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Memory Walk in Honor of Sister Margie

By Tony DeGolProclaim! Carol Babinsack sums it up well when she says that the late Sister Margie Monahan was a cherished friend to many people. “She was always there,” pointed out Babinsack, a member of Saint Stephen Parish in McConnellsburg. “She was willing to help....

March For Life 2020

Groups from throughout the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown traveled to Washington, D.C., on January 24 for the March for Life. Bishop Mark traveled by bus with a group from the Altoona area organized by the Blair County chapter of Citizens Concerned for Human Life. In...

Bishop Suspends Precious Blood During Flu Season

Bishop Mark L. Bartchak has directed that the Precious Blood not be distributed in any form at Mass beginning the weekend of January 11 and 12, 2020, and continuing until further notice. The directive is due to the severity of the flu season. It is the belief of the...

Independent Oversight Board Report

The Independent Oversight Board for Youth Protection of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown has issued its first Annual Report on reforms developed and implemented by the Diocese for the protection of children and youth, concluding that “much has been done, but much is...

Victim Assistance

For almost two decades, the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown has been committed to providing pastoral care and financial support to the victims and survivors of sexual abuse. The diocese began a Victim Assistance Program in 1999, and, since that time, assistance in the...

Independent Oversight Board

Bishop Mark Bartchak and Acting United States Attorney Soo Song have announced the names of the individuals appointed to the Independent Oversight Board for Youth Protection for the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. Click below for the media advisory from the Department...

Review Board

Bishop Mark Bartchak has announced the appointment of an entirely new membership for the Diocesan Review Board, which assists in the assessment of allegations of sexual abuse of minors and a cleric’s suitability for ministry. The new members are: Rev. Leo ArnoneJoyce...

Reforms to Protect Children

On March 6, 2017, Bishop Mark L. Bartchak and Acting United States Attorney Soo C. Song announced reforms by the Diocese to protect children from sexual abuse, ensure that all allegations of sexual abuse are immediately reported to law enforcement, and provide victims...

Support for Survivors of Sexual Abuse

The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown is partnering with state and local agencies to offer support to survivors of sexual abuse. Resources and educational information will be featured regularly in the Diocesan newspaper, The Catholic Register, and on the Diocesan...

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Daily Reading

Daily Readings for Thursday, March 19, 2020

Daily Reading for Thursday March 19, 2020 Reading 1, Second Samuel 7:4-5, 12-14, 16Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 89:2-3, 4-5, 27, 29Gospel, Luke 2:41-51Reading 2, Romans 4:13, 16-18, 22 Reading 1, Second Samuel 7:4-5, 12-14, 16 4 But that very night, the word of Yahweh...

Daily Readings for Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Daily Reading for Wednesday March 18, 2020 Reading 1, Deuteronomy 4:1, 5-9Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 147:12-13, 15-16, 19-20Gospel, Matthew 5:17-19 Reading 1, Deuteronomy 4:1, 5-9 1 'And now, Israel, listen to the laws and customs which I am teaching you today, so...

Daily Readings for Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Daily Reading for Tuesday March 17, 2020 Reading 1, Daniel 3:25, 34-43Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9Gospel, Matthew 18:21-35 Reading 1, Daniel 3:25, 34-43 25 Azariah stood in the heart of the fire, praying aloud thus: 34 Do not abandon us for ever, for...

Daily Readings for Monday, March 16, 2020

Reading 1, Second Kings 5:1-15 1 Naaman, army commander to the king of Aram, was a man who enjoyed his master's respect and favour, since through him Yahweh had granted victory to the Aramaeans. 2 But the man suffered from a virulent skin-disease. Now, on one of their...

Daily Readings for Sunday, March 15, 2020

Daily Reading for Sunday March 15, 2020 Reading 1, Exodus 17:3-7Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9Gospel, John 4:5-42Reading 2, Romans 5:1-2, 5-8 Reading 1, Exodus 17:3-7 3 But tormented by thirst, the people complained to Moses. 'Why did you bring us out of...

Daily Readings for Saturday, March 14, 2020

Daily Reading for Saturday March 14, 2020 Reading 1, Micah 7:14-15, 18-20Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 103:1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-12Gospel, Luke 15:1-3, 11-32 Reading 1, Micah 7:14-15, 18-20 14 With shepherd's crook lead your people to pasture, the flock that is your...

Daily Readings for Friday, March 13, 2020

Daily Reading for Friday March 13, 2020 Reading 1, Genesis 37:3-4, 12-13, 17-18Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 105:16-17, 18-19, 20-21Gospel, Matthew 21:33-43, 45-46 Reading 1, Genesis 37:3-4, 12-13, 17-18 3 Jacob loved Joseph more than all his other sons, for he was the...

Daily Readings for Thursday, March 12, 2020

Daily Reading for Thursday March 12, 2020 Reading 1, Jeremiah 17:5-10Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 1:1-2, 3, 4, 6Gospel, Luke 16:19-31 Reading 1, Jeremiah 17:5-10 5 Yahweh says this, 'Accursed be anyone who trusts in human beings, who relies on human strength and whose...

Daily Readings for Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Daily Reading for Wednesday March 11, 2020 Reading 1, Jeremiah 18:18-20Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 31:5-6, 14, 15-16Gospel, Matthew 20:17-28 Reading 1, Jeremiah 18:18-20 18 'Come on,' they said, 'let us concoct a plot against Jeremiah, for the Law will not perish for...

Daily Readings for Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Daily Reading for Tuesday March 10, 2020 Reading 1, Isaiah 1:10, 16-20Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 50:8-9, 16-17, 21, 23Gospel, Matthew 23:1-12 Reading 1, Isaiah 1:10, 16-20 10 Hear what Yahweh says, you rulers of Sodom; listen to what our God teaches, you people of...

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.”