Diocese of Allentown

Diocese of Allentown The Diocese of Allentown serves Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton & Schuylkill Counties in PA.
A Roman Catholic family of faith, centered in the Holy Eucharist, faithful to the Church's teachings, bringing the Light of Christ to each other and to our community
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Monsignor James Treston, ordained a priest in 1960, has served the Diocese of Allentown since its very beginning in 1961...
07/13/2020
Monsignor James Treston: 'Most of My Time Has Been Spent in Parish Life And I Don't Think I've Ever Had a Bad Day' - AD Today

Monsignor James Treston, ordained a priest in 1960, has served the Diocese of Allentown since its very beginning in 1961.

https://www.ad-today.com/monsignor-james-treston-most-of-my-time-has-been-spent-in-parish-life-and-i-dont-think-ive-ever-had-a-bad-day/

Monsignor James Treston, ordained a priest in 1960, has served the Diocese of Allentown since its very beginning in 1961.

Praise be Jesus Christ! Oftentimes when we hear the Parable of the Sower as we do in today's Gospel, we like to think of...
07/12/2020

Praise be Jesus Christ!

Oftentimes when we hear the Parable of the Sower as we do in today's Gospel, we like to think of ourselves of the seeds that fell on good ground, the ground that bore much fruit. Since you’re reading this, you’re trying to bear good fruit! However, Christ is calling us to look within ourselves and see how/if the other three kinds of seeds that He mentions are also present with in us.

First, there are areas of our lives where nothing grows, where we reject God totally or are too embarrassed to let God into that part of our lives. The Sower is here, let Him in.

Next, some parts of our lives, like the seed falling on rocky ground, where Christ appears to be but, because of the hardness or stubbornness of our hearts, it cannot bear fruit. The Sower is here, let Him in.

Finally, some parts of our lives, like the seed who fell among thorns, where the love of Christ is choked out by others or our own sinful pride. The Sower is here, let Him in.

Christ wants our entire heart. He wants our entire spiritual garden for Himself so that every part of our lives, even those that cause us shame or embarrassment, are touched by Christ and are able to bear great fruit. The Sower is here, let Him in.

As always, you remain in my daily prayers.

“For my wife and I, our biggest joy was to be able to receive Holy Communion again,” said Jim Wallaesa, tearing up, whil...
07/10/2020
After Waiting Months, Tears over their Return to the Holy Eucharist - AD Today

“For my wife and I, our biggest joy was to be able to receive Holy Communion again,” said Jim Wallaesa, tearing up, while attending a recent “parking lot” Mass at St. Jane Frances de Chantal Parish, Easton, PA.

https://www.ad-today.com/after-waiting-months-tears-over-their-return-to-the-holy-eucharist/

"We both cried the first time. I’m getting choked up just thinking about it. When you are away from the Holy Eucharist, you come to appreciate it more and realize how much you really need it.

Each time we go to Mass, we prayerfully participate with the priest who celebrates what Jesus did at the Last Supper.Act...
07/09/2020
Understanding The Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist - AD Today

Each time we go to Mass, we prayerfully participate with the priest who celebrates what Jesus did at the Last Supper.

Acting in the person of Christ, the priest consecrates the bread and wine and it is changed, by the power of the Holy Spirit, into the body and blood of Christ. This change is called “transubstantiation" and become the #RealPresence of Christ.

https://www.ad-today.com/understanding-the-real-presence-of-jesus-christ-in-the-holy-eucharist/

On the night before He suffered and died on the cross, Jesus shared a last meal with His disciples and instituted the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. While they were eating, Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and giving it to his disciples said, ‘Take and eat; this is my body.’ Then...

Bishop Schlert offered his thoughts on history in a letter to the faithful today.  "The almost ruthless push to erase hi...
07/07/2020
Recalling History: A letter to the Faithful From Bishop Schlert - AD Today

Bishop Schlert offered his thoughts on history in a letter to the faithful today. "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."

https://www.ad-today.com/recalling-history-a-letter-to-the-faithful-from-bishop-schlert/

"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....

