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Diocesan Notebook – April 15

Education & Enrichment

Diocesan Office of Vocations’ bi-monthly Zoom discernment group. Young men (junior year in high school through young adults) are invited to take part in this online discussion. To register, e-mail the Office of Vocations at with a valid e-mail address and mailing address so that the discussion material may be mailed. The Zoom discernment group meets on the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month from 8-9 p.m.

Women of Grace, upcoming studies and events: “St. Joseph and His World” by Mike Aquilina, 8-week book study led by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS, begins May 3. Online instruction and discussion at Fall study of the “Queen of Militants.” For more Information, contact Chris Arnold at or 717-379-6041.

“Truth, Beauty, and Goodness” virtual evangelization speaker series continues April 26 from 7-8 p.m. with “Retail Therapy: The Spiritual Considerations of Shopping.” Kimberly Burke, coordinator of religious education at St. Joseph Parish in Danville and a member of the Diocesan Guild of the Catholic Medical Association, will speak on the positive and negative aspects of shopping habits. The presentation will take place via Zoom. Registration is free, although free-will donations are accepted. Registration deadline is April 23 at noon, and all who register will receive a ZOOM link for the presentation. The registration link is:

St. John the Baptist in New Freedom will host an adult formation course for the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd- Level I part 1 this summer. Sessions will meet over three weekends, June 5 and 6, July 24 and 25, and Aug. 7 and 8 in the school building. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Montessori-based religious formation program for children which seeks to create and facilitate a sacred “hands on” space for children called an atrium. In the atrium, the children and the catechists can hear, ponder and celebrate the most essential mysteries of our faith. The catechist’s own in-depth formation is essential in order to guide meditations on biblical themes and liturgical signs that can draw the youngest child to fall in love with Jesus. The Level I course grounds the participant in the theory and praxis of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd while also concretely preparing her/him to develop and facilitate an atrium for 3-6 year olds. Part 2 of this course will be announced at a later date. Contact Sister Jane Keller, SSJ, in the parish’s religious education office at 717-235-2439 or for additional course information and registration.

Fundraisers & Events

The St. Pauline Foundation in Kulpmont presents its Spring Fling Raffle, April 23 from noon-6 p.m., and April 24 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the St. Pauline Center on Chestnut Street. More than 100 items, including Lennox, Vera Bradley, Rae Dunn, a Yeti cooler, patio set, microwave and television. Need not be present to win. Cost is $20 for a sheet of 26 tickets. After initial purchase, additional sheets are $10 each. Food, beverages and bake sale items will be available for purchase.

Sacred Heart School in Lancaster’s annual fundraiser, RECESS! Fundraiser opens with the opportunity to purchase a Greek take-out dinner of Pastitsio (Greek lasagna), salad and the coveted pastry, baklava. Pick up pre-ordered dinners (small for two people; large for four to six people) on Friday, May 21 from 4-7:30 p.m. Limited quantities available. The school is also selling 100 raffle tickets for the chance to win a beautiful 14k gold bracelet donated by Finch Jewelers valued at $895. The virtual silent auction with more than 25 baskets opens May 21 at 8 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. on May 23. Purchase dinners and raffle tickets:

Knights of Columbus of St. Theresa of the Infant Jesus Council, semi-annual chicken barbecue, May 2 in the school parking lot in New Cumberland from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., or until sold out. Cost of $10 includes half a chicken, potato, roll and applesauce. Tickets will not be sold prior to the event. Pick up dinners in a drive-through style in the parking lot.

Holy Family Radio, 720AM, Spring Fundraisers: It’s spring and Holy Family Radio is busily preparing for several events. Our annual Spring Pledge Drive begins April 15, lasting through May 14. Please consider supporting the only Catholic radio station in our Diocese. On May 11 at 7 p.m., we invite you to join us for FAITH RENEWED, our first virtual fundraiser. Join us as we hear from Bishop Ronald Gainer, Msgr. William King, and our main speaker, Father John Trigilio of Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary in Maryland. This event replaces our annual dinner and it’s not to be missed. An on-line auction will immediately follow the presentation and include themed baskets, dinner-theatre tickets and other special items. Please support Holy Family Radio 720 AM through your participation and generosity for all events. Purchase $25 tickets to FAITH RENEWED at Pledge Drive donations may be sent to Holy Family Radio, Inc, P.O. Box 6028, Lancaster, PA 17607-6028. For more information, call 717-525-8110. Thank you for your generosity.

