An E-Newsletter from the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown
April 2010
Volume II  Number  4
LilyChrist is Risen! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Welcome to the April edition of E-vangelist, a monthly E-Newsletter from the Communications Office of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. Although Easter Sunday has long since past, the glory of the Easter season continues. May you experience the presence of the risen Christ throughout these wonderful spring days. A special welcome to the many people who were fully-initiated into the Catholic Church during the Easter Vigil. May the Lord bless you on your new journey. We also pray for the many young people who are receiving the Holy Spirit through the Sacrament of Confirmation this Easter season. May the Gifts of the Spirit guide you always. What a splendor-filled time of year! 
In This Issue
Annual Catholic Appeal
Bishop's Night for Vocations
Catholic Charities Dinner
Confirmation Season
Neophyte Mass
Chrism Mass
New Vestments
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
May guests on Bishop Joseph's Can We Talk? segment on Proclaim!:
May 2  -- During this Confirmation season, Teen Talk co-hosts Samantha Slezak and Adam Wood interview Bishop Joseph about the Holy Spirit and preparing to receive the Sacrament.  
May 9 --  On this Mother's Day, Monica Hague of the Basilica of Saint Michael the Archangel in Loretto shares her thoughts on raising four young boys. 
May 16 -- Our Year for Priests series continues with Msgr. Tim Swope, Rector of the Basilica of Saint Michael the Archangel in Loretto.
May 23 -- Sister Helen Marie Burns, RSM, previews a series of recognition events planned by the Diocesan Commission for Life and Justice.
May 30 -- Graduating seniors from the independent Catholic high schools in the Diocese join Bishop Joseph to reflect on Catholic education and look ahead to the future.  
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 April 26 edition of The Catholic Register:

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  • Reporter Bruce
    Tomaselli has the story of a group of Mount Aloysius students who spent their Spring Break helping the less-fortunate in Jamaica.  
  • Bishop Joseph reflects on the natural disasters that have swept our world recently, including the volcano in Iceland.
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.
Radio Maria will broadcast the live Mass from Saint John the Evangelist Parish in Altoona (Lakemont) on Sunday, May 9 at 11:00 a.m.
ACA logoAnnual Catholic Appeal 
This year's Annual Catholic Appeal will feature a new campaign logo and new goal formula.
From 2001 until last year, the Annual Catholic Appeal logo remained unchanged. The Faithful will notice a new logo this year on all of the campaign's promotional pieces.The stained glass window on the ACA poster, brochure and logo (pictured right) is from Saint Rose of Lima Parish in Altoona. "The new logo is a visual representation of our being a Eucharistic People, plus it ties into the remaining months of the Year for Priests," said Diocesan Development Director Chris Ringkamp. "The new logo is a wonderful way to celebrate artwork from within our own Diocese."
Regarding the new goal formula, 80% of parish goals are now within a narrow range of 10%-12% of their annual offertory. Under the old formula that had been in place since he mid-1990s -- which only factored in households -- some smaller, less affluent parishes were assessed with the equivalent of as much as 20% of their annual offertory. "The new goal formula places parish goals more in line with each parish's financial situation," Ringkamp said. "As we encourage the Faithful to support their parishes and the ACA in proportion to their own finances, it just seems to make sense to align the goal formula in a similar way." 
The 2010 Annual Catholic Appeal Diocesan goal is $2,630, 587. Announcement Sunday will be on April 24-25; Commitment Sunday will be on May 1-2. The ACA provides funding to 32 Diocesan ministries, including Catholic Charities, Priestly Formation, Diaconate Formation, Family Life, Religious Education, and Youth Ministry. For more information on the 2010 Annual Catholic Appeal, please go to the Diocesan website at www.ajdiocese.org. (Click on the ACA logo in the right margin of the home page).
Night for VocationsBishop's Night for Vocations
The annual Bishop's Night for Vocations was held on April 21 at Our Lady of Loretto Community Hall in Loretto. The Serra Clubs of Altoona and Cambria County sponsor the event each year. This year's theme was "How the Priest Brings God to Me" in recognition of this Year for Priests. Bishop Joseph served as the keynote speaker. He reminded the audience that promoting vocations is everyone's job, and he urged parents and grandparents to encourage vocations in their family. Winners of the Vocations Essay, Poetry and Poster Contests were also recognized. A complete list of all the contest winners and photos of some of the winners are on the Diocesan website at www.ajdiocese.org. At the end of the evening, the chairman of the Knights of Columbus Vocation Education Endowment Committee presented a $10,000 check to the Independent Catholic Foundation of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. [Photo: Bishop Joseph poses with Kylie Kadas, one of the poster contest winners, and her brother, Luke. Kylie is a second grade student at Saint Andrew School in Johnstown.]
Prince Gallitzin CrossCatholic Charities Announces Honorees
Catholic Charities will host its Annual Recognition Dinner on April 29, at 5:30 p.m. at the UVA Club in Altoona. Catholic Charities will honor the following recipients with the 2010 Msgr. William M. Griffin Humanitarian Award in recognition of their service to the community:  
  • Rev. David Arseneault
  • Nancy Cook
  • Medford Ostrum
  • Sister Benedict Joseph Watters, RSM 
The agency will also honor the following students with the Matthew 25 Student Award and Scholarship in recognition of their exceptional service to school and community:
  • Lauren Bassara, Bishop Carroll Catholic High School
  • Matthew Keefer, Hollidaysburg Catholic School
  • Samantha Podratsky, Saint Benedict Catholic School
  • Brianna Wendt, Bellefonte Area High School
For ticket information, please call Catholic Charities at (814) 944-9388. 
