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Diocesan Notebook – February 25

Masses and Prayer Services

In conjunction with the National 40 Days for Life Campaign, a Jericho Prayer March will be held on Saturdays February 27, and March 6, 13, 20, 27 in Lebanon. The Jericho Prayer March is a silent, prayerful march to make a visible, public awareness for the pro-life movement to end the evil of abortion. Arrive and assemble in prayer groups any time between 10 a.m. and noon in front of Assumption BVM Church at South 8th and Cumberland Streets. As people arrive, you will go out in groups. Directions, prayer sheets, and banners will be given for the walk, which should take approximately 30 to 45 minutes. Join us for all the Saturdays, or choose any weekend. There is no need to register. For information, contact Lucy at 717-926-4075 or or Sandra at 717-838-5243.

Virtual, live Caelorum event on Facebook, with praise, worship and Scripture reflection, March 10 at 7 p.m. A link to the live event will be available on the Caelorum Facebook page. Call Lou at 717-215-4175 with any questions.

Retreats & Pilgrimages

The Women’s Council of St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Mechanicsburg will sponsor a Lenten Evening of Reflection on March 16 at 7 p.m. It will be held in the church (masking and social distancing will be required) AND virtually. For log-in information, please check the web page at Father Kenneth G. Smith, pastor, will be the presenter. His Theme is “It Is Not About What We Give Up, But Who We Become” (Inspired by Dynamic Catholic’s theme).

A Spirituality of Non-Violence” is a virtual, guided, retreat, March 13 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., sponsored by the Saint Cyril Spiritual Center in Danville. The retreat is presented by Sister Anita Constance, SC, who is the author of several spiritual books, and is experienced in giving retreats and workshops. She received her MS from Fordham University, (NY), in Religious Studies, and is a certified spiritual director who presently gives retreats, spiritual direction, grief support, and Healing Touch. This is a guided retreat that will allow us reflection, prayer and sharing in the opportunity to lean into the love of God for us, and learn how to transform areas of subtle violence in our lives; and discover the grace in our limitations and faults. The cost of the retreat is $35 and the registration deadline is March 5. You can register online at or by calling 570-275-3581. After registering, you will be contacted via your e-mail for a link.

“Finding Joy through Lent.” Join the Dauphin District Council of Catholic Women for a virtual Lenten retreat, March 20 via Zoom. The retreat will include a live-streamed Mass and presentations on “Finding Joy through Lent” by Linda Hartzell, “Connecting with God through Perpetual Adoration” by Betsy Schadler, and a closing prayer service led by Suzanne Bruzga. Cost is free. Registration is required to receive the link to the event. Deadline to register is March 16. To register and receive the log-in information, please e-mail

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 2022 with Father Michael Reid, pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Hanover. Father Reid will lead a group of 24 pilgrims on an active and spiritual tour of the Holy Land, Jan. 31-Feb. 11, 2022. The 12-day itinerary organized by Select International Tours includes Mount Tabor, Nazareth, Cana, Galilee, Tabgha, Magdala, Mount of Beatitudes, Capernaum, Mount Carmel, Caesaria Maritima, Bethlehem, Shepherd’s Field, Jericho, Baptism Site, The Dead Sea (with optional visit to Masada), Mount of Olives, Mount Zion, Jerusalem, St Anne’s Church, and Ein Karem. Land and Air cost is $3,695; a deposit of $500 is required by Oct. 3, 2021. Flights depart from and return to Newark International Airport. For a brochure and other information, please contact Father Reid at 717-637-4625, ext. 113.

Education & Enrichment

Diocesan Office of Vocations’ bi-monthly Zoom discernment group. Young men (junior year in high school through young adults) are invited to take part in this online discussion. To register, e-mail the Office of Vocations at with a valid e-mail address and mailing address so that the discussion material may be mailed. The Zoom discernment group meets on the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month from 8-9 p.m.

Women of Grace upcoming studies/events: Lenten online retreat, “Man of Sorrows, Lord of Joy,” Saturday, March 27. Speakers include Father Peter John Cameron. Visit “Queen of Militants” by Emil Neubert, S.M., S.T.D., fall 2021 study. For more information, contact Chris Arnold at or 717-379-6041.

Fundraisers & Events

The Knights of Columbus Holy Spirit Council #10502 in Palmyra is selling walnut, poppy seed, apricot, prune, raspberry, and pumpkin cheese rolls during Lent after the weekend Masses through March 20 and 21. The price is $17 per roll. Orders will not be accepted after March 21 and extras will not be available for purchase later. Orders must be picked up in the church parking lot at 300 West Pine Street, Palmyra, after the Masses on March 27 and 28. Online ordering is available at where you can complete the online form. Payment will be by credit card through PayPal.

