Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Diocesan Notebook – December 21

Masses and Prayer Services

All university students are invited to join Bishop Timothy Senior for a Holy Hour at St. Patrick Cathedral in Harrisburg on January 27. Come start your semester in the presence of our Lord. Lunch along with a Q&A with the bishop will follow the Holy Hour. Those who attend universities within the Diocese should reach out to their campus minister for more information. Those who attend universities outside the Diocese can contact Zack Haney at zhaney@hbgdiocese.org.

The Epiphany Italian Mass will be celebrated at St. Patrick Cathedral in Harrisburg on Sunday, January 7 at 12:15 p.m. Father Joshua Brommer will be the celebrant. An Italian reception will take place after Mass. For information, please contact Maria DiSanto at 717-554-5698 or disanto1@comast.net or Mariella Amato at 717-278-9420.

 St. Joseph Parish in Berwick will have a Community Christmas Carol Mass on Thursday, December 28 at 6 p.m. Father William Barbee, pastor, and the parishioners invite you to celebrate the Christmas season during this Mass, which recognizes and pays tribute to those who give of their time, treasure, and talent to the community of Berwick and to the parish life of St Joseph Church. Fellowship and refreshments in the church hall will follow Mass.

St. Joseph Parish in York is inviting York Area churches and the York Deanery Parishes to a celebration for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity on Thursday, January 25 at 6:30 p.m. If you are interested in participating in the Worship Service, please contact Father Peter Rettig, parochial vicar, at 717-755-7503, ext. 203, or Rettig@sjy.org.

Caelorum will be held at St. Joan of Arc Church in Hershey, Wednesday, January 3, at 7 p.m. Father Kevin Key will preside, and a reception will be held immediately following. Join your brothers and sisters in Christ as we praise, worship, and adore our Lord Jesus Christ in his most holy presence in the Eucharist. For questions, call Lou at 717-215-4175.

A Charismatic Mass with prayers for healing will be celebrated at St. Theresa Church in New Cumberland on Tuesday, January 2 at 7 p.m. Father Dwight Schlaline, pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Hanover, will be celebrant. For more information, please call Vicki at 717-364-6260 or Mary Ann at 717-512-3628.

Retreats & Pilgrimages

Join Bishop Ronald Gainer for an exciting trip to Greece in October 2024 with Catholic Charities. Follow the path of Paul the Apostle as you discover natural beauty and ancient history on the Grecian sojourn. The dates for this pilgrimage are October 8-18, 2024. The trip will trace the journey of Paul the Apostle through the ancient cities and pastoral countryside of Greece and Turkey. The tour also includes a three-night cruise to the Greek Islands and to Turkey where you can visit the House of Mary, where the Virgin Mother spent her last days. Contact Ms. Kelly Gollick at 717-657-4804 or kgollick@cchbg.org for more information.

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.

Education & Enrichment

Upcoming Women of Grace Studies/Events: “Experience Grace in Abundance,” authored by Johnnette Benkovic Williams, will be presented as a book study for discussion at St. Joan of Arc Parish in Hershey. This six week study will be held on Saturday mornings from 10 a.m.-noon, beginning on Saturday, January 20. For more information, contact Chris Arnold at carnold@womenofgrace.com or 717-379-6041 (leave a message). Save the date for Saturday, March 16, for a Morning of Grace with Sue Brinkmann, Women of Grace Staff Journalist, along with a Young Women of Grace (ages 13-17) activity hour at Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Harrisburg. Further details forthcoming. Contact Chris Arnold at carnold@womenofgrace.com or 717-379-6041.

“Keeping Christ in Christmas,” an event featuring a dramatization of Las Posadas, will take place at St. Joseph Parish in Hanover, December 21 from 6-8 p.m. Las Posadas consists of songs and prayers which form the Novena leading up to Christmas. In this bilingual celebration, Father Michael Rothan and students from St. Joseph School will perform a dramatization of Las Posadas, followed by Advent and Christmas music in English. The Knights of Columbus Spanish Council will provide traditional Advent food.

