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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, October 25, 2021

Daily Reading for Monday October 25, 2021 Reading 1, Romans 8:12-17Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 68:2, 4, 6-7, 20-21Gospel, Luke 13:10-17 FREE Catholic Classes Pick a class, you can learn anything Reading 1, Romans 8:12-17 12 So then, my brothers, we have no obligation...

Daily Readings for Sunday, October 24, 2021

Daily Reading for Sunday October 24, 2021 Reading 1, Jeremiah 31:7-9Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6Gospel, Mark 10:46-52Reading 2, Hebrews 5:1-6 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, October 23, 2021

Daily Reading for Saturday October 23, 2021 Reading 1, Romans 8:1-11Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6Gospel, Luke 13:1-9 Reading 1, Romans 8:1-11 1 Thus, condemnation will never come to those who are in Christ Jesus,2 because the law of the Spirit which...

Daily Readings for Friday, October 22, 2021

Daily Reading for Friday October 22, 2021 Reading 1, Romans 7:18-25Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 119:66, 68, 76, 77, 93, 94Gospel, Luke 12:54-59 Reading 1, Romans 7:18-25 18 And really, I know of nothing good living in me -- in my natural self, that is -- for though the...

Daily Readings for Thursday, October 21, 2021

Daily Reading for Thursday October 21, 2021 Reading 1, Romans 6:19-23Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 1:1-2, 3, 4, 6Gospel, Luke 12:49-53 Reading 1, Romans 6:19-23 19 I am putting it in human terms because you are still weak human beings: as once you surrendered yourselves...

Daily Readings for Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Daily Reading for Wednesday October 20, 2021 Reading 1, Romans 6:12-18Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 124:1-3, 4-6, 7-8Gospel, Luke 12:39-48 Reading 1, Romans 6:12-18 12 That is why you must not allow sin to reign over your mortal bodies and make you obey their desires;13...

Daily Readings for Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Daily Reading for Tuesday October 19, 2021 Reading 1, Romans 5:12, 15, 17-19, 20-21Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 40:7-8, 8-9, 10, 17Gospel, Luke 12:35-38 Reading 1, Romans 5:12, 15, 17-19, 20-21 12 Well then; it was through one man that sin came into the world, and...

Daily Readings for Monday, October 18, 2021

Daily Reading for Monday October 18, 2021 Reading 1, Second Timothy 4:9-17Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 145:10-11, 12-13, 17-18Gospel, Luke 10:1-9 Reading 1, Second Timothy 4:9-17 9 Make every effort to come and see me as soon as you can.10 As it is, Demas has deserted...

Daily Readings for Sunday, October 17, 2021

Daily Reading for Sunday October 17, 2021 Reading 1, Isaiah 53:10-11Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 33:4-5, 18-19, 20, 22Gospel, Mark 10:35-45Reading 2, Hebrews 4:14-16 We ask you, humbly: don't scroll away. Hi readers, it seems you use Catholic Online a lot; that's great!...

Daily Readings for Saturday, October 16, 2021

Daily Reading for Saturday October 16, 2021 Reading 1, Romans 4:13, 16-18Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 105:6-7, 8-9, 42-43Gospel, Luke 12:8-12 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...