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«Saint Aloysius Catholic Church A parish of the Diocese of Altoona- Johnstown Very Rev. Father John David Byrnes, JCL, JV Pastor 7911 Admiral Peary ...»

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Serving God s People on the Summit since 1838! ~


Consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Saint Aloysius Catholic Church

A parish of the Diocese of Altoona- Johnstown

Very Rev. Father John David Byrnes, JCL, JV


7911 Admiral Peary Highway, Cresson, PA 16630-1515

Rectory / Parish Office 886- 2235 Community Center 886-2388 Faith Education Center 886-2669

Parish Secretary Mrs. Ann Sutton Parish e-mail stals16630@yahoo.com

Parish Website www.saintaloysiuscresson.org Parish FAX 814 -886- 4392 Parish Office Hours Monday Friday 9 AM Noon, 1:00 3:00 PM Sunday Masses Saturdays at 4:00 PM, Sundays at 8:00 & 10:30 AM

Celebration of Sacraments:

Penance/Reconciliation ( Confessions ) Saturdays 11:00 12:00 Noon, 3:00 - 3:30 PM Anytime by request Anointing of the Sick upon request for the sick or homebound.

Infant Baptism by previous arrangement and preparation. Please call the parish.

Baptism Preparation Process Mrs. Michelle Bossler 886- 7719 Marriage 9 months notice /pre- marital preparation required. Please call the parish.

Christian Initiation of Adults Persons interested in becoming Catholic are welcome!

Christian Initiation Process Ms. Gaye Boyer 472- 7317 Prayer: Eucharistic Adoration Every Wednesday after 8 AM Mass until 9 PM Eucharistic Holy Hour/ Benediction First Friday of each month, 6 7 PM Forty Hours Eucharistic Days Celebrated in June / Feast of St. Aloysius, June 21 Rosary for Vocations twenty minutes prior to Sunday Mass Novena of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Every Monday after 8 AM Mass Solemn Novena during Lent


Diocesan Tribunal Office, Hollidaysburg Fr. Byrnes 693 9485 Fat her s e- mail jbyrnes@dioceseaj.org Education/Faith Formation All Saints Catholic School Mrs. Susan Glass, Principal

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Dear Parish Family, I take this opportunity to remind you that this week (Friday Jan 22) we mark the sad anniversary of the Supreme Court decision Roe vs. Wade (1973) which legalized abortion. We will again be taking a bus from our parish and join with thousands from around the country for the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C.

The bus will depart from our parking lot at 7:15 AM. We will celebrate a special Mass at 6:30 AM on Friday morning the 22nd. All are invited to this Mass. I thank the Cresson Knights of Columbus for a $500 donation to help with the cost of our bus. We are continuing to accept donations to help defray the costs of the bus trip/sponsorship of marchers.

This day is observed in all diocese of the United States as a particular day of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person through acts of abortion, and of prayer for full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life. Personal acts of penance (prayer, fasting, etc.) are appropriate on this day.

You are also encouraged to pray a daily rosary during this week.

Blessing of Throats - As I will be away near the Feast of St. Blaise (Feb 3), I will offer the traditional individual Blessing of Throats a week early, NEXT WEEK-END (January 23- 24) following all Masses.

SNOWFLAKE BASKET BINGO - is TODAY in our Community Center. Doors open at 12 noon, Games from 1-3 PM. I ll see you there!

Confirmation - The Junior Retreat for Confirmation will be held next Saturday January 23 from 9- 5 at St. Francis University, Campus Ministry Center, Loretto. Sunday Mass is included in the Retreat.

Registration is at 8:30 AM. The Sophomore Retreat will be held on Saturday March 6 at St. Michael Basilica and the Prince Gallitzin Chapel House, Loretto. More to Come.

A few New Year Thank You notes to all who helped with putting away our Christmas decorations/cleaning the church for Ordinary Time, to all the teams who assist in the regular counting of our weekly collections, to our active and vibrant parish committees - our Life & Family Committee, working so hard on planning our trip to the March for Life the Stewardship Committee working on many projects! We are blessed with generous people!

Generous People First among our generous parishioners is secretary Mary Ann Earnest. May Ann has served this parish well under the pastorates of Fr. Robine, Fr. Mullen, Msgr. Little and myself. Over the years, her dedication and professionalism have kept our parish organized, financially sound and stable.

