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Diocese Employees Reaffirm Commitment to Church at ‘Commissioning’ Mass

Employees of the Diocese of Allentown reaffirmed their commitment to the ministry and mission of the Catholic Church at a recent “Commissioning Mass” celebrated by Bishop Alfred Schlert.

Bishop Adds New Position to Serve Growing Number of Hispanic Catholics

Ana Hidalgo, who has more than 30 years of experience in Hispanic ministry in Central America, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and the United States, is the new Bishop’s Delegate to the Hispanic Community, a position Bishop Schlert created to lead efforts to make Hispanic Catholics feel welcome in the Diocese of Allentown.

The Pope Wants to Hear from Catholics Around the World, and the Listening Process is About to Begin

Pope Francis has announced a Synod of Bishops and called on each Bishop around the world to listen to members of their flock –  including those who are marginalized or who have fallen away from the Church — and get their feedback on issues important to the Catholic Church today.

Students Return to Classrooms as Diocesan Schools Reopen

The hallways of 36 schools in Schuylkill, Northampton, Lehigh, Carbon and Berks counties were alive with the sounds of students getting settled in, and of teachers getting to know their students and beginning lessons. 

Catholic Bishops of Pennsylvania Prioritize Safety as Mass Obligation Resumes

Caring for the health, safety and spiritual wellbeing of parishioners and their communities is a priority of all the bishops of Pennsylvania. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, dioceses have made every effort to implement best practices in public health for every aspect of parish life. Each diocese is continuously re-evaluating coronavirus mitigation efforts, frequently consulting with state and federal healthcare experts and constantly monitoring data.

New Documentary Film Chronicles History of Diocese of Allentown

A new documentary on the history of the Diocese of Allentown and its current shepherd, Bishop Alfred Schlert, has arrived just in time to help celebrate the Diocese’s 60th anniversary year.

Sunday is the First World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly

Sunday is the first World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly, established as an annual event by Pope Francis.

Going forward, the day will be celebrated on the fourth Sunday of July.

Pastoral Letter from Bishop Schlert: It’s Time to Resume Our Normal Lives as Faithful Catholics

Bishop Schlert has issued a pastoral letter to the faithful of the Diocese of Allentown on resuming the obligation for Catholics to attend Sunday Mass on August 15, 2021. Read the full letter here.

Bishops Vote in Favor of Creating Document on Holy Eucharist in Life of the Church

At their national meeting, American Bishops voted in favor of drafting a teaching document on the meaning of the Holy Eucharist in the life of the Church. The draft will be created over the coming months and considered for approval when the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops next meets in November.

‘Eucharistic Consistency’ an Important Topic When Bishops Meet

As the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is preparing to meet this week, the topic of Eucharistic Consistency will be among items discussed as American bishops consider a "National Eucharistic Revival".