Spiritual notes

Queen of Peace Church in Patton will host a teaching and exposition of sacred relics at 3 p.m. Sunday in the church. The Rev. Carlos Martins of the Companions of the Cross will teach about these holy objects and will have more than 150 relics, some as old as 2,000 years, on display. Among the treasures will be relics of St. Maria Goretti, St. Therese of Lisieux (the “Little Flower”), St. Francis of Assisi, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Faustina Kowalska.

In addition, on display will also be a portion of the veil of Our Lady, as well as one of the largest remaining pieces of The True Cross in the world. The relics will be displayed in the upper level of the parish center.

Those in attendance will be able to examine and venerate each relic. Attendees are encouraged to bring articles of devotion (such as rosaries, holy cards, etc.) and pictures of ill family members/friends which can be touched to the reliquaries as a means of intercession. No food, beverages or photos permitted. An offering basket will be available.

Ballet Magnificat! will perform “The Scarlet Cord” at 7 p.m. Monday at the Oasis of Love Church, 10991 Station Road, Huntingdon, across from Southside Elementary. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is by donation. For more information, contact the church office at 627-3819, email oasisoflove@embarqmail.com or visit www.OasisInHuntingdon.com.

The First Presbyterian Church, Penn and Walnut streets, Hollidaysburg, will host the last three Saturdays of the 2018 Hollidaysburg Free Soup Program, beginning Saturday, and continuing March 17 and 24. The meal of soup, bread, butter, desserts and beverages will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There is no charge; an offering will be accepted. The meal is open to everyone.

Lenten soup lunch will be served from

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at the Hicks Memorial United Methodist Church, 1211 Third Ave., Duncansville. This is the last Lenten lunch of the season and will include soups, beverages and desserts. All are welcome.

St. Mark Catholic Church, 416 Sixth Avenue., will hold a fish fry from 4 to 6:30 p.m. today. The menu includes baked or fried fish, french fries or macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes or coleslaw, roll, butter, drink and dessert. The cost is $11 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger. Takeouts available.

Altoona 28th Street Church of the Brethren will serve the free soup and fellowship meal from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 17. The menu includes corned beef and cabbage.

Yoga Church is offered at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Christ Community United Methodist Church, 5715 Roselawn Ave., ​Altoona. All ages and ability levels are welcome to attend as participants worship entirely through movement. Holy Communion is offered. Yoga mats are available.

The Saturday youth program, Godly Play, geared toward children ages 4-12, will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. March 10, 24, April 14 and 28 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 806 13th St. The free sessions involve Bible stories, hands-on materials, art and more. Church membership is not required. For more information, contact the church at 942-1372 or email info@stlukesaltoona.org.

The West Loop Missionary Church Youth Group will hold a spaghetti dinner and silent auction from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 17 in the West Loop Missionary Church fellowship hall and gym, 2213 West Loop Road, Hollidaysburg. The dinner will include spaghetti and meatballs, Italian bread, salad, drink and a variety of homemade desserts. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children (ages 4 to 12), and under 4, eat free. Takeout available. The silent auction includes gift cards, gift baskets and more.

All proceeds benefit the West Loop Missionary Youth Group.

The deadline for Holy Week and Easter services is March 16. Email news to religion@altoonamirror.com; submit online using the Mirror’s website; or fax to 946-7540.

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