PARISH NEWS

3/16/21
Our Holy Week Schedule. Reservations are required at our Easter Masses (vigil and day). The form is available HERE.

3/28 – PALM SUNDAY – Regular Masses at 9AM and 11AM. Palms will be distributed.

4/1 – HOLY THURSDAY – 7PM Mass of the Last Supper. 8PM to 9PM will be Adoration. No morning Mass that day.

4/2 – GOOD FRIDAY – 12PM Stations of the Cross. 3PM Liturgy of the Passion of the Lord. No morning Mass that day.

4/3 – HOLY SATURDAY – 12PM Blessing of the Food (outside). 8PM Vigil Mass (reservations required).

4/4 – EASTER SUNDAY – Masses at 7:30AM, 9AM, 10:30AM, 12PM (reservations required).

3/10/21
Confession starts Sunday 3/14. There are 3 pillars of Lenten observance: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. For this reason, during the time of Lent, there will be confessions several times throughout the month:

Sundays:  March 14, 21, 28
12PM to 1PM

Tuesdays: March 16, 23, 30
6PM to 7PM

Fridays: March 19 and 26
5PM to 6PM

Saturdays: March 20 and 27
9AM to 10AM

The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) is an expression of the mercy and love God has for us through the power of the Holy Spirit. We experience the healing and forgiveness of God. Reconciliation during the season of Lent can renew our relationship with God and with our neighbor and our human dignity.

3/8/21
Our Easter Pie Sale has started! Download the form HERE.

The pie sale in October proved to be very popular. People loved the pies and asked for it again! THE DEADLINE IS MARCH 21ST. Pies are 8 inches and $8 each (as well as Apple Dumplings for $4). Pickup is drive-thru style and will be on Thursday, April 1st (Holy Thursday) from 12PM to 6PM. You will drive down St. Clair Street and pick up at the Rectory door.

Just email us (ourladyhlp@aol.com), Venmo us (@ olhcallentown-church, last 4 digits 1870), send the form via U.S. Mail, call us (Monday to Wednesday) we will take orders any number of ways! Thank you for your help in supporting Our Lady  Help of Christians!

 

 

2/18/21
Stations of the Cross start tomorrow at 6PM and every Friday during Lent. Every year millions of people around the world will spend time before Easter praying the Stations of the Cross. By their very nature, the Stations of the Cross and the images associated with them are emotionally charged. The stations reveal the lowest point in Jesus’s life. Because of this, they resonate with our experiences of difficult times in our lives. They also echo the tough times that we hold in our memories. In these ways, the stations appeal more to the heart than they do to the head.

When we take Jesus’ suffering into us and ponder in our hearts the events he experienced, we are stirred from spiritual sleep. But the point of the exercise is to nudge us into thinking about, as Christians who are supposed to be living in imitation of Christ’s life, what the stations indicate about where we are on our own faith journey.

Stations are every Friday Night at 6PM through Lent. Come and give thanks to God and ask for help in becoming more aware of the crosses that everyone carries in life. Come for your own personal journey.

2/10/21
Ash Wednesday is 2/17/21.

We will have Masses at 8AM and 7PM and a Service at 12:15PM.

Several priests in our Diocese have asked the Bishop for permission to use a cotton swab to distribute ashes this year. His Excellency, Most Reverend Alfred A. Schlert has reviewed this request and approved this as a valid option since there would be no contact. Each individual will have a separate cotton swab for the placement on ashes on the forehead.

The prayer “Repent and Believe in the Gospel” remains said only once from the place where the ashes are blessed.

Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent, a time when Catholics are called to prayer, to fasting, and to almsgiving, which means donating money or goods to the poor, and performing other acts of charity.

1/6/21
Happy New Year! Our Winter Warmup fundraiser is now in effect for February! We are keeping tabs on the Daily Number for you. You have 28 chances to win with every $10 ticket. Buy 4 tickets, get one free! That’s 140 chances! OLHC appreciates the support from our friends, neighbors and parishioners.

We now take Venmo! Our address is @ OlhcAllentown-Church. Please consider using Venmo, just provide your phone number and address, and we will mail the tickets out to you. Thank you for your support!

 

We take Venmo!

12/23/20
The red link below allows you to make an offertory donation to any parish within the Diocese of Allentown.  You may make a one-time donation or establish recurring giving on a monthly basis.  Please consider giving an amount that is equal to or exceeds your monthly offertory contributions.

Your generosity is needed – and very appreciated – now more than ever.

If you have any questions regarding this form, please contact the Office of Stewardship and Development at 800-831-4443 or email stewardship@allentowndiocese.org

Click here and pick Our Lady Help of Christians

12/17/20
Please note:  We will be uploading Mass some time on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Here is an interesting article from the AD Times Today about Christmas Masses in the Diocese

12/9/20
IMPORTANT NOTICE
We are requiring all Mass attendees to pre-register for our Christmas Masses, due to the limitations & restrictions with seating. Here are our current Masses:

CHRISTMAS EVE – 2PM  ♦  4:30PM (SEATING LIMITED)  ♦  7PM
CHRISTMAS DAY – 9AM  ♦  11AM

Please fill out a reservation form (see 11/19 announcement below) and you can put it through out mail slot at the Rectory, leave a message via voicemail for the parish secretary, or mail it to us – reservations taken up to December 13th!

