Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Diocesan Notebook – January 19

Masses and Prayer Services

The annual Diocesan Respect Life Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Ronald Gainer on Saturday, January 21, 2023, at 4 p.m. at Holy Spirit Church, Palmyra. This Mass is celebrated every year to commemorate the lives lost to abortion since 1973 and to pray for a culture of life in our nation from conception to natural death. For additional information, please contact the Office for Life & Dignity at 717-657-4804, ext. 322, or email mweltmer@hbgdiocese.org.

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.

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.

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.

The Harrisburg Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (HDCCW) invites girls in grades 9-12 in the Diocese of Harrisburg to enter an art contest. Design the cover for the 97th Annual HDCCW Convention on Saturday, April 15, 2023. The artwork should be an original drawing or painting for a 9×12 folder and based on the convention theme, “Live in the Love of Christ.” The grand prize is $150, second prize is $75 and third prize is $50. The deadline to enter is January 23, 2023. For complete details and contest guidelines, please refer to the HDCCW website http://hdccw.webs.com where the flyer is available. You may also contact Kathy at 717-352-7354 or email hdccwartcontest@gmail.com with questions.

2023 Catholic Daughters of the Americas National Education Contest – Court Queen of Peace #1023, Lancaster, PA, of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas invites all youth in grades 4-12 from all schools to enter the 2023 National Education Contest. 2023 themes are: “We walk by faith, not by sight” 2 Corinthians: 5:7, and “When do I have to lean on my faith more than sight?” Enter one or more contests via art, essay, computer art, music and photography. Go to http://www.catholicdaughters.org/, then select “forms,” and go to “contests” for contest rules and details in English or Spanish, or click here. Entries must be received by Margaret T. Giordano, Education Contest Chairman, 1530 Hollywood Drive, Lancaster, PA 17601 no later than February 1, 2023. 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 with monetary awards for first, second and third place local winners will be planned for early June 2023. Leave a voice message at 717-390-9035 with questions.

Upcoming Women of Grace Events – The Women of Grace Foundational Study will be offered at St. Joan of Arc Parish in Hershey beginning Saturday, February 18, following 9 a.m. Mass for nine weeks. Discover the gift of authentic femininity, holiness of life, and God’s awesome purpose and mission for you in the world today. Then, save the date, April 1, for “Welcome Women of Grace: The Grace of the Prayerful Woman” 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 on either of these offerings, 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.

Are you looking for like-minded folks for prayer, discussion, and fun? Join the Companions of Pauline for quarterly meetings in the convent at Penn State Holy Spirit Hospital in Camp Hill. The group meets from 2-4 p.m. for prayer, discussion, and fun, in-person or via Zoom as we follow the charism and spirituality of Blessed Pauline von Mallinckrodt, foundress of the Sisters of Christian Charity. Vespers follow in the hospital chapel. Text or call Sister Donna Marie, S.C.C. at 570-335-3586 or e-mail sdmkemb@gmail.com.

Events & Fundraisers

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Mechanicsburg will host its annual Solidarity Day with the March for Life on Friday, January 20. This will be a full day of prayerful support for those participating in the March for Life in Washington, D.C. The day will begin with Mass at 9 a.m., followed by a light breakfast. A Respect Life movie will be shown and a light lunch will also be provided. At noon, participants will be able to view the March for Life and speeches live on EWTN. At 1 p.m. the group will move to the Divine Mercy Chapel for the recitation of the Rosary and Respect Life prayers. The day will conclude at approximately 3 p.m. Participants are invited to attend for the day or part of the day. For further information, please contact Pete Fludovich at 717-697-9678.

    Holy Spirit Parish’s Right to Life Committee and Knights of Columbus Council 10502 will participate in a local Right to Life March to coincide with the National March for Life in Washington, D.C., on Friday, January 20. The local event will take place at Holy Spirit Church in Palmyra. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., with a livestream of the National March for Life Rally and pro-life speakers at noon. A local, one-mile march to the square in Palmyra for a prayer will begin at 1:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served after the march. For information, please contact Art Bond at 717-383-8583 or abond702@comcast.net.

A “Stand for Life Gathering” to witness to the sanctity of life in a prayerful and public demonstration will take place Friday, January 20 from noon-1 p.m. at 8th and Cumberland Streets in Lebanon. The event is taking place in solidarity with those at the March for Life in Washington, D.C., that day. Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church will be open for prayer during the gathering. This will be a peaceful and prayerful public display by citizens of all faiths dedicated to protecting the lives of preborn children and the spiritual health of their mothers. You are welcome to bring and display signs. Signs will be provided for those who would like to hold one. Participants must remain on the sidewalks and allow passage for pedestrian traffic. Mary, Gate of Heaven Parish’s Respect for Life Group and Knights of Columbus Council 10194 are sponsoring this event. For information, contact Joanne Noll at jsnoll15@gmail.com or 717-304-0492 or Dan Morris at dwmorris10@gmail.com or 215-595-3956.