Save the date for the HDCCW’s 98th annual convention, April 6, 2024. The Harrisburg Diocesan Council of Catholic Women invites all women of the Diocese to hold the date for the 98th annual convention. Our theme this year is “Be Still & Listen.” The convention will take place Saturday, April 6, 2024, with registration and continental breakfast beginning at 8 a.m. at the Diocesan Center in Harrisburg. Annie McHugh will be our keynote speaker. Please watch The Witness for additional details in the near future.

St. Jimmy’s Jamboree Playgroup at St. James Parish in Lititz will meet on alternating Thursdays and Fridays this school year from 9:30-11:30 a.m. The group will also be offering Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) for children ages 3-6 during St. Jimmy’s Jamboree when it falls on a Thursday. During the last half hour, everyone will gather for prayer, songs, stories and crafts. Snacks are provided. Please email

st.jimmys.jamboree@gmail.com for more information.

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.

Events & Fundraisers

The St. Margaret Mary Knights of Columbus Council in Harrisburg is sponsoring a bus to the National March for Life on Friday, January 19, 2024. The bus will depart the church parking lot at 7:30 a.m. and return by 7:30 p.m. Seats are $30 for adults and $15 for students. Light breakfast fare and snacks are provided. Participants should bring food or money for lunch and dinner. Reserve your seat by January 13 by contacting bonniefinnerty7@gmail.com.

The Harrisburg Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (HDCCW) invites girls in grades 9-12 in the Diocese of Harrisburg to enter an art contest. The task is to design the cover for the 98th Annual HDCCW Convention on Saturday, April 6, 2024. The artwork should be an original drawing or painting for a 9 x 12 folder and based on the Convention theme, “Be Still and Listen.” The grand prize is $150, second prize is $75 and third prize is $50. The deadline to enter is January 15, 2024. For complete details and Contest Guidelines, please refer to the HDCCW website http://hdccw.webs.com, where the flyer is available. You may also contact Kathy at717-352-7354 or email hdccwartcontest@gmail.com with questions.

Lancaster Court Queen of Peace #1023 of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas invites youth in grades 4-12 from all schools – public, private, parochial, home, and cyber – to enter the 2023 National Education Contest. Categories and divisions are: Division 1 for grades 4-5 in essay, poetry, art and computer art; Division 2 for grades 6-8 in essay, poetry, art, computer art, music and photography; and Division 3 for grades 9-12 in essay, poetry, art, computer art, music and photography. Students may submit entries in each category for their respective division. They must submit an entry form with each entry. Contest themes are “God’s love and kindness will shine upon us like the sun that rises in the sky, Luke 1:78” and “How does my love shine for others?” Contest forms are available at http://www.catholicdaughters.org/. Select Activities, then 2023-2024 contests, and then click on Education Contest. Entries must be postmarked or delivered by February 1, 2024, to the local Education Contest Chairperson, Robin Burgoon, 125 Petersburg Rd., Lancaster, PA 17601. All first-place local winners will be entered in the state education contest, and first-place state winners will be entered at the national level. An awards ceremony for local winners will be planned for late May/early June 2024.

Deanery craft night is back at St. James Parish in Lititz. Join us the second Monday of every month beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Room 102 for crafts at St. James Catholic Church of Lititz. Come prepared to have fun and use your creativity! If you are an individual age 15 or older with an intellectual or developmental disability or autism, you are welcome to join us. For more information and to register so we have enough supplies, please contact Jeannette Crnkovich at 717-626-4647. Please park in the back of the church and use the rear entrance; there will be signs guiding you to Room 102. St. James is located at 505 Woodcrest Ave., Lititz, PA 17543 and the website is www.stjameslititz.org.

York District Council of Catholic Women is seeking women who can donate their time and talent in organization, crafts, etc. No meetings or funding required. The first event is Sunday, February 4, 2024. For more information on event details, please contact Angie Tully at 717-395-1528 or angietully@comcast.net.

