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Parishes Announce Christmas Mass Schedule

By Justin KirklandProclaim!As Catholics, there is no better way to celebrate and experience God’s presence with us then in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Through the Mass, we are able to deepen our relationship with God, who came to us in the most unlikely way during...

Vaccine Clarification

By Tony DeGolProclaim!Bishop Mark Bartchak is joining other bishops in the United States in clarifying recent confusion regarding the “moral permissibility” of vaccines for COVID-19. According to Bishop Kevin Rhoades and Archbishop Joseph Naumann, vaccines from Pfizer...

What Comes After the Election Season?

A Reflection by Bishop MarkSince Election Day, I have received a few comments and concerns about Catholic Church leaders who have communicated with Joseph Biden. The focus of these concerns are political and religious. The political concern is that communication with...

Advent Reconciliation Opportunities

By Justin KirklandProclaim!The Church celebrates Advent as a time that we may prepare our souls for the birth of Christ. Traditionally, before every major feast, time was taken by the faithful to prepare their hearts, through prayer, fasting, and penance. Christ came...

What Did Pope Francis Say?

A Message from Bishop MarkOctober 23, 2020What did Pope Francis say? I have been asked that question this week since it has been reported that Pope Francis may have just changed the Church’s teaching about marriage. That conclusion was based on something the Holy...

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...

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Daily Readings for Thursday, April 01, 2021

Daily Reading for Thursday April 1, 2021 Reading 1, Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 116:12-13, 15-16, 17-18Gospel, John 13:1-15Reading 2, First Corinthians 11:23-26 FREE Catholic Classes Pick a class, you can learn anything Reading 1, Exodus 12:1-8,...

Daily Readings for Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Daily Reading for Wednesday March 31, 2021 Reading 1, Isaiah 50:4-9Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 69:8-10, 21-22, 31, 33-34Gospel, Matthew 26:14-25 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 Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Daily Reading for Tuesday March 30, 2021 Reading 1, Isaiah 49:1-6Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 71:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 15, 17Gospel, John 13:21-33, 36-38 Free PDFs: Hail Mary, Our Father, How to Pray the Rosary & more PDF educational & learning resources for Students,...

Daily Readings for Monday, March 29, 2021

Daily Reading for Monday March 29, 2021 Reading 1, Isaiah 42:1-7Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 27:1, 2, 3, 13-14Gospel, John 12:1-11 Free PDFs: Hail Mary, Our Father, How to Pray the Rosary & more PDF educational & learning resources for Students, Parents, and...

Daily Readings for Sunday, March 28, 2021

Daily Reading for Sunday March 28, 2021 Reading 1, Isaiah 50:4-7Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24Gospel, Mark 14:1-15:47Reading 2, Philippians 2:6-11 Free PDFs: Hail Mary, Our Father, How to Pray the Rosary & more PDF educational &...

Daily Readings for Saturday, March 27, 2021

Daily Reading for Saturday March 27, 2021 Reading 1, Ezekiel 37:21-28Responsorial Psalm, Jeremiah 31:10, 11-12, 13Gospel, John 11:45-57 Reading 1, Ezekiel 37:21-28 21 say, "The Lord Yahweh says this: I shall take the Israelites from the nations where they have gone. I...

Daily Readings for Friday, March 26, 2021

Daily Reading for Friday March 26, 2021 Reading 1, Jeremiah 20:10-13Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 18:2-3, 3-4, 5-6, 7Gospel, John 10:31-42 Reading 1, Jeremiah 20:10-13 10 I heard so many disparaging me, 'Terror on every side! Denounce him! Let us denounce him!' All those...

Daily Readings for Thursday, March 25, 2021

Daily Reading for Thursday March 25, 2021 Reading 1, Isaiah 7:10-14Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 40:7-8, 8-9, 10, 11Gospel, Luke 1:26-38Reading 2, Hebrews 10:4-10 Reading 1, Isaiah 7:10-14 10 Yahweh spoke to Ahaz again and said:11 Ask Yahweh your God for a sign, either...

Daily Readings for Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Daily Reading for Wednesday March 24, 2021 Reading 1, Daniel 3:14-20, 91-92, 95Responsorial Psalm, Daniel 3:52, 53, 54, 55, 56Gospel, John 8:31-42 To all our readers, Please don't scroll past this. Today, we humbly ask you to defend Catholic Online's independence. 98%...

Daily Readings for Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Daily Reading for Tuesday March 23, 2021 Reading 1, Numbers 21:4-9Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 102:2-3, 16-18, 19-21Gospel, John 8:21-30 To all our readers, Please don't scroll past this. Today, we humbly ask you to defend Catholic Online's independence. 98% of our...