PARISH NEWS

11/25/20
We will be 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.

 

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.

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!