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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown

The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown serves Catholics in eight counties — Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Centre, Clinton, Fulton, Huntingdon, and Somerset. The Diocese is home to 87 parishes, which are served by Diocesan priests and priests from various religious communities, including the Third Order Regular Franciscans, the Conventual Franciscans, and the Order of Saint Benedict. The official Catholic population of the Diocese is 84,039.

News | Diocese Happenings

A Special Message from Bishop Mark

On Friday, July 16, 2021, Pope Francis issued the Apostolic Letter Traditionis Custodes; On the Use of the Roman Liturgy Prior to the Reform of 1970..
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Bishop Announces Date for Restoring the Sunday Mass Obligation; Extends Warm Invitation for the Faithful to Return to the Lord’s Table

Bishop Mark has announced the return of the Sunday and Holy Day Mass obligation in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown beginning August 15, 2021.
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Announcement from Bishop Mark

Bishop Bartchak wishes to advise the faithful of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown...
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A Message from Bishop Mark

It has come to my attention that some people are concerned that I joined a number of other Bishops in asking that discussion and work on the topic of Eucharistic worthiness be postponed until the full body of Bishops is able to meet in person...
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Masks No Longer Required at Mass Beginning on May 22-23

Bishop Mark continues to waive the obligation to attend Mass.
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Bishop Issues Updated COVID-19 Directives

The Bishop has directed that parishes may resume many regular activities beginning on Memorial Day. However, masking requirements remain in place for Masses and other indoor activities.
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Catholic Ministries Drive

Be a disciple of hope through your support of 14 vital ministries in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown.
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PCC and USCCB Statements on Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

“The approval of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine for use in the United States again raises questions about the moral permissibility of using vaccines developed, tested, and/or produced with the help of abortion-derived cell lines." 
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2021 Plans for RCIA, Confirmation, First Holy Communion

Rite of Election and Confirmation to be celebrated at parishes, rather than regionally.
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Vaccine Q&A

Answers to Key Ethical Questions About COVID-19 Vaccines
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Vaccine Clarification

Bishop Mark Joins Other U.S. Bishops in Clarifying Vaccine Confusion
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Update on Diocesan Directives for Health and Safety During the Coronavirus Pandemic

"Masks are not optional when you come to church," said Bishop Mark.
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A Message from Bishop Mark

Wear a Mask in Church!
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Welcome Back to Sunday Mass!

Some Thoughts Concerning Sunday Mass Obligation.
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Answers to Your Questions about Our Response to the Victims of Sexual Abuse

The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown has released a financial summary of the costs related to clergy sexual abuse.
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Victim Assistance

The diocese is committed to the pastoral care and financial support of victims of clergy sexual abuse.
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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.
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