Thursday, May 23, 2024

Diocesan Notebook – April 11

Masses and Prayer Services

Join the Harrisburg Diocesan Council of Catholic Women in a weekly Rosary, Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. Participants pray the Rosary as an expression of faith and deep devotion to the Blessed Mother. Contact the Council’s Community Commission at to be added to the email list for the weekly Rosary.

The next Caelorum at St. Joan of Arc Church in Hershey will be Wednesday, May 1 at 7 p.m. Father Kevin Key will preside, and a reception will be held immediately following in the cafeteria. Join your brothers and sisters in Christ as we praise, worship, and adore our Lord Jesus Christ in his Most Holy Presence in the Eucharist. For more information, call Lou at 717-215-4175.

A Charismatic Mass with prayers for healing will be celebrated May 7 at 7 p.m. at St. Theresa Church in New Cumberland. Father William C. Forrey, Diocesan Vicar General and pastor of Holy Infant Parish in Manchester, will be the celebrant. All are welcome. For more information, please contact Vicki Krone at 717-364-6260 or Mary Ann at 717-512-3628.

St. Joseph Parish in Danville will have its parish mission, April 21-23, from 6-8 p.m. each evening. A parish mission is a three-night inspirational event. Each evening will include a service in the church with music and a dynamic message. Father Michael Rothan will preach on the “Unfinished Miracles of Jesus.” The evenings will conclude with a time for fun and socialization. Childcare will be available; please call the parish office at 570-275-2512 for more information.

The Catholic Family Connection of Lancaster will have a family Holy Hour and potluck on Sunday, April 21 at St. James Parish in Lititz. A guided Holy Hour will begin at 4:30 p.m., followed by the dinner. Bring a dish to share. RSVP to

St. Joan of Arc, Hershey, will hold a quarterly Mass for persons with sensory sensitivity or other disabilities. Dimmer lighting, no music, a shorter homily and other adaptations are included to promote a fully inclusive environment. Every effort will be made to accommodate all in attendance, and all behaviors are welcome. The sensory-friendly Masses are scheduled for Sundays, April 14, June 16, September 8 and November 17 at 2 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring materials that can assist with comfort during the liturgy (i.e., noise-cancelling headphones, wiggle seats, weighted blankets, fidgets, etc.) For more information, please contact the parish office at 717-533-7168 or All are welcome to attend.

The Legion of Mary Harrisburg Comitium will hold its annual Acies Ceremony on Saturday, April 13 at 1 p.m. at Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish in Ephrata. Benediction, sermon, Pledge of Fealty, Legion Prayers, Rosary and refreshments. Active and auxiliary members, as well as those interested in the Legion, are welcome to attend. Church is handicapped accessible. For more information, please call the parish at 717-733-9641.

Retreats & Pilgrimages

“Never Alone” – Young Adult Retreat. Join other young adults, married or single, in their 20s and 30s from the Diocese of Harrisburg for an overnight weekend retreat, May 24-26 at the Christian Retreat Center in East Waterford, Pa. This year’s retreat focus will be on the theme “Never Alone.” The retreat will include Mass, prayer, Confession, teachings, small groups, fellowship, and fun! Check-in will start on Friday, May 24 from 7-8 p.m. and the retreat will conclude on Sunday, May 26 around noon. The cost includes all retreat activities, three meals on Saturday, Sunday Brunch, and lodging. For more information or to register, visit:

The Harrisburg Diocesan Council of Catholic Women will have their tenth annual prayer shawl retreat, Saturday, April 27 from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Diocesan Center in Harrisburg. Join other women to pray, knit and crochet, and enjoy fellowship and a catered lunch. Participants will knit or crochet a special community service project while praying the Rosary. Beginners are welcome, as members will teach you how to knit and crochet prayer shawls. Participants are welcome to bring their finished prayer shawls to display and any patterns you’d like to share. Cost is $12. RSVP at this link by Monday, April 22. Call or text Kathy at 717-448-8899 with any questions.

