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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...

Catholic Schools Week Message from Bishop Mark

Will Hegemann loves school and attending Mass every week with his classmates. Even at his young age, the first grader at Saint Michael School in Loretto realizes how lucky he is to be in a learning environment in which Jesus Christ is the center of everything. Will is...

Bishop’s Directives for the Blessing of Throats

January 2021The current pandemic is a sufficient pastoral reason to avoid the blessing of individuals in the usual manner of touching the throat of each person with crossed candles while saying the words of the blessing. Among the challenges is the sanitizing of the...

Bishop’s Directives for Distribution of Ashes

January 2021During this time of Pandemic, the Holy See has modified the method of distributing ashes as contained in the following Note from the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments issued January 12, 2021: NOTE ON ASH...

2021 Plans for RCIA, Confirmation, First Holy Communion

By Tony DeGolProclaim!There is an old saying in entertainment that no matter what happens, the show must go on. Here in the Catholic Church, the sacramental life of our faith communities must go on as well, even in the midst of a pandemic. As the Diocese of...

Bishop’s Directives for Parish Lenten Fish Dinners

January 2021Ash Wednesday, February 17, marks the beginning of the holy season of Lent. It is also the starting date for annual Fish Dinners in parishes throughout the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. In many of those places it is a regular fundraiser to support parish...

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Daily Readings for Friday, September 10, 2021

Daily Reading for Friday September 10, 2021 Reading 1, First Timothy 1:1-2, 12-14Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 11Gospel, Luke 6:39-42 Reading 1, First Timothy 1:1-2, 12-14 1 Paul, apostle of Christ Jesus appointed by the command of God our Saviour and of...

Daily Readings for Tuesday, September 07, 2021

Daily Reading for Tuesday September 7, 2021 Reading 1, Colossians 2:6-15Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 145:1-2, 8-9, 10-11Gospel, Luke 6:12-19 Reading 1, Colossians 2:6-15 6 So then, as you received Jesus as Lord and Christ, now live your lives in him,7 be rooted in him...

Daily Readings for Monday, September 06, 2021

Daily Reading for Monday September 6, 2021 Reading 1, Colossians 1:24-2:3Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 62:6-7, 9Gospel, Luke 6:6-11 Reading 1, Colossians 1:24-2:3 24 It makes me happy to be suffering for you now, and in my own body to make up all the hardships that still...

Daily Readings for Sunday, September 05, 2021

Daily Reading for Sunday September 5, 2021 Reading 1, Isaiah 35:4-7Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 146:7, 8-9, 9-10Gospel, Mark 7:31-37Reading 2, James 2:1-5 We ask you, humbly: don't scroll away. Hi readers, it seems you use Catholic Online a lot; that's great! It's a...

Daily Readings for Friday, September 03, 2021

Daily Reading for Friday September 3, 2021 Reading 1, Colossians 1:15-20Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 100:1, 2, 3, 4, 5Gospel, Luke 5:33-39 Reading 1, Colossians 1:15-20 15 He is the image of the unseen God, the first-born of all creation,16 for in him were created all...