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Diocesan Notebook – December 23

­­­­Masses & Prayer Services

The next Caelorum at St. Joan of Arc Church in Hershey will take place on January 5 at 7 p.m. Start your new year with 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.

Education & Enrichment

The 2022 Lutheran-Anglican-Roman Catholic Day of Dialogue will be held on Thursday, January 13. Our topic this year will be Dismantling Racism, featuring the Rev. Dr. Teresa L. Smallwood (Franklin Kelly and Hope Eyster Kelly Associate Professor of Public Theology) and the Rev. Dr. Rodney Smalls (pastor of Macedonian Missionary Baptist Church in Harrisburg). The conference will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Diocesan Center, with fellowship beginning at 9 a.m. All are welcome to attend. Livestreaming is available for those wishing to attend virtually. Register online at www.hbgdiocese.org/larc.

St. James Parish in Lititz will host a Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus presentation on Sunday, January 9 at 3 p.m. St. James parishioner Patrick Cloonan will speak about being one of only 50 students selected worldwide by the Jewish National Fund to go to Israel to participate in their annual Caravan for Democracy Mission. He spent 10 days exploring all aspects of the country, including the Holy Land religious sites. Join us as Patrick shares his experience and reflections “walking in the footsteps of Jesus.” Patrick is an historian, accomplished speaker, and honors graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. RSVP at https://forms.gle/JFE62Jgruqb3J7Eb7 by December 28. This seminar is suitable for all who are 10 or older. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call the parish office at 717-626-5580 Ext 243.

Women of Grace upcoming studies and events: “Journey to Joy,” five Saturday morning video series begins Jan. 22 at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom. Women of Grace foundational study (in-person) begins March 15 at Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Harrisburg. Johnnette Benkovic Williams will return to Holy Name in Harrisburg for a one-day conference on Saturday, April 2, 2022. Additional Young Women of Grace retreat for girls 12-17 years of age! For information, contact Chris Arnold at carnold@womenofgrace.com or 717-379-6041.

Retreats & Pilgrimages

Not willing to let go of your marriage? Attend the upcoming Retrouvaille weekend scheduled for January 28-30. Many couples continue to struggle in a marriage but are not willing to give up on each other. There is hope. Retrouvaille is a program designed to help struggling marriages regain their health. It helps a husband and a wife rediscover or re-awaken the love, trust and commitment that originally brought them together. For more information about the January 28-30 weekend for couples, contact the registration team at retrouvaillehbg@gmail.com or 717-356-2185.

Events & Fundraisers

Knights of Columbus Council 10502 at Holy Spirit Parish in Palmyra will host a local March for Life on January 21 in conjunction with the March for Life in Washington. The day will begin with a rally at noon in the parish’s Agape Hall with a viewing of the livestream of speakers in Washington. A one-mile march to the square in Palmyra will take place at 1:30 p.m., where the Rosary will be recited before returning to Holy Spirit. Light refreshments will be available after the march. For information, contact Art Bond at 717-383-8583 or abond702@comcast.net.

2022 CDA National Education ContestLancaster Court Queen of Peace #1023 of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas invites all youth in grades 4-12 from all schools -public, private, parochial, home, and cyber – to enter our 2022 National Education Contest. 2022 themes are, “With God All Things Are Possible” Mt. 19:26 and “Where is God in my life when I am struggling?” Enter one or more contests in art, essay, poetry, computer art, music and photography in your division. Go to http://www.catholicdaughters.org/ then under “members,” select “forms” and go to “contests” for contest rules and details, or visit https://www.catholicdaughters.org/documents/2021/9/2022%20Education%20Contest_English-1.pdf. Entries must be postmarked by or delivered to Margaret T. Giordano, Education Contest Chairman, 1530 Hollywood Drive, Lancaster, PA 17601 by Feb. 1, 2022. 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 or early June 2022. Feel free to leave a voice message at 717-390-9035 if you have any questions.

St. Joseph Church in York will host Epiphany Concerts at 7 p.m. on Friday, January 7 and Saturday, January 8, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, January 9. Churches from the greater York area are being invited to showcase their varied musical groups, choirs, ensembles, and soloists to celebrate a joyful Christmas Season and a spirit of community friendship. Refreshments will be served throughout the event. All are welcome to join us in celebrating Christmas. If interested in participating, please contact: Stephen Falencki, St. Joseph Church York Music Ministry, at Falencki@sjy.org or 717-755-7503, ext. 248.

The Notre Dame Chorale will commence their 2022 Winter Tour with a performance at Saint Patrick Cathedral, Harrisburg, on Monday, Jan. 3. The Chorale performance will begin at 7 p.m. This is their first performance as part of the Winter Tour, which is leading up to the Chorale’s international tour in May 2022. The Chorale is being hosted by the Notre Dame Club of Harrisburg. The event is free but donations will gratefully be accepted.