Confirmation 2010Confirmation Season
Confirmation season is in full swing in the Diocese. Bishop Joseph will celebrate 17 Confirmation Masses during the Easter season at the two Cathedrals and various parishes.  There are slightly more than 1,140 candidates for the Sacrament this year. Students in their Junior year of high school are eligible to be confirmed. [Photo: Bishop Joseph Confirms a young woman during a Confirmation Mass at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona on April 7.]
Neophyte Mass
Bishop Joseph celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving for all Neophytes (all new members welcomed into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil) on April 17 at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona. "While it is true that you have become members of the Roman Catholic Church, - one that can trace its origin back to the Lord Jesus, his Apostles, and those that believed in him; - you have entered into something more than just an institution," Bishop Joseph said in his Homily. "You have entered into a very special relationship with that same Lord Jesus, along with his apostles and believers of today. Furthermore, that relationship plays out as a result of your participation in the Sacraments, the Sacred Mysteries, - the very life of the Assembly of Believers that we call the Church, - particularly the Eucharist, to which you have been admitted." A congratulations dinner was held after the Mass in the Cathedral Hall. 
Chrism Mass 2010Chrism Mass
Bishop Joseph celebrated the annual Chrism Mass on March 29 at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona. The Mass is a Diocesan celebration during which the Bishop blesses the oils that will be used at parishes over the next year. Representatives from each Faith Community then take the oils to their parish and present them during Holy Thursday Mass. During the Chrism Mass, the priests of the Diocese also renew their commitment to their vocation. In his Homily, Bishop Joseph saluted his priests during this Year for Priests. You can read the Bishop's Homily on the Diocesan website at www.ajdiocese.org. [Photo: Deacon John Gibbons presents Bishop Joseph with the oil for the Chrism.]
New VestmentsNew Vestments
Priests of the Diocese now have matching vestments to wear for the concelebration of certain Liturgies. The new chasubles and stoles feature the Prince Gallitzin Cross. Deacons now have dalmatics containing the same emblem. The vestments will be worn at Chrism Masses, Ordinations, Priest/Deacon funerals and other special Diocesan celebrations. Priests and Deacons wore the new vestments for the first time at the Chrism Mass on March 29.  [Photo: Priests of the Diocese wear their new, matching vestments as they reaffirm their commitment to their vocation during the Chrism Mass.] 
News & Notes from Around the Household of God
Prince Gallitzin CrossThe Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament Music Ministry will present an Easter Season Concert on May 1, at 7:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona. The concert will feature choral music sung by the Cathedral Festival Choir and Cathedral Youth Choir as well as solo organ works. Cathedral Music Director Nicholas Will will be conductor and organist. Works by Bach, Palestrina, Mendelssohn, Liszt, Mozart, and others will be performed. 
Admission is free and open to the public.
hearts afire logoThe Catholic Women of the Alleghenies will sponsor "Hearts Afire" -- a day-long fellowship gathering on May 15 at Mount Aloysius College in Cresson. Women may pre-register at their parishes. Highlights of the event will be Mass with Bishop Joseph, various speakers and music by Living Praise. The cost of the event is $25, which includes lunch. For more information, contact Carol Galioto at (814) 946-3769.
ScoutingRegistered Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in grades 5-12, their leaders and chaperones are invited to attend a weekend retreat on May 14-16 at Saint Francis University in Loretto. The weekend includes spiritual reflections, Eucharistic devotion, entertainment and the chance to meet other Boy Scout and Girl Scout councils located within the Diocese. Registration deadline is May 1. For more information, go to the Diocesan website at www.ajdiocese.org
Prince Gallitzin CrossThe Diocese is sponsoring Faith Day at the Blair County Ballpark on June 26. Highlights include Mass with Bishop Joseph at 4:30 p.m.; a Parade of Parishes to celebrate parish Faith Communities; games and activities for children; and the Altoona Curve vs. the Bowie Baysox at 7:00 p.m. The event makes a great parish outing and a great "thank you" for altar servers and liturgical ministers. For tickets, call the Altoona Curve at 1-877-99 CURVE or visit the Curve's website at www.altoonacurve.com.
Upcoming Events 
April 24-25
ACA Announcement Sunday
April 29; 5:30 p.m.
Catholic Charities Annual Dinner
UVA Club, Altoona
May 1-2
ACA Commitment Sunday
May 13
Ascension Thursday
Diocesan Offices Closed
May 22; 10:00 a.m.
Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Altoona
May 23
Pentecost Sunday 
Prince Gallitzin CrossRegina Coeli
O Queen of heaven, rejoice! Alleluia.
For He whom you did merit to bear, Alleluia.
Has risen, as He said, Alleluia.
Pray for us to God, Alleluia.
Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary. Alleluia.
For the Lord has risen indeed. Alleluia.
O God, Who by the resurrection of Your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, has given joy to the whole world, grant, we beseech You, that through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may attain the same joys of eternal life. Through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.
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