Updated List of Lenten Events Throughout the Diocese

Parishes, schools, and other faith centers in the Diocese are invited to send their upcoming Lenten events for this list to adtimes@allentowndiocese.org.

Retreats, talks, series, services, devotions

Tuesdays of Lent – Flame of Love Holy Hour, St. Peter, Coplay, 6 p.m., rosary, benediction.

Wednesdays of Lent – Holy Hour, St. Peter, Coplay, 6 p.m., with confessions and Benediction.

Wednesdays of Lent – “Reasons for Christ’s Death and Resurrection in the History of Salvation,” Lenten talks, St. Peter, Coplay, 7 p.m., with Monsignor David James.

Saturdays of Lent – Lenten Masses and Reflections, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Whitehall, 7:30 a.m. Adoration, 8:30 a.m. Holy Mass, 9-10 a.m. Reflection – Different ways we bring Christ to others.

Thursdays, Feb. 29; March 7, 14, 21 – “Cor Jesu,” for Catholic young adults, St. Ursula, Fountain Hill, 7-9 p.m., evening of music, adoration, confession, and Mass; contemplative way to prepare for Holy Week and Easter.

Thursdays, Feb. 29; March 7, 14, 21 – “Jesus and the Eucharist: Community Center,” St. Anne, Bethlehem, 6:30 p.m.; supper, video, and group discussion; $25 offering covers all sessions.

Friday, March 1 – “A Night of Prayer – Lenten Holy Hour,” with Irish tenor Mark Forrest, Holy Guardian Angels, Reading, 7 p.m., Adoration, music, reflection, healing, free, https://www.hgaparish.com/post....

Saturday, March 2 – “Brothers in Prayer,” men’s Lenten morning retreat, Allentown Diocese Men’s Commission, St. Jane Frances de Chantal, Easton, 9 a.m.; featuring Bishop Alfred Schlert, Father Alex Brown, Father Keith Laskowski; Mass, talks, confession; register www.MenAliveInChrist.org/event...

Sunday, March 3-Tuesday, March 5 – “Eternity: The Last Four Things,” Parish Lenten Mission, Holy Family, Nazareth, 7 p.m., presented by Father Bernard Ezaki.

Sundays, March 3, 10 – Discussion of “The Chosen” Series, St. Patrick, Pottsville, parish center 6 p.m.

Mondays, March 4, 11, 18 –
Diocesan Lenten Retreat Series, “Mystery of the Eucharist,” featuring speakers from our Diocese, 6:30 p.m. Adoration, 7:30 p.m. presentation, 8 p.m. refreshments; March 4, St. Catharine of Siena, Reading, “Sacrifice” by Mike St. Pierre; March 11, SS. Peter and Paul, Lehighton, “Promise” by Kristin Osenbach; March 18, Cathedral of St. Catharine of Siena, Allentown, “Holy” by Father John Trigilio.

Mondays, March 4, 11, 18 –
“The Mass,” Lenten series presented by Father Giuseppe Esposito, St. Joseph the Worker, Frackville, parish hall, 6 p.m., sign up 570-874-0610 ext. 4.

Tuesday, March 5 –
“Ever Ancient, Ever New: Lenten Practices for Our Modern Times,” program on contemporary relevance to the traditional Lenten practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving; School Sisters of St. Francis of Monocacy Manor, Bethlehem, 6:30-8 p.m.; in person or Zoom, session $20, full series $50; https://www.schoolsistersosf.o... or mkearns@schoolsistersosf.org.

Tuesdays, March 5, 12, 19 or Wednesdays, March 6, 13, 20 –
“Into His Likeness,” Lenten program, St. Mary, Hamburg, 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays or 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays; register at stmaryhamburg@aol.com or 610-562-7657.

Wednesdays, March 6, 13, 20 –
Lenten Reflection Series, National Centre for Padre Pio, Barto, noon-1:30 p.m., with Father John Frink, Eucharistic Adoration, confession, Benediction.

Wednesdays, March 6, 13, 20 – “Discovering Christ,” St. Columbkill, Boyertown, Quinn Hall, 6-8 p.m., seven-week experience during Lent (started Jan. 31), discover the meaning and purpose of your life and help answer questions of faith, no cost, includes dinner and dessert, childcare available, register at https://forms.gle/SKURW8gsmaMg....

Wednesdays, March 6, 13, 20, 27; Thursdays, Feb. 29, March 7, 14, 28 – “Oremus: A Guide to Catholic Prayer,” Lenten catechetical series, the essentials of a fruitful prayer life, Holy Guardian Angels, Reading, rectory basement meeting room, Wednesdays 6:30 p.m., Thursdays 9 a.m., RSVP 610-921-2729, ext. 2203 or kmallozzi@hgaparish.com.