Praised be Jesus Christ! As we continue through Ordinary Time, Christ is slowly revealing more about Himself so that we ...
07/05/2020

Praised be Jesus Christ!

As we continue through Ordinary Time, Christ is slowly revealing more about Himself so that we can come to know him better.

First, the Prophet Zachariah describes the Lord as a king, a just savior; yet he also describes him as meek, but one who can banish warriors and proclaim a peace (Zec 9:9). This shows the paradox of Christ as being both a strong king and a meek and humble leader.

Next, in the Gospel, Christ is calling us to follow in His path of meekness by calling us to be child-like. This calling is difficult for a lot of us for we desired to quickly leave childhood behind and did not savor its riches. He is calling us back to those riches and joys where our task was easy and our burden light. This sounds contradictory to real life and fanciful. However, Christ gives us the path to do this, by humbly going to Him with our struggles like a child goes to his father. If we go to Him, our "yoke is easy, and burden light" (Mt: 11: 30).

Jesus wants us to participate in the great love of the Trinity by becoming a child of God where all of our burdens are lightened because they are shared with Him, and are not borne by us alone.

As always, know of my daily prayers.

Wishing everyone a happy and safe holiday weekend!
07/04/2020

Wishing everyone a happy and safe holiday weekend!

Father Ezaki shares some thoughts for this Independence Day: “The well adjusted person and the healthy nation must live ...
07/03/2020
Three Signs of Sanity - A Meditation for Independence Day by Father Bernard J. Ezaki - AD Today

Father Ezaki shares some thoughts for this Independence Day: “The well adjusted person and the healthy nation must live for a transcendent goal; both must translate all past behavior, good and bad, into an impetus for improvement; and both must have semi-permeable boundaries.”

https://www.ad-today.com/three-signs-of-sanity-a-meditation-for-independence-day-by-father-bernard-j-ezaki/

We as a nation must not be overly ashamed of our past, no matter how dark and bleak certain aspects of it may be. Instead we must integrate all of our history, both the glorious and the scandalous, into an impetus for national improvement.

The Declaration’s memorable words are read every year at the historic Allentown church where the Liberty Bell was hidden...
07/03/2020
Annual Reading of Declaration of Independence to Help Celebrate Nation’s Birthday at Historic Allentown Church - AD Today

The Declaration’s memorable words are read every year at the historic Allentown church where the Liberty Bell was hidden during the Revolutionary War.

This year, Bishop Alfred Schlert and other community leaders will be the guest readers, remotely, as the Zion’s “Liberty Bell” UCC Church celebrates Independence Day at its online Sunday service July 5. You can view this Sunday on their page at Zion's "Liberty Bell" UCC Church.

https://www.ad-today.com/annual-reading-of-declaration-of-independence-to-help-celebrate-nations-birthday-at-historic-allentown-church/

“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another …”

Bishop Alfred Schlert was among a handful of faith leaders asked to address the recent annual meeting of the Lehigh Conf...
07/02/2020
Bishop Schlert Among Faith Leaders to Address Lehigh Conference of Churches - AD Today

Bishop Alfred Schlert was among a handful of faith leaders asked to address the recent annual meeting of the Lehigh Conference of Churches, an interfaith organization that provides social services in the Allentown area.

Bishop Schlert, along with faith leaders from the Methodist, United Church of Christ and Baptist traditions, were introduced by the Rev. Dr. Larry Pickens, the conference’s ecumenical director. The theme of the talks was “From Lamentation to Hope.” Read more about the talk at the link below!

https://www.ad-today.com/bishop-schlert-among-faith-leaders-to-address-lehigh-conference-of-churches/

Bishop Alfred Schlert was among a handful of faith leaders asked to address the recent annual meeting of the Lehigh Conference of Churches, an interfaith organization that provides social services in the Allentown area.

