Wednesday, June 23, 2021



Diocesan Mask and Capacity Guidelines Revised

The Diocese of Harrisburg announced this weekend that in continued alignment with local, state, and federal health guidelines, effective immediately, all fully vaccinated parishioners no longer need to wear masks when attending Mass.

Pennsylvania Catholic Conference’s Statement on Vaccine

The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference responded on March 4 to questions that many people have asked about whether it is permissible to receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

USCCB Addresses the Use of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 Vaccine

WASHINGTON – On March 2, Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on...

The Fourteen Holy Helpers: Plague Saints for a Time of Coronavirus

The COVID-19 pandemic turned life upside down for many people in 2020, it’s not the first time the Church has gone through a major health crisis.

St. Joseph’s in Mechanicsburg Recognized with 8 of 16 Parish Excellence Awards for Innovative Efforts during Pandemic

Ten months ago, St. Joseph Parish in Mechanicsburg was humming along like most – with a regular schedule of Masses, on-site meetings and events for its various ministries, and some social media presence on Facebook and Instagram pages, among a host of spiritual activities and evangelization efforts.

Bishop Gainer Receives COVID-19 Vaccine

“As a religious leader, I think by example I can say that this is important for everyone to do who can,” the bishop said. “Getting the vaccine is certainly important and morally good.”

Bishop Gainer Temporarily Suspends All Masses

Today and effective immediately until further notice, Bishop Ronald W. Gainer, out of great concern for the health of the faithful and in union with the Bishops of Pennsylvania, has temporarily suspended all daily and weekend Masses in the Diocese of Harrisburg. Additionally, Bishop Gainer has suspended all public liturgies and devotions, and has asked that all churches and chapels be closed, including all perpetual adoration chapels.

Bishop Gainer to Celebrate Digital Holy Week and Easter with the Faithful

Using technology to stay connected to the faithful during the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic, Bishop Ronald Gainer will celebrate the Diocese’s first ever digital Holy Week and Easter. The difficult decision to extend the suspension of Masses through Easter was made after careful consideration of the decree (In time of Covid-19 (II)) issued by Pope Francis, and in following the recommendations of state and local governments and, most especially, out of continued concern for the health and wellbeing of the faithful.

Intentional Discipleship: Parish Outreach during Pandemic Addresses Material Needs

A spirit of unity and discipleship is sweeping through communities to help people in need of assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic, and parishioners throughout the Diocese are among those stepping up to fill in the gaps when layoffs, unemployment and social distancing result in a greater need for food assistance.

Pennsylvania Catholic Conference Condemns Hostility Toward Asian-Americans, Planned Parenthood for Offering Abortions during Pandemic

The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference is asking residents to be on the alert for acts of hostility and/or harassment against Asian-Americans in the midst of the Coronavirus outbreak in the United States.

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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