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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

Acolyte

Two diocesan seminarians were instituted in the Ministry of Acolyte.
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177 Project

Saint Clement Parish in Johnstown is hosting a gathering of Adoration and music.
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SHYCON 2018

Students packaged 30,000 meals for the hungry and hear inspirational messages about being "Strong and Courageous."
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All Soles Project

Catholic Charities launches a new effort to provide winter boots for children.
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Concert Series

A blessing and dedication is scheduled for the new organ at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Altoona followed by the first of a series of concerts.
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Patriotic Rosary

The faithful gathered to pray for wisdom in choosing elected leaders and guidance for the leaders as they carry out their work.
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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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Letter from Bishop Mark

Bishop Mark will join other bishops in prayer and fasting to prepare for the upcoming USCCB General Assembly.
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Vocation View

Vocations Director Father Matthew Reese looks at the examples of saints.
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Remembering Sister Margie

Sister Margie Monahan is remembered for her commitment to serving others.
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ARISE at Garvey Manor

A group of residents gather weekly for small group faith sharing.
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Hands and Hearts Haiti Ministry

The Carmelite Community of the Word and its dedicated volunteers loaded items for the needy in Haiti.
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Pet Blessing

Various parishes blessed pets in celebration of the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi.
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Scouting Mass

Bishop Mark celebrated the annual Scouting Emblem Mass.
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Special Collection

Bishop Mark has requested a special collection to assist victims of recent hurricanes.
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ARISE Prison Ministry

Spiritual renewal comes to prisons in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown.
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Saint Michael Celebration

The Basilica of Saint Michael the Archangel Parish and Saint Michael School in Loretto celebrated the feast of their patron.
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Marian Celebration

Hundreds attended an annual celebration of the Blessed Mother in Johnstown.
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Rite of Candidacy

The Diaconate community is welcoming a new candidate.
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ARISE Leaders Commissioned

ARISE participants share expectations for the pastoral and spiritual renewal effort.
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RICH Kickoff

Catholic elementary schools in the Prince Gallitzin quadrant receive powerful message about Respect, Integrity, Courage, and Humility.
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Deacons Celebrate

Bishop Mark celebrated a Mass marking the 50th anniversary of the restoration of the Permanent Diaconate in America.
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PA Bishops’ Statement

Pennsylvania's Bishops: We pledge our support for Independent Sex Abuse Survivors' Compensation Program.
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ARISE Anticipation Builds

Parishes are eagerly preparing for ARISE Together in Christ.
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Adult Classes Enrich Faith

Diocese offers new semester of Adult Enrichment/Lay Ecclesial Ministry classes.
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Diocese Renews Commitment to Youth Protection

Bishop Mark L. Bartchak is deeply saddened by the grand jury report released on August 14 regarding the dioceses of Allentown, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, and Scranton.
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Safe Environment Training

The Office of Children and Youth Protection is sponsoring a series of upcoming training sessions.
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Student Scholarships

State program supports need-based scholarships to our Catholic Schools.
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Prince Gallitzin Cross Award

Bishop Mark honored ten individuals with the 2018 Prince Gallitzin Cross.
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Catholic Ministries Drive

The 2018 Catholic Ministries Drive supports ministries focused on Caring for the Poor, Nurturing Youth, and Forming Clergy and Laity.
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Catholic Scouting

Plans are underway for the 2018 Catholic Scout Retreat.
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Sunday Mass

Watch the most recent Sunday Mass broadcast.
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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.
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Review Board

Bishop Bartchak has announced the appointment of new members to the Diocesan Review Board.
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Reforms to Protect Children

The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown and the U.S. Attorney's Office announce reforms to protect children.
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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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