Covid-19 News and

Re-Opening Information

Bishop Mark's latest directives on COVID-19 can be found in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown website

Our Lady of Victory COVID-19 News and Re-opening Information

OLV COVID-19 News - Please Read!

Dear OLV Parishioners,

As you saw in our last update, we were attempting to put into place a new phase for parish re-opening which would mean the use of every pew, and while not stated in the email the return of congregational singing. Due to the concern of many parishioners we have decided to continue to leave every other pew open and forego congregational singing. And while the gymnasium is no longer an option, we do not foresee an issue. For three full weekends now, we have been able to comfortably sit everyone in the Church while using every other pew and maintaining social distancing. Thank God we have a big church! Please note, however, that we will continue to monitor attendance and if the need arises for more seating, we reserve the right to open up more pews while creating a plan that still allows for social distancing.

Also, after hearing from several healthcare professionals in our parish community we have decide to forego congregational signing for the time being. We understand that this is an important part of the Mass for many people, but, for everyone’s safety and peace of mind we feel that instrumental music (only) is a better fit at this time. Please understand that we are doing everything we can to accommodate everyone who wants to come to Mass while also offering a safe environment.

Please note that attendance at Mass is still left to your own discretion, as the bishop continues to suspend the Sunday obligation. Everyone has a right to determine what is best for them and their loved ones, and we respect your decision. We will continue to offer Mass on YouTube as usual. In addition to Mass online you may consider attending one of our weekday Masses which have a much lower attendance.

God bless and be safe!

In Christ,

Fathers Dadey and Jonathan