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 are rejoicing that we are now able to gather under one roof once more to worship the Lord together! All restrictions are lifted except the Sign of the Peace and drinking from the chalice. 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
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.
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
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.