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An E-Newsletter from the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown
July 2011
Volume III  Number  7
Welcome to the July edition of E-vangelist, a monthly E-Newsletter from the Communications Office of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. We hope these summer days are a time of relaxation, enjoyment and spiritual renewal for you. Thank you to the hundreds of people who attended Mass celebrated by Bishop Bartchak at the annual Faith Day at the Blair County Ballpark. What a wonderful way to show pride in our Catholic faith and make our new Bishop feel welcome! We are also in the midst of another busy summer camp season. The first annual Camp Timothy was a big success, and now we look forward to the two sessions of the always-popular Camp Zacchaeus. You can read more about Faith Day and Camp Timothy in this edition of E-vangelist, as well as other happenings in the Diocese. Prayerful best wishes for a wonderful rest of the summer! 
In This Issue
Faith Day 2011
Clergy Appointments
Camp Timothy
Mass for College Students
School Choice Update
State College Theology on Tap
Sister Marks Golden Jubilee
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


the catholic register
Coming up in the August 1 edition of The Catholic Register:
  • Bruce Tomaselli reports on Bishop Bartchak's plan to visit the faith communities throughout our Diocese, including parishes and schools,  in the coming months.




Bishop Mark Bartchak's upcoming Guests on Keeping the Faith, a weekly segment on Proclaim!: 



  • July 24 -- Father Brian Warchola, a newly ordained Diocesan priest, discusses the first weeks of his ministry. 
  • July 31 -- Our People from the Pew series spotlights Timothy Mercer, a captain with the Pennsylvania State Police and member of Holy Rosary Parish in Altoona.
  • August 7 -- Monsignor Michael Becker, Diocesan Coordinator of Campus Ministry, and Jonathan Jerome, Campus Minister at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, preview a special Mass for college students and discuss other ways they reach out to young adults on campus.
  • August 14 -- Lou and Louise Aust, members of Saint John Gualbert Cathedral Parish in Johnstown, talk about their volunteer service at the annual Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Liturgies and their personal commitment to marriage. 


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.




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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.


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Listen to the live Mass every Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. from the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona on WFBG 1290 AM.  



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Annual Catholic Appeal Update


More parishes are seeing success in the ACA compared to this time a year ago.  Even with the earlier than usual Lenten kick-off of the Appeal, the strong start is remarkable despite mixed economic news and continued high unemployment.  Already 33 parishes have received pledges in excess of their ACA goals.  You can download a parish-by-parish report by visiting www.ajdiocese.org and clicking on the ACA logo at right.  To make your gift, you can pick up an ACA envelope at the parish or click on the "Donate" button on the above website.  Thank you!


Faith Day 2011Faith Day a Hit!
Hundreds turned out for the annual Faith Day at the Blair County Ballpark sponsored by the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown on July 10. Bishop Mark Bartchak celebrated Mass on the field. Bishop-Emeritus Joseph Adamec concelebrated, along with more than a dozen priests of the Diocese. "This is an awesome way to share our Catholic faith with each other from all over the Diocese and with family, friends, and visitors from other places," Bishop Bartchak said in his Homily. "This is an awesome way for us to give witness to our Catholic faith for the benefit of others."


Representatives from various parishes participated in the Parade of Parishes before the game. Bishop Bartchak led the parade, and he threw out the ceremonial first pitch of the game. Father Brian Saylor, Pastor of Saint Rose of Lima Parish in Altoona, sang the National Anthem.  Various priests of the Diocese also offered messages of welcome on the jumbotron. The evening ended with a spectacular fireworks display. To read Bishop Mark's Homily from the Faith Day Mass and to view a slide show of photos from the day, please visit the Diocesan website at www.ajdiocese.org. [Photo: Bishop Mark (center) is joined during the Consecration by Bishop Joseph (left) and Father John Byrnes, Judicial Vicar and Pastor of Saint Aloysius Parish in Cresson (right).]     

Bartchak Coat of ArmsBishop Announces Clergy Appointments

On July 1, Bishop Mark Bartchak announced a series of clergy appointments that take effect today -- July 20, 2011. The appointments are as follows:


REVEREND VALENTINE J. BRADLEY, appointed Parochial Administrator of Saint Francis Xavier Parish in Cresson, effective July 20, 2011.


REVEREND JAMES B. COVENEY, granted retirement at his request and given Senior Priest status, effective July 20, 2011.


REVEREND GEORGE M. GULASH, appointed Pastor of Saints Cyril and Methodius Parish in Windber, effective July 20, 2011.


REVEREND MATTHEW E. MISURDA, appointed Pastor of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish in Portage, effective July 20, 2011.


REVEREND RONALD V. OSINSKI, appointed Pastor of Saint Mark Parish in Altoona, effective July 20, 2011.


REVEREND BRIAN L. WARCHOLA, appointed Parochial Vicar of Saint John the Evangelist Parish in Bellefonte and Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Parish in Penns Valley, as well as Sacramental Minister at the State Correctional Institution at Rockview, effective June 4, 2011.


