Messages of Fatima and Divine Mercy focus of Faith and Spirits

What are the messages of Divine Mercy and Our Lady of Fatima? What do the messages of Divine Mercy and Fatima have to do with each other? Father Richard James explored these and other questions as presenter of “Divine Mercy and 100 Years of Fatima,” part of the “Faith and Spirits” series Oct. 10 at Vito’s Coal-Fired Pizza and Restaurant, St. Clair.

Regional '100 Years of Fatima’ Events Draw Hundreds of Diocesan Families Together

“We truly enjoyed the time of fellowship and prayer. This event was just one example of the Diocese’s love of families, young people and pursuit of holiness in community,” said Sarah DeArment, parishioner of St. John the Baptist, Pottsville.

Poverty Relief Fund Grant Helps Launch Summer Feeding Program

The Diocese of Allentown and several parishes played an important role this year in the ecumenical “Summer Feeding Program,” a new breakfast program for all Whitehall and Coplay school-age students, kindergarten through 12th grade.

Catholic Charities celebrates impact of Berks County Angel Society

The mission of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Allentown is “to provide compassionate human services with respect for the sanctity of all human life.” Bishop Alfred Schlert explained to those gathered at the agency’s Berks County Angel Society event, Sept. 20 at the home of Mary and Bob Wert, how Catholic Charities brings that mission to life every day to those in need throughout the Diocese.

Holy Family Parish Breaks Ground for $3 Million Parish Center

The new parish center is slated to be completed by August 2018.

Sacred Heart, West Reading to Commemorate Centennial Oct. 29

A parish in Berks County will mark a century of keeping the faith Sunday, Oct. 29 and call to mind the founding faithful and their perseverance in accepting change without forsaking Catholicism. Sacred Heart, West Reading will celebrate its 100th Jubilee Anniversary Mass at 3 p.m. with Bishop of Allentown Alfred Schlert as the main celebrant.

Lehigh Valley Had Highest Ticket Sales for ‘Because of Gracia’

After 1,200 individuals attended opening weekend, AMC 16 Allentown (old Carmike) decided to keep “Because of Gracia” for another week.

Youth Groups ‘Save the Lost’ in Christian-Themed Adventure Game

What man among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them would not leave the 99 in the desert and go after the lost one until he finds it?” This passage from Luke 15:4 sets the tone for “Save the Lost,” a new adventure game for Christian youth.

Diocesan Educators Aim to Better Welcome Immigrant Students

“If we are only promoting one narrative – we are leaving people out. When we do that, we go against our first teacher – Jesus Christ,” said Brian Collier, director of the American Indian Catholic Schools Network and coordinator of supervision for the Alliance for Catholic Education at the University of Notre Dame. He gave the keynote address at the convention “All are Welcome in Christ.”

Allentown Diocese Consecrated to the Blessed Mother

“Today we thank the Blessed Mother for those tools that please her son,” said Bishop Schlert.