Job Openings

The Diocese of Harrisburg IT department is accepting applications for a full-time Help Desk Technician. This position will be the primary user contact for computer support and Help Desk issues. Candidate will be expected to perform a variety of computer/network problem analysis and monitoring tasks for the Office of Information Technology; act upon issues or consult with appropriate technical staff; log, coordinate and track requests; escalate issues when necessary; install and test PCs; fix performance issues; diagnose hardware-related problems; troubleshoot, maintain or repair peripherals; and work with storage devices and software programs that are attached or installed on diocesan computers. Ideal candidate will have an associates degree in Computer Information Systems; proficient technical skills in supporting Windows desktop/server operating systems and MS Office applications. The candidate should have highly-developed problem solving skills, demonstrate excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to function in a team environment. See the full job description at www.hbgdiocese.org/careers. Please send a cover letter and resumé to employment@hbgdiocese.org.

The Diocese of Harrisburg has a full-time job opening for cemetery and maintenance service at Holy Saviour Cemetery in 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. 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), 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. Competitive wage and benefits. See the full job description at www.hbgdiocese.org/careers. Resumé and cover letter should be sent to JBrlansky@hbgdiocese.org.

The Diocesan Secretariat for Catholic Life and Evangelization is seeking an individual to fill the part-time position of Diocesan Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) Director.  The candidate must be a Catholic in good standing and possess a working knowledge of Diocesan, parish and school structures. The person in this position is responsible for overseeing all areas of the Diocesan Basketball Program. This program consists of just under 1,500 grade school and high school players on 135 teams with nearly 300 coaches and covers the 15 counties of the Diocese of Harrisburg. This detail-oriented individual will be expected to be in full compliance with the Diocese of Harrisburg’s Youth Protection Program and will be accountable to the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry. Hourly compensation will be commensurate with experience.  Application deadline is 1/26/24. Forward cover letter and resume to: employment@hbgdiocese.org. Full job description available at www.hbgdiocese.org/careers/.

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’s 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 FrAJoseph@hbgdiocese.org.

The Sisters of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Danville are looking for two full-time 3rd shift Nurse’s Aide/CNA, one part-time 2nd shift housekeeper (Life Skills candidates are encouraged to apply for housekeeping position) one full-time cook and one full-time dishwasher. Contact the congregation’s HR Department for more information at 570-275-3581, ext. 156, or e-mail scole@sscm.org.

St. Rose of Lima Parish in York is seeking a receptionist/archivist. The person in this position will respond to telephone calls, greet visitors to the office, and perform other administrative duties such as helping with mailings, maintaining archives and sacramental records. This position requires a mature, detail-oriented person with excellent organizational and interpersonal skills. The person should be proficient in Microsoft applications, especially Word, Outlook and Excel. The position may include some physicality, the ability to move through a few buildings, as well as climbing stairs and lifting. A practicing Catholic in good standing is preferred. Interested persons should send a cover letter, resume and two letters of recommendation to Father Dominic Azagbor, OP, or through email at FrDAzagbor@hbgdiocese.org.

St. Rose of Lima Parish in York is seeking a part-time Director of Religious Education, responsible for administering the parish’s K-8 Religious Education program and other parish catechetical programs. This position requires a mature and committed individual with excellent communication (oral and written), organizational, administrative, managerial and interpersonal skills. The person must be a practicing Catholic in good standing. The individual should have a working knowledge of Church teachings and Catholic sacramental theology. The number of hours per week is negotiable. The DRE should have at least a bachelor’s degree. Moreover, having the catechetical certificate (or being in the process of attaining it) or a basic religious education experience is an added advantage. Interested persons should send a cover letter, resume and two letters of recommendation to FrDAzagbor@hbgdiocese.org.

York Catholic Middle & High School has the following employment opportunities available: Instructional Support Teacher, English Teacher, Substitute Teachers, Boys’ Lacrosse Head Coach, Cafeteria Aide, Cafeteria Volunteers. Interested candidates can find details and application links at https://yorkcatholic.org/about/employment-opportunities/.

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