Tear down statues of St. Junipero Serra? Perhaps we should take a closer look at the facts before rushing to judgement. ...
07/01/2020
Letter to the faithful for the memorial of St. Junípero Serra

Tear down statues of St. Junipero Serra? Perhaps we should take a closer look at the facts before rushing to judgement. Here is a timely letter from Archbishop of Los Angeles José H. Gomez.

https://angelusnews.com/voices/letter-to-the-faithful-for-the-memorial-of-st-junipero-serra/

+Gomez addresses recent controversies over monuments to St. Junípero Serra and invokes his "intercession for this nation that he helped to found."

Catholic Charities has been asked by Carbon County officials to administer a new rent-relief program designed to help pe...
06/29/2020
Catholic Charities Will Administer Covid Relief Program in Carbon - AD Today

Catholic Charities has been asked by Carbon County officials to administer a new rent-relief program designed to help people who are unemployed because of the Coronavirus and also are falling behind on their rent.

https://www.ad-today.com/catholic-charities-will-administer-covid-relief-program-in-carbon/

Catholic Charities has been asked by Carbon County officials to administer a new rent-relief program designed to help people who are unemployed because of the Coronavirus and also are falling behind on their rent. It’s a way for the agency to provide additional services in an area of the Diocese w...

Praised be Jesus Christ! In the Gospel, Christ gives us an opportunity to put everything back into perspective in our li...
06/28/2020

Praised be Jesus Christ!

In the Gospel, Christ gives us an opportunity to put everything back into perspective in our lives. He gives us the option to set ourselves back on the course of discipleship and holiness.

First, Christ reminds us that we need to put Him first. We need to love Christ first and foremost in order to be holy. He puts in front of us the most important relationships we have, the family relationships, and says we should love Him even more than these very wholesome relationships. It's an opportunity for us to reflect on our life. What might we value more than our relationship with Christ? Career, friendships, pleasures, or hobbies? Our call today is to re-order our lives, and put Christ first.

Christ then adds another sobering element to this discipleship: the cross. He tells us that we are to suffer for Him, to take up our cross. While we do not actively seek needless suffering, there is merit to suffering. In our modern culture, we are taught to do everything possible to avoid suffering, and if we suffer, to use everything in our power to stop it. The Church has a different, more radical perspective. We are called to embrace the spiritual meaning of suffering and unite it to the suffering of Christ on the Cross for the good of ourselves and others. This is where we show our love for humanity for, as Pope Saint John Paul II reminds us, suffering is bound up in the love of the Cross (SALVIFICI DOLORIS, 13). In Christ’s suffering on the Cross, we see the model and meaning of our own crosses.

As always, know of my prayers!

Parishes across the Diocese of Allentown will continue to offer public celebrations of Mass this weekend!  Every parish ...
06/26/2020

Parishes across the Diocese of Allentown will continue to offer public celebrations of Mass this weekend! Every parish will require a proper level of social distancing plus suitable masks with no more than 25% of a church’s capacity at one time. (This capacity will increase on Monday, June 29th to 50%.) Please check with your local parish on their policies and procedures. We look forward to being with you this weekend in your Parish home! #RealPresence

The Diocese Golf Tournament is still on, and committee members are actively planning for various scenarios to adjust the...
06/25/2020
Golf tournament | Roman Catholic Diocese of Allentown

The Diocese Golf Tournament is still on, and committee members are actively planning for various scenarios to adjust the day, if needed, for concerns related to the Coronavirus.

The September 28 event will benefit seminarians and Catholic school students. It will be held at the Steel Club in Hellertown. You can find more information at the link below!

https://www.allentowndiocese.org/golf

Click here to register https://community.allentowndiocese.org/pages/golf-event/golf-registrations

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06/24/2020

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More people will be able to experience the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist when the attendance limit...
06/24/2020
Mass Attendance Limit to Rise Monday June 29 - AD Today

More people will be able to experience the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist when the attendance limit for Mass increases to 50 percent of the church’s capacity on June 29.

