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An E-Newsletter from the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown
March 2011
Volume III  Number  3
Lent 2011We Adore You, O Christ, And We Praise You
Welcome to the March edition of E-vangelist, a monthly E-Newsletter from the Communications Office of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown.   Lent is well underway. May this season of prayer, fasting and almsgiving bring you closer to the Lord as we prepare to celebrate His glorious resurrection at Easter. For a guide of Lenten resources from the USCCB, and for a list of Diocesan Penance services and Stations of the Cross times at various parishes, please go to our Diocesan website at www.ajdiocese.org. Let us also remember those who will be fully initiated into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil. May God be with them as their faith journey is brought to completion. And, of course, we continue to pray for Bishop-Elect Mark L. Bartchak as his Ordination and Installation as the eighth Bishop of Altoona-Johnstown draws near.  
 
In This Issue
Ordination Plans Continue
Holy Week Schedule
Rite of Election
Junior High Youth Day
Tri-High Day
Annual Catholic Appeal
Chances for Charity
School Choice Update
March 25 Not Day of Abstinence
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



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

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  • April 3  -- Francine Swope, Diocesan Coordinator of Youth Ministry, Religious Education and Sacramental Prep, talks about Camp Timothy, a new summer camp for students entering grades 10, 11 and 12. 
  • April 10 -- Millie Bodenschatz of Holy Name Parish in Ebensburg and Jeff Wright of Saint Thomas the Apostle Parish in Bedford share their experiences from a recent missionary trip to Haiti. 
     
  • April 17  --  Monsignor Robert Mazur, Rector of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament and Diocesan Director of Liturgy, previews the Ordination Mass of Bishop-Elect Mark L. Bartchak and the Liturgies of Holy Week.  
     
  • April 24  --  On this Easter Sunday, Bishop Joseph introduces the newly-ordained Bishop Mark L. Bartchak to viewers, and the two Bishops share Easter wishes. 

 

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 March 28 edition of The Catholic Register:

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  • The latest on the Ordination and Installation of Bishop-Elect Mark L. Bartchak.
     
 
  
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.
 
 

 

 

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.

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Bartchak photoOrdination Planning Intensifies

With only one month remaining before the Ordination and Installation of Bishop-Elect Bartchak, the Ordination planning committee is working feverishly in preparation for the festivities. As previously announced, due to limited seating at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, the Mass is by invitation-only. Responses to invitations are coming into the Chancery daily.

 

The Faithful will be able to watch the Mass live on two local television stations. WJAC TV and WWCP TV FOX 8 have partnered to broadcast the Ordination and Installation live on April 19 beginning at 2:00 p.m. WJAC TV anchor Marty Radovanic and Father Aron Maghsoudi, Parochial Administrator of Saint Joseph Parish in Williamsburg, will host the coverage. Father Maghsoudi is a Diocesan historian and former Master of Ceremonies at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. Two Catholic radio stations will also broadcast the Mass live: WHHN 88.1 FM (Radio Maria) and WAOB 106.7 FM (We Are One Body Radio).

 

The Liturgy subcommittee is meeting regularly to plan details of the Evening Prayer Service on April 18, which is open to the public, and the Ordination/Installation Mass. The Hospitality, Transportation and Security subcomittees are working on various receptions, accommodations for out-of-town guests, parking and other logistics.
  
In honor of this historic event, The Catholic Register will publish a commemorative edition on April 11. The Altoona Mirror also will publish a special section on April 17 dedicated to the Ordination and Installation.

cross of lilly and thornsOrdination/Holy Week Schedule

The following is the schedule of events between April 17-19:
  • April 17 (Passion Sunday) -- Mass at 11:00 a.m. at Saint John Gualbert Cathedral in Johnstown celebrated by Bishop Joseph (Mass broadcast live on WWCP TV FOX 8).
  • April 18 -- Evening Prayer with Bishop Joseph and Bishop-Elect Bartchak at 5:00 p.m., at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona.
  • April 19 -- The Ordination and Installation of Bishop-Elect Bartchak at 2:00 p.m., at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament (Mass broadcast live on WWCP TV FOX 8, WJAC TV, WHHN 88.1 FM and WAOB 106.7 FM).