Friday, March 8 – “Your Inner Room: A Lenten Retreat,” National Centre for Padre Pio, Barto, 9:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m., with Father James McCormack, M.I.C., no cost, ticketed event, register www.padrepio.org, click on calendar March 8, retreat theme inspired by 2023 Lenten Letter by Bishop Alfred Schlert.

Saturday, March 9 – “Crucified King,” Lenten day of reflection, Mariawald Renewal Center, Reading, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., facilitator Father Brian Miller, $40, includes lunch, register by March 5, 610-777-0135 or mariawaldcenter@gmail.com.

Saturday, March 9; Sunday, March 10 – “Shroud Encounter,” Assumption BVM, Northampton, with international expert Russ Breault; Saturday 7 p.m., big screen presentation on the Shroud of Turin, “CSI Jerusalem”; Sunday 1 p.m. “Secrets of the Man Clothed in Linen”; free will offering, http://www.shroudencounter.com.

Sunday, March 10-Tuesday, March 12 – Lenten Mission, St. Francis of Assisi, Allentown, 7 p.m., prayer and reflection with Father John Maria.

Monday, March 11-Wednesday, March 13 – “The Kingship of Christ,” parish mission, homilist Father Brian Miller, St. Clare of Assisi, St. Clair, 7 p.m. each night, confessions 6:15 p.m. each night.

Wednesday, March 13 – Holy Hour, St. Ambrose, Schuylkill Haven, 6:30 p.m., prayer and reflection led by John Paul Kasperowicz, founder of The Ministry of the Single-Hearted retreat and music ministry, as well as Big Heart Harvest farming ministry.

Thursday, March 28 – Holy Thursday Church Hopping, Holy Guardian Angels, Reading, 8 p.m., board bus after Mass of the Lord’s Supper and travel to seven area churches, visiting their repositories, return to HGA approximately 11 p.m., sign up tchrist@hgaparish.com or 610-921-2729 ext. 2202.

Saturday, March 30 – Blessing of Easter Food, St. Patrick, Pottsville, 9 a.m.


Wednesday, March 13; Thursday, March 14 – “A Penitential Procession,” prayerful Lenten devotion with DeSales University Schola Cantorum, featuring readings, choral reflections, and congregational singing; the choir (not the audience) moves slowly through the chapel to the singing of congregational acclamations and hymns in a symbolic pilgrimage from sin to redemption through Christ’s death; March 13, Connelly Chapel at DeSales, 7 p.m.; March 14, St. Anne, Bethlehem, 7 p.m.

Thursday, March 14 – Lenten Vespers and Reflections on the Way of the Cross, St. Anne, Bethlehem, 7 p.m., DeSales University Schola.

Tuesday, March 26; Wednesday, March 27 – Living Stations with the School Children, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Whitehall, Tuesday 6:30 p.m., Wednesday 9 a.m.

Stations of the Cross

Holy Guardian Angels, Reading – Wednesdays of Lent 8:30 a.m.; Fridays of Lent 7 p.m.; Good Friday Outdoor Stations, 6:30 p.m.

Holy Rosary, Reading – Fridays of Lent, 12:10 p.m.

Most Blessed Trinity, Tremont – Fridays of Lent March 1, 8, 15, 22, 6 p.m., in the Tremont church; Wednesdays, March 6, 13, 6 p.m., in the Tower City chapel.

National Centre for Padre Pio, Barto – Stations of the Cross with Padre Pio, Veneration of the Relic Glove of Padre Pio, Tuesdays and Fridays of Lent, after 11:30 a.m. Rosary, (March 8 Stations at 2 p.m.), livestream at https://www.Facebook.com/Padre... or https://YouTube.com/@PadrePioI....

Sacred Heart, Palmerton – Wednesdays of Lent, 6:30 p.m.

St. Columbkill, Boyertown – Fridays of Lent, 7 p.m.

St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Whitehall – Fridays of Lent, 2 and 7 p.m. (no 2 p.m. service on March 1, 29).

St. Francis of Assisi, Allentown – Fridays through March 22, 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Good Friday 7 p.m. only.

St. Mary, Hamburg – Fridays of Lent, 7 p.m., with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, 6 p.m. (benediction at the end of Stations).

St. Peter, Coplay – Fridays of Lent, 7 p.m.


Thursday, Feb. 29 – “Come Walk with Me,” Lenten reconciliation service with Mark Forrest, Irish tenor, Queenship of Mary, Northampton, 7 p.m., Sacrament of Reconciliation, Eucharistic Adoration, evening of music and spiritual reflection.

