Monday, February 26, 2024

Diocesan Notebook – December 9

­­­­Masses & Prayer Services

An ecumenical, interreligious candlelight remembrance service for anyone who has experienced the death of a friend, family member or loved one to suicide will take place Sunday, Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. at Sacred Heart Basilica in Conewago. For more information, please contact Sue Poist at 717-624-2055 or All are welcome, no matter when the suicide occurred. This service is a time for us all to come together to let you know you are not alone.

Education & Enrichment

St. Peter Parish in Elizabethtown will host an Advent evening of prayer with Irish tenor Mark Forrest. “Advent’s Journey of Hope” will take place December 19 at 7 p.m. at the church on Mill Road. Experience the Advent season by reflecting on the Gospels, meditating on the music and experiencing the presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. For more information, call 717-367-1255.

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

Women of Grace upcoming studies and events: Women of Grace foundational study (in-person) winter/spring 2022 at Holy Name of Jesus Parish. 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 or 717-379-6041.

Retreats & Pilgrimages

Not willing to let go of your marriage? Attend the upcoming Retrouvaille weekend. 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 or 717-356-2185.

Events & Fundraisers

St. Jude Thaddeus Parish in Mifflintown will have its annual Christmas Cookie Walk & Bazaar sponsored by the Women’s Guild on December 11 in the church social hall from 9 a.m.-noon, or while supply lasts. Purchase a pre-filled container of delicious homemade Christmas cookies for $10. Shop for unique Christmas gifts from a selection of homemade candies and a white elephant table. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. Come early and join us for a free cup of hot coffee. For directions or more information about the Cookie Walk, contact Joyce Price, 717-994-0209.

Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament and Knights of Columbus Council 15137 in Harrisburg are hosting a Christmas Open House on Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. All are welcome to bring family and friends for an evening of seasonal merriment! Visitors can view our Vietnamese community’s Nativity scene while enjoying Christmas music in the church, then join us for fellowship, hot chocolate, cookies, and candy canes in the parish social hall.

Instruments and voices come together at York Catholic’s Christmas concerts. The High school concert is Sunday, December 12, at 2 p.m. and features the Concert Choir, Concert Band, Jazz Bands and Brass Choir. The middle school concert is Monday, December 13, at 7 p.m. and features the Chorus and Band. Celebrate the season and enjoy the sounds of holiday spirit! Admission is free. Mask protocol and social distancing will be observed.

Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Parish in Elysburg will have its Christmas bazaar on Dec. 11 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. The bazaar will feature 40 crafters and vendors, raffles, delicious food, holly bread sale, Christmas cookie trays and a basket raffle.

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 then under “members,” select “forms” and go to “contests” for contest rules and details, or visit 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.

Knights of Columbus Council 628 and The Christopher Club in Mount Carmel will sponsor the annual “Blessing of the Manger” on Dec. 11 at 7:15 p.m. The program will take place in the beautifully decorated social room. Local priests and members of the Mount Carmel Ministerium will participate. This is a community event which is open everyone. Refreshments and holiday snacks and cookies will be available.

Members of the Knights of Columbus Council 628 and The Christopher Club in Mount Carmel will participate in a Christmas Caroling program with the Mount Carmel Area Ministerium, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Mount Carmel Town Park. Hot chocolate and hot dogs will be available. Also, look for the arrival of St. Nick and Santa Claus.

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 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.

Our Mother of Perpetual Help School in Ephrata is hosting a “Sunday Tour Day” of the school on December 12 from 1-3 p.m. The “Sunday Tour Day” is perfect for families who are unable to schedule a tour during the week. OMPH School Principal Mrs. Peggy Snyder, and OMPH School Enrollment Director Mrs. Jen Francis will be on site to answer any academic and admissions questions from prospective families. Registration is required for planning purposes; please email the Enrollment Office at or call 717-738-2414 to sign up for a time. Private tours during the week are also available by contacting Mrs. Francis at 717-738-2414 or

Good Shepherd Parish in Camp Hill is sponsoring a deluxe motor coach bus to the 2022 March for Life on Friday, January 21. Round trip from Good Shepherd will be from 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. with a requested donation of $25/person. Contact 717-761-1167, ext. 3613, or for information/reservations.

Job Openings

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,

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 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, 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,

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, 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,

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, 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

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, 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

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