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Diocesan Notebook – February 1

Masses and Prayer Services

All are invited to the annual Black Catholic History Mass for the Diocese of Harrisburg. The Mass will be held at St. Joseph Church in York on Sunday, February 11, at 11:30 a.m. Bishop Timothy C. Senior will be the celebrant and homilist. This Mass is an annual celebration of Black Catholic history, culture and leaders, and also commemorates the National Day of Prayer for African American and African families. A social will follow the Mass.

The Italian Apostolate will host the annual St. Joseph Italian Mass, Sunday, March 17 at 1 p.m. at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Palmyra. Father Joshua Brommer and Father Anthony Dill will concelebrate the Mass. An Italian dinner reception will follow the Mass. For information, please contact Maria DiSanto at 717-554-5698 or or Mariella Amato at 717-278-9420.

Join the Sisters of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Danville for Eucharistic Adoration – 40 Hours on Tuesday, February 6. Eucharistic Adoration will begin at the Basilica of Saints Cyril and Methodius with Mass at 9 a.m. You are welcome to visit the Blessed Sacrament throughout the day. The closing of 40 Hours will begin at 5 p.m. and will include Evening Prayer, a reflection, and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament in the Basilica. All are welcome to the evening service, or to spend quiet time in prayer during the day. The Basilica of Saints Cyril and Methodius is located at 1002 Railroad Street.

The Statue of the Scourged Christ will be available for viewing at St. Benedict the Abbot Church in Lebanon, January 13 through February 8. The statue brings to reality the suffering of Christ in his Passion and death. For information about the statue, visit

A Charismatic Mass with prayers for healing will be celebrated Tuesday, February 6, at 7 p.m. at St. Theresa Church in New Cumberland, by Father Jonathan P. Sawicki, V.F., pastor. There will not be a Charismatic Mass in March, due to a parish mission. For more information, please call Vicki at 717-364-6260 or Mary Ann 512-3628.

The next Caelorum at St. Joan of Arc Church in Hershey will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 7. 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.

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 for more information.

The Beginning Experience Team for the Harrisburg Diocese will have its next Beginning Experience Weekend, May 3-5, at Camp Kirchenwald in Lebanon. 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. For information, visit and click on the “Navigating Difficulties” box or visit Information can also be obtained by contacting the Harrisburg Beginning Experience Team at 717-379-0800 or

A trip to Greece and the Greek Isles in the steps of St. Paul with Father Augustine Joseph, pastor of St. Peter Parish in Columbia, will take place October 1-11, 2024. The trip includes breakfast and dinner daily. Motor coach transportation to Newark airport is planned. Cost is $4,199 per person/double occupancy. For more information, call Rose Ann Visniski at 717-252-4291 or email

Education & Enrichment

A Lenten Day of Reflection hosted by the Harrisburg Diocesan Guild of the Catholic Medical Association and the St. Thomas More Society of Central Pennsylvania will be offered on Saturday, February 24 from 8:30 a.m.-noon at the Diocesan Center in Harrisburg. All Catholic physicians, lawyers, judges, healthcare workers, mental health professionals, medical students and law students are invited to attend. The morning will include the celebration of Mass by Father Paul Clark, JCL, a reflection on First Amendment rights, and a Penance Service with Confession. RSVP by February 20 to A free-will offering will be accepted.

St. Margaret Mary Parish in Harrisburg has a St. Monica Ministry to pray for loved ones who have drifted from the Church. The ministry will have a monthly Holy Hour devoted to praying for loved ones’ return home to the Catholic faith. The first Holy Hour is Thursday, February 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the church, with Father Samuel Houser presiding. Contact for more information.

Join St. Anne and Our Lady of La Vang Parish in celebrating Our Lady of Lourdes on Sunday, February 18, at 3 p.m. in the church. Come to hear the powerful talk about Medicine and Faith in Lourdes. Dr. Harry Johnson will talk of his experiences over the past 14 years as Chief Medical Director of the Lourdes Pilgrimage of the Federal Association, Order of Malta. During that time, he has witnessed the strong faith and trust of very sick pilgrims who come to Mary looking for healing, peace and acceptance of God’s will. He has seen them and their families overcome the obstacle of overseas travel and he has seen the outcome of their faith in ways medicine could not provide. The program will also include a reading, hymns, petitions, the Rosary and the washing of hands in Lourdes water. Dr. Harry Johnson is the Associate Chairman and Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences as well as the Director of Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstruction at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. For more information, visit

A Lenten series on the Holy Cross will be presented at Annunciation BVM Parish in McSherrystown on three Mondays in February and March. Speakers, topics and dates are: Theology of the Cross, by Father Michael Rothan on February 19; Spirituality of the Cross, by Father John Szada on February 26; and Liturgy of the Cross, by Father Aaron Lynch on March 4. All presentations begin at 6:45 p.m.

Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Harrisburg will present a Lenten Morning of Grace on Saturday, March 16 from 8 a.m.-noon. The day includes the Rosary, Mass, Adoration, brunch and a presentation with Susan Brinkmann, OCDS, on “Modern and Mortified: Doing Lent in the 21st Century.” Spend the morning with other Women of Grace. A young Women of Grace activity hour for girls ages 13-17 will be offered. Cost is $20 for adults, $10 for teens. Register with the parish office at 717-652-4211 or

The Serra Vocations Club of Harrisburg meets on the second Wednesday of each month at the Diocesan Center in Harrisburg at noon. Mass is celebrated by our chaplain, Father Joshua Weaver, in the chapel, followed by prayers for our priests, sisters, deacons and seminarians. The club then enjoys lunch. Our speaker at the next meeting, to be held on Wednesday, February 14, will be Bishop Emeritus Ronald W. Gainer. The organization, named after Saint Junipero Serra has, as objectives, to promote priestly and religious vocations in the Catholic Church, by supporting our clergy and prospective clergy prayerfully and financially. Meetings consist of prayer, announcements, a timely speaker and other instructional or spiritual events. Catholics of all ages are always welcome. If you would like more information or would like to attend a meeting, please contact Paul Dlugolecki at 717-580-2882 or; Stella Kulp at 717-766-3436 or; or Pat Leone at 717-766-2599 or

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 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 or 717-697-6929.

Events & Fundraisers

Catholic Charities’ Souper Bowl Sunday Soup Sale will take place February 10 and 11 after Masses at the following parishes: Cathedral Parish of St. Patrick, Holy Name of Jesus and St. Margaret Mary in Harrisburg; Holy Spirit in Palmyra; St. Joan of Arc in Hershey; St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Mechanicsburg; St. Theresa in New Cumberland; and Seven Sorrows in Middletown. A variety of homemade soups will be available in quarts for an in-kind donation.

St. Cecilia Parish in Lebanon will have its annual Fasnacht sale at 120 E. Lehman Street, from Friday, February 9 at midnight through Sunday February 11 until they are sold out. The sale will run around the clock, 24/7. Cost is $14 per dozen, plain or sugared. Limit six dozen per person. Sale is at the parish center only; please do not call the parish office for orders.

A Kids’ Art Competition to support the Seton route pilgrims on their way to the Eucharistic Congress is being sponsored by the Diocesan Office for Laity and Family. The theme of the art contest is “The Holy Eucharist.” The competition is open to all children in grades 3-5. The winning art will become a decorative decal. Scan your submission and send it to Melissa Maleski at Submissions are due by April 4.

The Bingo for Babies” fundraiser for the Carlisle Area Family Life Center will be held Friday, March 1 at St. Patrick Parish Activity Center in Carlisle. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., a light dinner will be served at 6 p.m., and games begin at 6:30. The center is Carlisle’s only crisis pregnancy and family resource center. The bingo will be hosted by the Knights of Columbus #4057. Tickets are $25 and include dinner. They can be purchased at the center, which is located at 155 North Hanover Street. Prizes include a fabulous array of gift cards, tickets and certificates from local and area businesses and attractions. There will also be two black-out games with cash prizes up to $500. Please join us for a fun, family evening! For more information, please call the center at 717-243-6544 or email

Immaculate Conception BVM Parish in Fairfield will hold an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner in the parish hall on Sunday, February 18, from 3-6 p.m. Dinner includes spaghetti, meatballs, sausage, salad, bread stick, drinks and dessert. Carry-outs are available. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children 6 to 12 and free for children under 6. All are welcome and no reservations needed. For additional information, call 717-642-8815.

St. Richard Parish in Manheim will host its annual spaghetti dinner on Friday, February 9, starting at 4 p.m. The price of the tickets is $10 for adults 19 years and older, and free for those ages 18 and under. The meal includes all-you-can-eat spaghetti only, plus meatballs, salad, bread, butter, dessert and drinks. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

Prince of Peace Parish Knights of Columbus in Steelton are sponsoring a “Super Bowl Sub Sale.” The subs are made with Terranetti rolls, quality meats, cheese, crisp lettuce, tomato and onion. The lettuce, tomato and onion are wrapped separately. Subs will be made the morning of pick-up, which is from 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday, February 10. Contact the parish office at 717-985-1330 to place your order for an Italian, ham/cheese or turkey/cheese sub. Subs are $8.00 each. You may also contact Ivo Fisic at 717-602-2691 or Ron Benkovic at 717-939-9914 to order.

