Children were invited to “Hop on the Polar Express” at Catholic Charities' 2019 Christmas Party Dec. 11 and 12 at the Chew Street Community Center, 179 W. Chew St., Allentown. Approximately 125 people attended each night.
Baptism is the first of the three sacraments of Christian initiation. Baptism removes all sin, including original sin, which is the sin we inherit at birth.
With the theme “Am I not here, I, who am your mother?” parishioners from every Spanish-speaking nation of the Americas came together to honor Mary, the mother of God, and our Lady of Guadalupe.
Bishop Alfred Schlert has removed a diocesan priest from ministry after the priest was observed at a high school wrestling tournament taking photographs of wrestlers without their knowledge. Monsignor Thomas A. Derzack, 70, pastor of St. Nicholas Parish, Walnutport, also has been barred from diocesan school events and school property.
Two men have begun studies for the priesthood for the Diocese of Allentown this fall at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Philadelphia: Kolbe Eidle of St. Ignatius Loyola Parish, Sinking Spring and Hy (James) Gia Ngô of Sacred Heart Parish, West Reading.
Father Corpora, a Holy Cross priest from Notre Dame University, will be spending some time on Christmas visiting people in Lehigh County Prison. An Easton native who will be home with his family over the holidays, Father Corpora will go to the prison to be with anyone who wants to talk, regardless of their religion. He’ll also lead songs, and will be available for Confession.