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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...

Summer Missionary Cooperative Program

[Description of program] To search for your local summer missionary, simply click on the name of your parish (separated by city) below, and you will be redirected. Alternatively, click here to jump to the full list of summer missionaries. If you wish to make a...

A Special Message from Bishop Mark

Young people in our diocese have frequently heard me tell them that the foundational principle of Catholic social teaching is the following: Every human person is made in the image and likeness of God. Period. It’s in the Sacred Scriptures (Genesis 1:27). No further...

New Directive Regarding Mass Atttendance

Bishop Mark has issued a new directive regarding the celebration of public Masses that lifts an earlier directive that would have limited the number of people permitted at each Mass to 25. When public Masses resume beginning the weekend of June 13-14, 2020, all are...

Parishes Announce Reconciliation Opportunities

Bishop Mark Bartchak has announced that the public celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation may resume at parishes beginning on May 23, 2020. Click HERE for a county-by-county schedule of upcoming Reconciliation opportunities at various parishes in the Diocese...

Dates for Public Confessions, Masses Announced

Bishop Mark has announced dates to resume the Sacrament of Reconciliation, the distribution of Holy Communion and the public celebration of Mass in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. According to the Bishop’s directives, issued on May 20, 2020, priests may resume the...

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Daily Readings for Sunday, August 22, 2021

Daily Reading for Sunday August 22, 2021 Reading 1, Joshua 24:1-2,Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 34:2-3, 16-17, 18-19, 20-21, 22-23Gospel, John 6:60-69Reading 2, Ephesians 5:21-32 We ask you, humbly: don't scroll away. Hi readers, it seems you use Catholic Online a lot;...

Daily Readings for Saturday, August 21, 2021

Daily Reading for Saturday August 21, 2021 Reading 1, Ruth 2:1-3, 8-11; 4:13-17Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 128:1-2, 3, 4, 5Gospel, Matthew 23:1-12 Reading 1, Ruth 2:1-3, 8-11; 4:13-17 1 Naomi had a kinsman on her husband's side, well-to-do and of Elimelech's clan. His...

Daily Readings for Friday, August 20, 2021

Daily Reading for Friday August 20, 2021 Reading 1, Ruth 1:1, 3-6, 14-16, 22Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 146:5-6, 7, 8-9, 9-10Gospel, Matthew 22:34-40 Reading 1, Ruth 1:1, 3-6, 14-16, 22 1 In the days when the Judges were governing, a famine occurred in the country and...

Daily Readings for Thursday, August 19, 2021

Daily Reading for Thursday August 19, 2021 Reading 1, Judges 11:29-39Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 40:5, 7-8, 8-9, 10Gospel, Matthew 22:1-14 We ask you, humbly: don't scroll away. Hi readers, it seems you use Catholic Online a lot; that's great! It's a little awkward to...

Daily Readings for Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Daily Reading for Wednesday August 18, 2021 Reading 1, Judges 9:6-15Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 21:2-3, 4-5, 6-7Gospel, Matthew 20:1-16 We ask you, humbly: don't scroll away. Hi readers, it seems you use Catholic Online a lot; that's great! It's a little awkward to...

Daily Readings for Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Reading 1, Judges 6:11-24 11 The Angel of Yahweh came and sat under the terebinth at Ophrah which belonged to Joash of Abiezer. Gideon his son was threshing wheat inside the wine-press, to keep it hidden from Midian,12 and the Angel of Yahweh appeared to him and said,...

Daily Readings for Monday, August 16, 2021

Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 106:34-35, 36-37, 39-40, 43, 44 11 The Israelites then did what is evil in Yahweh's eyes and served the Baals.12 They deserted Yahweh, God of their ancestors, who had brought them out of Egypt, and they followed other gods, from those of the...

Daily Readings for Sunday, August 15, 2021

Daily Reading for Sunday August 15, 2021 Reading 1, Revelation 11:19; 12:1-6, 10Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 45:10, 11, 12, 16Gospel, Luke 1:39-56Reading 2, First Corinthians 15:20-26 Reading 1, Revelation 11:19; 12:1-6, 10 19 Then the sanctuary of God in heaven opened,...

Daily Readings for Saturday, August 14, 2021

Daily Reading for Saturday August 14, 2021 Reading 1, Isaiah 58:6-11Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 1:1-4, 6Gospel, Matthew 25:31-40 Reading 1, Isaiah 58:6-11 6 Is not this the sort of fast that pleases me: to break unjust fetters, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let...

Daily Readings for Friday, August 13, 2021

Daily Reading for Friday August 13, 2021 Reading 1, Joshua 24:1-13Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 136:1-3, 16-18, 21-22, 24Gospel, Matthew 19:3-12 Reading 1, Joshua 24:1-13 1 Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel together at Shechem; he then summoned all the elders of...