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Catholic Schools Week 2023
Since 1974, National Catholic Schools Week has been the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. The theme for National Catholic Schools Week 2023 is “Faith. Excellence. Service.” Catholic Schools Week 2023 runs from January 29 until February 4.
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
Pope Benedict XVI
The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown is remembering the life and legacy of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. All people of goodwill are invited to a Mass for the repose of the soul of Pope Benedict on January 11 at 5:30 PM at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona.
O Come, Emmanuel
The season of Advent, beginning on November 27, is a four-week period of expectant joy leading up to the celebration of the Lord's birth at Christmas.
Communal Penance Services
Advent is a time to seek the Lord's healing and forgiveness through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Various parishes will host Communal Penance Services leading up to Christmas.
The first ever Saint Mary and Saint Michael Nativity Festival is being offered as a gift to the Hollidaysburg parish communities, including all in the surrounding community area.