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Diocesan Notebook – February 3

Masses and Prayer Services

All are invited to the annual Black Catholic History Mass for the Diocese of Harrisburg. The Mass is Sunday, February 5 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Church in York. Bishop Jerome Feudjio, Bishop of the Diocese of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands, 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.

In observance of the “World Day of the Sick”, the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick will be offered to those seeking healing and comfort. It will be hosted by the Harrisburg Guild of the Catholic Medical Association and St. Joseph Church, Danville, on Sunday, February 12, beginning at 11:45 a.m. following the 10:30 Mass that morning at St. Joseph’s. Following the anointings, all are invited to remain for a Holy Hour of Prayer for the sick and those who care for them.  It will begin at approximately noon. Physicians, nurses and medical professionals are particularly encouraged to attend to pray for the patients for which they care. The Holy Hour will include Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Scripture readings, prayers and a homily reflection by Father Timothy Marcoe, pastor of St. Joseph Parish, followed by Benediction. For more information, contact Dr. Greg Burke, Harrisburg Guild president, at drgburke@ptd.net or the Harrisburg Guild of the Catholic Medical Association at cathmedhbg@aol.com.

An Italian Mass for the Feast of St. Joseph will be celebrated Sunday, March 19 at 1 p.m. at Holy Spirit Church in Palmyra, by Father Anthony Dill, pastor, and Father Joshua Brommer, chaplain of the Italian Apostolate. The Italian Apostolate will host an Italian dinner reception after the Mass, as well as a traditional St. Joseph Altar. For more information, contact Maria DiSanto at 717-554-5698 or disanto1@comcast.net or Mariella Amato at 717-278-9420.

Catholic War Veterans Post 707 and the Ancient Order of Hibernians will host a special Mass in honor of St. Patrick prior to the St Patrick’s Day Parade in the City of Harrisburg. The Mass will begin at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick Cathedral and will be celebrated by Father John Bateman, the Chaplain of Post 707 of the Catholic War Veterans.

Catholic Family Connection of Lancaster will have a Holy Hour on Sunday, February 19 at 4:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Adoration Chapel in Lancaster. The Holy Hour will have guided music and prayer, followed by a potluck dinner at 5:30 p.m. in the social hall. RSVP to catholic.families.lanc@gmail.com.

Join the Sisters of Saints Cyril and Methodius for Eucharistic Adoration – 40 Hours on Tuesday, February 7. Eucharistic Adoration will begin at the Basilica of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Danville 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.

A Charismatic Mass with prayers for healing will be celebrated on Tuesday, February 7 at 7 p.m. at St. Theresa Church in New Cumberland. Father Matthew Cannon, parochial vicar at St. Theresa Parish, will be the celebrant. For information, please call Mary Ann at 717-512-3628 or Vicki at 717-364-6260.

The next Caelorum service of praise and worship at St. Joan of Arc Church in Hershey is Wednesday, February 8 at 7 p.m. Join your brothers and sisters in Christ 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 at the Caelorum Facebook page, https://fb.watch/gJnpuh3Pay/. For more information, call 717-215-4175.

Retreats & Pilgrimages

Spots are still open for the Diocesan pilgrimage to World Youth Day 2023 in Lisbon, Portugal. All young adults ages 18-39 (at time of departure) are invited to join in this exciting adventure to convene with the Holy Father and young people from around the world. The pilgrimage will take place July 30-August 7 and will also include a visit to Fatima, where our Blessed Mother famously appeared to the three shepherd children. Registration includes all lodging, flights, and other travel accommodations and can be done online via our travel agency Regina Tours. Visit https://www.hbgdiocese.org/event/wyd/ for details. Deposit of $1,000 is due at time of registration with full balance due in April. Any questions, please contact Zack Haney, Director for Youth and Young Adult Ministry, at zhaney@hbgdiocese.org or 717-657-4804, ext. 307.

Education & Enrichment

The Diocese of Harrisburg will host its annual Men’s Conference, Saturday, March 18, at the Diocesan Center in Harrisburg.  Marcel LeJeune, President and Founder of Catholic Missionary Disciples will offer the keynote address. Breakout session presenters include Marcel LeJeune, Bishop Ronald Gainer, Father Ryan Fischer, Deacon Armando Torres, and Deacon Virgilio Centenera. Mass celebrated by Bishop Gainer, Confession, and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament are all part of this annual event. For more details, visit https://www.hbgdiocese.org/men.

