Volume VII Number 1 / July 2021
Diaconate Ordination
Bishop Mark ordained Mark Komula to the Permanent Diaconate on Saturday, June 5th at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona.

When asked if there was anything in particular that helped him during his period of discernment, Deacon Mark referred to a particular Bible verse which came up quite a few times and was in fact in the Gospel reading used at the Mass of Ordination:

"It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name
He may give you."
(John 15:16)

Deacon Mark and his wife Janis are members of Saint Peter Catholic Church in Somerset, where he has been appointed by Bishop Mark to begin his Diaconal Service. They are the parents of two sons and have 5 grandchildren.

God's blessings upon Deacon Mark as he begins his ministry. May the Holy Spirit shine on him as he serves the community of God's people.
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Annual Deacon Picnic
Sunday, August 15, 2021
2:30 PM - ???
St. Michael Pavilion, St. Michael

Rite of Lector and Acolyte
Saturday, September 18, 2021
5:00 PM
Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament

Annual Dinner with Bishop Mark for Deacons and Wives
Thursday, September 30, 2021
6:00 PM
U.S. Hotel Tavern, Hollidaysburg

Annual Marion Celebration
"Mary and the Year of St. Joseph"
Sunday, October 3, 2021
3:00 PM
St. Benedict Church, Johnstown

Day of Recollection for Deacons, Candidates and Wives
"Sowers of Hope"
Directed by Nina Marie Corona
October 9, 2021
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
St. Bartholomew, Wilmore

Parish Mission
"Encounter: Christ and Community"
Nina Marie Corona, Presenter
October 10-11-12, 2021
7:00 - 8:30 PM Nightly
St. Benedict Church, Johnstown
Pope Francis Meets Permanent Deacons Along With Their Families
Pope: Deacons are the Guardians of Service in the Church
Pope Francis received in audience on June 29, 2021 the permanent deacons of the Diocese of Rome, along with their families. Please click the link below to read the Holy Father's address:

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The Book Shelf
New Deacons: A Blessing In Their Witness and Service
By Gina Christian - CatholicPhilly.com
Nine men were ordained to the permanent diaconate Saturday, June 12 on what Archbishop nelson J. Perez called "a great day of blessing for the church in Philadelphia."
Office of the Permanent Diaconate
625 Park Avenue
Johnstown, PA 15902
(814) 361-2000
Deacon Michael L. Russo, Director