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A Life-Changing Lent
Lent is a 40-day season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. It is a period of preparation to celebrate the Lord's Resurrection at Easter. Lent 2023 begins on Ash Wednesday (February 22), and ends at sundown on Holy Thursday (April 6).
2023 Diocesan Men's Conference
An inspiring Catholic priest and a nationally recognized author will headline the 2023 Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown Men’s Conference “STRENGTH IN CHRIST – Be Not Afraid”. The conference is scheduled for April 29 at Mount Aloysius College in Cresson.
2023 Catholic Ministries Drive - Together We Serve
The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown's 2023 Catholic Ministries Drive has begun. When you support the Catholic Ministries Drive, "Together We Serve" God's people in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown by spreading God's love and supporting the mission of the Church through our vital ministries.
A Life-Changing Lent - Dos & Don'ts
The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown Office of Communications wants to help you have a LIFE-CHANGING LENT. Register now for daily inspiration that will arrive in your inbox or by text message. The daily posts will include realistic and thought-provoking DOs and DON’Ts to guide you along your Lenten journey.
Synod on Synodality - Summary Report
Pope Francis invited the faithful to share their ideas and experiences on how we can better live out the mission of Jesus Christ and His Church through the Synod on Synodality survey last year. Everyone was invited to participate, regardless of their relationship with the Church, with the goal of listening to both the Holy Spirit and to one another in order to understand how we can better engage and teach about Christ. All of the survey responses from around the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown were accumulated into a public document outlining what we have heard and how we can act going forward, which you can read in full by clicking below.
National Eucharistic Revival
The Bishops of the United States are calling for a three-year grassroots revival of devotion and belief in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. We are seeking to renew the whole Church by enkindling a living relationship with the Lord Jesus in the Holy Eucharist, at all levels of worship. The Revival kicks off on June 19, 2022 - the Feast of Corpus Christi.Learn More
The Secret Ingredient
All it takes to connect our faith with the universal experience of food and gathering for a meal is a secret ingredient. Join culinary buffs from across the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown on Proclaim! TV as they share some of their favorite recipes while exploring the bonds of faith, family, and food, then try preparing some yourself!Read More
To Proclaim and Teach
In looking to ensure the continuing success of our schools, the diocese – in collaboration with the Office of Education – is initiating “To PROCLAIM and TEACH,” a strategic growth planning process that will focus on Catholic school vitality and sustainability.Read More
What We Believe
Sacraments and the Mass
Prayers and Daily Readings
Proclaim! TV Mass
James Yonushonis remembers the days when just about all he did for Lent was give up something like watermelon. Recent Lents, however, including this one, are dramatically different.
During the Rite of Election, Bishop Mark explained that President Harry Truman had written over 1,300 love letters to his wife, Bess. The Bishop suggested that those seeking initiation in the Church should follow Truman’s lead.
A special message from Bishop Mark on the one-year anniversary of the war in Ukraine
Local Visit Scores Big
Former Pittsburgh Pirates standout Neil Walker paid a visit to Holy Name Parish in Ebensburg and was greeted by a slew of adoring fans anxious to meet him and listen to his home run message.