Exactly 200 years ago this Christmas Eve -- Dec. 24, 1818 -- in a little church in what is now Austria, the world heard for the first time a poem set to music that eventually would be hailed as one of the most popular and beloved Christmas carols of all time.
“We have to remember that Christmas is Christ’s birthday. It is he who brings us joy. We should be living in joy because he is among us,” said Deacon James Russo Dec. 15 during the Commission for Women Advent Day of Reflection at the Jesuit Center, Wernersville.
About 600 school and religious education children at St. Thomas More in Allentown had the chance to learn that lesson this year as they prepared Holiday Hope Chest packages for those who are less fortunate.
As part of its response to the clergy sexual abuse crisis, the Diocese of Allentown will invite Catholics from throughout the Diocese to attend discussions, moderated by fellow parishioners, designed to encourage reflection and healing.
The initiative from Adoration Artists was designed to help spark a renewal in parishes across the country through the power of spending time in front of the Eucharist and engaging in a worshipful evening that fosters community.
The holiday season can be stressful. It’s a time when some people feel the most alone, the most vulnerable, the most in need of prayer. Now, thanks to the students and staff of Bethlehem Catholic High School, a quick email is all it takes to ask for prayerful assistance.
Diocese Names Administrators and Oversight Board Chair, Sets Timetable for Victim Compensation Program
The Diocese of Allentown has retained nationally known administrators for its victim compensation program, has named a respected retired federal judge as chair of the oversight board, and has set an expected timetable for payments to begin.
Since the formation of Team Decker, the family is part of “Team in Training,” that raises funds in support of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.