 27 at The Faith Baptist Church, Fourth Avenue and 40th Street, in the Highland Park section of Altoona. The Rev. Barry Yingling, pastor of the Woodcock Valley Bible Church in James Creek, is the speaker. Jim O’Bryon, former Assistant Secretary of Defense, will serve as conference leader, and Dr. Gary G. Dull will provide mission updates on The Way of Truth Ministries. The theme for the day is “Strengthening the local church in 2018 and beyond.” The first session will be held from 10-11:30, with lunch set for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The afternoon session will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. For more information, call 944-2894.

The 31st annual Respect for Life march will be held at noon Jan. 21. The event will begin with a prayer service at St. Matthew Church, Tyrone. Participants will then walk to Oak Grove Cemetery to the grave of Baby Agnes Doe for a short prayer service. A hot luncheon will be served in the parish hall after the march. Those unable to take part in the march are invited to join in by driving at the end of the procession. The event is sponsored by St. Gregory Council 1218 Knights of Columbus. For more information, contact Peter Kreckel at 935-5436 or email pharmcanoe@aol.com.

A Blue Lives Matter service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at The Faith Baptist Church of Altoona, 315 40th St., Altoona. The service wil honor those in law enforcement in the area. During the service, local police departments will be present and will receive a certificate from the church expressing appreciation for the service to the community. Pastor Gary Dull will deliver the message, based on Proverbs 3:1-6.