An E-Newsletter from the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown
August 2010
Volume II  Number  8
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Welcome to the August edition of E-vangelist, a monthly E-Newsletter from the Communications Office of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown.  All good things must come to an end, and that includes summer. As we near the end of August, our Diocesan principals, teachers and students are getting ready to begin another school year. We here at the Diocesan Administration Center are getting ready for a busy fall. Among the upcoming events are the annual Blue and White Mass, Bishop Joseph's Mass of Thanksgiving, the Catholic Life Conference and the annual Wedding Anniversary Liturgies. You can read more about some of these events throughout this E-Newsletter. May God bless you and your family in these final days of summer and always. [Photo: Summer flowers adorn the Walk of Faith outside Saint Rose of Lima Parish in Altoona.]
In This Issue
Mass of Thanksgiving
Camp Zacchaeus 2010
Papal Insignia Blessing
Campaign Reaches Goal
Blue and White Mass
Catholic Life Conference
Wedding Anniversary Masses
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
September guests on Bishop Joseph's Can We Talk? segment on Proclaim!:
September 5  --  Jo-Ann Semko and Barbara Bundy of Saint John the Evangelist Parish in Lakemont discuss the Cursillo Movement.
September 12 -- Teen Talk co-host Adam Wood interviews Bishop Joseph about youth events in the Diocese.   
September 19  -- Father Chuck Bridges, Operations Manager of Proclaim! TV, talks about the successful completion of the satellite uplink campaign and the importance of the  TV Ministry.   
September 26 -- Susan Stith, Director of the Diocesan Family Life Office, explains the "Marriage Building Church" initiative. 
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 30 edition of The Catholic Register:

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  • Reporter Bruce Tomaselli introduces
    us to the new campus ministers at area colleges and universities.
  • In his column, For the Good of the Household, Bishop Joseph clarifies his status as Diocesan Bishop as he prepares to retire.
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 ParishBishop Joseph 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 Bishop will give praise and glory to God for the recent milestones in his life, including the 50th anniversary of his Priestly Ordination, the 23rd anniversary of his Episcopal Ordination and his 75th birthday. Priests of the Diocese will concelebrate. All are invited to attend this special Mass.
Any and all singers in the Diocese are invited to be part of the choir for Bishop Joseph's Mass of Thanksgiving on September 12.  Rehearsals will be on Saturday, September 4 and Saturday, September 11, from 10:00 a.m. until Noon, in the Cathedral Music Room (next to the Parish Hall). Cathedral Music Director Nicholas Will will be the organist and director of music for the event.  Please contact Nicholas at (814) 944-2044 or nwill@dioceseaj.org for more details and to reserve your place, as space in the choir loft is limited.

Camp Z 2010Camp Zacchaeus 2010
Hundreds of kids once again enjoyed the faith and fun of Camp Zacchaeus this summer.  Sponsored by the Diocesan Youth Ministry Office, Camp Z is open to fourth through ninth graders and features daily Mass and prayer, crafts, swimming and more. It is held at Camp Sequanota in Somerset County. Two sessions were held -- July 25-30 and August 1-6. Bishop Joseph celebrated Mass at each session and spent time with the campers and counselors.  For a slideshow of Camp Z, please go to the Diocesan website at www.ajdiocese.org. [Photo: Campers enjoy a light moment after Mass with Bishop Joseph.]
Papal InsigniaBishop Blesses Papal Insignia
Bishop Joseph celebrated Mass at the Basilica of Saint Michael the Archangel in Loretto and blessed the Papal Insignia on July 25. Pope John Paul II designated Saint Michael the Archangel a Minor Basilica on September 9, 1996. Basilicas are considered the Pope's church. Bishop Joseph blessed the Ombrellino (an umbrella used to protect the Pope from the elements), Tintinnabulum (a bell mounted on a pole that signals the Pope's arrival), Coat of Arms and Papal Chair. In his homily, Bishop Joseph called the event historical for the Basilica Parish, the Diocese and Loretto. "It is appropriate that Saint Michael the Archangel be a Basilica because this is the cradle of our Faith," the Bishop said, referring to Father Demetrius Gallitzin's roots with the Parish. "It is a marvelous blessing for our Diocesan Church to have a place like this -- a place that reminds us of who we are."