Masks still will be required, and social distancing will continue to be enforced. Parishes will continue to sanitize pews and other common surfaces after each Mass.

The new capacity limit means that parishes will be permitted to admit up to 50 percent of the church’s seating capacity, provided that adequate social distancing can be maintained.

https://www.ad-today.com/mass-attendance-limit-to-rise-monday-june-29/

More people will be able to experience the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist when the attendance limit for Mass increases to 50 percent of the church’s capacity starting June 29.

Two parishes in Minersville are merging to create a stronger, more unified Catholic presence in the community.The Parish...
06/23/2020
Two Minersville Parishes to Merge - AD Today

Two parishes in Minersville are merging to create a stronger, more unified Catholic presence in the community.

The Parish Advisory Council and the Parish Financial Committee of both Saint Matthew the Evangelist Parish and Saint Michael the Archangel Parish have voted unanimously to support the merger.

Father Jason Stokes, pastor at both parishes, will be pastor of the newly created parish, which will be named Holy Family Parish of Minersville. Both the St. Matthew and the St. Michael church buildings will remain open, and the merged congregation will use both churches for worship.

https://www.ad-today.com/two-minersville-parishes-to-merge/

Both the St. Matthew’s and the St. Michael’s church buildings will remain open. The newly formed parish will be known as Holy Family Parish of Minersville.

The two Catholic congregations in Jim Thorpe will come together as one when St. Joseph Parish is consolidated into Immac...
06/22/2020
Jim Thorpe Parishes to Be Consolidated - AD Today

The two Catholic congregations in Jim Thorpe will come together as one when St. Joseph Parish is consolidated into Immaculate Conception Parish.

Both church buildings will remain open and will use the existing Mass schedule. Father James Ward, now pastor of both parishes, will remain as pastor.

https://www.ad-today.com/jim-thorpe-parishes-to-be-consolidated/

The two Catholic congregations in Jim Thorpe will come together as one when St. Joseph Parish is consolidated into Immaculate Conception Parish. Both church buildings will remain open and will use the existing Mass schedule. Father James Ward, now pastor of both parishes, will remain as pastor. Oper...

Praised be Jesus Christ! The Gospel for today gives us an opportunity to reflect upon faith and the great gift that it i...
06/21/2020

Praised be Jesus Christ!

The Gospel for today gives us an opportunity to reflect upon faith and the great gift that it is. It also reminds us how important it is to protect the gift of faith.

First, the Catechism teaches that "faith is the theological virtue by which we believe in God and believe all that he has said and revealed to us" (CCC 1814). Additionally, faith is certain because it is founded on the very word of God (CCC 157). All of this shows us how great a gift faith is. It allows us to believe in the un-provable, especially some of the truths such as the Holy Eucharist and the Trinity!

However, faith is something that needs to be nourished and protected (CCC 2088). We need to constantly feed our faith and make it stronger. We also need to protect it. We need to focus on this gift of faith and not on the empty promises the world gives to us, and to never be afraid to proclaim the truths of our faith to others.

We don't have to fight this fight alone, we have the great protector, God the Father, who knows us so well that he even knows how many hairs are on our head (Mt 10: 30). If we focus on Him, we will never struggle to proclaims His words from the housetops!

As always, know of my prayers!

