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An E-Newsletter from the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown
October 2013
Volume V  Number  10
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Welcome to the October edition of E-vangelist, a monthly E-Newsletter from the Communications Office of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. Autumn is always a beautiful time in this region, and it is always a busy time for our Diocesan Church. This fall, there is particular excitement surrounding the Cause for Canonization of the Prince-Priest, the Servant of God Demetrius Gallitzin. A special Mass to mark the close of the Diocesan phase of the Cause is just one of many upcoming events. You can read more in this edition of E-vangelist.


Ministry Quicklinks

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Coming up in the November 4, 2013, edition of The Catholic Register
  • Continuing coverage of the Cause for Canonization of the Servant of God Demetrius Gallitzin, including coverage of a special Mass on October 30. 



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

  • November 3  -- Father Luis Escalante, the Roman Postulator for the Cause of the Servant of God Demetrius Gallitzin, discusses the status of the effort.
  • November 9 -- Dr. Thomas Foley, President of Mount Aloysius College in Cresson, updates viewers on happenings at the college.
  • November 17 -- Jean Johnstone, Executive Director of Catholic Charities, previews an important collection to benefit the agency and discusses other Catholic Charities news.


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.

Mass for the 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, at 6:30 p.m., at the Basilica of Saint Michael the Archangel in Loretto. All are welcome!  Among the priests concelebrating the Mass will be Father Luis Escalante, Roman Postulator for the Gallitzin Cause. While Father Escalante is visiting the Diocese, he will assist those here in Altoona-Johnstown who are gathering materials to be presented to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints at the Vatican. You can read more about the status of the Cause for Canonization of the Servant of God Demetrius Gallitzin in the October 21 edition of The Catholic Register.

Diaconate Logo Diaconate Candidates Progress in Formation

Candidates for the Permanent Diaconate took steps forward in their formation process over the past month, and a new candidate was welcomed. Kevin Nester and Thomas Price, candidates for ordination to the Diaconate, were installed in the Ministry of Lector by Bishop Mark L. Bartchak during a Mass on October 5 at Saint Benedict Parish in Johnstown. This was the second step in the candidates' formal formation process toward Ordination to Holy Orders as Permanent Deacons. Also at that Mass, Bishop Mark installed Michael Anna, a candidate for ordination to the Diaconate, in the Ministry of Acolyte. This was the third step in the candidate's formal formation process. Donald Gibboney was received into Candidacy by Bishop Mark during the Rite of Admission at a Mass on September 21 at his home parish of Most Holy Trinity, Huntingdon. This was the first step in Donald's formal formation process. For more photos and more information, visit the Diocesan website at www.dioceseaj.org.  

blue and white mass 2010 Patriotic Rosary
Bishop Mark L. Bartchak will preside at the second annual Patriotic Rosary on November 2 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona. The Rosary, which will be prayed for our country and for wisdom for those in public office, will include participation from various elected officials from throughout the Diocese The Catholic Daughters of the Americas is sponsoring the Rosary. All are invited.

Diocesan Coat of Arms Commission to Sponsor Poverty Simulation

The Diocesan Commission for Life and Justice will sponsor a Poverty Simulation on November 9 from 8:30 a.m. until Noon at Saint Rose of Lima Parish in Altoona. Simulation participants will be placed in role-playing positions and will incur some typical circumstances of those who live in poverty. A debriefing session will be held to discuss participants' findings. The deadline to register is October 25. For more information, please visit the Diocesan website at www.dioceseaj.org.

Second Century Fund Hits $1 Million Mark
The Second Century Fund of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown has received $1 million in EITC contributions since July 1 thanks to 86 businesses including First National Bank. Participating in FNB's gift presentation are Chris Chirieleison, Principal of Saint Joseph's Catholic Academy in Boalsburg; John Franks, FNB; Renee Shaw, Executive Director of Development of Bishop McCort Catholic High School in Johnstown; Tom Kristofco, President of Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School in Altoona; Sister Donna Marie Leiden, SC, Diocesan Director of Education; Kristina Tice, Principal of Saint John the Evangelist Catholic School in Bellefonte; and Greg Winger, FNB.  Absent were representatives from Bishop Carroll Catholic High School in Ebensburg.  For more information about how the EITC tax credit program can benefit local Catholic school students, please visit the Second Century Fund websiate at www.secondcenturyfund.org.   
Diocese to Host Speaker/Author Matthew Kelly
Internationally-acclaimed speaker and author Matthew Kelly is coming to the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown on September 27, 2014. Sponsored by the Parish Life Office of the Diocese, the event will be held at Saint Francis University in Loretto. The theme for the one-day retreat will be "Living your Catholic Faith Every Day with Purpose and Passion." For more information, please visit the Diocesan website at www.dioceseaj.org.
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.

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