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The first Roman Catholic Church in Portage was dedicated on November 25, 1898. The original Saint Joseph Parish was quickly built after the laying of the cornerstone the previous August 15th. Comprised of those from Irish, German, Italian and Lithuanian heritage, they found unity in their faith and common challenges. Happy 125 years!
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HOLY FAMILY PARISH
The Roman Catholic Community in Portage
509 Caldwell Ave.
Portage, PA 15946
Office Hours: Mon-Fri- 8:30 AM- 3:00 PM
Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the Holy Family Parish Community is called to serve God and one another in love. We are challenged to hear and live the Gospel message of Jesus Christ by involving our Christian community in worship, education and Christian service. We invite and welcome all people to join us in this journey of faith as we strive to build up the Kingdom of God.
Basket Party October 2023
Holy Family Parish, once known as Saint Joseph Parish, is the current site of all the Roman Catholic Parishes that were originally in Portage. Those parishes were, Sacred Heart, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint John the Baptist, and of course, Saint Joseph. On September 9, 1999, Sacred Heart, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint John the Baptist Parishes merged to become Our Lady of the Sacred Heart. In 2004, Saint John the Baptist was relegated to profane but not sordid use. On August 17, 2015, Saint Joseph Parish and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart officially merged. With the completion of renovations and remodeling, Saint Joseph Church was renamed Holy Family Church. The Rededication of the Church and Consecration of the Altar was celebrated on June 19, 2016.
To view a chart of significant dates and events for all Portage Parishes, click the button below.ToTo view
Fr. Tom Stabile, T.O.R., was born in Fort Monmouth, NJ, the youngest of 6 children. He joined the Franciscans Third Order Regular in Loretto, PA immediately after high school. He graduated from St. Francis University with a BA in Psychology and minors in Philosophy and Religious Studies in 1982. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1987, having completed his seminary studies in Toronto, Canada from the University of St. Michael's College, Toronto School of Theology and the University of Toronto. He has mostly been in parish ministry in Texas and Florida. He was assigned as Pastor to Holy Family Parish as of February 14, 2018.
HOLY FAMILY STAFF
Julie Gressick - Office Manager
Pamela Ellis - Assistant Office Manager
and Director of Cemeteries
Sr. Vivian Ndum Nchuaji, SSA - Director of Religious Ed
Missy Lee - Children & Youth Protection
Mark Stefanko - Plant Manager
Sara Aungst - Music Director/Parish
Mary Louise Elchin - Housekeeper
PARISH LEADERSHIP & ORGANIZATIONS
Parish Finance Council
Parish Pastoral Council
People Helping People (outreach to parishioners and others in need)
Prayer Chain Ministry (contact Elaine Schaffranek @ 736-9375)
Hospitality Committee (Receptions for Funerals)
Youth Ministry (organize seasonal children's activities)
Portage Area Knights of Columbus
Sacred Heart Ushers Club
To provide information about the Parishes' Finances, be transparent and encourage Stewardship, this page has been added to the website. Previously, you could access the Annual Parish Report and a monthly statement of finances with buttons at the top of the webpage. Click on any button below and it will take you to that particular report. If you ever have any questions, please call the office.
Parish and Cemetery Financial Reports
Committed to People Growing in their Faith
Sr. Vivian Ndum Nchuaji, SSA:
Directs all Faith Formation for children, including Sacramental Preparation.
*Religious Education classes are held Sunday mornings 9:00-10:30 in the school
from September- April.*
Coordinator for all Adult Faith Formation, including RCIA and Confirmation.
At Home with the Word, Adult Scripture Study