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Return Dates
Announced
Bishop Mark has announced dates for the return of the public celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, the distribution of Holy Communion, and the celebration of public Masses. FULL MESSAGE
"Many Happy Returns" As parishes reopen church buildings for private prayer, parishioners joyfully return to spend quiet time with the Lord. DIOCESAN YOUTH PROTECTION WEBSITE "A SENSE OF VULNERABILITY" Come, Holy Spirit The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown invites parishioners to pray the Novena to the Holy Spirit beginning on May 23. Happy Anniversary! This month, Father Francis Balestino is marking the 60th anniversary of ordination, and three deacons are celebrating their silver jubilees. Padre Pio Family Fest Interview With Father Tom Betz Saint Peter's
Basilica Reopens
Tourists and the faithful are allowed to enter Saint Peter's Basilica after being closed for weeks due to COVID-19. FULL MESSAGE
Diocese Announces Plan
To Reopen Churches
In a pastoral message to the faithful, Bishop Mark is announcing a four-step process in which parishes may reopen church buildings, gradually celebrate the sacraments, and eventually resume public Masses. DONATE TODAY
Prayer Warrior A Saint John Gualbert Cathedral parishioner, who is vulnerable to COVID-19, invites the faithful to pray the coronavirus prayer he wrote. FULL EDITION READ PREVIOUS ISSUES Sign Of The Times The Bishop McCort Catholic High School family salutes the Class of 2020 with a multi-county recognition parade. Father Mark Pattock, OFM Cap. Father Jude Brady, OSB Father Jude Brady, OSB Staying Connected Pray together. Stay connected. Support your parish. Continue His mission. VIDEO PLAYLIST FULL STORY Coronavirus Concerns The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown is in contact with public health officials and will continue to monitor the situation. At this time, we urge everyone in the diocese to take common sense measures and precautions to protect everyone. FULL LETTER

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

A Special Message from Bishop Mark

"During the past several days, the last words of George Floyd, “I can’t breathe,” have echoed across the world."
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New Directive Regarding Mass Atttendance

Bishop lifts limitation of only 25 at Mass.
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Parishes Announce Reconciliation Opportunities

Public Confessions will be heard beginning on May 23.
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Dates for Public Confessions, Masses Announced

Public Masses to resume on June 13-14.
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Bishop Announces Plan to Reopen Churches

The Bishop's four-phase plan involves reopening church buildings and gradually celebrating the sacraments.
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New Directives

Bishop Mark issues new directives including closing churches to the public until further notice.
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Bishop Suspends All Public Masses

All public Masses, liturgical activities, and social events are cancelled or postponed until further notice.
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Liturgical Directives

Bishop Mark outlines liturgical plans during this time of need.
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Television/Streaming Masses

Various opportunities to watch Mass on television, internet, or social media.
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Prayer While Sheltering in Place

Prayers for protection, healing, and unity as the world copes with the coronavirus.
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Support Your Parish

Faithful are invited to continue their regular offertory through online giving or by mailing or dropping off their gift.
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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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