St. John the Baptist Catholic School in New Freedom will hold its Annual Auction this month. This is St. John’s biggest fundraiser of the year. The theme is, “Where Faith and Education Meet.” The auction will be a week-long virtual event this year and will take place online from April 14 at 8 a.m. until April 21 at 8 p.m. You can access the auction website now and preview it until the auction starts here: All bidding will take place through this website and we will continue to add items to the website as they come in. If you have any questions, contact Development Director, Sarah Shaffer, at Please feel free to share the link with friends and family.

York Catholic High School presents “Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play” in lieu of its traditional musical stage production this spring. With the challenges the coronavirus has presented, students are preparing a recorded drama introducing them to the stylings of behind-the-scenes television and film production. The live radio play brings spies, murder, love, and other trademarks of Alfred Hitchcock to life in the style of a 1940s radio broadcast of the master of suspense’s earlier films, “The Lodger,” “Sabotage,” and “The 39 Steps.” The students have constructed the sets and props and have memorized their lines. The York Catholic musical pit orchestra students wrote and composed all of the accompanying music and were challenged to turn everyday objects into sound effects to duplicate the Foley effects of vintage radio broadcasts. An additional crew of camera operators and editors learned how to record and edit the scenes into a cohesive presentation. Virtual show times are Friday, April 16, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, April 17, at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, April 18, at 2 p.m. Virtual tickets can be purchased by visiting the York Catholic website at Stream price is $20 per device plus $3.95 service charge.

Mary, Gate of Heaven Parish in Myerstown, will host a take-out spaghetti dinner, April 24 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., or until sold out. Cost of $8 includes a hefty portion of spaghetti with meat sauce, garlic bread and salad. Baked goods will be available for additional sale. Please do not bring your own containers; take-out containers will be provided. Visit the parish on Facebook for more information.

Seven Sorrows BVM Catholic School in Middletown will launch the school’s outdoor Nature Lab on Earth Day, April 22. This hands-on classroom, envisioned by principal Rebecca Harvey, in partnership with landscape designer Kevin Boustead of Stauffers of Kissel Hill, enhances SSBVM’s early elementary curriculum. The Nature Lab shifts early childhood education from a primarily indoor, teacher-initiated model to one that embraces outdoor, child-initiated play–critical to children’s well-being. By moving children and their activities outdoors to this one-of-a-kind classroom, the experience of what they do is transformed! SSBVM students gain life skills when taking time to investigate and respond to authentic & engaging challenges during project-based lessons in the lab. The public is welcome to take part in the SSBVM Nature Lab ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, April 22nd, 2021 at 9:00 AM, 360 E. Water Street, Middletown, PA 17057.

The Harrisburg Diocesan Council of Catholic Women is seeking applicants for its scholarship award. The council’s scholarship committee will award a $1,000 scholarship to a Catholic senior high school girl for the freshman year 2021-2022 at an accredited college, university or trade school. Applicants must be sponsored by a mother, grandmother or guardian who is a member of a Parish Council of Catholic Women. The applicant and her sponsor must be residents of the Diocese of Harrisburg. Applicants must meet all conditions established by the scholarship committee as set forth in its rules and regulations, which are included in the application packet. Applications are available from parish Council of Catholic Women presidents. More information and applications can also be obtained by contacting Joyce Scott, Scholarship Chair, at 717-737-0927 or The application deadline is May 1, 2021.

Job Openings

St. Joseph Parish in Lancaster is seeking an administrative assistant. The individual will be a faithful and creative person who will provide administrative and secretarial support to our pastor and other staff in advancing the Mission and Vision of our parish to become and to make disciples of Jesus Christ. In addition, this position includes the responsibility for implementing and maintaining a comprehensive parish communication and engagement plan. Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Publisher), social media and website maintenance is required. Experience with databases is preferred. If you are interested in learning more about this part-time position, please contact Deacon Peter Jupin at 717-397-6921 or

St. Joseph School in York is currently recruiting primary teachers for the 2021-2022 school term. Interested candidates must possess Pennsylvania certification, youth protection clearances and a fervor for mentoring children in the faith. Please forward a letter of interest, professional résumé, and application requirements found at to Mrs. Corinne A. Eck, 2945 Kingston Rd., York PA 17402 or

