Bishop Schlert Celebrates Christmas Eve Mass at Cathedral

Bishop Alfred Schlert, center, celebrates the 10:30 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass at the Cathedral of St. Catharine of Siena, Allentown, his first as Bishop of the Diocese of Allentown. Joining him are, from left, Msgr. Francis Schoenauer, pastor of the cathedral; Deacon Robert Snyder of the cathedral; Father Kevin Lonergan, assistant pastor of the cathedral; Deacon William Hassler of the cathedral; Msgr. Victor Finelli, episcopal master of ceremonies; and Father Achilles Ayaton, in residence at the cathedral. (Photos by John Simitz)

Bishop Alfred Schlert celebrated the 10:30 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass Dec. 24 at the Cathedral of St. Catharine of Siena, Allentown, his first as Bishop of the Diocese of Allentown.

Catholics in the Diocese were invited “Home for Christmas” by the Bishop. In a letter from Bishop Schlert sent to 83,000 homes, in radio commercials, social media posts and on the Diocesan website, Catholics who may not be attending Mass regularly at this time were being invited “home for Christmas.” 

“Perhaps for some of the members of your family, it has been a while since they have been home in the Church. Please know that they are genuinely missed, and I welcome them home for Christmas,” said Bishop Schlert. “No matter how long since your last visit, you will find your spiritual home ready and waiting to welcome you.”