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Victim Assistance

For almost two decades, the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown has been committed to providing pastoral care and financial support to the victims and survivors of sexual abuse. The diocese began a Victim Assistance Program in 1999, and, since that time, assistance in the...

Independent Oversight Board

Bishop Mark Bartchak and Acting United States Attorney Soo Song have announced the names of the individuals appointed to the Independent Oversight Board for Youth Protection for the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. Click below for the media advisory from the Department...

Review Board

Bishop Mark Bartchak has announced the appointment of an entirely new membership for the Diocesan Review Board, which assists in the assessment of allegations of sexual abuse of minors and a cleric’s suitability for ministry. The new members are: Rev. Leo ArnoneJoyce...

Reforms to Protect Children

On March 6, 2017, Bishop Mark L. Bartchak and Acting United States Attorney Soo C. Song announced reforms by the Diocese to protect children from sexual abuse, ensure that all allegations of sexual abuse are immediately reported to law enforcement, and provide victims...

Support for Survivors of Sexual Abuse

The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown is partnering with state and local agencies to offer support to survivors of sexual abuse. Resources and educational information will be featured regularly in the Diocesan newspaper, The Catholic Register, and on the Diocesan...

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Daily Reading

Daily Readings for Monday, May 25, 2020

Daily Reading for Monday May 25, 2020 Reading 1, Acts 19:1-8Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 68:2-3, 4-5, 6-7Gospel, John 16:29-33 Reading 1, Acts 19:1-8 1 It happened that while Apollos was in Corinth, Paul made his way overland as far as Ephesus, where he found a number...

Daily Readings for Sunday, May 24, 2020

Daily Reading for Sunday May 24, 2020 Reading 1, Acts 1:12-14Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 27:1, 4, 7-8Gospel, John 17:1-11Reading 2, First Peter 4:13-16 Reading 1, Acts 1:12-14 12 So from the Mount of Olives, as it is called, they went back to Jerusalem, a short...

Daily Readings for Saturday, May 23, 2020

Daily Reading for Saturday May 23, 2020 Reading 1, Acts 18:23-28Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 47:2-3, 8-9, 10Gospel, John 16:23-28 Reading 1, Acts 18:23-28 23 where he spent a short time before continuing his journey through the Galatian country and then through Phrygia,...

Daily Readings for Friday, May 22, 2020

Daily Reading for Friday May 22, 2020 Reading 1, Acts 18:9-18Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 47:2-3, 4-5, 6-7Gospel, John 16:20-23 Reading 1, Acts 18:9-18 9 One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision, 'Be fearless; speak out and do not keep silence: 10 I am with you. I...

Daily Readings for Thursday, May 21, 2020

Daily Reading for Thursday May 21, 2020 Reading 1, Acts 1:1-11Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9Gospel, Matthew 28:16-20Reading 2, Ephesians 1:17-23 Reading 1, Acts 1:1-11 1 In my earlier work, Theophilus, I dealt with everything Jesus had done and taught...

Daily Readings for Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Daily Reading for Wednesday May 20, 2020 Reading 1, Acts 17:15, 22--18:1Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 148:1-2, 11-12, 13, 14Gospel, John 16:12-15 Reading 1, Acts 17:15, 22--18:1 15 Paul's escort took him as far as Athens, and went back with instructions for Silas and...

Daily Readings for Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Reading 1, Acts 16:22-34 22 The crowd joined in and showed its hostility to them, so the magistrates had them stripped and ordered them to be flogged. 23 They were given many lashes and then thrown into prison, and the gaoler was told to keep a close watch on them. 24...

Daily Readings for Monday, May 18, 2020

Daily Reading for Monday May 18, 2020 Reading 1, Acts 16:11-15Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 149:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 9Gospel, John 15:26--16:4 Reading 1, Acts 16:11-15 11 Sailing from Troas we made a straight run for Samothrace; the next day for Neapolis, 12 and from there for...

Daily Readings for Sunday, May 17, 2020

Daily Reading for Sunday May 17, 2020 Reading 1, Acts 8:5-8, 14-17Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 66:1-3, 4-5, 6-7, 16, 20Gospel, John 14:15-21Reading 2, First Peter 3:15-18 Reading 1, Acts 8:5-8, 14-17 5 And Philip went to a Samaritan town and proclaimed the Christ to...

Daily Readings for Saturday, May 16, 2020

Daily Reading for Saturday May 16, 2020 Reading 1, Acts 16:1-10Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 100:1-2, 3, 5Gospel, John 15:18-21 Reading 1, Acts 16:1-10 1 From there he went to Derbe, and then on to Lystra, where there was a disciple called Timothy, whose mother was...

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.”