Diocese of Allentown opens churches to full capacity the weekend of May 23

Written by on May 21, 2021

Diocese of Allentown opens churches to full capacity the weekend of May 23

By Brittany Sweeney

May 21, 2021

Photo by Karl Fredrickson on Unsplash

Bishop Alfred Schlert, of the Diocese of Allentown, says he’s eager to get people back to in-person worship after closing the doors last spring and then reopening with limited capacity.

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“We still are asking those who have not been vaccinated to still wear their masks and young children, we would hope, would still wear their masks because they don’t have the opportunity yet to be vaccinated,” Schlert says. 

They will be offering communion, Schlert says, but the person giving it will be sanitizing often and wearing a mask. And there will be no Sign of Peace

“This weekend in the Catholic Church is Pentecost Sunday, as it is in many christian churches. It’s the birth of the church historically and so we hope it also in some ways is a rebirth as we begin to emerge from all of the COVID-19 restrictions,” Schlert says. 

The diocese suspended public masses in March 2020 then reopened with limits to capacity, Schlert says. 

The Diocese of Allentown serves 260,000 Catholics in a five-county region.

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