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Diocesan Notebook – August 5

Masses and Prayer Services

The annual pilgrimage to Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church in Centralia will take place on Sunday, August 21. The pilgrimage is hosted by the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia. The schedule includes Prayers of the Third Hour and Traditional Marian Hymns at 11 a.m.; Divine Liturgy with Metropolitan Archbishop Borys Gudziak and concelebrating bishops at noon; living Rosary led by Bishop Ronald Gainer at 2:30 p.m.; Akafist Prayer to the Dormition of the Mother of God at 3:30 p.m.; and a candlelight procession with the Icon of Our Lady of Pochaiv followed by the Moleben to the Mother of God at 5 p.m. Additional activities include discussion on the war in Ukraine, the refugee crisis and the role of the Church at 2 p.m., Confession from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., veneration of the icon and holy shroud, and the blessing of religious items at 4:30 p.m.

The next Caelorum at St. Joan of Arc Church in Hershey will be Wednesday, September 7 at 7 p.m.  Join your brothers and sisters in Christ as we come together to adore, praise and worship our Lord and Savior. Feel the power of His presence and never-failing love as he attends to your needs and strengthens and blesses you with his abundant mercy. For more information, call 717-215-4175.

Pax Christi Harrisburg will hold “Candles on the Water,” an event to remember the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, on August 7 at 7 p.m. at Market Square Presbyterian Church, 20 S. Second Street, Harrisburg. The program will include prayers, music and a YouTube presentation by Santa Fe Archbishop John C. Wester, who wrote a Pastoral Letter in January calling for nuclear disarmament. At 8 p.m., participants will walk to the riverfront to launch lantern boats at sunset. For more information, call Ann Marie Judson at 717-439-6896 or Rick Woodard at 717-991-4204.

A Charismatic Mass with prayers for healing will be celebrated on Tuesday, September 6 at 7 p.m. at St. Theresa Church in New Cumberland by Father Francis Karwacki, pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Mount Carmel and the Bishop’s Liaison for the Charistmatic Renewal in the Diocese. For information on this monthly Mass, please call Mary Ann at 717-512-3628 or Vicki at 717-364-6260.

Education & Enrichment

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 or 717-697-6929.

A Charismatic Day of Renewal, “Restoration and Recovery in the Holy Spirit,” will be Saturday, September 17 from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Diocesan Center in Harrisburg. Keynote speakers are Msgr. Robert E. Lawrence and Fr. Bernard-Mary Ayo Oniwe, OP. Registration includes lunch and is $20 per person. RSVP by September 9 for lunch to be included; call Vicki Krone at 717-364-6260, Joyce at 717-887-3515, or e-mail More information and a schedule are available at

The Surviving Divorce program will be held at Good Shepherd Parish in Camp Hill, on Tuesdays beginning September 13. Surviving Divorce was created to bring hope and healing to those who have experienced the pain of a broken marriage. This program is for the newly separated and divorced, as well as those struggling with issues many years later in order to help answer questions, restore hope and begin authentic healing. For information about the upcoming program at Good Shepherd, contact 717-761-1167, ext. 3613 or

The Surviving Divorce program will take place at St. John the Baptist Parish in New Freedom beginning September 7 at 6:45 p.m. in the parish’s St. Elizabeth Center. The 12-week program brings hope and healing to those who have experienced a broken marriage. It includes 12 video presentations featuring a psychologist, priests and personal testimonies from Catholic men and women. Topics covered include shock and grief, anger and forgiveness, money issues, dealing with children and a former spouse, and annulment and remarriage. The program is based on the teachings of the Catholic Church and is open to anyone who needs comfort, counsel, and clarity after separation or divorce. There is no charge for the program. Option to purchase program videos for approximately $25. Please register by contacting facilitators Cindy Gilbert at or Pat Smith at

“Stewardship 22 Conference,” hosted by Stewardship: A Mission of Faith, will take place September 14 and 15 at the Stone Gables Estate in Elizabethtown. This year’s theme is, “Wake Up! Standing on Biblical Truths.” Hear nationally known speakers Dr. Bill Lile, the Pro-Life doctor, and Dr. Tim Clinton, Executive Director of the James Dobson Family Institute, who will deliver messages that are counter cultural. They will be joined by Father John Clote from the Diocese of Phoenix, Devin Schadt from the Fathers of Saint Joseph, and several others. Venue features an outdoor Stations of the Cross, a Marian grotto, and an adoration chapel in the stone tunnel of the Star Barn. Mass will be offered daily by Msgr. William King of Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, and Confessions will be available in the outdoor vineyard. Conference tickets include a catered lunch. Additional options include a ride on the historic Harrisburg, Lincoln & Lancaster Railroad. For tickets and more information, visit

