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Support Your Parish

Although public Masses are suspended until further notice, our Church is alive and still fulfilling its mission. Your parish will continue to bring you the light of Christ, but it needs your support. To assist parishes that do not currently offer...

Wine and Food Pairing

Much sweeter than the chocolate cake truffles and Moscato d’Asti at the recent Catholic Charities Wine and Food Pairing was a true story highlighting how the delightful evening helps our neighbors in need. At the conclusion of gathering at the Blairmont Club in...

Communal Penance Services

The season of Lent is a time to seek God’s healing and forgiveness through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Many parishes are sponsoring Communal Penance Services in the coming weeks. The following parishes submitted schedules to the Office of Communications. Please...

Stations of the Cross

Most parishes invite the faithful to pray the Stations of the Cross during Lent. All parishes were invited to submit their schedule to the Office of Communications. The following is the schedule from the parishes that responded. BEDFORD COUNTY Saint John the...

Lenten Spiritual Opportunities

Various parishes in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown are sponsoring spiritual enrichment opportunities during the Lenten season. Novena to Saint Anthony of PaduaSaint Francis of Assisi Parish in JohnstownTuesdays in LentNovena prayed after 6:30 p.m. Mass Holy...

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...

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Daily Reading

Daily Readings for Thursday, June 04, 2020

Daily Reading for Thursday June 4, 2020 Reading 1, Second Timothy 2:8-15Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 25:4-5, 8-9, 10, 14Gospel, Mark 12:28-34 Reading 1, Second Timothy 2:8-15 8 Remember the gospel that I carry, 'Jesus Christ risen from the dead, sprung from the race of...

Daily Readings for Wednesday, June 03, 2020

Daily Reading for Wednesday June 3, 2020 Reading 1, Second Timothy 1:1-3, 6-12Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 123:1-2, 2Gospel, Mark 12:18-27 Reading 1, Second Timothy 1:1-3, 6-12 1 From Paul, apostle of Christ Jesus through the will of God in accordance with his promise...

Daily Readings for Tuesday, June 02, 2020

Daily Reading for Tuesday June 2, 2020 Reading 1, Second Peter 3:12-15, 17-18Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 90:2, 3-4, 10, 14, 16Gospel, Mark 12:13-17 Reading 1, Second Peter 3:12-15, 17-18 12 while you wait for the Day of God to come, and try to hasten its coming: on...

Daily Readings for Monday, June 01, 2020

Daily Reading for Monday June 1, 2020 Reading 1, Genesis 3: 9-15, 20Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 87: 1-2, 3, 5, 6-7Gospel, John 19: 25-34 Reading 1, Genesis 3: 9-15, 20 9 But Yahweh God called to the man. 'Where are you?' he asked. 10 'I heard the sound of you in the...

Daily Readings for Sunday, May 31, 2020

Daily Reading for Sunday May 31, 2020 Reading 1, Acts 2:1-11Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34Gospel, John 20:19-23Reading 2, First Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13 Reading 1, Acts 2:1-11 1 When Pentecost day came round, they had all met together, 2 when...

Daily Readings for Saturday, May 30, 2020

Daily Reading for Saturday May 30, 2020 Reading 1, Acts 28:16-20, 30-31Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 11:4, 5, 7Gospel, John 21:20-25 Reading 1, Acts 28:16-20, 30-31 16 On our arrival in Rome Paul was allowed to stay in lodgings of his own with the soldier who guarded...

Daily Readings for Friday, May 29, 2020

Daily Reading for Friday May 29, 2020 Reading 1, Acts 25:13-21Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 103:1-2, 11-12, 19-20Gospel, John 21:15-19 Reading 1, Acts 25:13-21 13 Some days later King Agrippa and Bernice arrived in Caesarea and paid their respects to Festus. 14 Their...

Daily Readings for Thursday, May 28, 2020

Daily Reading for Thursday May 28, 2020 Reading 1, Acts 22:30; 23:6-11Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11Gospel, John 17:20-26 Reading 1, Acts 22:30; 23:6-11 30 The next day, since he wanted to know for sure what charge the Jews were bringing, he freed...

Daily Readings for Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Daily Reading for Wednesday May 27, 2020 Reading 1, Acts 20:28-38Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 68:29-30, 33-35, 35-36Gospel, John 17:11-19 Reading 1, Acts 20:28-38 28 'Be on your guard for yourselves and for all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you the...

Daily Readings for Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Daily Reading for Tuesday May 26, 2020 Reading 1, Acts 20:17-27Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 68:10-11, 20-21Gospel, John 17:1-11 Reading 1, Acts 20:17-27 17 From Miletus he sent for the elders of the church of Ephesus. 18 When they arrived he addressed these words to...

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.”