“I am very proud of each and every one of you. I am dedicated to helping you in any way that I can. We need priests. I hold each of you dear in my heart. I mean it when I say I pray for you. It’s my duty and my privilege to pray for all of you,” said Bishop of Allentown Alfred Schlert.
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.
“So many people have reached out to us wanting to help and support the people who have relocated to the Diocese. Children’s groups, parish service groups, individual families, and schools have all contacted us to learn about ways that they can help relocated people to feel welcomed and loved.”
“In a culture that constantly tells you to be special and be unique – we’re more afraid than ever to let our faith be seen. It is time to claim your faith as your own,” said Will Panagakos, youth speaker from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Dec. 9 to more than 175 young faithful preparing to receive the sacrament of confirmation. Two more OYYAM confirmation rallies are planned for confirmation candidates: Saturday, Feb. 3 from noon to 4 p.m. at St. Thomas More, Allentown and Saturday, Feb. 24 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Notre Dame High School, Easton. Another rally planned and sponsored by St. Ambrose, Schuylkill Haven will be Saturday, March 10 at the parish.
“I’ve been to many Legatus meetings over the years. It’s so nice and comforting to see so many familiar faces from Legatus and other avenues of the Diocese,” said Bishop Alfred Schlert.
“Allen organs have been installed in many prestigious institutions over the years. Now, being able to place the Vatican at the top of this list is amazing and humbling,” said Steven Markowitz, president of Allen Organ Company.
Deacon Joseph Petrauskas, assigned to St. Columbkill, Boyertown, will embark on an immersion mission trip Jan. 7 to 17 as a global fellow for Catholic Relief Services (CRS). But rather than serving others, he hopes to be the one on the receiving end.
Young men who participated in “Quo Vadis,” along with their families, reunited Nov. 5 with other young men and priests who participated in the vocation camp last summer at DeSales University, Center Valley.