Spiritual Notes

Clothing giveaway planned

Grace’s Closet at Grace Lutheran Church, 1114 N. Cambria St., Bellwood, will host a clothing giveaway from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 12. Summer clothing is still available. Those attending are asked to wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines. For more information, call the church at 814-742-7501.

Free lunch offered

Free lunch will be offered from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or while supplies last, Saturday, June 12, at Twenty-eighth Street Church of the Brethren, 2800 Union Ave., Altoona. Lunches are available on a drive-thru basis.

The church’s food pantry is open every Friday by appointment. Call 814-207-8293 for information or an appointment.

Yard and craft sale scheduled

Newry Lutheran Church, 1030 Shamrock Lane, Newry, will hold a yard and craft sale on from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 12. The church is located two blocks from the traffic light in Newry, heading toward Blue Knob.

Chicken barbecue planned

St. John the Evangelist Church, Lakemont, will hold a drive-thru chicken barbecue dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, June 27. Dinners are $10 and include 1/2 chicken, baked beans, applesauce and roll. Pick up available at Knights of Columbus, 324 Bedford St., Hollidaysburg. Proceeds benefit the twin parish of

Ss. Peter and Paul in Haiti.

For tickets, call the parish office at 814-942-5503 or stop in at 309 Lotz Ave., Altoona, between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets will also be sold after all Masses. Masses are held at 4 p.m. Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sundays.

Church plan vacation Bible school events

— Vacation Bible school will be held 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, June 14, through Friday, June 18, at Grace Family Bible Church, 2243 Mill Road, Duncansville, (next to Willowbrook Mobile Home Park).

There will be classes for children ages 4 through ninth grade. There will be games, crafts, snacks, songs, puppets and Bible study each night. A family carnival will be held Friday, June 18, to wrap up the week. For more information, call the church at 814-696-4366.

— The Chestnut Ridge Independent Fellowship Church, 1486 Quaker Valley Road, New Paris, will hold vacation Bible school from 8:30 a.m. to noon June 14-18. Classes are available for ages preschool through teens. For more information, call the church office at 814-839-2207.

— Big Fish Bay Bible school will be held at Dry Run Independent Baptist Church, Duncansville. There will be Bible stories, crafts, games, skits, snacks and prizes for children ages 2-17. The event will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 14-18.

For more information, call the church office at 814-695-2203.

Summer Bible Conference set

Liberty Bible Church, 2840 Chalybeate Road, Cessna, will hold a Summer Bible Conference on June 18-20. The theme of the conference is “Here’s What I’ve Been Learning.” Speakers include Tracy Plessinger, Dan Gross, Mark Markley and Bob Beam.

For more information, call or text 814-931-3040.

Food Truck Wednesday scheduled

St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Altoona, is sponsoring Food Truck Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 16, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the church parking lots located at 1405 Fifth Ave. A total of 12 vendors are scheduled to attend, including Doug’s Dawgs, Chicken Rick’s, Fred’s Flatbreads, Larry’s BBQ, That Perogy Guy, Yoder’s Yak Shack, Shuman’s Concessions II, Kettle Korn, Ice House Cafe, The Rotating Chef, The Sweet Rolling Pin, Paulie & Company PSU Creamery Ice Cream.

Saturate Altoona continues

The community is invited to Saturate Altoona, a June Sunday night summer series at Heritage Plaza in downtown Altoona.

The event will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. each Sunday in June. Blessing tents will be open from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., where city churches will be giving away free food, including hot dogs, snowcones, popcorn, water, soda and coffee.

The service from 6:30 to 8 p.m. will feature worship bands, city pastors and a different prayer focus each Sunday — businesses, education, health care and city government.

The event is presented by the Blair County Pastor’s Network and Joy in the City.

Food pantries open

— The food pantry distribution at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Eighth Avenue and 13th Street, Altoona, will be held from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 1. This distribution was originally scheduled for June 24, but was changed due to scheduling conflicts. In addition, the regular distribution set for July 29 will go on as planned. Distribution is on a drive-thru basis to maximize social distancing. Masks are required for those on foot or getting out of their vehicles. All are welcome. For more information, visit the church website or Facebook page, or call the church at 814-942-1372; leave a message and calls will be returned.

— The St. Vincent DePaul Assumption Chapel Food Pantry, 1523 Adams Ave., is open on Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. All interested parties must call 814-943-7962 for an appointment. Picture identification and being masked are required.

— Twenty-eighth Street Church of the Brethren Food Ministry, 2800 Union Ave., Altoona, will be open by appointment only every Friday. Call by Wednesday for a Friday appointment. For more information or to make an appointment, call the pantry at 814-207-8293.

— The Sacred Heart Food Pantry is open from 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. every Wednesday at 2009 Sixth Ave., Altoona, in the old school next to the church. No ID or income requirements are needed at the present time. No appointments are needed; the pantry is open for walk-ins. Masks and social distancing requirements are in effect. For more information, call 814-943-4529.

Outdoor Masses held in Loretto

Outdoor Masses will be celebrated at the Our Lady of the Alleghenies Shrine in Loretto at 7 p.m. Sundays through Labor Day weekend, Sept. 5.

Those attending are asked to bring their own lawn chair. In the event of inclement weather, Mass will be celebrated inside the Basilica of Saint Michael the Archangel next to the Shrine.

The Faithful are invited to come early to the outdoor Masses and visit one of the most historic sites in the diocese.

The Prince Gallitzin Chapel House, located next to the Shrine, will be open for self-guided tours from 3 to 6 p.m. on June 6 and 20; July 18; and Aug. 1, 15 and 29. The humble structure was the home and personal chapel of the Prince-Priest and Servant of God Demetrius Gallitzin. Today, it stands as a museum, which contains artifacts from Father Gallitzin’s personal life.


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 814-946-7451. Items may also be submitted online through the Mirror’s virtual newsroom at vnr.altoonamirror.com.

Deadline for submissions is 4 p.m. Mondays.


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