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Individual Who Was Present at Local Mass Tests Positive for COVID-19

An individual who attended Mass at a parish in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown has tested positive for COVID-19.The person attended the 4:00 p.m. Mass at Saint Francis of Assisi Parish in Johnstown on Saturday, August 1. Weekend Masses at Saint Francis of Assisi have...

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...

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Daily Readings for Monday, January 11, 2021

Daily Reading for Monday January 11, 2021 Reading 1, Hebrews 1:1-6Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 97:1-2, 6-7, 9Gospel, Mark 1:14-20 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 have already...

Daily Readings for Sunday, January 10, 2021

Daily Reading for Sunday January 10, 2021 Reading 1, Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 29:1-2, 3-4, 3, 9-10Gospel, Mark 1:7-11Reading 2, Acts 10:34-38 Reading 1, Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7 1 Here is my servant whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom my soul delights....

Daily Readings for Saturday, January 09, 2021

Daily Reading for Saturday January 9, 2021 Reading 1, 1 John 5:14-21Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 149:1-2, 3-4, 5-6a and 9bGospel, John 3:22-30 To all our readers, Please don't scroll past this. Today, we humbly ask you to defend Catholic Online's independence. 98% of...

Daily Readings for Friday, January 08, 2021

Daily Reading for Friday January 8, 2021 Reading 1, 1 John 5:5-13Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20Gospel, Luke 5:12-16 Reading 1, 1 John 5:5-13 5 Who can overcome the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?6 He it is who came by...

Daily Readings for Thursday, January 07, 2021

Daily Reading for Thursday January 7, 2021 Reading 1, 1 John 4:19~5:4Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 72:1-2, 14 and 15bc, 17Gospel, Luke 4:14-22 FREE Catholic Classes Pick a class, you can learn anything Reading 1, 1 John 4:19~5:4 19 Let us love, then, because he first...

Daily Readings for Tuesday, January 05, 2021

Daily Reading for Tuesday January 5, 2021 Reading 1, 1 John 4:7-10Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 72:1-2, 3-4, 7-8Gospel, Mark 6:34-44 Reading 1, 1 John 4:7-10 7 My dear friends, let us love one another, since love is from God and everyone who loves is a child of God and...

Daily Readings for Monday, January 04, 2021

Daily Reading for Monday January 4, 2021 Reading 1, 1 John 3:2~4:6Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 2:7bc-8, 10-12aGospel, Matthew 4:12-17, 23-25 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...

Daily Readings for Sunday, January 03, 2021

Daily Reading for Sunday January 3, 2021 Reading 1, Isaiah 60:1-6Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-13Gospel, Matthew 2:1-12Reading 2, Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6 Reading 1, Isaiah 60:1-6 1 Arise, shine out, for your light has come, and the glory of Yahweh...

Daily Readings for Saturday, January 02, 2021

Daily Reading for Saturday January 2, 2021 Reading 1, First John 2:22-28Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 98:1, 2-3, 3-4Gospel, John 1:19-28 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 have...