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Bishop’s Easter Message

It sounds so awkward to say Happy Easter this year. During the past month, people everywhere added new words to their vocabulary: Coronavirus and COVID-19. The dreaded virus that these words represent made us learn another dimension of living as we “shelter in place.”...

Blessed Palm

As parishes and the faithful look ahead to Palm Sunday next weekend, the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown continues to be aware of the need for social distancing and other necessary precautions. Bishop Mark has directed parishes to not distribute blessed palm to the...

Governor Wolf extended his “Stay at Home” Order

Dear Brothers in Christ, Earlier today Governor Wolf extended his "Stay at Home" order to include Centre County. In keeping with our protocols announced earlier (March 20), in order to protect the faithful and follow this important restriction put in place by the...

Memo from: Bishop Mark

Memo from: Bishop Mark To: All Clergy Date: March 25, 2020 Re: Celebration of the Liturgies of Holy Week and Especially the Sacred Triduum In this time of need, directives have been issued by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, as...

Bishop Suspends All Public Masses

Bishop Mark L. Bartchak announced the suspension of the celebration of all public Masses and all other liturgical celebrations in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown effective March 17, 2020, and continuing until further notice. Throughout this time, the dispensed...

Liturgical Directives

The following directives were communicated to the clergy of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown on March 17, 2020. The directives remain in effect until further notice. If questions arise concerning the impact of these directives, please contact your pastor for further...

Holy Week Directives

With public Masses and other liturgical gatherings suspended at least through Holy Week and Easter, Bishop Mark is inviting the faithful to watch the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown weekly television Mass on Passion (Palm) Sunday and Easter Sunday at 11:00 a.m. on WATM...

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...

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Daily Reading

Daily Readings for Friday, March 12, 2021

Daily Reading for Friday March 12, 2021 Reading 1, Hosea 14:2-10Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 81:6-8, 8-9, 10-11, 14, 17Gospel, Mark 12:28-34 Reading 1, Hosea 14:2-10 2 Israel, come back to Yahweh your God your guilt was the cause of your downfall.3 Provide yourself with...

Daily Readings for Thursday, March 11, 2021

Daily Reading for Thursday March 11, 2021 Reading 1, Jeremiah 7:23-28Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9Gospel, Luke 11:14-23 Reading 1, Jeremiah 7:23-28 23 My one command to them was this: Listen to my voice, then I will be your God and you shall be my...

Daily Readings for Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Daily Reading for Wednesday March 10, 2021 Reading 1, Deuteronomy 4:1, 5-9Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 147:12-13, 15-16, 19-20Gospel, Matthew 5:17-19 Reading 1, Deuteronomy 4:1, 5-9 1 'And now, Israel, listen to the laws and customs which I am teaching you today, so...

Daily Readings for Tuesday, March 09, 2021

Daily Reading for Tuesday March 9, 2021 Reading 1, Daniel 3:25, 34-43Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9Gospel, Matthew 18:21-35 Hi readers, it seems you use Catholic Online a lot; that's great! It's a little awkward to ask, but we need your help. If you have...

Daily Readings for Monday, March 08, 2021

Reading 1, Second Kings 5:1-15 1 Naaman, army commander to the king of Aram, was a man who enjoyed his master's respect and favour, since through him Yahweh had granted victory to the Aramaeans.2 But the man suffered from a virulent skin-disease. Now, on one of their...

Daily Readings for Sunday, March 07, 2021

Daily Reading for Sunday March 7, 2021 Reading 1, Exodus 20:1-17Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 19:8, 9, 10, 11Gospel, John 2:13-25Reading 2, First Corinthians 1:22-25 Free PDFs: Hail Mary, Our Father, How to Pray the Rosary & more PDF educational & learning...

Daily Readings for Saturday, March 06, 2021

Daily Reading for Saturday March 6, 2021 Reading 1, Micah 7:14-15, 18-20Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 103:1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-12Gospel, Luke 15:1-3, 11-32 Reading 1, Micah 7:14-15, 18-20 14 With shepherd's crook lead your people to pasture, the flock that is your...

Daily Readings for Friday, March 05, 2021

Daily Reading for Friday March 5, 2021 Reading 1, Genesis 37:3-4, 12-13, 17-18Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 105:16-17, 18-19, 20-21Gospel, Matthew 21:33-43, 45-46 FREE Catholic Classes Pick a class, you can learn anything Reading 1, Genesis 37:3-4, 12-13, 17-18 3 Jacob...

Daily Readings for Thursday, March 04, 2021

Daily Reading for Thursday March 4, 2021 Reading 1, Jeremiah 17:5-10Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 1:1-2, 3, 4, 6Gospel, Luke 16:19-31 Reading 1, Jeremiah 17:5-10 5 Yahweh says this, 'Accursed be anyone who trusts in human beings, who relies on human strength and whose...

Daily Readings for Wednesday, March 03, 2021

Daily Reading for Wednesday March 3, 2021 Reading 1, Jeremiah 18:18-20Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 31:5-6, 14, 15-16Gospel, Matthew 20:17-28 Reading 1, Jeremiah 18:18-20 18 'Come on,' they said, 'let us concoct a plot against Jeremiah, for the Law will not perish for...