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PA Catholic Bishops Prioritize Safety as Mass Obligation Resumes

Jesus commanded his followers to care for the sick and to bring physical and spiritual healing to everyone. In that spirit, the Catholic bishops of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania have issued this statement:Caring for the health, safety and spiritual wellbeing of...

Announcement from Bishop Mark

Bishop Bartchak wishes to advise the faithful of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown that a person by the name of John Tokarick, Jr. may be in the Cambria County area this summer (especially during the July 4th holiday) where he is inviting people to attend worship...

Masks No Longer Required at Mass Beginning on May 22-23

The Governor’s Office recently announced the relaxing of some state mandates that have been in place during the COVID-19 pandemic. And the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has indicated that it may be possible to ease some of the restrictions that have been in effect...

Bishop Issues Updated COVID-19 Directives

May 12, 2021After consultation with the Deans, the Vicar General, and Public Health Advisors, Bishop Mark has issued the following update in response to the lifting of measures that have been in place to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The Bishop is grateful to all...

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...

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Daily Reading

Daily Readings for Tuesday, December 07, 2021

Reading 1, Isaiah 40:1-11 1 'Console my people, console them,' says your God.2 'Speak to the heart of Jerusalem and cry to her that her period of service is ended, that her guilt has been atoned for, that, from the hand of Yahweh, she has received double punishment...

Daily Readings for Monday, December 06, 2021

Daily Reading for Monday December 6, 2021 Reading 1, Isaiah 35:1-10Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 85:9-10, 11-12, 13-14Gospel, Luke 5:17-26 Printable PDF of Today's Reading To all our readers, Please don't scroll past this. We interrupt your reading to humbly ask you to...

Daily Readings for Sunday, December 05, 2021

Daily Reading for Sunday December 5, 2021 Reading 1, Baruch 5:1-9Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6Gospel, Luke 3:1-6Reading 2, Philippians 1:4-6, 8-11 Printable PDF of Today's Reading To all our readers, Please don't scroll past this. We interrupt your...

Daily Readings for Saturday, December 04, 2021

Daily Reading for Saturday December 4, 2021 Reading 1, Isaiah 30:19-21, 23-26Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 147:1-2, 3-4, 5-6Gospel, Matthew 9:35-10:1, 6-8 Printable PDF of Today's Reading Reading 1, Isaiah 30:19-21, 23-26 19 Yes, people of Zion living in Jerusalem, you...

Daily Readings for Friday, December 03, 2021

Reading 1, Isaiah 29:17-24 17 Is it not true that in a very short time the Lebanon will become productive ground, so productive you might take it for a forest?18 That day the deaf will hear the words of the book and, delivered from shadow and darkness, the eyes of the...

Daily Readings for Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Reading 1, Romans 10:9-18 9 that if you declare with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and if you believe with your heart that God raised him from the dead, then you will be saved.10 It is by believing with the heart that you are justified, and by making the declaration...

Daily Readings for Monday, November 29, 2021

Reading 1, Isaiah 2:1-5 1 The vision of Isaiah son of Amoz, concerning Judah and Jerusalem.2 It will happen in the final days that the mountain of Yahweh's house will rise higher than the mountains and tower above the heights. Then all the nations will stream to it,3...

Daily Readings for Sunday, November 28, 2021

Daily Reading for Sunday November 28, 2021 Reading 1, Jeremiah 33:14-16Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 25:4-5, 8-9, 10, 14Gospel, Luke 21:25-28, 34-36Reading 2, First Thessalonians 3:12-4:2 Printable PDF of Today's Reading Reading 1, Jeremiah 33:14-16 12 May the Lord...