A Special Collection to Help the Poor, in This Season of Thanksgiving

As we look ahead to Thanksgiving with family and friends, the annual diocesan Poverty Relief Fund Collection provides an opportunity to help the less fortunate in our Diocese.

The collection will be held in parishes the weekend of Nov. 18-19.

Confirmation Retreats Help Young Catholics say ‘Yes’ to Holy Spirit

By Jennifer Russell

Young adults from across the Diocese of Allentown are preparing to be confirmed in the Church. To assist with this formation, the Diocese has enlisted NET Ministries to bring confirmation candidates closer to the Holy Spirit.

All Souls Day and the Distinctively Catholic Practice of Praying for the Dead

Immediately following the Solemnity of All Saints, which honors the members of the Church Triumphant in Heaven, Catholics celebrate All Souls Day, commemorating the Church Suffering in Purgatory. All Souls reminds us of a distinctive and important Catholic practice: praying for the dead.

Relic of St. Jude to Visit Bethlehem

Fr. Carlos Martins, a Custos Reliquiarum (ecclesiastically-appointed curate of relics) and Director of Treasures of the Church, will bring the arm of St. Jude Thaddeus to Holy Infancy Parish, Bethlehem, on November 7. Veneration will begin at 1 p.m. followed with a Mass in honor of St.

‘Profound Relationship with Christ’ at the Heart of Mission Outreach

By Gina Christian (OSV News)

The Pontifical Mission Societies “fearlessly, courageously propose the Gospel” amid both hardships and hope, U.S. National Director Msgr. Kieran Harrington said.

The Rosary, a Contemplative Prayer for Everyone

October is the Month of the rosary, the iconic Marian Catholic prayer dating back at least 800 years. The prayer, which centers on events in the life of Christ, is associated with St. Dominic, founder of the Order of Preachers, or Dominican Friars.

Men Learn to ‘Cast the Net’ into a Sea of Secularism

By Gia Myers

Learning a practical approach to evangelization was the topic of the “Men’s Morning Reflection” Sept. 23 at St. Mary, Hamburg. Seventy-four men attended “Casting the Net – The Evangelization of Men by Men,” hosted by the Diocese of Allentown’s Commission for Men.

Watch The New ‘Because We Are Catholic’ Video

Please take a moment to watch our Because We Are Catholic Kick Off video to learn more about the program and where the donations are going. Thank you to every generous person who has given to the Because We Are Catholic Appeal. 

Every penny helps those in need.

A Real Alternative to a False Choice

By Andrea Kochan Neagle

This article originally appeared in The Morning Call as an op-ed and is reprinted with permission.