An E-Newsletter from the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown
October 2010
Volume II  Number  10
saint john vianneyWelcome! 
Welcome to the October edition of E-vangelist, a monthly E-Newsletter from the Communications Office of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown.  During this month, we honor Mary, the Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ.  We also enjoy the beauty and splendor of another autumn in the Allegheny Mountains.  Bishop Joseph and the Diocesan staff have been busy over the past month with many events including a Mass of Ordination, ceremonies involving candidates to the Permanent Diaconate and more. You can read about these and other events throughout this E-Newsletter. May God bless you this fall and always.  [Photo: The changing leaves are seen behind Saint John Vianney Parish in Mundy's Corner.]

In This Issue
Warchola Ordination
Ministry of Acolyte
Rite of Candidacy
Marian Celebration
Campus Ministers
Wedding Anniversary Masses
Campaign 2010
Theology on Tap
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

November guests on Bishop Joseph's Can We Talk? segment on Proclaim!:


  • November 7  -- As Holy Name School in Ebensburg marks its 100th anniversary, principal Robin McMullen and teacher Judine Hertzog join Bishop Joseph to reflect on the past and look to the future.  
  • November 14 -- Our People from the Pew series spotlights Patricia Gildea of Saint Michael the Archangel Parish in Hollidaysburg.
  • November 21  -- Teen Talk co-hosts Samantha Slezak and Adam Wood ask Bishop Joseph what he is thankful for this Thanksgiving. 
  • November 28 --  Very Rev. Patrick Quinn, TOR, Minister Provincial of the Immaculate Conception Province of the Third Order Regular Franciscans, joins Bishop Joseph.

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 October
25 edition of The Catholic Register:

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  • A state technology grant is changing the way teachers teach and students learn in six Diocesan elementary schools.  
  • In his column, For the Good of the Household, Bishop Joseph reflects on politics and the recent mine rescue in Chile.
  • In his Another Perspective column, Monsignor Tim Stein talks about the importance of the Saints in our lives.
  • Candidates for state and federal offices answer questions from the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference.  
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.
Warchola Deacon OrdinationBishop Ordains Brian Warchola a Transitional Deacon 
Bishop Joseph ordained seminarian Brian Warchola a Transitional Deacon during a Mass on October 2 at Saint John Gualbert Cathedral in Johnstown. Deacon Warchola is a fourth year student at Saint Vincent Seminary in Latrobe. A native of Our Lady Queen of Angels Parish in Central City, he has served assignments at Prince of Peace Parish in Northern Cambria and Saint Aloysius Parish in Cresson. He is currently serving an assignment at Resurrection Parish in Johnstown. Deacon Warchola is expected to be ordained to the Priesthood in June 2011. [Photo: Bishop Joseph congratulates Deacon Brian Warchola outside of Saint John Gualbert Cathedral following the Ordination Mass.]

Golden AcolyteMinistry of Acolyte
Bishop Joseph instituted Mr. Richard Golden into the Ministry of Acolyte during a Mass on October 2 at Saint John Gualbert Cathedral in Johnstown. It is Mr. Golden's final step before being ordained a Permanent Deacon, which is expected to be in June. Mr. Golden is a member of Saint Bartholomew Parish in Wilmore.  [Photo: Bishop Joseph  congratulates Mr. Golden after Mass at Saint John Gualbert Cathedral.] 

Rite of Candidacy 2010Rite of Candidacy
Bishop Joseph formally accepted Mr. Samuel Albarano, Jr., and Mr. Gary Gill as candidates for the Permanent Diaconate during a Rite of Candidacy ceremony at Mass on October 9 at Our Lady of the Alleghenies Parish in Lilly. Mr. Albarano is a member of Our Lady of the Alleghenies; Mr.Gill is a member of Prince of Peace Parish in Northern Cambria. [Photo: Bishop Joseph joins Mr. Gill (left) and Mr. Albarano after the Mass and Rite of Candidacy ceremony.]

Marian Celebration 2010Marian Celebration
The annual Marian Celebration was held on October 17 at Saint Benedict Parish in Johnstown. The event was sponsored by the Legion of Mary and the Knights of Columbus. Bishop Joseph was the celebrant and homilist. Priests of the Diocese concelebrated.  This year's theme was "The Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Peace." Reporter Bruce Tomaselli will have a full story on the Marian Celebration in the October 25 edition of The Catholic Register [Photo: Young people were among those praying the Rosary at the annual Marian Celebration at Saint Benedict Parish.]