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.

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.). Purchase tickets online at http://school.stjoanhershey.org/spaghetti-dinner.html, via e-mail to Christine Bromfield at sjaspaghettidinner@gmail.com or at the door the night of the event.

Knights of Columbus Council 6810 of St. Philip the Apostle Parish in Millersville will hold a Free Throw Championship, Sunday, January 29 from 1-5 p.m. at the parish. All boys and girls ages 9-14 are invited and can participate by showing proof of age (e.g., copy of birth certificate) and written parental consent. A participant’s age category is based on their age as of January 1. Contestants register at the door by filling in a brief entry form. Contestants receive a Certificate of Participation. Winners receive a Winner’s Certificate and wall plaque or trophy, and move on to district, regional and state competition. International champs are named by Knights of Columbus Headquarters based on scores from state-level contests. For more information, call or text George Elko at 717-203-6210 or email gmelko@comcast.net.

York Catholic High School’s Athletic Booster Club is inducting seven new members into its Sports Hall of Fame. The inductees will be introduced Saturday, January 21, prior to the start of the girls’ varsity basketball game versus Trinity scheduled for a 4 p.m. tip-off. After the game, the inductees will be honored with a reception in the cafeteria at 5 p.m. The Sports Hall of Fame honors former coaches and student athletes, administrators, and volunteers. Those being inducted include: Mike Hoffman ’59 (service), Charlene “Missy” Dearborn Doll Macko ’79 (basketball), John Daniels ’81 (coach), Teresa Strausbaugh DeGuzman ’81 (basketball), Nicholas Krall ’95 (administration), Kady Schrann ’11 (basketball/cross country), and Rachel Forjan Eckert ’12 (basketball).

York Catholic’s Athletic Booster Club will host a “Night at the Races” on Saturday, February 4. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Race post time is at 6:15 p.m. The event includes simulcast horse races, silent auction, raffles, rip tickets, and all you can eat food and beverages for $40. Tickets are on sale by visiting https://yorkcatholic.org/night-at-the-races/ or calling 717-846-8871, ext. 1322. Dress is casual. This event is for ages 21 and older.

Our Mother of Perpetual Help School in Ephrata will hold an Open House on Sunday, January 29 from 10 a.m.-noon. Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the school and meet teachers from preschool through eighth grade. Registration forms for the 2023-24 school year will also be available. All are welcome to attend. Personal tours may also be scheduled during school hours by contacting Mrs. Jen Francis by email at jfrancis@omph.org or by phone at 717-738-2414. OMPH School offers full-day Preschool (age 3), full-day Pre-Kindergarten (age 4), full-day Kindergarten (age 5), and grades 1 through 8. For more information, call 717-738-2414 or visit www.omphschool.com.

St. Joseph School in York will have a STREAM event/open house and a Toddler Story and Playtime during Catholic Schools Week. The STREAM event and open house is Sunday, January 29 from 1-3 p.m. and will include interactive activities in many classrooms, as well as entertainment by Science Explorers and Young Thinkers. Tours will be offered for prospective families, and every family will receive a complimentary gift for attending. Toddler Story and Playtime is Wednesday, February 1 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. A snowman-themed story and playtime will be led by PreK3 teacher Mrs. Tsipanitis. RSVP to Kristin Baker at development@sjy.org.

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.

St. Benedict the Abbot Parish in Lebanon will have a Big Cash Bingo, Saturday, January 28 at the parish center. Doors open at 11 a.m., bingo begins at 1 p.m. There will be 20 games of $100, small games of chance, basket raffles and refreshments. Cost is $25 in advance, $30 at the door. For advanced tickets, call 717-450-4506 or 717-269-0785.

St. Catherine Labouré Parish in Harrisburg will have its inaugural Winter Carnival, Sunday, January 29 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, gift basket raffle and a “Blizzard” grab bag. Come in from the cold and join the fun!

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.

Boys and girls ages 9-14 are invited to the annual Free Throw Shooting Championship hosted by Knights of Columbus Council 10502 of Holy Spirit Parish in Palmyra, January 29 in the Palmyra 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 Jim Albus at jalbus350@comcast.net.

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 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.

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.

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.

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