The following is the Pontifical Schedule for Triduum and Easter:

  • Holy Thursday -- Chrism Mass at 11:00 a.m., at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament; Mass of the Lord's Supper at 7:30 p.m., at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament.
  • Good Friday -- Morning Prayer at 9:00 a.m., at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament; Celebration of the Lord's Passion at Noon, at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament; and Tenebrae at 7:30 p.m., at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament.
  • Holy Saturday -- Office of Readings at 9:00 a.m., at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament; Easter Vigil at 8:30 p.m., at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament.
  • Easter Sunday -- Mass of the Lord's Resurrection at 11:00 a.m., at Saint John Gualbert Cathedral. The newly-ordained Bishop Bartchak will also take Canonical Possession of the Cathedral in Johnstown (Mass broadcast live on WWCP TV FOX 8 until 12:30; Thank you to FOX 8 for making the extra time available).

  

 

Rite of Election 2011Rite of Election

The Rite of Election of Catechumens and Call to Continuing Conversion of Candidates was held on March 13, 2011, at Saint John Gualbert Cathedral in Johnstown and the Catheral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona. A catechumen, someone who is seeking baptism, celebrates God's call to live a life as a Christian. His or her presence at the Rite of Election is a public recognition of his or her "yes" to living a new life in God within the Roman Catholic Church. A catechmen signs his or her name in the Book of the Elect and is now enrolled as a member in the Order of Catechumens. A candidate, someone who is already baptized and seeking full communion in the Catholic Church, celebrates the Rite of the Call to Continuing  Conversion. Candidates, by virtue of their baptism, already have their names written in the "Book of Heaven." We celebrate the anticipation of becoming one at the Eucharistic Table. "You are being called into a relationship with God that is like none other," Bishop Joseph told the catechumens and candidates.  Read more about the Rite of Election in the March 28 edition of The Catholic Register. Photos available on the Diocesan website at www.ajdiocese.org. [Photo: Catechumen Patrick Messina signs the Book of the Elect as Deacon John Rys looks on.]

  

 

Junior High Youth Day 2011Junior High Youth Day
The Office of Youth Ministry sponsored the annual Junior High Youth Day on March 6 at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School in Ebensburg. This year's theme was "I Am With You Always." The event, open to students in grades 6, 7 and 8, featured games, keynote speeches by Bob Perron and Mass with Bishop Joseph. Perron, a youth ministry director from the Diocese of Des Moines, Iowa, spoke to the students about regaining child-like faith in God through commitment, community and courage. Bishop Joseph encouraged the students to not only believe in God, but to act like they believe in God. In appreciation for the Bishop's support of youth programs, the students presented him with a certificate and card of thanks. Read more about Junior High Youth Day in the March 28 edition of The Catholic Register. Photos available on the Diocesan website at www.ajdiocese.org. [Photo: Students take part in the choir during Mass at Junior High Youth Day.]
  
Tri-High Day 2011Tri-High Day
Bishop Joseph sponsored his final Tri-High Day on March 4 at Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School in Altoona. Each year, several students from each of the three Catholic high schools in the Diocese are invited to the event at one of the three schools. It is an opportunity for the students to ask the Bishop questions and have lunch with him. The Bishop also celebrates Mass.  [Photo: Jeanne Thompson, teacher and campus minister at Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School, stands with students participating in Tri-High Day. Photo by Bruce A. Tomaselli.]  
  

ACA 2011 logoAnnual Catholic Appeal

The Diocese has launched its 2011 Annual Catholic Appeal. The ACA became a Lenten Appeal this year for a number of reasons.  First, it gives families and individuals an opportunity to make a sacrificial gift in this season of spiritual renewal for the benefit of our parish and Diocesan ministries. Second, parishes will have a few more months to reach their respective goals. And, third, a Lenten appeal will allow Bishop-Elect Bartchak to focus on the pastoral and spiritual needs of God's People within our Diocesan Church.  New this year is the option of making an ACA gift online. Look for the "Donate Now" button in the right-hand margin of the Diocesan web pages, including the Annual Catholic Appeal page.

 

Chances for Charity logoCatholic Charities Fundraiser
Catholic Charities has launched "Chances for Charity," a major fundraising initiative. The effort involves the sale of raffle tickets at $50 each. Participants will be eligible to win nine cash prizes -- including the top prize of $5,000 -- and 91 other prizes valued at $50 or more. The non-cash prizes include gift cards for various area businesses and restaurants. Tickets are available at parishes throughout the Diocese or by calling the Altoona office of Catholic Charities at (814) 944-9388. The drawing will be held at the Catholic Charities annual recognition dinner on May 5. For a complete list of prizes, please go to the Diocesan website at www.ajdiocese.org.
  
