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Fresh Spiritual Start Like just about everyone else in America, Father George Gulash and Father Brian Warchola are ready to say goodbye to 2020. The new year, however, is truly an opportunity for renewed hope and a chance for a fresh start in our personal lives -- especially when it comes to our relationship with the Lord. VIDEO PLAYLIST FULL STORY Prince Priest Servant of God Demetrius Gallitzin is forever bonded with the faithful of Altoona-Johnstown, and his roots are also linked with three of his equally remarkable contemporaries. Bishop Mark pointed out the connections during a private Mass he celebrated on December 22 at the Prince Gallitzin Chapel House in Loretto. John Roy, Seminarian Clayton Housler, Seminarian Father Benedict Jurchak, TOR Chad Packer, OLV School Principal Christmas Special Proclaim! TV celebrated Christmas with a television special, “Joy to the World: Christmas in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown.” The program highlighted beloved Christmas traditions, the spirit of giving, and beautiful music from parish and school musicians. FULL LETTER Involved Catholics Margaret Whitty didn’t hesitate when given the opportunity to be among the first residents of the Stella Maris Nursing Home near Baltimore to receive the coronavirus vaccine. FOR OFFERTORY COLLECTIONS FOR CHOIRS/SOLOISTS/READERS God Saves "Christmas just won't be the same this year. How many of us have heard those words lately? FULL GALLERY Father Jude Brady, OSB Father Jude Brady, OSB Safe Accomomdations As the largest faith community in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, the pastor, Father Neil Dadey, is taking steps to ensure the parish can safely accommodate what could be a large amount of Christmas Mass attendees. Christmas Broadcasts The Proclaim! TV Ministry is pleased to offer two television Mass broadcasts this Christmas. DONATE TODAY Joy To The World Proclaim! TV is celebrating the glory of Christmas with a television special, “Joy to the World: Christmas in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown.” The two-hour show will highlight beloved Christmas traditions, the overwhelming spirit of giving, and beautiful music from parish and school musicians. FULL EDITION READ PREVIOUS ISSUES Sister Remembered Sometimes those who speak the gentlest can share the strongest message. Carmelite Community of the Word Sister Celeste Ciesielka is being remembered as one such individual. FULL MESSAGE 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.

News | Diocese Happenings

Bishop’s Directives for the Blessing of Throats

The Blessing is to be given to all who are gathered -- not individually.
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Bishop’s Directives for Distribution of Ashes

Ashes are to be sprinkled on an individual's head.
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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 Parish Lenten Fish Dinners

Fish dinners may be provided, but only in the format of take-out service.
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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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