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As public Masses and the celebration of the sacraments resume in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, each parish has specific guidelines and safety precautions the faithful must follow, but there are some universal guidelines and reminders for parishioners no matter their parish. They include the following:
  • Bishop Mark has waived the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days until further notice.
  • Masks must be worn at Mass, during the celebration of Reconciliation, and all other liturgical or parish functions.
  • Social distancing must be observed at all times.
  • There should be no hand-shaking during the sign of peace nor at any other time.
  • The Precious Blood will be not offered until further notice.
  • Faithful are encouraged to support their parish through online giving or by mailing their weekly offertory or dropping it off at their parish.
  • The live broadcast of the Sunday Mass airs every Sunday at 11:00 a.m. on WATM ABC 23 and at 9:00 p.m. on Atlantic Broadband channel 9.

For the latest information, watch Proclaim! every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. on WATM ABC 23; sign up for Proclaim! e-news updates; and register for text message alerts from the diocese by texting daj to 84576.

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