An E-Newsletter from the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown
July 2010
Volume II  Number  7
Immaculate Conception ParishWelcome! 
Welcome to the July edition of E-vangelist, a monthly E-Newsletter from the Communications Office of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown.  God is blessing us with the beauty of another summer in the Allegheny Mountains. May these days be ones of rest, enjoyment and spiritual growth.  This also marks a time of new beginnings for many in our Diocesan Church. May God bless the clergy who are beginning new assignments and the Faithful who are experiencing changes in their parish communities. We pray that the Holy Spirit will lead them through these days of transition and always.
In This Issue
Parish Changes, Appointments
Lock Haven Changes
New Vocations Director
Faith Day 2010
Papal Emblems
Mass of Thanksgiving
Parish Marks Anniversary
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
August guests on Bishop Joseph's Can We Talk? segment on Proclaim!:
August 1  -- Matthew 25 Student Service Award winner Matthew Keefer talks about his service to Saint Michael the Archangel Parish in Hollidaysburg and his community.
August 8 -- Teen Talk co-hosts Samantha Slezak and Adam Wood interview Bishop Joseph about Catholic education.   
August 15  -- Father Allen Zeth, newly-appointed Vocations Director, shares his plans to increase vocations in the Diocese.  
August 22 -- Rob Thomas, President of the Board of Saint Joseph Catholic Academy in State College, gives a status report on the future school.
August 29 -- Katelyn Bodenschatz joins Bishop Joseph to talk about her experience on a missionary trip to Jamaica. 
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 August 2 edition of The Catholic Register:

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  • Reporter Bruce Tomaselli talks with Deacon Michael Russo for an update on surveys on the Diaconate.
  • Columnist Antoinette Bosco looks at the late Sister Thea Bowman, evangelist, as a promoter of God's joy.
  • Father John Dietzen looks at RCIA and the validation of marriages in his "Question Corner."
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.
Immaculate Conception ParishParish Changes, Appointments Take Effect 
More than two dozen priests, deacons and religious sisters begin new assignments today (July 21) throughout the Diocese. Two parishes are suppressed, also effective today, and one parish is now merged with another.
Bishop Joseph announced his annual appointments earlier this month. The announcements included word that Saint Agnes Parish in Cassandra and Saint Joseph Parish in Coupon would be suppressed. Saints Timothy and Mark Parish in Twin Rocks and Vintondale would merge with Saint Mary Parish in Nanty Glo. 
Also included in the Bishop's announcements was word that three priests -- Father Philip Bender, Father James Conrad and Father Norman Imgrund --  have been granted medical retirement and one priest -- Father Leo Lynch -- was granted a temporary medical leave.
The latest retirements add to the growing shortage of priests in the Diocese. In fact, the parish suppressions and merger that take effect today are a result of not enough priests to staff the many church buildings in our eight-county Diocesan Church.   
Elsewhere, Very Rev. Mark Begly was appointed Pastor of Our Mother of Sorrows Parish in Johnstown and Dean of the Johnstown Deanery, succeeding the late Very Rev. Paul Turnbull, who died in May. Monsignor Michael Becker will succeed Father Begly as Pastor of Saint John the Evangelist Parish in Altoona. 
For a complete list of Bishop Joseph's appointments and announcements, please go to the Diocesan website at www.ajdiocese.org.
Saint Agnes ParishChanges Await Lock Haven Catholics
As part of his recent appointments, Bishop Joseph announced changes that will affect the Faithful of Clinton County, both now and in the coming years. The Bishop appointed Father Joseph Orr as Pastor of Saint Agnes Parish in Lock Haven, Sacramental Minister of Immaculate Conception Parish in Lock Haven and Pastor of Lock Haven Catholic School. He succeeds Immaculate Conception ParishFather Jozef Kovacik as Pastor of Saint Agnes and the school. The Bishop appointed Sister Nancy Spence, CCW, as Parochial Administrator of Immaculate Conception and directed the pastoral team of Lock Haven to begin working toward a merger of the two parishes over the next several years. Sister Nancy was previously Parochial Administrator of Saint Joseph Parish in Renovo. Father Richard Tomkosky, former Pastor of Immaculate Conception, served as Sacramental Minister of Saint Joseph. Bishop Joseph has appointed Father Charles Ugo as the new Administrator of Saint Joseph; Father Tomkosky as Pastor of Saint John the Evangelist Parish in Everett; and Father Kovacik as Pastor of Saint Matthew Parish in Tyrone. [Photos: Saint Agnes Parish, top; Immaculate Conception Parish, bottom.]
Fr. Allen ZethNew Vocations Director
Bishop Joseph has appointed Father Allen Zeth as the new Diocesan Director of Vocations and Director of Diocesan Shrines, effective today (July 21).  As part of his assignment, Father Zeth will reside at the Basilica of Saint Michael the Archangel Parish in Loretto. Since he will not serve as Pastor of a parish, Father Zeth will be able to focus more time on the position of Vocations Director. Some previous Vocations Directors also served as Pastors of a parish in addition to their duties as Vocations Director. The move reflects Bishop Joseph's desire to increase efforts to recruit men to the Priesthood. Most recently, Father Zeth served as Pastor of Saint John the Baptist Parish in New Baltimore.  Read more about Father Zeth and his goals for his new position in the August 2 edition of The Catholic Register.
