Diocese of Allentown

Retreat for Adult Children of Divorced and Separated Parents

“Are you an adult child of divorce? Do you know someone who is? Registration is now open for the Life-Giving Wounds Retreat on April 12-14, 2024. Life-Giving Wounds is a ministry for those who seek to understand how their parents’ divorce impacted their own spiritual, mental, and emotional wholeness. The retreat is hosted at the Diocesan Center; local accommodations are available for those who might travel from out of town. To register, go to Life-Giving Wounds Retreat – Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg. For more information, please feel free to contact Melissa Maleski at MMaleski@hbgdiocese.org, 717-657-4804 ext. 331. Or visit the Life-Giving Wounds website: http://www.lifegivingwounds.org

holysmokes.pngHoly Smokes, With Bishop Schlert

On Saturday April 20th, join the men of ‘Holy Smokes’ from 12:30pm-2pm at St. Mary’s Parish in Kutztown. The event fosters fraternity amongst men in the Diocese. Together, enjoy conversation and cigars. The upcoming talk is on “The Masculine Qualities of the Apostles.” Bishop Schlert will also be joining for this afternoon of masculine friendship. 

 Eucharistic Preacher, Fr. Patrick Baikauskas

Join us for a special Diocesan event, featuring Fr. Patrick Baikauskas, who is a Eucharistic Preacher. He is a Dominican Friar and Director of the Center for Community Engagement and Evangelization at the Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, MO.
He will be speaking on the Eucharist as “A Mystery to be Believed, Celebrated, & Lived”.
During his visit to the Lehigh Valley, Fr. Baikauskas will be at Holy Guardian Angels on April 28th from 6:30-8pm. This event is for teens. Register for teen event here: 
The second event will take place on April 29th from 6-8pm, also at Holy Guardian Angels. This event is for the general public. Each event will have adoration before Fr. Baikauskas’ presentation. Register for event here: 
Address: Holy Guardian Angels Parish, 3121 Kutztown Rd, Reading, PA 19605.

Altar Server Mass

All youth altar servers throughout the diocese are invited to attend this special Mass celebrated by Bishop Schlert. This Mass is to bless and thank all those serving in this important ministry. Participants are invited to bring and vest in their parish’s altar server robes. A reception for youth altar servers and their families will be held after the Mass. Saturday, April 13th 2024, 11:00am at the Cathedral Church of St. Catharine of Siena, Allentown

Mother – Daughter Tea

Mothers, together with their daughters ages 9 to 13, are invited to spend a memorable afternoon exploring God’s gift of femininity. The event is on April 28th, 2024 from 1-4pm at St. Francis of Assisi Church Hall in Allentown. The event will feature presentations on the physical and emotional changes girls experience, the sacredness of life, and empowering tips about modesty, virtue, and personal style. Your daughter is welcome to invite another special woman in her life to attend. A light lunch, door prizes, and games will be included.

Mass of Thanksgiving for Homeschooling Community

All homeschooling families are invited to an end of the year Mass of Thanksgiving for the Homeschooling Community with Bishop Schlert on Wednesday, May 22, 2024 at 6:30pm. The Mass will take place at the Cathedral of St. Catharine of Siena, Allentown.
Mass will feature a special blessing for those graduating High School. A reception with light refreshments will follow in the lower level. Registration required by May 5. 
Questions? Contact Kristin Osenbach, kosenbach@allentowndiocese.org

Pilgrimage To Italy with Bishop Schlert

Reservations are now open for the Jubilee Year Pilgrimage to Italy with Bishop Schlert & Father Hoffa – Tuesday, March 25, 2025 – Saturday, April 3, 2025.  The first Diocese of Allentown International Pilgrimage will “Follow the Footsteps of Saints Peter and Paul” through Florence, Assisi, and Rome. To sign up for the Jubilee Year Pilgrimage, please contact Father Allen Hoffa directly at ahoffa@allentowndiocese.org or 610-921-2729, ext. 2205. See flyer