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Individual Who Was Present at Local Mass Tests Positive for COVID-19

An individual who attended Mass at a parish in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown has tested positive for COVID-19.The person attended the 4:00 p.m. Mass at Saint Francis of Assisi Parish in Johnstown on Saturday, August 1. Weekend Masses at Saint Francis of Assisi have...

A Message from Bishop Mark

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Someone recently told me that she could hear the sigh of relief recently as restrictions were lifted that allowed for our churches to reopen. Numerous people have remarked how grateful they are to attend Sunday Mass and receive the...

Welcome Back to Sunday Mass!

As Sunday and Weekday Masses are now being celebrated, there has been a steady increase in the number of people who are attending. So far, there has been a positive response to the precautions of placing donations in the basket at the end of Mass, using face masks and...

Summer Missionary Cooperative Program

[Description of program] To search for your local summer missionary, simply click on the name of your parish (separated by city) below, and you will be redirected. Alternatively, click here to jump to the full list of summer missionaries. If you wish to make a...

A Special Message from Bishop Mark

Young people in our diocese have frequently heard me tell them that the foundational principle of Catholic social teaching is the following: Every human person is made in the image and likeness of God. Period. It’s in the Sacred Scriptures (Genesis 1:27). No further...

New Directive Regarding Mass Atttendance

Bishop Mark has issued a new directive regarding the celebration of public Masses that lifts an earlier directive that would have limited the number of people permitted at each Mass to 25. When public Masses resume beginning the weekend of June 13-14, 2020, all are...

Parishes Announce Reconciliation Opportunities

Bishop Mark Bartchak has announced that the public celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation may resume at parishes beginning on May 23, 2020. Click HERE for a county-by-county schedule of upcoming Reconciliation opportunities at various parishes in the Diocese...

Dates for Public Confessions, Masses Announced

Bishop Mark has announced dates to resume the Sacrament of Reconciliation, the distribution of Holy Communion and the public celebration of Mass in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. According to the Bishop’s directives, issued on May 20, 2020, priests may resume the...

Bishop Announces Plan to Reopen Churches

The following is a message from Bishop Mark to all people of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown on May 13, 2020. Specific directives are being finalized and will be available prior the the reopening of church buildings on Saturday, May 16, which marks the...

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Daily Readings for Sunday, August 09, 2020

Daily Reading for Sunday August 9, 2020 Reading 1, First Kings 19:9, 11-13Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 85:9, 10, 11-12, 13-14Gospel, Matthew 14:22-33Reading 2, Romans 9:1-5 FREE Catholic Classes Pick a class, you can learn anything Reading 1, First Kings 19:9, 11-13 9...

Daily Readings for Saturday, August 08, 2020

Reading 1, Habakkuk 1:12--2:4 12 Surely you, Yahweh, are from ancient times, my holy God, who never dies! Yahweh, you have appointed him to execute judgement; O Rock, you have set him firm to punish.13 Your eyes are too pure to rest on evil, you cannot look on at...

Daily Readings for Friday, August 07, 2020

Daily Reading for Friday August 7, 2020 Reading 1, Nahum 2:1, 3; 3:1-3, 6-7Responsorial Psalm, Deuteronomy 32:35-36, 39, 41Gospel, Matthew 16:24-28 Reading 1, Nahum 2:1, 3; 3:1-3, 6-7 1 To Judah See on the mountains the feet of the herald! 'Peace!' he proclaims....

Daily Readings for Thursday, August 06, 2020

Daily Reading for Thursday August 6, 2020 Reading 1, Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 97:1-2, 5-6, 9Gospel, Matthew 17:1-9Reading 2, Second Peter 1:16-19 Reading 1, Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 9 While I was watching, thrones were set in place and one most...

Daily Readings for Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Daily Reading for Wednesday August 5, 2020 Reading 1, Jeremiah 31:1-7Responsorial Psalm, Jeremiah 31:10, 11-12, 13Gospel, Matthew 15:21-28 Reading 1, Jeremiah 31:1-7 1 When that time comes, Yahweh declares, I shall be the God of all the families of Israel, and they...

Daily Readings for Tuesday, August 04, 2020

Daily Reading for Tuesday August 4, 2020 Reading 1, Jeremiah 30:1-2, 12-15, 18-22Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 102:16-18, 19-21, 29, 22-23Gospel, Matthew 15:1-2, 10-14 Reading 1, Jeremiah 30:1-2, 12-15, 18-22 1 The word which came to Jeremiah from Yahweh, as follows,2...

Daily Readings for Monday, August 03, 2020

Daily Reading for Monday August 3, 2020 Reading 1, Jeremiah 28:1-17Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 119:29, 43, 79, 80, 95, 102Gospel, Matthew 14:22-36 Reading 1, Jeremiah 28:1-17 1 That same year, at the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, in the fifth month...

Daily Readings for Sunday, August 02, 2020

Daily Reading for Sunday August 2, 2020 Reading 1, Isaiah 55:1-3Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 145:8-9, 15-16, 17-18Gospel, Matthew 14:13-21Reading 2, Romans 8:35, 37-39 Reading 1, Isaiah 55:1-3 1 Oh, come to the water all you who are thirsty; though you have no money,...

Daily Readings for Saturday, August 01, 2020

Daily Reading for Saturday August 1, 2020 Reading 1, Jeremiah 26:11-16, 24Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 69:15-16, 30-31, 33-34Gospel, Matthew 14:1-12 Reading 1, Jeremiah 26:11-16, 24 11 The priests and prophets then said to the chief men and all the people, 'This man...

Daily Readings for Friday, July 31, 2020

Daily Reading for Friday July 31, 2020 Reading 1, Jeremiah 26:1-9Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 69:6, 8-10, 14Gospel, Matthew 13:54-58 Reading 1, Jeremiah 26:1-9 1 At the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim son of Josiah, king of Judah, this word came to Jeremiah from...

A Message of Hope- Fr. Mark Pattock, OFM Cap “In this time of social distancing, of hunkering down, take care to allow for a slowing down, to deeper prayer. Reinstitute the family recitation of the Rosary. The family that prays together stays together. Now is a privileged time to sink deeply into love, prayer, sacrifice, and mercy. Let your relationship deepen and know the tender love of God. Jesus in my heart, I believe in your tender love for me.”