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An E-Newsletter from the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown
June 2014
Volume VI  Number  6
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Welcome to the June edition of E-vangelist, a monthly E-Newsletter from the Communications Office of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. These late spring/early summer days are busy ones in the Diocese. Bishop Mark L. Bartchak recently presented eleven individuals with the Prince Gallitzin Cross for their outstanding service on a parish and/or Diocesan level. We are also preparing for our annual Faith Day at DelGrosso's Amusement Park. On behalf of Bishop Mark, we hope you'll join us for a fun, relaxing, and faith-filled day. You can read more about these happenings and other Diocesan news in this edition of E-vangelist. Summer Blessings!


Ministry Quicklinks

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Coming up in the June 30, 2014, edition of The Catholic Register
  • An update on the new quadrant model for Catholic education in the Diocese.




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


  • June 22 -- Amanda Walker of Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School and two BG international students talk about the school's international program.  


  • June 29 -- Prince Gallitzin Cross recipients Margaret Moschella of Saint Mark Parish in Altoona and David Madden of Saint Mary Parish in Hollidaysburg talk about their service to their parish.


  • July 6 -- Ronald and Mary Ann Weakland, members of Our Lady of Victory Parish in State College and 2014 Monsignor William M. Griffin Award winners, talk about their prison ministry.


  • July 13 -- "20 Under 20" honorees Carley Ingold of Saint Francis Xavier Parish in Cresson and Jamey Brumbaugh of Saint Rose of Lima Parish in Altoona join Bishop Mark to share their success stories as young adults.


Proclaim! airs every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. on WWCP TV FOX 8 and is rebroadcast on the Altoona Public Access Channel (Channel 14 on Atlantic Broadband) at 9:30 p.m. 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.
Fortnight for Freedom

A Fortnight for Freedom is set to begin in dioceses around the country and here in Altoona-Johnstown. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops will sponsor the Fortnight from June 21 to July 4. The theme will focus on the freedom to serve the poor and vulnerable in accord with human dignity and the Church's teaching. In observance of the Fortnight for Freedom, Bishop Mark L. Bartchak will preside at a Holy Hour on June 24 at 7:00 p.m., at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona. The Holy Hour will include Evening Prayer, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and a homily from the Bishop. All are invited to join Bishop Bartchak and others in prayer for the preservation of our religious liberty. For more information about Fortnight for Freedom 2014, please visit the special Fortnight section on the Diocesan website at www.dioceseaj.org. 

Prince Gallitzin Cross Award 

Bishop Mark L. Bartchak presented eleven individuals with the Prince Gallitzin Cross during a banquet on June 14 at Mount Aloysius College in Cresson. The award recognizes individuals who exhibit the "evangelizing spirit" of the Prince-Priest and Servant of God Demetrius Gallitzin. The 2014 recipients are:

  • Callista Baer - Saint Mary Parish, Orbisonia
  • Dick and Marie Boland - Saint Monica Parish, Chest Springs
  • Barbara Ferazzi - Saint Francis Xavier Parish, Cresson
  • Michael and Debra Kelleher - Sacred Heart Parish, Altoona
  • Angela Lavelle - Saint Joseph Parish, Renovo
  • David Madden - Saint Mary Parish, Hollidaysburg
  • Margaret Moschella - Saint Mark Parish, Altoona
  • Mary Clare Piatak - Bishop McCort Catholic High School, Johnstown
  • Leo "Butch" Winkler - Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Altoona

"This evening, we honor men and women of our Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown who have exemplified the evangelizing spirit of the Servant of God Demetrius Gallitzin by paying attention to and mnistering to those who experience the challenges of physical, intellectual, material, and spiritual poverty, and especially those who have experienced a crisis of faith or a loss of faith because of that poverty," the Bishop said in his remarks. "Because of you, a lot more people know what God looks like and that is good news that's worth celebrating."


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The annual Diocesan Faith Day will be held on June 29 at DelGrosso's Amusement Park in Tipton. Highlights of the day will include Mass at 3:00 p.m. on the park stage with Bishop Mark L. Bartchak as celebrant and homilist and priests of the Diocese as concelebrants. A picnic supper catered by DelGrosso's will be served in Pavilion 2 at 5:00 p.m. The deadline to purchase meal tickets is June 23. The cost is $7.95 for adults; $6.95 for children 12 and younger. Contact your parish or the Diocesan Parish Life Office. For more information, and for all day ride and slide vouchers, please visit the Diocesan website at www.dioceseaj.org. [Photo: Bishop Mark and priests process to the park stage for Mass during the 2013 Faith Day at DelGrosso's Amusement Park.]
Outdoor Masses
Outdoor Masses are once again being celebrated this summer at the Our Lady of the Alleghenies Shrine in Loretto. The Masses are at 7:00 p.m. every Sunday through Labor Day weekend. Please bring your own lawn chair. In the event of inclement weather, the Mass will be celebrated inside the Baslica of Saint Michael the Archangel. The weekly outdoor Masses are sponsored by the Diocesan Vocations Office, and the intention is offered for an increase of priests in our Diocesan Church. [Photo: Father Matthew Reese receives the offertory gifts during the outdoor Mass on June 15.]