St. John the Baptist in New Freedom is hosting a 12-week Surviving Divorce program which brings hope and healing to those who have experienced a broken marriage. The program begins February 1 at 6:45 p.m. and will be in a virtual program via Zoom. It includes 12 video presentations featuring a psychologist, priests and personal testimonies from Catholic men and women. Topics covered include shock and grief, anger and forgiveness, money issues, dealing with children and a former spouse, and annulment and remarriage. The program is based on the teachings of the Church and is open to anyone who needs comfort, counsel, and clarity after separation or divorce. There is no charge for the program. Option to purchase program videos for approximately $25. Please register by contacting facilitators Cindy Gilbert at cynthiasgilbert1@gmail.com or Pat Smith at dontel972@aol.com.

St. Anne and Our Lady of La Vang Parish in Lancaster will host Our Lady of Lourdes Feast Day Celebration, February 12 at 3 p.m. in the church. Come and listen to guest speaker, singer-songwriter Mike Gallagher, who has been entertaining audiences throughout the Pittsburgh region backing his clear tenor voice with sensitivity and versatility on the 12-string guitar. Mike took ill in 2017 and traveled to Lourdes as a pilgrim in 2018. He will share his story, told in word and song, as he reveals the working of the Blessed Mother leading him to deeper conversion and devotion. All will be invited to participate in the Washing of Hands in response to our Blessed Mother’s request to “wash in the water” as told in her apparition to St. Bernadette. Marian hymns, prayer and the Rosary are a part of this beautiful prayer service. Plan on attending and lay your burdens at the feet of our Blessed Mother. Visit www.stannechurch.org. Church is accessible and parking is available in the lot.

The next Lancaster Theology on Tap gathering will feature a Marriage Panel Q&A, Thursday, February 9 at Miller’s Ale House off of the Harrisburg Pike. Event begins at 7p.m. with a Happy Half Hour, following by a 7:30 p.m. panel discussion with prepared and spontaneous questions. Join us as two couples from St. Leo the Great Parish in Rohrerstown, the Enlows and Franceys, share insights on what makes a great marriage. Theology on Tap is for young adults (20s and 30s, single or married). Search @ToTLancaster on Facebook. Contact lancastertot@gmail.com with questions or to sign up for our weekly email list.

The Council of Catholic Women of Holy Name of Jesus in Harrisburg is hosting a morning of Lenten reflection. All ladies of the diocese are invited to attend “Lenten Clarity: Women’s Mini Retreat” on March 4, 2023 from 8:30 a.m.-noon. Mass, Reconciliation and Adoration will begin the morning, followed by a continental breakfast and speakers. To register or with any questions, e-mail hnicc@gmail.com or call Susan at 717-319-7706. There is a $5 registration fee and a donation to HELP ministries. The deadline for registration is February 27.

Knights of Columbus Council 6353 in York will host a financial security seminar open to everyone on Sunday, February 26, at 1 p.m. in the St. Francis/St. Clare rooms at St. Joseph Parish in York. Lunch will be provided after the 11:30 a.m. Mass. Attorney Jeffrey Bellomo of Bellomo & Associates, LLC, specializing in elder law, will address long-term care and estate planning; options for asset protection; protecting one’s family, if health fails; and the importance of legal documents to include wills, trusts, durable POA’s and advanced directives. Knights of Columbus Insurance Agents, to include Jon Deakin, will provide an overview of products and services offered. Knights of Columbus members, their spouses and their minor children get exclusive access to the Knights of Columbus product portfolio, which includes permanent life insurance, term life insurance, retirement annuities, (a new 4.3% guaranteed annuity for five years is in the works), disability income insurance, and long-term care insurance. Attendees should feel free to ask Attorney Bellomo and Field Agent Jon Deakin any questions they wish or request a private meeting. Those wishing to attend this seminar should call 717-744-0426 to RSVP no later than February 24. Contact Grand Knight Kelly Brown with questions at 717-668-0509 or kbbrown79@hotmail.com.

St. Patrick Parish in Carlisle will have a workshop to help people make plans for their final arrangements, Thursday, February 23 in the Warrell Social Hall. A priest, music director, funeral director, lawyer and cemetery manager will be available for questions and the workshop will also address writing your obituary.

