Friday, March 1, 2024

Bishop's Reflections


A Lenten Message from Bishop Senior

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Lent is the Church's annual retreat when we are invited to focus on our relationship with Jesus Christ, to center our lives on Him, to deepen our knowledge of Him "in whom we have believed" and to "stir into flame the gift of God" that we have received (2 Timothy 1, 6-12).

Bishop Senior’s Black History Month Letter

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, As we begin the annual commemoration of Black History Month, with our fellow Americans we honor the legacies of African Americans throughout history, including noted civil rights pioneers such as Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Rosa Parks.

Bishop Senior’s Catholic Schools Week Letter

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, As we begin our annual celebration of Catholic Schools Week, we are given the opportunity to celebrate the unparalleled role of our Catholic schools in forming our youth in the Catholic faith and to thank everyone involved in our diocesan schools.

Bishop Senior’s Christmas Letter

Dear Brothers and Sisters, With the entire Christian world, we proclaim joyfully the Christmas message, “For a child is born to us, a son is given us. … They name him Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero, Father-Forever, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:5).”

Bishop Senior’s Vocations Week Letter

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11 As we begin National Vocations Awareness Week, celebrated November 5th-11th, these words remind us that all people have a call, a vocation, from God.

A Message from Bishop Gainer for People of the Diocese of Harrisburg

My dear brothers and sisters, it’s hard to think that this will be one of my final messages to you as your bishop. In just a few days, our Diocese will welcome Bishop Timothy Senior as the Twelfth Bishop of Harrisburg, and I will begin a new role as the Bishop Emeritus.

‘There is Work to Be Done’ A Look at Bishop Gainer’s Episcopacy in Harrisburg

“There is work to be done … there is work to be done, and it is the transcendent work of Jesus Christ. There is work to be done, and there is so little time for its doing.

In His Own Words: A Q&A with Bishop Ronald Gainer

In late May, Bishop Ronald Gainer sat down with Rachel Troche of the Diocese’s “Candid Catholic Convos” podcast and Jen Reed of The Catholic Witness for an interview about his upcoming retirement, the transition of welcoming a new Bishop of Harrisburg, and the challenges and joys of his ministry.

Bishop Gainer’s Pentecost Letter

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Only yesterday it seems that we were gathering in our parishes to celebrate our Lord’s Resurrection on Easter Sunday. Yet now, we find ourselves a few short days away from Pentecost, the day we celebrate the Lord sending us the Holy Spirit.

Bishop Gainer’s Easter Letter

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad. These words of celebration are heard through our Responsorial Psalm on Easter Sunday, and they are words of great hope in the gift Christ gave us through his death and resurrection.

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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