Jesus is present to us in many ways, but only in the Holy Eucharist is He uniquely present – Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity. This is the “Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist.”
The priest celebrating Mass is acting in the person of Christ. When he consecrates the bread and wine, it is transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit into the body and blood of Christ.
The transformed, or “transubstantiated,” bread and wine are not merely symbols. They continue to look like bread and wine but they are not; the substances change. They truly are the Body and Blood of Christ.
The Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist is an inexhaustible mystery that the Church can never fully explain in words.
WE HAVE MASS EVERY SUNDAY AT 11AM. OUR WEEKDAY MASSES ARE EVERY MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY AT 8AM. We are rejoicing that we are now able to gather under one roof once more to worship the Lord together! Holy Water is back!
“I would go with the throng and lead them in procession to the house of God with glad shouts and songs of praise” Psalm 42:5
•Each Catholic Bishop in Pennsylvania will reinstate the obligation to attend Mass in person on Sundays and Holy Days beginning on Sunday, August 15, 2021, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This obligation, as is always the case, does not apply to those who are seriously ill, have a serious health risk, as well as those who have serious anxiety of being a part of large groups at this time. The Diocese of Allentown will continue to monitor virus conditions, and information provided by health professionals and public health authorities.
•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. However, anyone who wants to should feel free to wear a mask at Mass.
•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 two (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 as of 8/6/21 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 well as ushers for greeting of parishioners and collecting offertories.***
•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.
•With the easing of restrictions, common sense hygienic practices will remain in effect. Please sanitize your hands when entering, and stay home and watch Mass on the internet if you feel sick.
MASS SCHEDULE (TAKES PLACE AT BOTH OLHC AND SSJ
Monday – 8AM – OLHC
Tuesday – 8AM – SSJ (SS. Simon and Jude, Bethlehem, PA)
Wednesday – 8AM – OLHC
Thursday – 8AM – SSJ
Friday or Saturday at 8AM (call 610-866-5582 x7 weekly to check)
Saturday – 5PM – SSJ
Sunday – 9AM – SSJ
Sunday – 11AM – OLHC
HOLIDAYS AND OTHER MASSES:
Holy Days: 6:00pm eve of Holy Day (Vigil) – SSJ
9AM at OLHC. 12:05pm on Holy Day – SSJ
Christmas: Christmas Eve: Times to be determined for 2021
Christmas Day: Times to be determined for 2021
Easter: Easter Vigil: Times to be determined for 2022
Easter: Times to be determined for 2022
•Confession will be Saturdays at SS Simon and Jude from 4:00PM to 4:45PM on Saturdays before Mass. .
•Penance service will occur during Advent and Lenten seasons.
• Parishioners, please practice privacy and consideration for the parishioner during confession as you wait in line. Take this time to make peace with the Lord.