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December 24, 2023 was the 800th anniversary of the Christmas Eve in Greccio, Italy, when Saint Francis set up the very first Nativity Scene.

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The Roman Catholic Community in Portage

509 Caldwell Ave.
Portage, PA  15946
Phone: 814-736-4279
Fax:  814-736-4764

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.


Liturgical Schedule

Confessions: Saturday,

between 3:00 and 3:40 PM

Weekend Masses: Saturday at 4 PM

Sunday at 8 and 10:30 AM

Weekday Masses: Monday to Friday at 8 AM

Holy Hour each Friday, 8:30-9:30 AM

Mass Schedule

Mount Aloysius College's
Stations of the Cross
At Holy Family


Presentation of the Nativity

Here are a few photos of the Christmas Eve Presentation of the Nativity in honor of the 800th Anniversary of Saint Francis creating a live nativity on Christmas Eve, in 1223, in the town of Greccio, Italy.  Thanks to the Children, their parents and all the volunteers who made it so beautiful!  Thanks to Ron Portash for the photos.  The video of the program may be viewed on our Facebook and YouTube sites.

Seasonal Schedule
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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

About Us
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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.



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 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


Parish Finances...

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. 

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Parish Finances

Parish and Cemetery Financial Reports

Faith Formaton


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.*

Gerri Ciesielka:

Coordinator for all Adult Faith Formation, including RCIA and Confirmation.


George Chirdon:

At Home with the Word, Adult Scripture Study

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Liturgy and Music
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  • Liturgy Committee

  • Extraordinary Ministers of Communion

  • Lectors

  • Altar Servers

  • Children and Adult Choirs

  • Ministers of Hospitality (aka Ushers)

Sara Aungst: Music Director/Parish Musician

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