Cathedral of St. Catharine of Siena

Our Lenten Obligation

  • Ash Wednesday: Fast & Abstain
  • Good Friday (March 30th): Fast & Abstain

Who must fast?

All Catholics who are between the ages of 18 and 59. The obligation ceases when one begins his/her 60th year on his/her 59th birthday.

What does fasting mean?

The observance of fasting means that those obliged may take only one full meal on the day of fast. Two lighter meals (not equal to another full meal) may be taken to maintain strength according to one’s needs.

What does abstinence mean?

The law of abstinence forbids the eating of meat, including poultry. Voluntary abstinence refers to refraining from lawful pleasures in a spirit of penance.

Who must abstain?

All Catholics who are 14 years and older.

Can anyone be dispensed or excused from fast and/ or abstinence?

Individuals for a just cause may be dispensed by their pastor or by a priest with the faculty to do so. In our Diocese all priests may dispense individuals who are committed to their pastoral care. Those who are ill or have a similar serious reason are excused from the observance of fast and absnence. Catholics are reminded that they should not lightly excuse themselves from this obligation.

Are there other obligations which we should fulfill?

Catholics are obliged to fulfill what has been called their “Easter Duty.” They are required to receive Holy Communion during the Easter time. In the United States this obligaon can be fulfilled from the First Sunday of Lent until Trinity Sunday (February 18 unl May 27, 2018). Those conscious of serious sin are reminded of the obligation to confess their sins at least once a year. Catholics also are encouraged to make Lent a me of more intense prayer and to practice almsgiving and other works of charity. When we do penance, we imitate Jesus, who Himself recommended it as necessary to His followers, and gave them the example of His prayer and fasting.

Lenten Reconciliation

During the Season of Lent, parishioners will have the opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliaon before ALL of the weekend Masses on Saturday AND Sunday. It is our hope that the parishioners of the Cathedral will use this as an opportunity to better prepare themselves during their Lenten journey.

Parish Lenten Penance Service

7:00 PM on Monday March 19, 2018

Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross for Children will be celebrated every Wednesday of Lent at 2:15 PM. Stations of the Cross for Adults will be celebrated every Friday of Lent at 7:00 PM.

Eucharistic Adoration

Every Friday of Lent the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed on the altar from after the 8:00 AM Mass or the 9:00 AM School Mass until 7:00 PM when Stations of the Cross will be celebrated. All are invited and encouraged to spend some quality prayer time before the Blessed Sacrament. Adoration sign up sheets are posted on the bullen board in the vesbule of the Cathedral. Please sign up for a half hour period of adoration each week. This gives us assurance that someone will be present at all times while the Blessed Sacrament is exposed.

Operation Rice Bowl

Eating one sacrificial meal a week and donating the proceeds to the Operation Rice Bowl program which feeds the hungry in mission countries as well as our own community. The weekly donations can be placed in the Rice Bowl containers located at the entrances to the Cathedral.


Increased Offertory Appeal

You may have already received a special mailing (if not yet, then very soon) with a special brochure that described this increased offertory appeal. Please read it carefully. It is important.

The Sunday offertory collection is the major source of income that funds our Parish operations. During the last two fiscal years (July thru June) the offertory donations have been declining. The total offertory for fiscal July 2016 to June 2017 was $28,080 less than the previous fiscal year. To date, for this year from July 2017 to December 2017 we are already $10,800 behind last year. In 18 months our offertory donations are $38,880 less than what we received 2 years ago. As a result, several initiatives and projects are on hold. This also hampers our ability to help others in need.

There are, I am sure, many reasons for this decline in our offertory income. Some I can figure out but many are beyond my comprehension. We have made a great effort to watch our expenses – see the budget figure for 2017-2018 on the brochure. But we still will need your help.

That is why I am asking for you help, your support.

I am asking all of you to reaffirm your financial support of your Parish. We begin by recognizing the blessings that our good and gracious Lord has given to us. Living gratefully, let us commit to joyfully sharing our blessings. That is how we can continue to change lives.

Sincerely in Christ,
Monsignor Francis P. Schoenauer


The Siena Society

The Siena Society has been established to build long-term financial stability for our parish or St. John Vianney Regional School; and to encourage, support and celebrate gifts that ensure that our parish remains vital and vibrant for those who come after us. Click here to learn more about this important program.



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Cathedral Church
200 Block of North 18th Street
Allentown, PA 18104
Parking available across from Church
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Cathedral Rectory
1825 W Turner Street
Allentown, PA 18104
Office phone: 610-433-6461
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Cathedral Parish Vision Statement

To be a place where the faithful can gather together for the Sunday celebration of the Eucharist, to teach Christ’s saving doctrine, and to practice the charity of the Lord in good works and brotherly love. (cf. CCC, 2179)


Mass Schedule
Sunday7:30, 9:00, 10:30 AM, 12:00 Noon
Saturday8:00 AM, 4:15 PM (4:15 Mass fulfills Sunday obligation)
WeekdaysMonday-Friday 6:30 & 8:00AM
Holy DaysConsult Bulletin for schedule

Sacrament of Reconciliation
Mon-Fri15 minutes before each Mass
Saturday3:15 to 4:00 PM
Holy DaysConsult Bulletin

Sacrament of Baptism

First Sunday of every month. Preparatory class Thursday evening before.


Sacrament of Matrimony

Engaged couples should meet with their parish priest as soon as they become engaged. The diocesan marriage preparation program should be completed at least six months prior to the wedding date. Weddings are at 11 AM and 1:30 PM on Saturdays only.


Parish Registration

Catholics living in the Cathedral Church parish boundaries should be registered in the parish. Registration is required for the administration of the Sacraments, attendance at St. John Vianney Regional School and the Cathedral PREP program, and for the issuance of certificates for Baptism and Confirmation. Please call the rectory office to make an appointment with one of the priests to register in the parish.

Drop-in registrations will not be taken





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