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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 Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Daily Reading for Wednesday April 21, 2021 Reading 1, Acts 8:1-8Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 66:1-3, 4-5, 6-7Gospel, John 6:35-40 Reading 1, Acts 8:1-8 1 Saul approved of the killing. That day a bitter persecution started against the church in Jerusalem, and everyone...

Daily Readings for Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Daily Reading for Tuesday April 20, 2021 Reading 1, Acts 7:51-8:1Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 31:3-4, 6, 7, 8, 17, 21Gospel, John 6:30-35 Reading 1, Acts 7:51-8:1 51 'You stubborn people, with uncircumcised hearts and ears. You are always resisting the Holy Spirit, just...

Daily Readings for Monday, April 19, 2021

Daily Reading for Monday April 19, 2021 Reading 1, Acts 6:8-15Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 119:23-24, 26-27, 29-30Gospel, John 6:22-29 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, April 18, 2021

Daily Reading for Sunday April 18, 2021 Reading 1, Acts 3:13-15, 17-19Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 4:2, 4, 7-8, 9Gospel, Luke 24:35-48Reading 2, First John 2:1-5 Hi readers, it seems you use Catholic Online a lot; that's great! It's a little awkward to ask, but we need...

Daily Readings for Saturday, April 17, 2021

Daily Reading for Saturday April 17, 2021 Reading 1, Acts 6:1-7Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 33:1-2, 4-5, 18-19Gospel, John 6:16-21 Reading 1, Acts 6:1-7 1 About this time, when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenists made a complaint against the Hebrews:...

Daily Readings for Friday, April 16, 2021

Daily Reading for Friday April 16, 2021 Reading 1, Acts 5:34-42Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 27:1, 4, 13-14Gospel, John 6:1-15 Reading 1, Acts 5:34-42 34 One member of the Sanhedrin, however, a Pharisee called Gamaliel, who was a teacher of the Law respected by the whole...

Daily Readings for Thursday, April 15, 2021

Daily Reading for Thursday April 15, 2021 Reading 1, Acts 5:27-33Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 34:2, 9, 17-18, 19-20Gospel, John 3:31-36 Reading 1, Acts 5:27-33 27 When they had brought them in to face the Sanhedrin, the high priest demanded an explanation.28 'We gave...

Daily Readings for Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Daily Reading for Wednesday April 14, 2021 Reading 1, Acts 5:17-26Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9Gospel, John 3:16-21 Reading 1, Acts 5:17-26 17 Then the high priest intervened with all his supporters from the party of the Sadducees. Filled with...

Daily Readings for Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Daily Reading for Tuesday April 13, 2021 Reading 1, Acts 4:32-37Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 93:1, 1-2, 5Gospel, John 3:7-15 Reading 1, Acts 4:32-37 32 The whole group of believers was united, heart and soul; no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, as...

Daily Readings for Monday, April 12, 2021

Daily Reading for Monday April 12, 2021 Reading 1, Acts 4:23-31Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 2:1-3, 4-6, 7-9Gospel, John 3:1-8 Reading 1, Acts 4:23-31 23 As soon as they were released they went to the community and told them everything the chief priests and elders had...