DEACON RICHARD T. GOLDEN, appointed to diaconal service at Saint Bartholomew Parish in Wilmore and Most Holy Trinity Parish in South Fork, effective June 4, 2011.



Camp Timothy 2011First Camp Timothy a Success

The first-ever Camp Timothy was held the week of June 26 at Camp Sequanota in Somerset County. Open to students entering their sophomore, junior or senior year in high school, the camp is a spin-off of the popular Camp Zacchaeus, which is open each year to students entering grades 4-9. Bishop Mark Bartchak spent a day at Camp Timothy. He celebrated Mass with the students and enjoyed fellowship with them. Other highlights of the camp included daily prayer and meditation, rock climbing and white water rafting. The two annual sessions of Camp Zacchaeus will be held the weeks of July 24 and 31. [Photo: Campers take a break from hiking and rock climbing at Camp Timothy.]


Bartchak Coat of ArmsBishop to Celebrate Mass for College Students

Students heading off to college this fall are invited to a special outdoor Liturgy. Bishop Mark Bartchak will celebrate a Mass for the young adullts  on August 7, at 7:00 p.m., at the Our Lady of the Alleghenies Shrine in Loretto. The students are encouraged to bring their family and friends with them to the Mass. "I think it is important for the young people continuing their education to know that they have the support of the Bishop and of the whole Church," said Monsignor Michael Becker, Diocesan Coordinator of Campus Ministry. If it rains, the Mass will be celebrated inside the Basilica of Saint Michael the Archangel.


School Choice SignsLawmakers to Resume School Choice Debate in Fall

State lawmakers recessed for the summer without passing school voucher legislation. According to Amy Hill, Communications Director for the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference, discussions were held between the Corbett Administration and legislative leaders during the last week of June. "All expressed their support and commitment to passing school choice, but they opted to postpone the vote on legislation until the fall so they could have more time to agree on the details," Hill said.  "The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference is disappointed that school vouchers didn't pass before June 30, but this is not a defeat," said Robert O'Hara, Jr., PCC Executive Director. "The EITC program was increased which shows that there is support for parental choice in education. Our efforts to expand that same choice to more parents with vouchers will continue over the summer." Supporters of school choice are urged to continue contacting their state senator and representative throughout the summer to voice their support for school choice.  For more information, please go to www.pacatholic.org.  


Theology on TapBishop to Speak at Upcoming Theology on Tap Session
Bishop Mark Bartchak wil be the featured speaker at the first session of a summer Theology on Tap series in State College. Theology on Tap is a speaker/discussion series for young adults ages 18-39. The sessions are held at a restaurant or tavern as a way of meeting young adults at the places where they gather. The first session will be held on August 1. Bishop Mark's topic will be "The New Evangelization: Keeping the Faith and Practicing the Faith in Our Time." Sessions with other topics and speakers will be held on August 8, 15, and 22. All four sessions will be held at Otto's Pub and Brewery on North Atherton Street in State College at 7:00 p.m. 
Sister Donna Marie LeidenReligious Sister Marks Golden Jubilee
Congratulations to Sister Donna Marie Leiden, who is celebrating 50 years as a Sister of Charity of Seton Hill. Sister Donna is the Diocesan Director of Education and a former principal at Bishop McCort Catholic High School in Johnstown. A native of Saint Mark Parish in Altoona, Sister Donna entered the congregation on September 8, 1961. Before coming to Altoona-Johnstown, she served as an educator in the Dioceses of Pittsburgh and Greensburg.  
News and Notes


The Family Life Office will sponsor the annual Wedding Anniversary Liturgies on September 18, at 2:00 p.m., at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona and on September 25, at 2:00 p.m., at Saint John Gualbert Cathedral in Johnstown. The Masses are open to couples celebrating their first, 25th, 40th, 50th, 55th or 60th+ anniversary this year. Bishop Mark Bartchak will be the celebrant and homilist for both Liturgies. Couples must register at their parish before August 22. 



The Catholic Life Conference Day of Reflection will be held on Saturday, September 24, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Mount Aloysius College in Cresson. The theme is "Disciples of Christ; People of the Eucharist." For more information, or to register, please contact Francine Swope at (814) 693-1401 or fswope@dioceseaj.org.



All are most welcome to join us each Sunday evening at 7:00 p.m. for an outdoor Sunday Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Alleghenies in Loretto through Labor Day weekend, September 4, 2011. Please bring a lawn chair. In the event of inclement weather, the Mass will be held 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.


Upcoming Events 

Week of July 24
Camp Zacchaeus (Session 1)

Week of July 31
Camp Zacchaeus (Session 2) 


August 7; 7:00 p.m.

Mass for College Students
Our Lady of the Alleghenies Shrine, Loretto

August 15
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Diocesan Offices Closed

Prayer for Vocations

Lord of the harvest, your Word finds a home in our hearts, calls us into community and invites us to generous service of the human family.  Bless with courage and spirit your priestly people, called to full participation in the one Body of Christ. May many choose to respond in public service to your call offered in Jesus' name. Amen.

                                                                                                                             Cardinal Joseph L. Bernardin (1928-1996)

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