Sunday, March 10-Tuesday, March 12 – Penance, multiple confessors: Sunday, Assumption BVM, Slatington, 3 p.m.; Monday, Sacred Heart, Palmerton, 7 p.m.; Tuesday, St. Nicholas, Walnutport, 7 p.m.

Thursday, March 14 – Penance Service, St. Peter, Coplay, 6:30 p.m., three priests.

Palm Sunday, March 24 – Lenten Confessions, St. Columbkill, Boyertown, 7 p.m.; Holy Guardian Angels Reading, 7 p.m.

Dinners, food sales

Fridays of Lent – Lenten Pierogi Sale, St. Mary (worship site for St. Catharine of Siena), 12th and Spruce streets, Reading, under the church, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., frozen, $10 per dozen, through March 22.

Friday, March 1 – Lenten Fish Dinner, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Whitehall, parish hall, 4-6 p.m., $13.50, macaroni and cheese $3; order forms available at parish website www.sercc.org or parish office, return forms by Feb. 26; jglover@ptd.net or 610-349-7791.

Fridays, March 1, 8, 15 – Lenten Fish Bake, Knights of Columbus Council 4050, St. John the Baptist, Whitehall, 5-7 p.m., adults $10 and $15, children $5 and $10.

Fridays, March 1, 8, 15, 22 – Lenten Dinners, St. John the Baptist, Pottsville, Russell Building, 4-7 p.m., adults $14 and $18, children $6 and $10, 570-622-5470.

Wednesdays, March 6, 13, 20 – Weekly Rice Bowl Simple Lenten Community Meal, Assumption BVM, Slatington, 6 p.m., donation to Rice Bowl; followed by Stations of the Cross and Benediction, 7 p.m.

Friday, March 8 – Lenten Fish Dinner, Annunciation BVM (St. Mary's), Catasauqua, 4:30-6:30 p.m., ordered and paid by March 3 $15, at door $16, children up to age 10 $8; followed by Stations of the Cross in church 6:30 p.m.; orders kim.stmarys122@gmail.com; questions 610-264-0332.

Friday, March 8 – Lenten Takeout Dinner, Holy Guardian Angels, Reading, 4-5:30 p.m., mac and cheese $12, stewed tomatoes $8/$4, soups $14, https://holyguardianangels-fun....

Friday, March 8 – Lenten Fish Dinner, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Bethlehem, Knights of Columbus Council 15682, takeout only, pickup 4-7 p.m. in Father King Hall in church auditorium, $15, order deadline Sunday, Feb. 25, KofC15682@gmail.com.

Friday, March 8 – Easter Candy Sale, order deadline by noon, St. Patrick, Pottsville, $11 per pound box, 570-622-1802 ext. 0; pickup parish center during Palm Sunday Weekend Bake Sale, Saturday, March 23, 1-5:30 p.m. or Sunday, March 24, 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Fridays, March 8, 22 – Fish Dinners, Knights of Columbus and Sacred Heart, Bath auditorium, 4:30-7 p.m., adults $13, children 6-12 $5, under 6 free; followed by Stations of the Cross, 7 p.m.

Friday, March 15 – Lenten Meal, Holy Family, Nazareth, parish center, 4-7 p.m.; tickets all ages pre-order $6, at door $9; Pasta Flight, Battle of the Sauces, vote for your favorite sauce; https://sites.google.com/view/....

Friday, March 15 – Fish Bake Dinner, Knights of Columbus, St. Ignatius Loyola, Sinking Spring, school hall, 5-7 p.m., adults $12, children 6-12 $6.

Friday, March 22 – Lenten Dinner, St. Peter, Coplay, 4-6 p.m.

Friday, March 22 – Lenten “Fast Food” and a Film, National Centre for Padre Pio, Barto, noon-2:30 p.m., meatless meal and film “Lilies of the Field,” pre-register starting Feb. 15 at www.padrepio.org click calendar March 22.

Friday, March 22 – Lenten Fish Dinner, St. John the Baptist, Allentown, social hall, 4-6:30 p.m., $15, ticket deadline March 18, in church vestibule before/after Masses or call office 610-432-0034, no sales at door, sponsored by St. John’s Auxiliary.

Friday, March 22 – Fish Bake, Assumption BVM, Slatington, $15.

Friday, March 22 – Easter Pie Sale, order deadline by noon, Holy Guardian Angels, Reading, pies by Chef Wayne Rothenberger, $25, order at www.hgaparish.com; pickup Saturday, March 30, 2-4 p.m., social hall; questions 610-921-2729, ext. 2202.

Saturday, March 23-Sunday, March 24 – Palm Sunday Bake Sale, St. Patrick, Pottsville, parish center, Saturday 1-5:30 p.m., Sunday 8:30-11:30 a.m.


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