State-of-the-Diocese Report Outlines Challenges, Shows Rays of Hope

The Diocese now has fewer priests, fewer parishes and fewer schools than it did in January 2011, and the number of baptisms, first holy communions, confirmations, and Catholic marriages has declined. These trends are similar to those in many dioceses around the country.

Because We Are Catholic: The Surprising Thing about Volunteering

Rosanne Venditto explains that giving your time to volunteer results in grace from serving others.

St. John XXIII’s Baby Food Ministry Expands with Poverty Relief Grant

St. John XXIII Parish, Tamaqua was awarded a $5,000 grant through the fund, which is made possible through a special annual second collection that will be held at Masses the weekend of Nov. 16-17. It's one of the many local projects and services funded with Diocesan Poverty Relief grants.

Sister Monica Makes Solemn Profession of Vows with Carmelites

“Now she can sing with the virgin martyr, St. Agnes, ‘I am a daughter of the Church,’” said Mother Veronica, prioress of the monastery.

Cross Country Championship Draws Record High 19 Teams

There are kids of all different talent levels afforded the opportunity to compete and have fun. I see kids enjoying themselves whether they come in first or are the last one across the line. In my opinion just finishing the race makes every kid here a winner,” said Daniel Jones, CYO coordinator.

Hispanic Ministry – Evangelizing Mission Conference: ‘Family: Sanctuary of Love’

“This conference will be of many blessings for my family. Thank you for motivating us and for giving us tools to be able to be better parents and that way reflect the great love that God has for us. I look forward for more events of this kind.” – Sara Castillo.

Veteran says 'Little Flower' kept him alive during months of bombing runs

By Dave Hrbacek Catholic News Service

NEW HOPE, Minn. (CNS) -- A German Messerschmitt fighter plane was bearing down on Don Stoulil's B-17 bomber as he flew a mission during World War II.

Spotlight on Members of the Commission for Young Adults: Christina Tran, Parishioner of St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Whitehall

I remain steadfast in the faith because I know that the Church stands by the reality and truth of Christ, who came down to be with us.

Because We Are Catholic: Funeral Ministry Provides Help on Difficult Day

The death of a loved one can be a very difficult time, for which many family members are never fully prepared. At St. Ambrose Parish in Schuylkill Haven, members of the funeral ministry are there to help. For the past 15 years, they have been working to make the day of the funeral easier for the bereaved.

Council of Stewards Donors Recognized with Evening of Appreciation at DeSales

“The people we serve see Christ day in and day out. I thank you, and they thank you,” Bishop Schlert told donors. “It’s good to see how many are engaged – and not everyone is here – in this work of Christ, bringing the light of Christ to the community and each other.”