Are you looking for like-minded folks for prayer, discussion, and fun? Join the Companions of Pauline for quarterly meetings in the convent at Penn State Holy Spirit Hospital in Camp Hill. The group meets from 2-4 p.m. for prayer, discussion, and fun, in-person or via Zoom as we follow the charism and spirituality of Blessed Pauline von Mallinckrodt, foundress of the Sisters of Christian Charity. Vespers follow in the hospital chapel. Text or call Sister Donna Marie, S.C.C. at 570-335-3586 or e-mail

Women of Grace Foundational Studies will be offered this fall at the following parishes: St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Mechanicsburg, Tuesday evenings beginning September 13, contact Linda Keister at or 717-732-0772; St. Margaret Mary Parish in Harrisburg, Saturday mornings at 9:30 a.m. beginning September 10, contact Chris Arnold at or 717-379-6041; and Good Shepherd Parish in Camp Hill, Thursday evenings beginning September 15, contact Linda K. Keister at or 717-732-0772.

The Knights of Columbus invite the faithful to join the Father McGivney Guild. Blessed Father Michael J. McGivney, the founder of the Knights of Columbus, is one miracle away from sainthood. All are welcome to join the Father McGivney Guild, and receive a periodic newsletter with information about the life, works and spirituality of Father McGivney. The Guild also offers a weekly Mass for the intentions of its members. To join, go to

Retreats & Pilgrimages

Does your marriage need a tune up? Or even a major overhaul? Retrouvaille can help. Retrouvaille is a marriage program for couples whose marriage has become off course. It begins with a weekend program that can help get your relationship back on track. This effective program, under the Diocesan Office of Marriage and Family Ministries, has worked for thousands of couples. The next Retrouvaille weekend in Harrisburg will be September 9-11. To learn more about the weekend program for couples, contact the registration team at 717-356-2185 or visit

The 24th annual Fan the Fire youth rally will be November 5 from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. at St. Joseph Parish in York. Event includes speakers, praise and worship, Confession, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Mass and a dance party. Cost is $20 per person before October 15. For information on the rally, this year’s speakers, and registration, visit

Save the Date for MOUNT2000: Back after a hiatus due to COVID, all teens are invited to join us for MOUNT2000, “Kenosis: Make Room for God.” This weekend retreat includes Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, Confession, exciting nationally known speakers and musicians, and breakout sessions led by seminarians. MOUNT2000 will be February 3-5, 2023, at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md. Make plans to join us for this inspirational event.
The Harrisburg Diocesan Council of Catholic Women will host a Fall Mini Retreat on Saturday, October 8 at the Diocesan Conference Center in Harrisburg, and invites all women to attend. The theme is “Gifts of the Visitation.” The day begins with registration at 8:15 a.m. and a prayer service at 9 a.m., followed by two morning workshops, lunch and one afternoon workshop. The day will end with closing prayer. Register by contacting Nancy Newbold at 717-420-5145 or Please make checks payable to “Conewago District Council of Catholic Women.” Registration deadline is September 27. Please bring a Rosary and Bible. See the HDCCW website,, for additional details and other Diocesan CCW information.

The Beginning Experience Team for the Harrisburg Diocese has booked Camp Kirchenwald in Lebanon County for a Beginning Experience Weekend, November 11-13, 2022. The ecumenical Beginning Experience weekends are an approved program designed for those suffering the loss of a spouse through death, divorce or separation. Hundreds of persons have been helped to move towards successful, productive, happy lives by attending one of these weekends. The weekend is led by persons who have lost a spouse through death or divorce and are trained in facilitating a weekend. Each Beginning Experience Team is certified by the International Beginning Experience Organization. Beginning Experience is your Church at work to provide help, healing and spiritual restoration. Visit or Information can also be obtained by contacting the Harrisburg Beginning Experience Team at 717-379-0800 or All CDC recommendations will be followed. Anyone sick will have to leave the weekend. The number of attendees for the weekend may be limited due to current COVID regulations. This program could be cancelled pending changing pandemic circumstances.

