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Diocesan Notebook – August 31

Masses and Prayer Services

A Mass for Hope & Healing will be celebrated by Bishop Timothy Senior on Tuesday, September 19 at 7 p.m. at St. Catherine Labouré Church in Harrisburg. During this Mass, we will pray for and with survivors of clerical sexual abuse. All are encouraged to attend.

Have you, or someone you know, lost a child? Join us for the first Diocesan Remembrance Mass for Child Loss on November 4 at 10 a.m. at St. Matthew Parish in Dauphin. Anyone who has lost a child, regardless of how old he or she was at death, is welcome to grieve and heal with others who carry the same cross. Light refreshments will follow, with an opportunity to learn about a new apostolate coming to the Diocese: Red Bird Ministries. Registration is encouraged, but not required: https://www.hbgdiocese.org/event/remembrance-mass-for-child-loss/.

The Consecration of two newly constructed marble altars (altar of repose and altar of sacrifice) at St. Jude Thaddeus Church in Mifflintown will take place Friday, October 6 at 7 p.m. during Mass celebrated by Bishop Ronald Gainer, Bishop Emeritus of Harrisburg. A dinner for the bishop and all the priests, deacons and deacons’ wives will be held at 5 p.m. in the parish social hall. Three days of 24/7 Eucharistic Exposition and Adoration will follow, interspersed by weekend Masses. Closing will be 4 p.m. Sunday, October 8, with an outdoor Eucharistic procession, vespers and Benediction, followed by a parish dinner in the church social hall, to which priests and deacons are also invited. Priests and deacons are asked to RSVP for the Friday dinner to frweary@sacredheartlewistown.com by Monday, September 25.

The 2023 Pennsylvania March for Life will take place on State Street in Harrisburg on Monday, October 16. The schedule includes a prayer and praise pre-rally on the Main Stage in front of the Capitol at 10 a.m., the rally on the Capitol steps at 11 a.m., with opening prayer led by Bishop Timothy Senior, the March around the Capitol complex at noon, and testimonials by Silent No More on the top of the Capitol steps at 1 p.m. Holy Mass will be offered at 9:30 a.m., noon and 1:30 p.m. at St. Patrick Cathedral. Confession will be available. Everyone in the Diocese of Harrisburg and the greater Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is invited and strongly encouraged to attend. We will unite in prayer and number to support protecting the sanctity of human life in Pennsylvania. More information can be found at https://marchforlife.org/pennsylvania-march-for-life/.

St. Patrick Parish in York celebrates the 125th anniversary of the dedication of their current Church. The new (and current) church building was dedicated on September 11, 1898. St. Patrick Parish will celebrate the 125th anniversary of the dedication of its church on Sunday, September 10, at the 5 p.m. Mass. Attendees will include Bishop Timothy Senior and many of the clergy who have served the people of the parish over the past years.

A “Blue Mass” to honor, pray for, and bless all policemen and women, firefighters and EMS responders will be celebrated on Monday, September 11 at 6 p.m. at Seven Sorrows BVM Church in Middletown. All those in attendance will be given a special blessing toward the end of Mass. First responders are encouraged to bring their apparatus and wear their uniforms. The “Blue Mass” is a tradition where police, firefighters and EMS responders gather for a special celebration and blessing for their work for the community. The “Blue” distinguishes the blue-colored uniforms predominantly used by those in public services. The Blue Mass, even though held in a Catholic church, is an opportunity for people of all faiths to gather as a community to show gratitude for these public servants and pray for their safety. For more information, contact Matt Sheaffer at sheaf418@comcast.net or 717-319-9065.

The next Caelorum will be held at St. Joan of Arc Church in Hershey on Wednesday, September 13 at 7 p.m. 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. All are welcome. For questions, call Lou at 717-215-4175.

