Saint Joseph Church Coopersburg, Pennsylvania
Saint Joseph Church     Coopersburg, Pennsylvania

Spiritual Growth Resources

Advent Ember Days

As the Season of Advent approaches, His Excellency, Most Reverend Alfred A. Schlert asks the clergy and faithful of the Diocese of Allentown to celebrate the Ember Days for the

Season. Ember Days are quarterly observances with three days set aside (Wednesday, Friday and Saturday) to pray in gratitude for the blessings of the season and human labor, to thank God publicly. There are twelve Ember Days in all. Traditionally Ernbertide was also decided as a time to pray for priests. Ember Days are no longer included in the Universal Roman Calendar but they are not abolished. On these days, Bishop Schlert is asking for abstinence from all meat products, fasting, and a Holy Hour by the clergy. The People of God of the Diocese of Allentown are encouraged to join in this practice as a sign of healing. The Advent Ember Days are as follows: Wednesday, December 19th, 2018, Friday, December 21st, 2018, and Saturday, December 22nd, 2018.

Advent Resources

Loyola Press "Sacred Advent" - Embrace the Advent season as a sacred space from the ease of your e-mail inbox with Sacred Advent. Each day of Sacred Advent invites you to a step-by-step way of praying with a Scripture reading and related points of reflection. The messages also include suggestions for further exploration of Advent themes through additional online articles and prayers. Sacred Advent is free from Loyola Press. Sign up now, and take a break from the hectic pace of the world for moments of quiet prayer that will lead you through a meaningful Advent and Christmas. Visit the Loyola Press Website for additional Advent Resources.


"Best Advent Ever" with Dynamic Catholic - Free email program that will help you slow down and focus on what matters most during this busy season. You'll experience Advent in a whole new way—leading to the best Christmas of your life! Visit the Dynamic Catholic website for more info.


All About Advent with the USCCB - Visit the United States Catholic Coference of Bishops website.

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"To Be a Christian" - In our world today, we continue to ask the question that has been at the heart of our existence since its beginning: What does it mean to be human?

While the response to this question may sometimes seem to be beyond our reach, the Christian faith invites us to look again and discover that the answer is nearer to us than we could first imagine. 

In this short film sponsored by the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture at DeSales University, inspired by the writings of St. Francis de Sales and the Second Vatican Council, explore through word, image, and sound the richness of the adventure of what it means to be human, lived in the fullness of Christian faith.

​December Events

12/4 A & R Society Meeting

12/8 Immaculate Conception - Mass at 9AM

Vigil Mass on 12/7 at 7PM

12/8 A & R Society Christmas Floral Sale Pickup

12/8 Young Women of Grace Advent Retreat

12/16 Gaudete Sunday Parish Family Christmas Celebration

12/19, 12/21 & 12/22 Advent Ember Days

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