A Beginning Experience Weekend for those suffering the loss of a spouse through death, divorce or separation will take place at Camp Kirchenwald in Lebanon, May 5-7. The ecumenical weekends are an approved program in the Diocese of Harrisburg. 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. Beginning Experience is your Church at work to provide help, healing and spiritual restoration. Visit www.hbgdiocese.org/marriage-and-family/ or www.beginningexperience.org. Information can also be obtained by contacting the Harrisburg Beginning Experience Team at phone 717-379-0800 or e-mail at jpennat_58@comcast.net.

The Harrisburg Diocesan Council of Catholic Women will have their 97th annual convention, “Live in the Love of Christ,” on Saturday, April 15 at the Diocesan Center in Harrisburg. Virtual and in-person options. The keynote speaker is Liz Kelly, a retreat leader and the award-winning author of ten books, including “Reasons I Love Being Catholic,” which won the Catholic Press Association’s First Place award for Best Popular Presentation of the Faith in 2007, and “Jesus Approaches, What Contemporary Women Can Learn about Healing, Freedom & Joy from the Women of the New Testament,” which has won several awards, including Best Book in the Religion/Christianity category for 2017-2019. For more about Liz, please visit: https://www.lizk.org/. Registration and continental breakfast begin at 8 a.m., with closing prayer at 2:30 p.m. For more information about the convention, visit https://hdccw.webs.com/hdccw-convention.

Upcoming Women of Grace Study – Discover the gift of authentic femininity, holiness of life and God’s awesome purpose and mission for you in the world day. The Women of Grace Foundational Study Series is presented using DVD lessons taught by Johnnette B. Williams, the book being studied, and its accompanying study guide. Join in the study via Zoom, beginning Tuesday, February 28 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for eight consecutive weeks (except Holy Week), ending April 11. For more information, contact Linda K. Keister, facilitator, at lkanzlei@msn.com or 717-514-9419. The foundational study will also be offered at St. Joan of Arc Parish in Hershey beginning Saturday, February 18 following 9 a.m. Mass for nine weeks. For more information, contact Chris Arnold, Regional Coordinator, at carnold@womenofgrace.com or 717-379-6041.

Upcoming Women of Grace Event – “Welcome Women of Grace: The Grace of the Prayerful Woman,” April 1 at the Diocesan Center in Harrisburg. 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 carnold@womenofgrace.com.

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 https://www.facebook.com/groups/568131137998438, or email Rachel Little at littlerach2011@gmail.com or Anissa Freeman at afreeman9159@gmail.com.

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 donna@steas.net or 717-697-6929.

The Harrisburg Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (HDCCW) will award a scholarship to a graduating high school senior girl attending an accredited college or trade school. The applicant must have a sponsor who is a member of a Parish Council of Catholic Women. Applications can be found at https://hdccw.webs.com/hdccw-scholarship. The deadline for application is May 1, 2023. Any questions regarding the award may be directed to Co-Chairs Joyce Scott at 717-737-0927 or Mary Ann Pitek at hdccwscholarship@gmail.com.

Events & Fundraisers

Catholic Charities’ “Taste of the World” Event featuring dishes from around the world will be at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Mechanicsburg, February 4 at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy a sampling of 12 dishes from around the world, prepared by some local restaurants as well as some talented clients from Catholic Charities’ Immigration and Refugee Services Program. Ticket reservations required. Cost is $25 per person. Payment is made at the event. To make your reservation, visit http://www.cchbg.org/events/ or contact Donna at donna@steas.net or 717-697-6929.

Catholic Charities’ annual Souper Bowl Sunday sale is February 11 and 12. The St. Elizabeth Guild will offer a variety of homemade soups for an in-kind donation in support of Catholic Charities’ four homeless shelters. The sales will take place after Masses on February 11 and 12 at the Cathedral Parish of St. Patrick, Holy Name of Jesus and St. Margaret Mary parishes in Harrisburg; Holy Spirit Parish in Palmyra, St. Joan of Arc Parish in Hershey, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Mechanicsburg, St. Theresa Parish in New Cumberland, and Seven Sorrows Parish in Middletown.

