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Independent Oversight Board Report

The Independent Oversight Board for Youth Protection of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown has issued its first Annual Report on reforms developed and implemented by the Diocese for the protection of children and youth, concluding that “much has been done, but much is...

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 Saturday, December 12, 2020

Daily Reading for Saturday December 12, 2020 Reading 1, Zechariah 2:14-17Responsorial Psalm, Judith 13:18BCDE, 19Gospel, Luke 1:26-38 Reading 1, Zechariah 2:14-17 14 Sing, rejoice, daughter of Zion, for now I am coming to live among you -Yahweh declares!15 And on that...

Daily Readings for Friday, December 11, 2020

Daily Reading for Friday December 11, 2020 Reading 1, Isaiah 48:17-19Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 1:1-2, 3, 4, 6Gospel, Matthew 11:16-19 FREE Catholic Classes Pick a class, you can learn anything Reading 1, Isaiah 48:17-19 17 Thus says Yahweh, your redeemer, the Holy...

Daily Readings for Tuesday, December 08, 2020

Daily Reading for Tuesday December 8, 2020 Reading 1, Genesis 3:9-15, 20Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 98:1, 2-3, 3-4Gospel, Luke 1:26-38Reading 2, Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12 Reading 1, Genesis 3:9-15, 20 9 But Yahweh God called to the man. 'Where are you?' he asked.10 'I...

Daily Readings for Monday, December 07, 2020

Daily Reading for Monday December 7, 2020 Reading 1, Isaiah 35:1-10Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 85:9-10, 11-12, 13-14Gospel, Luke 5:17-26 Reading 1, Isaiah 35:1-10 1 Let the desert and the dry lands be glad, let the wasteland rejoice and bloom; like the asphodel,2 let...

Daily Readings for Sunday, December 06, 2020

Daily Reading for Sunday December 6, 2020 Reading 1, Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 85:9-10, 11-12, 13-14Gospel, Mark 1:1-8Reading 2, Second Peter 3:8-14 To all our readers, Please don't scroll past this. Today, we humbly ask you to defend Catholic...

Daily Readings for Friday, December 04, 2020

Daily Reading for Friday December 4, 2020 Reading 1, Isaiah 29:17-24Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 27:1, 4, 13-14Gospel, Matthew 9:27-31 Reading 1, Isaiah 29:17-24 17 Is it not true that in a very short time the Lebanon will become productive ground, so productive you...