Faith Day 2010Faith Day 2010
The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown sponsored Faith Day at the Blair County Ballpark on June 26. Among the highlights were Mass on the field celebrated by Bishop Joseph, games and crafts for kids, displays spotlighting various ministries and a Parade of Parishes celebrating the Faith Communities of the Diocese. Father John Gibbons, a newly-ordained priest, led the Parade of Parishes and threw out the honorary first pitch of the game. Organizers also collected cash and items that will benefit many local families through Catholic Charities. "For many, happiness is going out to a baseball game," Bishop Joseph said in his homily. "For us Catholic Christians, that can also be true. But, even before that, happiness is suppose to be coming to Mass, celebrating Eucharist together, where we come together to give thanks for the freedom that we enjoy as God's sons and daughters. This afternoon, we are doing both, together, in the same place." [Photo: Bishop Joseph blesses the crowd at the end of Mass at Faith Day.]
Immaculate Conception ParishBishop Joseph to Bless Papal Emblems
Bishop Joseph will celebrate Mass at the Basilica of Saint Michael the Archangel in Loretto on July 25, at 7:00 p.m. During Mass, the Bishop will bless the Papal Emlems of the Basilica -- The Ombrellino (an umbrella used to protect the Pope from the elements), Tintinnabulum (a bell on a poll that signals the Pope's arrival), Coat of Arms and Papal Chair. Pope John Paul II designated Saint Michael the Archangel a Minor Basilica on September 9, 1996. Basilicas are considered the Pope's church. All are invited to attend the Mass.
Prince Gallitzin CrossBishop to Celebrate Mass of Thanksgiving
Bishop Joseph will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday, September 12, at 4:00 p.m., at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona. The Mass is in honor of Bishop Joseph's 50th anniversary of Ordination to the Priesthood, 23rd anniversary as Bishop of Altoona-Johnstown and 75th birthday. Priests of the Diocese will concelebrate. All are invited to attend this special Mass as Bishop Joseph gives thanks and glory to God.
anniv ResurrectionResurrection Parish Marks Anniversary
Resurrection Parish in the Cambria City section of Johnstown marked its first anniversary with a Mass of Thanksgiving on July 18. Bishop Joseph was the celebrant and homilist. Resurrection Parish was established last year as a result of the merger of the five ethnic parishes of Cambria City. In his homily, the Bishop said he still has a dream of a revitalized Cambria City, and Resurrection Parish is already playing a role in the rebirth. Pastoral Council President George Pisula thanked Bishop Joseph for his support before and after the merger. Parishioners were invited to wear ethnic clothing to the anniversary Mass (as seen in the photo above), and a reception was held following the Liturgy.
News & Notes from Around the Household of God
jubilarians 2010On June 21, Bishop Joseph hosted a dinner honoring religious order priests and sisters who are marking jubilees this year. Those attending were (front row, left to right) Sister Eric Marie Setlock, RSM, 50 years; Sister Jane Rosko, CSJ, 60 years; Sister Martha Burbulla, CCW, 50 years; (back row, left to right) Rev. Nicholas Swiatek, OFM Conv., 50 years; Sister Frances Clare, SSCJ, 25 years; Very Rev. Anthony Francis Spilka, OFM Conv., Vicar for Religious; and Bishop Joseph.
The Diocesan Catholic Life Conference is scheduled for September 18 at Mount Aloysius College in Cresson. The theme for the day-long event is "Becoming Who GOD Calls You to Be -- Living Out the Virtues of Our Catholic Faith." Bishop Joseph will celebrate Mass, and the keynote speaker will be Monsignor James Gaston, VF, STL, MA, from the Diocese of Greensburg. For more information or a registration booklet, please call the Diocese at (814) 693-1401. The registration deadline is September 6.
Immaculate Conception ParishBishop Joseph and the Family Life Office invite all couples celebrating their first, 25th, 40th, 50th, 55th, and 60th+ wedding anniversary in 2010 (and their family) to attend the annual Wedding Anniversary Day Liturgy. Couples may attend either September 26 at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona or October 3 at Saint John Gualbert Cathedral in Johnstown. Both Masses begin at 2:00 p.m. Bishop Joseph will be the celebrant and homilist at both. Reservations must be made through your parish by August 30.
Outdoor Sunday Masses are celebrated each Sunday evening at 7:00 p.m. in the summer (through Labor Day weekend) at the beautiful Shrine of Our Lady of the Alleghenies in Loretto. Please bring a lawn chair. In the event of inclement weather, the Mass will be celebrated in the Basilica of Saint Michael the Archangel. The Prince Gallitzin Chapel House, adjacent to the Shrine, will also be open to the public on those same Sundays, beginning at 1:00 p.m. and closing at 6:00 p.m.
Immaculate Conception ParishThe Saint Vincent de Paul Society will sponsor a Flea Market/Bake Sale on August 13-14, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at Fr. Kelley Hall on 5th Street and 25th Avenue in Altoona. Proceeds benefit the Saint Therese Conference of the Society. Donations can be dropped off August 12 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. No large appliances/furniture or clothing accepted. Volunteers are needed. Call Mary Ellen at (814) 944-5892 for more information.
Upcoming Events 
July 25; 7:00 p.m.
Mass and Blessing of Papal Emblems
Basilica of Saint Michael the Archangel, Loretto
July 25
Camp Zacchaeus, Week 1
August 1
Camp Zacchaeus, Week 2
August 15
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Gallitzin Prayer  
Gracious and loving God, in your providence, you sent your faithful servant, Father Demetrius A. Gallitzin, to sow the seeds of faith among the people of the Allegheny Mountains. May you listen to his intercession for us in our day, even as we ask that we be allowed to invoke him publicly as our Patron with you. Pour out your merciful love upon us and hear our prayer. We humbly beseech you to grant us the favor of _(name your intention)_ . Finally, we ask for the courage to serve you faithfully and to give you praise. May we do so in the strength of your Spirit, in witness to Jesus, as did Demetrius when he preached your Word and baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. 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