Boys and girls ages 9-14 are invited to participate in the annual free-throw shooting contest sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council 10502 at Holy Spirit Parish in Palmyra. The competition will be held on January 30 at 1 p.m. at the Palmyra High School Gym. Masks are required for all spectators and non-participants. This is a free, annually sponsored event, with winners progressing through local, district, and state competitions. All boys and girls ages 9-14 years old are eligible to participate and will compete in their respective age divisions. Participants are required to furnish proof of age and written parental consent. For additional information or an entry form, contact Jim Albus at jalbus350@comcast.net.

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 www.oxfordhall.com 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 oxfordhall@aol.com.

Job Openings

The Diocese of Harrisburg is seeking a Director of Family Ministries. This position should be someone with a desire to help others live the Catholic faith to the fullest, who is interested in strengthening marriages and families and wants our youth to develop strong relationships with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. If this describes you, we invite you to join a mission-oriented team of individuals who work “to proclaim the goodness of God and to make truly present and active the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ to all people through the power of the Holy Spirit.” The Secretariat for Catholic Life and Evangelization (CLEV) is seeking a Director of Family Ministries who is ready to enrich our team with his or her talents and dedication. The Director reports to the Secretary of CLEV and will have direct responsibility for Diocesan family ministries programs, which includes marriage and youth. This person serves as the main point of contact and support to parish and ministry offices for strategic planning, implementation, and ongoing development in these areas. He or she may also be asked to assist the Secretary in supporting prison, hospital, and college/university chaplaincies as well as our multicultural apostolates. Prospective candidates can visit www.hbgdiocese.org/careers for full details of responsibilities and job requirements. Please send résumé and cover letter to employment@hbgdiocese.org. Application closing date is January 28, 2022.

Catholic Campus Ministry at Gettysburg College is seeking an Associate Director of Catholic Campus Ministry to assist in directing our growing Catholic Campus Ministry (CCM), and inspire continued future growth. CCM is a Christ-centered ministry serving students in a college campus environment. Along with the Director, the Associate Director images the presence of Christ in a special way for students looking to connect with the Catholic Church in a constantly-changing world. Responsibilities include: creating innovative ways to bring people together; responding credibly, intelligently, and sensitively to inquiries about the Catholic faith; providing formal and informal opportunities for young adult faith formation; attending weekly campus Mass and coordinating the liturgical leadership team; providing pastoral care to students; coordinating annual retreats; mentoring and guiding the student Leadership Team in planning, implementing and evaluating spiritual, service, and social activities. We offer competitive salary and benefits, along with the opportunity to mold and shape the present-day and future faithful of the Church. Length of assignment: Spring Semester with possibility of extending. This is a part-time position with the expectation of approximately 600 hours throughout the semester. Prospective candidates can visit www.hbgdiocese.org/careers for full details of responsibilities and job requirements. Interested, qualified applicants should submit a résumé and cover letter by January 14 to employment@hbgdiocese.org.

Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg has an immediate career opening for an experienced individual to be the school’s next Director of Advancement and Development. This individual will be a team leader, team player and willing to advance the school’s mission. The qualified candidate would have a bachelor’s degree or higher in Business, Marketing, Education, Public Relations, or related field, possess excellent oral and written communication skills, have the ability to multi-task, be able to lead special events, be comfortable using database software and maintain a strong commitment to the morals and values of the Catholic Church. This individual needs to be able to build and grow a network of donors, alumni, and community to establish and achieve fundraising efforts in a wonderful, faith-based, family-focused school environment. The next Director will be required to maintain a large donor portfolio, create 21st century cutting edge annual fund mailers and balance monthly alumni/donor events. Experience preferred. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and résumé with references to Dr. David Gardiner, President, Bishop McDevitt High School, dgardiner@bishopmcdevitt.org.

Sacred Heart School in Lancaster is seeking a full-time technology teacher to begin January 3, 2022. Candidates must have a teaching degree and experience in all aspects of Google and social media platforms. Candidates will engage students in kindergarten through grade 8. For information on how to apply, contact Sister Therese Elizabeth Bauer, IHM, Principal, at srtherese@sacredheartsch.org or 717-393-8433.

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Hanover is currently accepting applications for a full-time Office Administrator. Applicant must have working knowledge of Church teaching and an understanding of the mission, vision and philosophy of a Roman Catholic parish. Applicant must have working knowledge and be proficient in Microsoft Office, Excel and Word. This position requires the applicant to have excellent communication, organizational, managerial and problem-solving skills. Applicant must also have the ability to work independently with others in a spirit-filled and Christ-like manner. Experience with parish operations is preferred. A professional demeanor in interacting with persons at all levels is essential. The position is scheduled to begin in mid-February, 2022. Interested applicants may submit their cover letter and résumé to Father Dwight D. Schlaline, 30 Basilica Drive, Hanover, PA 17331.