The Harrisburg Diocesan Council of Catholic Women will have their 12th annual weekend retreat at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md., June 14-16. Bishop Ronald Gainer, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Harrisburg, will be the retreat master. The theme is, “Praying the Psalms: Come ‘Reign’ or Shine.” Registration deadline is May 31. Contact Jeanne Warren at 717-367-9306 or 717-503-9429 or for a registration form.

Join the Sisters of Saints Cyril and Methodius and the Slovak Catholic Federation in celebrating the Year of the Eucharist at Villa Sacred Heart in Danville. The Sisters will host this prayerful celebration which will include Eucharistic Adoration and a mini pilgrimage on Sunday, April 14 from 2-5 p.m. Eucharistic Adoration will begin at 2 p.m. in Maria Hall. The pilgrimage will take place on the grounds of Villa Sacred Heart, processing from Maria Hall to the Basilica of Saints Cyril and Methodius with several stops for prayer along the way. Evening prayer, a reflection, and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament will be held in the Basilica. All are welcome to this Eucharistic Service. The Basilica of Saints Cyril and Methodius is located at 1002 Railroad Street, Danville, PA 17821.

Join Father Joshua Brommer, pastor and rector of the Cathedral Parish of St. Patrick in Harrisburg, on a Pilgrimage to France, September 9-18, 2024. The itinerary includes Lisieux, Omaha Beach, Mont Saint Michel, Giverny, Rouen, Chartres, a full day tour of Paris, Versailles, Basilica of Sacre Coeur, the Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, Church of Saint Vincent DePaul, Saint Sulpice, Luxembourg Garden, a boat ride on the Seine as well as free time when you can visit the Louvre, Musee d’Orsay, or go up in the Eiffel Tower. Holy Mass will be celebrated each day. Roundtrip motorcoach transportation from Harrisburg to Washington Dulles Airport, roundtrip nonstop airfare from Washington Dulles to Paris with Air France, accommodation in 4-star hotels, breakfast and dinner daily are included for $4,599 per person based on double occupancy. Please contact Karen Hurley at to receive a brochure with complete details.

A Marian Shrine Pilgrimage to Spain, Portugal and France with Father Michael Reid, pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Hanover, will take place October 8-22, 2024. Father Reid will serve as the chaplain for a group of pilgrims from Singapore on their Marian Shrine Pilgrimage. The group will celebrate Mass in Barcelona, Monserrat, Avila, Fatima, Santiago de Compostela, Covadonga, Garabandal, Lourdes, Rocamadour, Nevers and Paris. Seven seats for USA pilgrims are available. The land tour package, based on 30 pilgrims, is $3,490 (double occupancy). The estimated roundtrip airfare from the USA to Europe is $1,310. For those interested in joining this pilgrimage, please contact Grace Jiang

Explore the French Riviera with St. Patrick Parish in Carlisle and Father Donald Bender, pastor. An optional 3-night Paris Post Extension will also be offered. The tour will pivot out of Nice for daily trips to the surrounding area. For more details, contact Cynthia Adams at

The Beginning Experience Team for the Harrisburg Diocese will have its next Beginning Experience Weekend, May 3-5, at Camp Kirchenwald in Lebanon. The ecumenical Beginning Experience weekends are an approved program designed for those suffering the loss of a spouse through death, divorce or separation. Hundreds of persons have been helped to move towards successful, productive, happy lives by attending one of these weekends. The weekend is led by persons who have lost a spouse through death or divorce and are trained in facilitating a weekend. Each Beginning Experience Team is certified by the International Beginning Experience Organization. For information, visit and click on the “Navigating Difficulties” box or visit Information can also be obtained by contacting the Harrisburg Beginning Experience Team at 717-379-0800 or

