Cathedral of St. Catharine of Siena

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.

On Sunday, January 28, I will be 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

How & When Will We Make Our Commitment?

Commitment Weekend will be held on January 27th and 28th. Enclosed is a Commitment Card to complete. We will have a special collection during Mass to collect your Commitment Card. The act of making a commitment is a covenant between you and God to support our parish mission to the best of your abilities for all that you have been blessed. Your new commitment should begin with the next Sunday’s offertory. If you are out of town or unable to attend Mass on Commitment Weekend, please complete the enclosed Commitment Card and return it to the parish office or in the collection when you return. Your Commitment, no matter the increase, will be kept completely confidential and will not be disclosed in any way. Thank you for your generous support of our parish!

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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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