A homemade halupki dinner will be held at St. Ann Byzantine Parish in Harrisburg on Sunday, February 12 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Eat-in or take out. The inclement weather date is February 19. The halupki dinner (cabbage rolls) will be hosted by St. Ann Knights of Columbus and will include halupki, a baked potato, green beans and beverage for $12. Frozen perohi & kielbasa will also be for sale on that day. The perohi are sold by the package for $6. Fillings are potato and cheese, cabbage, sauerkraut, prune and farmer cheese. Rings of smoked kielbasa will be available for $6. Cash, personal checks and credit/debit cards will be accepted. Visit www.stannbyz.org or call 717-652-1415.

Lenten dinners will be served on Wednesdays in Lent at St. Ann Byzantine Parish in Harrisburg. Hot fish dinners and frozen perohi and kielbasa will be for sale. The dinners will be available to eat-in or take-out from 4-6:30 p.m. The fish dinners are $12 and include baked haddock, perohi (two), haluski, green beans and a drink. St. Ann’s Knights of Columbus are hosting the dinners. Perohi and smoked kielbasa will be for sale, frozen, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The perohi will be sold by the package for $6 and have fillings of potato and cheese, cabbage, sauerkraut, prune and farmer cheese. The smoked kielbasa will be available in rings for $6 each. These will be offered on Wednesdays during the Lenten dinners on February 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 and on Saturdays from 9 a. m.-noon on February 25, March 4, 11, 18 and April 1. There is no sale on March 25. Cash, personal checks and credit/debit cards will be accepted. Visit www.stannbyz.org or 717-652-1415.

St. Benedict the Abbot Parish Lebanon will have a “Saints Cyril and Methodius Feast Day Dinner,” Tuesday, February 14. Join the parish for a Mass at 5:30 p.m. and the dinner immediately following in the social hall. Cost of the dinner is a free-will offering. Menu features halupki, haluski, pierogies, potato dumplings with cheese and bacon, sauerkraut soup and an assortment of desserts donated by parishioners.

The Crusader Youth Activities Association (CYAA) in Lancaster is accepting registrations for spring softball through February 3. CYAA offers softball to all girls currently attending a Catholic school or currently a member of a Catholic parish in the area. Age levels are 8U, 10U, 12U and 14U. Pony ball is offered for girls ages 5 and 6 through CYAA baseball at https://go.teamsnap.com/forms/354123. Games begin the week of April 10. Teams will be offering pre-season practices. Practice days and time are to be determined when teams have been formed. 10U-14U will have playoffs depending on season outcomes, likely to begin June 9, and championship games are Thursday, June 15 at Etown Rheems Fields. Register for softball at https://go.teamsnap.com/forms/354126. Contact Tyler Bachman at 717-475-9999 with any questions related to softball registration.

St. Cecilia Parish in Lebanon will have its annual Fastnacht sale, Saturday and Sunday February 18 and 19 in the social hall on East Lehman Street. No pre-orders. Sales begin at midnight (Friday night into Saturday) and continue around the clock until sold out. Limit six dozen per person. Cost is $14 per dozen.

The Ancient Order of Hibernians of Cumberland County will have its annual St. Patrick’s Day Party on Saturday, March 18 at the West Shore Elks Club in Mechanicsburg. The party features an Irish dinner including corned beef, bangers (Irish sausage) and cabbage. Dinner at 6 p.m. will be preceded by a social hour at 5 p.m. The event will feature live entertainment throughout the evening, including The Lena McGinley Irish Dancers and music by Celtic Wood & Wires. A cash bar is available throughout the evening. Proceeds go to the division’s Trinity High School Scholarship Fund and other local charities. Tickets are $40 per person and must be committed to purchase by March 9. For tickets or information, contact Tom Zugay at 717-761-2950 or Tzugay1958@gmail.com.

St. Francis Xavier Parish in Gettysburg will host its 12th annual Lenten Fish Fry Dinners on Fridays March 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 from 5-7 p.m. at 465 Table Rock Road. The menu includes baked cod (subject to availability), fried haddock, mac & cheese, seasoned potatoes, roasted vegetables, coleslaw, corn pudding, pizza, dessert and beverages. Dine-in or take-out. Call 717-334-4048, 845-325-5916, or visit www.sfxpccw.org or www.stfxcc.org for more information, menu and updates. No reservations are required. If Gettysburg schools are closed or a remote learning day is announced due to inclement weather, the fish fry is canceled for that date.

