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Diocesan Notebook – April 14

Masses and Prayer Services

St. Joan of Arc Church, Hershey, will host a quarterly Sensory-Friendly Mass for persons with sensory sensitivity or other disabilities. Dimmer lighting, no music, and a shorter homily, among other adaptations, are included in this Mass to promote a fully inclusive environment. Masses are planned on the following Sundays starting at 2 p.m.: Easter: May 15, 2022; Fall: October 9, 2022; Advent: December 11, 2022. Every effort will be made to accommodate all in attendance, and all behaviors are welcome. Families are encouraged to bring materials that can assist with comfort during the liturgy (i.e. noise-canceling headphones, wiggle seats, weighted blankets, fidgets, etc.) For more information, contact the Parish Office at 717-533-7168 or All are welcome to attend.

St. Margaret Mary Parish in Harrisburg will have a parish mission featuring a member of St. Faustina’s religious order on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 24. Sister M. Donata Farbaniec, a member of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, who currently staffs the St. John Paul II National Shrine in Washington D.C., will conduct the mission. She will speak on “Ocean of Divine Mercy – exceptional graces Jesus wants to give you on Divine Mercy Sunday.” The mission will begin at 12:30 p.m. (immediately following the 11:30 a.m. Mass), with Eucharistic Adoration and Confessions offered throughout the afternoon. Sister Donata will speak at 1 p.m. The mission will conclude with the singing of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 3 p.m., followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

Knights of Columbus Council 2314 will sponsor a Festival of Praise event at St. Joseph Church in Danville on Friday, May 6. The event will include Eucharistic Adoration and contemporary Christian music. The festival will also include music by Christopher Wood, director of young adult ministry at St. John the Baptist Parish in New Freedom. The event is scheduled from 7:30-9 p.m., with doors opening at 7:15 p.m. There will be light refreshments and additional contemporary Christian music in the St. Joseph School cafeteria following the time of Eucharistic Adoration.

A Charismatic Mass with prayers for healing will be celebrated May 3 at 7 p.m. at St. Theresa Church in New Cumberland. The celebrant will be Father Bernard-Mary Ayo Oniwe, O.P., pastor of St. Peter Parish in Elizabethtown. For information, please call Mary Ann at 717-512-3628 or Vicki at 717-364-6260.

Pax Christi Harrisburg will hold its annual Walking Way of the Cross in downtown Harrisburg on Good Friday, April 15, at 10 a.m. Participants should gather at 9:45 a.m. at Front & Market Streets by the Dauphin County Courthouse. This event connects Jesus’ journey to the cross with current day themes of peace and justice. The walk takes approximately one and half hours and will occur rain or shine. For more information, call 717-991-4204.

St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Hanover will have Divine Mercy Sunday Adoration and Prayers on April 24 from 2-4 p.m. in the church. Plenty of parking spaces behind the church building.

Were you married in 1972? In honor of your 50th wedding anniversary, the Diocese of Harrisburg will have a special Mass and reception on Sunday, July 10 at 2 p.m. at Good Shepherd Church in Camp Hill. Bishop Ronald Gainer will be the celebrant. To receive an invitation, please contact your parish office.

Education & Enrichment

The Harrisburg Diocesan Council of Catholic Women invites all women of the Diocese to its 96th Annual Convention, “Be God’s Hands on Earth.” The convention will take place Saturday, April 23 at the Diocesan Center in Harrisburg. The keynote speaker will be Emily Jaminet, executive director of the Sacred Heart Enthronement Network and coauthor of Divine Mercy for Moms, The Friendship Project, Pray Fully, and Our Friend Faustina. She offers a daily segment called A Mother’s Moment on St. Gabriel Catholic Radio and Mater Dei Radio and has spoken to several women’s groups and conferences. Jaminet has appeared on EWTN’s At Home with Jim and Joy and a number of Catholic radio programs and is a contributor to The convention will include Mass celebrated by Bishop Ronald Gainer, workshop sessions, lunch and vendors. More details and registration is available at

Good Shepherd Parish in Camp Hill will offer the Grieving with Great Hope program, every Wednesday evening from 6:30-8:30 p.m., beginning May 4 and concluding June 1. The program will take place in the parish hall. All are welcome to attend. Anyone interested in the program should contact Sister Donna Marie Kemberling, SCC, pastoral associate, at or 717-980-3610.

