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Diocesan Notebook – April 22

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

Resurrection Catholic School in Lancaster will host an open house on Saturday, May 1, at 10 a.m. The open house will include tours of the building, various student art projects, classwork from students of all grades, refreshments and gift card raffles. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, social distancing and mask-wearing are required. For more information, contact Amanda Lyda at 717-392-3083.

Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg’s Cigar and Bourbon Social, May 20 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Hilton Harrisburg Hotel. The cocktail-style fundraiser will include cigar and bourbon tastings, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction on the Hilton’s front patio. For information and tickets, click on the Development link at

Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg’s annual golf outing will be held at the Country Club of Harrisburg on May 24. Registration and lunch at 11:30 a.m., shotgun start at 1 p.m., dinner follows the round. Event includes raffles, games and mulligans. For information on sponsorship and registration, click on the Development link at

St. Columba School in Bloomsburg will host a Virtual 5K Run in May and June. For the past nine years, the school has hosted the Leprechaun 5K Loop in March. Due to the pandemic, the school will have the SCS Virtual 5K Run, with registrations accepted through May 1. Each registrant will receive merchandise as a keepsake of the race and will be able to complete the race on his/her time and on his/her course. The keepsake memorabilia consists of a t-shirt, medal, bib and prayer card. Registration will be available at Packet pickup is scheduled for May 22. On packet pick up day, we will also host a food sale in the cafeteria. The take-out only sale will include soups, chili, hoagies and baked goods. Volunteers will be needed to organize the merchandise per registrant for pick up and to work at the food sale and pick up stand. For information on volunteering to assemble packets or donate food, visit the school’s website.

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.

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.

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. Patrick Parish in York is seeking a part-time Coordinator of Religious Education. This person would be responsible for undertaking the coordination for our parish religious education program, including administration of the religious education program, communications with families, maintaining records, ordering of supplies, coordinating teachers, preparations for First Communion, First Penance & Confirmation and reporting, Diocesan reporting, and other tasks.  The position requires a team player who is trustworthy, dependable and willing to maintain confidentiality. To apply, please request an application and submit your resume by May 1, 2021 to Father John Bateman, 219 S Beaver St., York, PA 17401.

St. Patrick Parish in York is seeking a part-time Financial Secretary. This person would be responsible for bookkeeping tasks in the parish office. They must have a basic background in business and bookkeeping or accounting to handle the office functions relating to cash receipts, accounts payable, and payroll/benefits within strict time constraints. Trustworthiness, reliability, willingness to maintain confidentiality and the ability to complete routine and delegated assignments in a timely manner are essential.  They must obtain all necessary clearances and child protection trainings.  The position is 15-hours per week as assistance and backup to our Office Administrator. To apply, please request an application and submit your resume by May 1, 2021 to Father John Bateman, 219 S Beaver St, York, PA 17401.

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:

Undefeated Courage is seeking nurses to staff its mobile ultrasound unit. Shifts available Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., FTE: PRN with no maximum hours. Hourly rate: $22. PA RN license is required for this position. Must be trained in limited obstetric abdominal/transvaginal ultrasound or open to training. The mobile unit will be deployed to abortion clinics to change the way abortion-minded women look at their pregnancy. The mission of Undefeated Courage is to help women choose life for their baby and themselves. Undefeated Courage is a sidewalk advocacy organization in Central Pennsylvania that provides prayer, pregnancy testing, education on pregnancy, referral to local pregnancy care centers and other social/legal services outside of abortion clinics at no cost or judgement. A free ultrasound is an obstetrical tool used to evaluate the health of the pregnancy and can be a method for abortion-minded women to make informed decisions about their pregnancy after reviewing their ultrasounds. Visit for more information and an application.

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