“The sanctity of human life is that foundation of every other human right, and our defense and promotion of the sanctity of human life of the unborn is critical to the future of our global society,” said Bishop of Allentown John Barres Nov. 4 during the dedication of the Memorial to the Unborn at Kutztown University.
“Today we celebrate the solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe and the closing of the Jubilee Year of Mercy,” said Bishop John Barres, main celebrant of the closing Mass for the Jubilee Year of Mercy Nov. 20 at the Cathedral of St. Catharine of Siena, Allentown.
“The world is not robotic. It is constantly changing. But God doesn’t change. Our new way to ‘be’ is to constantly look at the world differently,” said Father Allen Hoffa, assistant pastor of Holy Guardian Angels, Reading, during “Faith and Spirits.”
A grant from the Diocesan Poverty Relief Fund Collection, slated for Saturday, Nov. 19 and Sunday, Nov. 20 at parishes in the Diocese of Allentown, was critical in aiding Allentown Central Catholic High School continue its outreach to low-income neighborhoods in their city.
Young faithful gather for the celebration to learn about following what God is calling them to be to their families, friends and the world.
“Give them a mission that gives them goosebumps. A mission that is noble, captures the imagination and ultimately builds up the kingdom of God.”
“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.”
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 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.