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618 Fullerton Avenue • Whitehall, PA 18052

Parish Information

Parish office Hours

9 am to 4 pm, Monday - Thursday

9 am to noon, Friday

Registration for the Parish

New parishioners may come to the parish office to register.  Or simply pick up a registration packet from the back of the Church or download a registration form from our website.. These forms can be filled out and brought back when meeting with the Pastor or in the Sunday collection basket, or mailed to the parish office. Please indicate the best time to call and which Mass you attend for arranging your meeting with the Pastor. Adults over 30 must be registered as individuals separate from their parents.

Bringing up the Gifts at Sunday Mass

Any parishioner is welcome to bring up the gifts during the Sunday Mass. If you are interested, please write your name in the book in the foyer near the Cry Room entrance. Preference for bringing up the gifts is given to the family who may have requested the Mass Intention for that particular day and time, so we respectfully request that you wait until 15 minutes prior to mass to volunteer.

Sunday Envelopes

Envelopes are mailed to active parishioners every other month. If you do not receive your packet, please contact the parish office to be sure you are properly registered.  We ask that everyone use their envelopes when they attend Mass regardless of the amount of their donation.  This allows us to mark you as an active participant in the Faith.  Active participation is required to receive sacraments or a certificate of eligibility to be a sponsor/godparent.  Also, using your envelope will allow us to issue end of the year tax contribution statements. Please note that there has been a significant delay in the delivery/receipt of envelopes due to paper shortage and mail delays. This delay is outside of our control. If you typically receive envelopes and have not received them in a timely manner, simply write your name on an envelope, insert your donation, and place in the Sunday Collection basket.  We will look up your envelope number as necessary. If you would prefer to automate your gift giving, please click here for additional information.

Mass Intentions

Mass Intentions for special intentions or deceased individuals may be requested by stopping at the Parish Office during business hours. Mass Intention specific date requests are limited to two (one weekday and one weekend) for each intention said at St. Elizabeth. Additional masses may be said by retired priests. There is a suggested minimum donation of $10.00 per Mass request which may be paid in cash, by check or online, after the Mass intention has been arranged at the parish office.

Prayer Intentions

Personal intentions may be written in the binder on the pedestal in the church foyer. These intentions will be prayed for by the congregation at each Mass.

Votive Candles

Votive candles are lit in prayer either in thanks giving or supplication for a special intention.  Votive candles are never snuffed out but allowed to burn completely, at which time they will be traded out for new candles.  A small donation of $2 per lit candle is requested to defray the cost of the candles. You may light a candle either before or after mass for your special intention.

Sanctuary Candle, Ringing of the Bells, and Altar Flowers

Donations for the vigil candle burning in the Sanctuary, ringing of the Church bells, or for flowers on the altar may be given each week in memory of a loved one or for a special intention.  Contact the parish office for details.

Memorial Fund

After the death of a loved one, donations can be made to the St. Elizabeth Memorial Fund. Prayers will be said in perpetuity each month for the deceased. Names of those in the Memorial Fund will be recorded and displayed in the foyer of the Church.

Baptism

Baptisms are held every month following a mandatory baptism class. For more information, click here. Suggested donation for baptism is $50 per child. This will defray the cost of life long record keeping that will be maintained at the Parish.

Weddings

Weddings at St. Elizabeth are a joyous event.  Please contact the pastor at least 6 months prior to your wedding to verify availability of the Church and begin Pre-Cana.

Funerals

Funerals are the natural culmination of our earthly existence. Generally, the funeral will be facilitated by the funeral home.  The family may choose the songs and readings from an appropriate list.  Members of the family may participate in the service as a final gift to their loved one. For more information about funerals at St. Elizabeth, please click here.

Certificates of Good Standing / Sponsor Letters

Certificates of Good Standing are often required from potential Baptismal godparents and/or Confirmation sponsors. We are only able to provide Certificates of Good Standing to active, registered parishioners of St. Elizabeth. Furthermore, you must be at least 16 years of age, have received the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation, must attend Mass regularly and, if married, your marriage must be recognized by the church.  These requirements are the universal law of the church. All requests for "Certificates of Good Standing" should be made well in advance to the parish office. We do require a minimum of 10 days to complete your "Certificate of Good Standing".

Cry Room

Parents with young children may sit in the Cry Room provided in the rear of the Church if they are concerned about their children being a distraction during Mass.

Parishioners with A Disability

We welcome our Parishioners who have a disability to our Masses. If anyone wishes to receive Holy Communion, but find it difficult to join the Communion line, please let the ushers know at the beginning of Mass so that Communion can be brought to you. There are several places in the Church that allow for designated seating as needed. Please ask the ushers for assistance if necessary.

Low Gluten Hosts

St Elizabeth offers low gluten hosts for those with a medical need. If you require the Eucharist in low gluten form, please come to the sacristy 15 minutes prior to Mass so that the celebrant is aware and arrangements can be made for consecration and distribution. Host in non-gluten form are not recognized by the Roman Catholic church and may not be used during the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.

Bulletin Sick List

Individuals or their family members may request to have their names listed in the bulletin for additional prayers in case of serious illness or injuries. Due to space constraints, names will be removed after three months. If the illness or injury continues, simply call the parish office and ask that the person be placed back in the bulletin for another three month period.

Bulletin Notices

Announcements for the weekly bulletin must be carefully prepared before acceptance and publication. Items should be submitted at least 10 days prior to publication.  Items will be placed in the bulletin subject to space and pertinence to the congregation. Submissions will be edited for clarity and space as necessary.

Bulletin Advertisement

Bulletin ads are placed in the back on the bulletin for a three month period.  Contact the Parish office for availability, sizes and cost.

VOLUNTEER Information

Protecting God's Children Workshop Schedule

The Diocese of Allentown requires all volunteers and employees to fulfill Pennsylvania state and local training and clearances.  The link above contains information about scheduled training.

DIOCESAN SERVICES

The Diocese of Allentown provides assistance to anyone who, as a minor, was sexually abused by a priest, deacon, or employee/volunteer of the Diocese/Parish.  Parents, guardians, children, and survivors of sexual abuse are invited and encouraged to contact the Diocese of Allentown for more information about this program.  The fullness of compassion should be extended to these victims by the Church.  To learn more about the Diocese of Allentown’s Youth Protection Programs, Sexual Abuse Policy, and Code of Conduct, please click here to visit the Diocese website.

Diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator

Ms. Wendy S. Krisak, MA, N.C.C., L.P.C.
Direct Phone - 800-791-9209

Office of Safe Environment

Pamela J. Russo, M.S.W, M.S.

Secretary, Youth Protection and Catholic Human Services

P.O. Box F, Allentown, PA 18105-1538

610-871-5200 ext. 2204

prusso@allentowndiocese.org

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