An E-Newsletter from the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown
March 2010
Volume II  Number  3
cross of lilly and thornsWelcome!
Welcome to the March edition of E-vangelist, a monthly E-Newsletter from the Communications Office of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown.  Spring is finally here, our Lenten journey is almost over, and we prepare for the most solemn days of the Church year. May your Holy Week observances lead you to the glory of Easter when we celebrate Christ's triumph over sin and death.
In This Issue
Bishop's Easter Message
Holy Week Schedule
Rite of Election
Tri-High Day
Junior High Youth Day
Theology on Tap
Diocese Seeking Nominations
News and Notes
Ministry Quicklinks
Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown
Independent Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown
Pennsylvania Catholic Conference
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
April guests on Bishop Joseph's Can We Talk? segment on Proclaim!:
April 4  -- On this Easter Sunday, Bishop Joseph talks with Ashley Rosman, a newly-initiated parishioner from Saint Benedict Parish in Johnstown.  
April 11 -- Teen Talk co-hosts Samantha Slezak and Adam Wood interview Bishop Joseph about the importance of families.  
April 18 -- Our Year for Priests series continues with the Very Rev. Neil R. Dadey, Pastor of Saint John the Evangelist Parish in Bellefonte and Blessed Kateria Tekakwitha Parish in Spring Mills and Dean of the Northern Deanery. Father Dadey talks about the role of Dean and his reflections on the priesthood. 
April 25  -- Rose Marie Fochler of Saint Rose of Lima Parish in Altoona and Mary Gebhardt of Saint Catherine of Siena Parish in Duncansville preview the upcoming Catholic Women of the Alleghenies fellowship conference. 
Proclaim! airs every Sunday at 5:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on WWCP TV FOX 8. The live Mass from Saint John Gualbert Cathedral in Johnstown airs at 11:00 a.m. on WWCP and is rebroadcast at 9:00 p.m. on Atlantic Broadband Channel 9 in the Altoona area.
Coming up in the March 29 edition of The Catholic Register:

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  • Reporter Bruce Tomaselli previews what is in store at Camp Zacchaeus this summer. Camp Z is sponsored by the Diocesan Youth Ministry Office. 
Bishop's Random Comments
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Don't miss Bishop Joseph's blog Random Comments on the Diocesan website at www.ajdiocese.org.
Bishop Joseph writes about a variety of issues and invites readers to e-mail him questions and comments.
Radio Maria

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Listen to Radio Maria on WHHN 88.1 FM or go to the Diocesan website at www.ajdiocese.org and click on the Radio Maria button on the right.
Bishop Joseph's Easter Message 
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"Mary stood crying outside the tomb. While she was still crying, she bent over and looked in the tomb and saw two angels there dressed in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been, one at the head and the other at the feet" (John 20:11,12).
Dear Sisters and Brothers of the Household of God:
            For some reason, Mary Magdalene decided to look for Jesus in the tomb, among the dead rather than the living. When she turned around, however, she saw him in the garden, very much alive. That first Easter morning brought a victory for life that Jesus wants to share with all of us.
            I am still reminded of the earthquake and its many after-shocks that took place in Haiti earlier this year. (And, then, another one in Chile.) While the devastation was tremendous and affected multitudes, my recollection centers on the faith and hope of the Haitian people, even in the midst of great deprivation.
            Individuals who were buried in the rubble for as long as two weeks (or even longer) related how their belief and trust in the Lord Jesus saw them through. They focused on life and not on death. Their relationship with the Lord went way beyond the material. It did not depend upon what they had or did not have, - nor, on what they were enduring.
            That is as it should be. Christians are to look for their Christ in the garden and not in the tomb. The Lord's Kingdom is not of this world, as Jesus himself stated to Pontius Pilate. Once we are able to grasp and accept that our true happiness has its foundation outside of this material world, we will truly be a People of the Resurrection and our lives will be an eternal "alleluia."
            May this year's Easter Blessings bring a genuine resurrection into your life and into mine, in such a way that others around us will experience the presence of the Risen Lord in the midst of life's challenges. 