Prince of Peace Parish’s Kolo Club “Marian” will hold their annual Mardi Gras in the Parish Center in Steelton on Saturday, February 11, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10 per person and may be paid at the door. Our Kolo Club “Marian” will perform a medley of ethnic songs and dances followed by performances by the American Zagreb Junior Tamburitzans of Cleveland. A dance will follow with music by Steelton’s own Zadna Stanica.

Delone Catholic High School in McSherrystown presents its spring play, Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” March 10 and 11 at 7 p.m., and March 12 at 2 p.m. in the Delone Gymnasium. Tickets are $5 at the door.

York Catholic High School presents Roald Dahl’s “Matilda the Musical,” March 3 and 4 at 7 p.m., and March 5 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students (ages 5-18). All seats are general admission.  Tickets can be purchased at the door the night of the show or pre-ordered by visiting yorkcatholic.org/musical.

St. Patrick School in Carlisle invites you to bid online in its third annual auction. From a cabin in Colorado to Eagles tickets to several golf options, this auction has something for everyone. Visit www.32auctions.com/SPS2023 to bid. Auction ends Sunday, February 5 at 6 p.m.

A “Bingo for Babies” fundraiser for the Carlisle Area Family Life Center, Carlisle’s only pregnancy and family resource center, will be hosted by Knights of Columbus Council 4057 on Friday, March 3, at St. Patrick Parish’s Activity Center on Marsh Drive Carlisle. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., a light dinner will be served at 6 p.m., and games begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and include dinner. They can be purchased at the Carlisle Area Family Life 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. For more information, please call the center at 717-243-6544 or email info@carlisleareafamilylifecenter.org.

Our Mother of Perpetual Help School in Ephrata is offering tuition transfer grants for families interested in enrolling for the 2023-24 school year. The $1,000 per student tuition discount is available for students entering grades 1 through 7, and transferring to OMPH from a public school, home school program, or other non-Catholic school. Families will receive a $500 per student discount for 2023-24 and a $500 per student discount for 2024-25, in addition to any financial aid they qualify to receive. Limited seats are available for 2023-24, and families are encouraged to apply for enrollment early. Personal tours of OMPH School are available during the school day by calling 717-738-2414 and asking for Mrs. Francis.

St. Joan of Arc School in Hershey will hold its Annual PTO Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, February 4, in the school gym. The evening will be filled with live entertainment, themed basket raffles, delicious food and fellowship. Dinner includes a tossed salad, bread, spaghetti and meatballs, dessert and choice of beverage. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $5 for children (under 6). Dine-in (4-8 p.m.) or take-out (4-7 p.m.). Tickets available at the door the night of the event.

St. Joseph School in York will host its inaugural Mardi Gras Party on Saturday, February 18 from 6-11 p.m. in the gym. Must be at least 21 to attend. The festive night includes a New Orleans buffet, drinks (beer, wine, and non-alcoholic drinks), a hurricane station (additional charge), music, beads, a parade and games. There will be a draw-down for a chance to win a trip to New Orleans or the cash equivalent of $1,500. Tickets are $75 per couple ($100 at the door), or $40 per person ($50 at the door). Tickets can be purchased at https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=FVEUP296EU442.

Mary, Gate of Heaven Parish in Myerstown will have a Sweetheart Dance, February 11 from 7-10 p.m. at the parish. Doors open at 6 p.m. Event is BYOB, and attendees must be 21 or older. The parish will provide water, soda, beer and hors d’oeuvres. Music by Swisher Entertainment. Cost is $20 per person. Event is sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council 10194. For tickets or information, contact Deacon David Barto at 717-383-9048 or Joe Plum at 717-383-3848.

Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Cornwall will serve Lenten fish dinners every Wednesday from February 8-April 5 from 4-6:30 p.m. at the parish hall. Adult dinners are baked or fried fish, fried shrimp or chicken tenders, cole slaw or applesauce, baked potato or French fries, and a homemade dessert for $12. Children’s dinners are chicken tenders will all the fixings for $6. Drive-through and take-out options.