St. Joseph Parish in Mechanicsburg will host a Eucharistic Revival Parish Mission, October 14-19. Come, rekindle your personal faith in the profound truth of the Eucharist. Welcome our Lord and King into your life as you never have before. Special guest speaker, Father Wade L. J. Menezes, CPM, host of the EWTN radio show “Open Line,” will speak on the theme, “The Most Holy Eucharist – Gift and Sacrament.” Father Menezes will be the homilist at all Masses – Saturday 4 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m., 9:45 a.m. (ASL and livestreamed), and 11:30 a.m.; Sunday through Wednesday – 5:30 p.m. Sacrament of Reconciliation, 7 p.m. Adoration and talk, 8:15 p.m. Sacrament of Reconciliation. Thursday – 5:30 p.m. Sacrament of Reconciliation, 7 p.m. Mass and final talk. Talk topics: Sunday – The Eucharist as Foreshadowed in both the Old and New Testaments; Monday – Eucharistic Miracles; Tuesday – The Church Fathers on Eucharistic Doctrine; Wednesday – Rekindling Eucharistic Amazement: The Saints and the Eucharist; Thursday – The ‘Most Blessed’ of the Seven Sacraments. Full details are available at www.stjosephmech.org/parish-mission, or by calling the St. Joseph Parish office at 717-766-9433.

The Catholic Family Connection of Lancaster will have a Holy Hour and potluck dinner, Sunday, September 24, at St. James Parish in Lititz. A guided Holy Hour will begin at 5 p.m., followed by the potluck at 6 p.m. Bring a dish to share. RSVP via e-mail to catholic.families.lanc@gmail.com.

Feast of St. Padre Pio, weekend celebration, at the National Centre for Padre Pio in Barto, Pa. On September 23, there will be 10:30 a.m. Mass offered by Bishop Alfred Schlert of the Diocese of Allentown with Eucharistic Procession to follow, as well as 1:30 p.m. Mass and Novena prayers. September 24, there will be noon Mass and Novena prayers. The Centre is open from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The Rosary will be prayed 30 minutes prior to each Mass. Confessions offered throughout the day on Saturday. No Confessions offered on Sunday. Food provided by Cast Iron Creations throughout the duration of the weekend.

St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Hanover hosts a monthly Holy Hour during which a regional Children’s Rosary Group gathers to pray the Holy Rosary. The next two Holy Hours, which begin with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 2 p.m., are scheduled for Sunday, September 10 and Sunday, October 15. Through prayer of the Rosary, Our Lady will guide our young people while at the same time sanctify families and parishes. For further information, please contact Mrs. Vicki Bunty at 717-632-3245.

Retreats & Pilgrimages

The Harrisburg Diocesan Council of Catholic Women invites all women of the Diocese to their Fall Mini RetreatA renewed encounter with Jesus in the Eucharist,” on Saturday, September 16, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at St. Katharine Drexel Church in Mechanicsburg. Keynote speaker, Betsy Schaedler, will speak on Stay with me, Lord: The Eucharist and Adoration. The day includes Mass and will end with Adoration and Benediction. Cost is $10 and includes brunch. Register by September 5 by contacting Terri Gelles at 717-398-9023 or email tgelles@comcast.net.

St. Patrick Parish in Carlisle is planning a pilgrimage to the Holy Land for October 27-November 4, 2024. Father Don Bender, pastor of St. Patrick, will be leading this trip. Join us at our presentation at the Parish Activity Center on Marsh Drive, Carlisle on Thursday, October 26, at 6 p.m. For more information or to RSVP, contact Cynthia Adams at Stpatsisrael24@gmail.com.

Join Father Kenneth Smith on a pilgrimage to Ireland, April 17-26, 2024. Trip includes Daily Mass, professional local guide, 8 nights accommodation (3 nights in Dublin, 1 night in Galway, 1 night in Knock, 3 nights in Donegal), breakfast and dinner daily, land transportation by private deluxe motorcoach, roundtrip airfare from Washington Dulles Airport to Dublin on nonstop flights on United Airlines, roundtrip domestic motorcoach transportation from Mechanicsburg to Washington Dulles Airport, and more, for $4,198 per person/double occupancy. For complete details on this pilgrimage, please contact George’s International Tours, 1-800-566-7499, sales@georgesintl.com, or Karen Hurley, k.m.hurley1@gmail.com.

The Rosary Group of St. Joseph Parish, Hanover, is sponsoring a bus trip to the Dominican Rosary Pilgrimage at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., on September 30. For more information and seat availability, contact Carolyn Blaszczyk at cbis4@comcast.net.

