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Bishop Announces Plan to Reopen Churches

The following is a message from Bishop Mark to all people of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown on May 13, 2020. Specific directives are being finalized and will be available prior the the reopening of church buildings on Saturday, May 16, which marks the...

Diocese to Livestream Triduum Services

The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown has announced plans to livestream Triduum services with Bishop Mark Bartchak as presider and homilist, in addition to the regularly scheduled television broadcast of the Bishop’s Easter Sunday Mass. The following is a schedule: Holy...

Closure of Churches and Discontinuation of Services

Memo from: Bishop Mark To: All Clergy Date: April 1, 2020 Re: Closure of Churches and Discontinuation of Services Today, state health officials today announced 962 new COVID-19 cases as the statewide total jumped to almost 6,000. Pennsylvania’s death toll climbed to...

New Directives

As part of a continuing effort to protect the health and safety of parishioners, clergy, and staff, Bishop Mark L. Bartchak has issued new directives, which include closing all church buildings to the public and prohibiting outdoor activities on parish properties...

Holy Week Resources

Palm Sunday Proclaim! at 10:30 a.m. on WATM ABC 23Bishop Mark explains ways to engage in the solemnity of Holy Week at homeClergy offer messages of hope during these challenging times Mass with Bishop Mark11:00 a.m. on WATM ABC 239:00 p.m. on Atlantic Broadband...

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...

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Daily Readings for Thursday, August 12, 2021

Daily Reading for Thursday August 12, 2021 Reading 1, Joshua 3:7-10, 11, 13-17Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 114:1-2, 3-4, 5-6Gospel, Matthew 18:21-19:1 Reading 1, Joshua 3:7-10, 11, 13-17 7 Yahweh said to Joshua, 'This very day, I shall begin to make you great in the...

Daily Readings for Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Reading 1, Deuteronomy 34:1-12 1 Then, leaving the Plains of Moab, Moses went up Mount Nebo, the peak of Pisgah opposite Jericho, and Yahweh showed him the whole country: Gilead as far as Dan,2 the whole of Naphtali, the country of Ephraim and Manasseh, the whole...

Daily Readings for Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Daily Reading for Tuesday August 10, 2021 Reading 1, Second Corinthians 9:6-10Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 112:1-2, 5-6, 7-8, 9Gospel, John 12:24-26 Reading 1, Second Corinthians 9:6-10 6 But remember: anyone who sows sparsely will reap sparsely as well -- and anyone...

Daily Readings for Monday, August 09, 2021

Daily Reading for Monday August 9, 2021 Reading 1, Deuteronomy 10:12-22Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20Gospel, Matthew 17:22-27 Reading 1, Deuteronomy 10:12-22 12 'And now, Israel, what does Yahweh your God ask of you? Only this: to fear Yahweh your...

Daily Readings for Sunday, August 08, 2021

Daily Reading for Sunday August 8, 2021 Reading 1, First Kings 19:4-8Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9Gospel, John 6:41-51Reading 2, Ephesians 4:30-5:2 Reading 1, First Kings 19:4-8 4 He himself went on into the desert, a day's journey, and sitting...

Daily Readings for Saturday, August 07, 2021

Daily Reading for Saturday August 7, 2021 Reading 1, Deuteronomy 6:4-13Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 18:2-3, 3-4, 47, 51Gospel, Matthew 17:14-20 Reading 1, Deuteronomy 6:4-13 4 'Listen, Israel: Yahweh our God is the one, the only Yahweh.5 You must love Yahweh your God...

Daily Readings for Friday, August 06, 2021

Daily Reading for Friday August 6, 2021 Reading 1, Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 97:1-2, 5-6, 9Gospel, Mark 9:2-10Reading 2, Second Peter 1:16-19 We ask you, humbly: don't scroll away. Hi readers, it seems you use Catholic Online a lot; that's great!...

Daily Readings for Thursday, August 05, 2021

Daily Reading for Thursday August 5, 2021 Reading 1, Numbers 20:1-13Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9Gospel, Matthew 16:13-23 Reading 1, Numbers 20:1-13 1 The Israelites, the whole community, arrived in the first month at the desert of Zin. The people...

Daily Readings for Wednesday, August 04, 2021

Reading 1, Numbers 13:1-2, 25-14:1, 26-29, 34-35 1 Yahweh spoke to Moses and said,2 'Send out men, one from each tribe, to reconnoitre the land of Canaan which I am giving the Israelites. Each of them is to be a leading man of the tribe.'25 After forty days they...

Daily Readings for Tuesday, August 03, 2021

Daily Reading for Tuesday August 3, 2021 Reading 1, Numbers 12:1-13Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 51:3-4, 5-6, 6-7, 12-13Gospel, Matthew 14:22-36 To all our readers, Please don't scroll past this. Today, we humbly ask you to defend Catholic Online's independence. 98% of...