Spiritual Notes

A Triduum in honor of St. Joseph will be held Sunday through Tuesday at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Polish National Catholic Church, 136 Hilltop Road, Lilly. Holy Mass and devotions to St. Joseph will be held at 6:30 each evening. Sunday’s homilist will be the Rev. Joseph Mazurkewicz with the theme of “St. Joseph: the Head of the Holy Family.”

The Rev. John K. Nesbella will be on hand Monday and the theme is “St. Joseph: the Model of Christian Virtue.” On Tuesday, the homilist is the Rev. Scott J. Lill with the theme “St. Joseph: the Protector of the Church.” Light refreshments and fellowship will be held each evening.

Grace Bible Church, 164 Laurel Lane, Hollidaysburg, is collecting used Bibles and Christian books to be sent to people in need overseas. The church is partnering with Advance Global Literature on the project. Donations can be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. every Wednesday in April at the church. Other times are available by appointment. Call 695-4060 to schedule a time.

Items being collected include Bibles, study Bibles, children’s Bibles, New Testaments, Bible dictionaries, concordances, commentaries and Bible study tools. Christian books, children’s Christian books, hymnals and references books and dictionaries are also accepted.

The food pantry at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 806 13th St., will be open from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the parish hall. New participants should bring a photo ID, a piece of mail with your name and address, and birth certificates for any children age 18 and younger in the home. The food pantry will be open April 18, May 30 and June 27.

St. Luke’s continues to offer its free community lunch the first Wednesday of each month from noon to 1:30 p.m. All are welcome.

The Hollidaysburg Free Soup Program will be served at the Hollidaysburg Church of the Brethren, Hawthorne and Penn streets, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and March 23. The meal includes hot soup, bread, butter, desserts and beverages. There is no charge, however donations are accepted. Everyone is invited.

Hicks Memorial United Methodist Church, 1211 Third Ave., Duncansville, will host a soup lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the social hall. The meal includes soups, desserts, beverages and fellowship.

Altoona 28th Street Church of the Brethren, 2800 Union Avenue, Altoona, will serve a free lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The menu includes baked potato soup, ham salad sandwich and dessert.

Second Avenue United Methodist Church, 130 Second Ave., Altoona, will serve a free soup and sandwich lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The meal includes soup, sandwich, drink and dessert.

Providence Presbyterian Church, 2401 Broad Ave., Altoona, will serve a free lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The menu includes a variety of homemade soups, a sandwich, beverages, desserts and fruit.

A night of praise and worship sponsored by Alive in the Spirit will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday at Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School. The evening of prayer will include Eucharistic Adoration with praise and worship music and a student witness talk. Alive in the Spirit is a student-led group from Bishop Guilfoyle. The event is open to the public. Music will be led by the Cathedral Prayer Group. For more information, contact Bob Sutton, campus minster, at 944-4014.

For a Lenten presentation, Vox Nova of Mount Aloysius College will present the Scriptural Stations of the Cross at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel. The events surrounding Christ’s crucifixion as observed on Good Friday provide a solemn reminder of His sacrifice through love and obedience. With the reading of each Station, Vox Nova sings a choral work of meditation. Donations are accepted.

Winter Jam will be held at 6 p.m. March 30 at the Bryce Jordan Center, University Park. Cost is $15 per person at the door. For more information, visit www.bjc.psu.edu or www.jamtour.com or call 865-5555.

The deadline for Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter services is 5 p.m. Friday, April 5.

Religious organizations are invited to submit upcoming events, special speakers and other items to be published free of charge in Spiritual Notes. Items can be emailed to religion@altoona mirror.com or call Holly at 946-7451. Items may also be submitted online through the Mirror’s virtual newsroom at vnr.altoonamirror.com.

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