12/8/20
We are selling Dan Schantz monthly flower cards after Sunday Mass until Dec 13th. Cards are $20 each. You can also order by emailing ourladyhlp@aol.com, or call the Rectory and leave a message for the Parish Secretary. The cards will be ready in time for Christmas! Thank you for your continued participation in our fundraising. You get something free each month, and people have been very pleased!

11/24/20
Our Thanksgiving Day Mass is this Thursday at 9AM. Our hymns for this Mass are HERE.

11/19/20
Vigil Mass at 7PM – 12/7/20. Morning Mass at 8AM – 12/8/20
The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception celebrates the belief in the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. The Immaculate Conception is one of the most important Marian feasts in the liturgical calendar of the Roman Catholic Church, and is celebrated worldwide. Please join us for this vigil Mass at 7PM and set your soul for the night. You can also come to morning Mass Tuesday at 8AM.

11/19/20
Our bulletin this week contains an insert for our Christmas Masses. We will be having reservations this year in order to responsibly practice social distancing. Please print this form (it will be in each week’s bulletin up to the 13th). Reservations must be in by December 13th. You can drop this form through the mail slot, leave a voicemail for the Parish Secretary, or send an email at ourladyhlp@aol.com with your last name, # attending, several picks of our services and a phone number. NO CALLBACK MEANS YOUR FIRST CHOICE WAS PICKED. Thank you for your cooperation this year. We have (5) Masses this year – 2PM, 4:30PM and 7PM Christmas Eve, and 9AM and 11AM Christmas Day.

11/16/20
Our Lady Help of Christians is continuing our tradition of creating baskets for Thanksgiving. We would like to share God’s blessing with other families in the East Allentown area. We are putting together (10) laundry baskets of Thanksgiving dinner ingredients to be picked up Tuesday before Thanksgiving (11/24). We have turkies and a couple hams. If you or you know of a family in need of a Thanksgiving dinner, please contact the rectory by phone or email (ourladyhlp@aol.com). We would be happy to help.

11/11/20
The Annual Campaign to support care of retired priests in good standing is now underway in the Diocese. This envelope will be in our collection on December 13th.The normal retirement age for a priest in our Diocese is 75. Retirement costs include insurance, health care, prescriptions, housing and sustenance, and skilled nursing care when needed. About one-third of diocesan priests are retired. Costs to care for them are more than $2.7 million per year. The Diocese pays these costs through the Because We Are Catholic appeal and through the diocesan operating budget. To contribute click here

11/3/20
Come join us for a Thanksgiving Mass at OLHC! Let us begin this special day with family and friends by giving thanks to our Lord for all He has given us. All are welcome.

 

 

 

 

10/31/20
Our Mass of Bereavement was held on this day (virtually). Please see Mass below:

10/10/20
Today at 10AM was our Rosary Rally!  We had about 15 participants join us in praying for our nation in the front of the Church. Everyone brought their own ros

ary and chairs, if needed and a Rosary Program was provided. Our Facebook Event Page for this is HE

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10/2/20
Blessing of the Animals will be happening Sunday, 10/4 at 1:30PM in front of the Church. Come & bring your pets (or even just their picture, or their ashes) for a blessing outdoors in honor of the feast of St. Francis. Please bring your pet leashed or in a carrier. Here are pictures from that day. That is Father Rich with his dog, PJ.

GREEN PHASE-PART I – EFFECTIVE JUNE 29, 2020
The dispensation from Sunday Mass obligation will remain in place. Mass attendance remains voluntary. Those who do not feel safe, or who have compromising health conditions, should not attend.

OLHC will remain with our modified Mass schedule:
Monday through Friday at 8 am
Saturday – no Masses
Sunday 9AM and 11AM
Mass is recorded and uploaded to Youtube and Facebook every single day.
 
There will continue to be limited seating capacity available in the Church. The Green Phase Part I guidelines allow for an increased capacity of up to 50% of the Church capacity. At OLHC, our pews are clearly marked on where you can sit and our ushers will assist you.
 
Confession is by appointment only at this time. There is no Adoration at this time, this will be re-visited in the Fall.
 
While long-handled baskets may be used to take up the offertory collection, we will continue to use the collection box in the back of the Church for everyone’s benefit.
 
All hymnals have been temporarily removed from Church due to the difficulty of keeping them disinfected. You can sing through your mask but pleasae don’t take off your mask. We publish our hymns in our weekly bulletin – please take your bulletin home with you.
 
All other restrictions remain in place, including social distancing and face masks required (cover your nose please). Pews are still being cleaned by volunteer cleaning crew after each service. Hope to see you at Mass!