Welcome to St. John Gualbert Cathedral. 

We are the Johnstown Cathedral for the Diocese of Altoona Johnstown and the home of the Proclaim TV Ministry where we broadcast our Sunday Mass each week. Watching the Mass on TV or on-line does not take the place of being present in person, but it is a wonderful opportunity to witness, worship, pray and reflect. Please click here to see our most recent Sunday Masses.

Our Cathedral is open for Mass and for the sacrament of Confession with Covid19 safety precautions. We invite you to visit and attend Mass or pray privately. Our current parish bulletin, shown below, provides our most up-to-date schedule.

If you would like to arrange a private confession, if you have any questions, or if you have an emergency, please contact our parish office at 814.536.0117.  Thank you and may God bless you.

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Our vibrant and historic Roman Catholic Parish is located in downtown Johnstown, PA.

The cathedral was built with an unusual steel substructure after the Great Johnstown Flood of 1889.  Please click here for a link detailing our parish history. Our parish administers two historic cemeteries, St John Gualbert Catholic Cemetery and St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, both located in the Geistown section of Johnstown. Please click here for google maps of our two cemeteries.

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Our cathedral building has been described in a number of books and other publications. A short but comprehensive description and historic overview compiled by several authors is on-line at: 

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(Please follow all Covid-19 Safety Precautions,
as published lower on this webpage.)

Public Masses
at the Cathedral:

Weekend Masses:
Saturday 5 PM
Sunday:  8 AM, 11 AM, 5 PM

Daily Mass:
Monday – Friday: 7 AM and 12:05 PM
Saturday: 8 AM

Updated Covid-19 Safety Precautions

As of May 19, 2021, Bishop Mark has updated the Guidelines we are asked to follow in Response to COVID-19. We remind everyone that our COVID -19 safety measures have been of real benefit. As indicated by health experts, if you are able, you are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Though no longer mandated, individuals may wish to continue wearing a mask when they gather with others in their parish for Mass or other activities.

Many pastors are reporting a significant increase in the numbers of people who are returning to Mass in person now that they have been vaccinated. While restrictions are being eased, dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday and holy day Masses remains in place. It is anticipated that all the dioceses in Pennsylvania will end that dispensation at the same time; probably after the summer season is over.

With that in mind, parishioners who have not been attending Mass are encouraged to begin again. Maybe the first time back could be a weekday Mass with fewer people.

Parishioners are also encouraged to receive the sacrament of Penance/Reconciliation. For many, it has been a long time since they last received the sacrament. The old saying, “confession is good for the soul,” is true.  Confession provides a fresh start. It is a way to regain one’s spiritual balance.

Bishop Mark has asked that the following protocols take effect with the vigil Mass for the Solemnity of Pentecost, that is, the evening of Saturday, May 23, 2021. These directives pertain especially to liturgical celebrations within a church. However, they also apply to other functions (e.g. Bible study groups, prayer groups, faith formation programs and activities, dinners, festivals, bingo, etc.)

Common sense should apply and each person may continue to observe precautions that are no longer mandated. This may be the case for those who are waiting to be vaccinated. Questions concerning these directives/protocols should be brought to the attention of the Vicar General or the Bishop.

Masks

  • Individuals, including priests, deacons, and liturgical ministers are no longer required to wear masks when in church or other church facilities.
  • Pastors and parishioners should respect the return of others to regular worship at Mass and other liturgical and non-liturgical functions. No one should inquire of anyone as to whether they are vaccinated.
  • Those who are not fully vaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear masks while in church, both for their protection and that of others.
  • Parents should make an informed decision about whether their children participating in liturgical ministries need to continue wearing masks.
  • Parishes should have a supply of disposable masks available for individuals who need one.
  • Persons who are feeling ill should stay home.
  • Masks are recommended when a priest, deacon, or extraordinary minister brings Holy Communion to shut-ins, especially when it is known that the recipient is ill.
  • Parents should make an informed decision about whether their children participating in school Masses need to continue wearing masks.

Seating Arrangements

  • The use of all pews in churches is now permitted.
  • Spacing between pews is discontinued.
  • The practice of reserved seating at Mass is discontinued.
  • Choirs may be seated together in their usual place.
  • Altar servers, lectors, song leaders, and musicians may be seated in their usual places within the church.

Sanitizing/Cleaning

  • Wiping/sanitizing pews and other hard surfaces in between Masses is discontinued.
  • Hand sanitizer is to be available at church entrances, in the sanctuary and near all places where Holy Communion is distributed.
  • Church cleaning should return to regular protocol. Those who are responsible for cleaning should utilize disposable gloves and sanitizer.

Worship Aids and Various Liturgical Actions

  • Hymnals and other worship aids may be placed in the pews.
  • Holy Water is permitted to be placed in the font(s).
  • Entrance and closing processions are now permitted.
  • A verbal exchange of the sign of peace is permitted among the faithful.
  • Collection baskets may once again be utilized.
  • Although the Holy Eucharist continues to be offered at Mass, the distribution of the Precious Blood to the faithful is not permitted.
  • Clergy are to receive Holy Communion by intinction when concelebrating.
  • Clergy and extraordinary ministers should use hand sanitizer before distributing Holy Communion.
  • The faithful are recommended to receive Holy Communion in the hand. However the right to receive on the tongue is to be respected.
  • The faithful are encouraged to sanitize their hands before and after receiving Holy Communion.
  • Clergy and extraordinary ministers, at their discretion, may continue wearing masks when distributing Holy Communion.
  • Permission remains in effect for priests to trinate on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation and to binate on weekdays.
  • The use of confessionals is permitted. If there is inadequate ventilation within the confessional, priests may arrange for another space in the church for hearing confessions.
  • Clergy may greet the people before or after Mass, but should refrain from shaking hands.

Portrait Representing Our Lord's Divine MercyVatican Grants Emergency Plenary Indulgence for Divine Mercy Chaplet

The Church is responding to the problems we all face as a result of this pandemic with great seriousness and generosity. The Holy Father is throwing wide open the doors of the Church’s storehouses of grace for the faithful, making it as easy as possible for all of us to be assured of the graces we need to speed the sick and the dying through Purgatory, and to be assured of the graces needed for salvation at the moment of our deaths.
Spread the news of these special graces to every Catholic on the front lines of facing this disease that you know. Make sure they know how to make use of these graces.

New Plenary Indulgence

Because of the pandemic, anyone who, with “the will to fullfil the usual conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer according to the Holy Father’s intentions), as soon as possible,” recites the Divine Mercy Chaplet with the intention “to implore from Almighty God the end of the epidemic, relief for those who are afflicted and eternal salvation for those whom the Lord has called to Himself,” can receive a plenary indulgence each day.

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Below are several Catholic websites which offer insight into current happenings in our world as well as daily readings, prayers and reflections. May God bless you!

OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF THE HOLY SEE
News from the Vatican
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown