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Diocesan Notebook – December 9

Masses and Prayer Services

The Hispanic community of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Gettysburg will have a Rosary and celebrations for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, December 11 at the Historic Church (25 W. High Street Gettysburg). On December 12, altar servers (monaguillos) will present a play beginning at 6 p.m. and then a Mass at 7 p.m. at the Xavier Center (465 Table Rock Rd).

The next Caelorum at St. Joan of Arc Church in Hershey is January 4 at 7 p.m. Join your brothers and sisters in Christ this Advent season as we come together to adore, praise and worship our Lord and Savior. If you are unable to attend, you may watch the live stream or recording on the Caelorum Facebook page, For more information, call 717-215-4175.

The Epiphany Italian Mass/Epifania del Nostro Signore will be Sunday, January 8 at 12:15 p.m. at St. Patrick Cathedral in Harrisburg, celebrated by Bishop Ronald Gainer. The Italian Apostolate Ministry Committee will provide a reception after Mass. For more information, contact Mariella Amato at 717-278-9420 or Maria DiSanto at 717-554-5698 or

An ecumenical, inter-religious Candlelight Remembrance Service for anyone who has experienced the death of a friend, family member or loved one to suicide will take place on Sunday, December 11, at 6 p.m. at Sacred Heart Basilica, Conewago. For more information, please contact Sue Poist at 717-624-2055 or All are welcome, regardless of when the suicide occurred. It is a time for us all to come together to let you know you are not alone.

Knights of Columbus – The Christopher Club, Mount Carmel, will have its annual Blessing of the Manger, Saturday, December 10 at 7:30 p.m., at their club. This is a community event open to all area residents. Area priests and ministers of various faiths participate in the program. The club is beautifully decorated for the season. Traditional complimentary food, desserts and cookies are provided. It is an enjoyable evening of music and singing with family, friends and neighbors. A visit by St. Nick or Santa Claus is anticipated.

St. Joseph Parish in York and Father Steve Fernandes, OFM, Cap., invites York area churches to join in celebrating the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity on Wednesday, January 18 at 7 p.m. Stephen Falencki, Coordinator of Music at St. Joseph Parish, is recruiting choir members and musicians from the various churches to lead the service in song and praise. If interested in joining this Combined Church Choir, please contact Stephen at 717-755-7503, ext. 248, or

Tuesday Evening Prayer Devotions resume at St. Patrick Church in Carlisle, Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. Join others in praying the Rosary for an end to abortion, The Chaplet of Divine Mercy for the clergy of the Diocese, and novena prayers to Our Mother of Perpetual Help for vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life. Devotions are every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at St. Patrick Church on Pomfret Street in Carlisle, except during inclement weather and during 40 Hours. The devotions began in May of 1994 and are returning after a hiatus since the start of the pandemic. For information, contact Henry Treffinger at 717-701-5676 or

Education & Enrichment

The Harrisburg Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (HDCCW) invites girls in grades 9-12 in the Diocese of Harrisburg to enter an art contest. Design the cover for the 97th Annual HDCCW Convention on Saturday, April 15, 2023. The artwork should be an original drawing or painting for a 9×12 folder and based on the convention theme, “Live in the Love of Christ.” The grand prize is $150, second prize is $75 and third prize is $50. The deadline to enter is January 23, 2023. For complete details and contest guidelines, please refer to the HDCCW website where the flyer is available. You may also contact Kathy at 717-352-7354 or email with questions.

2023 Catholic Daughters of the Americas National Education Contest – Court Queen of Peace #1023, Lancaster, PA, of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas invites all youth in grades 4-12 from all schools to enter the 2023 National Education Contest. 2023 themes are: “We walk by faith, not by sight” 2 Corinthians: 5:7, and “When do I have to lean on my faith more than sight?” Enter one or more contests via art, essay, computer art, music and photography. Go to, then select “forms,” and go to “contests” for contest rules and details in English or Spanish, or click here. Entries must be received by Margaret T. Giordano, Education Contest Chairman, 1530 Hollywood Drive, Lancaster, PA 17601 no later than February 1, 2023. 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 with monetary awards for first, second and third place local winners will be planned for early June 2023. Leave a voice message at 717-390-9035 with questions.

Retrouvaille offers a welcoming and loving space to couples who have been living with the misery of a failing marriage. Retrouvaille offers hope: hope that it is not too late, hope of a different and better marriage. Retrouvaille helps couples show each other mercy through the opportunities it provides to listen, to forgive, to be reconciled and to move into their futures believing that God loves them and with His help and their efforts, their marriages can be healed and restored. Retrouvaille provides help for marriage problems/difficulties/crises. The next Retrouvaille weekend is in Mechanicsburg, January 13-15. For more information about an upcoming Retrouvaille Weekend program for couples, contact the registration team at 717-356-2185 or visit

Upcoming Women of Grace Events – Save the date, April 1, 2023, at the Diocesan Conference Center, for “Welcome Women of Grace: The Grace of the Prayerful Woman.” A morning event will be offered for the Spanish-speaking community, “Bienvenidas Mujeres de Gracia: La Gracia de la Mujer Orante.” For more information, contact Chris Arnold, Regional Coordinator, at 717-379-6041 or

Save the date for the HDCCW’s 97th annual convention. The Harrisburg Diocesan Council of Catholic Women invites all women of the Diocese to attend their annual convention, Saturday, April 15, 2023. The theme will be “Live in the Love of Christ.” Watch future editions of The Witness and the HDCCW’s website, for additional details.

Calling all young adults (20s and 30’s) – A young adult Catholics group is forming in Franklin County. Open to young adults from local parishes, including St. Andrew the Apostle, St. Rita, Immaculate Conception, St. Mark, Corpus Christi and Our Lady of the Visitation. Please join our Facebook group for more information, or reach out to the co-leaders with any questions or ideas. Find Franklin County PA Young Adult Catholics on Facebook at, or email Rachel Little at or Anissa Freeman at

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.

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

Retreats & Pilgrimage

The Diocese of Harrisburg is heading to World Youth Day 2023, and spots are still available. Young adults are invited to come celebrate with our Holy Father Pope Francis in Lisbon, Portugal. Experience a week of unity, fun and a deep encounter with Jesus Christ. Along the way, we will be also be stopping in Fatima to visit the apparition sites of Our Lady. The pilgrimage will be July 30-August 7, 2023. Young adults ages 18-39 at the time of departure are invited to attend. Registration includes all lodging, flights and other travel accommodations and can be done online via our travel agency Regina Tours. Visit for details. Deposits are due by the end of the year (December 31) so act quickly! Any questions, please contact Zack Haney, Director for Youth and Young Adult Ministry, at or 717-657-4804, ext. 307.

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.

Events & Fundraisers

Holy Family Radio AM720 in Shiremanstown is hosting a Holiday Open House, December 13 from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the station, located at 8 West Main Street. There will be Christmas cookies, drinks and door prizes. Meet on-air personalities and tour the broadcast center. For more information, call 717-525-8110 or email

The Knights of Columbus Council 15137 of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament in Harrisburg is raffling an iPad for Christmas. The fundraiser raffle will benefit Our Lady’s Parish, and runs until December 18. Prize is a new, latest edition iPad, at a $450 retail value. Tickets are $6 each or 2 tickets for $10. Only 500 tickets will be sold. Please contact Joey Rosito at or Steve Grimme at for tickets.

Join St. Francis Xavier School in Gettysburg for the 10th Annual Noreen Neitz 5k Run at the Rock on December 10 at the school. Registration is at 9 a.m. with 5k, 10k, and 1-mile walk races beginning at 10 a.m. This race commemorates Noreen Neitz, an SFX Parish and School community member who strongly believed in providing opportunities for local youth to be involved in their school, churches, and community. St. Francis Xavier honors her legacy by providing scholarship funds to youth who civically engage themselves in the community; and by providing assistance to St. Francis Xavier Catholic School families in need with tuition costs. All funds are raised for the Noreen Neitz Scholarship Fund and 100% of the funds are distributed annually. Runners and walkers can register on the school website:

Boys and girls ages 9-14 are invited to the annual Free Throw Shooting Championship hosted by Knights of Columbus Council 10502 of Holy Spirit Parish in Palmyra, January 29 in the Palmyra High School gym. This is a free, annually sponsored event, with winners progressing through local, district and state competitions. All boys and girls 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

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, or e-mail

St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Annville will have a Cookie Walk on Saturday, December 10, from 9 a.m. until the cookies are sold out. Hundreds of dozens of cookies will be available to choose from. Cookies are $8 per pound. There will also be a basket raffle.

Job Openings

The Diocese of Harrisburg is seeking a Director for Laity and Family in the Secretariat for Catholic Life & Evangelization. The person in this position should have a desire to help others live the Catholic faith to the fullest, be interested in strengthening marriages and family, and desires all people to know the love of 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 Director reports to the Secretary of CLEV and will have direct responsibility for formative and supportive programs for laity and family. These areas include marriage enrichment and preparation; ministry to the divorced, separated, and widowed; lay apostolates and lay ecclesial ministries, and the formation in spiritual direction program. This person serves as the main point of contact and support to internal and external organizations, parishes, and ministry offices and provides for strategic planning, implementation, and ongoing development in these areas. Prospective candidates can visit for full details of responsibilities and job requirements. Please send résumé and cover letter to Application closing date is January 2, 2023.