Campus Minister Commissioning 2010Campus Minister
Monsignor Michael Servinsky, Vicar General of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, commissioned campus ministers serving at colleges and universities around the Diocese during a Mass at Immaculate Conception Chapel at Saint Francis University on September 29. For more on the Diocesan Campus Ministry program, please visit the Diocesan website at www.ajdiocese.org. [Photo: Campus Ministers and Sacramental Ministers join Monsignor Servinsky (center) and Monsignor Michael Becker, Diocesan Campus Ministry Coordinator (right). ]
Wedding Anniv 2010Wedding Anniversary Liturgies
The Diocesan Family Life Office sponsored two Wedding Anniversary Liturgies to honor couples marking milestone anniversaries. Bishop Joseph was the celebrant and homilist of both Masses. The Liturgies -- September 26 at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona and October 3 at Saint John Gualbert Cathedral in Johnstown -- were open to couples celebrating their first, 25th, 40th, 50th, 55th and 60th+ wedding anniversaries this year. [Photo: Bishop Joseph congratulates a couple at the October 3 Wedding Anniversary Mass in Johnstown.]

Campaign 2010Campaign 2010 
Election Day is November 2, with many state and federal races on the ballot. Many candidates responded to questionnaires from the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference in order to better inform Catholic voters where they stand on issues important to them. You can read their responses in the October 25 edition of The Catholic Register or go to the Diocesan website, www.ajdiocese.org (click on the Campaign 2010 button). 

Theology on Tap 
A Theology on Tap series is underway 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 first session was held on October 18. The following are the dates, topics and speakers for future sessions:

  • October 25 -- Religion and the Media: Can You Believe What You Hear? with Amy Bradley, former WJAC TV anchor.
  • November 1 -- The Truth About Halloween: A Look into the Paranormal  with Father Bernard Tickerhoof, TOR.
  • November 8 -- Inter-faith Relationships with Father Mark Begly, Pastor of Our Mother of Sorrows Parish in Johnstown.
All sessions will be held from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., at Zach's on Sixth Avenue in Altoona. Guests can enter through Joe's and turn left. Complimentary appetizers will be served. For more information, call Father David Rizzo or Tony DeGol at (814) 695-5579.
News & Notes from Around the Household of God


basilicaThe Basilica of Saint Michael the Archangel in Loretto is hosting "Candlelight Saints Tour 2010: Saints of the Early Church " on October 29 and 30. Entertainment, education, local history and a bit of Halloween spookiness -- this event has it all! Tours depart every 15 minutes from 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. and last approximately 1 hours. The cost is $7 per person. Please dress for the weather, as tours continue rain or shine. For more information, please call the Basilica rectory at 472-8551.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is accepting donations for its "Winter Heat" program which will provide needy families help with their heating expenses this winter. Every year, the Society receives hundreds of request across the Diocese for heating fuel assistance, and the demand this winter is expected to be higher than the last.  Donations can be sent to a local St. Vincent de Paul group -- if there is one in your area -- or directly to SVDP "Winter Heat" Appeal, 927 Franklin Street, Johnstown, PA 15905. Your entire donation will go directly to families in our Diocese in need of help with heating expenses.

cathedral of the blessed sacramentThe Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament Music Ministry will present the inaugural season of its new concert series, Concerts Under the Dome.  The series will present a variety of classical and sacred music and will feature talent from the local, regional and national levels.  The first event in the series is an organ recital on Saturday, October 23, at 7:30 p.m., by Dr. Paul Mathew Weber, Head of the Programs in Organ and Sacred Music at Franciscan University of Steubenville.  Dr. Weber is a prize-winning organist who has performed throughout the United States and Europe.  His program will include works by Bach, Buxtehude and others. It is free and open to the public.  The recital will be in memory of the late Father Paul Turnbull, who so loved the Cathedral's historic 1931 Steinmeyer organ


Upcoming Events 

October 23-24
World Mission Sunday


October 24
Saint Francis University 

November 1
All Saints Day
Diocesan Offices Closed

November 2
All Souls Day

November 2; 7:00 p.m.
Parish Life Ministries Certification Ceremony
Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Altoona
November 11
Veterans Day
Diocesan Offices Closed

November 20-21 (Christ the King)
Catholic Charities Special Collection

November 25-26
Thanksgiving Holiday
Diocesan Offices Closed

November 27-28
First Sunday of Advent

The Memorare 
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To you I come; before you I stand sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate! Despise not my petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer me. 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