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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 Thursday, May 30, 2024

Reading 1, Exodus 24:3-8 3 Moses went and told the people all Yahweh's words and all the laws, and all the people answered with one voice, 'All the words Yahweh has spoken we will carry out!'4 Moses put all Yahweh's words into writing, and early next morning he built...

Daily Readings for Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Reading 1, First Peter 1:18-25 18 For you know that the price of your ransom from the futile way of life handed down from your ancestors was paid, not in anything perishable like silver or gold,19 but in precious blood as of a blameless and spotless lamb, Christ.20 He...

Daily Readings for Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Reading 1, First Peter 1:10-16 10 This salvation was the subject of the search and investigation of the prophets who spoke of the grace you were to receive,11 searching out the time and circumstances for which the Spirit of Christ, bearing witness in them, was...

Daily Readings for Monday, May 27, 2024

Reading 1, First Peter 1:3-9 3 Blessed be God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who in his great mercy has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead4 and into a heritage that can never be spoilt or soiled and...

Daily Readings for Sunday, May 26, 2024

Daily Reading for Sunday May 26, 2024 Reading 1, Deuteronomy 4:32-34, 39-40Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 33:4-5, 6, 9, 18-19, 20, 22Gospel, Matthew 28:16-20Reading 2, Romans 8:14-17 Printable PDF of Today's Reading Past / Future Daily Readings Reading 1, Deuteronomy...

Daily Readings for Saturday, May 25, 2024

Reading 1, James 5:13-20 13 Any one of you who is in trouble should pray; anyone in good spirits should sing a psalm.14 Any one of you who is ill should send for the elders of the church, and they must anoint the sick person with oil in the name of the Lord and pray...

Daily Readings for Friday, May 24, 2024

Reading 1, James 5:9-12 9 Do not make complaints against one another, brothers, so as not to be brought to judgement yourselves; the Judge is already to be seen waiting at the gates.10 For your example, brothers, in patiently putting up with persecution, take the...

Daily Readings for Thursday, May 23, 2024

Reading 1, James 5:1-6 1 Well now, you rich! Lament, weep for the miseries that are coming to you.2 Your wealth is rotting, your clothes are all moth-eaten.3 All your gold and your silver are corroding away, and the same corrosion will be a witness against you and eat...

Daily Readings for Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Reading 1, James 4:13-17 13 Well now, you who say, 'Today or tomorrow, we are off to this or that town; we are going to spend a year there, trading, and make some money.'14 You never know what will happen tomorrow: you are no more than a mist that appears for a little...

Daily Readings for Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Reading 1, James 4:1-10 1 Where do these wars and battles between yourselves first start? Is it not precisely in the desires fighting inside your own selves?2 You want something and you lack it; so you kill. You have an ambition that you cannot satisfy; so you fight...