The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown has announced plans to livestream Triduum services with Bishop Mark Bartchak as presider and homilist, in addition to the regularly scheduled television broadcast of the Bishop’s Easter Sunday Mass. The following is a schedule:
Holy Thursday – Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Streamed live on the diocesan website (dioceseaj.org) and Facebook page at 7:00 p.m.
Good Friday – Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
Streamed live on the diocesan website and Facebook page at Noon
Holy Saturday – Easter Vigil
Streamed live on the diocesan website and Facebook page at 7:00 p.m.
Easter Sunday Mass with Bishop Mark will air as usual on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. on WATM ABC 23 and at 9:00 p.m. on Atlantic Broadband channel 9. The Easter Mass will be posted on the diocesan website and Facebook and Twitter social media platforms. It will also be broadcast on the radio on WFBG AM 1290 at 10:00 a.m.
The Triduum is a three day period in the Catholic Church – beginning on the evening of Holy Thursday and concluding on the evening of Easter Sunday – that recalls the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
“This is a Holy Week like no other,” explained Tony DeGol, diocesan Director of Communications. “Nothing replaces being physically present in our parishes during these solemn days, but we hope the faithful will take advantage of the opportunities to watch these special liturgical celebrations on TV, online, or on social media. Although we cannot be together in our church buildings, we can still be united as Catholics during this sacred time.”
Various other spiritual resources are available on the diocesan website and Facebook page.
Bishop Bartchak will share a special Easter message with the faithful on the diocesan television show, Proclaim!, on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. on WATM ABC 23. Various priests of the diocese will also offer uplifting messages during these unprecedented times.