Seeking volunteers for Mission trip to México. The Franciscan Sisters of Divine Providence are in search of tradesmen and tradeswomen willing and able to assist them in improving their convent facilities. Projects vary and have included concrete work, carpentry and painting. This journey is a continuation of trips conducted over the past twenty years by men and women from parishes in Hanover, York and Lancaster led by Father Joseph Gotwalt and now by Father Michael Reid. Mission trip location is the Convento Fransiscano Tlalixtaquilla, Guerrero, Mexico, January 16-27, 2024. Please text Mary Reid Graci at 717-756-9689 for more information.

Education & Enrichment

Annunciation BVM Catholic Church’s Family Ministry is hosting a special event led by Mrs. Marianna Taylor. This event is for all in the community and is a great opportunity to learn more about how to help our kids manage technology in a healthy way. High school students, parents, grandparents, and other adults are welcome to attend. The event is free, and there is childcare during the event for kids in grades PK-8. It will take place at Delone Catholic High School, 140 S. Oxford St., McSherrystown, on Sunday, September 24, from 7:30-9 p.m. To RSVP, please email littlewayministriesabvm@gmail.com.

Parish volunteers in the Cumberland Deanery parishes invite caregivers to the 10th Annual Caregivers’ Day of Prayer and Care to be held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Mechanicsburg, on Saturday, October 14 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Most of us know of someone who is involved in providing care for a family member, a neighbor, or friend. That someone might be you. Caregivers often describe their service as simply “doing what needs to be done.” However, the hours spent caring can leave little time for relaxation, spiritual renewal or connecting with others. The Day of Prayer and Care will include a prayer service with the blessing of hands, and various activities for enjoyment. There is no cost for the day, but pre-registration is required. Please contact Mary Brenner at 717-991-4821.

The Conewago District Council of Catholic Women (CDCCW) will hold the 86th Annual Mass and Dinner on Thursday, September 14. Mass will be celebrated at 6 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier Parish, 25 W. High Street in Gettysburg. Dinner will follow at the Gettysburg Fire Department Social Hall, 35 North Stratton Street. Cost is $25 per person. Guest speaker is Dr. Reverend Angel Perez, Director of the Adams Christian Prison Ministries. All women from the Conewago Deanery are invited to attend. Please RSVP to Nancy Newbold at 717-420-5145 or johnbnewbold@yahoo.com by September 4.

The 2023 Charismatic Day of Renewal will take place September 16 from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. This year’s theme is “Healing: Jesus’ Way” and will be hosted at the Diocesan Center in Harrisburg. Father Dwight D. Schlaline, pastor of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Hanover, will provide the keynote address and will celebrate a Healing Mass. Bishop Timothy Senior will preside for the Benediction. To register online, go to www.aliveinthespirit.net. The cost is $20 which includes lunch. Registration deadline is September 12. Please be prepared to pay by credit card only.

A Retrouvaille weekend for couples experiencing marital problems will take place September 29-October 1 in Mechanicsburg. The program is for couples who want to take steps towards healing their marriage. Couples who are considering separation and those who are already separated or divorced are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact the registration team at 717-356-2185 or visit www.HelpOurMarriage.org.

The Diocese of Harrisburg’s Formation Ministry of Spiritual Direction is accepting applications from individuals who feel called to be a spiritual director. The three-year program of formation is designed for adults experienced in the spiritual life who are seeking to discern this call and to deepen the gifts of wisdom, faith and discernment give by the Spirit for this ministry, as well as the necessary qualities, presence and interpersonal skills. Formation sessions will meet monthly at the Diocesan Center in Harrisburg or through Zoom. For more information, contact Sister Geralyn Schmidt, SCC, at srgschmidt@hbgdiocese.org, 717-657-4804, ext. 254, or 717-712-9298 (cell). Applications are due by September 30.

Upcoming Women of Grace Studies and Events: Women of Grace Foundational Study at Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Middletown, Saturday mornings September 9 through November 11 (excluding October 21) from 9-11 a.m. Contact Chris Arnold at carnold@womenofgrace.com or 717-379-6041. Women of Grace Foundational Study will be offered at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Enola, September 12 through November 7, Tuesday mornings from 9-11 a.m. Contact Linda K. Keister, Women of Grace Facilitator, at lkanzkei@msn.com or 717-732-0772 (please leave a message). Women of Grace Foundational Study will be offered at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Mechanicsburg, September 13 through November 8, Wednesday mornings from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Contact Linda K. Keister, Women of Grace Facilitator, at lkanzkei@msn.com or call 717-732-0772 (please leave a message).

