Spiritual notes

A Polish Platter Dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Polish National Catholic Church, 136 Hilltop Road, Lilly. All meals cost $10 and takeout is available. The meal includes haluski, stuffed cabbage, homemade pierogis and dessert.

The second Novena of 2020 to Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. Therese (the Little Flower) offered by the Discalced Carmelite Nuns of Loretto, will open Saturday, Feb. 22, and end Monday, March 1.

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 the 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 should be sent to Mother Prioress, Discalced Carmelite Monastery, P.O. Box 57, Loretto, PA 15940.

— Altoona’s Twenty-eighth Street Church of the Brethren will serve a free lunch from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. The menu will include beef noodle soup, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and dessert. The food pantry will be open the same day from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The church is at 2800 Union Ave., Altoona.

— Second Avenue United Methodist Church will hold a free soup and sandwich lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. Soup, sandwich, drink and dessert included. Everyone is invited to come out for a delicious meal. The church is at 130 Second Ave., Altoona, at Second Avenue and Second Street. The church hosts the free meal from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. the third Saturday of each month. For more information, call the church office at 943-2072.

— The First Presbyterian Church, Penn and Walnut streets, Hollidaysburg, will host the Hollidaysburg Free Soup Program from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. The meal includes soup, bread, butter, desserts and beverages. There is no charge; offerings will be accepted.

Second Avenue United Methodist Church’s Food Pantry will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21. Those attending should bring a photo ID, a piece of mail that includes the participant’s name and address and birth certificates for any children in the home.

The food pantry is at 130 Second Ave., Altoona, at Second Avenue and Second Street. For more information, call the church office at 943-2072.

Gallitzin United Methodist Church is hosting a trip to the 3 p.m. showing of “Queen Esther” at Sight & Sound Theatre in Lancaster on Saturday, March 28. Tickets are $178 for adults, $125 for children and include bus transportation and a family-style meal at Hershey Farms. The bus will leave from Penn Cambria Middle School, Gallitzin. Money is due when reservations are made.

For more information and tickets, call Joe Skura at 937-4993.

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 335 Locust St., Johnstown, will host a Taize service at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, as part of its Community Common Prayer Series. This unique form of Christian worship was developed in 1940 by Brother Roger Schutz, founding member of the ecumenical monastic Taize community located in Taize, Saone-et-Loire, Burgundy, France.

The service is free. Free refreshments and conversation will be available following the service.

For more information about the service or St. Mark’s Community Common Prayer Series, contact the Rev. Nancy Threadgill at 535-6797 or revnancy-stmarks@atlanticbbn.net

The Hollidaysburg Christian Missionary & Alliance Church will host an indoor yard sale at the church from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29. There will be many items for sale, including furniture, jewelry, clothing, household items, toys and crafts. Soups, desserts, sandwiches and drinks will also be available for sale. All proceeds will go toward the church’s missionary fund.

Ham and turkey dinner will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at Upper Claar Church of the Brethren, Claysburg. The meal includes all homemade trimmings. Takeouts are available; donations accepted at the door. For more information, call 239-5449.

— Warriors Mark United Methodist Church will host a kid’s Valentine’s Day Bash from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. The event will kick off with a heart-shaped pizza for lunch. After lunch, there will be five different stations for kids to visit to make crafts, play bingo, create Valentine cards to be handed out to area shut-ins, take pictures with Valentine’s Day props and have their faces painted.

This is a free community event. Everyone is invited.

Although an RSVP is not required, those who plan to attend are asked to email wmumc1840@gmail.com or call the church office at 632-6906 to ensure there is enough pizza and supplies for everyone.

— Juniata United Methodist Church, 808 N. Fourth St., will host a couples night of fun, food and fellowship from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 22 at the church. The event includes a spaghetti dinner with a Valentine treat dessert, games and door prizes. Cost is $5 per couple. For tickets and reservations, contact the church by Monday, Feb. 17, at 942-6065.

A pancake supper will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 1230 Eighth Ave., Altoona. Cost is $5 a person or $15 for a family. All are welcome.

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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