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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...

Bishop’s Directives for Distribution of Palms

January 2021Ample instructions for the Commemoration of the Lord’s Entrance into Jerusalem are found in the Roman Missal for the celebration of Palm Sunday. Three Forms are provided for this observance. Given the circumstances of the COVID pandemic, and in order to...

Vaccine Q&A

From the United States Conference of Catholic BishopsJanuary 2021The development of vaccines to combat the COVID-19 pandemic has received much public attention and raised several ethical questions related to their development and use. This document is intended to...

Christmas TV Show

Proclaim! TV is celebrating the glory of Christmas with a television special, “Joy to the World: Christmas in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown.”Hosted and produced by Tony DeGol, Diocesan Director of Communications, the two-hour show will highlight...

God Saves

Christmas just won’t be the same this year. How many of us have heard those words lately? As a result of an invisible virus, people will not be getting together with extended family and friends to celebrate Christmas. Who would have thought that shoppers would be more...

Diocese to Broadcast Christmas Masses and Christmas TV Special

As part of its continuing efforts to keep local Catholics connected during the coronavirus pandemic, the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown is pleased to offer expanded television opportunities through its Proclaim! TV Ministry this Christmas.Bishop Mark Bartchak...

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Daily Readings for Sunday, April 11, 2021

Daily Reading for Sunday April 11, 2021 Reading 1, Acts 4:32-35Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24Gospel, John 20:19-31Reading 2, First John 5:1-6 Reading 1, Acts 4:32-35 32 The whole group of believers was united, heart and soul; no one claimed private...

Daily Readings for Saturday, April 10, 2021

Daily Reading for Saturday April 10, 2021 Reading 1, Acts 4:13-21Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 118:1, 14-15, 16-18, 19-21Gospel, Mark 16:9-15 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 Friday, April 09, 2021

Daily Reading for Friday April 9, 2021 Reading 1, Acts 4:1-12Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 118:1-2, 4, 22-24, 25-27Gospel, John 21:1-14 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...

Daily Readings for Thursday, April 08, 2021

Daily Reading for Thursday April 8, 2021 Reading 1, Acts 3:11-26Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 8:2, 5, 6-7, 8-9Gospel, Luke 24:35-48 Reading 1, Acts 3:11-26 11 Everyone came running towards them in great excitement, to the Portico of Solomon, as it is called, where the...

Daily Readings for Wednesday, April 07, 2021

Daily Reading for Wednesday April 7, 2021 Reading 1, Acts 3:1-10Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 105:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8-9Gospel, Luke 24:13-35 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...

Daily Readings for Tuesday, April 06, 2021

Daily Reading for Tuesday April 6, 2021 Reading 1, Acts 2:36-41Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 33:4-5, 18-19, 20, 22Gospel, John 20:11-18 Reading 1, Acts 2:36-41 36 'For this reason the whole House of Israel can be certain that the Lord and Christ whom God has made is this...

Daily Readings for Monday, April 05, 2021

Daily Reading for Monday April 5, 2021 Reading 1, Acts 2:14, 22-32Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11Gospel, Matthew 28:8-15 Reading 1, Acts 2:14, 22-32 14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven and addressed them in a loud voice: 'Men of Judaea, and all...

Daily Readings for Sunday, April 04, 2021

Daily Reading for Sunday April 4, 2021 Reading 1, Acts 10:34, 37-43Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23Gospel, John 20:1-9Reading 2, Colossians 3:1-4 Reading 1, Acts 10:34, 37-43 34 Then Peter addressed them, 'I now really understand', he said, 'that God...

Daily Readings for Saturday, April 03, 2021

Reading 1, Genesis 1:1-2:2 1 In the beginning God created heaven and earth.2 Now the earth was a formless void, there was darkness over the deep, with a divine wind sweeping over the waters.3 God said, 'Let there be light,' and there was light.4 God saw that light was...

Daily Readings for Friday, April 02, 2021

Daily Reading for Friday April 2, 2021 Reading 1, Isaiah 52:13-53:12Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-16, 17, 25Gospel, John 18:1-19:42Reading 2, Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9 Reading 1, Isaiah 52:13-53:12 13 Look, my servant will prosper, will grow great, will...