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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...

Diocese to Livestream Triduum Services

The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown has announced plans to livestream Triduum services with Bishop Mark Bartchak as presider and homilist, in addition to the regularly scheduled television broadcast of the Bishop’s Easter Sunday Mass. The following is a schedule: Holy...

Closure of Churches and Discontinuation of Services

Memo from: Bishop Mark To: All Clergy Date: April 1, 2020 Re: Closure of Churches and Discontinuation of Services Today, state health officials today announced 962 new COVID-19 cases as the statewide total jumped to almost 6,000. Pennsylvania’s death toll climbed to...

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Daily Reading

Daily Readings for Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Daily Reading for Wednesday June 24, 2020 Reading 1, Isaiah 49:1-6Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 139:1-3, 13-14, 14-15Gospel, Luke 1:57-66, 80Reading 2, Acts 13:22-26 Reading 1, Isaiah 49:1-6 1 Coasts and islands, listen to me, pay attention, distant peoples. Yahweh...

Daily Readings for Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Reading 1, Second Kings 19:9-11, 14-21, 31-35, 36 9 on hearing that Tirhakah king of Cush was on his way to attack him. 10 Sennacherib again sent messengers to Hezekiah, saying, 'Tell Hezekiah king of Judah this, "Do not let your God on whom you are relying deceive...

Daily Readings for Monday, June 22, 2020

Daily Reading for Monday June 22, 2020 Reading 1, Second Kings 17:5-8, 13-15, 18Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 60:3, 4-5, 12-13Gospel, Matthew 7:1-5 Reading 1, Second Kings 17:5-8, 13-15, 18 5 The king of Assyria invaded the whole country and, coming to Samaria, laid...

Daily Readings for Sunday, June 21, 2020

Daily Reading for Sunday June 21, 2020 Reading 1, Jeremiah 20:10-13Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 69:8-10, 14, 17, 33-35Gospel, Matthew 10:26-33Reading 2, Romans 5:12-15 Reading 1, Jeremiah 20:10-13 10 I heard so many disparaging me, 'Terror on every side! Denounce him!...

Daily Readings for Saturday, June 20, 2020

Daily Reading for Saturday June 20, 2020 Reading 1, Second Chronicles 24:17-25Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 89:4-5, 29-30, 31-32, 33-34Gospel, Luke 2:41-51 Reading 1, Second Chronicles 24:17-25 17 After Jehoiada's death the officials of Judah came to pay court to the...

Daily Readings for Friday, June 19, 2020

Daily Reading for Friday June 19, 2020 Reading 1, Deuteronomy 7:6-11Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 103:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8, 10Gospel, Matthew 11:25-30Reading 2, First John 4:7-16 Reading 1, Deuteronomy 7:6-11 6 For you are a people consecrated to Yahweh your God; of all the...

Daily Readings for Thursday, June 18, 2020

Daily Reading for Thursday June 18, 2020 Reading 1, Sirach 48:1-14Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 97:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7Gospel, Matthew 6:7-15 Reading 1, Sirach 48:1-14 1 Then the prophet Elijah arose like a fire, his word flaring like a torch. 2 It was he who brought famine...

Daily Readings for Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Daily Reading for Wednesday June 17, 2020 Reading 1, Second Kings 2:1, 6-14Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 31:20, 21, 24Gospel, Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18 Reading 1, Second Kings 2:1, 6-14 1 This is what happened when Yahweh took Elijah up to heaven in the whirlwind: Elijah and...

Daily Readings for Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Reading 1, First Kings 21:17-29 17 Then the word of Yahweh came to Elijah the Tishbite, 18 'Up! Go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, in Samaria. You will find him in Naboth's vineyard; he has gone down to take possession of it. 19 You are to say this to him, "Yahweh...

Daily Readings for Monday, June 15, 2020

Reading 1, First Kings 21:1-16 1 This is what happened next: Naboth of Jezreel had a vineyard close by the palace of Ahab king of Samaria, 2 and Ahab said to Naboth, 'Give me your vineyard to be my vegetable garden, since it adjoins my palace; I will give you a better...

A Message of Hope- Fr. Mark Pattock, OFM Cap “In this time of social distancing, of hunkering down, take care to allow for a slowing down, to deeper prayer. Reinstitute the family recitation of the Rosary. The family that prays together stays together. Now is a privileged time to sink deeply into love, prayer, sacrifice, and mercy. Let your relationship deepen and know the tender love of God. Jesus in my heart, I believe in your tender love for me.”