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An E-Newsletter from the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown
September 2010
Volume II  Number  9
Happy Anniversary E-vangelist! 
Welcome to the September edition of E-vangelist, a monthly E-Newsletter from the Communications Office of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown.  The beautiful fall season is here, the new school year is well underway and there is no shortage of activity throughout this Diocesan Church. You can read more about events that recently occurred and the ones still to come throughout this E-Newsletter. This edition of E-vangelist also marks the one-year anniversary of the E-Newsletter. Thank you to all who faithfully read it, and thanks for the many positive comments we have received. It is a pleasure to bring it to you each month. We hope you will continue to read and enjoy E-vangelist and spread the word. Please forward the E-Newsletter to your family, friends and fellow parishioners and encourage them to subscribe on the Diocesan website at www.ajdiocese.org. And please keep your feedback coming. We love to hear from you!  God's blessings for a wonderful autumn season. 
 
In This Issue
Mass of Thanksgiving
Blue and White Mass
Education In-Service
Catholic Life Conference
Faith Center Groundbreaking
Ordination Preview
Theology on Tap
News and Notes
 
  
Ministry Quicklinks
 
Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown
 
Independent Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown
 
 
Pennsylvania Catholic Conference
www.pacatholic.org
 
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
 
 
 
October guests on Bishop Joseph's Can We Talk? segment on Proclaim!:
 
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October 3  --  Veteran parish secretaries Peg Krug of the Basilica of Saint Michael the Archangel in Loretto and Betty Schraff of Our Lady of Lourdes in Altoona reflect on how the responsibilities of running a parish office have changed over the years.
 
October 10 -- Father George Jakopac, newly-appointed Administrator of Saint John the Baptist Parish in New Baltimore and Director of the Diocesan Retreat Center, talks about his plans for his new assignment.
 
October 17  -- Teen Talk co-hosts Samantha Slezak and Adam Wood interview Bishop Joseph about Mass attendance.    
  
October 24 -- Newly-appointed Coordinator of Campus Ministry Monsignor Michael Becker and Jonathan Jerome, new Campus Minister at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, share their goals for reaching out to Catholic students on local college campuses.
  
October 31 -- On this eve of the Solemnity of All Saints, Monsignor Timothy Swope, Rector of the Basilica of Saint Michael the Archangel in Loretto, discusses the role of the Saints in our life.
 
 
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 September
27 edition of The Catholic Register:

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  • In his column, For the Good of the Household, Bishop Joseph offers thanks for the many kind gestures he has received recently.
 
  • In his Another Perspective column, Monsignor Tim Stein reflects on the Pope's visit to London.
  
 
  
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 Celebrates Mass of Thanksgiving
 
Bishop Joseph celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving on September 12 at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona.  The Bishop offered thanks and glory to God for the recent milestones in his life, including the 50th anniversary of his Priestly Ordination and his 75th birthday.  The Most Rev. Donald W. Trautman, Bishop of the Diocese of Erie and friend of Bishop Joseph's, and Diocesan and Religious Order priests concelebrated the Mass.  The Liturgy was also a time of reflection for the Bishop as he prepares to retire. 
 
"Some of you may recall that here on the day of my ordination as bishop, I alluded to the lyrics: 'The hills are alive with the sound of music,'" the Bishop said in his homily. "I stated that I looked forward to singing that song with you in these beautiful Allegheny Mountains. However, I have had to come to the conclusion that my stewardship was not about my own agenda and the song was not to be of my own choosing, - but the Lord's. Actually, it would not have been stewardship if it were otherwise. Consequently, our Diocesan Church is better for it, - and, so am I."
 
A letter of congratulations -- personally signed by Pope Benedict XVI -- was read at Mass, and State Senator John Eichelberger read a citation from the State Senate recognizing the Bishop's service. 
 
A reception and dinner was held after the Mass. It included speeches from representatives of various groups including the laity, Women Religious, the Permanent Diaconate and the Presbyterate. Letters from Cardinal Jozef Tomko and Cardinal Justin Rigali were also read. Cardinal Tomko is a mentor to Bishop Joseph and ordained the Bishop to the Episcopacy. Cardinal Rigali is the Archbishop of Philadelphia.
 
To read the Bishop's entire homily from his Mass of Thanksgiving, please go to the Diocesan website at www.ajdiocese.org. There will be extensive coverage of the Mass of Thanksgiving and the rececption in the September 27 edition of The Catholic Register. [Photo: A smiling Bishop Joseph enters the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament for his Mass of Thanksgiving. Bishop Trautman is pictured in front of him.]

 
 
Bishop Honors Public Safety Workers at Annual Blue and White Mass
Bishop Joseph celebrated the annual Blue and White Mass on September 11 at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona. The Liturgy salutes emergency service workers including police officers, firefighters, EMTs, doctors and nurses. Many of the public safety workers and elected officials served as ministers at the Mass. The Knights of Columbus sponsored the event.  [Photo: Representatives from the Altoona Police and Fire Departments process into the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament at the beginning of the Blue and White Mass.]
 