Y of F Evening Prayer 10-16-12Day of Discernment

If you are a young man considering a vocation to the Priesthood, join us for a Day of Discernment sponsored by the Diocesan Office of Vocations. It will be held on July 13 beginning at 3:00 p.m. at the Basilica of Saint Michael the Archangel in Loretto. Guests will have the opportunity to pray before the Blessed Sacrament and talk with Bishop Mark L. Bartchak, Vocations Director Father Matthew Reese, and the Diocesan seminarians. A meal will be included. All men interested in being part of the gathering should contact Father Reese at (814) 472-5441 or vocations@dioceseaj.org. The day will conclude with the celebration of the outdoor Mass at the Our Lady of the Alleghenies Shrine next to the Basilica. All are invited to the Mass to pray for an increase in vocations in our Diocese.


Mass for Married Couples 2013Mass for Married Couples     

Bishop Mark L. Bartchak will celebrate the annual outdoor Mass honoring married couples on July 27 at 7:00 p.m. at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Alleghenies in Loretto. Bring a lawn chair. All married couple are invited to attend, and everyone is invited to show encourage and support for married couples in the Diocese. Singers are needed for the choir. There will be one rehearsal at 5:30 p.m. before the Mass. Contact choir director Kevin Luke by July 17 at (814) 944-2044 or kluke@dioceseaj.org. [Photo: Bill and Eileen Bogel of Saint Michael Parish in Hollidaysburg were among the couples who attended the 2013 Mass for married couples.]
Diocesan Coat of ArmsAnnual Catholic Appeal

Fifteen additional parishes have surpassed their parish goals since last month.  The new group includes All Saints, Boswell; Holy Spirit, Lock Haven; Sacred Heart, Altoona; Saint Andrew, Johnstown; Saint Augustine, St. Augustine; Saints Cyril & Methodius, Windber; Saint Joan, Fallentimber; Saint John, Altoona; Saint John, Bellefonte; Saint John, New Baltimore; Saint John, Summerhill; Saint Mary, Altoona; Saint Michael, Loretto; Saint Nicholas, Nicktown; and Seven Dolors, Beans Cove.  A parish-by-parish summary report is posted weekly on the "Diocesan Mailing" web page at www.dioceseaj.org. Your contribution permits build up the Church with living stones though the recent retreats for priests and deacons, and upcoming day of discernment sponsored by the Vocations Office.  To support your parish and Diocesan ministries, please place your Annual Catholic Appeal gift in the offertory or donate online at the website mentioned above. Thank you.

Matthew Kelly to Visit Diocese

The Evangelization Ministry of the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear dynamic Catholic speaker and author Matthew Kelly on September 27 at Saint Francis University. Kelly has an inspiring way of challenging us to be the best version of ourselves.  Purchase a ticket as a gift for your child, grandchild, Confirmation candidate or others close to you.  Adult tickets are $39 each.  Student tickets are $15 each.  Please order your tickets early.   Matthew Kelly's events have been known to sell out quickly.  We will process tickets in order of postmark date. To order tickets, visit the Diocesan website at www.dioceseaj.org. For more information, please contact Sister Linda LaMagna, CCW, at (814) 674-3712 or llamagna@dioceseaj.org.

Prayer for the Protection of Religious Liberty

O God our Creator, from your provident hand we have received our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. You have called us as your people and given us the right and the duty to worship you, the only true God, and your Son, Jesus Christ. Through the power and working of your Holy Spirit, you call us to live out our faith in the midst of the world, bringing the light and the saving truth of the Gospel to every corner of society. We ask you to bless us in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty. Give us the strength of mind and heart to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatened; give us courage in making our voices heard on behalf of the rights of your Church and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith. Grant, we pray, O heavenly Father, a clear and united voice to all your sons and daughters gathered in your Church in this decisive hour in the history of our nation, so that, with every trial withstood and every danger overcome- for the sake of our children, our grandchildren, and all who come after us- this great land will always be "one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." We ask this through Christ our Lord.  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