Wednesday, September 22, 2021



Sorting the Keys to Prayer

Several years ago, I had a wonderful experience observing and then volunteering at a workshop for developmentally-delayed adults in which they would perform menial tasks for a fee or salary. They would work at these tasks during the morning hours and in the afternoon would partake in cooking, hygiene, or arts and crafts classes.

The Called: Sister Mary Anne Bednar, IHM

The Called: Sister Mary Anne Bednar, IHM Hometown: Shamokin, Pa. Education: St. Mary’s, Transfiguration and Our Lady of Lourdes High School in Shamokin; and Villanova University, St. Joseph University in Philadelphia Current Role: High school principal and administrator at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional School in Coal Township

The Mystery of Prayer

Recently, Father Jonathan Sawicki, the Diocesan Director of Vocations, asked me for a favor. He was trying to put together speakers for Quo Vadis Days, a retreat for young men ages 15-25 who are discerning the call to the priesthood.

A View of the Kingdom

I shared a version of this story in 2011, but, like any good story, it is worth repeating. Some years ago, as I prepared to go on my annual retreat, I looked forward to some quality bonding with nature.

The Called: Sister Mary Ann Lawrence, MSC

The Called: Sister Mary Ann Lawrence, MSC Hometown: Hanover, Pa. Education: St. Vincent de Paul School in Hanover, Delone Catholic High School in McSherrystown, college classes as a novice with the Missionary Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Current assignment: Good Shepherd Parish in Camp Hill

A Paddleboat’s Lesson in Wisdom

Many years ago, when I was in college, my parents and brother and I went on a mini-vacation to visit an aunt who lived in Connecticut.

The Called: Sister Mary Catherine Rose Giacobbe, Er. Dio.

The Called: Sister Mary Catherine Rose Giacobbe, Er. Dio. Hometown: Newark, New Jersey Education: St. Vincent Academy in Newark; Irvington High School; Lyons Technical Institute Assignment: Hermit at the Flower of Carmel Hermitage in Harrisburg

The Greatest Gift

Some time ago, my aunt folded a wad of money in my hand and told me to spend it on my catechetical class for a Christmas party. At the time, I was teaching in an elementary school in the Bronx and was a catechist for a third-grade First Holy Communion preparation class.

A Letter from Bishop Gainer on the Restoration of the Sunday Mass Obligation

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Along with the other bishops of Pennsylvania, I give thanks to Almighty God for the progress our country has made in curbing the coronavirus pandemic.

Knowledge Beyond Book Smarts

Intelligent. Having “smarts.” Fast learner. In the educational world, these words are often synonymous with academic success and professional aptitude.

Submission Deadline

The deadline for submissions to the biweekly Notebook/Parish Obituaries listing is every other Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. Please refer to the Publication Schedule for edition dates and deadlines.

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