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06/20/2020

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LORDS PRAYER SINGING PROTEST SUNDAY: 08:00 PACIFIC TIME, 09:00 MOUNTAIN TIME, 10:00 CENTRAL TIME, 11:00 EASTERN TIME LET FREEDOM RING LOUD AND CLEAR FROM ALL HOUSES OF WORSHIP. NON CHRISTIAN HOUSES OF WORSHIP WELCOME
Dear Bishop Schlert, I hope that you had a blessed spiritual renewal these past three days of praying and fasting during the Ember days. I myself have had the fire of the Holy Spirit work through me as I am educating myself on racial injustices and sharing educational materials on social media so that my friends and family are also educated. I firmly believe that this revolution to stand up against hate and race inequality, particularly against our black brothers and sisters, starts in our home. The Allentown Diocese is an extension of my home and what I am seeing here is a range from without-a-doubt support for the movement to mostly silence to full out racist and hateful posts from your parishioners, including parishioners who receive a paycheck from the Diocese. What I am most concerned about, as the days move forward, is that there is a silence from your priests on their social media platforms, from your Catholic schools, from your churches, as well as from the diocese itself in regards to taking a full on stand against hate and racism. While prayer is important, the diocese needs to do more than pray. We are called to Faith in Action, to stand up against injustices that have gone on for far too long that deny the dignity of life of our black brothers and sisters, and in that sense, that deny that they, too, are made in the image and likeness of Christ. We need a bold, unequivocal statement from you, the head of our diocese, that will clearly articulate that hate and racial discrimination will not be tolerated in our family. The message that I have heard from the diocese and Catholic schools has been to pray for the civil unrest and protests, instead of going deeper and praying for the end of racial injustices and taking a stand to ACT on making that happen. While I pray for family and friends who have cancer, you better believe that I am grateful for the medical team who are ACTING to cut that cancer out. We need YOU to be the moral leader to guide our family in order to ACT and cut out the cancer of racial discrimination. I have just watched your homily from Mass this morning at the Cathedral and am incredibly relieved that you preached about the racial injustice of George Floyd and that hate for one another means that we do not see God in that other person. I look forward to hearing how the diocese will move forward to ACT on making that happen. One in Christ, Karen Christ
CONCERNED CATHOLIC- I WISH ONE CATHOLIC BISHOP WOULD TAKE IT ON HIS OWN IN PENNSYLVANIA TO SHARE ALL THE PICTURES, VIDEOS, DOCUMENTS ON THE INTERNET-WEBSITES, OF ALL THE MARRIAGES, WEDDINGS, FUNERALS, CONFIRMATIONS, BAPTISMALS AND MORE BEING KEPT IN THE BASEMENT OF ONE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN LUZERNE COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA. THESE ARE OF ALL THE CHURCHES IN LUZERNE COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA THAT HAVE BEEN TORN DOWN, SOLD, MADE INTO APARTMENTS. YOU CAN SEARCH ALL YOU WANT AND FIND NOTHING ON THE INTERNET. GIVE THEM TO ME AND I WILL SEE THAT IT GETS DONE. YOU WOULD THINK ONE ORGANIZATION, PRIVATE OR GOVERNMENT WOULD HAVE DONE IT BY NOW. OVER 50 YEARS OF MATERIAL STORED IN BASEMENTS. WHAT A SHAME!!!!!!!
Did I miss the statement about George Floyd, racial injustice, and what's happening in the streets of America?
The Pope has opened up the church and parishes across the USA are doing the same effective May 18th. I pray we will be doing the same!
As we go through life we experience the joy and suffering that comes from love. When we are in love or feel love towards others we are experiencing a language given to us by God. Our ability to share our hearts is only limited by our own humanity. We are designed in the image of God and therefore we are love in perpetuity. So why does our human nature make us skeptical of love? When we are blessed to love someone there is also a chance of being hurt and the pain of losing love is profound! If someone we love dies, our world is turned upside down. Imagining a life without a loved one is not pleasant! But life does go on and so does love! Being of a human and spiritual nature we experience the pain of loss but also the assurance that our love is never far from us. We must always be looking forward as that is where love awaits each of us. God assures us through Christ's sacrifice that love is eternal and cannot be taken from those who believe in His son! So I say to each of you, I love you today, tomorrow and for eternity! Love and prayers.