Rachel’s Vineyard Weekend Retreats, a safe place to renew, rebuild and redeem hearts broken by abortion, will be 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

Events & Fundraisers

Join in the Pennsylvania March for Life! With the repeal of Roe v. Wade, the abortion debate has been moved to the state level. Join us in voicing your support for life in a march around the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg on Monday, September 19. Rally begins at 11 a.m., with the March following at noon. Mass at St. Patrick Cathedral will take place after the March at 1:30 p.m. Hear from pro-life leaders about the most pressing issues of today and how you can build a culture of life in the Keystone State. Learn more at and follow the Facebook event at

The annual Black Catholic Apostolate Summer Picnic will take place August 21 from 2-6 p.m. on City Island in Harrisburg. Join us for a wonderful afternoon of food, music, faith and fun. Meats and drinks will be provided; please bring a covered dish to share. The picnic is at the Riverfront Pavilion, near the Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, contact Angelé Mbassi at 717-608-0718 or St. Francis of Assisi Parish Office at 717-232-1003.

The Diocesan Engaged Encounter group loves marriage, and wants to build community with others who love marriage. Whether you are engaged or married, you are invited to the inaugural Marriage Appreciation Picnic at Holy Spirit Parish in Palmyra on Sunday, August 14 following the 11 a.m. Mass (around 12 p.m.). Burgers, hotdogs, lemonade and water will be provided; please bring a side dish or dessert to share. Please RSVP by August 8 to Julie at or 712-540-1597 (the 712 is not a typo).

Knights of Columbus Council #3625 of Prince of Peace Parish in Steelton is sponsoring an all-you-can-eat breakfast on Sunday, August 14 from 9 a.m.-noon. The breakfast will be held in the gym of the parish center and includes eggs, pancakes, bacon, sausage, muffins, juice and coffee. Cost is $9 for adults, $6 for children ages 6-12, and free for children five and under.

The Respect for Life Committee and Knights of Columbus Council 10194 of Mary, Gate of Heaven Parish in Myerstown will host a bus to the Pennsylvania March for Life on September 19. A bus from Elite Coach will depart from the parish at 8 a.m., with an additional pick-up at St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Annville. Participants will arrive at the state Capitol for the rally at 11 a.m., and march one mile around the Capitol complex for the noon march. Bus will depart Harrisburg at 2 p.m. Those who wish to forgo the march can remain on the Capitol grounds. Participants may bring folding chairs, umbrellas and banners. The Knights will provide “Love Life” posters. Please RSVP to Dan Morris at or 215-595-3956. Reservations are first come, first serve. Please include email address and cell phone number for each attendee.

The Carlisle Area Family Life Center will have its annual Autumn-Fest on Friday, September 23 from 6-9 p.m. at the pavilion behind the LeTort View Community Center on Carlisle Barracks. Come and enjoy a pulled chicken and Italian sausage dinner, listen to music provided by “Seasons” 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 Ticket price includes dinner and two drinks. Please purchase your tickets as soon as possible and before September 8. The center is Carlisle’s only pro-life pregnancy and family resource center.

St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Mechanicsburg is hosting a free movie and ice cream social on Saturday, September 17 following the 4:30 p.m. Vigil Mass. Young adults ages 18-25 are welcomed to attend the showing of the movie “Father Stu” in the Blessed Stanley Rother Room located on the lower level of the church. The Saturday evening schedule offers the opportunity for Confession at 3 p.m. in the church, Mass at 4:30 p.m., and the movie at 5:45 p.m. If you have any questions, contact the parish office at 717-697-8716.

The Knights of Columbus of St. Bernard Parish in New Bloomfield will have a used book sale on September 8 and 9 from 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and September 10 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the parish. Thousands of titles, plus paintings by Joanna Buck.

