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A Perfect Union There is an old saying that talk is cheap. For Ed and Ruth Born, however, healthy conversation is key to their long and happy union. John Roy, Seminarian Clayton Housler, Seminarian Father Benedict Jurchak, TOR Chad Packer, OLV School Principal Community Support With a wide grin, Joe Hines revealed the secret to the legendary hot sausage sandwich at the annual festival for the Catholic Community of Cresson. “I think it’s all the care we put into it.” FOR OFFERTORY COLLECTIONS FOR CHOIRS/SOLOISTS/READERS Three Decades Long A phone call nearly three decades ago began a journey for Tracy Smith that culminated this past summer. FULL MESSAGE Marian Celebration Plans are underway for a special tribute to the Blessed Mother. The annual Marian Celebration Mass and Rosary will be on October 4 at 3:00 p.m. at Saint Benedict Parish in Johnstown. VIDEO PLAYLIST FULL STORY Food On Four Wheels Catholic education is a cherished part of Sherry Knopick’s life, and she is pretty pumped about a delicious way HTCS is bringing people together and raising money at the same time. Religious Education
As parishes prepare to welcome students for a new academic year of Religious Education this coming weekend, Saint Mary is among the parishes opting for in-person classes. DONATE TODAY
Fall ARISE Plans Fall plans for the diocesan renewal initiative ARISE Together in Christ are in place. Season five was supposed to occur during this upcoming autumn season, but is delayed until next year because of the coronavirus pandemic. FULL EDITION READ PREVIOUS ISSUES Sacramental
Congratulations to our young people throughout the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown celebrating the Sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation this summer. FULL GALLERY Father Jude Brady, OSB Father Jude Brady, OSB
A Message From
Bishop Mark
Wear a Mask in Church! FULL LETTER
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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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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Individual Who Was Present at Local Mass Tests Positive for COVID-19

he person attended the 4:00 p.m. Mass at Saint Francis of Assisi Parish in Johnstown on Saturday, August 1.
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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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Summer Missionary Cooperative Program

The Missionary Cooperative Program (MCP) serves to connect the work of evangelization with missionaries from…

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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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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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