A fund designed to compensate victims for the harm done by some members of the clergy during a dark chapter in the Diocese of Allentown’s history has begun operation. The program will be independent of Diocese and will not be funded by donations.
A Diocesan-wide consecration will take place Friday, May 31 at 7 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Catharine of Siena, Allentown, during a special Holy Hour that Bishop Alfred Schlert will celebrate for the three men who will be ordained at the Cathedral the next morning.
“Working here was definitely God’s plan for me,”Bob Giba says. “It has stirred a part of my soul that I was not aware was there, and I’m happy to say that I was inspired to convert to Catholicism.”
The major relic of St. John Vianney, an 18th century French priest revered for his holiness and sanctity of life, and whose heart has been incorrupt for more than 150 years, was contained in a special reliquary and venerated by the faithful.
“As Notre Dame Cathedral burns, it is difficult to comprehend this tragic loss to the cultural patrimony of the world,” said Bishop Alfred Schlert. “I pray for everyone in Paris, and around the globe, who will grieve this terrible event. May Our Lady watch over all those battling the blaze.”
The feast commemorates Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem the week before his passion and crucifixion, when the people paved his path with olive branches as a sign of victory and reverential honor.
“Planned Parenthood is in the business of selling abortions,” said Sue Thayer, former Planned Parenthood manager and current 40 Days for Life director of outreach.
“As we come together as a Roman Catholic family of faith, we’re reminded that’s what binds us, and enlivens our faith and works,” said Bishop Schlert.
“The Church needs men's masculinity as much as the Church needs the femininity of women. Both complement each other and are equal in the life of the Church," said Bishop Schlert.