                                                                 Sincerely yours in the Risen Lord,
                                                                    Prince Gallitzin Cross
                                                                 (Most Rev.) Joseph V. Adamec
                                                                 Bishop of Altoona-Johnstown

Prince Gallitzin CrossBishop Joseph's Holy Week Schedule 
The following is the Pontifical Schedule for Holy Week 2010:
Sunday March 28 -- Passion (Palm) Sunday
Blessing of Palm and Mass at 11:00 a.m. 
Saint John Gualbert Cathedral in Johnstown
   (Mass broadcast live on WWCP TV FOX 8)
Monday March 29
Chrism Mass at 11:00 a.m.
Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona
   (Mass broadcast live on Radio Maria WHHN 88.1 FM)
Thursday April 1 -- Holy Thursday
Mass of the Lord's Supper at 6:00 p.m.
Saint John Gualbert Cathedral in Johnstown
Friday April 2 -- Good Friday
Morning Prayer at 9:00 a.m.
Celebration of the Lord's Passion at Noon
Tenebrae Service at 7:30 p.m.
Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona
Saturday April 3 -- Holy Saturday
Office of the Readings at 9:00 a.m.
Easter Vigil at 8:30 p.m.
Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona
Sunday April 4 -- Easter Sunday
Mass of the Lord's Resurrection at 11:00 a.m.
Saint John Gualbert Cathedral in Johnstown
   (Mass broadcast live on WWCP TV FOX 8)
Prince Gallitzin CrossRite of Election
The Diocece of Altoona-Johnstown celebrated the Rite of Election of Catechumens and the Call to Continuing Conversion of Candidates on February 21 at Saint John Gualbert Cathedral in Johnstown and the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona. A catechumen is someone who is seeking baptism. Their presence at the Rite of Election is a public recognition of their "yes" to living a new life in God within the Roman Catholic Church. A candidate -- someone who is already baptized and seeking full communion in the Catholic Church -- celebrates the Rite of the Call to Continuing Conversion. "What a magnificent sight," Bishop Joseph said of the parish-by-parish procession of catechumens and candidates. "You are here because of God's plan for your salvation," the Bishop told the group during his Homily. Thirty four Faith Communities participated in the ceremony. The catechumens and candidates will be initiated at their parishes during the Easter Vigil. [Photo: Bishop Joseph shakes the hand of Catechumen John Paul Pacheaco of Our Lady of Victory Parish in State College as sponsor Christopher Weakland looks on.]
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Tri-High Day

Bishop Joseph sponsored the annual Tri-High Day at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School on March 12. Each year, 12 students each from the three independent Catholic high schools in the Diocese -- Bishop Carroll, Bishop Guilfoyle and Bishop McCort Catholic High Schools -- gather to ask Bishop Joseph questions on a variety of topics. The Bishop celebrates Mass for the students and has lunch with them. Read more about the questions the students had for the Bishop this year in the March 29 edition of The Catholic Register.
Junior High Youth Day 2010
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About 370 students and group leaders attended the annual Junior High Youth Day on March 14 at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School. The event was open to students in grades 6-8. It featured Mass with Bishop Joseph, keynote presentations from APeX Ministries and a service project that benefited our sister Diocese of Mandeville, Jamaica. This year's theme was "What have you done for Him lately?" Bishop Joseph told the students two things they can do for God is forgive others as God forgives and answer a call to vocations.  
Theology on Tap 2010 session
Theology on Tap
Organizers of this year's Theology on Tap sessions reported great turnouts for the first three sessions. Theology on Tap is designed to enhance the spiritual growth of young adults (ages 18-39). The sessions are held in restaurants or taverns and include speakers, discussion and food. This year, Theology on Tap sessions are being held at P.J.'s Tavern in Cresson. The last session is March 22 at 7:00 p.m. The topic will be "Stump the Priest -- Q & A with local clergy."
Diocese Seeking Nominations
The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown is seeking nominations for three awards that will be presented at two upcoming dinners.