Diocesan Education In-Service 
An in-service was held for principals and teachers from the Diocesan elementary schools and independent Catholic high schools on September 17 at Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School in Altoona. Bishop Joseph celebrated Mass and presented awards to educators marking milestone anniversaries this year. In his homily, the Bishop encouraged teachers to be "salt and light" to their students and to lead by example. In appreciation of the Bishop's support for Catholic education, principals and teachers presented Bishop Joseph with a $1,000 check for the Demetrius Gallitzin Canonization Cause and students presented him with a pledge of service hours. After Mass and the awards presentations, Father Gabriel Zeis, President of Saint Francis University in Loretto, gave the keynote address. For a complete list of teachers marking milestone anniversaries and photos from the ceremony, please go to the Diocesan website at www.ajdiocese.org. [Photo: Pre-kindergarten students from Saint John the Evangelist School in Altoona present a banner to Bishop Joseph in appreciation of his support.]  
Diocese Sponsors Catholic Life Conference
The Diocesan Family Life, Parish Life and Mission Offices sponsored the bi-annual Catholic Life Conference on September 18 at Mount Aloysius College in Cresson. The theme was "Becoming Who GOD Calls You to Be...Living Out the Virtues of Our Catholic Faith."  The day began with Mass celebrated by Bishop Joseph. The keynote speaker was Monsignor James Gaston, a priest of the Diocese of Greensburg. Monsignor Gaston spoke about virtue versus vices and contrasted sins such as pride, envy and anger with the Beatitudes. Attendees also had the opportuntiy to attend various workshops throughout the day, including "A Look at the Newly Revised Roman Missal" with Monsignor Robert Mazur, Rector of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament and Director of the Diocesan Liturgy and Parish Life Offices.
 
Student Faith Center Groundbreaking
A ceremonial groundbreaking for the Suzanne Pohland Paterno Catholic Student Faith Center in State College was held on August 31. The Center will serve Catholic Penn State students, faculty and staff. Mrs. Paterno and  her husband -- head football coach Joe Paterno -- are the honorary co-chairs of the $6.5 million campaign for the Center. Bishop Joseph praised Mrs. Paterno's contributions to Catholic life at Penn State over the years. He said naming the Center after her gives her a well-deserved legacy that is uniquely her own. For more information on the campaign, please go to www.psu.edu/Catholic. [Photo: (left to right) Father Matthew Laffey, O.S.B., Director of Catholic Campus Ministry at Penn State; Sue Paterno; Bishop Joseph; and Archabbot Douglas Newicki, O.S.B.]
 
Bishop to Ordain Seminarian a Transitional Deacon 
Bishop Joseph will ordain seminarian Brian Warchola a Transitional Deacon on October 2, at 10:00 a.m., at Saint John Gualbert Cathedral in Johnstown. Mr. Warchola is a fourth year student at Saint Vincent Seminary in Latrobe. A member of Our Lady Queen of Angels Parish in Central City, Mr. Warchola has served assignments at Prince of Peace Parish in Northern Cambria, Saint Aloysius Parish in Cresson and Resurrection Parish in Johnstown. Mr. Warchola is expected to be ordained to the Priesthood on June 4, 2011. 
 
Theology on Tap 
A Theology on Tap series will be held this fall in Altoona. Theology on tap is a speaker and discussion program for young adults (age 18-39, married or single) looking to grow in their faith. The sessions are held in a restaurant/tavern as a way of reaching out to young people where they gather. The following are the dates and topics:
 
  • October 18 -- Being Catholic in a Secular World
  • October 25 -- Religion and the Media: Can You Believe What You Hear?
  • November 1 -- The Truth About Halloween: A Look into the Paranormal 
  • November 8 -- Inter-faith Relationships
All sessions will be held from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., at Zach's on Sixth Avenue in Altoona. Complimentary appetizers will be served. For more information, call Father David Rizzo at (814) 943-6185 or Tony DeGol at (814) 695-5579.
 
News & Notes from Around the Household of God
 

Holy Name School in Ebensburg is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. As part of the celebration, a variety of events were held earlier this month, including a golf outing and an open house. More events are scheduled throughout the year. Contact the school for more information. Congratulations to the students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni and parish family of Holy Name. 

 
 
 
The Saint Vincent de Paul Society of the the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown will hold its annual dinner on September 26 at Saint Francis University. The event will begin with Mass at the campus Chapel at 4:00 p.m.  A reception, dinner and silent auction at the JFK Center will follow. For more information, please call the Saint Vincent de Paul Society at (814) 539-4627.
 
 
 
Principals and teachers from Catholic schools in the Diocese donated food items and cash to the Dorothy Day Center at Saint Francis University in Loretto at their September 17 in-service. Father Gabriel Zeis, who was the keynote speaker for the in-service, was the founder of the Center. A truck from the Dorothy Day Center collected the items in the Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School parking lot. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Upcoming Events 
 
September 26; 2:00 p.m.
Wedding Anniversary Mass
Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Altoona
 
September 26; 4:00 p.m.
Saint Vincent de Paul Society Mass and Dinner
Saint Francis University
 
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
 
October 9; 4:00 p.m.
Mass of Candidacy (Diaconate)
Our Lady of the Alleghenies Parish, Lilly
 
October 11
Columbus Day
Diocesan Offices Closed
 
October 17; 3:00 p.m.
Marian Celebration
Saint Benedict Parish, Johnstown
 
October 24
SHYCON
Saint Francis University 
 
Prayer to Saint Michael 
  
Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle; Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do though O prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into Hell Satan and all the other evil spirits who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen. 
                                                                                                                                           --Pope Leo XIII (1878-1903) 
 
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
tdegol@dioceseaj.org