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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...

Diocese to Livestream Triduum Services

The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown has announced plans to livestream Triduum services with Bishop Mark Bartchak as presider and homilist, in addition to the regularly scheduled television broadcast of the Bishop’s Easter Sunday Mass. The following is a schedule: Holy...

Closure of Churches and Discontinuation of Services

Memo from: Bishop Mark To: All Clergy Date: April 1, 2020 Re: Closure of Churches and Discontinuation of Services Today, state health officials today announced 962 new COVID-19 cases as the statewide total jumped to almost 6,000. Pennsylvania’s death toll climbed to...

New Directives

As part of a continuing effort to protect the health and safety of parishioners, clergy, and staff, Bishop Mark L. Bartchak has issued new directives, which include closing all church buildings to the public and prohibiting outdoor activities on parish properties...

Holy Week Resources

Palm Sunday Proclaim! at 10:30 a.m. on WATM ABC 23Bishop Mark explains ways to engage in the solemnity of Holy Week at homeClergy offer messages of hope during these challenging times Mass with Bishop Mark11:00 a.m. on WATM ABC 239:00 p.m. on Atlantic Broadband...

Bishop’s Easter Message

It sounds so awkward to say Happy Easter this year. During the past month, people everywhere added new words to their vocabulary: Coronavirus and COVID-19. The dreaded virus that these words represent made us learn another dimension of living as we “shelter in place.”...

Saint of the Day

Daily Reading

Daily Readings for Sunday, June 07, 2020

Daily Reading for Sunday June 7, 2020 Reading 1, Exodus 34:4-6, 8-9Responsorial Psalm, Daniel 3:52, 53, 54, 55, 56Gospel, John 3:16-18Reading 2, Second Corinthians 13:11-13 Reading 1, Exodus 34:4-6, 8-9 4 So he cut two tablets of stone like the first and, with the two...

Daily Readings for Saturday, June 06, 2020

Daily Reading for Saturday June 6, 2020 Reading 1, Second Timothy 4:1-8Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 71:8-9, 14-15, 16-17, 22Gospel, Mark 12:38-44 Reading 1, Second Timothy 4:1-8 1 Before God and before Christ Jesus who is to be judge of the living and the dead, I charge...

Daily Readings for Friday, June 05, 2020

Daily Reading for Friday June 5, 2020 Reading 1, Second Timothy 3:10-17Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 119:157, 160, 161, 165, 166, 168Gospel, Mark 12:35-37 Reading 1, Second Timothy 3:10-17 10 You, though, have followed my teaching, my way of life, my aims, my faith, my...

Daily Readings for Thursday, June 04, 2020

Daily Reading for Thursday June 4, 2020 Reading 1, Second Timothy 2:8-15Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 25:4-5, 8-9, 10, 14Gospel, Mark 12:28-34 Reading 1, Second Timothy 2:8-15 8 Remember the gospel that I carry, 'Jesus Christ risen from the dead, sprung from the race of...

Daily Readings for Wednesday, June 03, 2020

Daily Reading for Wednesday June 3, 2020 Reading 1, Second Timothy 1:1-3, 6-12Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 123:1-2, 2Gospel, Mark 12:18-27 Reading 1, Second Timothy 1:1-3, 6-12 1 From Paul, apostle of Christ Jesus through the will of God in accordance with his promise...

Daily Readings for Tuesday, June 02, 2020

Daily Reading for Tuesday June 2, 2020 Reading 1, Second Peter 3:12-15, 17-18Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 90:2, 3-4, 10, 14, 16Gospel, Mark 12:13-17 Reading 1, Second Peter 3:12-15, 17-18 12 while you wait for the Day of God to come, and try to hasten its coming: on...

Daily Readings for Monday, June 01, 2020

Daily Reading for Monday June 1, 2020 Reading 1, Genesis 3: 9-15, 20Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 87: 1-2, 3, 5, 6-7Gospel, John 19: 25-34 Reading 1, Genesis 3: 9-15, 20 9 But Yahweh God called to the man. 'Where are you?' he asked. 10 'I heard the sound of you in the...

Daily Readings for Sunday, May 31, 2020

Daily Reading for Sunday May 31, 2020 Reading 1, Acts 2:1-11Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34Gospel, John 20:19-23Reading 2, First Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13 Reading 1, Acts 2:1-11 1 When Pentecost day came round, they had all met together, 2 when...

Daily Readings for Saturday, May 30, 2020

Daily Reading for Saturday May 30, 2020 Reading 1, Acts 28:16-20, 30-31Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 11:4, 5, 7Gospel, John 21:20-25 Reading 1, Acts 28:16-20, 30-31 16 On our arrival in Rome Paul was allowed to stay in lodgings of his own with the soldier who guarded...

Daily Readings for Friday, May 29, 2020

Daily Reading for Friday May 29, 2020 Reading 1, Acts 25:13-21Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 103:1-2, 11-12, 19-20Gospel, John 21:15-19 Reading 1, Acts 25:13-21 13 Some days later King Agrippa and Bernice arrived in Caesarea and paid their respects to Festus. 14 Their...

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.”