The Diocese of Harrisburg is seeking an administrative assistant for the Secretariat (Department) of Catholic Life and Evangelization. This position provides administrative support for department ministries, events and programs and acts as department receptionist. Seeking a mission-oriented team player with an eye for detail. The successful candidate must be a Catholic in good standing with advanced verbal, interpersonal and written communication skills, the ability to develop project timelines and meet deadlines, be respectful and courteous, have initiative and a spirit of innovation, and be able to work independently and collaboratively. Candidates must have a high school diploma or GED and previous work experience as an administrative assistant or similar role. Must have proficiency with MS Office programs, web browsers and familiarity with office equipment. The ability to speak Spanish is a plus. This position is open to candidates looking for full-time or part-time hours and offers a competitive wage and benefits package for full-time hours. To view the full job description, please visit To apply, please send a resumé and cover letter to by Friday, December 9.

The Diocesan Secretariat for Education is seeking a full-time Administrative Assistant. This confident individual with superior organizational and administrative skills will work as part of an administrative team in the Department of Education. Successful candidates will share a passion for Catholic education, possess high levels of verbal, interpersonal and written communication skills with the ability to use some independent initiative and judgment. An ability to maintain good public relations is essential. A high level of proficiency in all MS Office applications is essential with a thorough working knowledge of database management and Excel spreadsheets. An experience of working in Catholic schools or a parish CCD program would be helpful but not essential. Knowledge of Diocesan parish /school structures would be beneficial. Competitive salary and benefits. Please send résumé and cover letter to:

The Diocese of Harrisburg is seeking a part-time kitchen cook at the Priests’ Retirement Home in Harrisburg, for Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Candidate should have a friendly disposition and provide weekend food services to the priests living in the Retirement Home, an independent living facility of 15 apartments. The cook works independently and without close supervision, and must have an excellent knowledge of food hygiene and food preparation. The weekend cook is responsible for providing lunch and dinner to a pre-set menu. Must be able to stand and walk continuously throughout the working day; reach, stoop, bend, lift and carry up to 50 lbs.; manipulate various food products, dietary supplies and equipment; have visual acuity and color discrimination for examining cooked and stored food; have taste and smell discrimination in determining nutritional quality and palatability of foods; have ability to work with chemicals and cleaning agents; and tolerate exposure to temperature and humidity changes as in entering refrigerated storage areas, working at ovens, ranges, dish-washing machines, and at steam tables. Required to have (or will be given the opportunity to obtain) ServSafe Certification. Please send résumé to or via mail to Human Resources, Diocese of Harrisburg, 4800 Union Deposit Rd., Harrisburg, PA 17111.

Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Harrisburg is seeking to employ a Parish Business Manager. This person will be responsible for assisting the pastor in the overall administration of the parish with respect to all matters pertaining to personnel, finance, buildings and grounds, parish committees and organizations, and scheduling. A bachelor’s degree in accounting or business administration (or its equivalent) is required, as well as a minimum of three years of experience in business administration and personnel supervision. Experience with parish operations is preferred. The individual must have a working knowledge of Church teaching and an understanding of the mission/vision/philosophy of a Roman Catholic parish. The Parish Business Manager is a steward of the physical, financial and personnel resources of the parish and enables other ministries to function effectively. Please send resumé to or Holy Name of Jesus Parish, 6150 Allentown Blvd, Harrisburg PA 17112.

St. Theresa Parish in New Cumberland has an opening for a maintenance/custodian position. The expectation for this position is to have a functional knowledge of electrical, mechanical, plumbing, painting, carpentry, roofing, or HVAC and cabling processes. The position requires trouble-shooting ability and immediate response to problems and emergency situations. The individual should be versed in basic home repairs and be knowledgeable in the use of hand and power tools and the operation of cleaning equipment. This person must be a versatile, skilled individual. It is essential that this person be adaptable, flexible and have the ability to work without supervision. Responsible for the maintenance needs of the entire campus. Must maintain a high degree of confidentiality, be pleasant and have a helpful attitude. Two to three years of related work experience and/or certificates of completion for electrical, mechanical, plumbing, wiring classes required. Full-time position, $17/hour plus benefits. Contact Randy Meholick at 717-829-6176 or

St. Theresa Parish in New Cumberland is seeking a cook/housekeeper responsible for keeping the residence clean, orderly, and presentable at all times; for the day-to-day operation of the kitchen and dining area; and for preparing, cooking and serving meals for the priest(s) in residence. This individual is responsible for planning and executing a cleaning schedule for a parish rectory that may have multiple occupants. The position requires varying degrees of physical exertion, to include lifting (at least 50 lbs.) stretching, bending, climbing stairs and operating cleaning equipment. This individual should possess adequate cooking skills and a working knowledge of hygiene, and proper food handling. Creativity in menu planning and knowledge or interest in basic nutritional requirements would be helpful. Organizational skills, a working knowledge of home safety procedures, adaptability, flexibility, dependability and the ability to take instructions and meet deadlines for scheduled meals, as well as work without supervision, are essential. Absolute trustworthiness and the willingness to maintain confidentiality are essential. Position is 20 hours a week, $18 per hour. Contact Elaine Herald at 717-774-5918 or

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

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The deadline for submissions to the biweekly Notebook/Parish Obituaries listing is every other Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. Please refer to the Publication Schedule for edition dates and deadlines.

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