Diocese of Allentown

Holy 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.


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

Diocesan Pilgrimages – Save the Dates! 

The first Diocesan Local Pilgrimage will be to The National Centre for Padre Pio.
“My Heart – A Pilgrimage to the Heart of Jesus”
Diocesan High School Pilgrimage – Thursday, September 19, 2024
Diocesan Pilgrimage in English – Friday, September 20, 2024
Diocesan Pilgrimage in Spanish – Saturday, September 28, 2024
Pilgrimage will include:
• Mass with Bishop Schlert
• Confession
• Engaging Speaker
• Eucharistic Procession and much more!

The Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., will be on Tuesday, October 7, 2025, the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. The Diocesan Pilgrimage tradition to Mary’s House is typically held every four years. More information will becoming soon.

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.