Mass Obligation - Update
Catholics in Diocese Will Once Again Be Obligated to Attend Mass
With vaccination rates rising and nearly all Coronavirus restrictions lifted, Bishop Alfred Schlert has joined bishops around Pennsylvania in determining that the obligation for Catholics to attend Mass will resume on August 15th. “We thank God that this terrible pandemic has continued to ease, and that people in our communities have been able to begin reclaiming a sense of normalcy in their lives,” Bishop Schlert said. “We also thank God that Catholics can once again get back to their normal and regular attendance at Mass.” To read the joint statement issued by the Bishops of Pennsylvania go to: https://www.ad-today.com/catholics-in-diocese-will-once-again-be-obligated-to-attend-mass-on-weekends-and-holy-days/
From food to music to a Polka Mass...Oktoberfest plans are underway.We are now seeking volunteers for help with various tasks.
The sooner you sign up, the easier it is for us to plan. If you cannot sign up online please call the Parish Office, Monday - Thursday from 9AM-1PM to volunteer your time. School families will earn VAP. We look forward to gathering as a Parish Family on Oct. 8th & 9th!
*Pierogi update: We will be making pierogies to sell and for Oktoberfest beginning on August 15th and continuing through the 17th.
WE NEED HELP TO MAKE PIEROGIES. There will be morning and evening shifts. The morning shift begins Sunday at 8:30, the evening shift begins at 5:30. Please help us out...many hands make lighter work. We’ll show you what to do!
Adoration - August 4th & 6th
Bishop Schlert has declared the “Year of the Real Presence” for the Diocese of Allentown. In honor of this special year we will be adding more hours of Adoration.
Adoration times will be as follows:
- Every Wednesday beginning at 4:30 PM with Benediction at 7:30 PM.
- Every First Friday beginning after the 8:30 AM Mass with Benediction at 4:00 PM.
To sign up for a time slot please use the Wednesday or Friday sign up genius:
Wednesday Sign Up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0848AFAB2CA4FF2-Wednesday
Friday Sign Up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0848afab2ca4ff2-eucharistic
Note: The sign up is to ensure someone is in the church consistently during Adoration. If someone is already listed, you may still join us at anytime to spend some peaceful, prayerful time with our Lord.
If you cannot sign up via the internet contact Donna Broda at (484) 542-2750.
THE BIBLE TIMELINE
Join Deacon Tom and Donna Ely beginning Thursday, August 5, in the Parish Center at 10AM for this 24 week bible study. The Bible Timeline takes you on a guided journey through salvation history. Presenter Jeff Cavins will show you how fourteen of the Bible’s narrative books tell the biblical story from beginning to end and will give you the keys to understanding the amazing story woven throughout Scripture. We will learn the major people, places, and events of the Bible and discover how they all come together to reveal the remarkable story of our Faith. The Bible Timeline will teach you how to read and understand the entire Bible and introduce you to the wonderful narrative of Scripture in a way that will transform your life.
Participants Book Cost: $36.00
To register contact Deacon Tom: Email [email protected]; Cell (267) 716-5048
Dates: August 5,12, 19, 26. September 2, 9, 30. October 7, 14, 28. November 4, 11, 18.
December 9, 16. January 6, 13, 20, 27. February 3, 10, 17, 24. March 3.
Helping Hands Club
KID'S CLOTHING CLOSET
Saturday, August 7th
10AM - Noon
in the Wortmann Center
Spread the word to the community. All are welcome to shop for infant to teen aged clothing with no set prices! For more information or donation drop off, please call/text Kathi (484) 542-9637.
HOLY FAMILY MEN ARE INVITED TO OUR MEN’S RETREAT AT ST. JOSEPH’S IN THE HILLS IN MALVERN, PA ON AUGUST 27 & 28.
This years retreat will include powerful conferences, special adoration time in the chapel, sacrament of reconciliation and quiet time on the grounds for prayer and reflection. This year has been a difficult time for all of us. This retreat will provide a great opportunity to recharge your spiritual battery. Register online: www.malvernretreat.com. Register with the Our Lady of Perpetual Help group. For help contact Reggie Hockenberry at (610) 730-5052.
MSC Golf Tournament
Mark your calendars!
The MSC Golf Tournament will be held on September 17th at Whitetail Golf Club in Bath with a dinner following in our Parish Center. Foursomes and single golfers welcome! Additional information will be forthcoming.
FOLLOWING CHRIST TO BEGIN IN SEPTEMBER!
SAVE the DATE for the next seven week session, FOLLOWING CHRIST, which will run for seven consecutive Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9PM in the Parish Center beginning September 29th and ending November 10th (with a Saturday Retreat Day on Oct. 30th).
This is for those who participated in Discovering Christ in early 2020. The program builds upon itself and is meant to be followed in order. All former participants should have received an email from the Following Christ Team. We are so looking forward to seeing you this Fall and can’t wait to experience that fellowship and grow in our Catholic faith with all of you again. More information will be forthcoming, but for now we just wanted to provide you with the dates and times so you can mark your calendars.
For those who could not participate when we did Discovering Christ in 2020, it will be our hope to launch Discovering Christ again later next year.
Holy Family Big Money Raffle
Have you returned your raffle tickets yet?
1st Place Prize = $2,000.00
2nd Place = $1,000.00
3rd place = $500.00
4th-10th Place = $150.00
1st place seller receives $100.00
Drawing date: September 5th
Additional tickets can be found in the Narthex.
Thanks to those who have contributed to our church technology fund. Have you seen our streaming quality on Facebook? If not, you can check it out here.
For the past year we have been recording the weekend Mass with cell phones. This gave our parishioners the ability to attend Mass during the pandemic. However, to improve the recordings, both in sound and picture quality, we have installed internet service, cameras and sound equipment. The recordings will continue to be available for weekend masses even after the Sunday obligation is restored. We will have the ability to record for Sacraments and other special Masses / Events which will allow the homebound, or friends and family living too far away to attend these functions.
This project will cost $6,800 plus a monthly fee of $100. If any individual or parish groups would like to contribute to this project it would help to defray the cost of the equipment and monthly fee. Any support of this project would be greatly appreciated.
If you would be able to assist in any way, you can do so in the following ways:
- Online at WeShare. Choose fund "Church Technology".
- By check via mail or by cash or check through the weekly collection. Please specify that it is for the "Church Technology". If donating by mail, please send to: Holy Family Church, Church Technology Fund, 23 Forest Drive, Nazareth, PA 18064.
If you would like more information, please call the Parish Office or email [email protected]
Thanks, Deacon Tom Ely
Parish Center Capital Campaign: Update
The construction of the new Parish Center building is now complete! Many sincere thanks to all who have pledged, contributed a gift or increased their pledge amount! Another round of thanks goes out to all who have given to the special Sunday collections that occur 3 times a year. If you haven't made your pledge or gift yet, there is no better time than now! Please prayerfully consider how you can help. Any amount is greatly appreciated and will help reduce our mortgage cost!
Total # of Pledges as of 7/25/2021: 640
Total $ Amount of Pledges/Gifts as of 7/25/2021: $2,157,167.59
Approximate Building Cost: $4,000,000
(any amount over the pledge goal will help reduce the mortgage cost)
Saturday Vigil: 5:00 PM
Sunday Masses: 7:00 AM, 9:00 AM & 11:00 AM
(All Masses are back in the church)