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Diocesan Notebook – April 25

Masses and Prayer Services

A “Notre Dame Mothers’ Mass,” hosted by the Notre Dame Club of Harrisburg, will be celebrated Sunday, May 5 at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Penn State Health Holy Spirit Hospital in Camp Hill. Join members of the club and the Sisters of Christian Charity after Mass for fellowship and light refreshments, provided by the club. Please RSVP to so we will have sufficient refreshments prepared. Free parking is available in front of the hospital. This Mass fulfills the Sunday obligation.

St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Mechanicsburg will host a 40th Anniversary of Ordination Celebration for Father Kenneth Smith on Sunday, May 19. Mass will be celebrated at 3 p.m., followed by a reception and dinner in the education center. RSVP to Sally Lanza by May 6 at or 717-697-8716, ext. 224.

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. 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. The sensory-friendly Masses are scheduled for Sundays, 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.

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 annual Diocesan pilgrimage to the National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes in Emmitsburg, Md., will be Thursday, August 1. The morning is set aside for private/small group devotions and reflections at the Shrine. Priests will be available to hear Confessions from 9:30-11 a.m. Following bring-your-own lunch (with something to share), the afternoon is reserved for liturgical celebrations: Holy Mass and Eucharistic Adoration. Please contact Father Michael Reid at 717-637-4625, ext. 115, for further information. If your group will be hosting a bus for travel to the Shrine, please contact Father Reid with that information.

The Harrisburg Diocesan Council of Catholic Women will have their tenth annual prayer shawl retreat, Saturday, June 8 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, June 3, 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 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. Cost is $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

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

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Conewago will host a summer Bible study, “Where Are You, God?” Why is it that sometimes God seems to be absent – or at least silent – when everything is going wrong? Come and ponder where God might be in the midst of life’s misfortunes, and figure out what we can do differently. Father Dwight Schlaline, pastor, will be the presenter. Sessions are “When God Seems Absent in Temptation,” Monday, July 1; “In Failure,” Monday, July 15; and “In Tragedy,” Monday, July 29. All sessions are at 6:30 p.m. in the gym. Bring your Bible.

The St. Katharine Drexel Parish Tear Drops Prayer Group invites you to join them for prayer on the fourth 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 a cemetery clean-up event. 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 and Mount Calvary Cemetery, both in Harrisburg. Clean-up will be at Holy Cross from 9:30 a.m.-noon, and at Mount Calvary in the afternoon, beginning at approximately 1 p.m. 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.

Trinity High School in Camp Hill will have a concert to benefit the Interfaith Shelter for Homeless Families, Wednesday, May 1 at 5 p.m. in the school auditorium. The event is free, but donations will be accepted to benefit the shelter.

Knights in Action will have their third annual golf tournament to raise funds for the Diocesan Camp at Kirchenwald, a weeklong summer camp for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The tournament will be June 15 at the Carlisle Barracks Golf Course, with registration at 12:30 p.m., shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. and meal and awards at 6 p.m. Cost is $85 per person, $340 per foursome by May 15. Four-person scramble, beer and drinks, and team and skill prizes. Sponsorship opportunities available. Send check, payable to Knights in Action, along with player registration names and contact information, to Knights in Action, P.O. Box 718, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055.

The St. Catherine Laboure CCW will have a Kauffman’s chicken dinner fundraiser on May 15. Pick will be from 4:30-6 p.m. in Leo Hall. Dinner includes chicken, baked potato, roll, applesauce, vegetable and dessert. Cost is $13.  Tickets will be on sale in the narthex April 27-28 and May 4-5. For tickets, please email or call 570-590-1116.

Knights of Columbus Council 3501 in Middletown is hosting a chicken barbeque on Sunday, May 19, from 9 a.m.-1p.m. at Seven Sorrows School parking lot. Tickets cost $12 and include half a Kauffman’s chicken, baked potato, roll, applesauce and bottled water. Tickets will be sold in the narthex at weekend Masses through May 12 and are also available Monday-Friday at the parish office. For tickets or additional information, contact Jim Young at 717-856-7088.

An Ignatius Book Fair will be held in the gym at Sacred Heart of Jesus School in Lancaster, May 12-14. The book fair is open to the public May 12, from 9 a.m.-noon, and May 14 from 2:30-5:30 p.m.

Prince of Peace Parish Knights of Columbus Council #3625 in Steelton is sponsoring their all-you-can-eat breakfast on Sunday, May 19, from 9 a.m.-noon. The breakfast includes eggs, pancakes, sausage, bacon, hash browns, muffins, juice and coffee for $10. Children ages 6-12 are $7 and children age 5 and under are free. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

Prince of Peace Parish in Steelton will have its “Spaghetti On Second” Dinner on Sunday, April 28, from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Parish Center. The dinner includes tossed salad, Italian bread, homemade pasta, two meatballs and coffee for $12. Beverages, such as water and soda are $1 each. Desserts are available and priced accordingly. Please contact our Parish Office at 717-985-1330 to purchase tickets for the dinner. Following the dinner, we will be selling sauce, pasta and meatballs to take home. Please bring your own container or we will have containers available.

Italian Dinner, Slavic Style, at St. Ann Byzantine Parish in Harrisburg – Enjoy a homemade dinner that includes five farmer cheese perohi covered in Italian sauce (meat or meatless), salad and garlic bread for only $10 on Saturday, April 27, from 3-6 p.m. Eat-in or take-out. Visit www.stannbyzorg for more information.

Perohi and kielbasi sales at St. Ann Byzantine Parish in Harrisburg will take place May through November on the first Wednesdays and Saturdays and third Wednesdays of the month, from 10 a.m.-noon. The perohi are sold frozen for $7 a bag; the frozen smoked kielbasa is sold for $8 a ring. Visit www.stannbyzorg for more information.

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.

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

St. Margaret Mary School in Harrisburg is seeking a new principal. Desired qualifications: practicing, knowledgeable Catholic; interest in a Classical Education Model; PA administrative certification; 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.

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

St. Cyril Preschool and Kindergarten in Danville is looking for an ambitious, patient, enthusiastic teacher who has a love for children and teaching. We are in need of a full-time teacher for the 2024-2025 school year to teach 10 three-year-olds in a classroom setting. Please contact the principal, Sister Donna Marie, at 570-275-1505.

Morning Star Pregnancy Services is hiring. Do you have a heart for life and for supporting pregnant mothers and families? Morning Star currently has openings at our Harrisburg clinic for a part-time bookkeeper and full-time administrative assistant. To learn more about these opportunities and how you can apply to join our life-saving ministry, visit us 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

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