A Bus Trip to Washington, D.C., to include the Museum of the Bible and Tour and Vigil Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception will be hosted by Good Shepherd Parish in Camp Hill on Monday, October 31, 2022. Round-trip deluxe coach, museum admission and tour is $55/person. For information and reservations, contact 717-761-1167, ext. 3613 or

Registration is open for Crusader girls’ fall softball in Lancaster. Assembling teams for 10U, 12U, and 14U for the fall 2022 season, and seeking to form an 8U team if enough girls are interested. All home games are played at St. Leo the Great in Rohrerstown. As a feeder program for Lancaster Catholic, the program accepts girls from any parish in Lancaster County. Register at Practices are anticipated to begin in mid-August. Season is an eight-week schedule with 12 games consisting of double headers on Saturday/Sunday starting at 1 p.m. on September 10 for 8/10/12/14U. Practice dates and times are to be determined by coaches. Anyone interested in coaching, or finding out more information about the program, should contact Tyler Bachman at

The Council of Catholic Women of St. Joan of Arc Parish in Hershey is hosting a flea market/rummage sale, August 11 from 3-6 p.m., August 12 from 8 am.-3 p.m. and August 13 from 8 a.m.-noon. Great items at reasonable prices, and something for everyone. For information, contact Ruth Zemba at or 717-533-3501.

Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Parish in Elysburg will host its annual lobster fest on August 27. All dinners must be pre-ordered by August 16, and include 1 ¼  to 1 ½ pounds of freshly steamed Maine lobster or the parish’s own pulled pork, cole slaw, fingerling potatoes and corn on the cob. Live lobsters, steamed lobsters, quarts of pulled pork and pints of cole slaw may also be ordered. Dinner pick-up is August 27. Go to for an order form or call Holy Rosary Parish 570-672-2302 for more information.

Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Parish in Elysburg is seeking crafters and vendors for its annual Christmas bazaar. Please email or for registration forms and info.

St. Patrick Parish in Carlisle will present a “Discover Cruising the Danube to The Black Sea” on Tuesday, August 9 at 6 p.m. in the Parish Activity Center on Marsh Drive. The presentation will give information on the parish’s river cruise planned for September 2023. To RSVP to the presentation, please e-mail Father Don Bender, pastor of our church, will be our leader on this pilgrimage. For complete details, visit

The annual St. Mary’s Susan and Charlie Middleton Golf Tournament (an event of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Lebanon) will be held Friday, September 9 at Fairview Golf Course. Tee time is 8 a.m. Donuts and coffee at 7:15 a.m., scramble format. Cost for green fees, cart and dinner is $80. Contact Mike and Gina Groff at 717-383-7814.

Job Openings

St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Lancaster is seeking applicants for the position of Director of Religious Education. The DRE is responsible for coordinating faith formation activities for K-8, including classes on Sundays, recruiting catechists, proposing curriculum, preparing students for sacraments of initiation, providing retreat opportunities to students, attending Masses with students and keeping accurate filing on student progress. To apply, please call Father Matthew Morelli at 717-394-0669.

St. Peter Parish in Columbia has an immediate opening for a part-time office administrator (Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.) to undertake a wide variety of clerical duties including bookkeeping and payroll. As a visible representative of the parish, this person will need to put the interests of the parish first in all actions and communication with others. Cordial and effective communication with priests, parishioners, vendors, committee members, officers of church councils and Diocesan office personnel is an ongoing necessity. This position requires a detail-oriented individual with above average keyboard skills, strong computer skills (Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel and Publisher) and excellent organizational and interpersonal skills with the ability to understand and follow instructions, as well as work independently. Trustworthiness, reliability, willingness to maintain confidentiality and the ability to complete routine and delegated assignments in a timely manner are essential. High school diploma, preferably with business curriculum, required. Associate degree in office administration helpful. Two to three years related work experience preferred. Submit résumé to Father Augustine Joseph MSFS, Pastor, St. Peter Parish, 121 South 2nd St Columbia, PA 17512 or

St. Joseph Parish in Dallastown is immediately looking to hire a part-time (20 hour/week) Coordinator of Religious Education. This person would be responsible for overseeing the coordination and direction of the K-8 Religious Education Program, with additional responsibilities as agreed upon by the pastor. Education and work experience include high school diploma or equivalent; experience as a parish catechist is preferred. Basic and advanced catechetical certification or, if not held prior to hire, must be obtained within four years of hire. This position requires a mature, professional, responsible, committed individual with excellent communication, organizational, administrative, managerial and interpersonal skills. Please contact Father Mark Weiss at the parish office, 717-246-3007, for more information.