After the sudden death of Msgr. Little in 2005, Mary Ann guided the parish without a resident pastor for three months. I know you join me in thanking her and wishing her well. A Note From the Former Secretary - Dear Friends, I write this note with a heavy heart. For personal and medical reasons, I am being forced to retire. My retirement date was December 31. I want to thank all those who were so kind to me during my 23 and one half years. I started with Father Robine in 1986. Thank you for all the Christmas gifts, birthday cards, prayers, etc. but most of all for your friendship. Good bye. Mary Ann Earnest The Education and Evangelization Committee will meet on Tuesday Jan 19 at 7 PM in the Blessed Mother Meeting room to discuss plans for Lent and other future projects.

The Stewardship Committee will meet on Wednesday January 20 at 6:30 PM The Parish Finance Council - will meet on Sunday January 24 at 6:30 PM in the Rectory Living room.

Pilgrimage to Italy: Rome, Assisi, Loreto with Father John Byrnes and Msgr. Tim Swope- Plans are underway for a (first ever!!) parish pilgrimage to Italy next October 15-23 for the parishes of St. Aloysius, St. Francis Xavier and St. Michael Basilica. We would visit Assisi, Loreto, and Rome, with a special visit to the tomb of St. Aloysius in the Church of San Ignatio, relics of St.

Francis Xavier in the Gesu Church, Mass at Vatican, an Audience with Pope Benedict XVI, etc.

Parishioners from St. Aloysius, St. Francis Xavier and St. Michael Basilica get first priority, then the trip will be opened to all in the diocese. Cost is $2990. Full brochures are available in the sacristy. See information in today s bulletin.


SUNDAY [1/17] 9:00 AM 10:15 AM Religious Education Classes Faith Education Center 1:00 PM -3:00 PM (doors open at Noon) St. Aloysius Snowflake Basket Bingo Extravaganza Community Center TUESDAY [1/19] 7:00 PM Evangelization and Education Committee Meeting Blessed Mother Room WEDNESDAY [1/20] 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament - Church 9:00 AM Legion of Mary Meeting Blessed Mother Meeting Room, Faith Education Center 6:30 PM Stewardship Committee Meeting (place TBA) SATURDAY [1/23] 11:00 AM Confessions - Church 3:00 PM Confessions Church 5:30 PM All Saints Catholic School Bingo Community Center SUNDAY [1/ 24] 9:00 AM 10:15 AM Religious Education Classes Faith Education Center 6:30 PM Finance Council Meeting Rectory Living Room

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EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION: Jan. 23 & 24 4:00 PM Nancy Saksa, Mary Marlett 8:00 AM Jerry & Mary Grace Neugebauer 10:30 AM Don & Reeni Scanlan COLLECTION COUNTERS: Jan. 18: Paul Link, Dorothy Voyer, Jeanie Watt DUSTBUSTERS: Mike Vargo, Barba Stack, Reba McDermit MUSIC MINISTERS: Jan. 23 & 24 4:00 PM ; 8:00 AM & 10:30 AM Sister Mary Barbara

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The next youth group meeting for our Saints United Youth Group will take place in the Faith/Education Center of St. Aloysius parish in Cresson today, January 17 from 6 7:30 PM. We will be coordinating our upcoming Laser Tag night and other upcoming events, as well as enjoying the usual games, snacks, social and spiritual time. All parish teens are welcome! To keep up with what we re up to next, check out our Saints United Youth Group page on Facebook!!

Our Saints United Youth Group will be traveling to the high school youth conference in Steubenville, Ohio, the weekend of June 25-27, along with several thousand teens from all over the United States and Canada.

Fr. John Byrnes will be leading us on this exciting, fun-filled, and spiritual adventure come and join us! If you d like to register or get more information, please call Bob Sutton at 505-8817.

LASER TAG NIGHT at Slinky Action Zone in Duncansville Friday, Feb. 5. The Youth Group will be hosting a laser tag night with unlimited laser tags game for all who join us that evening. We will be meeting at Slinky Action Zone in Duncansville from 5-8 PM. The cost is $10 per person and is open to any parish teen who wants to participate! Please call Bob Sutton at 505-8817 to reserve a spot.


CONGRATULATIONS! We were recently notified that the following students will be published poets: Emily Costlow, Cameron Dunmyer, Becky Lee, Alyssa Martinazzi, Nick Moschgat, E.J. Muriceak, Jacob Nadonley, Alyssa Novak, Kayla Simanski, Tommy Trexler, and Ashley Durbin. Their poems will be entered in the Creative Communications Poetry Book. We can t wait to see the finished product!

We re in the process of finalizing Catholic School s Week activities. We have decided that Monday will be Pastor Appreciation Day; Tuesday Teacher Appreciation, Wednesday Community/Volunteer, Thursday Parents; and Friday Students. Stay tuned for further information.

