Effective June 15th, Rev. Msgr. William F. Baver, Pastor of SS Simon & June, Bethlehem, will now be pastor of both Saints Simon and Jude as well as Our Lady Help of Christians. Consequently, our Mass schedule will be altered and some Masses need to be eliminated. Daily Mass will be as follows:
Monday – OLHC
Tuesday – SS Simon & Jude
Wednesday – OLHC
Thursday – SS Simon & Jude
Friday – TBD (may be Saturday – call SSJ at 610-866-5587 x 7 to confirm if it is either Friday or Saturday morning at 8AM.
5PM (SAT) – SS Simon & Jude
9AM – SS Simon & Jude
11AM – OLHC
Saturdays 4PM to 4:45PM – SS Simon & Jude
Should you attend Mass at SS Simon & Jude, your offering envelope will be credited to our parish. We understand change is never easy, but in order to grow both parishes, change is necessary. Both Father Rich and Monsignor Baver pray that you will continue to be supportive of Our Lady of Christians, in both your weekly attendance at Mass and in all fundraising that is done in the future.
Father Rich will be heading to St. Francis of Assisi effective June 15th. Even though he was only here nine months, we appreciated his dedication and commitment to our Parish community. He (and his homilies) will be missed here at OLHC. Best wishes Father Rich, and God bless!
Tricky Trays are here again!
TRICKY TRAYS UNDER THE TENTS – Come peruse our trays on June 12th from 11AM to 5PM and June 13th 10AM to 2PM. Event will be outside (weather permitting). We have a large parking lot so park and peruse. We will have hot dogs, soft pretzels and cookies as well as salty snacks and drinks. Covid safety measures in effect (our staff will wear masks and gloves). Please wear a mask if you are not vaccinating, or you can social distance. All our prizes are amazing – nothing valued less than $100, including cash prizes.
1 ticket = $16 tickets = $512 tickets = $1025 tickets = $20
Check out our Facebook Event here
MASSES – EFFECTIVE 5/17/21
•The Diocese of Allentown will lift the majority of COVID-19 liturgical restrictions, effective Pentecost Sunday (May 22-23, 2021).
•The CDC has announced that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or keep social distancing in most settings. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has adopted these recommendations, effective immediately.
•Therefore, in continued alignment with local, state, and federal health guidelines, effective immediately, the fully vaccinated may attend Masses in the Diocese of Allentown and all gatherings on parish property without wearing a mask. “Fully vaccinated” is defined as being 2 weeks after receiving the final dose of the vaccine. People who do not meet those requirements are not considered fully vaccinated, and must keep taking all precautions.
***Please note that Bishop Schlert mandates the wearing of a facemask for the distribution of Holy Communion by the priest, deacon, or minister regardless if the person has been vaccinated or not vaccinated.***
•As always, please stay home if you are sick or at a higher risk of illness with COVID19. If you are uncertain about your risk status, please consult your doctor.
•Please note that the Pennsylvania Bishops have not lifted the dispensation regarding Sunday Mass attendance. However, capacity restrictions in the Diocese of Allentown will no longer be in place.
•While the easing of restrictions will occur in the coming weeks and there will be no capacity restrictions in your local churches, common sense hygienic practices will remain in effect.
Bishop Schlert has declared the “Year of the Real Presence” for the Diocese of Allentown to begin on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 11, 2021 and conclude on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, June 19, 2022. To learn more about the Year of the Real Presence & to read the Decree please click here
Our Holy Week Schedule. Reservations are required at our Easter Masses (vigil and day). The form is available
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).
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), 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!
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.
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.
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. The four digits required is 1870. 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!
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 email@example.com