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Catholic schools in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown are preparing for the opening of the new academic year with in-person education at all schools. FOR OFFERTORY COLLECTIONS FOR CHOIRS/SOLOISTS/READERS
A Safe Welcome Back As the long-time principal of Saint Peter School in Somerset, Jill Harris is no stranger to getting ready for a new school year. This year, however, she admits the process is like walking on shifting sands. Padre Pio Family Fest Interview With Father Tom Betz Back To School Bishop Mark offers a message to returning students , teachers, and parents about the "learned leisure" of school, and the hopes for the future of the new academic year. VIDEO PLAYLIST FULL STORY Making Students Saints The primary mission of Catholic education is not to teach Math, Science, and History, but to make students saints. Sense Of Calm There are a lot of medical professionals in Father Alfred Patterson's family. Not surprisingly, they are a tremendous source of support to him during this coronavirus pandemic and a wealth of good information. DONATE TODAY Always Thirst
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Hannah Grace Wirfel has some advice for her younger brother, Luke, as he prepares for his freshman year of college. Work hard and learn, she urged, but also have fun, enjoy friendships, and make the most of the opportunity. Her recommendations come from experience. FULL EDITION READ PREVIOUS ISSUES
Remarkable Ministry The power of prayer is uniting the diaconate community of Altoona-Johnstown with a young seminarian halfway around the world. FULL MESSAGE Sacramental
Congratulations to our young people throughout the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown celebrating the Sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation this summer. FULL GALLERY Father Jude Brady, OSB Father Jude Brady, OSB
A Message From
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Wear a Mask in Church! FULL LETTER
Concerning Sunday
Mass Obligations
"Some pastors and even Bishop Mark’s office have reported that people are still asking if the dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday remains in effect. The answer is yes, but some are wondering how to observe that practice." DIOCESAN YOUTH PROTECTION WEBSITE "A SENSE OF VULNERABILITY"

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.

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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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Individual Who Was Present at Local Mass Tests Positive for COVID-19

he person attended the 4:00 p.m. Mass at Saint Francis of Assisi Parish in Johnstown on Saturday, August 1.
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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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Summer Missionary Cooperative Program

The Missionary Cooperative Program (MCP) serves to connect the work of evangelization with missionaries from…

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A Special Message from Bishop Mark

"During the past several days, the last words of George Floyd, “I can’t breathe,” have echoed across the world."
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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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