Cathedral of St. Catharine of Siena

Our Lenten Obligation

  • Fridays in Lent: Abstain
  • Ash Wednesday: Fast & Abstain
  • Good Friday: Fast & Abstain
  • Who must fast?
    All Catholics who are between the ages of 1 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 thos 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 need.
  • What does abstinence mean?
    The law of abstinence forbids the eating meat, including poultry. Voluntary abstinence refers t 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/o 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 th observance of fast and abstinence. 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 bee called "Easter Duty." They are required to receiv Holy Communion during the Easter time. In the United States this obligation can be fulfilled from the First Sunday of Lent until Trinity Sunday (March 5 until June 11, 2017). Those conscious of serious sin are reminded of the obligation to confess their sins at least once a year. Catholics also are encouraged to mak Lent a time of more intense prayer.

Lenten Opportunities for Grace

  • Lenten Reconciliation: During the Season of Lent, parishioners will have the opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation 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 April 3rd
  • 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.
  • Eucharisc Adoration: On 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 bulletin board in the vestibule 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 Operaon Rice Bowl program which feeds the hungry in mission countries as well as our own community. The weekly donaons can be placed in the Rice Bowl containers located at the entrances to the Cathedral.

Prayer for a New Bishop

Lord God,
from age to age you appoint
Shepherds to lead your Church.
Grant to our Diocese a Shepherd
after your own heart:
courageous, faithful,
and a humble servant.
May his witness to true holiness
inspire us to conform our lives
to the Gospel,
to seek our nourishment
in the power of the Sacraments,
and to become ever more your Holy Church.
Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.


Prayer to Mary, the Immaculate Conception, Patroness of the United States

Most Holy Trinity: Our Father in Heaven, who chose Mary as the fairest of your daughters; Holy Spirit, who chose Mary as your Spouse; God the Son, who chose Mary as your Mother, in union with Mary we adore your majesty and acknowledge your supreme, eternal dominion and authority.

Most Holy Trinity, we put the United States of America into the hands of Mary Immaculate in order that she may present the country to you. Through her we wish to thank you for the great resources of this land and for the freedom which has been its heritage.

Through the intercession of Mary, have mercy on the Catholic Church in America. Grant us peace. Have mercy on our president and on all the officers of our government. Grant us a fruitful economy, born of justice and charity. Have mercy on capital and industry and labor. Protect the family life of the nation. Guard the precious gift of many religious vocations. Through the intercession of our Mother, have mercy on the sick, the tempted, sinners Ė on all who are in need.

Mary, Immaculate Virgin, our Mother, Patroness of our land, we praise you and honor you and give ourselves to you. Protect us from every harm. Pray for us, that acting always according to your will and the will of your divine Son,
we may live and die pleasing to God. Amen.



Volunteering at the Catheral & St. John Vianney School

The United States Conference of Bishops' Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People mandates that every diocese implement Safe Environment programs for all children, parents, and adults. Requirements for the Dioceses as well as information and forms can be found on our new Volunteer Page.



Relics at the Cathedral

You may have noticed the presence of two gold vessles placed under the statues of the Blessed Vigin Mary and child Jesus and St. Catharine of Siena in the sancturay of the Cathedral. These are relics, or holy objects of religious veneration, which may vary from the bones of a saint to an object which was touched a martyr during his or her lifetime. Each relic is housed in a distinctive container referred to as a reliquary.

Relic of the True Cross
Relic of the True Cross
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Relic of St. Catharine
Relic of St. Catharine
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Beneath the statue of St. Catharine (right side of sanctuary as you face the tabernacle) is a relic of St. Catharine of Siena. A relic of the True Cross of Christ is located beneath the statue of the Blessed Vigin holding the Child Jesus.

Former Pastor Msgr. Baker commented, "relics remind us of the holiness of the lives of the saints and brings to mind their heroic sacrifice in living the faith. The relics remind us of the link we all continue to have with the entire communion of saints, especially as we participate in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Relics also helps us turn to the intercession of the saints for all our needs."

"As attested to in Scripture, relics are instruments of divine power. The bones of the Prophet Elisha brought a dead man to life (2 Kgs. 13:20-21). A woman was cured of a hemorrhage by touching the hem of Christís cloak (Matt. 9:20-22) and the sick were healed when Peterís shadow passed over them (Acts 5:14-16). Handkerchiefs and aprons of St. Paul cured the sick and drove out demons (Acts 19:11-12)," Msgr. Baker added.



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 Christís 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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