Rite of Election Calls 80 Catechumens to the Church

Bishop Schlert presided at the Rite of Election and at the Cathedral of St. Catharine of Siena, Allentown. The afternoon ceremony, celebrated in English and Spanish, formally acknowledged the readiness of 80 catechumens – those preparing for the sacraments of initiation – to seek full communion with the Catholic Church.

Because We Are Catholic: Seeing Christ in Every Person They Assist

“I encourage our volunteers to see Christ in every person that they assist,” said Fran Gallagher, president of the St. Vincent de Paul Society at Notre Dame Parish, Bethlehem. The society is a worldwide volunteer organization of the Catholic Church.

Gala Honorees

Read more about this year’s honorees, Monsignor Joseph Smith, pastor emeritus of St. Catharine of Siena, Reading and John and Alice Freeh, parishioners of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus, Hellertown.

Catholic Charities Gala Honors ‘All Men and Women of Good Will’

Bishop of Allentown Alfred Schlert thanked supporters for assisting Catholic Charities in providing vital services for more than 20,000 individuals and families last year throughout Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton and Schuylkill counties.

“We join in prayer with the Muslim community and with all people of good will”

Bishop Alfred Schlert issued this statement about the shootings at mosques in New Zealand: “Places of worship should be sanctuaries, where those at prayer feel safe. An attack on one religious community is an attack on every faithful person in the world. The Catholic community in the Diocese of Allentown joins in prayer with the Muslim community, and with all people of good will, to overcome hatred and disregard for human life.”

‘Lumen Christi Commission’ Formed to Guard Faithful Against Pornography

The Diocese of Allentown has recommitted itself to raising awareness of the destructive effects of pornography, as well as offering resources for prevention and healing, through the formation of the “Lumen Christi Commission.”

Kennedy House to Mark Half Century as a ‘Beacon of Hope’

A 50th Anniversary Mass and reception will be celebrated Saturday, March 16 at 4 p.m. at St. Peter the Apostle.

Pam Russo returns to Diocese in new cabinet-level position

In an interview, the new Secretary for Youth Protection and Catholic Human Services talks about her plans and priorities as she works to strengthen programs to prevent abuse and keep children safe.

Because We Are Catholic: As Soup Kitchen Volunteers, Students Live the Mission of the Diocese

In her role as Director of Religious Education for St. Anne parish and school in Bethlehem, she takes students on regular trips to feed the hungry at the Catholic Charities soup kitchen in Allentown.

‘Remember That Thou Art Dust…’

Ash Wednesday marks the start of the solemn 40-day season of Lent that prepares us for Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday, through which we attain redemption.