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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.

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Liturgical Schedule

Confessions: Saturday, in Sanctuary

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

*For those who cannot attend Mass,

Communion will be offered after the 4PM and 10:30 AM Weekend Masses in the alleyway near the handicap ramp.


October 3, 2021 Blessing of Pets for the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi.

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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, Saint Mary of the Assumption, Saint John the Baptist, and of course, Saint Joseph.  On September 9, 1999, Sacred Heart, Saint Mary of the Assumption 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.

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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

Melissa Lee  - Director of Religious  Ed and

     Parish Facilitator of

     Protecting God's Children

Mark Stefanko - Plant Manager

Hezekiah Phillips - Custodian at

     Sacred Heart and Assumption sites

Sara Aungst - Music Director/Parish


Roberta Stanchek - Liturgical Ministry

Mary Louise Elchin - Housekeeper

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  • Parish Finance Council

  • Parish Pastoral Council

  • People Helping People (outreach to parishioners and others in need)

  • Prayer Chain Ministry (contact Carol Schaffranek @ 736-9375)

  • Hospitality Committee (Receptions for Funerals)

  • Youth Ministry (organize seasonal children's activities)

  • Portage Area Knights of Columbus

  • Sacred Heart Ushers Club


Committed to People Growing in their Faith

Melissa Lee:

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


Julie Gressick:

Arise Together in Christ, Diocesan-wide Faith Formation Series




  • Liturgy Committee

  • Extraordinary Ministers of Communion

  • Lectors

  • Altar Servers

  • Ministers of Hospitality (aka Ushers)

Sara Aungst: Music Director/Parish Musician