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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 Readings for Monday, September 20, 2021

Daily Reading for Monday September 20, 2021 Reading 1, Ezra 1:1-6Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 126:1b-2ab, 2cd-3, 4-5, 6Gospel, Luke 8:16-18 Reading 1, Ezra 1:1-6 1 In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia -- to fulfil the word of Yahweh spoken through Jeremiah -Yahweh...

Daily Readings for Sunday, September 19, 2021

Daily Reading for Sunday September 19, 2021 Reading 1, Wisdom 2:17-20Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 54:3-4, 5, 6-8Gospel, Mark 9:30-37Reading 2, James 3:16-4:3 Reading 1, Wisdom 2:17-20 17 Let us see if what he says is true, and test him to see what sort of end he will...

Daily Readings for Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Daily Reading for Tuesday September 14, 2021 Reading 1, Numbers 21:4-9Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 78:1-2, 34-35, 36-37, 38Gospel, John 3:13-17Reading 2, Philippians 2:6-11 Reading 1, Numbers 21:4-9 4 They left Mount Hor by the road to the Sea of Suph, to skirt round...

Daily Readings for Monday, September 13, 2021

Daily Reading for Monday September 13, 2021 Reading 1, First Timothy 2:1-8Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 28:2, 7, 8-9Gospel, Luke 7:1-10 To all our readers, Please don't scroll past this. Today, we humbly ask you to defend Catholic Online's independence. 98% of our...

Daily Readings for Sunday, September 12, 2021

Daily Reading for Sunday September 12, 2021 Reading 1, Isaiah 50:4-9Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 116:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9Gospel, Mark 8:27-35Reading 2, James 2:14-18 We ask you, humbly: don't scroll away. Hi readers, it seems you use Catholic Online a lot; that's great!...