Wednesday, September 22, 2021



Diocese Modifies Mask Guidelines for Clergy and Lay Ministers

The Diocese of Harrisburg announced today that, effective immediately, masking guidelines are being restored for clergy and lay members for the distribution of Holy Communion for all parishes.

Catholic Bishops of Pennsylvania Prioritize Safety as Mass Obligation Resumes

Caring for the health, safety and spiritual wellbeing of parishioners and their communities is a priority of all the bishops of Pennsylvania. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, dioceses have made every effort to implement best practices in public health for every aspect of parish life.

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.

Diocese Reinstating Obligation to Attend Mass

Most Rev. Ronald W. Gainer, Bishop of Harrisburg, announced today that the obligation for Catholics to attend Mass in person on Sundays and Holy Days is being reinstated, effective August 15, 2021.

Diocese Lifts All Masking Requirements in Parishes

The Diocese of Harrisburg announced today that in continued alignment with state health guidelines, effective immediately, masking mandates for the unvaccinated have been lifted in all parishes in the Diocese.

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.

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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