Cursillistas are invited to an afternoon of reflection on April 23 from 1-4 p.m., followed by a Mass of Remembrance for deceased Cursillistas at 4 p.m. celebrated by Father William Weary. The afternoon of reflection and Mass will be at Holy Name of Jesus Parish Chapel in Harrisburg. Registration deadline is April 20. Please send your name/contact info for registration, and names of deceased Cursillistas, or Cursillistas’ deceased family members, who have passed away between April 21, 2021-April 20, 2022, to

An in-person Women of Grace Foundational Study will begin May 3 at Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Harrisburg, and run for nine weeks. The study program leads women on a journey to discover the gift God has given them, and includes DVD lessons from Johnnette Williams and a book study. More information is available by contacting Linda K. Keister at or 717-732-0772.

Retreats & Pilgrimages

A young adult retreat, “One Church, One Family,” will be held May 27-29 at Christian Retreat Center in East Waterford, Pa. This retreat for young adults (20s and 30s, married or single) includes daily Mass, Adoration, Confession, group discussions, fellowship, and praise and worship. Early bird registration for the overnight retreat is $75 for a cabin or $105 for the Lodge, if booked by April 25. After that date, registration will be $95 and $130, respectively. More details and registration can be found online at

Virtual Mother’s Day retreat for those in a season of infertility. Mother’s Day can be the hardest day of the year for those who carry the cross of infertility and pregnancy loss. But you don’t have to face it alone. Springs in the Desert, a Catholic ministry that provides community for those who are struggling with infertility, is offering a free, virtual, and self-paced Mother’s Day retreat, May 6-8, entitled, “ARISE!” Learn more and register at Questions? E-mail

The Harrisburg Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (HDCCW) invites all women of the Diocese to its Tenth Annual Weekend Retreat being held on the beautiful campus of Mount St. Mary’s University, Emmitsburg, Md. The retreat begins on Friday evening, June 10, and concludes at noon on Sunday, June 12. The Retreat Master is Msgr. William King, Vice Rector of Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary. The registration deadline is May 16. Registration forms and more details are available on the HDCCW website,

A pilgrimage to the Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg, Md., is being sponsored by the Companions on a Journey, a ministry at Holy Trinity Parish in Columbia. The pilgrimage will be on Saturday, April 30. The coach bus will depart from the Holy Trinity parking lot at 7:30 a.m. and return at approximately 5 p.m. The day includes a tour of the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Shrine, a tour of the homes of the first Sisters of Charity, a visit to the gravesite of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, and a visit to the Grotto at Mount St. Mary’s. Cost is $65, which includes bus fare, lunch and all fees and gratuities. For more information or to sign-up for the pilgrimage, please contact the parish office at 717-684-2711.

Rachel’s Vineyard Weekend Retreats, a safe place to renew, rebuild and redeem hearts broken by abortion, will be May 27-29, July 15-17, September 23-25 and November 4-6. If you or someone you know needs healing after an abortion, please call 717-788-4959 or contact Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats at

Rachel’s Vineyard Ministries will host a Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat for Healing after Abortion the weekend of June 24-26 at the Mariawald Retreat Center in Reading, Pa., sponsored by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Allentown. The retreat is an opportunity for any person who struggles with emotional and spiritual pain of past abortion(s). For more information or to register, call Carol at 610-435-1541, ext. 373 or email All requests are strictly confidential.

