The art of faith shines like the sun at St. Thomas More

“At night we’d light the church then stand outside to see the windows, and you’d see this burst of color. People used to line up to see them, and sometimes the police had to come and direct them because there was such a line of people. It was new and exciting.”

Msgr. Baver elected treasurer of Catholic Cemetery Conference

The Catholic Cemetery Conference, an international Roman Catholic faith network of cemeterians and suppliers, has elected Msgr. William Baver treasurer of its Board of Directors, effective Oct. 14. The election was held during the 67th Annual CCC Convention and Exposition in Orlando, Florida.

Father Rodgers among honorees for Alvernia Franciscan Award

Father Philip Rodgers, pastor of St. Benedict, Mohnton, was among honorees who received the Franciscan Award – the university’s top honor – Oct. 13 at the annual President’s Dinner of Alvernia University, Reading. Father Rodgers received the award along with Elsayed Elmarzouky and Rabbi Brian Michelson.

Spotlight on: Marian High School

Meet New Principal Jean Susko

Spotlight on: Good Shepherd Catholic School, Northampton

Meet New Principal John Paul Crescenzo

Formation of Parish Pastoral Councils gaining momentum

Parishes in the diocese are following the examples of active and successful Parish Pastoral Councils (PPC) as more and more parishes are activating councils to help the parishes prosper. Training to assist parishes in initiating PPCs – a body of parishioners who prayerfully discern the needs of the parish and then advise their pastors accordingly– was offered Sept. 17 at St. Mary, Hamburg, where pastors with PPCs already in motion and diocesan officials outlined the roles and benefits.

Men hear 'Second Greatest Story Ever Told'

“We are living in a time of great and extraordinary grace. In times of great evil, God gives greater grace. God won’t be outdone by evil and that is why this story is a script only God could write,” said Father Michael Gaitley Nov. 5 during Spirit 2016 “Encounter Mercy and Truth” at DeSales University, Center Valley.

Turning the page to books of interest to Catholic readers

Catholic readers may enjoy settling down with one of these books in front of the fire and enjoying a good read this fall: “A Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion” co-authored by Celeste Behe; “Building Bridges, Not Walls” by John Francis Burke; “It’s Dangerous to Believe: Religious Freedom and Its Enemies” by Mary Eberstadt; and “With God in America: The Spiritual Legacy of an Unlikely Jesuit,” by Jesuit Father Walter Ciszek.

Bishop to students: build friendships in context of faith

“All of our friendships are built on our relationship with Jesus Christ. If we go deeper with Jesus Christ – it makes all the difference in the world.”

Nearly 3,000 diocesan pilgrims enliven National Shrine

Nearly 3,000 faithful and 40 priests from the Diocese of Allentown sought out plenary indulgences and meditated on being instruments of mercy Oct. 20 during the Allentown Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C.