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Diocesan Notebook – April 28

Masses and Prayer Services

A Mass of Thanksgiving to God for all newly initiated and newly received will take place May 22 at 4 p.m. at St. Patrick Cathedral in Harrisburg. Parishes are asked to register and send their parishioners who were initiated and/or received during the past two years, along with sponsors, to participate in this inaugural event. Registration can be found at Please register by May 15, 2022.

St. Rose of Lima Church in York will host Padre Pio’s relics on May 5 and 6. St. Pio of Pietrelcina is known for his piety and charity and especially for the five wounds of our Lord’s passion that appeared on his body, making him the first stigmatized priest in the history of the Catholic Church. Mass will be celebrated the morning of May 5, at a time still to be announced by the parish. Veneration will take place from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. On May 6, veneration will be from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Mass. For more information, call the parish at 717-846-4935.

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.

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.

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

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.

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. Registration is $95 for a cabin and $130 for the lodge. 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

Holy Family Radio AM720 is holding their second annual on-line auction. Gift cards to lots of local restaurants, artwork, gift baskets, and other great items will be available for bid. All proceeds benefit Holy Family Radio, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. Visit and click on the link to the auction, which is May 13-21, concluding on the final day at 9 p.m. For more information, call 717-525-8110.

The 20th Annual Interfaith Shelter Golf Classic to benefit Catholic Charities will take place on Monday, May 9 at Colonial Country Club in Harrisburg. Registration starts at 11:30 a.m. with golf beginning at 1 p.m. The day includes a registration gift, a boxed lunch, practice area and putting green, 18 holes of golf (scramble format) with cart, and a buffet dinner after golf. Various team and skill prizes available, as well as a fantastic sports memorabilia auction and other door prizes. Registration is $100 per player, and various sponsorships with additional benefits are available. For more information, visit or contact Christopher Meehan at 717-657-4804 or

St. Patrick Parish in York will hold a Blessing of the Bikes on Saturday, May 7 at 10 a.m. The entire community is welcome. There will be a blessing for bikes of all types, asking God for safety and the protection of His angels. The blessing will be in the parish parking lot at East College and South Beaver streets. For more information, contact St. Patrick Parish at 717-848-2007 or visit

The Knights in Action Golf Tournament is seeking sponsors and players for the event, which will benefit the Diocesan camp at Camp Kirchenwald. The camp is administered by the Diocesan Office of Ministry with People with Disabilities every August. The gold tournament is June 11 at the Carlisle Barracks Golf Club, with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $75/player, $25/guest for the Saturday tournament banquet. Registration deadline May 21. Early Registration is May 15 and a discount of $280 for a foursome. For more information, call Mike Yakubick at 717-329-2725 or Steve Franchak at 717-695-3506. Registration and sponsorship forms are available at

The musical production “Godspell” scheduled at St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Mechanicsburg has been cancelled due to illness among cast members. Anyone who purchased tickets for the April 29 and 30 shows will be reimbursed through the online ticket agency. The parish hopes to reschedule the performance this fall.

St. Joan of Arc Parish in Hershey will have its 48th Annual Parish Festival, June 9-11 from 5-10 p.m. each night. Great homemade food, children’s games and activities, kids inflatable, face painting, silent auction (including a trip to Sicily), games of skill and bingo. Raffle items include cash, beautiful gift baskets, Hershey restaurants, authentic sports memorabilia, and a Christian Pulisic jersey. Shop jewelry, plants, garden bounties, bake sale, crafts and more. Musical entertainment on Thursday is DJ Dave Willey; Friday is Crossing Abbey Road; and Saturday is the Happy Slovenes. For more information, call 717-533-7168 or visit

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Mechanicsburg is having its first annual Spring Bazaar on Saturday, May 21, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., featuring vendors, raffles, book sales and food. Browse and purchase from a wide variety of over 40 vendors, take a chance at raffle prizes such as a grill, bistro set, bushel of crabs, many themed items, lottery tickets and so much more. Located at 310 Hertzler Road, Mechanicsburg.

St. Catherine Labouré Parish in Harrisburg is hosting a Spring Cleaning Community Yard Sale on Saturday, May 14 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost is $15 for one table or $25 for two tables. Inside and outside tables are available. Reserve your table today at or by calling the parish office at 717-564-1321, ext. 133.

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

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+.

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.

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.

Ballroom dancing, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus of St. Aloysius Parish in Littlestown, will take place 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

The Diocese of Harrisburg is seeking principals for the following Catholic schools for the 2022-2023 school year: St. Joseph School in Hanover (; Harrisburg Catholic Elementary School (; St. Theresa School, New Cumberland (; St. John the Baptist School, New Freedom (; St. Rose of Lima School in Thomasville (; and St. Leo the Great School in Rohrerstown ( 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 of teaching experience. For more information see the employment listings at 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 to

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 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.

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

St. Rose of Lima Parish in East Hanover, N.J., is looking for a Youth Ministry Director who will be responsible for implementing and leading a successful Life Teen & Edge program. Experience as director of youth ministry in a parish, or other proven leadership experience, as well as experience with Life Teen is strongly preferred. A letter of recommendation from your pastor as well as two additional letters are required. This position includes frequent weekend and weeknight responsibilities. The parish is prepared to offer a relocation bonus. For application information, e-mail Kelly Robertazzi, Youth Ministry Assistant, at or call Cathy Seborowski at 973-887-5572, ext. 128.

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