St. Patrick School in Carlisle is looking for custodians for the school; this may be two part-time positions or one full-time position. The positions are year-round and involve custodial work and light maintenance as it pertains to the school building and grounds at 87 Marsh Drive. Duties include general school and grounds upkeep and cleaning under the direction of the principal. Job options are Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., or part-time 7 a.m.-1 p.m. or 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Possible occasional overtime opportunities on evenings or weekends, depending on school events. For more information about salary and job duties, contact Principal Antoinette Oliverio at

Immaculate Conception BVM Parish in York is seeking a part-time maintenance person. This versatile, skilled individual will be responsible for cleaning, maintaining, inspecting and reporting on the condition of the church and any auxiliary buildings, and assisting the pastor in the implementation of a maintenance program for the parish. The position requires varying degrees of physical exertion, to include lifting (at least 50 lbs.), stretching, bending, climbing stairs and operating cleaning and garden equipment. Responsibilities may fall in the areas of minor electrical work, plumbing, painting, carpentry, roofing or HVAC. The position requires trouble-shooting and immediate response to problems and emergency situations. Also required are organizational skills, adaptability, flexibility, dependability, the ability to take instructions and to work without supervision. Absolute trustworthiness and the willingness to maintain confidentiality are essential. A valid drivers’ license and reliable mode of transportation are needed. Interested applicants should contact Deacon James Koch at 717-845-7629 or to submit a résumé.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Mechanicsburg is seeking a part-time Administrative Assistant. Responsibilities include phones and office duties, database entries, maintaining parish calendars, and possibly doing bulletin creations. Excel and Word experience required. Security clearances are required. Please email your résumé to Tracy Kovaleski at

Assumption BVM Parish in Lebanon is seeking candidates for the parish secretary position. The individual will be welcoming, providing administrative and office support, publishing the weekly bulletin and updating content on the parish calendars. The successful candidate will perform various clerical duties as needed to support the pastor and the director of religious education. Qualified candidates should possess a high school diploma or a GED, have previous office experience, and be proficient in Microsoft Office, Excel and Publisher. Applicants should possess strong organizational skills, and have respect for and an ability to uphold Catholic Church teaching. Interested applicants should send a cover letter and résumé to or mail to Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, 2 North 8th Street, Lebanon, PA 17046.

Lancaster Catholic High School is hiring for the following positions: full-time Staff Accountant, full-time Annual Fund Manager; cafeteria staff for the 2022-23 school year (3 openings); and a part-time Latino Enrollment Assistant. Visit for more information about the positions. Résumés can be sent to

St. John the Baptist School in New Freedom has several job opportunities available for the 2022-2023 school year: a first-grade teacher, fifth-grade teacher, part-time Preschool Teacher, part-time Technology teacher, and part-time Physical Education Teacher. The ideal candidates will possess a knowledge of instructional strategies, demonstrate strong classroom management, and model their Catholic faith. Interested candidates should send their résumé and cover letter to Sue Mareck or Michelle Williams at

Morning Star Clinics is seeking a part-time instructor to teach nationally recognized curriculum in greater Dauphin County middle and high schools. The program empowers youth to make healthy decisions regarding relationships and risk behaviors and promotes sexual risk avoidance to achieve best outcomes. Candidates will have at least one year of experience working with this age group in an organized teaching capacity. The ability to engage teens is essential. An individual who can be a role model and mentor to male students is preferred. One to two year commitment following completion of formal training. For questions or to submit a cover letter and résumé, contact Leslie Moyer, Program Director, at Visit our website to learn more about the program:

St. Monica Parish in Berwyn, Pa., is seeking a full-time Director of Youth Evangelization to lead and build upon a nationally ranked faith formation program in our Roman Catholic parish in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. St. Monica utilizes a “small groups” discussion-based approach for young people from pre-k through 6th grade levels. Within their small groups, they will experience the person of Jesus Christ through the sacraments, Scripture, prayer and reflection, and their peers. This approach will lead to an engagement with 7th and 8th graders outside of the faith formation setting as young disciples within the wider parish community. A full job description is available at Submit résumé and salary requirements to Interested candidates are also welcome to record and submit a two to three minute video to introduce themselves and why they are interested in this position.

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