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.

The Mental Health Ministry at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Mechanicsburg is offering two types of spiritual support groups: a group for individuals who are experiencing mental illness, and a group for family members and friends of those experiencing mental illness. Meetings are now being held on the second and fourth Wednesday evenings of each month. We will gather in the Bayley Conference Room for open discussion, and then move to separate locations for the Spiritual Support Group meetings. Participants are welcome to either join us for open discussion at 7 p.m., or arrive at 7:30 p.m. for the small group meetings, which will meet separately until 9 p.m. Contact Pastoral Assistant Donna Nebistinsky for more information at donna@steas.net or 717-697-6929.

The Central PA Post of the Catholic War Veteran Post 707 meets once a month (with remote/Zoom options for each meeting) on the Second Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at 112 State Street, Harrisburg, next to St. Lawrence Church. Dues are $35 per year. The group is looking for new members. The Catholic War Veterans were created by Father Edward Higgins of Astoria, New York, and blessed by Pope Pius the XI. It is a national Congressionally Chartered organization with state and local chapters. Any baptized Catholic who has served in uniform is qualified. A member does not have to have served in a war. If you’re interested in joining the Catholic War Veterans, contact Col. (retired) Bob DeSousa, AY’14, Commander of Central Pennsylvania Post 707, at cptjag@yahoo.com or text 717-648-8317.

Events & Fundraisers

Get Connected, an event of food, fun and fellowship for young adults ages 20-39 will take place Sunday, September 10 at St. Margaret Mary Church in Harrisburg. Attendees will gather for Mass at the church at 11:30 a.m. and then enjoy a potluck lunch and games at the parish pavilion. During lunch, leaders from regional Catholic young adult groups will be invited to introduce themselves and talk briefly about their groups and upcoming events. The event will conclude at 5 p.m. Participants are encouraged to bring a dish to share and to register what they’ll bring at this link. Staff will be on hand beginning at 10:30 a.m. to accept food. The pavilion includes a refrigerator, freezer and electrical outlets. Food may also be brought to the pavilion after Mass. The free event is hosted by the Diocesan Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry.

St. Peter Parish in Columbia will host an International Gourmet Gala to honor the traditional foods of members of the diverse parish on Saturday, November 4, from 6-9 p.m. in the Parish Center, Second and Union Streets in Columbia. The International Gourmet Gala will celebrate the parish’s diversity by including dishes prepared by parishioners eager to share their heritage. Foods from Mediterranean countries, Northern Europe, the British Isles, India, Asia, Africa, the Philippines and the Caribbean will be served. Young adults of the parish will serve the buffet style meal and lend a hand with cleanup. The Gala will feature live music and songs from many of the countries represented. Carole Bitts, director of music at the parish, has enlisted several local instrumental musicians and members of the church choir to provide music for listening and dancing. Seating is limited and reservations are required no later than October 15. For more information, contact the parish office at 717-684-7070. Ticket price is $50pp or $90 per couple. The menu will include: hors d’ oeuvres: soft pretzels (Germany) and guacamole (Mexico) with chips; pasta (Italy), lumpiang shanghai (Filipino egg rolls), pirogues & kielbasa (Polish), haricots verts aux amandes (green beans almandine) (Caribbean), stuffed grape leaves and hummus (Mediterranean), colcannon (Irish), naan (Indian bread), blue smoke soul food & salad. Desserts will feature petit fours (French), and kuchen (German).

St. Cecilia’s Big Bingo will be held on Sunday, October 1, at 750 State Drive, Lebanon. Doors and kitchen open at 11 a.m. and Bingo starts at 1 p.m. There will be 24 big cash games, 50/50 and a jackpot. Cost is $25.

Mother Cabrini Parish in Shamokin will have its annual chicken barbecue, Sunday, October 8, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the “Cabrini Shed” at the corner of Race and Cherry Streets. The dinner will include a ½ chicken, baked potato, baked beans, cranberry sauce, roll and “a sweet.” Cost is $12. Tickets can be purchased at Mother Cabrini Parish Office, Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. or by calling 570-648-4512. Deadline to place an order is noon on Tuesday, September 26. Dinner is take-out only.

