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Benedictine Priest to Resume Assignment

The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown has received notice from the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General that the investigation of a complaint concerning Reverend Ananias Buccicone, OSB, has been closed. No further action will be taken.Father Buccicone was placed on...

Parishes Announce Holy Thursday Mass and Adoration Schedules

The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown Office of Communications invited all parishes to submit schedules for the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday and Adoration opportunities that evening. The following parishes provided the information.ALTOONA DEANERY Cathedral of...

Parishes Announce Good Friday Services

The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown Office of Communications invited all parishes to submit a schedule of Good Friday services. The following parishes provided information.ALTOONA DEANERY Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Altoona – Morning Prayer: 9:00 AM – Noon...

Parishes Announce Easter Vigil/Easter Sunday Mass Schedules

The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown Office of Communications invited all parishes to submit schedules for the Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday Masses. The following parishes provided the information.ALTOONA DEANERY Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Altoona – Office of...

Catholic Ministries Drive

The 2021 Catholic Ministries Drive is underway.The campaign kicks off with Announcement Weekend on March 6-7 and Commitment Weekend on March 13-14. The goal is $2,247,794. This year’s theme is Be a Disciple of Hope. In his CMD message to the faithful, Bishop Mark...

USCCB Statement on Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

On March 2, Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Doctrine, and Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities,...

Directives for the Distribution of Ashes

Faithful are invited to Ash Wednesday Masses at parishes throughout the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. Click HERE for a schedule of Masses at parishes. This year, because of the pandemic, and as previously announced, Bishop Mark has directed that ashes are to...

Ash Wednesday Mass Times

Faithful are invited to Ash Wednesday Masses at parishes throughout the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. This year, because of the pandemic, and as previously announced, Bishop Mark has directed that ashes are to be sprinkled on the heads of those who approach. This is a...

Reconciliation Opportunities

Bishop Mark has asked pastors to make various opportunities for Confession available at their parishes throughout Lent. The Bishop has instructed the clergy to not sponsor the usual Communal Penance Services because of the continuing pandemic.The Diocese of...

Take-Out Fish Lunches/Dinners

Bishop Mark is permitting parishes to sponsor fish lunches/dinners this Lent, but only in the format of take-out service. There is to be no indoor dining, according to his directives, and anyone who assists in food preparation and serving must be screened by...

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Daily Readings for Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Reading 1, Acts 16:22-34 22 The crowd joined in and showed its hostility to them, so the magistrates had them stripped and ordered them to be flogged.23 They were given many lashes and then thrown into prison, and the gaoler was told to keep a close watch on them.24...

Daily Readings for Monday, May 10, 2021

Daily Reading for Monday May 10, 2021 Reading 1, Acts 16:11-15Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 149:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 9Gospel, John 15:26-16:4 Reading 1, Acts 16:11-15 11 Sailing from Troas we made a straight run for Samothrace; the next day for Neapolis,12 and from there for...

Daily Readings for Sunday, May 09, 2021

Daily Reading for Sunday May 9, 2021 Reading 1, Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 98:1, 2-3, 3-4Gospel, John 15:9-17Reading 2, First John 4:7-10 Reading 1, Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48 25 and as Peter reached the house Cornelius went out to meet...

Daily Readings for Saturday, May 08, 2021

Daily Reading for Saturday May 8, 2021 Reading 1, Acts 16:1-10Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 100:1-2, 3, 5Gospel, John 15:18-21 Reading 1, Acts 16:1-10 1 From there he went to Derbe, and then on to Lystra, where there was a disciple called Timothy, whose mother was Jewish...

Daily Readings for Friday, May 07, 2021

Daily Reading for Friday May 7, 2021 Reading 1, Acts 15:22-31Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 57:8-9, 10-12Gospel, John 15:12-17 Reading 1, Acts 15:22-31 22 Then the apostles and elders, with the whole church, decided to choose delegates from among themselves to send to...

Daily Readings for Thursday, May 06, 2021

Daily Reading for Thursday May 6, 2021 Reading 1, Acts 15:7-21Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 96:1-2, 2-3, 10Gospel, John 15:9-11 Reading 1, Acts 15:7-21 7 and after a long discussion, Peter stood up and addressed them. 'My brothers,' he said, 'you know perfectly well that...

Daily Readings for Wednesday, May 05, 2021

Daily Reading for Wednesday May 5, 2021 Reading 1, Acts 15:1-6Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 122:1-2, 3-4, 4-5Gospel, John 15:1-8 Reading 1, Acts 15:1-6 1 Then some men came down from Judaea and taught the brothers, 'Unless you have yourselves circumcised in the tradition...

Daily Readings for Tuesday, May 04, 2021

Daily Reading for Tuesday May 4, 2021 Reading 1, Acts 14:19-28Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 145:10-11, 12-13, 21Gospel, John 14:27-31 Reading 1, Acts 14:19-28 19 Then some Jews arrived from Antioch and Iconium and turned the people against them. They stoned Paul and...

Daily Readings for Monday, May 03, 2021

Daily Reading for Monday May 3, 2021 Reading 1, First Corinthians 15:1-8Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 19:2-3, 4-5Gospel, John 14:6-14 To all our readers, Please don't scroll past this. Today, we humbly ask you to defend Catholic Online's independence. 98% of our readers...

Daily Readings for Sunday, May 02, 2021

Daily Reading for Sunday May 2, 2021 Reading 1, Acts 9:26-31Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 22:26-27, 28, 30, 31-32Gospel, John 15:1-8Reading 2, First John 3:18-24 Hi readers, it seems you use Catholic Online a lot; that's great! It's a little awkward to ask, but we need...