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An E-Newsletter from the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown
September 2013
Volume V  Number  9
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Welcome to the September edition of E-vangelist, a monthly E-Newsletter from the Communications Office of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. As we welcome autumn, we also celebrate many blessings in our Diocesan Church. Bishop Mark L. Bartchak and more than 700 faithful recently marked the Year of Faith with an extraordinary pilgrimage to Mary's House -- the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. The Diocese is also preparing to "leave the light on" for those seeking God's forgiveness with a special Reconciliation initiative. Read more about these stories and other happenings in Altoona-Johnstown in this edition of E-vangelist.


Ministry Quicklinks

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Coming up in the September 23, 2013, edition of The Catholic Register
  • Comprehensive coverage of the September 14 Diocesan pilgrimage to the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. 




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

  • September 22  -- Dotty Caminiti, a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Altoona,  and Maggie Seyler, a member of Holy Spirit Parish in Lock Haven, talk about their recent missionary trip to Jamaica.
  • September 29 -- Stephanie Neighbors, a member of Saint Francis of Assisi Parish in Johnstown, discusses the Gabriel Project ministry in Cambria County.
  • October 6 -- Ashley Gay and Brother John Kerr, T.O.R., of the Diocesan Commission for Life and Justice, preview an upcoming event to raise awareness about poverty.


Proclaim! airs every Sunday at 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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Watch "Answering the Call" every Sunday at 9:00 p.m. on the Altoona Public Access Channel 14 in the Central Blair County area.
Watch "Faith Alive: The Teen Perspective" every Sunday at 9:30 p.m on the Altoona Public Access Channel 14 in the Central Blair County area.

The Light is On For YouThe Light Is On For You

The Presbyteral Council of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, on behalf of Bishop Mark L. Bartchak, will sponsor "The Light Is On For You" Reconciliation initiative this weekend, September 21-23, 2013. During those three days, parishes throughout the eight-county Diocese will offer special times for the faithful to receive God's healing and forgiveness through the sacrament of Confession. The effort aimes to reach out to those who have been away from the sacrament of Reconciliation for some time and are longing to return. Bishop Mark certainly encourages those individuals to take advantage of this special opportunity. No matter how long it has been since their last Confession, our priests will be there to welcome them back and lead them to God's loving mercy. For a complete schedule of parishes throughout the Diocese, please visit the Diocesan website at  www.dioceseaj.org. Reconciliation resources, including tips on how to make a good Confession, are also included on the website.

Washington Pilgrimage 2013Pilgrimage to Washington, D.C.
More than 700 pilgrims joined Bishop Mark L. Bartchak and close to a dozen priests on a pilgrimage to the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., on September 14, the day on which the Church celebrated the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. Bishop Mark welcomed the faithful as they arrived and led them in mid-day prayer. Pilgrims had the opportunity to tour the Basilica, including the many chapels dedicated to the Blessed Mother, the bookstore, and gift shop. The Bishop and priests heard Confessions, and Bishop Mark celebrated Mass at 3:00 p.m. in the upper Church. "No one can approach and touch the Cross of Jesus without leaving something of himself or herself there, and without bringing something of the Cross of Jesus into his or her own life," said the Bishop in his homily. He pointed out that Pope Francis reminds us that the Holy Cross gives us the certainty of the unshakable love which God has for us. "That unshakable, immeasurable, faithful love of the Cross of Jesus Christ is made available to us in a most unique way in this celebration of the Holy Eucharist in which we receive the Body and Blood of our Savior. This is the high point, the summit of our pilgrimage today on this Feast of the Triumph of the Holy Cross; a symbol of love, a symbol of hope, a symbol of faith." To read the Bishop's full homily and to view a slideshow from the pilgrimage, please visit the Diocesan website at www.dioceseaj.org. Monsignor Timothy Stein offers more coverage in the September 23 edition of The Catholic Register
Wedding Anniversary Mass 2013Wedding Anniversary Masses
Bishop Mark L. Bartchak celebrated the annual Wedding Anniversary Liturgies on September 8 at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona and on September 15 at Saint John Gualbert Cathedral in Johnstown. Couples marking milestone anniversaries -- first, 25th, 50th, 55th, and 60th+ -- this calendar year were recognized at the Mass. [Photo: Bishop Mark greets Bill and Judy Hiergeist, members of Saint Matthew Parish in Tyrone.]

Catholic Charities LogoCatholic Charities to Run Homeless Shelter 

The Cambria County Homeless Shelter Committee has chosen Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown to provide interim and long-term homeless shelter operations in Cambia County effective October 1, 2013. The operations include in-take, shelter, and case management. An interim homeless shelter plan, developed by the Committee, is in place, which Catholic Charities will execute until December 1, 2014, at which time a long-term facility is expected to be fully operational for county individuals and families. Catholic Charities plans to hire several individuals to operate the shelter and provide intensive case management.

Flight of the BeetleMystery Novel to Benefit Catholic Charities
Bishop-Emeritus Joseph V. Adamec has authored a mystery novel titled "Flight of the Beetle." It is based on one of the nine dinner mysteries he wrote and produced over the years. The book has 295 pages with a hard cover and is suitable reading for all ages. The plot revolves around a missing brooch, an heirloom of the Tahftnut family. Suspicions and accusations abound, until young Joey Cervik solves the mystery with a surprise ending. The Bishop is generously donating all proceeds from the sale of the books to Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. Each book is $24.75 plus $3.00 for postage. To order a copy, please contact the Altoona office of Catholic Charities at (814) 944-9388.
Diocesan Coat of ArmsNews and Notes


MASS FOR SERVANT OF GOD DEMETRIUS GALLITZIN -- Bishop Mark L. Bartchak will celebrate a Mass marking the conclusion of the Diocesan phase of the Canonization process for the Servant of God Demetrius Gallitzin. The Liturgy is scheduled for October 30, 2013, at 6:30 p.m., at the Basilica of Saint Michael the Archangel in Loretto. All are welcome. 
CATHOLIC LIFE CONFERENCE -- The annual Catholic Life Conference Day of Prayer will be held on October 12 at Saint Francis University in Loretto. The theme is "Witnessing Jesus Christ Today and Tomorrow: Reflections on Pope Francis." For more information and a registration brochure, please visit the Diocesan website at www.dioceseaj.org.
PRAYERS FOR VOCATIONS -- An hour of Prayer for Priestly Vocations is offered at the Prince Gallitzin Chapel House, 357 St. Mary St. in Loretto, every Thursday, except on Holydays and Holyday Vigils, beginning with Mass at 6:00 p.m. and ending with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 7:00 p.m.  For more information, please call the Diocesan Vocation Office at (814) 472-5441.
ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL -- Fifty-two of our 88 parishes have surpassed their 2013 ACA goals with anticipated refunds totaling $430,000.  A current progress report of all parishes can be found on the "Diocesan Mailing" page at www.dioceseaj.org.  New gifts may be made through the parish office or through our secure online donation page via the website. Thank you for supporting your parish and many Diocesan ministries.



Prayer for Vocations

Lord Jesus, I know that you love me and that you call me to follow you. Help me to listen to your call in all the ways you speak to me: through prayer and the Scriptures; through the Church; through the people who know me and love me; through the circumstances of my life; through my own hopes and desires. Guide me to search openly and carefully and to learn about life's choices, so that I may respond generously to your call and to know and embrace the vocation that will enable me to love wholeheartedly, and serve others with the gifts you have given to me. Help me to know and do your will. Thank you for your love for me and for all that the future holds for me. Lord Jesus, I put my trust in you. 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