Knights of Columbus of St. Bernard Parish in New Bloomfield will have a used book sale, Thursday and Friday, September 28 and 29 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday, September 30 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Thousands of titles to choose from, plus more than 300 religious books and statues. The sale will be at St. Bernard Parish.

St. Theresa’s Parish Athletic Association in New Cumberland will host its inaugural “Shamrock Showdown” basketball game between priests and eighth-grade students. The event will be October 20 from 6-8 p.m. at Trinity High School in Camp Hill. Eighth grade boys and girls basketball players, “The Saints,” will take on the “Men in Black” in a friendly game of basketball. The event will include concessions, a 50/50 raffle and a halftime show. Donations will be accepted at the door to benefit the St. Francis Soup Kitchen. Tickets at the door are $2 for students and $3 for adults. Visit www.stpaa.sportngin.com/home for donation information.

If you were involved with Young Adult Ministry (YAM) in the Harrisburg Diocese from 1976-1980’s, you are invited to a reunion on Saturday, September 16. Picnic from 1-4 p.m. at the Brenner home in Camp Hill. The time together will include a picnic meal, lots of conversation and the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass to conclude the reunion. Please contact Mary (Small) Brenner at mbrennerscl@yahoo.com or 717-991-4821 by September 6 for details.

The Carlisle Area Family Life Center invites you to join us for our annual Autumn-Fest on Friday, September 15 from 6-9 p.m. at the pavilion behind the LeTort View Community Center on the Carlisle Barracks. Support Carlisle’s only pro-life pregnancy and family resource center. Enjoy a pulled pork and Italian sausage dinner, listen to music provided by Bluestone Bluegrass Band and visit with friends under the stars. You can also have fun bidding on silent and live auction items. Tickets are $35 each and can be purchased at CAFLC, by calling 717-243-6544 or online at www.carlisleareafamilylifecenter.org. Ticket price includes dinner and two drinks.  Please purchase your tickets as soon as possible and before September 1 since we need to provide a guest list to the LVCC two weeks before the event.

Birthright of Sunbury’s 40th Anniversary celebration is Saturday, November 4 at 6 p.m. at the Masonic Building in Northumberland, with a social, dinner, program and silent auction. Tickets are $30 per person, or $210 for a table of eight. You also may purchase a table in remembrance of a loved one or friend for $210. For information or tickets, call 570-286-8560.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Mechanicsburg will have its Oktoberfest event on Saturday, September 30 from 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. An assortment of German foods and desserts will be featured, in addition to a variety of draft beers in the Biergarten. Event features a live German Band and dancing (5-8 p.m.), bingo, wine pull, bake sale, mum sale, bounce house, kids’ games (10 a.m.- 4 p.m.) with awesome prizes and activities for all ages, including sand art, corn dig, pumpkin decorating, and more. Event held rain or shine.

St. Theresa Parish in New Cumberland will have its 7th annual Fall Fun Fest on Saturday, September 16 from 3-9 p.m. on the school grounds. Everyone is invited to come out and enjoy a fun time for the whole family! There will be food trucks, craft beer, wine, basket raffles, bingo, desserts, children’s games, face painting, money raffles and entertainment. For more information, please email Mark Reilly at markr@reillyinsurancellc.com or Mary Ann Chmiola at machmiola@gmail.com, or call the parish office at 717-774-5918.

Join hundreds of pro-life supporters at the 2023 Shooting Star 5K Run and Walk for Life and support Morning Star’s no-cost medical and support services to moms, dads and families in our community. Held on Saturday, September 16, at Harrisburg’s City Island, this fun family event includes musical entertainment, City Island train rides and carousel, bounce house, free pancake breakfast and more! Visit www.SupportMorningStar.com to see information for runners and walkers, prizes for top fundraisers, and registration information. Join your church’s team or form your own team to help Morning Star reach our fundraising goal of $68,000 to support 109 moms in Central Pennsylvania.

St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Bonneauville will have its 20th annual golf tournament, Saturday, September 16 at Meadowbrook Golf Course in Gettysburg. Registration at 7 a.m., shot gun start at 8 a.m. Four-person scramble, $60 per golfer. Package includes 18 holes, cart, beverages, hot dogs, snacks, hot turkey dinner, team prizes and door prizes. Contact Bill Getz at 717-609-3417 for more information or to register.

