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Vaccinations Commence The Maurice Stokes Athletic Center at Saint Francis University is home to thrilling competition, and these days, it is also a place that could save lives. FULL LETTER Ashes Directives 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. John Roy, Seminarian Clayton Housler, Seminarian Father Benedict Jurchak, TOR Chad Packer, OLV School Principal Seek The Lord's Help More than a century ago, the lay theologian and philosopher G.K. Chesterton wrote the book, What’s Wrong With the World. The first line said, “I am,” recalled Father Matt Baum, Administrator of Prince of Peace Parish in Northern Cambria. “I think those are wise words, and that’s the sense I like to begin Lent with.” VIDEO PLAYLIST FULL STORY Reconsecration The faith community of Transfiguration Parish in Conemaugh is refusing to let evil triumph over good following a senseless act of desecration at the church. FOR OFFERTORY COLLECTIONS FOR CHOIRS/SOLOISTS/READERS Tireless Outreach As many of our friends and neighbors struggle in this pandemic, parishes, Catholic schools, and Catholic social service agencies in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown are spreading the love by answering the call to serve. FULL GALLERY Father Jude Brady, OSB Father Jude Brady, OSB Faith Forward Cathy Keefe realizes that being Catholic is about more than just going to Mass on Sundays. A member of Sacred Heart Parish in Altoona, Keefe has found an extraordinary way to put her faith into action beyond her local Church. FULL MESSAGE Blessing Of Throats The traditional Blessing of Throats will be offered to assemblies this year as a safer alternative to individual blessings. FULL EDITION READ PREVIOUS ISSUES Sprinkling Of Ashes Catholics will have the opportunity to fully participate in Ash Wednesday observances, but they will not receive the familiar cross of ashes on their forehead this year. DONATE TODAY Take-Out Only One of the tastiest ways to observe the Lenten season and celebrate community in parishes is the fish lunch or dinner. This Lent, Bishop Mark has given the go-ahead for parishes to sponsor the meals, but only in the format of take-out service. 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.

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Reconciliation Opportunities

Parishes announce special times for Confessions leading up to Easter.
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Stations of the Cross

Parishes announce schedules.
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Take-Out Fish Lunches/Dinners

A summary of fish dinners and other food sales at parishes.
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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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Bishop’s Directives for Distribution of Palms

Palms are to be distributed at the conclusion of Mass.
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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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