Synod: Communion, Participation, Mission

 

The Holy Father wants to hear from you.

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.

“The Holy Father wants to know how Catholics experience and express their faith in these challenging times,” Bishop Schlert said. “The goal is to listen to all Catholics, wherever they find themselves in their faith journey or relationship to the Church, so that, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we may discern the best ways of addressing the challenges we face as a world and work together on a path of healing and unity through our Catholic faith.” 

 

Sessions

UPCOMING PUBLIC LISTENING SESSIONS

We hope that wherever you are in relationship with the Lord or with the Catholic Church, you will join us for one of the listening sessions.  If you are unable to attend or would prefer to share your feelings in writing, we would be grateful if you would complete the online survey found below.

 

FOR LGBT COMMUNITY

January 27, 2022 at 6:30PM - 8:00PM
St. Francis Center for Renewal, 395 Bridle Path Road, Bethlehem, Pa
Zoom Link Available if Requested.  (Snow date:  January 31, 2022)
Contact Mary Ellen Kitchen at mellenpa@msn.com or Kim Fiorentino at kfiorentino@allentowndiocese.org for more information.

 

FOR YOUNG ADULTS & COLLEGE STUDENTS

January 20, 2022 at 6:00PM 
Young Adults (18-35) and College Student Session
Adoration is at 6pm followed by Synod Session at 7:00PM at St. Patrick Church, Fourth and Mahantongo Streets, Pottsville
Please contact mriggins@allentowndiocese.org for more information.

February 10, 2022 at 7:00PM - Dinner provided!
Young Adults (18-35) and College Student Session
Adoration is at 7pm, Dinner and Synod Session at 7:30PM in Church Hall, Holy Ghost Church, Bethlehem
Please RSVP to mriggins@allentowndiocese.org for accurate count for food.

“Catholics at Kutztown”:  Synod session for students, faculty, and staff of Kutztown University.
This session is also open to residents of the borough of Kutztown and nearby areas.
Tuesday, Feb. 15th at 11:00AM - Noon
St. Christopher Catholic Newman Center, 15207 Kutztown Road, Kutztown, PA
Contact Maggie Riggins at mriggins@allentowndiocese.org with questions.

 

LISTENING SESSIONS BY COUNTY

 

BERKS COUNTY

January 22, 2022 after 4:30PM Mass
St. Catharine of Siena Church (4975 Boyertown Pike, Reading, PA 19606)
Parish Social Hall, Pizza will be available
Please contact Fr. Stephan Isaac at sisaac@allentowndiocese.org for more information.

January 24, 2022 at 7:00PM
Church of St. Benedict, 2020 Chestnut Hill Road, Mohnton, PA  19540
Contact Susan at secretary@churchofsaintbenedict.org for more information.

January 30, 2022 at 4:30PM - 7:00PM 
St. Mary Church, 94 Walnut Road, Hamburg, PA 19526
For more information, visit the parish website here.

February 2, 2022 at 6:30PM - 7:30PM
St. Catharine of Siena Church (4975 Boyertown Pike, Reading, PA 19606)
Chapel (Snow date will be February 9, 2022 at 6:30PM)
Please contact Fr. Stephan Isaac at sisaac@allentowndiocese.org for more information.

February 18, 2022 at 1:00PM-3:00PM
St. Catharine of Siena Church (4975 Boyertown Pike, Reading, PA 19606)
Parish Social Hall
Please contact Fr. Stephan Isaac at sisaac@allentowndiocese.org for more information.

 

LEHIGH COUNTY

January 22, 2022 at 10:00AM
St. Thomas More Church, Disciples' Room, 1040 Flexer Avenue, Allentown, PA
Please contact Tom Whalen at TVWhalen@gmail.com for more information.

February 1, 2022 at 6:00PM
St. Thomas More Church, Shepherd's Room, 1040 Flexer Avenue, Allentown, PA
Please contact Tom Whalen at TVWhalen@gmail.com for more information.

February 6, 2022 after 9:00AM and Noon Masses
St. Thomas More Church, Disciples' Room, 1040 Flexer Avenue, Allentown, PA
Please contact Tom Whalen at TVWhalen@gmail.com for more information.

 

NORTHAMPTON COUNTY

January 26, 2022 at 7:00PM, Church Basement
St. Rocco's Parish, 6658 School Street, Martin's Creek, PA
Contact James Gleeson at james_gleeson@choosebroadspire.com for more information.

January 29, 2022 following the 4 PM mass 
St. Anthony Parish, 841 Washington Street, Easton, PA 18042
Contact Valerie at luvstowrite2003@yahoo.com for more information.

January 30, 2022 following the 8 AM Mass
Our Lady of Mercy Parish, 132 South Fifth Street, Easton, PA 18042
Contact Valerie at luvstowrite2003@yahoo.com for more information.

February 5, 2022 following the 5:30PM Mass
Our Lady of Mercy Parish, 132 South Fifth Street, Easton, PA 18042
Contact Valerie at luvstowrite2003@yahoo.com for more information.

February 5, 2022 following the 5:00PM Mass
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 3219 Santee Road, Bethlehem, PA 18020
Contact Suzanne at SEASynod@gmail.com for more information.

February 6, 2022 following the 10:30AM Mass
St. Anthony Parish, 841 Washington Street, Easton, PA 18042
Contact Valerie at luvstowrite2003@yahoo.com for more information.

February 6, 2022 following each Mass (7:30AM, 9:30AM, and 11:30AM)
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 3219 Santee Road, Bethlehem, PA 18020
Contact Suzanne at SEAsynod@gmail.com for more information.

February 9, 2022 at 7:00PM-8:30PM via Zoom
Holy Infancy Church, Bethlehem.  Virtual Session, Link to be Provided
Contact Parish at holyinfancy.sisterluiza@gmail.com for more information.

February 20, 2022 after all Masses - Multiple Sessions
7:45AM - English Session
9:00AM - Portuguese Session
11:15AM - Spanish Session
1:00PM - English Session
Holy Infancy Church, Msgr. Butler Hall, 312 East Fourth Street, Bethlehem
Contact Parish at holyinfancy.sisterluiza@gmail.com for more information.

 

SCHULYKILL COUNTY

January 23, 2022 at 11:30AM
Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Hall, 318 Plane Street, Weatherly, PA 18255
For more information please contact the Parish directly at (570) 929-1073.

January 23, 2022 at 9:00AM
All Saints Parish, Church Hall, 35 North Cleveland Street, McAdoo, PA  18237
For more information please contact the Parish directly at (570) 929-1073.

January 24, 2022 at 1:00PM
St. Patrick Church, 319 Mahantongo Street, Pottsville, PA  17901

Contact Debbie Walker at dwalker.stpats@gmail.com for more information.

January 31, 2022 at 6:00PM
St. Patrick Church, 319 Mahantongo Street, Pottsville, PA 17901
Contact Debbie Walker at dwalker.stpats@gmail.com for more information.

 

ONLINE SURVEY RESOURCES

If you would like to provide feedback as part of the Synod process, you can complete our online survey here to offer feedback.  

Para completar la encuesta en español, haga clic aquí.

For more information, please contact us at synod@allentowndiocese.org.

 

View the Vatican Synod website here.

In the event someone discloses incidents of child abuse during a session/meeting, please report it to the State Childline at 1-800-932-0313 and follow the Diocese of Allentown procedures found at allentowndiocese.org/youthprotection.