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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...

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 Readings for Friday, July 23, 2021

Daily Reading for Friday July 23, 2021 Reading 1, Exodus 20:1-17Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 19:8, 9, 10, 11Gospel, Matthew 13:18-23 Reading 1, Exodus 20:1-17 1 Then God spoke all these words. He said,2 'I am Yahweh your God who brought you out of Egypt, where you lived...

Daily Readings for Thursday, July 22, 2021

Daily Reading for Thursday July 22, 2021 Reading 1, Second Corinthians 5:14-17Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9Gospel, John 20:1-2, 11-18 To all our readers, Please don't scroll past this. Today, we humbly ask you to defend Catholic Online's independence....

Daily Readings for Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Reading 1, Exodus 16:1-5, 9-15 1 Setting out from Elim, the whole community of Israelites entered the desert of Sin, lying between Elim and Sinai -- on the fifteenth day of the second month after they had left Egypt.2 And the whole community of Israelites began...

Daily Readings for Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Daily Reading for Tuesday July 20, 2021 Reading 1, Exodus 14:21-15:1Responsorial Psalm, Exodus 15:8-9, 10, 12, 17Gospel, Matthew 12:46-50 Reading 1, Exodus 14:21-15:1 21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and Yahweh drove the sea back with a strong...

Daily Readings for Monday, July 19, 2021

Reading 1, Exodus 14:5-18 5 When Pharaoh king of Egypt was told that the people had fled, he and his officials changed their attitude towards the people. 'What have we done,' they said, 'allowing Israel to leave our service?'6 So Pharaoh had his chariot harnessed and...

Daily Readings for Sunday, July 18, 2021

Reading 1, Jeremiah 23:1-16 1 'Disaster for the shepherds who lose and scatter the sheep of my pasture, Yahweh declares.2 This, therefore, is what Yahweh, God of Israel, says about the shepherds who shepherd my people, "You have scattered my flock, you have driven...

Daily Readings for Saturday, July 17, 2021

Daily Reading for Saturday July 17, 2021 Reading 1, Exodus 12:37-42Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 136:1, 23-24, 10-12, 13-15Gospel, Matthew 12:14-21 To all our readers, Please don't scroll past this. Today, we humbly ask you to defend Catholic Online's independence. 98%...

Daily Readings for Friday, July 16, 2021

Reading 1, Exodus 11:10-12:14 10 Moses and Aaron worked all these wonders in Pharaoh's presence, but Yahweh made Pharaoh stubborn, and he did not let the Israelites leave his country.1 Yahweh said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt,2 'This month must be the first of all the...

Daily Readings for Thursday, July 15, 2021

Reading 1, Exodus 3:11-20 11 Moses said to God, 'Who am I to go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?'12 'I shall be with you,' God said, 'and this is the sign by which you will know that I was the one who sent you. After you have led the people out of...

Daily Readings for Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Daily Reading for Wednesday July 14, 2021 Reading 1, Exodus 3:1-6, 9-12Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 103:1-2, 3-4, 6-7Gospel, Matthew 11:25-27 Reading 1, Exodus 3:1-6, 9-12 1 Moses was looking after the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led it...