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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...

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...

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Daily Readings for Tuesday, March 02, 2021

Daily Reading for Tuesday March 2, 2021 Reading 1, Isaiah 1:10, 16-20Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 50:8-9, 16-17, 21, 23Gospel, Matthew 23:1-12 Reading 1, Isaiah 1:10, 16-20 10 Hear what Yahweh says, you rulers of Sodom; listen to what our God teaches, you people of...

Daily Readings for Monday, March 01, 2021

Daily Reading for Monday March 1, 2021 Reading 1, Daniel 9:4-10Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 79:8, 9, 11, 13Gospel, Luke 6:36-38 Reading 1, Daniel 9:4-10 4 I pleaded with Yahweh my God and made this confession: 'O my Lord, God great and to be feared, you keep the...

Daily Readings for Sunday, February 28, 2021

Daily Reading for Sunday February 28, 2021 Reading 1, Genesis 22:1-2, 9, 10-13, 15-18Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 116:10, 15, 16-17, 18-19Gospel, Mark 9:2-10Reading 2, Romans 8:31-34 Free PDFs: Hail Mary, Our Father, How to Pray the Rosary & more PDF educational...

Daily Readings for Saturday, February 27, 2021

Daily Reading for Saturday February 27, 2021 Reading 1, Deuteronomy 26:16-19Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 119:1-2, 4-5, 7-8Gospel, Matthew 5:43-48 FREE Catholic Classes Pick a class, you can learn anything Reading 1, Deuteronomy 26:16-19 16 'Yahweh your God commands you...

Daily Readings for Friday, February 26, 2021

Daily Reading for Friday February 26, 2021 Reading 1, Ezekiel 18:21-28Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8Gospel, Matthew 5:20-26 Reading 1, Ezekiel 18:21-28 21 'If the wicked, however, renounces all the sins he has committed, respects my laws and is...

Daily Readings for Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Daily Reading for Tuesday February 23, 2021 Reading 1, Isaiah 55:10-11Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 34:4-5, 6-7, 16-17, 18-19Gospel, Matthew 6:7-15 Reading 1, Isaiah 55:10-11 10 For, as the rain and the snow come down from the sky and do not return before having watered...

Daily Readings for Monday, February 22, 2021

Daily Reading for Monday February 22, 2021 Reading 1, First Peter 5:1-4Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 23:1-3, 3-4, 5, 6Gospel, Matthew 16:13-19 Reading 1, First Peter 5:1-4 1 I urge the elders among you, as a fellow-elder myself and a witness to the sufferings of Christ,...

Daily Readings for Sunday, February 21, 2021

Daily Reading for Sunday February 21, 2021 Reading 1, Genesis 9:8-15Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9Gospel, Mark 1:12-15Reading 2, First Peter 3:18-22 Reading 1, Genesis 9:8-15 8 God spoke as follows to Noah and his sons,9 'I am now establishing my covenant...