The Catholic Woman’s Club of York Pennsylvania is holding their annual Spring Fashion Show on Saturday, April 15 at the Out Door Country Club. Doors open at 11 a.m. The cost of the ticket is $40 and the meal includes chicken bruschetta or Atlantic salmon. The proceeds from this event benefit the Anna Dill Gamble/Susan Wagman Glatfelter Scholarship. These scholarships are awarded to young women attending college in 2023. The event will be emceed by Lori Burkholder from WGAL 8. Along with the fashion show, we will have a silent auction and raffle baskets. Please contact Mindy Trimmer at mtrimmer471@comcast.net or Joanne Bankos at jbankos@collenswagner.com or 717-578-6518 for more details.

Lancaster Catholic High School Fine & Performing Arts Department presents “Rizzetta’s Tones,” a themed concert in the round, Saturday, February 11 at 6 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Rizzetta’s Tones is a Celtic Americana band, comprised of hammer dulcimers, silver flute, high and low whistles, and bass guitar. They often spice up their sound with button accordion, melodion, Greek bouzouki, mandolin, autoharp, and ukulele, as well as bodhran, djembe, and other percussion instruments. Attendees should park in the rear parking lot and enter through Berger Gym lobby doors. Free admission. Donations will be accepted for the LCHS FPA. For more information, contact Tony Brill, Director of Fine & Performing Arts, at 717-509-0310 or tbrill@lchsyes.org.

Lancaster Catholic High School Fine & Performing Arts Department presents a Black History Month celebration of Black composers and poets, Saturday, February 25 at 2 p.m. at New Creation United Methodist Church in Lancaster. The fine and performing arts department is partnering with Bright Side Opportunities Center for the performance, which features works by Dr. Maria Thompson Corley, Juwon Ogungbe, William Grant Still, Scott Joplin and others. Free admission. Donations accepted for the LCHS Fine & Performing Arts Department and the Tri-M Music Honor Society Charity, Music for Everyone. For more information, contact Tony Brill, Director of Fine & Performing Arts, at 717-509-0310 or tbrill@lchsyes.org.

Lancaster Catholic High School Fine & Performing Arts Department presents “Pops in the Round,” Thursday, February 16 at 7 p.m., with performances by the LCHS Chorus, Concert Band, Concert Choir, Jazz Band, Chamber Winds, Guitar Ensemble, Rock Band and Percussion Ensemble. The event will take place in the school cafeteria. Attendees should park in rear parking lot and enter through Berger Gym lobby doors. Free admission. Donations will be accepted by the Tri-M Music Honor Society to benefit Lancaster’s Music for Everyone Program. For more information, contact Tony Brill, Director of Fine & Performing Arts, at 717-509-0310 or tbrill@lchsyes.org.

Lancaster Catholic High School Fine & Performing Arts Department presents “Anastasia,” March 16, 17 and 18 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $17 for reserved seating, $15 for adult general admission, and $7 for students. The production will be in the school’s Old Main Auditorium. For tickets, send a self-addressed stamped envelope with payment to Tony Brill, Lancaster Catholic High School, 650 Juliette Ave., Lancaster PA 17601. Make checks payable to LCHS Fine & Performing Arts.

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, https://flowerofcarmelhermitage.org/ or e-mail sisterhermitess@gmail.com.

Job Openings

The Diocese of Harrisburg has an exciting opportunity for a part-time Video Specialist to join our Communications Office. This person should be a passionate storyteller with experience in video production. The Specialist will be involved in all aspects of the video production process, including planning, shooting and editing. This is a part-time position with a flexible schedule; however, as a member of the communications team, this position will require availability for evenings, weekends, holidays and holydays. Travel throughout the Diocese is also required. This position will work in a fast paced, deadline driven team environment. To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume and links to at least three completed video projects to employment@hbgdiocese.org. For best consideration, please submit all materials by February 3, 2023. For more details, please see the full job description at www.hbgdiocese.org/careers.

The Diocese of Harrisburg is seeking a full-time Administrative Assistant for Diocesan Cemeteries. Must be a confident individual with superior organizational and administrative skills to work in the office at 4800 Union Deposit Road in Harrisburg. Candidates must 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. Candidates must be detail orientated, organized and have the ability to work with financial figures. A basic knowledge of accounting would be desirable. Must be proficient in all MS Office applications, especially Excel. Must be able to work well in a team environment where team members are working remotely. Education and/or experience: understanding of Catholic burial rites preferred; valid Pennsylvania drivers license; two-year college education or equivalent.  Two to five years of cemetery experience preferred. If you feel you could make a positive contribution to our team, we would like to hear from you. Please send your resumé and cover letter to Vicki Kollar at: vkollar@hbgdiocese.org. Closing date for applications is March 3, 2023.

