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Diocesan Notebook – February 29

Masses and Prayer Services

The Diocese of Harrisburg’s annual Lorica Awards ceremony will be Sunday, March 17 at 4 p.m. at St. Patrick Cathedral in Harrisburg. The Lorica Award is bestowed by the Bishop of Harrisburg upon those individuals who have contributed to the life of the Church and the wider community through parish work, Catholic education, liturgical ministries, and charitable outreach. This year’s recipients are Dawn Henry of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Hanover; John Messinger of St. Joseph Parish in Mechanicsburg; Sister Rita Smith, SSJ, of Holy Name of Jeus Parish in Harrisburg; William DeLise of St. Andrew the Apostle Parish in Waynesboro; Joseph Scartelli of St. Pius X Parish in Selinsgrove; Carol Lark of Our Lady Help of Christians Parish in Lykens; Terry Klugh of Lancaster Catholic High School; Joanne Bauer of St. Joseph Parish in Lancaster; Walt Bell of Immaculate Conception Parish in York, and Sister Geralyn Schmidt, SCC, of the Diocesan Offices. The individuals will be honored during the celebration of Solemn Vespers, and all are invited to attend. Light refreshments will follow in St. Joseph Hall (Cathedral Education Center). Free parking will be available in the South Street Garage.

The Catholic Family Connection of Lancaster will have a family Holy Hour and potluck dinner, Sunday, March 10 at St. Joseph’s Adoration Chapel in Lancaster. A guided Holy Hour will take place at 4:30 p.m., followed by the potluck dinner at 5:30 p.m. Bring a dish to share. RSVP to

The Legion of Mary Harrisburg Comitium will hold its annual Acies Ceremony on Saturday, April 13 at 1 p.m. at Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish in Ephrata. The ceremony and benediction will be followed by a light reception. Active and auxiliary members, as well as those interested in the Legion, are welcome to attend. For more information, please call the parish at 717-733-9641.

The next Caelorum service at St. Joan of Arc Church in Hershey will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6. 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.  Questions, call Lou at 717-215-4175.

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.

Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in New Holland will have its Parish Lenten Mission, “Come in Faith, Leave in Hope,” March 3, 4 and 5. Redemptorist Missionaries will speak each night at 7 p.m. and at Masses on Monday and Tuesday mornings at 9 a.m. Confessions will be heard by Missionaries on Monday, March 4 and Tuesday, March 5 from 6-6:45 p.m. All are welcome.

Pax Christi Harrisburg will hold its annual Walking Way of the Cross in downtown Harrisburg on Good Friday, March 29 at 10 a.m. Participants should gather at 9:45 a.m. at Front and Market streets by the Dauphin County Courthouse. This event connects Jesus’ journey to the cross with current-day themes of peace and justice. The walk lasts approximately an hour and a half, and will occur rain or shine. For more information, call Rick Woodard at 717-991-4204.

Retreats & Pilgrimages

Are you a child of divorce? Do you know someone who is? Registration is now open for the Life-Giving Wounds Retreat, April 12-14 at the Diocesan Center in Harrisburg. Life-Giving Wounds is a ministry for those who seek to understand how their parents’ divorce impacted their own spiritual, mental and emotional wholeness. Local accommodations are available for those who might travel from out of town. To register, go to

An informational meeting on Catholic Charities’ pilgrimage to Greece with Bishop Ronald Gainer in October 2024 will take place at the Diocesan Center in Harrisburg on March 13 at 6 p.m. The pilgrimage will 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 on the pilgrimage and to RSVP for the informational presentation.

The Diocesan Pilgrimage to Indianapolis for the Eucharistic Congress will take place July 17-21, 2024. Join Bishop Timothy Senior on this pilgrimage, “Eyes Opened ~ Hearts on Fire!” Travel package includes round-trip coach transportation from Harrisburg to Indianapolis, four nights’ accommodation at Indianapolis Marriott East and NEC Registration. The Congress Pass includes Entrance to all main programming, a seat at main programming, evening concerts and entertainment, and access to conference resources. Enrollment deadline has been extended to March 5 and tickets are limited, so be sure to enroll today!

Join Father Joshua Brommer, pastor and rector of the Cathedral Parish of St. Patrick in Harrisburg, on a Pilgrimage to France, September 9-18, 2024. The itinerary includes Lisieux, Omaha Beach, Mont Saint Michel, Giverny, Rouen, Chartres, a full day tour of Paris, Versailles, Basilica of Sacre Coeur, the Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, Church of Saint Vincent DePaul, Saint Sulpice, Luxembourg Garden, a boat ride on the Seine as well as free time when you can visit the Louvre, Musee d’Orsay, or go up in the Eiffel Tower.  Holy Mass will be celebrated each day. Roundtrip motorcoach transportation from Harrisburg to Washington Dulles Airport, roundtrip nonstop airfare from Washington Dulles to Paris with Air France, accommodation in 4-star hotels, breakfast and dinner daily are included for $4,599 per person based on double occupancy. Please contact Karen Hurley at to receive a brochure with complete details.

