Advent is a time of preparation, celebrated over the four Sundays before Christmas. Advent begins on Sunday, Nov. 27 this year, and ends on Saturday, Dec. 24. The Advent season directs our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time, and to the anniversary of Our Lord’s birth on Christmas.
It’s the number one request on prayer cards returned for the Because We Are Catholic appeal, and it was on the mind of many people who commented during the Synod of Bishops: Family members and friends who have fallen away from the Church. Now, a Hellertown woman is starting a ministry to help.
The Catholic Church in the United States will celebrate National Vocation Awareness Week November 6 through November 12. Across the United States, and here in the Diocese of Allentown, there will be events to promote vocations, which are calls from God for people to become priests, deacons, and religious sisters and brothers.
Catholic School Students Continue to Do Better in Reading and Math Than Their Counterparts in Public Schools
The 2022 National Assessment of Educational Progress shows that while average reading and math achievement among fourth- and eighth-graders nationwide has fallen, performance among Catholic school students in those grades and subjects was up.
With so many people in the world in favor of abortion, possibly including our friends, families, co-workers, and even the people in the next pew, it’s only a matter of time before the topic comes up in conversation. Father Stephan Isaac had some practical advice for those hard conversations during the first Defending Our Faith lecture.
A new documentary on the history of the Diocese of Allentown and its current shepherd, Bishop Alfred Schlert, has arrived just in time to help celebrate the Diocese’s 60th anniversary year.