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Christmas TV Show

Proclaim! TV is celebrating the glory of Christmas with a television special, “Joy to the World: Christmas in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown.”Hosted and produced by Tony DeGol, Diocesan Director of Communications, the two-hour show will highlight...

God Saves

Christmas just won’t be the same this year. How many of us have heard those words lately? As a result of an invisible virus, people will not be getting together with extended family and friends to celebrate Christmas. Who would have thought that shoppers would be more...

Diocese to Broadcast Christmas Masses and Christmas TV Special

As part of its continuing efforts to keep local Catholics connected during the coronavirus pandemic, the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown is pleased to offer expanded television opportunities through its Proclaim! TV Ministry this Christmas.Bishop Mark Bartchak...

Parishes Announce Christmas Mass Schedule

By Justin KirklandProclaim!As Catholics, there is no better way to celebrate and experience God’s presence with us then in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Through the Mass, we are able to deepen our relationship with God, who came to us in the most unlikely way during...

Vaccine Clarification

By Tony DeGolProclaim!Bishop Mark Bartchak is joining other bishops in the United States in clarifying recent confusion regarding the “moral permissibility” of vaccines for COVID-19. According to Bishop Kevin Rhoades and Archbishop Joseph Naumann, vaccines from Pfizer...

What Comes After the Election Season?

A Reflection by Bishop MarkSince Election Day, I have received a few comments and concerns about Catholic Church leaders who have communicated with Joseph Biden. The focus of these concerns are political and religious. The political concern is that communication with...

Advent Reconciliation Opportunities

By Justin KirklandProclaim!The Church celebrates Advent as a time that we may prepare our souls for the birth of Christ. Traditionally, before every major feast, time was taken by the faithful to prepare their hearts, through prayer, fasting, and penance. Christ came...

What Did Pope Francis Say?

A Message from Bishop MarkOctober 23, 2020What did Pope Francis say? I have been asked that question this week since it has been reported that Pope Francis may have just changed the Church’s teaching about marriage. That conclusion was based on something the Holy...

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Daily Reading

Daily Readings for Thursday, January 21, 2021

Reading 1, Hebrews 7:25--8:6 25 It follows, then, that his power to save those who come to God through him is absolute, since he lives for ever to intercede for them.26 Such is the high priest that met our need, holy, innocent and uncontaminated, set apart from...

Daily Readings for Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Daily Reading for Tuesday January 19, 2021 Reading 1, Hebrews 6:10-20Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 111:1-2, 4-5, 9-10Gospel, Mark 2:23-28 Reading 1, Hebrews 6:10-20 10 God would not be so unjust as to forget all you have done, the love that you have for his name or the...

Daily Readings for Monday, January 18, 2021

Daily Reading for Monday January 18, 2021 Reading 1, Hebrews 5:1-10Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 110:1, 2, 3, 4Gospel, Mark 2:18-22 Hi readers, it seems you use Catholic Online a lot; that's great! It's a little awkward to ask, but we need your help. If you have already...

Daily Readings for Sunday, January 17, 2021

Daily Reading for Sunday January 17, 2021 Reading 1, First Samuel 3:3-10, 19Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10Gospel, John 1:35-42Reading 2, First Corinthians 6:13-15, 17-20 To all our readers, Please don't scroll past this. Today, we humbly ask you to...

Daily Readings for Saturday, January 16, 2021

Daily Reading for Saturday January 16, 2021 Reading 1, Hebrews 4:12-16Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 19:8, 9, 10, 15Gospel, Mark 2:13-17 Reading 1, Hebrews 4:12-16 12 The word of God is something alive and active: it cuts more incisively than any two-edged sword: it can...

Daily Readings for Friday, January 15, 2021

Daily Reading for Friday January 15, 2021 Reading 1, Hebrews 4:1-5, 11Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 78:3, 4, 6-7, 8Gospel, Mark 2:1-12 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 Thursday, January 14, 2021

Daily Reading for Thursday January 14, 2021 Reading 1, Hebrews 3:7-14Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 95:6-7, 8-9, 10-11Gospel, Mark 1:40-45 Reading 1, Hebrews 3:7-14 7 That is why, as the Holy Spirit says: If only you would listen to him today!8 Do not harden your hearts,...

Daily Readings for Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Daily Reading for Wednesday January 13, 2021 Reading 1, Hebrews 2:14-18Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 105:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8-9Gospel, Mark 1:29-39 FREE Catholic Classes Pick a class, you can learn anything Reading 1, Hebrews 2:14-18 14 Since all the children share the same...

Daily Readings for Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Daily Reading for Tuesday January 12, 2021 Reading 1, Hebrews 2:5-12Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 8:2, 5, 6-7, 8-9Gospel, Mark 1:21-28 Hi readers, it seems you use Catholic Online a lot; that's great! It's a little awkward to ask, but we need your help. If you have...