The 2018 Convocation of the Order of the Holy Order of Deacons was a day of prayerful reflection and discussion for permanent deacons and their wives in the Diocese of Allentown, as the Sept. 22 convocation at the Cathedral of St. Catharine of Siena, Allentown, spotlighted the golden anniversary of the permanent diaconate.
In a time of family crisis, people in the Easton area can turn to St. Jane Frances de Chantal Parish, where dedicated parishioners are available to listen, and to provide financial help.
“Many people have told me they would like a forum to discuss their reactions to the crisis in the comfort of their home parish,” said Bishop Alfred Schlert. “We are sponsoring this program to encourage prayerful reflection on the crisis, on Scripture and on our path forward as a Roman Catholic family of faith.”
“We’re there to bring Christ to them – we’re not counselors. Sometimes just a little prayer can provide a spark that can lead to healing,” said Fr. Jason Stokes, Catholic chaplain at FCI-Schuylkill, (Federal Correctional Institution).
St. Francis de Sales is equally relevant to the Catholic Church as is St. Francis of Assisi. The faithful learned more about the 16th century bishop and doctor of the church March 18 during “Faith and Spirits.”
Bishop Alfred Schlert celebrated Mass on St. Joseph’s Day March 19 at Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center (PSHSJ), Bern Campus, Reading.
The Holy Thursday tradition of visiting seven churches is an ancient practice most likely originating in Rome, where early pilgrims visited the seven major basilicas as a sign of penance.
“I really believe the No. 1 reason people leave the Church is because they have lost the love story,” said Deacon Anthony Bellitto, assigned to St. Stanislaus, Lansdale, March 11 to young adults during Theology on Tap.