A trip to Greece and the Greek Isles in the steps of St. Paul with Father Augustine Joseph, pastor of St. Peter Parish in Columbia, will take place October 1-11, 2024. The trip includes breakfast and dinner daily. Motor coach transportation to Newark airport is planned. Cost is $4,199 per person/double occupancy. For more information, call Rose Ann Visniski at 717-252-4291 or email

Education & Enrichment

Holy Infant Parish in Manchester is hosting “A Biblical Walk through the Mass,” on five Tuesdays beginning April 30 from 7-8:30 p.m. Discover the beauty, riches and profound meaning of the Mass. A donation of $25 is requested for class materials. Please register before April 12. For more information, contact Holy Infant Parish at 717-266-5286 or, or Terry Bradunas at 410-274-1307 or

Are you interested in learning how to talk about Jesus in a joyful, genuine, non-confrontational way? The Adams Deanery Street Evangelization Team, with the support of the Secretariat for Catholic Life & Evangelization, is hosting a two-part street evangelization training, April 19 and April 24 from 6-9 p.m. in the parish house at Annunciation BVM Parish in McSherrystown. Contact Father Richard Lyons ( or Becca Dickerson ( or call 717-637-1191 for information.

St. Joseph Parish in Mechanicsburg will host Father Brian Strassburger for an Ignatian look at the U.S.-Mexican Border, Wednesday, April 24 at 7 p.m. Father Strassburger, S.J., serves migrant families waiting at the border to cross legally into the U.S., undocumented children in U.S. detention centers, and San Felipe de Jesus Parish in Brownsville, TX. He will speak via Zoom and will take questions at the end of his presentation. The presentation will be at 410 East Simpson Street, Mechanicsburg; park and enter at the back of the building. Questions? Contact Mary at 717-766-9433 or

The St. Katharine Drexel Parish Tear Drops Prayer Group invites you to join them for prayer on the last Wednesday of the month, following the 7 p.m. Mass at the church in Mechanicsburg. The group prays for family and friends who have left the Catholic faith or who are not practicing. The group is named after the many tears St. Monica shed as she prayed for her husband, Patricius, and her son, Augustine. Monica never gave up and her son and husband converted after many tears and prayers, with St. Augustine becoming one of the greatest saints and doctors of the Catholic Church. For more information, e-mail

St. Margaret Mary Parish in Harrisburg has a St. Monica Ministry to pray for loved ones who have drifted from the Church. The ministry will have a monthly Holy Hour devoted to praying for loved ones’ return home to the Catholic faith. The next monthly Holy Hour will be held April 11 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Margaret Mary Parish with Deacon Francis Skorija presiding. Contact for more information.

Have you served in the Military? The Catholic War Veterans have reactivated their Central Pennsylvania Chapter. Any baptized Catholic who has served in uniform can join. Meetings are in the Harrisburg/Hershey area on the second Tuesday of each month at 5:30 pm. If you can’t make it in person, the meetings are streamed for your convenience. For more information, contact Post Cmdr Bob DeSousa at or 717-648-8317 or 1st Vice Cmdr Ron Quinn, Jr. at or 814-280-6647.

The St. Anselm Deanery of Benedictine Oblates meets on the second Sunday of each month at St. Pius X Church in Selinsgrove. The deanery is affiliated with St. Vincent Archabbey in Latrobe, Pa. For more information, please call or text Teresa Warlow at 717-275-2346.

Events & Fundraisers

Catholic Charities’ annual “Hands of Christ Creating Hope” benefit dinner is April 30 at the Diocesan Center in Harrisburg. John Sherman, Chief Development Officer for Catholic Vote, will be the guest speaker. The evening includes a reception and silent auction, plated dinner and remarks from Bishop Timothy Senior and John Sherman. Reservations are $125 per person, and various sponsorship opportunities are available. All proceeds benefit the various programs offered by Catholic Charities. For more information, visit or contact Christopher Meehan, Catholic Charites Director of Development, at or 717-657-4804.