Events & Fundraisers

National radio host Dr. David Anders will be the keynote speaker at the annual Holy Family Radio Benefit Dinner on Friday, April 29. Dr. Anders is host of ‘Called to Communion’ on EWTN Radio. The dinner will be at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Mechanicsburg. Tickets are $100 each. This dinner is an important source of funds for the listener-supported local radio ministry. A Meet & Greet will begin at 6 p.m. with Dr. Anders, Bishop Ronald Gainer and Tom Russell of CBS21. The dinner starts at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at or by sending reservations and payment to Holy Family Radio, P.O. Box 6028, Lancaster, PA 17607-6028. Call 717-525-8110 with questions.

The musical production “Godspell” will be performed at St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Mechanicsburg, April 29 at 7 p.m. and April 30 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Godspell showcases a number of beloved songs, including “Day by Day,” “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord,” “Learn Your Lessons Well,” “All for the Best,” “All Good Gifts,” “Turn Back, O Man” and “By My Side.” Featuring a cast of experienced regional performers, the performance is a timeless take on the Gospel According to St. Matthew. Tickets available at

Sacred Heart of Jesus School in Lancaster will host “Adult Recess,” an evening of music, food and fun for adults, on May 20 from 6-9 p.m. Enjoy delicious “grown-up” versions of favorite cafeteria foods and play yard games with friends. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at An online auction begins May 19 at 6 p.m. and concludes May 20 at 8 p.m.

St. Margaret Mary School in Harrisburg will have its 15th annual 5K Run and Walk on May 14 at 8:30 a.m. at the school. The professionally-timed event will have prizes for the top three in male and female age groups, plus the overall male and female finishers. Proceeds benefit the school. For more information and to register, visit

Sacred Heart of Jesus School in Lancaster is performing “Transyl-mania” on Friday, April 22 at 7 p.m. in the school’s gymnasium. Cue the lighting! Cue the thunder!  It’s monster mayhem in this frightfully fun comedy! Tickets can be purchased at the door: Children $1, Adults $5.

York Catholic Middle & High School’s Spring Open House, Wednesday, April 27, 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. Take a tour of the newly renovated campus, talk with York Catholic teachers and administrators, meet current students and hear their experiences, and learn about the 45+ sports and 60+ activities available. Space is limited and pre-registration is required to attend. For more information, contact York Catholic Middle & High School at 717-846-8871, ext. 354.

York Catholic’s Athletic Booster Club will host a “Night at the Races” on Saturday, May 7. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Race post time is at 6:15 p.m. The event includes simulcast horse races, silent auction, raffles, rip tickets, and all you can eat food and beverages with catering by GingerBabies for $40. Tickets are on sale through April 25 by visiting or calling 717-846-8871, ext. 322. Dress is casual. This event is for ages 21+.

York Catholic High School’s art students are hosting a public display of their work at the school April 25-27 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. More than 350 students receive art instruction at York Catholic and are exposed to pencil drawing, canvas painting, marker designs, portraits, linoleum block prints, watercolors, charcoal drawings, and sculpture. The art students are instructed by Ms. Sandra Grippi. For more information about the Art Show or the art program at York Catholic, please contact the school at 717-846-8871.

Instruments and voices come together as students perform at York Catholic’s Spring Concerts. The High School Concert on Sunday, April 24, at 2 p.m. will feature Concert Band, Concert Choir, and Jazz Band. The Middle School Concert on Monday, April 25, at 7 p.m. will feature Middle School Chorus and Middle School Band. Admission is free.

Morning Star Pregnancy Services is celebrating 50 years of saving lives! Join us on Thursday, April 28, at the Penn Harris Hotel for Morning Star’s 2022 Annual Life Saving Banquet and 50th anniversary celebration. Grammy Award-nominated singer and songwriter Nicole C. Mullen will be our keynote speaker. Learn more and register online at, or contact Steph Diecidue at 717-734-4630.

Mother Cabrini Parish, Shamokin, announces its “Beef ‘n Brew Bash” raffle just in time for the 2022 picnic season. One lucky winner will receive a $300 gift certificate to Irish Isle Provision and a $200 gift certificate to Irish Isle Beer Distributor. Tickets are $5 each. Buy five tickets and get one free. Drawing will be held on Monday, May 9.  Tickets are now available at the parish office.