School ChoiceSchool Choice Update
The State Senate Education Committee approved Senate Bill 1 on March 1 by a vote of 8-2. The bill now goes to the Senate Appropriations Committee.  SB 1 was introduced by Senators Jeffrey Piccola and Anthony Williams. Senator John Eichelberger was a co-sponsor. If the measure passes in the Legislature, and the governor signs it, the state would take the money it would spend to educate a child in the public school system and give it to low-income parents who qualify in the form of vouchers. Parents could then use that money to educate their child in the school of their choice -- public or private. SB 1 also proposes to increase the amount of money the state invests in the Educational Improvement Tax Credit by $25 million. The EITC provides tax credits to businesses that direct a portion of their tax dollars to scholarships. We urge everyone to contact their state lawmakers as soon as possible and encourage them to support this legislation. For more information about Senate Bill 1, please go to the Diocesan website at www.ajdiocese.org.
  

March 25 Not Day of Abstinence
This year, March 25 -- The Feast of the Annunciation -- falls on a Friday during Lent. It is a day of solemnity, which means the Faithful are not obligated to follow the law of abstinence. In other words, Catholics can eat meat on Friday, March 25, if they so choose. 

 

News & Notes from Around the Household of God 
  
  
Catholic Charities is seeking nominees for the 2011 Monsignor William M. Griffin Humanitarian Award.  The award is given to persons demonstrating a significant, long-term commitment (professional or volunteer) to serving the poor, marginalized and most vulnerable within our Diocesan community. The award will be presented at the Catholic Charities annual recognition dinner on May 5. For the award criteria or to print a nomination form, please go to the Diocesan website at www.ajdiocese.org.

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Theology on Tap

The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown Office of Campus Ministry is sponsoring a Theology on Tap series this month. Theology on Tap is a speaker/discussion series for young adults age 18-39. The sessions are held in a restaurant or tavern as a way of reaching out to young adults where they gather. The sessions will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at PJ's Tavern, 7874 Admiral Peary Highway, Cresson. There is no charge to attend. Complimentary appetizers will be served. The following is a schedule of the remaining dates, topics and speakers:

 

  • March 21 -- Are Catholics Really Christian?; Jeff Philbin, Saint Benedict Parish
  • March 28 -- Stump the Priest (Monsignor Michael Becker and other priests field questions from young adults)

For more information about Theology on Tap, please go to the Diocesan website at www.ajdiocese.org.

 

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Two more Roman Missal workshops are scheduled this month. Presented by the Diocesan Liturgy Office with the Diocesan Litrugy Committee, the workshops are for those in leadership positions in their parishes. That includes parish pastoral council members; parishioners involved with Sunday Mass, i.e., liturgical ministers, especially musicians; teachers and catechists. The remaining workshop schedule is as follows:

  • March 19 -- Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament Hall, Altoona
  • March 26 -- Our Lady of Victory Parish Activities Center, State College

Each workshop is from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; Registration at 9:30 a.m. Participants MUST register with their parish as soon as possible. Workshops for all the Faithful will be offered in the fall.

   

 

 

 

Upcoming Events 
 
    

April 11; 6:30 p.m.

Diocesan Penance Service

Saint John Gualbert Cathedral, Johnstown

 

April 12; 7:00 p.m.

Diocesan Penance Service

Good Shepherd Parish, State College

 

April 13; 6:30 p.m.

Diocesan Penance Service

Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Altoona

 

April 16
Christian Initiation Retreat; Prayer/Anointing at 10:45 a.m.
Our Lady of Victory Parish, State College

 

April 17 (Passion Sunday)

Christian Initiation Retreat;

Prayer/Anointing at 1:30 p.m. at Saint John Gualbert Cathedral and at 4:45 p.m. at Saint Catherine of Siena Parish in Duncansville

 

April 18; 5:00 p.m.
Evening Prayer with Bishop Joseph and Bishop-Elect Bartchak

Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament

 

April 19; 2:00 p.m.

Ordination and Installation of Bishop-Elect Bartchak

Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament

 

April 21 (Holy Thursday); 11:00 a.m.

Chrism Mass

Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Altoona

 

April 24 (Easter Sunday); 11:00 a.m. 

Bishop Bartchak celebrates Mass at Saint John Gualbert Cathedral and takes Canonical Possession of the Cathedral

 

April 30; 5:00 p.m.

Neophyte Mass of Thanksgiving
Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament

 

 

Lenten Crosses
 
Prayer for Lent
O God, bless us during this season of spiritual renewal. Fill our minds and hearts with love, that we may be a sign of Jesus to all those living in our midst. 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
tdegol@dioceseaj.org