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Diocesan Notebook – April 8

Masses & Prayer Services

Diocese of Harrisburg Cursillo Movement, Mass of Remembrance: On Saturday, April 17 at 10 a.m., there will be a special Mass in memory of all deceased Cursillistas of the Diocese at St. Jude Thaddeus Church in Mifflintown. Father William Weary will be the celebrant. Deceased members of a Cursillista’s immediate family or friends may also be included. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will not be serving refreshments after the Mass. Attend in person, or to watch the Mass on livestream. E-mail with names of deceased and date of death for those who have died since April 13, 2019. Anyone planning to attend in person, should e-mail by April 15 with your name and phone number. The link to watch the livestream will be sent in the Cursillo E-News, and available on the website

Retreats & Pilgrimages

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 2022 with Father Michael Reid, pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Hanover. Father Reid will lead a group of 24 pilgrims on an active and spiritual tour of the Holy Land, Jan. 31-Feb. 11, 2022. The 12-day itinerary organized by Select International Tours includes Mount Tabor, Nazareth, Cana, Galilee, Tabgha, Magdala, Mount of Beatitudes, Capernaum, Mount Carmel, Caesaria Maritima, Bethlehem, Shepherd’s Field, Jericho, Baptism Site, The Dead Sea (with optional visit to Masada), Mount of Olives, Mount Zion, Jerusalem, St Anne’s Church, and Ein Karem. Land and Air cost is $3,695; a deposit of $500 is required by Oct. 3, 2021. Flights depart from and return to Newark International Airport. For a brochure and other information, please contact Father Reid at 717-637-4625, ext. 113.

“Deep Calls to Deep” is a virtual, guided, retreat, April 17 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., sponsored by the Saint Cyril Spiritual Center in Danville. The retreat is presented by LuAnn Sgrecci O’Connell and Lois Miller. This is a guided retreat that will allow you to spend a day exploring new prayer practices and revisiting others as a means of going deeper with God, including centering prayer and praying with collage. The day will consist of guided prayer experiences, teaching and sharing. “Prayer is sitting in the silence until it silences us, choosing gratitude until we are grateful, and praising God until we ourselves are acts of praise,” said Father Richard Rohr. The presenters are seasoned retreat directors. LuAnn is a life-long explorer, learner and teacher. Her current roles are spiritual director, retreat leader, and “retired” homeschool mom to five, and co-op lit teacher. Her degrees in economics and public policy analysis inform her concern for politics and social justice. Lois is a spiritual director who received her training through Kairos School of Spiritual Formation. Lois has a B.S. in elementary education. Currently, Lois is involved in pastoral care and prayer ministries in her church, and companioning others as a spiritual director and mentor. For more details and to register by April 9, call 570-275-3581 or visit After registering, you will be contacted via your email for a link.

Education & Enrichment

The Vatican International Exhibit of Eucharistic Miracles of the World, hosted at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Cornwall, April 4-11. This photographic exhibit tells the stories of 153 Church-approved Eucharistic Miracles, displaying the events where the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist has been made physically present in flesh and blood, became luminous or appeared with images. The exhibit will be available for viewing in the Parish Center from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day from April 4-11.

Beginning Experience Weekend cancelled. The Harrisburg Beginning Experience Weekend scheduled for April 16-18 has been cancelled. The Harrisburg Beginning Experience Team regrets that we have to cancel our spring weekend due to the continued concerns about COVID-19.

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 Webinar” with Mike Aquilana, Tuesday, April 13. Webinar is free, with book study led by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS. Visit Fall study of the “Queen of Militants.” For more Information, contact Chris Arnold at or 717-379-6041.

Fundraisers & Events

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. 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 by April 5, 2021 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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Submission Deadline

The deadline for submissions to the biweekly Notebook/Parish Obituaries listing is every other Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. Please refer to the Publication Schedule for edition dates and deadlines.

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