As we approach Easter, the AD Times spoke with Bishop Alfred Schlert about the significance of Holy Week and about how Catholics can make the most of this significant time in our liturgical year.
More than 75 churches across the five counties of the Diocese of Allentown will be open late into the evening on Holy Thursday, part of an ancient ritual that offers the opportunity for a mini pilgrimage of prayer.
The Conferral of Papal Honors for Monsignor Donald Cieniewicz was celebrated Sunday (3/19) during a Vespers Evening Prayer Service at the Cathedral of St. Catharine of Siena, Allentown. He was named a Chaplain of His Holiness with the title of “Monsignor.”
Pope Francis is the first Jesuit to become pope, and the first pope to come from the Americas. He chose the name Francis to honor St. Francis of Assisi, who was known for his poverty and commitment to peace.
The results from this year’s Cooks With Collars are in: Two priests won top honors for their parishes, but it turns out that everyone was a winner. In its third year, Cooks with Collars raised more than $300,000 for parishes thanks to thousands of parishioners who watched the cooking videos and voted for their favorite clerical-collared chefs.
Bishop Alfred Schlert has joined many other bishops around the country in granting a dispensation to the faithful in the Diocese of Allentown this year, provided they abstain from meat on the day before or the day after March 17.
Operation Rice Bowl, an annual giving program that began in the Diocese of Allentown 48 years ago, is a great way to answer the Church’s call for almsgiving during Lent.
Bishop Alfred Schlert asks the faithful to read and reflect upon his Pastoral Letter as the Lenten season begins. The full text of the letter in English is posted, along with a link to the Spanish version.
On the feast of Saint Thomas Aquinas, seventeen Candidates for the Permanent Diaconate from the Diocese of Allentown were instituted as Acolytes. This Ministry is an important part of their journey toward the Order of Deacon.