Diocese of Allentown
Adult Formation Newsletter
The First Sunday of Advent on December 2, 2018
December 2018

Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter and learn about all of the great offerings that we have planned for the coming months!

We hope that you are able to join us at some of the wonderful events and courses that we have available for you!

In Christ,
Office of Adult Formation
Diocese of Allentown
The Institute for Catechesis and Formation
Learn Your Faith + Live Your Faith + Love Your Faith
Join us to grow deeper in the understanding of your faith
with ICF courses taking place in 2019!
The Creed
An overview of fundamental Catholic teachings based on the founding Symbol of our Faith. This course provides catechists with a foundation in the basic tenets of the Catholic Faith, and is a good starting point leading to further study. The course is highly recommended for Catechists; but everyone is invited to learn more about what it means to say, I believe…
Classroom Applications
Practical information for catechists on their role as formators in the Faith. The course includes learning to create lesson plans, communication with parents and how to engage them in religious instruction, material delivery at age-appropriate levels, and more.
ICF 102
The Old Testament
The Bible is God’s revelation of Himself to His creation, and the story of His love for us. This course will provide a brief introduction to the origin of Sacred Scripture: its source, how the Canon was formed, and the senses in which we can interpret Scripture. The remainder of the course will focus on the Old Testament: the creation of the earth and God’s covenant of love with the human person, the fall into sin, and the revelation, over time, of God’s plan of salvation.
The Institute for Catechesis and Formation is intended to provide an opportunity for all of the faithful to delve deeper in their understanding of God's saving plan for us all.
Faith & Spirits
Faith and Spirits was created to provide a forum for all adult Catholics to learn more about their faith in a comfortable setting. It is offered at various locations throughout the Diocese with a variety of engaging speakers and intriguing topics. Come enjoy an evening out, a meal with friends, and an opportunity to deepen your faith!
Salesian Spirituality:
Getting to Know the "Other" Saint Francis
Join us as Maggie Riggins, Campus Minister of DeSales University, introduces us to Saint Francis de Sales! Known as the "Gentleman Saint", he wrote prolifically about holiness in the everyday life of lay people.

Monday, March 18, 2018
6:30 PM

PJ Whelihan's
1101 Rocky Road
Reading, PA 19609

Questions: Please email
or call (610) 282-1100, Ext. 2021

There is no cost to attend Faith and Spirits. Menus will be available for the purchase of food or drink at your expense.
Commission for Women
Novena in Honor of Bishop Schlert
Join the Commission for Women in praying a Christmas Novena in honor of Bishop Schlert.

The Bishop’s Christmas Novena is opened to everyone who would like to receive the daily novena prayer.

It's simple. Just click on the button below to sign up and we'll send you a daily email reminder for each day of the Novena, December 8 through December 16. You take it from there by praying! Thank you for joining the Novena your gift is priceless.
Advent Day of Reflection
Join the women of the Diocese at a Day of Reflection hosted by the Diocesan Commission for Women! Deacon James Russo will discuss a Catholic perspective on the Charles Dickens’ classic, “A Christmas Carol”.

Saturday, December 15, 2018
9:30 AM to 2:15 PM

Jesuit Center
501 N. Church Road
Wernersville, PA 19565

Questions: Please email
or call (917) 406-4879
Resource Highlight
Advent Reflections
How will you prepare for Christmas?

This Advent, enrich your daily prayer by walking with Dr. Tim Gray on a journey of renewal. Ready your heart for the coming of Christ.

Watch, Read, and Reflect each day

Watch an inspiring video reflection from Dr. Tim Gray
  • Read a passage from the Word of God
  • Reflect on how you can prepare for Christ's coming
  • Want to include the whole family?

Add children’s reflections to your daily reflection email! Herald Entertainment’s beloved Brother Francis will help your children prepare for Christmas with joyful songs and valuable lessons.

The Bible and the Virgin Mary
Have a Marian Advent

Advent is just around the corner, but it's not too late to find your Advent devotion!

Join The Saint Paul Center for Biblical Theology as they again stream for free The Bible and the Virgin Mary. And this year, be one of the first to see a new edition featuring Bible passages read by Scott Hahn.

Sign up now to prepare for Christmas with Mary. Free streaming begins December 3.
For resources in our Diocesan library visit
or Call 610-289-8900, Ext. 2027.
Catholic Basics
What are the most important symbols of the faith?
They are the Apostles' Creed which is the ancient baptismal symbol of the Church of Rome and the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed which stems from the first two ecumenical Councils, that of Nicea (325 A.D.) and that of Constantinople (381 A.D.) and which even to this day are common to all the great Churches of the East and the West.
The Catholic Mirror:
Reflections on Our Life in Christ
The Word Was Made Flesh
During Advent we celebrate the start of a new liturgical year and prepare ourselves to celebrate the Incarnation, or enfleshment, of the Lord. "The Word became flesh and dwelt among us" (John 1:14). Jesus becoming flesh indicates the importance of the physical world.

There is a tendency in many towards denying the goodness of the flesh, of the material world, emphasizing only the spirit. On the flip side, there is the opposite tendency to deny the importance of the spiritual life with the focus being on simply gratifying the flesh. Both of these viewpoints divorce the soul from the body. We are both body and soul and when the two become separated we are in the state of death. What is done in the body effects the soul and the soul animates the body.

We must strive for true integration of our bodies and souls, not seeing the body as a shell to be shed, nor the soul as unimportant. As we prepare ourselves for the coming of Christ in the flesh, let us consider how our Lord came to redeem our souls and bodies together.

Let us Praise the Lord.
-And give him thanks.
Thank you for reading. We pray that you have a holy Advent and blessed Christmas. Hopefully we will see you at some of our events!

Deo Omnis Gloria.
Diocese of Allentown
Office of Adult Formation
2121 Madison Ave
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18017
The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
on Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Rick Dooley, Assistant Director
Office of Adult Formation
610-289-8900, Ext. 2027
Mary Fran Hartigan, Director
Faith Formation
610-289-8900, Ext. 2026
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