St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Hanover will host its annual indoor yard sale on Saturday, March 2 from 8 a.m.-noon in Monsignor Gotwalt Auditorium, 65 South Street, Hanover. More than 45 vendor tables, plus a bake sale, soup sale and raffle items tables. The kitchen will be open for breakfast and lunch. Plenty of off-street parking. Please call the parish office for further information: 717-657-4625. The Sacrament of Confession will be available in St. Vincent Church from 8:30-10:30 a.m.

Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Enola will have an Ash Wednesday Drive-Through Lunch from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on February 14. The grab-n-go lunch includes a beer battered haddock sandwich, cole slaw, macaroni & cheese, bottle of water and tartar sauce. Plastic wear will also be in the brown bag. The lunch is $10. No substitutions or changes. First come, first served until sold out. If interested in purchasing a lunch, visit to take the fish lunch survey and express interest. There is no need to prepay; the online survey is for estimates only. Payment by cash only on the day of pickup.

St. John the Baptist School in New Freedom will have its annual Spring Dinner & Auction, “Around the World!” The silent auction will be a week-long virtual event online from 8 a.m. on February 21 until 8 p.m. on February 28. The link for the online auction is You will be able to view the auction in advance, with bidding beginning February 21. The dinner & live auction will be held on Saturday, March 16 in the Capitani Social Hall on the St. John the Baptist Catholic School campus, 315 N. Constitution Ave., New Freedom. It starts at 5:30 p.m. for those who purchase a VIP table, and 6 p.m. for everyone else. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling the school office, 717-235-3525.

Holy Trinity Parish in Columbia will host a live production of “Tolton: From Slave to Priest” at 7 p.m. on February 22. Experience the inspiring journey of Father Augustus Tolton, born a slave, who defied racial prejudice to become the first African American Catholic priest. Father Tolton’s cause for canonization has been presented to the Vatican and is moving forward quickly. The show is suitable for ages 10 and up. The event, which is sponsored by the Holy Trinity Holy Name Society, will be held at the church, located at 409 Cherry St., Columbia. A free-will offering will be accepted. More info:

St. James Men’s Club in Lititz will have a special bingo, Sunday, February 4, in St. James Parish social hall in Lititz. Doors open at 12:30 p.m., games start at 2 p.m. Must be 18 to play. There is a $1,000 guaranteed jackpot. For more information, call 727-333-5620.

The Harrisburg Diocesan Council of Catholic Women announces its annual awards scholarships for high school senior girls. Applicants must have a sponsor who is a member of a Parish Council of Catholic Women. Applications can be found at The deadline for application is May 1, 2024. Questions regarding the award may be directed to MaryAnn Pitek and Joyce Scott, Scholarship Co-Chairs,

The Harrisburg Diocesan Council of Catholic Women is seeking nominations for its Our Lady of Good Counsel and Golden Rose awards. The Our Lady of Good Counsel Award recognizes a woman who has made a significant contribution at any level of the council and has served as an outstanding role model of service to others. The Golden Rose Award recognizes young women in the Diocese who have made a significant contribution to their parish and community in service and leadership. The awards will be presented at the HDCCW’s annual convention. Nomination packets for the Our Lady of Good Counsel Award are available via email to Packets for the Golden Rose Award are available via email to The deadline for nominations is March 15. Any questions regarding the awards may be directed to Alycia Laureti at

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

Job Openings

St. Anne and Our Lady of La Vang Parish in Lancaster has a part-time job opening for a full-charge bookkeeper. The position is for 15 hours a week. The hours are flexible, but the work must be completed on site. This position requires a mature, detail-oriented person with excellent organizational and interpersonal skills. This position requires a person with training and experience in the field of bookkeeping or accounting. The person should be proficient in Microsoft applications, especially Word, Outlook and Excel. Knowledge or experience with parish and Diocesan structure is a plus. A practicing Catholic in good standing is preferred. Interested persons should send a cover letter and resumé to Christine Whalen, Parish Manager, at

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 Resumé and cover letter should be sent to

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: Full job description available at

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

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

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

St. Mark’s High School in Wilmington, Delaware, seeks qualified applicants for the position of principal beginning July 1, 2024.  The school, located on a 50-acre campus, is a coed, college preparatory school serving more than 820 students. Headed by its school president, with more than 55 educators, St. Mark’s High School “inspires young men and women to create a better world, one more pleasing to God and more helpful to others.” The school is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. For full details, visit or email

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