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Individual Who Was Present at Local Mass Tests Positive for COVID-19

An individual who attended Mass at a parish in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown has tested positive for COVID-19.The person attended the 4:00 p.m. Mass at Saint Francis of Assisi Parish in Johnstown on Saturday, August 1. Weekend Masses at Saint Francis of Assisi have...

A Message from Bishop Mark

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Someone recently told me that she could hear the sigh of relief recently as restrictions were lifted that allowed for our churches to reopen. Numerous people have remarked how grateful they are to attend Sunday Mass and receive the...

Welcome Back to Sunday Mass!

As Sunday and Weekday Masses are now being celebrated, there has been a steady increase in the number of people who are attending. So far, there has been a positive response to the precautions of placing donations in the basket at the end of Mass, using face masks and...

Summer Missionary Cooperative Program

[Description of program] To search for your local summer missionary, simply click on the name of your parish (separated by city) below, and you will be redirected. Alternatively, click here to jump to the full list of summer missionaries. If you wish to make a...

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...

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Daily Reading

Daily Readings for Monday, October 26, 2020

Daily Reading for Monday October 26, 2020 Reading 1, Ephesians 4:32--5:8Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 1:1-2, 3, 4, 6Gospel, Luke 13:10-17 Reading 1, Ephesians 4:32--5:8 32 Be generous to one another, sympathetic, forgiving each other as readily as God forgave you in...

Daily Readings for Sunday, October 25, 2020

Daily Reading for Sunday October 25, 2020 Reading 1, Exodus 22:20-26Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 18:2-3, 3-4, 47, 51Gospel, Matthew 22:34-40Reading 2, First Thessalonians 1:5-10 Reading 1, Exodus 22:20-26 20 'You will not molest or oppress aliens, for you yourselves...

Daily Readings for Saturday, October 24, 2020

Daily Reading for Saturday October 24, 2020 Reading 1, Ephesians 4:7-16Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 122:1-2, 3-4, 4-5Gospel, Luke 13:1-9 Reading 1, Ephesians 4:7-16 7 On each one of us God's favour has been bestowed in whatever way Christ allotted it.8 That is why it...

Daily Readings for Friday, October 23, 2020

Daily Reading for Friday October 23, 2020 Reading 1, Ephesians 4:1-6Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6Gospel, Luke 12:54-59 We ask you, humbly: don't scroll away. Hi readers, it seems you use Catholic Online a lot; that's great! It's a little awkward to ask,...

Daily Readings for Thursday, October 22, 2020

Daily Reading for Thursday October 22, 2020 Reading 1, Ephesians 3:14-21Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 33:1-2, 4-5, 11-12, 18-19Gospel, Luke 12:49-53 Reading 1, Ephesians 3:14-21 14 This, then, is what I pray, kneeling before the Father,15 from whom every fatherhood, in...

Daily Readings for Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Daily Reading for Wednesday October 21, 2020 Reading 1, Ephesians 3:2-12Responsorial Psalm, Isaiah 12:2-3, 4, 5-6Gospel, Luke 12:39-48 FREE Catholic Classes Pick a class, you can learn anything Reading 1, Ephesians 3:2-12 2 You have surely heard the way in which God...

Daily Readings for Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Daily Reading for Tuesday October 20, 2020 Reading 1, Ephesians 2:12-22Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 85:9-10, 11-12, 13-14Gospel, Luke 12:35-38 Reading 1, Ephesians 2:12-22 12 do not forget, I say, that you were at that time separate from Christ and excluded from...

Daily Readings for Monday, October 19, 2020

Daily Reading for Monday October 19, 2020 Reading 1, Ephesians 2:1-10Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 100:2, 3, 4, 5Gospel, Luke 12:13-21 Free PDFs: Hail Mary, Our Father, How to Pray the Rosary & more PDF educational & learning resources for Students, Parents, and...

Daily Readings for Sunday, October 18, 2020

Daily Reading for Sunday October 18, 2020 Reading 1, Isaiah 45:1, 4-6Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 96:1, 3, 4-5, 7-8, 9-10Gospel, Matthew 22:15-21Reading 2, First Thessalonians 1:1-5 Reading 1, Isaiah 45:1, 4-6 1 Thus says Yahweh to his anointed one, to Cyrus whom, he...

Daily Readings for Saturday, October 17, 2020

Reading 1, Ephesians 1:15-23 15 That is why I, having once heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus, and your love for all God's holy people,16 have never failed to thank God for you and to remember you in my prayers.17 May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father...