Prince Gallitzin CrossBishop Joseph created the Prince Gallitzin Cross Award as a way of recognizing those who have imitated the Prince/Priest's "evangelizing spirit." The 2010 Prince Gallitzin Cross Award will be presented to honorees at a dinner on June 5 at the Cosgrave Center at Mount Aloysius College in Cresson. For an award criteria and nomination form, please go to the Diocesan website at www.ajdiocese.org.
Prince Gallitzin CrossCatholic Charities will hold its annual dinner on April 29 at the UVA Club in Altoona. The agency will present the Msgr. William M. Griffin Humanitarian Award to individuals who have demonstrated a significant, long-term commitment (professional or volunteer) to serving the poor, marginalized and most vulnerable within our diocesan community. Catholic Charities will also honor two elementary and two high school students with the Matthew 25 Student Award. Recipients must demonstrate exceptional service to their communities, especially service to the poor and needy -- service that is "above and beyond" required school community service hours. Criteria and nomination forms for both awards are also available on the Diocesan website at www.ajdiocese.org.
News & Notes from Around the Household of God
Prince Gallitzin CrossA presentation on the priesthood is scheduled for March 26, 2010, at 7:00 p.m., at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art on the Campus of Saint Francis University in Loretto. The presenter will be Msgr. Paul McPartlan, a priest of the Archdiocese of Westminister (UK) and a Carl J. Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism at the Catholic University of America. The presentation is open to all.
The Lee Foundation gave a matching $5,000 grant to Catholic Charities for winter home heating assistance. The grant matches a $5,000 award from the Community Foundation of the Alleghenies. "Catholic Charities is recognized by those in need as the place to go for heating/fuel assistance," said Larry Olek, Executive Director of the Lee Foundation. "We are very happy to help."
Signs of Hope 2010
The Altoona Area Christian Coalition hosted its annual Remarkable Signs of Hope Banquet on March 11 at the Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center. The Coalition honored four individuals for their outstanding service the community:
  • Michael Barnes -- Bethany Lutheran Church; "Saturday Night Live" support group
  • Virginia Day -- Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church; NAACP Secretary; various community organizations
  • Tom Irwin -- Saint Rose of Lima Parish; Gloria Gates Memorial Foundation; Habitat for Humanity
  • Kate Prescott -- Saint Therese of the Child Jesus Parish; coordinator of a project that collects items for children at Christmas.
The Altoona Area Christian Coalition is an ecumenical group committed to building a community that is welcoming and hospitable, kind and compassionate; while being advocates for justice and mercy for everyone. Nine Christian faith traditions make up the Coalition, including Roman Catholic. [Photo: Signs of Hope award winners (left to right) Virginia Day, Michael Barnes and Kate Prescott. Tom Irwin was absent.]
Upcoming Events
March 22; 6:30 p.m.
Diocesan Penance Service
Saint John Gualbert Cathedral, Johnstown
March 23; 7:00 p.m.
Diocesan Penance Service
Good Shepherd Parish, State College
March 24; 6:30 p.m.
Diocesan Penance Service
Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Altoona
March 27; 11:00 a.m.
Christian Initiation Anointing
Our Lady of Victory Parish, State College
March 28
Christian Initiation Anointing
1:30 p.m at Saint John Gualbert Cathedral, Johnstown; 4:45 p.m. at Saint Catherine Parish, Duncansville
March 29; 11:00 a.m.
Chrism Mass
Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Altoona
April 1-5
Sacred Triduum/Easter Holiday
Chancery Closed
April 17; 5:00 p.m.
Neophyte Mass
Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Altoona
April 21; 5:30 p.m.
Bishop's Night for Vocations
Our Lady of Loretto Community Hall, Loretto
April 25
Annual Catholic Appeal
Announcement Sunday
April 29; 5:00 p.m.
Catholic Charities Board Dinner
UVA Club, Altoona
Saint Therese of the Child JesusPrayer for Lent
O, God, bless us during this season of spiritual renewal. Fill our minds and hearts with love, that we may be a sign of Jesus to all those living in our midst.
Contact Information
E-vangelist is published by the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown Office of Communications
Mr. Tony DeGol
Secretary for Communications
925 S. Logan Boulevard
Hollidaysburg, PA  16648
(814) 695-5579