Pope Francis has announced a Synod of Bishops and called on each Bishop around the world to listen to members of their flock – including those who are marginalized or who have fallen away from the Church — and get their feedback on issues important to the Catholic Church today.
The hallways of 36 schools in Schuylkill, Northampton, Lehigh, Carbon and Berks counties were alive with the sounds of students getting settled in, and of teachers getting to know their students and beginning lessons.
Caring for the health, safety and spiritual wellbeing of parishioners and their communities is a priority of all the bishops of Pennsylvania. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, dioceses have made every effort to implement best practices in public health for every aspect of parish life. Each diocese is continuously re-evaluating coronavirus mitigation efforts, frequently consulting with state and federal healthcare experts and constantly monitoring data.
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.
Sunday is the first World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly, established as an annual event by Pope Francis.
Going forward, the day will be celebrated on the fourth Sunday of July.
Bishop Schlert has issued a pastoral letter to the faithful of the Diocese of Allentown on resuming the obligation for Catholics to attend Sunday Mass on August 15, 2021. Read the full letter here.
At their national meeting, American Bishops voted in favor of drafting a teaching document on the meaning of the Holy Eucharist in the life of the Church. The draft will be created over the coming months and considered for approval when the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops next meets in November.
As the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is preparing to meet this week, the topic of Eucharistic Consistency will be among items discussed as American bishops consider a "National Eucharistic Revival".
Philip J. Maas, who first heard God’s call as a high school student while in Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament, today (6/5) completed his joyous journey to the Priesthood when he was ordained by Bishop Alfred Schlert.