Saint Patrick School in Carlisle hosts its 28th Annual Golf Tournament on September 8. Whether you’re a seasoned golfer or just starting out, this tournament is for you. It’s not about being the next golf pro – all you need is a positive attitude, a set of clubs, and a bit of extra cash for a chance to win exciting contests at the holes and snag those elusive raffle prizes. The tournament offers an incredible opportunity to connect with fellow school families, parishioners, and ardent supporters of Saint Patrick School. To learn more and secure your spot, head over to our official event page at www.spscarlisle.org/golf.

Bingo is coming to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Mechanicsburg. The Columbiettes will be hosting Bingo on Sunday, September 10, in Waldron Hall from 2-5 p.m. For more information about ticket sales, please call Jean at 717-433-1588.

St. Joseph Parish in Berwick is having an “Italian Food Palooza” under the pavilion on September 17, featuring a pasta and meatball dinner; meatball, fireball, porkette, and sausage and pepper sandwiches. The Council of Catholic Women will have a sweet treats table. There will be a money raffle and basket raffle. The Palooza is from noon-3 p.m., take-out only. In case of rain, the event will be held in the church hall.

Needed: Catholic men and women volunteers for a prison ministry team (approximately one hour monthly) at the Camp Hill Prison (Fridays from 9:30-10:30 a.m.). No experience necessary, orientation to be scheduled. For more information about the Prison Christian Growth Group, visit http://www.pcggprisonministry.org/ or contact Bob Ribic at bobribic2@yahoo.com or 717-571-4217.

The Flower of Carmel Hermitage, Inc., is seeking volunteers to assist in the development of funding and construction of a Laura in the Diocese of Harrisburg. If you are interested in helping with this important project, learn more and contact the hermitage via its website, https://flowerofcarmelhermitage.org/ or e-mail sisterhermitess@gmail.com.

Job Openings

The Diocese of Harrisburg’s Office of Education is seeking a collaborative, people-first Human Resources Director for Schools. The successful candidate will hold the expertise to collaboratively improve HR processes, practices, personnel policies, and recommend changes to school and diocesan administration. This includes issues raised by employees and matters related to employment, compensation and benefits and employee relations. Preferred candidates will have a combination of education, training, and experience to be successful in both educational and human resources settings. Preferred qualifications include academic study in human resources management and development, AASPA and/or SHRM certification. Candidates who do not hold all of the above preferred qualifications but are interested in pursuing professional growth are encouraged to apply. This is a new full-time, full-year position based in Harrisburg and works to directly support and promote personnel activities, growth, and development across all diocesan schools. Please visit the following link for full job description and requirements: https://www.hbgdiocese.org/hreducation.

Gate of Heaven Cemetery has full-time and part-time openings for cemetery maintenance and service. Applicants must have skills in grounds maintenance. The ability to operate a backhoe is highly desirable. 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. Applicant must have valid, clean PA 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 and 100 lbs. occasionally), 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. Resumé and cover letter should be sent to mpeticca@hbgdiocese.org.

St. John the Baptist Catholic School in New Freedom is searching for dynamic, caring, and highly motivated individuals to join our team of amazing educators and support staff. Our current job openings may be found on our parish website at www.sjbnf.org/jobs. Our school offers education from preschool through grade 6, and recently earned a 7-year recertification from the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools. We are at the forefront of the shift to the Catholic Classical Education Model within our Diocese and are looking for teachers who are ready to be a part of implementing the Catholic Classical Curriculum in our school. In addition, we continue to offer STEM and technology classes to complete our well-rounded educational opportunities. Check out our job openings at www.sjbnf.org/jobs. Interested candidates may direct questions, and also submit a cover letter and resume, to our principal, Michelle Williams, at principal@sjbnf.org or 717-235-3525 ext. 211.

St. Anne and Our Lady of La Vang Parish in Lancaster is looking to hire a financial administrator. This person will handle all parish bookkeeping, payroll, and other financial tasks needed for parishioners, vendors, ministries and building tenants. The job is for ten hours a week and the hours are flexible to the extent that all Diocesan deadlines are met. This position is on-site, and the successful candidate will have their own office. The salary is commensurate with experience. Highly qualified candidates for the position include high school graduates with at least an Associate Degree coursework in accounting; tech savvy with experience in excel and quick books; and, a minimum one full fiscal year of experience in accounting. Knowledge of the Harrisburg Diocesan Accounting System is a plus. Excellent communication skills in working with vendors and multicultural parishioners necessary. Candidate should be a self-starter and work independently. Candidate to be a practicing Catholic knowledgeable of their faith in word, thought and action and must possess or can obtain Diocesan/State Police clearances. Interested applicants can send their resumes and letters of inquiry to Chris Whalen, parish manager, at patkwhalen@aol.com.