Immaculate Conception ParishSatellite Campaign Reaches Goal
The Proclaim! TV Ministry Satellite Uplink Campaign has reached its $100,000 goal. Mr. Donald Kubovcik of Saint John Gualbert Cathedral Parish donated $25,000 to the effort, bringing the campaign to its completion. The satellite will allow the live weekly Mass to be broadcast around the country and the world. Father Chuck Bridges, Operations Manager of Proclaim! TV, said he hopes to broadcast by satellite by the end of the year. Proclaim! airs every Sunday at 5:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on WWCP TV FOX 8. The Mass at Saint John Gualbert Cathedral airs live at 11:00 a.m. -- one of the few live, hour-long Mass broadcasts in the country.
Immaculate Conception ParishBlue and White Mass
Bishop Joseph will celebrate the annual Blue and White Mass on September 11, at 5:00 p.m., at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona. The Blue and White Mass, which is held on or around the anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks, honors Blair County emergency workers, such as police and firefighters, and medical personnel, such as doctors and nurses. The Knights of Columbus Altoona Council 551 sponsors the Mass. Emergency and medical workers are encouraged to attend regardless of their Faith Tradition. "It's our 'thank-you' to them for what they do," said Leo "Butch" Winkler, a member of the Knights of Columbus and coordinator of the Blue and White Mass.  [Photo: Bishop Joseph poses with the Knights of Columbus and area emergency workers outside the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament after last year's Blue and White Mass.]
Catholic Life ConferenceCatholic Life Conference
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.
stoysWedding Anniversary Liturgies
Bishop 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. [Photo: Bishop Joseph congratulates Rob and Donna Stoy of Ashville at one of last year's Wedding Anniversary Liturgies.]
News & Notes from Around the Household of God
Immaculate Conception ParishAre you a young adult (age 18-39, married or single) looking to grow in your faith? Theology on Tap is a program that invites young adults to gather at a restaurant/tavern for casual speaker and discussion sessions. Join us for a meeting to begin the process of forming an Altoona-based Theology on Tap series. The meeting will be held on Monday, August 23, at 7:00 p.m., at Al's Tavern, 2831 8th Avenue, Altoona. For more information, please call Father David Rizzo at 943-6185 or Tony DeGol at 695-5579.
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 family and friends of the late Monsignor George B. Flinn announced the establishment of a scholarship endowment in his honor.  Created to provide financial help to students attending Cathedral Catholic Academy in Johnstown, this will be a permanently endowed scholarship.  At the time of his passing, Monsignor Flinn was Vicar General for Pastoral Life and Ministry for the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown and the Rector of Saint John Gualbert Cathedral in Johnstown.  The Scholarship Endowment is held by the Independent Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown.  Contributions are being accepted at the Foundation office, 320 Frankstown Road, Altoona, PA,  16602 or at Cathedral Catholic Academy, 110 Lindberg Avenue Johnstown, PA,  15905.  Please write "Flinn Scholarship" on any checks. Contributions are also accepted through the Foundation's website at www.icfdaj.org.  Questions can be directed to the Foundation office at (814) 201-2080, or to  Ms. Rosemary Batzel, principal of Cathedral Catholic Academy.
Upcoming Events 
September 6
Labor Day
Diocesan Offices Closed
September 11; 5:00 p.m.
Blue and White Mass
Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Altoona
September 12; 4:00 p.m.
Bishop Joseph's Mass of Thanksgiving
Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Altoona
September 17
Diocesan Principal and Teacher In-Service
Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High Schoool
September 18
Catholic Life Conference
Mount Aloysius College, Cresson
September 19; 2:00 p.m.
Scouting Mass
Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Altoona
September 26; 2:00 p.m.
Wedding Anniversary Mass
Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Altoona
October 2; 10:00 a.m.
Ordination of Brian Warchola as Transitional Deacon
Saint John Gualbert Cathedral, Johnstown
October 3; 2:00 p.m.
Wedding Anniversary Mass
Saint John Gualbert Cathedral, Johnstown 
Immaculate Conception ParishPrayer Before the Crucifix
Behold, O kind and gentle Jesus, I kneel before you and pray that you would impress upon my heart the virtues of faith, hope and charity, with true repentance for my sins and a firm purpose of amendment. At the same time, with sorrow I meditate on your five precious wounds, having in mind the words which David spoke in prophecy: "They have pierced my hands and my feet. I can count all my bones." (Psalm 22)
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