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An E-Newsletter from the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown
November 2015
Volume VII Number 11
Basilica of Saint Michael the Archangel, Loretto
Happy Thanksgiving!
Welcome to the November edition of E-vangelist, a monthly E-Newsletter from the Communications Office of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, we give thanks to God for the many gifts we have received. Here in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Thanksgiving Day is a Day of Prayer for the Harvest and Fruits of the Earth.
   O God, the source of every gift, 
   we confess that all we have and are comes from you. 
   Teach us to recognize the effects of your boundless care 
   and to love you with a grateful heart. 
   We give you thanks and praise for your many favors. 
   In gratitude may we share these gifts with others. 
   We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen. 


Ministry Quicklinks


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Coming up in the
November 30, 2015, edition of The Catholic Register:

  • Reporter Bruce Tomaselli outlines Diocesan plans for the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. 





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



November 22 -- With Thanksgiving just days away, Antonia and Cary Solinki of Prince of Peace Parish in Northern Cambria discuss why they are especially grateful this year.



November 29 -- Amy Kanich, Director of the Diocesan Family Life Office and author of an Advent booklet, shares ideas for a more spiritual Advent. 

December 6  -- As the Church prepares to observe a Year of Mercy, Father David Arseneault, Pastor of Most Holy Trinity Parish in Huntingdon, talks about ideas for making the most of this jubilee year. 




Proclaim! airs every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. on WATM ABC 23 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 WATM 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.
Bartchak Coat of Arms Bishop's Appointments
Bishop Mark has announced the following clergy appointments effective November 27, 2015.

REVEREND BRIAN L. WARCHOLA, appointed Parochial Vicar at Saint Benedict Parish in Johnstown, under the pastorate of the Reverend David S. Peles, and Chaplain at Bishop McCort Catholic High School.
REVEREND MATTHEW B. BAUM, appointed Administrator at Immaculate Conception Parish in Dudley and Saint Stephen Parish in McConnellsburg.  Father Baum will also provide sacramental coverage to Juniata College and the State Correctional Institution in Huntingdon.

REVEREND JOSEPH C. NALE, appointed Pastor of Most Holy Trinity Parish in South Fork and Saint Bartholomew Parish in Wilmore.  Father Nale will also serve as Chaplain at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School in Ebensburg.

REVEREND SEAN K. CODE, appointed Catholic Chaplain at Conemaugh Health System, Johnstown, with Residence at Saint John Gualbert Cathedral in Johnstown.

REVEREND ARON M. MAGHSOUDI, appointed Administrator of Our Lady Queen of Angels Parish in Central City and Assistant Sacramental Minister at the State Correctional Institution in Laurel Highlands.

REVEREND JOHN M. GIBBONS, appointed Chaplain at the State Correctional Institution in Benner Township, continuing as Administrator of Saints Peter and Paul Parish in Philipsburg and Sacramental Minister at the State Correctional Institution in Rockview.

REVEREND MATTHEW A. REESE, appointed Pastor of Saint Joseph Parish in Williamsburg, continuing as Diocesan Director of Vocations.

DEACON JACK E. ORLANDI, appointed Chaplain of the State Correctional Institution in Benner Township, continuing in Diaconal Service at Good Shepherd Parish in State College, under the pastorate of the Reverend Charles M. Amershek.
A group of teens from around the Diocese, along with their adult chaperones and Bishop Mark, are attending the bi-annual National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis, November 19-21.The gathering gives the students the chance to learn more about the Catholic faith, celebrate the sacraments, and have fun.
Year of Mercy
An Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy will soon begin in the Catholic Church universal and here in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. Pope Francis proclaimed an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy that will begin on December 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, and conclude on November 20, 2016, the Solemnity of Christ the King. In announcing the Year of Mercy, the Holy Father said, "It is time to return to the basics and to bear the weaknesses and struggles of our brothers and sisters. Mercy is the force that reawakens us to new life and instills in us the courage to look to the future with hope." Here in Altoona-Johnstown, the opening of the Year of Mercy will be celebrated at all parishes. Throughout the year, the Diocese will place great emphasis on the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy with a special focus on the Corporal Works of Mercy during the Lenten season. A number of special events are planned, including Days of Prayer reflecting on the Spiritual Works of Mercy. In keeping with the Holy Father's request that all dioceses open "Doors of Mercy," there will be Pilgrimage and Indulgence Prayer opportunities during the summer at three parishes in our Diocese celebrating their 200th anniversary. For more information, and prayer resources, please visit the special Year of Mercy section on the Diocesan website, www.dioceseaj.org.
Ecumenical Gathering
Caring for our common home was the topic of an ecumenical gathering on November 12 at Saint John the Evangelist Parish in Altoona. Sponsored by the Ecumenical Conference of Greater Altoona, the program highlighted the recent encyclical of Pope Francis, Laudato Si', which focuses on care for the environment. In his keynote address, Bishop Mark gave an overview of the papal document, and leaders of various faith communities offered their responses in light of their own faith traditions.[Photo (left to right): Monsignor Michael Becker, Pastor of Saint John the Evangelist Parish, Diocesan Ecumenical Minister, and moderator of the gathering; Mr. Michael Allison, Unified Buddhist Church; Rev. Anthony Roeber, Saint Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church, Johnstown; Rabbi Audrey Korotkin, Temple Beth Israel, Altoona; Bishop Mark; Rev. K. Joy Kaufman, General Presbyter of the Huntingdon Presbytery; and Bishop Michael Rhyne, Allegheny Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.]
Vocations Mass Cancelled
The weekly Thursday night Diocesan Vocations Mass and Adoration held at the Prince Gallitzin Chapel House in Loretto is permanently cancelled due to the appointment of Vocations Director Father Matthew Reese as Pastor of Saint Joseph Parish in Williamsburg.  All are encouraged to pray for priestly vocations in their respective parishes. 
Mystery Books to Benefit Catholic Charities
Looking for unique Christmas presents? Bishop-Emeritus Joseph Adamec has authored two mystery novels. Flight of the Beetle and Heir Non-Apparent are available for purchase through Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. Bishop Joseph is generously donating all money from sales of the books to Catholic Charities. You can order copies of the books for Christmas gift-giving by calling Catholic Charities at (814) 944-9388.
Advent wreath Advent Prayer 
Father, in the wilderness of the Jordan you sent a messenger to prepare people's hearts for the coming of your Son. Help me to hear His words and repent of my sins, so that I may clearly see the way to walk, the truth to speak, and the life to live for Him, our Lord Jesus Christ. 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