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Around The Clock Behind Jo-Ann Semko’s desk is stenciling that says “Thankful, Grateful, and truly Blessed.” As a woman of faith and prayer, her belief in that motto is stronger than ever these days, which is no small accomplishment considering the monumental decisions she is facing. John Roy, Seminarian Clayton Housler, Seminarian Father Benedict Jurchak, TOR Chad Packer, OLV School Principal Advent Directives To help keep crowds within the limits demanded by physical distancing, Bishop Mark has announced that pastors and administrators may celebrate a vigil Mass as early as 2:00 p.m. on the afternoon of Christmas Eve, December 24. VIDEO PLAYLIST FULL STORY Candidates, Sponsors,
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Pope Francis once said, "The Holy Spirit is a great worker, and He works in us, always." Appropriately enough, the grace of the Spirit seems to be working in young people preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation amid a pandemic. FULL LETTER
"Hitting A High Note" Father Joe Nale, Pastor of Most Holy Trinity Parish in South Fork, and parishioner Joe Rulli recently teamed up to install a new pipe organ in the church. They had help from a few others – including Rulli’s 100 year old mother. FOR OFFERTORY COLLECTIONS FOR CHOIRS/SOLOISTS/READERS Dearly Departed Perhaps no one celebrates symbolism like the Catholic Church. The symbols were, indeed, powerful during a prayer service to remember deceased loved ones from Sacred Heart and Saint Mary parishes in Altoona on November 1 at Sacred Heart FULL MESSAGE Apple Of Our Eyes Father Michael Wolfe is a man of few secrets, but when it comes to his grandmother’s legendary apple pie recipe, good luck prying it out of him. “It involves two apples,” he confessed. FULL EDITION READ PREVIOUS ISSUES God Has A Plan For
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The Fall/Winter 2020 Edition of Proclaim! Christ In Your Life Magazine is now available to read in your parish and online! DONATE TODAY
Marriage Prep Series The sacramental preparation for marriage is an invitation to couples to invest time and energy into the important work of preparing for their married life together and continuing their faith journey with God. Sacramental
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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
Concerning Sunday
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"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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What Did Pope Francis Say?

A Message from Bishop Mark regarding Pope Francis and the Church's teaching about marriage.
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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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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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