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Churches Celebrate Easter

Many families gathered for Easter Sunday services, but churches still had COVID-19 guidelines in place.

At St. John Gualbert Cathedral in Johnstown, every other pew was blocked off by blue tape to space people out.

In a statement from the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, all clergy and parishioners were asked to wear a mask and practice physical distancing.

“The Catholic faithful are invited to safely participate in the upcoming Triduum/Easter observances at parishes throughout the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown,” the statement said.

“The faithful are reminded that the obligation to attend Sunday and Holy Day Masses remains waived by Bishop Bartchak until further notice.”

“Fonts in the church are not to be filled with holy water until further notice. Prefilled bottles of water may also be blessed at this time for parishioners to take with them.”

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