St. James Parish in Lititz is looking for a motivated Youth Ministry Leader. We have not had a program in some time, and we have many youth and adult volunteers who are willing to help make this a great program. Prior Youth Ministry experience is preferred, but ultimately we are looking for candidates who are faith-filled and enthusiastic about helping our youth spread the Gospel and get involved in parish life. See the job description at www.hbgdiocese.org/careers, and if interested, please contact Father Fischer at frrfischer@hbgdiocese.org.

St. James Parish in Lititz is looking for talented accompanists who have facility with organ and/or piano to play at parish liturgies. We are in need of individuals who have experience with music at liturgy and are able to play one or two Masses per week with an assigned cantor. If you are interested in this position, please see the job description at www.hbgdiocese.org/careers, and if interested, please contact Father Fischer at frrfischer@hbgdiocese.org.

St. James Parish in Lititz is looking for a new Music Director. This person is responsible for selecting music for parish liturgies, scheduling accompanists and cantors, reviewing music choices with families for weddings and funerals, and directing our choir. St. James is excited to bring aboard a candidate who loves the liturgy and sacred music. If you are interested in this position, please see the job description at www.hbgdiocese.org/careers, and if interested, please contact Father Fischer at frrfischer@hbgdiocese.org.

The following employment opportunities are available at York Catholic Middle & High School: Instructional Support Teacher, Spiritual Life Coordinator, Academic Assistance Aide, Administrative Assistant, Musical Director, Substitute Teachers, Cafeteria Volunteers, High School Girls’ Varsity Volleyball Coach, High School Boys’ Varsity Volleyball Coach, High School Boys’ JV Volleyball Coach. Complete details can be found at https://yorkcatholic.org/about/employment-opportunities/.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Mechanicsburg is looking for someone with a servant’s heart to work with Messiah University students as Newman Club Coordinator. Responsibilities include acting as a liaison between the parish and Messiah students, as well as fostering fellowship among students through coordination of club events and collaboration with student leaders. Please contact John Durle at parishmanager@steas.net or call 717-697-2614 if you would like more information.

Holy Trinity Catholic School in York is hiring for the 2023/2024 school year. Are you a professional that loves to work with children to help them achieve their full potential as disciples of our Lord. Would you love to help them celebrate their Faith while growing in our Lord’s love? We are looking for Classroom Teachers, Classroom Aides, Instrumental Band Director, Handy Man, Cafeteria Manager/Cook, Building Substitutes and Librarian. Please contact the school office, visit its website www.htcsyork.org or email schooloffice@htcsyork.org for more information.

Women’s Care Center in York is looking to hire a full-time Outreach Director. Bachelor’s degree preferred. If you love working with people and planning events, put your pro-life beliefs into action to help save moms and babies. For more information, please contact Lynn Newcomer, President, at Lynnwccyork@gmail.com.

St. Joseph Parish in Mechanicsburg is seeking a Youth and Evangelization Coordinator. This will be a new position on our parish staff. The coordinator will be responsible for overseeing all evangelization efforts of the parish, with a particular focus on middle school, high school, and new parishioners. They will embrace the parish’s direction of moving from maintenance to mission, and be committed to advancing our vision of worship, grow, serve, connect, and give, especially with our youth. The coordinator must have a good understanding of Catholic theology and youth culture. Ideal candidates will have a track record of attracting, fostering and welcoming all into deeper communion with God and the Catholic Church. Applicants may request a job description or may send a letter of interest and resumé to Saint Joseph Catholic Church Parish Office, Attention David Maceiko, 410 East Simpson Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055. Alternatively, they may email the documents to David Maceiko. Candidates must be able to pass a background check in accordance with the Diocese of Harrisburg’s policy.

Do you have a heart for life, supporting families and educating the youth of our community? Morning Star Pregnancy Services has openings for a Client Services Director and community educators. To learn more about these opportunities, visit www.SupportMorningStar.com.

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