School will not be in session on Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Day. We will be in school on Friday, Jan. 22nd even though Penn Cambria is having a Clerical Day. Tuesday is the end of the Second Marking Period. Report Cards will be distributed on January 26th.

Stay warm cuddle up with a good book!

2010 CALENDAR OF PRIZES: The 2010 Calendar of Prizes is continuing to be offered for sale after weekend Masses and at the rectory office. There is a chance to win every day throughout 2010, and the winning number each day is based on the 7 PM daily PA lottery. The numbers are not boxed. Winner s checks are sent out weekly. The cost per calendar is $25.00, with the winner receiving at least $30.00. We ask your support for this Stewardship Project.

CALENDAR WINNERS: 1/6 - #888 No Winner; 1/7 - #374 No Winner; 1/8 - #842 No Winner; 1/9 - #613 Palmy Bianconi; 1/10 - #653 No Winner; 1/11 - #460 No Winner CHOIR PRACTICE: Choir practice will resume on Thursday, January 21. It is held in the choir loft from 6:30 PM 8:00 PM. Is it your new year s resolution to become more involved in the Church? This could be your opportunity! New choir members are always welcome!

PRO-LIFE PRAYER VIGIL: The Benedictine Nuns of St. Emma Monastery invite you for the Pro-Life Prayer Vigil on Wednesday, January 20. Rev. Boniface Hicks, OSB will speak on the theme The Holy Family: Model for Living the Gospel of Life. Schedule: 2:30 PM Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and conference; 3:45 PM conference; 5:00 PM sung Vespers with the Benedictine Nuns; 6:30 PM conference; 7:30 PM Compline and closes with Benediction at 8:15 PM. Light refreshments are provided. There is no charge you are our guest.

Individuals are welcome to come for whatever time they are able. Please RSVP to retreats@stemma.org or call 724-834-3060, Ext. 139.

LITURGICAL REFLECTION (FRIDAY, JANUARY 22): This Friday, January 22, all dioceses of the United States are observing a Day of Penance for the violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion, and of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life. January 22 is the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision, Roe vs. Wade (1973). Members of our Diocese are encouraged to participate at Mass this Friday, pray the rosary or the chaplet of Divine Mercy, fast and abstain, and join the

Altoona-Johnstown Family in praying the following:

Father, You have created us in your image and likeness. Strengthen our resolve to protect and foster the dignity of human life. The beauty and mystery of life is a most cherished gift. Watch over the unborn and guide the parents of these children I protecting their innocence. Through prayer and example, may humility be hailed as the divine gift it truly is. We make this prayer with Mary, Mother of God, in the name of Christ the Lord. Amen.

2010, Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Liturgy Office, 124 Logan Blvd., Hollidaysburg, PA 16648


Servants of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus invite everyone to their FIRST ANNUAL DINNER AND ACTION Getting to Know the Sisters which will be held at the J.F.K. Center of St. Francis University, Loretto, on Saturday, February 13, 2010. Reception starts at 600 PM, followed by dinner at 7:00 PM and program and silent auction following. An elegant dinner, with your choice of filet mignon or salmon fillet grilled, will be prepared by the chefs of St. Francis University s Torvian Hall Dining Services. Tickets are available at $100 per person ($175 a couple) for tables seating 8. Table patrons offering a total table sponsorship of $1000 will have a Sister join their table for dinner, as guests come to better know the Sisters and their way of life. For more information concerning ticket sales, registration or sponsorship of advertisement, kindly call Sr. Mary Andrew or Betty Sloan at 886-7961.

ENGAGED COUPLES MARRIAGE PREPARATION WEEKENDS: This weekend provides time for engaged couples

to focus on issues pertaining to marriage. Fulfills diocesan marriage preparation requirement. Weekend dates: 2010 dates:

Feb. 19, 20, 21, and March 19, 20, 21 and June 25, 26, 27. (Begins Fri. 8:00 pm, ends Sun. 3:00 pm). The weekend is held at St. John the Baptist Retreat Center, New Baltimore. For registration/information: Family Life Office (814) 886-5551 or www.ajdiocese.org-Family Life. Gift certificates available. Sponsored by the Family Life Office of the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese.

MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND: New Years is a time for resolutions. For Valentine s Day, what better resolution to make than to recommit your love for each other without the distractions of everyday life.

Give yourselves the chance to share your love in the privacy of a resort. The next weekend is at the beautiful Toftrees Resort in State College on February 19-20-21. Register by February 1 for a $10 discount on the registration fee.

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