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Television/Streaming Masses

During this time of no public Masses, the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown is committed to continuing the weekly Proclaim! Television Ministry and Mass. Proclaim!Sundays at 10:30 a.m. on WATM ABC 23 Mass with Bishop MarkSundays at 11:00 a.m. on WATM ABC23Sundays at...

Spirituality

PRAYER RECITED BY POPE FRANCISFOR THE PROTECTION OF THE WORLDO Mary,you always shine on our pathas a sign of salvation and of hope.We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick,who at the cross took part in Jesus’ pain, keeping your faith firm.You, Salvation of the...

Support Your Parish

Although public Masses are suspended until further notice, our Church is alive and still fulfilling its mission. Your parish will continue to bring you the light of Christ, but it needs your support. To assist parishes that do not currently offer...

Wine and Food Pairing

Much sweeter than the chocolate cake truffles and Moscato d’Asti at the recent Catholic Charities Wine and Food Pairing was a true story highlighting how the delightful evening helps our neighbors in need. At the conclusion of gathering at the Blairmont Club in...

Communal Penance Services

The season of Lent is a time to seek God’s healing and forgiveness through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Many parishes are sponsoring Communal Penance Services in the coming weeks. The following parishes submitted schedules to the Office of Communications. Please...

Stations of the Cross

Most parishes invite the faithful to pray the Stations of the Cross during Lent. All parishes were invited to submit their schedule to the Office of Communications. The following is the schedule from the parishes that responded. BEDFORD COUNTY Saint John the...

Lenten Spiritual Opportunities

Various parishes in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown are sponsoring spiritual enrichment opportunities during the Lenten season. Novena to Saint Anthony of PaduaSaint Francis of Assisi Parish in JohnstownTuesdays in LentNovena prayed after 6:30 p.m. Mass Holy...

Memory Walk in Honor of Sister Margie

By Tony DeGolProclaim! Carol Babinsack sums it up well when she says that the late Sister Margie Monahan was a cherished friend to many people. “She was always there,” pointed out Babinsack, a member of Saint Stephen Parish in McConnellsburg. “She was willing to help....

March For Life 2020

Groups from throughout the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown traveled to Washington, D.C., on January 24 for the March for Life. Bishop Mark traveled by bus with a group from the Altoona area organized by the Blair County chapter of Citizens Concerned for Human Life. In...

Bishop Suspends Precious Blood During Flu Season

Bishop Mark L. Bartchak has directed that the Precious Blood not be distributed in any form at Mass beginning the weekend of January 11 and 12, 2020, and continuing until further notice. The directive is due to the severity of the flu season. It is the belief of the...

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Daily Reading

Daily Readings for Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Daily Reading for Tuesday December 22, 2020 Reading 1, First Samuel 1:24-28Responsorial Psalm, First Samuel 2:1, 4-5, 6-7, 8Gospel, Luke 1:46-56 Reading 1, First Samuel 1:24-28 24 When she had weaned him, she took him up with her, as well as a three-year-old bull, an...

Daily Readings for Monday, December 21, 2020

Daily Reading for Monday December 21, 2020 Reading 1, The Song of Songs 2:8-14Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 33:2-3, 11-12, 20-21Gospel, Luke 1:39-45 Reading 1, The Song of Songs 2:8-14 8 BELOVED: I hear my love. See how he comes leaping on the mountains, bounding over...

Daily Readings for Sunday, December 20, 2020

Daily Reading for Sunday December 20, 2020 Reading 1, Second Samuel 7:1-5, 8-11, 16Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 89:2-3, 4-5, 27, 29Gospel, Luke 1:26-38Reading 2, Romans 16:25-27 FREE Catholic Classes Pick a class, you can learn anything Reading 1, Second Samuel 7:1-5,...

Daily Readings for Friday, December 18, 2020

Daily Reading for Friday December 18, 2020 Reading 1, Jeremiah 23:5-8Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 72:1, 12-13, 18-19Gospel, Matthew 1:18-24 FREE Catholic Classes Pick a class, you can learn anything Reading 1, Jeremiah 23:5-8 5 Look, the days are coming, Yahweh...

Daily Readings for Thursday, December 17, 2020

Daily Reading for Thursday December 17, 2020 Reading 1, Genesis 49:2, 8-10Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 72:3-4, 7-8, 17Gospel, Matthew 1:1-17 Reading 1, Genesis 49:2, 8-10 2 Gather round, sons of Jacob, and listen; listen to Israel your father.8 Judah, your brothers will...

Daily Readings for Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Daily Reading for Tuesday December 15, 2020 Reading 1, Zephaniah 3:1-2, 9-13Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 34:2-3, 6-7, 17-18, 19, 23Gospel, Matthew 21:28-32 FREE Catholic Classes Pick a class, you can learn anything Reading 1, Zephaniah 3:1-2, 9-13 1 Disaster to the...

Daily Readings for Monday, December 14, 2020

Daily Reading for Monday December 14, 2020 Reading 1, Numbers 24:2-7, 15-17Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9Gospel, Matthew 21:23-27 Reading 1, Numbers 24:2-7, 15-17 2 Raising his eyes Balaam saw Israel settled tribe by tribe; the spirit of God came on him3...

Daily Readings for Sunday, December 13, 2020

Daily Reading for Sunday December 13, 2020 Reading 1, Isaiah 61:1-2, 10-11Responsorial Psalm, Luke 1:46-48, 49-50, 53-54Gospel, John 1:6-8, 19-28Reading 2, First Thessalonians 5:16-24 To all our readers, Please don't scroll past this. Today, we humbly ask you to...