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Closure of Churches and Discontinuation of Services

Memo from: Bishop Mark To: All Clergy Date: April 1, 2020 Re: Closure of Churches and Discontinuation of Services Today, state health officials today announced 962 new COVID-19 cases as the statewide total jumped to almost 6,000. Pennsylvania’s death toll climbed to...

New Directives

As part of a continuing effort to protect the health and safety of parishioners, clergy, and staff, Bishop Mark L. Bartchak has issued new directives, which include closing all church buildings to the public and prohibiting outdoor activities on parish properties...

Holy Week Resources

Palm Sunday Proclaim! at 10:30 a.m. on WATM ABC 23Bishop Mark explains ways to engage in the solemnity of Holy Week at homeClergy offer messages of hope during these challenging times Mass with Bishop Mark11:00 a.m. on WATM ABC 239:00 p.m. on Atlantic Broadband...

Bishop’s Easter Message

It sounds so awkward to say Happy Easter this year. During the past month, people everywhere added new words to their vocabulary: Coronavirus and COVID-19. The dreaded virus that these words represent made us learn another dimension of living as we “shelter in place.”...

Blessed Palm

As parishes and the faithful look ahead to Palm Sunday next weekend, the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown continues to be aware of the need for social distancing and other necessary precautions. Bishop Mark has directed parishes to not distribute blessed palm to the...

Governor Wolf extended his “Stay at Home” Order

Dear Brothers in Christ, Earlier today Governor Wolf extended his "Stay at Home" order to include Centre County. In keeping with our protocols announced earlier (March 20), in order to protect the faithful and follow this important restriction put in place by the...

Memo from: Bishop Mark

Memo from: Bishop Mark To: All Clergy Date: March 25, 2020 Re: Celebration of the Liturgies of Holy Week and Especially the Sacred Triduum In this time of need, directives have been issued by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, as...

Bishop Suspends All Public Masses

Bishop Mark L. Bartchak announced the suspension of the celebration of all public Masses and all other liturgical celebrations in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown effective March 17, 2020, and continuing until further notice. Throughout this time, the dispensed...

Liturgical Directives

The following directives were communicated to the clergy of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown on March 17, 2020. The directives remain in effect until further notice. If questions arise concerning the impact of these directives, please contact your pastor for further...

Holy Week Directives

With public Masses and other liturgical gatherings suspended at least through Holy Week and Easter, Bishop Mark is inviting the faithful to watch the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown weekly television Mass on Passion (Palm) Sunday and Easter Sunday at 11:00 a.m. on WATM...

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Daily Reading

Daily Readings for Friday, January 01, 2021

Daily Reading for Friday January 1, 2021 Reading 1, Numbers 6:22-27Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8Gospel, Luke 2:16-21Reading 2, Galatians 4:4-7 Reading 1, Numbers 6:22-27 22 Yahweh spoke to Moses and said,23 'Speak to Aaron and his sons and say: "This is...

Daily Readings for Thursday, December 31, 2020

Daily Reading for Thursday December 31, 2020 Reading 1, First John 2:18-21Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 96:1-2, 11-12, 13Gospel, John 1:1-18 To all our readers, Please don't scroll past this. Today, we humbly ask you to defend Catholic Online's independence. 98% of our...

Daily Readings for Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Daily Reading for Tuesday December 29, 2020 Reading 1, First John 2:3-11Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 96:1-2, 2-3, 5-6Gospel, Luke 2:22-35 Reading 1, First John 2:3-11 3 In this way we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments.4 Whoever says, 'I...

Daily Readings for Monday, December 28, 2020

Daily Reading for Monday December 28, 2020 Reading 1, First John 1:5--2:2Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 124:2-3, 4-5, 7-8Gospel, Matthew 2:13-18 Reading 1, First John 1:5--2:2 5 This is what we have heard from him and are declaring to you: God is light, and there is no...

Daily Readings for Sunday, December 27, 2020

Daily Reading for Sunday December 27, 2020 Reading 1, Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 128:1-2, 3, 4-5Gospel, Luke 2:22-40Reading 2, Colossians 3:12-21 Reading 1, Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14 2 for the Lord honours the father above his children and upholds the...

Daily Readings for Saturday, December 26, 2020

Daily Reading for Saturday December 26, 2020 Reading 1, Acts 6:8-10; 7:54-59Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 31:3-4, 6, 7, 8, 17, 21Gospel, Matthew 10:17-22 Reading 1, Acts 6:8-10; 7:54-59 8 Stephen was filled with grace and power and began to work miracles and great signs...

Daily Readings for Friday, December 25, 2020

Daily Reading for Friday December 25, 2020 Reading 1, Isaiah 52:7-10Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 98:1, 2-3, 3-4, 5-6Gospel, John 1:1-18Reading 2, Hebrews 1:1-6 Reading 1, Isaiah 52:7-10 7 How beautiful on the mountains, are the feet of the messenger announcing peace, of...