Diocesan Board of Education Honors 25-Year and Retiring Educators

Diocesan officials and retiring educational staff celebrated careers in Catholic education.

Father John Hutta Ordained a Priest for the Diocese

“God has blessed us today with a new priest and servant. Today is a sign of God’s goodness to his people and to the people of the Diocese of Allentown,” said Bishop of Allentown Alfred Schlert.

Deacon Joseph Petrauskas Visits Syrian and Sudanese Refugees

As a new Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Global Fellow, Deacon Joseph Petrauskas of St. Columbkill, Boyertown started the new year by participating in a CRS Immersion Trip to Egypt, the spirit of which dovetails with World Refugee Day 2018, to be observed Wednesday, June 20, and Pope Francis’ Share the Journey campaign.

Sports on Sundays OK, except when used to skip Mass, says Vatican

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A new Vatican document cautions against the dangers of highly competitive children's sports, political and economic pressures on athletes to win '"at all costs" and the unsportsmanlike or violent behavior of fans.

Diocese Offers Session on Financial and Estate Planning for Women

“Learn not to be afraid,” Beth Dobis Beers, Esq., said of consulting a financial or estate planner. “People think they don’t have enough money. The whole point of us being here is even if you have $500 in the bank, you can maybe turn it into $5,000. Make the first step – talk to a financial or estate planner.”

Catholic Youth Organization Track and Field Teams Compete

“This year a record 18 teams from around the Diocese with more than 400 youth participated,” said Daniel Jones, assistant coordinator/CYO with the Diocesan Office of Youth, Young Adult and Family Ministry. 

Former St. Joseph, Easton Reopens as Divine Mercy Healing Center

The new center will be operated by the Vincentian Congregation, a clerical society that belongs to the Eastern Rite and was founded in Kerala, India. The congregation is comprised of an estimated 600 priests around the world, including approximately 30 priests engaging in ministry in the United States.

Young Adults Peruse Ignatian Spirituality at Theology on Tap

“Some movements are led by the good spirit, which is God. Others are led by the evil spirit, which is the devil. Ignatius would say to flee from the evil spirit. If you can defeat the devil head on – then do it. But if you can’t – move away,” said Father Christopher Walsh, pastor of St. Raymond, Philadelphia, at Theology on Tap.

‘What the Catholic Church Really Teaches’ Elaborates on Role of Mary

“We get to know others by talking to people who know them best. In the case of the Blessed Mother, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John knew her best. It is so important to reflect on what they say about her,” Sister Emily Vincent.

Transitional Deacon John Hutta to Be Ordained a Priest June 2

Bishop of Allentown Alfred Schlert will administer the Sacrament of Holy Orders Saturday, June 2 while celebrating the Rite for Ordination to the Priesthood and configure Deacon John Hutta, II to the person of Christ. Deacon Hutta, 29, a parishioner of Sacred Heart, Palmerton and the son of John Hutta and Diane Hutta, will become a priest for the Diocese of Allentown at 10:30 a.m. during the solemn ceremony that is open to the public.