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Twice as Nice Confirmation is a double blessing for the Anderson family this year. Twin brothers Nicklaus and Noah Anderson are among the hundreds of high school juniors receiving the sacrament this Easter season in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. Pilgrimage Sites In the midst of this Year of Saint Joseph, the faithful have the unique opportunity to reacquaint themselves with this patron of the universal Church, and – in the words of Pope Francis – implore his intercession and to imitate his virtues and zeal. DONATE TODAY Catholic Daughters A member of Saint Michael the Archangel Parish in Hollidaysburg, Gildea is getting ready to celebrate 65 years of membership with the Catholic Daughters of the Americas. FULL EDITION READ PREVIOUS ISSUES Scoring Big Success on the basketball court only comes with practice and discipline. For Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School hoops star Leah Homan, there is another key ingredient to her success. FULL MESSAGE Jubilee Anniversaries Three diocesan priests are celebrating jubilee anniversaries this spring, including the Very Reverend James Crookston marking the 50th anniversary of ordination, Reverend Neil Dadey reaching the 40 year milestone, and Reverend John Slovikovski marking his 25th anniversary. Holy Thursday Good Friday Easter Vigil/Easter Sunday USCCB Easter/Triduum Resources Easter Message "It seems like circumstances beyond our control have held us bound for such a long time. And it has made us feel like we can’t breathe. That is precisely why we need to look to the Lord Jesus who suffered and died on the cross." FULL LETTER Beloved Tradition Easter is coming, and the mere mention of hrudka gets Father Aron Maghsoudi’s mouth watering. Beyond that, it is just one element that makes up an important custom that remains cherished in many parts of the diocese. FULL GALLERY Father Jude Brady, OSB Father Jude Brady, OSB Disciples of Hope Pope Francis describes the disciple of hope as a person who stands by, and with and for those who need the gift of hope. With the opening of the 2021 Catholic Ministries Drive, you too can be a disciple of hope to those in your faith communities. VIDEO PLAYLIST FULL STORY Year of Saint Joseph Pilgrimage opportunities, special prayers and reflections, and an art contest are among the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown plans to celebrate the Year of Saint Joseph as declared by Pope Francis on December 8, 2020, and continuing until December 8, 2021. FOR OFFERTORY COLLECTIONS FOR CHOIRS/SOLOISTS/READERS Concerning Sunday
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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

Benedictine Priest to Resume Assignment

Father Ananias Buccicone, OSB, will resume his assignment at Queen of Peace Parish in Patton on April 9, 2021.
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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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