The Diocese of Harrisburg is seeking a full-time Help Desk Technician. This position is the primary contact for Help Desk requests, performing a variety of computer/network problem analysis and monitoring tasks for the Information Technology Department. Candidates must have superior telephone etiquette skills in answering phone and initiating phone calls; strong customer service skills and a working knowledge of IT departmental procedures; ability to take initiative and be assertive to solve problems; ability to organize work in an efficient manner and work with more than one project/responsibility at a time; strong problem-solving skills and inherent decision-making ability; and the ability to work well under stress and time pressures to meet deadlines. This position requires a year of experience with computer operations, network communication systems or in a setting with high exposure to personal computers to become familiar with a variety of software and hardware. This position requires communication and analytical skills normally acquired through two years of post-secondary education in computer science or a related field, or equivalent technical training in a computer-related field. To apply, please send your cover letter & resumé to employment@hbgdiocese.org. The full job description can be found at www.hbgdiocese.org/careers.

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Lebanon is looking for an organist to play Saturday evening 5:30 p.m. Mass, Sunday morning 7:30 a.m. (optional) and 10:30 a.m. Masses, Holy Days of Obligation, funerals (50-60 a year) and weddings (1-5 a year). Compensation for the schedule is on a per-service basis. Should the applicant wish to expand the job description, other financial arrangements may be considered. The applicant need not be Catholic, but a solid understanding of the Mass, Catholic liturgical norms and the liturgical year are required. In the beginning, the applicant will work closely with the pastor regarding the planning of music selections for Masses. As a Diocesan employee, the applicant will need to apply for the necessary youth protection clearances. Please contact Father Robert M. Gillelan, Jr., pastor, at the parish office, 717-272-5674.

St. Patrick School in Carlisle is seeking a full-time development director. Job scope includes fundraising, marketing and communications (internal and external). Work is not limited to the school year and includes some evenings and occasional weekends. The development director works closely with the principal, as well as the office staff, pastor and school board. Applicants should contact Principal Antoinette Oliverio at aoliverio@spscarlisle.org.

St. Patrick School in Carlisle is looking for a custodian. The position is year-round and involves custodial work and light maintenance as it pertains to the school building and grounds on Marsh Drive. Duties include general school and grounds upkeep and cleaning under the direction of the principal. Hours are Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Possible occasional overtime opportunities on evenings or weekends depending on school events. Salary range is $28,000-$34,000, depending on experience. For more information, contact Principal Antoinette Oliverio at aoliverio@spscarlisle.org.

St. Rose of Lima Parish in York is seeking a part-time housekeeper, responsible for planning and executing a cleaning schedule for the parish office building, rectory and other areas as needed. The position requires varying degrees of bending, climbing stairs, and operating cleaning equipment. A working knowledge of home safety procedures, dependability, trustworthiness and the willingness to maintain confidentiality are essential. The days and times are negotiable. Please apply to Father Dominic Azagbor at FrDAzagbor@hbgdiocese.org or call the parish office at 717-846-4935.

St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Mechanicsburg is seeking a part-time housekeeper (16 hours per week) to clean the church, parish office and rectory. Candidate will be responsible for basic cleaning and must be trustworthy, accountable and able to work independently. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact the parish office at 717-697-8716 or Paul Bowers at pbowers@skdparish.com.

School President position open at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional School in Coal Township. The school serves over 400 students in grades PreK-12 with a devout faculty and school community. The school president is a new position for Our Lady of Lourdes and we are searching for someone with a strong Catholic identity and leadership skills. Minimum qualifications: practicing, knowledgeable Catholic; thorough understanding of Catholic School Communities; demonstrable strategic vision and management skills; experience in business and fundraising; bachelor’s or master’s degree in finance, business or education. Position starts immediately after approval. For more information and to fill out the online application, go to https://tinyurl.com/OLLPresident. Send any questions to Karen Luckie at kluckie@hbgdiocese.org or call 717-657-4804, ext. 229.