The Harrisburg Diocesan Council of Catholic Women is seeking applicants for its scholarship award. The council’s scholarship committee will award a $1,000 scholarship to a Catholic senior high school girl for the freshman year 2021-2022 at an accredited college, university or trade school. Applicants must be sponsored by a mother, grandmother or guardian who is a member of a Parish Council of Catholic Women. The applicant and her sponsor must be residents of the Diocese of Harrisburg. Applicants must meet all conditions established by the scholarship committee as set forth in its rules and regulations, which are included in the application packet. Applications are available from parish Council of Catholic Women presidents. More information and applications can also be obtained by contacting Joyce Scott, Scholarship Chair, at 717-737-0927 or The application deadline is May 1, 2021.

Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Parish in Elysburg, homemade paska bread sale. Orders accepted through March 19; $6 per loaf. Bread will be available for pick-up Palm Sunday weekend, March 27 and 28 at all Masses or on March 29 during regular office hours. Orders can be placed by e-mailing or calling 570-672-2302 during regular office hours.

Holy Infant Parish in Manchester is selling candy Easter eggs. A limited number of homemade chocolate peanut butter and coconut eggs can be bought individually for $1.25 each or $15 per dozen. Call the parish office at 717-266-5286 to order.

A Woman’s Concern Life Message T-Shirt Design Contest for grades K-12 is underway. A Woman’s Concern is a pro-life parenting and pregnancy resource center in Lancaster. Individual kids, classes, youth groups, small groups, Bible clubs, etc. are welcome to submit entries. One lucky winner will have their T-shirt created, displayed at our Annual Partners’ event, and sold on our website. Help us spread a positive pro-life message in our world today by participating. Find contest details at: For additional information, contact Mary Ann at

Job Openings

Schools in the Diocese of Harrisburg are currently looking for educators, specifically long term substitutes that are ready to join our team in the Harrisburg area. Teachers in all grades and all subject areas are needed. Certification is preferred but not required. Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Harrisburg provide safe, joyful school environments that follow current scientific best practices on schooling during a pandemic. For more information or to find a school location near you, click on Send your résumé and letter of interest to either the location near you or to Webmaster@HBGDIOCESE.ORG. You may also call the Harrisburg Diocese Department of Catholic Schools for more information at 717-657-4804 ext. 222.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Harrisburg is seeking a full-time Financial Assistant in their Administrative Office. This position requires a mature, detail-oriented individual with above average keyboard skills, excellent organizational and interpersonal skills with the ability to understand and follow instructions and work independently. Must be proficient in Microsoft applications, most especially Word, Outlook and Excel. Must have an adequate background in business and bookkeeping or accounting. Please send résumé to: Catholic Charities, attention Carole Klinger, 4800 Union Deposit Road, Harrisburg, PA 17111, or via e-mail to

The Secretariat for Catholic Life and Evangelization of the Diocese of Harrisburg is seeking a part-time position of Diocesan Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) Director. The candidate must be a Catholic in good standing. The person in this position is responsible for overseeing all areas of the Diocesan CYO Basketball Program. This program consists of approximately 3,000 grade school and high school players on approximately 250 teams with nearly 500 coaches and covers the 15 counties of the Diocese of Harrisburg. Applicants position must be detail-oriented individuals and will be expected to be in full compliance with the Diocese of Harrisburg Youth Protection Program and accountable to the Diocesan Director of Evangelization and Catechesis. Hourly compensation commensurate with experience. Application deadline is March 5. Send résumé and cover letter to

Morning Star Clinics in Harrisburg is seeking a P/T instructor to teach nationally recognized REAL Essentials curriculum in greater Harrisburg middle and high schools and community organizations. The program teaches foundational skills to develop healthy relationships, empowering teens to make wise decisions and promoting sexual risk avoidance to achieve optimal health. Teaching experience with this age group is required; the ability to constructively and enthusiastically engage teens is essential. An individual who can be a role model and mentor to male students preferred. The program utilizes both in-person and remote instruction formats. Looking for a one to two year commitment following completion of certification training. For questions, or to submit a cover letter and résumé, contact Leslie Moyer, Program Director, at Learn more about the program at

Undefeated Courage is seeking nurses to staff its mobile ultrasound unit. Shifts available M-F 8am-4pm, FTE: PRN with no maximum hours. Hourly rate: $22. PA RN license is required for this position. Must be trained in limited obstetric abdominal/transvaginal ultrasound or open to training. The mobile unit will be deployed to abortion clinics to change the way abortion-minded women look at their pregnancy. The mission of Undefeated Courage is to help women choose life for their baby and themselves. Undefeated Courage is a sidewalk advocacy organization in Central Pennsylvania that provides prayer, pregnancy testing, education on pregnancy, referral to local pregnancy care centers and other social/legal services outside of abortion clinics at no cost or judgement. A free ultrasound is an obstetrical tool used to evaluate the health of the pregnancy and can be a method for abortion-minded women to make informed decisions about their pregnancy after reviewing their ultrasounds. Visit for more information and an application.

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