The 33rd annual Mechanicsburg Area Ecumenical Choir Concert will perform on May 15 at 3 p.m. at St. Joseph Church in Mechanicsburg. The choir features 52 voices from 23 area churches.

The Notre Dame Club of Harrisburg is hosting a free performance of the Notre Dame Chorale, May 16 at 7 p.m. at St. Patrick Cathedral in Harrisburg. The event is free but donations will gratefully be accepted.

St. John the Baptist School in New Freedom will host a dinner and live auction April 23 from 6-10 p.m. in the Capitani Social Hall. Early bird tickets are $55-$60 (regular price $65-$70). Tickets can be purchased at or by calling the school at 717-235-3525.

Lancaster Catholic High School’s Fine and Performing Arts (FPA) Department will host a Fine & Performing Arts Middle School Workshop on Saturday, June 4 from 9 a.m.-noon. The workshop will be free to all middle school students, grades 5-8.  LCHS will offer five different mini-workshops throughout that morning with interested students choosing one track for the day. The options include chorus, band, guitar, art and acting. Students must currently be taking instrumental music (any length of time) and supply their own instrument for the band track. Students who chose guitar must supply their own instrument, but no experience is necessary to participate. All other workshops need no previous experience or study. Students will break into their workshop groups and create and play with LCHS faculty and current students beginning at 9 a.m. At 11:45 a.m., parents, guardians and guests are welcome to a special performance by the students in the choral, band, guitar and drama workshops. Students who participate in the art workshop will have a gallery of their work displayed for all to see. For more information about the workshop and to register, please visit Questions? Contact Lancaster Catholic’s Fine & Performing Arts Director, Tony Brill, at or call 717-509-0315.

Lancaster Catholic High School’s Fine & Performing Arts Department presents its three-part concert series, The George R. Schreck ‘47 and Barbara A. Schober ‘72 Memorial Community Outreach Concert Series, “The Jamanis Family & Friends.” The series will take place over the course of April and May featuring Dr. Michael T. Jamanis, violin, and his parents, pianists. The second concert, “An Evening with the Classics,” will be a private event for Willow Valley residents on April 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Willow Valley Lakes Auditorium. The final concert, “Breathing with Bach,” will be on Sunday, May 15 at 6 p.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Lancaster. All concerts in this series are free to the public. Performances will also be livestreamed on The Jamanis Project YouTube channel, which can be found by visiting For more information, contact Tony Brill at or call 717-509-0315.

Mother Cabrini Parish in Shamokin is selling Easter eggs. Delicious milk chocolate covered peanut butter and coconut Easter eggs are 90 cents each, $5.40 per half dozen and $10.80 per dozen. Easter eggs are available at the parish office, 214 N. Shamokin Street, Shamokin during office hours. To place an order, please call the parish office at 570-648-4512, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Seven Sorrows Catholic Church in Middletown is selling melt-in-your-mouth candy eggs through Easter (or as long as supplies last). The eggs are available in peanut butter, coconut, or butter cream coated in either milk chocolate or dark chocolate. Each 2.8-ounce hand-dipped egg sells for $2. Orders may be placed via the printable form found online at Orders will be available after all weekend Masses, at the parish’s weekly drive-thru fish fry, and the Egg Store, open Monday through Thursday in the church parking lot, 280 N. Race St., Middletown. Please enter via Race Street for the safety of our school children. The Egg Store will be open Monday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., weather permitting and while supplies last. Please note that eggs will not be sold out of either the parish or school office this year. All eggs are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis while quantities last. Visit for Mass times and fish fry dates and hours of operation.

Ballroom dancing, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus of St. Aloysius Parish in Littlestown, will take place April 20 and May 14 from 7-10 p.m. in the parish hall. Evenings begin with a one-hour lesson at 7 p.m., followed by open dancing from 8-10 p.m. Please wear modest dress clothing. Cost is $8 per person, $40 maximum per family. Contact Jen Danieley at for more information.