The Diocese of Allentown is seeking a Communications Director to work with the Office of the Bishop in advancing the mission of the Diocese through effective communications in diocesan publications, electronic media, social media, and the news media. See www.AllentownDiocese.org/about/employment/ for a full description of this opportunity.

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: employment@hbgdiocese.org.

St. Rose of Lima Parish in York is seeking a Part-Time Director of Religious Education. The Director of Religious Education (DRE) is responsible for administering the parish 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 Catholic in good standing and have a working knowledge of Church teaching, Catholic sacramental theology and practices of the Church and Diocese. The number of hours per week is negotiable. The DRE should have a Bachelor’s or a Master’s degree in Theology, Catechetics, Religious Education, or a related field. The individual should have a minimum of three years’ experience as a parish catechist prior to being hired as a parish DRE. Moreover, having the basic Catechetical Certificate or be in the process of attaining the Advanced Catechetical Certificate is an added advantage. Interested persons should send a cover letter, resumé, and two letters of recommendation to FrDAzagbor@hbgdiocese.org.

St. Rose of Lima Parish in York is seeking a part-time Coordinator of Religious Education. The Coordinator of Religious Education (CRE) is responsible for overseeing the coordination and direction of the K–8 Religious Education Program, with additional responsibilities as agreed upon by the pastor. This detail-oriented individual must have a basic knowledge of the operation of office equipment: e.g., copier, computer, typewriter, fax machine. The position requires solid, accurate typing skills and excellent organization. The person in this position should have a pleasant telephone demeanor. The position requires a team player who is trustworthy, dependable and willing to maintain confidentiality. The person must be a practicing Catholic in good standing. The number of hours per week is negotiable. Educational/work experience requirements: high school diploma or equivalent; prior experience as a catechist or CRE preferred; Basic and Advanced Catechetical Certification, or Certification should be obtained within four years and Advanced Certification within seven years. Send a cover letter, resumé, and two letters of recommendation to FrDAzagbor@hbgdiocese.org.

Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Harrisburg is seeking to employ a full-time Administrative Assistant. Position is responsible for the daily operation of the parish office, including clerical work and minor administrative details. Responsibilities include greeting visitors, answering phones and responding to emails, preparing deposits, preparing the weekly bulletin and updating the parish website. Overall knowledge of general office procedure, familiarity with office equipment and proficiency in Microsoft Office programs is required. For more information or to submit your resumé, please contact 717-652-4211 or holynameofjesusparishharrisburg@hbgdiocese.org.

St. James Parish in Lititz is seeking a Pastoral Musician. This position is responsible for planning, coordinating and executing the music program as it relates to the celebration of parish liturgies. This position requires a mature, professional, responsible, committed individual with excellent communication, organizational, administrative, managerial and interpersonal skills. Must have a working knowledge of Church teaching, Catholic sacramental theology, current liturgical norms and practices of the Church and Diocese. Should be accomplished in one or more of the following areas: organ, piano (or other keyboard), voice, choral direction or guitar. Bachelor’s Degree in Liturgy, Theology, Music or Church Music or a Certificate in Liturgy or Liturgical Music preferred; or a certificate from a lay ministry formation program. Please contact the parish at 717-626-6680 or Father Fischer at frrfischer@hbgdiocese.org if interested in this position.

The Sisters of Saints Cyril & Methodius in Danville are looking to fill the following positions: two full-time housekeepers, one full-time cook, one full-time dishwasher and one part-time 3rd shift nurses’ aide. Please contact their HR Department for more information at 570-275-3581, ext. 156, or e-mail scole@sscm.org.

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 www.SupportMorningStar.com.

Christ the Teacher Catholic School (CTTCS) in the Diocese of Wilmington, Delaware, seeks qualified applicants for the position of principal beginning July 1, 2023.  This diocesan, regional pre-kindergarten through grade 8 school, located on a 40-acre campus in Newark, is sponsored by four local parishes. CTTCS, with an enrollment of 600 students, has been recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The school is strong in Catholic Identity with a commitment to the Mercy Charism – Mercy, Hospitality, Service, and Excellence. For full details, go to https://cdowschools.org/CTTCSprincipalposting23.pdf or email mfilippone@cdow.org.

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