Holy Name of Jesus School in Harrisburg has an immediate opening for a Spanish teacher. Candidates must possess academic excellence, be fluent in the Spanish language, and have a dedication to educating the whole child. Applicants for this position must be adept at developing lessons that incorporate rigor and technological components across the curriculum. Teachers in our school work cooperatively to meet the needs of our students through differentiated instruction. Interested candidates are to send their résumé to Sister Rita at sisterrita@holynameofjesus.com or call Sister Rita at 717-657-1704.

York Catholic Middle and High School is seeking a Director of Admissions (year-round position) to recruit potential students and coordinate the admissions and enrollment process to grow the York Catholic family. Candidates should have excellent communications skills with both students and parents. Experience coordinating events is a plus, as there are numerous admissions events throughout the year. Candidate will also oversee the Student Ambassadors program. Requirements: bachelors degree; state and federal clearances; proficient in computer skills and Google suite. Preferred qualifications: experience in middle and/or high school admissions and enrollment. Please send résumé and Diocesan application (found on the York Catholic website, About Us, Employment page at https://yorkcatholic.org/about/employment-opportunities/), a copy of state and federal clearances, and letter of interest to Katie Seufert, Principal, York Catholic Middle & High School, 601 East Springettsbury Avenue, York, PA 17403. For questions, contact 717-846-8871, ext. 312, kseufert@yorkcatholic.org.

York Catholic Middle and High School is seeking an English Teacher (10-month position) to teach grades 7 through 12. Candidates with experience teaching advanced level high school English courses will be given preference. Requirements: certification and related bachelors degree in appropriate major; state and federal clearances. Preferred qualifications: experience teaching honors and upper level high school English. Please send résumé and Diocesan application (found on the York Catholic website, About Us, Employment page at https://yorkcatholic.org/about/employment-opportunities/), a copy of state and federal clearances, and letter of interest to Katie Seufert, Principal, York Catholic Middle & High School, 601 East Springettsbury Avenue, York, PA 17403. For questions, contact 717-846-8871, ext. 312, kseufert@yorkcatholic.org.

York Catholic has three coaching positions available in the athletic department: high school softball head coach, middle school volleyball head coach and middle school cross country head coach. Candidates for all positions will be responsible for administrative duties including team registration, equipment and uniform inventory, scouting assignments, injury reports, and score reporting. The candidates will also establish team guidelines and practice schedules, coordinate team and parent meetings, and regularly communicate with players and their parents. Head coaches must attend all meetings in compliance with the PIAA and YAIAA. Please send Diocesan application for non-teaching employment (found at https://yorkcatholic.org/about/employment-opportunities/), résumé, a copy of state and federal clearances, and letter of interest to Kevin Bankos, Athletic Director York Catholic Middle & High School, 601 East Springettsbury Avenue York, PA 17403. For questions, contact 717-846-8871, ext. 314.

The track and field team at Trinity High School in Camp Hill is seeking a throws coach. For details, visit thsrocks.us/employment.

Custodian Job Opening at Mother Cabrini Parish in Shamokin. Effective immediately, the parish invites interested applicants to contact the parish office to pick up a job description for the position of parish custodian at Mother Cabrini. The position is for 25 hours/week. This position will be available beginning Jan. 2, 2022. Appropriate references and clearances will be necessary. Please contact Jen Seidel at the parish office, 570-648-4512, ext. 211, with any questions.

Morning Star Pregnancy Services is seeking a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer for its Pregnancy Services Program. When it comes to changing hearts and minds, ultrasound is the core of our pregnancy medical center. Morning Star Pregnancy Services is expanding our Ultrasound Services at our new location in Harrisburg. In this exciting role, you will be working with moms and dads to view their unborn child, see its beating heart, and begin the bonding process. The RDMS provides patient care and medical services working under the supervision of the RDMS Medical Services Manager. All duties and responsibilities are performed in support of Morning Star’s Mission and Vision. Position open to RDMS or RN with sonography experience. Salary commensurate with experience, benefits included. Please send your résumé and a cover letter to Linda Plummer, Executive Director, lplummer@morningstarclinics.com. For more information, call Linda Plummer at 717-901-3377.

Morning Star Clinics is seeking medical volunteers to assist in its pregnancy and sexual health services. Do you have a heart for the unborn, people in crisis, for your community? If you are a licensed physician, physician assistant, nurse practitioner or nurse midwife with 4 to 5 hours per month to give, please consider gifting your time and talents to our organization. Morning Star’s mission is to offer pregnancy and sexual health services, parenting education, and practical support to the more than 2,000 women and men we see in our clinics yearly. The addition of a physician or mid-level provider to our volunteer staff would allow our organization to expand the services we provide to include more comprehensive STI testing and treatment. For more information, contact Linda Plummer, Executive Director, at 717-901-3377 or complete an online application at www.SupportMorningStar.com/get-involved.

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