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Full Circle Sometimes life takes you full circle, and for Marian Farabaugh, that is a very good thing. Holy Thursday Good Friday Easter Vigil/Easter Sunday USCCB Easter/Triduum Resources Responding With Feet Listening involves using more than one’s ears. Bishop Mark made that point as he ordained diocesan seminarian Brian Norris as a transitional deacon on May 15 at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona. FULL MESSAGE Masters of Divinity During commencement exercises on May 21, Deacon Mark Groeger and Deacon Michael Pleva received Master of Divinity Degrees, completing their academic formation at the seminary. FULL EDITION READ PREVIOUS ISSUES 2021 Salute It is graduation season for the four Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. DONATE TODAY Faith Forward When it comes to living their faith, one might say a group of Altoona women have it in the bag. “We’re like a family together,” observed Bonnie Pfeffer, the leader of an ARISE Together in Christ group comprised mostly of parishioners of Saint Mark in Altoona. is yes, but some are wondering how to observe that practice." DIOCESAN YOUTH PROTECTION WEBSITE "A SENSE OF VULNERABILITY" Updated Covid-19 Response Individuals will no longer be required to wear masks at Mass beginning this weekend; obligation to attend Mass remains waived by the Bishop. FULL LETTER 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. COVID-19 Directives Bishop Mark has directed that parishes may return to full capacity and resume other activities beginning on Memorial Day -- May 31, 2021. However, masking requirements remain in place for Masses and all other indoor activities. 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

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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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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