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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...

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 Tuesday, January 09, 2024

Reading 1, First Samuel 1:9-20 9 When they had finished eating in the room, Hannah got up and stood before Yahweh. Eli the priest was sitting on his seat by the doorpost of the temple of Yahweh.10 In the bitterness of her soul she prayed to Yahweh with many tears,11...

Daily Readings for Monday, January 08, 2024

Reading 1, First Samuel 1:1-8 1 There was a man of Ramathaim, a Zuphite from the highlands of Ephraim whose name was Elkanah son of Jeroham, son of Elihu, son of Tohu, son of Zuph, an Ephraimite.2 He had two wives, one called Hannah, the other Peninnah; Peninnah had...

Daily Readings for Sunday, January 07, 2024

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Daily Readings for Friday, January 05, 2024

Reading 1, First John 3:11-21 11 This is the message which you heard from the beginning, that we must love one another,12 not to be like Cain, who was from the Evil One and murdered his brother. And why did he murder his brother? Because his own actions were evil and...

Daily Readings for Wednesday, January 03, 2024

Reading 1, First John 2:29-3:6 29 If you know that he is upright you must recognise that everyone whose life is upright is a child of his.1 You must see what great love the Father has lavished on us by letting us be called God's children -- which is what we are! The...

Daily Readings for Tuesday, January 02, 2024

Reading 1, First John 2:22-28 22 Who is the liar, if not one who claims that Jesus is not the Christ? This is the Antichrist, who denies both the Father and the Son.23 Whoever denies the Son cannot have the Father either; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father...

Daily Readings for Monday, January 01, 2024

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Daily Readings for Sunday, December 31, 2023

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