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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 Holy Week Schedules Faithful are invited to Ash Wednesday Masses at parishes throughout the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. This year, because of the pandemic, and as previously announced, Bishop Mark has directed that ashes are to be sprinkled on the heads of those who approach. Holy Thursday Good Friday Easter Vigil/Easter Sunday USCCB Easter/Triduum Resources 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 Success & Stability Catholic education is having a moment. It seems like everyone is witnessing how Catholic schools around the country are safely and successfully offering in-person education during the pandemic – and Catholic schools in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown are no exception. FULL MESSAGE Building Up
The Kingdom
An ice cold Pepsi can be refreshing, but there is something even better to quench your ultimate thirst. “Do you want to live life just doing the sugary water things?,” posed Will Smith to a virtual group of young people. FULL EDITION READ PREVIOUS ISSUES
Lights, Camera, Action! What have you been doing while laying low during the pandemic? A group of seminarian buddies found a way to powerfully evangelize without even leaving campus. DONATE TODAY 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 Learning From
The Journey
Sometimes when we are traveling to a vacation destination, we are so eager to arrive at the site that we forget to enjoy, appreciate, and learn from the journey. The same can be true for engaged couples looking forward to their wedding. Not so for Wally Zapotoczny and Melissa Summers.
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
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.

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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