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Diocesan Notebook – January 18

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.

All university students are invited to join Bishop Timothy Senior for a Holy Hour at St. Patrick Cathedral in Harrisburg on January 27. Come start your semester in the presence of our Lord. Lunch along with a Q&A with the bishop will follow the Holy Hour. Those who attend universities within the Diocese should reach out to their campus minister for more information. Those who attend universities outside the Diocese can contact Zack Haney at

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.

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.

St. Joseph Parish in York is inviting York Area churches and the York Deanery Parishes to a celebration for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity on Thursday, January 25 at 6:30 p.m. If you are interested in participating in the Worship Service, please contact Father Peter Rettig, parochial vicar, at 717-755-7503, ext. 203, or

The York District Council of Catholic Women invites couples and their families in York County who celebrate their 25th Silver Anniversary in 2023 or 2024 to a special Mass to commemorate your love and commitment to each other and the Sacrament of Marriage, and to receive a blessing as a group. Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, February 4, at St. Joseph Church in York, with a light luncheon for the couples and their families to follow. RSVP to Angie Tully at or (717) 395-1528 with your names, email, phone number, parish and number in your family who will attend. RSVP by January 30.

The Catholic Family Connection of Lancaster will have a family Holy Hour and potluck on Sunday, January 21, at Mary, Mother of the Church in Mount Joy. A guided Holy Hour will take place at 4:30 p.m., followed by the potluck dinner. Bring a dish to share. RSVP to

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.

Join Father Kenneth Smith on a pilgrimage to Ireland, April 17-26, 2024. Trip includes Daily Mass, professional local guide, 8 nights accommodation (3 nights in Dublin, 1 night in Galway, 1 night in Knock, 3 nights in Donegal), breakfast and dinner daily, land transportation by private deluxe motorcoach, roundtrip airfare from Washington Dulles Airport to Dublin on nonstop flights on United Airlines, roundtrip domestic motorcoach transportation from Mechanicsburg to Washington Dulles Airport, and more, for $4,198 per person/double occupancy. For complete details on this pilgrimage, please contact George’s International Tours, 1-800-566-7499,, or Karen Hurley,

Education & Enrichment

The Diocesan Catechetical Conference will be held Saturday, February 3. All are invited to join Bishop Timothy Senior and catechists from throughout the Diocese at the Diocesan Center in Harrisburg.  Keynote speaker Colette Lienhard will address “Care for the Catechist’s Soul.” Bishop Senior will celebrate Mass to open the conference, which will include additional presentations, lunch and the opportunity for Confession. For more information, or to register, visit

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

Upcoming Women of Grace Studies/Events: “Experience Grace in Abundance,” authored by Johnnette Benkovic Williams, will be presented as a book study for discussion at St. Joan of Arc Parish in Hershey. This six week study will be held on Saturday mornings from 10 a.m.-noon, beginning on Saturday, January 20. For more information, contact Chris Arnold at or 717-379-6041 (leave a message). Save the date for Saturday, March 16, for a Morning of Grace with Sue Brinkmann, Women of Grace Staff Journalist, along with a Young Women of Grace (ages 13-17) activity hour at Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Harrisburg. Further details forthcoming. Contact Chris Arnold at or 717-379-6041.

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

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Mechanicsburg will have its annual March for life Solidarity Day on Friday, January 19, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Join us for light refreshments with live coverage of the March for Life and related events. Private and group prayers will also take place in Our Divine Mercy Chapel throughout the day.

St. Catherine Labouré Parish in Harrisburg will have its second annual Winter Carnival, Sunday, January 28 from 1-6 p.m. in the school gymnasium. We’ll be serving up our favorite comfort foods plus hot chocolate and snow cones. There will be kids’ games and crafts, a gift basket raffle and a “Blizzard” grab bag.

The York Deanery schools of the Diocese of Harrisburg are uniting for a friendly competition in advance of Celebrate Catholic Schools Week (January 28-February 3).  On Saturday, January 20, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the York Catholic Middle & High School gymnasium, faculty members from St. John the Baptist in New Freedom, St. Joseph in Dallastown, St. Joseph in York, St. Patrick in York, St. Rose of Lima in Thomasville and York Catholic will compete in “minute to win it”-type games while their students cheer them onto victory. The students have a role on the teams as well. The price of admission is a non-perishable food item for the Catholic Harvest Food Pantry or Southern York Food Pantry. Every school will have a special table to collect these donations. The top three schools with the most donations earn points for their team.

York Catholic High School’s Athletic Booster Club is inducting four new members into its Sports Hall of Fame. The inductees will be introduced Saturday, January 27, at approximately 4 p.m. between our girls’ and boys’ basketball double-header games with Berks Catholic. After the game, the inductees will be honored with a reception in the cafeteria. The Sports Hall of Fame honors former coaches and student athletes, administrators and volunteers. Those being inducted include Karli McFatridge ‘12 (basketball), Ava Spoden ‘11 (tennis), Anna Spoden ‘13 (tennis) and Kenneth Staab ‘40 (service to country).

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 Knights of Columbus and The Christopher Club in Mount Carmel will hold their annual Ash Wednesday fish dinner on February 14. Dinner includes soup, fried haddock, mac and cheese, stewed tomatoes and dessert. Eat-in, or take-out is available. Open to the public from 4 p.m. until sold out. Donation: $12.

Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Cornwall will begin its Lenten Fish Dinners on January 31. Dinners will run every Wednesday through March 27. The parish offers fried fish, baked fish, fried shrimp, chicken tenders or a combo meal, with coleslaw or applesauce, baked potato or French fries, a roll and a homemade dessert for $12. Kids under the age of 12 can get a dinner for $6. Drive through or take out.

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 invites participants to attend their annual Baby Shower on January 27 from 1:30-3 p.m. at the Diocesan Center in Harrisburg. Items donated to this event will be distributed to pro-life centers around the Diocese. Items needed include diapers, formula/food, equipment, and clothes (new or gently used).

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

Prince of Peace Parish in Steelton is sponsoring its “Spaghetti On Second” Dinner on Sunday, January 28, from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The dinner includes homemade pasta/spaghetti with or without sauce, meatballs, salad, bread and coffee at a cost of $12.  Extra meatballs are available for $1.00 each. Beverages other than coffee and homemade desserts will be available for purchasing at the dinner. Tickets may be purchased by contacting the parish office at 717-985-1330 or stopping by the office during the hours of 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday through Friday. No tickets will be sold the day of the dinner.

All Boys and girls ages 9-14 are invited to participate in the annual Free Throw Shooting Championship sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council 10502 from Church of the Holy Spirit in Palmyra. The local competition will be held January 28 at 1 p.m. in the Palmyra Area High School Gym. This is a free, annually sponsored event, with winners progressing through local, district, and state competitions. All boys and girls 9-14 years old are eligible to participate and will compete in their respective age divisions. Participants are required to furnish proof of age and written parental consent. For additional information or an entry form, contact Tom Szeltner at

Crusader CYAA spring softball and baseball registration in Lancaster is now open for the spring 2024 season. CYAA offers softball and baseball to children currently attending a Catholic school or who are a member of a Catholic parish in the Lancaster area. We are offering softball for girls at age levels 8U, 10U, 12U and 14U. Baseball will be offered for pony, 8U, 10U, 12U and 14U. Register for softball at Register for baseball at Registration deadline is January 31. Any questions regarding baseball registration can be directed to baseball director Ron Fink at Any questions regarding softball registration can be directed to softball director Andrea Bachman at

Holy Trinity Catholic School in York is proud to welcome Notre Dame’s own Rudy to its Overcome the Odds Gala to be held on February 12 at Bentley Farms in York. Rudy will be our guest speaker. The event is open to anyone who would like to purchase a ticket to attend and will benefit the children of Holy Trinity Catholic School. Visit for information and tickets.

Knights of Columbus Council 6810 in Lancaster invites boys and girls ages 9-14 to participate in the annual Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship. Council 6810’s local competition will be held on Sunday, January 21 from 1-5 p.m. at St. Leo the Great School in Rohrerstown. All contestants on the local level receive a Certificate of Participation. Additionally, winners in each age and in each gender category will receive a Council Champion certificate and a trophy or plaque. Participants are required to furnish proof of age, such as a birth certificate, and written parental consent. A contestant’s age category is determined by his or her age as of January 1. Register at the door. There is no fee to enter. Contestants may only participate in one Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship at the local Council level per year. For additional information, call or text George Elko at 717-203-6210 or e-mail Winners at the local level can progress to district, regional and state competitions.

Lancaster Court Queen of Peace #1023 of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas invites youth in grades 4-12 from all schools – public, private, parochial, home, and cyber – to enter the 2023 National Education Contest. Categories and divisions are: Division 1 for grades 4-5 in essay, poetry, art and computer art; Division 2 for grades 6-8 in essay, poetry, art, computer art, music and photography; and Division 3 for grades 9-12 in essay, poetry, art, computer art, music and photography. Students may submit entries in each category for their respective division. They must submit an entry form with each entry. Contest themes are “God’s love and kindness will shine upon us like the sun that rises in the sky, Luke 1:78” and “How does my love shine for others?” Contest forms are available at Select Activities, then 2023-2024 contests, and then click on Education Contest. Entries must be postmarked or delivered by February 1, 2024, to the local Education Contest Chairperson, Robin Burgoon, 125 Petersburg Rd., Lancaster, PA 17601. All first-place local winners will be entered in the state education contest, and first-place state winners will be entered at the national level. An awards ceremony for local winners will be planned for late May/early June 2024.

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

York District Council of Catholic Women is seeking women who can donate their time and talent in organization, crafts, etc. No meetings or funding required. The first event is Sunday, February 4, 2024. For more information on event details, please contact Angie Tully at 717-395-1528 or

Job Openings

The Diocese of Harrisburg IT department is accepting applications for a full-time Help Desk Technician. This position will be the primary user contact for computer support and Help Desk issues. Candidate will be expected to perform a variety of computer/network problem analysis and monitoring tasks for the Office of Information Technology; act upon issues or consult with appropriate technical staff; log, coordinate and track requests; escalate issues when necessary; install and test PCs; fix performance issues; diagnose hardware-related problems; troubleshoot, maintain or repair peripherals; and work with storage devices and software programs that are attached or installed on diocesan computers. Ideal candidate will have an associates degree in Computer Information Systems; proficient technical skills in supporting Windows desktop/server operating systems and MS Office applications. The candidate should have highly-developed problem solving skills, demonstrate excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to function in a team environment. See the full job description at Please send a cover letter and resumé to

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

York Catholic Middle & High School has the following employment opportunities available: Instructional Support Teacher, English Teacher, Substitute Teachers, Boys’ Lacrosse Head Coach, Cafeteria Aide, Cafeteria Volunteers. Interested candidates can find details and application links at

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