The Oxford Hall shop is featuring items for First Holy Communion. The shop, located at 233 Bridge Street in New Cumberland, will have in-stock and special-order dresses, veils, suits, gifts and accessories. Families can visit for select items beginning in January. Oxford Hall can also work with parishes’ dress and suit requirements to use as a guide with customers. The shop is open seven days a week, and available for appointments on select evenings for individuals or small groups. For information, or to receive a promotional flyer, call 717-774-8789 or e-mail

Job Openings

Lancaster Catholic High School has an immediate opening for a full-time Annual Fund Director to join our Advancement Team. The Annual Fund Director is an integral part of the Lancaster Catholic Advancement Department, reporting to the Director of Development and President. This Director is a salaried, 12-month staff member responsible for the strategic leadership and implementation of all aspects of the annual giving program, including engaging volunteer stakeholders in support of Advancement activities and programs. Responsibilities include: cultivating and in-person solicitation of gifts from donor prospects, planning and leading the School’s Annual Fund Campaign, stewardship of donors, foundation and corporate grant writing, attracting support from the business community, and maintaining a portfolio of leadership gift prospects. Requirements: Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of two years of related experience. Please submit your résumé to

Lancaster Catholic High School has an immediate opening for a part-time experienced Staff Accountant, 20-28 hours per week. A member of the four-person Business Office team, the Staff Accountant is charged with providing accounting, reconciliation, reporting and analytic support for the school. Responsibilities include reconciliations, journal entries, reports to leadership, and liaison with Diocesan HR and Accounting staff. This position reports to the Lancaster Catholic President. The ideal candidate should have a 4-year degree or combination of education & experience. Please submit your résumé to

Catholic Campus Ministry at Shippensburg University is seeking an Associate Director of Catholic Campus Ministry, a full-time, ten-month (equivalent) professional position to assist the Director of Catholic Campus Ministry in leading our Christ-centered Catholic Campus Ministry. Responsibilities include creating innovative ways to bring people together; responding to inquiries about the Catholic faith; providing opportunities for young adult faith formation; attending weekly CCM Mass; providing pastoral care to students; coordinating retreats; mentoring individual students; overseeing organizational and financial responsibilities; and guiding the student Leadership Team. We offer competitive salary and benefits. You must be a practicing Roman Catholic possessing the ability to respect, promote, accommodate, and not be in conflict with the mission, moral and social teachings, doctrines, and laws of the Roman Catholic faith and must be a Catholic in good standing with the Church. Preferred candidates will have previous experience in youth/young adult ministry and a strong academic background in a related field. All interested applicants should submit a résumé and cover letter by April 30, 2022, to

St. Rose of Lima Parish in York is seeking a Financial Secretary/Bookkeeper for full-time or part-time work. This position requires an organized and detail-oriented individual with solid keyboard skills, an overall knowledge of general office procedures, familiarity with office equipment, and proficiency in Microsoft applications, most especially Word, Outlook and Excel. This person must have an adequate background in business and bookkeeping or accounting to handle the office functions relating to cash receipts, accounts payable and payroll/benefits. Trustworthiness, reliability and willingness to maintain confidentiality are essential. The person must be a practicing Catholic in good standing. A high school diploma, preferably with business curriculum, and two to three years of bookkeeping experience required and additional accounting/bookkeeping qualifications desirable. Knowledge of database and spreadsheet applications are required. Interested persons should send a cover letter, résumé and two reference letters to Father Dominic Azagbor, OP, at Deadline is April 30, 2022.

