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Spiritual Notes

The Faith Baptist Cafe will serve a free community meal from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 7. The meal is free and open to the public at Faith Baptist Church, 315 40th St., in the Highland Park section of Altoona.

This month’s menu includes Salisbury steak, parsley potatoes, mixed vegetables, roll and dessert.

For transportation to the meal, call the church office at 944-2894 before 3 p.m. Sept. 6.

The 38th anniversary Birth of Mary Celebration will be held Sept. 8 at the St. Catherine of Siena Shrine, old Route 22, Duncansville. Mass will be held at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. with Msgr. Robert Saly, celebrant. (An incorrect time was stated in the flyers posted about the event)

Holy Rosary will be held in the church at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Continuous rosary will be held in the church and shrine from noon to 4:30 p.m. The 5 p.m. Shrine Mass with procession will be with celebrant/homilist Bishop Mark L. Bartchak.

A spaghetti dinner will be served from noon to 4 p.m. Coffee and cake will be available after the evening Mass.

Displays in the church hall include Life of Mary, Our Mother, Rosary Makers and more. Those attending are urged to bring lawn chairs for outdoor seating.

Petitions may be sent to Birth of Mary Celebration, P.O. Box 88, Duncansville, PA 16635. Donations are welcome.

Simpson-Temple United Parish, 2212 Sixth Ave., will hold an indoor yard sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 6 and 7 in the social hall of the education building. The parish is at 2212 Sixth Ave.

Simpson-Temple United Parish will hold an ice cream social and blessing of the animals from noon to 2 p.m. Sept. 7 on the lawn of the education building.

The event is free; the church will accept donations of pet food or other pet items for Mending Hearts Animal Rescue. The event was previously scheduled for July, but was canceled because of high temperatures.

Those attending are asked to have pets on a leash or in a crate. The parish is at 2212 Sixth Ave.

The Altoona Alliance Church will host an English as a Second Language training event Sept. 6-7. In one weekend, attendees will learn how to teach English to those wanting to learn. Cost is $50 and includes a noon meal on Saturday, resources, workbook and snacks.

Seven area churches have joined to form the Altoona English and Culture Club and have recently concluded the first year of teaching English as a Second Language at the Altoona Alliance Church.

Additional volunteers as teachers, assistants, substitutes, child care and more are needed.

The deadline to sign up for the training is today, Aug. 30. Registration is taken online only at www.crosspointakron.org/esl/esl-training.

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@altoonamirror.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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