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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...

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...

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Daily Readings for Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Daily Reading for Tuesday August 31, 2021 Reading 1, First Thessalonians 5:1-6, 9-11Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 27:1, 4, 13-14Gospel, Luke 4:31-37 Reading 1, First Thessalonians 5:1-6, 9-11 1 About times and dates, brothers, there is no need to write to you2 for you...

Daily Readings for Monday, August 30, 2021

Daily Reading for Monday August 30, 2021 Reading 1, First Thessalonians 4:13-18Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 96:1, 3, 4-5, 11-12, 13Gospel, Luke 4:16-30 FREE Catholic Classes Pick a class, you can learn anything Reading 1, First Thessalonians 4:13-18 13 We want you to be...

Daily Readings for Sunday, August 29, 2021

Daily Reading for Sunday August 29, 2021 Reading 1, Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 15:2-3, 3-4, 4-5Gospel, Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23Reading 2, James 1:17-18, 21-22, 27 Reading 1, Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8 1 'And now, Israel, listen to the laws and...

Daily Readings for Saturday, August 28, 2021

Daily Reading for Saturday August 28, 2021 Reading 1, First Thessalonians 4:9-12Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 98:1, 7-8, 9Gospel, Matthew 25:14-30 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, August 27, 2021

Daily Reading for Friday August 27, 2021 Reading 1, First Thessalonians 4:1-8Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 97:1, 2, 5-6, 10, 11-12Gospel, Matthew 25:1-13 Reading 1, First Thessalonians 4:1-8 1 Finally, brothers, we urge you and appeal to you in the Lord Jesus; we...

Daily Readings for Thursday, August 26, 2021

Daily Reading for Thursday August 26, 2021 Reading 1, First Thessalonians 3:7-13Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 90:3-4, 12-13, 14, 17Gospel, Matthew 24:42-51 Reading 1, First Thessalonians 3:7-13 7 And so, brothers, your faith has been a great encouragement to us in the...

Daily Readings for Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Daily Reading for Wednesday August 25, 2021 Reading 1, First Thessalonians 2:9-13Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 139:7-8, 9-10, 11-12Gospel, Matthew 23:27-32 Reading 1, First Thessalonians 2:9-13 9 You remember, brothers, with what unsparing energy we used to work, slaving...

Daily Readings for Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Daily Reading for Tuesday August 24, 2021 Reading 1, Revelation 21:9-14Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 145:10-11, 12-13, 17-18Gospel, John 1:45-51 Reading 1, Revelation 21:9-14 9 One of the seven angels that had the seven bowls full of the seven final plagues came to speak...

Daily Readings for Monday, August 23, 2021

Daily Reading for Monday August 23, 2021 Reading 1, First Thessalonians 1:2-5, 8-10Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 149:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 9Gospel, Matthew 23:13-22 We ask you, humbly: don't scroll away. Hi readers, it seems you use Catholic Online a lot; that's great! It's a...