Consider answering the call to help Care for our Common Home by participating in two local Care for Creation Ministry events: On Earth Day, Monday, April 22, from 9:30 a.m.-noon, all are invited to Resurrection Cemetery, 116 South Oak Grove Road, Harrisburg, to help plant trees and shrubbery. Please bring gloves and wear old clothes. Upon entering the cemetery, turn right and meet at the mausoleum. For Laudato Si Week, Monday, May 20, from 9:30 a.m.-noon, all are invited to help weed and clean up the grounds of Holy Cross Cemetery, 4075 Derry St., Harrisburg. Please bring gloves and wear old clothes. Both events are sponsored by the Diocesan Office for Life and Dignity. If you or your group would like to participate, contact Marianne Weltmer at or 717-657-4804 ext. 322.

The public is invited to attend York Catholic Middle & High School’s Spring Open House on Tuesday, April 23, from 6-7:30 p.m. by appointment. Learn what life at YC is like and see everything YC has to offer students (grades 7-12) and their families. Attendees will take a tour of the newly renovated campus, talk with York Catholic teachers and administrators, meet current students and hear their experiences, learn about the 45+ sports and 60+ activities available, hear about our Family Customized Tuition program and experience how York Catholic sets students up for success and creates a place where every student is known and cared for. Space is limited and pre-registration is required to attend. For more information, contact York Catholic Middle & High School at 717-846-8871, ext. 1354.

Instruments and voices come together as students perform at York Catholic’s Spring Concerts. The High School Concert on Sunday, April 21 at 2 p.m. will feature Concert Band, Concert Choir, and Jazz Band. The Middle School Concert on Monday, April 22 at 7 p.m. will feature Middle School Chorus and Middle School Band. Admission is free.

York Catholic High School’s art students are hosting a public display of their work at the school April 22-24 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Students in grades 7-11 are showing their work completed during this school year, while students in grade 12 are showing a compilation of their work from throughout their school career. Over 250 students receive art instruction at York Catholic and are exposed to pencil drawing, canvas painting, marker designs, portraits, linoleum block prints, watercolors, charcoal drawings, sculpture and pottery. For more information about the Student Art Show or the art program at York Catholic, please contact the school at 717-846-8871.

The Men’s Club of St. James Parish in Lititz will have a special Sunday Bingo, April 21 in the parish hall. Doors open at 12:30 p.m., and Bingo starts at 2 p.m. There will be 20 regular games, with paper cards. $1,000 jackpot, 50/50 specials and food. Cost is $20. Nine regular cards, 3 strips jackpot. Must be 18 years old to play.

A concert featuring Lancaster British Brass Band, conducted by Tina DiMeglio, will be held at St. John Neumann Church in Lancaster, May 14 at 7 p.m. This marks the 20th anniversary concert of the Lancaster British Brass Band and, to celebrate, they will be playing some of their favorite pieces from the past, including “When the Saints Come Marching In” and “Georgia on My Mind.” This will also be Dr. DiMeglio’s debut concert.  A free-will offering will be collected for the “Further in Faith” Capital Campaign, St. John Neumann School and Church.

St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Hanover is having its annual chicken BBQ on Saturday, May 11 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the parish gym. Tickets will be sold after all weekend Masses up to May 4. Tickets can also be purchased in the Parish Office during the weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tickets are $11. Dinner includes half a chicken, baked potato, applesauce and a roll. A flower and bake sale will also take place during the event. For questions, call Pat Hubbard at 717-521-2111.

Big Hug Inc., an organization dedicated to feeding the hungry, is hosting a fundraiser at St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Lancaster on Saturday, April 13 from noon-1 p.m. The fundraiser will include the sale of Vietnamese egg rolls, fried rice, Bahn Mi sandwiches and soup, and will be held in the St. Anthony of Padua/Resurrection School cafeteria. Order forms are available at or by calling 717-686-2438.

Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg will have its Blue & Gold Gala, “Save the Last Dance for Me,” May 4 at the Harrisburg Hilton. Tickets are on sale now at:

St. Margaret Mary School in Harrisburg will have its 17th annual 5K on May 4 at 8:30 a.m. This family-friendly event brings school families and community members together for a morning of fun and exercise. Race t-shirts are guaranteed for participants who register by April 10. Day-of-event registration will take place from 7:30-8:15 a.m. The 5K will begin and end at the school, and will wind through the East Harrisburg Cemetery and along the Greenbelt trail. Prizes will be awarded to the first overall male and female finishers as well as the top three male and female in-person finishers in each age group. Register for $25 by May 2. Visit for information and registration. Questions can be emailed to

Job Openings

Lancaster Catholic High School is seeking a new principal. Minimum qualifications: practicing, knowledgeable Catholic; commitment to modeling the values of Catholic educational leadership; catechetical certification (or willing to obtain); a master’s degree or higher; and at least 5 years of teaching experience. For the full job description and to apply online, go to If you have any questions or issues with the application, contact Karen Luckie at or 717- 657‑4804, ext. 229.

St. Patrick School in Carlisle is seeking a principal for the 2024-2025 school year. Must be a practicing, knowledgeable Catholic, possess a master’s degree or higher, and have at least five years of teaching experience as well as catechetical certification (or be willing to obtain it). Preferred qualifications: PA Administration Certification, school administration experience and leadership, marketing or finance experience. Apply online at

Misericordia Nursing & Rehabilitation Center is looking for a new Development Officer to join our team. As our Development Officer, you will foster a culture of philanthropy and ensure that fund development is executed in keeping with our values, vision, and mission. The Development Officer provides leadership and direct support for all development functions, works closely with our administrator in the execution of all annual fundraising plans and provides direction for all campaigns, appeals and events. The Development Officer will provide the strategic vision necessary to build on the strengths of our philanthropy program while raising awareness of our mission. Please apply on-line at This is a 30-hour a week, salaried position.

Organist needed at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament and Vietnamese Martyrs Parish in Harrisburg for two weekend Masses and Holy Days of Obligation. Beautifully kept pipe organ just waiting to be played. Stipend is $100 per Mass, additional fees paid for music selection. Contact the parish office at 717-233-1014 or email

St. Joseph Elementary School in York is seeking a new principal. Minimum qualifications: practicing, knowledgeable Catholic; commitment to modeling the values of Catholic educational leadership; catechetical certification (or willing to obtain); a master’s degree or higher; and at least 5 years of teaching experience. For the full job description and to apply online, go to If you have any questions or issues with the application, contact Karen Luckie at or 717-657‑4804, ext. 229.

St. Anne and Our Lady of La Vang Parish in Lancaster has a part-time job opening for a full-charge bookkeeper. The position is for 15 hours a week. The hours are flexible, but the work must be completed on site. This position requires a mature, detail-oriented person with excellent organizational and interpersonal skills. This position requires a person with training and experience in the field of bookkeeping or accounting. The person should be proficient in Microsoft applications, especially Word, Outlook and Excel. Knowledge or experience with parish and Diocesan structure is a plus. A practicing Catholic in good standing is preferred. Interested persons should send a cover letter and resumé to Christine Whalen, Parish Manager, at

The Sisters of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Danville are looking for one full-time third-shift nurse’s aide/CNA, one part-time third-shift nurse’s aide/CNA, and one part-time housekeeper (Life Skills candidates are encouraged to apply for the Housekeeping position). Contact the congregation’s HR Department for more information at 570-275-3581, ext. 156, or e-mail

Morning Star Pregnancy Services is seeking an executive director to oversee the administration, programs and strategic plan of our three pregnancy medical clinics. Morning Star’s clinics provide life-affirming medical pregnancy services; STD testing and treatment; pregnancy, parenting and healthy relationship education; and baby supplies to support families in Central PA. To learn more and apply to join this life-saving ministry, visit

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