Married couples around the Diocese will be invited to renew their vows and thank God for the gift of the Sacrament of Marriage during the annual Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass on September 13.
The almost ruthless push to erase history flows contrary to what we need as human beings and as a society. To eradicate our history — the good, the bad, and the shameful aspects of it — is to make us orphans. Nothing in Sacred Scripture would ever support the forgetting or destruction of history.
People throughout the Diocese of Allentown are invited to pray for healing of the wounds of all the divisions present in our society on Friday, June 19, the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.
As we are all too aware, the pandemic we are currently facing has had many effects upon our lives. One of the most difficult and painful aspects of this crisis for good and faithful Catholics has been the inability to come to Holy Mass and to receive Holy Communion. This has been a difficult situation and thankfully parishes are once again permitted to have Mass with the faithful present. This situation has also given rise to some questions about the Mass itself and the how the faithful participate in the Mass.
It is the failure to recognize the humanity in other people, the failure to emulate the loving bond of the Holy Trinity, that can lead to the evil of racism in our society.
In his Homily on Pentecost, Bishop Alfred Schlert spoke of the fruits of the Holy Spirit and how they should guide us, and should guide our country, during these difficult times.
Here are excerpts from that Homily:
Bishop Alfred Schlert answered questions from the faithful Monday night in a livestreamed “Family Discussion about Coming Back to Mass.” The replay can be viewed on the Diocese’s YouTube page here.
Declaring that it is time for the faithful to be able to return to Mass if they choose to do so, Bishop Alfred Schlert today announced that parishes in the Diocese will reopen Masses to the public beginning June 1.
The Chrism Mass, a special celebration that usually happens on the Wednesday of Holy Week, will take place at 10:30 a.m. May 27 at Cathedral of St. Catharine of Siena.
As the stay-at-home order is lifted in Carbon County, the Diocese of Allentown will begin taking steps to reopen churches there to the limited participation of the faithful.