St. Joseph School in York is seeking a part-time After-Hours supervisor. This position supports student supervision beyond the regular school day for approximately 2.5 hours and is a perfect fit for a creative person who enjoys working with children. Youth protection clearances will be required. Interested candidates may send a letter of interest to Mrs. Corinne A. Eck, 2945 Kingston Rd., York PA 17402 or

St. Joseph School in York is seeking a part-time Preschool Teacher for three and four-year-old classes. Interested candidates must possess Pennsylvania certification and youth protection clearances. Please forward a letter of interest, professional résumé, and application requirements found at to Mrs. Corinne A. Eck, 2945 Kingston Rd., York PA 17402 or

Our Mother of Perpetual Help School in Ephrata is seeking a full-time Pre-School teacher for the 2021-2022 school year. Qualifications include minimum bachelor’s degree with an active teaching certificate preferably in Early Childhood or Elementary Education. Applicants must complete the Harrisburg Diocese Professional Employment Application, submit three current letters of reference, and obtain the proper clearances. To be considered for an interview, applicants must also provide a pastor’s letter of recommendation. Please submit a cover letter, résumé, letters of reference, pastor’s letter of recommendation, and transcripts to Ms. Brenda Weaver, Principal, Our Mother of Perpetual Help Catholic School, at or Our Mother of Perpetual Help Catholic School, 330 Church Avenue, Ephrata, PA 17522. The application packet found on the Diocesan website must be completed and submitted:

St. Columba School in Bloomsburg is seeking a short-term substitute middle school (grades 5-8) mathematics teacher, with Algebra I and Algebra II experience, starting immediately until May 28, 2021. Clearances are mandatory. If you are interested in this great opportunity, contact the school at 570-784-5932 or e-mail Peter Morisco, principal, at for more information.

St. Patrick School in Carlisle has several staff and faculty openings the 2021-2022 school year. The school, with students from PreK3 to eighth grade, is looking to fill the following positions: full-time early childhood teacher (certified for K-3); full-time middle school (6-8) religion teacher; full-time middle school (6-8) science teacher; music instructor, which may be full-time or part-time depending on the applicant’s experience; part-time nurse (Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; hours flexible); part-time middle school (6-8) math teacher, a few hours daily; part-time librarian, hours and days flexible.

Interested candidates should reach out to Principal Antoinette Oliverio at or visit  and look under “About us” for employment information.

The Diocese of Harrisburg Catholic Schools Department has announced Principal Openings for the 2021-2022 school year: Our Mother of Perpetual Help in Ephrata (; St. Joseph, Hanover (; St. John the Baptist in New Freedom (; and Seven Sorrows BVM, Middletown ( Minimum qualifications: Practicing, knowledgeable Catholic; thorough understanding of Catholic School Philosophy; commitment to modeling the values of Catholic Educational Leadership; PA Administrators Certificate (or in process); Catechetical Certification (or in process) and 5 years teaching experience. For more information, see the employment listings on the Diocese of Harrisburg’s website: Send résumé and letter of interest to: Ann Everest, Department of Education; Diocese of Harrisburg; 4800 Union Deposit Road; Harrisburg, PA 17111-3710 or by e-mail:

St. Francis Xavier Parish in Gettysburg is seeking a part-time Director of Communications. This role is a member of the parish staff that works with the pastor and staff to utilize all communication tools at the parish’s disposal in order to promote the overall mission of the parish and encourage engagement and tithing among the parish family. The Director of Communications would be a de facto member of the Parish Finance Council and Parish Pastoral Council. See the full job description at

St. Francis Xavier Parish in Gettysburg is seeking a part-time Director of Evangelization. This role is a member of the parish staff who gives direction to evangelization efforts in the parish community. These efforts attend to the active community (particularly young adults and youth), to inactive Catholics, and to the unchurched. Therefore, this involves renewal and formation ministries within the parish, and outreach and welcome to those not active or connected with the Church. The Director of Evangelization aims to foster conversation and growth in discipleship among the faithful, to develop a welcoming community, to animate and equip parishioners to evangelize, and to accompany seekers or returning Catholics. Read the full job description at

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