The Diocese of Harrisburg has a full time vacancy for Cemetery Maintenance and Service at Resurrection Cemetery in Harrisburg. Applicants must have skills in grounds maintenance. The ability to operate a backhoe is desirable but training will be given. Other equipment that will be used: tractor, pickup, mowers and a variety of small equipment related to cemetery maintenance and operation. Must be a good team player who is able to take direction and demonstrate tact, courtesy and diplomacy. Applicants must have a valid, clean Pennsylvania driver’s license. Work is performed both indoors and outdoors. This is a manual position requiring physical fitness with the ability to lift (up to 50 lbs regularly), bend, stoop, climb and be mobile (on your feet) for most of the day. Applicants must be able to work in all weather conditions to tight deadlines. Applicants must pass Diocesan background checks. Applicants should send résumé and cover letter to Please visit for the full job description.

The Diocese of Harrisburg has a full time vacancy for Cemetery Maintenance and Service at Holy Savior Cemetery, York. Applicants must have skills in grounds maintenance. The ability to operate a backhoe is highly desirable but training will be given. Other equipment that will be used: tractor, pickup, mowers and a variety of small equipment related to cemetery maintenance and operation. Must be a good team player who is able to take direction and demonstrate tact, courtesy and diplomacy. Applicants must have a valid, clean Pennsylvania driver’s license. Work is performed both indoors and outdoors. This is a manual position requiring physical fitness with the ability to lift (up to 50 lbs regularly), bend, stoop, climb and be mobile (on your feet) for most of the day. Applicants must be able to work in all weather conditions to tight deadlines. Applicants must pass Diocesan background checks. Applicants should send résumé and cover letter to Please visit for the full job description.

Saint Joseph Parish, Mechanicsburg, has two vacancies: a full time Administrative Assistant and a full time Administrative Assistant / Bulletin Coordinator. Candidates must have excellent and professional customer service, communication, interpersonal, writing and computer skills, with the ability to maintain confidentiality. We are seeking enthusiastic, collaborative individuals to help us in a busy team environment and also be able to work independently. Please submit resume and letter of intent to Brenda Perry, Two year college degree or higher desired or equivalent level of work experience required and must be able to qualify for Diocesan Youth Protection Clearances.

 St. Joseph Parish in York is accepting applications for a full-time Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry. The director will be part of the pastoral staff team, reporting directly to the Pastor. Interested applicants will be responsible for growing the parish’s current youth and young adult ministries. Highlights of the position are the Middle School SPARKS program, the High School IGNITE program including the Fan the Fire Youth Rally, and Young Adult Ministry. Candidates must have the ability to interact successfully with the public, with parents and with fellow employees. Individuals must have a minimum of three years related work experience. Applicants should send résumé and cover letter to St. Joseph Parish, Attn: Mrs. Erin Maiolino, Parish Manager at

Sacred Heart Parish and School in Lancaster are seeking a full-time custodian. Tasks include cleaning, sanitizing, and vacuuming on a regular basis, routine maintenance including testing, monitoring, and upkeep of emergency systems, and seasonal duties such as stripping and waxing floors, and light grounds maintenance. The position includes a competitive wage and benefits. If you are interested in being part of a passionate, Christ-centered team working in a lively, elementary school environment, view more details on the parish website at and contact the rectory (Mon.–Thurs., 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.) at 717-394-0757 or

Immaculate Conception BVM Parish in York is looking for a full-time Parish Administrative Manager. This mature, responsible individual should possess an in-depth understanding of business and human resources. The position requires excellent communication, organizational, human relations, managerial and problem solving skills. Must have a working knowledge of Church teaching and an understanding of the mission/vision/philosophy of a Roman Catholic parish. A professional demeanor is essential in interacting with persons at many levels. The position requires computer experience. A bachelor’s degree is required as well as a minimum of three years of experience in business administration and personnel supervision. Experience with parish operations is preferred. Interested applicants may submit their cover letter and résumé to Father John Kuchinski at

Morning Star Pregnancy Services is hiring! Do you have a heart for Life? For supporting families unprepared for pregnancy? Morning Star is seeking a full-time Client Services Director to oversee client programs at our three Central PA clinics. We also have openings for a part-time ultrasound tech and part-time and full-time counselor advocates. To learn more about these opportunities, visit

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