A Marian Shrine Pilgrimage to Spain, Portugal and France with Father Michael Reid, pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Hanover, will take place October 8-22, 2024. Father Reid will serve as the chaplain for a group of pilgrims from Singapore on their Marian Shrine Pilgrimage. The group will celebrate Mass in Barcelona, Monserrat, Avila, Fatima, Santiago de Compostela, Covadonga, Garabandal, Lourdes, Rocamadour, Nevers and Paris. Seven seats for USA pilgrims are available. The land tour package, based on 30 pilgrims, is $3,490 (double occupancy). The estimated roundtrip airfare from the USA to Europe is $1,310. For those interested in joining this pilgrimage, please contact Grace Jiang

Explore the French Riviera with St. Patrick Parish in Carlisle and Father Donald Bender, pastor. A presentation on this fabulous trip will be held on Monday, March 11 at 6 p.m. in the Parish Activity Center on Marsh Drive in Carlisle. An optional 3-night Paris Post Extension will also be offered. The tour will pivot out of Nice for daily trips to the surrounding area. For more details and to RSVP, contact Cynthia Adams at

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

Young Catholic Professionals of South Central PA will have the first event in their Executive Speaker Series, March 11 at Desperate Times Brewery in Carlisle. The event will feature Tim Lynch, an accomplished and local Catholic professional, and the father of YCP’s chaplain, Father Aaron Lynch. Tim Lynch will speak about how he incorporated his faith throughout his career spanning through both the military and corporate worlds. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. The event begins at 6:30 with networking, followed by the speaker from 7-7:45, and additional networking until 8:30 p.m. Dress is business casual. Visit to RSVP or email to learn more.

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 next Holy Hour is Thursday, March 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the church, with Father Leo Houser presiding. All are welcome to attend.

The Corpus Christi Council of Catholic Women is hosting a Lenten Afternoon of Reflection on Saturday, March 9, in the parish center in Chambersburg. The afternoon will be led by Karen Bruskewicz, a gifted and experienced speaker. The topic is “Becoming What We Receive,” which ties in with this year of the Eucharistic Revival. Doors open at 12:30 p.m., the program begins at 1 p.m. and will end at 3:45 p.m. There is an opportunity for Confession from 3:45-4:45 p.m. and Mass at 5 p.m., both in the Church. There is no cost to attend, and the afternoon includes light refreshments. Advance registration is requested to ensure adequate accommodations and refreshments. To register, please contact Kathy Wingert at 717-352-7354 or email The registration deadline is Wednesday, March 6.

The Conewago District Council of Catholic Women will host a Lenten Day of Reflection, Saturday, March 16, from 12:30-3 p.m. in Gotwalt Hall at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Hanover. The presenter will be Father Stephen Kelley, pastor of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Gettysburg, on “The Three Stages of the Spiritual Life.” No registration fee, no need to pre-register. For questions, contact Nancy Newbold at

“Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility from the Catholic Bishops of the United States,” will be presented by Eric Failing, Executive Director for the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference, on April 8 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Diocesan Center in Harrisburg. For more information and to register, visit

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 March 14, will be Becky Davis, Family Ministries Coordinator at St. Joseph Parish in Mechanicsburg. The club’s seminarians’ dinner will be May 22 at 4:30 p.m., and the Sisters’ appreciation Mass and lunch will take place in June. 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.

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

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.

Catholic Charities’ annual “Soup, Salad and Sermon” Lenten luncheon will be held on March 11 at the Diocesan Center in Harrisburg. All are invited to join Bishop Timothy Senior and the staff from Catholic Charities for the annual program. Lunch is complimentary, although a freewill offering will be taken to benefit Lourdeshouse Maternity Home. Please RSVP by March 4 to Christopher Meehan at or 717-657-4804, ext. 284.

The Knights of Columbus and The Christopher Club of Mount Carmel will have a St. Patrick’s Day celebration and a Palm Sunday dinner in March. The St. Patrick’s Day celebration will be on March 15 with beverage specials, door prizes, Irish songs and laughter; fish sticks and fries will be available. The club will be open regular hours for members and guests to see the beautiful decorations. The Palm Sunday dinner on March 24 will be a roast beef dinner with all the “fixins” and dessert, from 11 a.m. until sold out. Cost is $12. Eat-in or take-out available; open to the public. No smoking, per LCB regulations.

Seven Sorrows BVM Parish in Middletown is selling melt-in-your-mouth candy eggs through Easter (or as long as supplies last). The eggs are available in peanut butter, coconut or butter cream coated in either milk chocolate or dark chocolate. Each 2.8-ounce hand-dipped egg sells for $2. The parish’s EGG Store at 280 N. Race Street is open Mondays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Tuesdays from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 4:30-6:30 p.m., Wednesdays from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 4:30-8 p.m., Thursdays from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., and Fridays from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Eggs will not be sold at the parish or school office. Eggs can be purchased at the parish’s drive-thru fish fry. Visit for details and contact information.

Knights of Columbus Council 3625 of Prince of Peace Parish in Steelton are sponsoring an “All You Can Eat Breakfast” on Sunday, March 17 from 9 a.m.-noon in the parish center. The breakfast includes eggs, pancakes, hash browns, bacon, sausage, coffee and juice for $10 per person. Children ages 6-12 years $7 and children 5 years and under are free. Tickets are available for purchase at the door.

York Catholic students will perform their spring musical performance, “Footloose! The Musical.” Show times are Friday, March 1 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 2, at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, March 3, at 2 p.m. Adults $12; students (age 5-18) $10. All seats are general admission. Tickets can be purchased at the door the night of the show or pre-purchased at

The PTO of Resurrection Catholic School in Lancaster will hold a Yeti and Designer Purse Bingo on Saturday, April 6. Tickets can be purchased for $35 on Eventbrite at

Catholic Woman’s Club of York’s 54th Annual Spring Fashion Show and Luncheon will be held on April 6 at Wyndham Garden. Doors open at 11 a.m., and lunch is served at noon. This annual event benefits the Anna Dill Gamble/Susan Wagman Glatfelter Scholarship Awards. Registration deadline is March 22. For further information and ticket sales, please contact Roxanne Castellanos at or 717-650-4761.

The St. Pauline Shrine Foundation in Kulpmont will host a “March into Spring” raffle of more than 200 items. Prizes include a 65” television, Yeti cooler, $500 in cash, silver bars, a Blackstone griddle and children’s items. The event will take place at 1150 Chestnut Street on Sunday, March 10 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. with Pizza Buds Food Truck on site; Wednesday, March 13 from 4-7 p.m.; Friday, March 15 from noon-6 p.m.; and Saturday, March 16 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Food will be available for purchase at the Pauline House, eat-in or take-out Friday and Saturday. Ample parking behind the building; handicap accessible. Admission is free.

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.

St. John the Baptist School in New Freedom will have its annual Spring Dinner & Auction, “Around the World!” 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.

St. Margaret Mary School in Harrisburg will have its 17th annual 5K on May 4 at 8:30 a.m. This family-friendly event brings school families and community members together for a morning of fun and exercise. Race t-shirts are guaranteed for participants who register by April 10. Day-of-event registration will take place from 7:30-8:15 a.m. The 5K will begin and end at the school, and will wind through the East Harrisburg Cemetery and along the Greenbelt trail. Prizes will be awarded to the first overall male and female finishers as well as the top three male and female in-person finishers in each age group. Register for $25 by May 2. Visit for information and registration. Questions can be emailed to

Job Openings

St. Joseph Elementary School in York is seeking a new principal. Minimum qualifications: practicing, knowledgeable Catholic; commitment to modeling the values of Catholic educational leadership; catechetical certification (or willing to obtain); a master’s degree or higher; and at least 5 years of teaching experience. For the full job description and to apply online, go to If you have any questions or issues with the application, contact Karen Luckie at or 717-657‑4804, ext. 229.

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 Sisters of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Danville are looking for one full-time third-shift nurse’s aide/CNA, one part-time third-shift nurse’s aide/CNA, and one part-time housekeeper (Life Skills candidates are encouraged to apply for the Housekeeping position). Contact the congregation’s HR Department for more information at 570-275-3581, ext. 156, or e-mail

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 National Shrine of Saint Rita of Cascia in Philadelphia is looking for a full-time Director of Sacred Music and Principal Organist. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Sacred Music is responsible for coordinating and overseeing all liturgical music at the Shrine. They are responsible for building a comprehensive music ministry that supports the Shrine’s rich liturgical heritage, and helps our patrons sing, pray and worship more fully and actively. Please send your resumé, cover letter, three references and musical selections for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Year B) to Deadline is April 30.

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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