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Diocesan Notebook – January 20

Masses and Prayer Services

The Harrisburg Guild of the Catholic Medical Association invites all to a Holy Hour of Prayer for the Sick and those who care for them. The Holy Hour will be on Sunday, February 13 immediately following the 11 a.m. Mass at St. Joseph Parish in Danville. The World Day of the Sick is observed each year on February 11, which is the memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes. The day was instituted 30 years ago by St. Pope John Paul II, who said the day of awareness is intended for “prayer and sharing, of offering one’s suffering for the good of the Church and of reminding everyone to see in his sick brother or sister the face of Christ.” For more information about the Holy Hour, contact the Harrisburg Guild of the Catholic Medical Association at cathmedhbg@aol.com.

The next Caelorum at St. Joan of Arc Church in Hershey will be on Wednesday, February 2 at 7 p.m. Start your new year with your brothers and sisters in Christ as we come together to adore, praise and worship our Lord and Savior. Feel the power of his presence and never-failing love as he attends to your needs and strengthens and blesses you with his abundant mercy. For more information, call 717-215-4175.

Education & Enrichment

“Truth, Beauty, and Goodness Evangelization Speaker Series” featuring Deacon Gregory and Ellen Amarante, January 31 at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Deacon Amarante is the Diocesan Secretary for Catholic Life and Evangelization. Their presentation, “Catholic or Nothing,” will focus on his reversion to the Catholic faith and her conversion to the Church. The presentation will be from 7-8 p.m., followed by 30 minutes of Q&A. Registration is free, although free-will donations are gratefully accepted. Register online at https://hbgdiocese.formstack.com/forms/speaker_series. The series is an evangelization initiative of the Diocese of Harrisburg.

St. Anne Parish in Lancaster is hosting a Marian prayer service and speaker in honor of Our Lady of Lourdes’ Feast Day on Sunday, February 13 at 3 p.m. in the church. Come to a blessed afternoon of Marian prayers and listen to the story of Kevin Wells, who received a miracle of healing and conversion after going on pilgrimage to Lourdes, France. Wells, a former award-winning sports reporter and current best-selling author of “The Priests We Need To Save The Church,” will deliver a powerful talk about the intensity of the Virgin Mary. His message will describe our sacred, heavenly Mother and how her direction to her son, Jesus, will lead us to peace. The event will also include the praying of the Rosary and the blessing of hands in holy water.

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. 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. For information, visit http://www.catholicsdivorce.com. The 12-week program begins on February 2 at 6:45 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Parish’s St. Elizabeth Center. A $25 fee includes the Surviving Divorce Personal Guide and all program materials. Please register by contacting facilitators Cindy Gilbert at cynthiasgilbert1@gmail.com or Pat Smith at dontel972@aol.com.

Women of Grace upcoming studies and events: “Journey to Joy,” five Saturday morning video series begins Jan. 22 at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom. Women of Grace foundational study (in-person) begins Tuesday evenings, April 19 at Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Harrisburg. Contact Linda K. Keister at lkanzkei@msn.com or 717-732-0772. Johnnette Benkovic Williams will return to Holy Name in Harrisburg for a one-day conference on Saturday, April 2, 2022. Additional Young Women of Grace retreat for girls 12-17 years of age! For information, contact Chris Arnold at carnold@womenofgrace.com or 717-379-6041.

Retreats & Pilgrimages

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 County, May 13-15, 2022. The ecumenical Beginning Experience weekends are an approved program of the Church. 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. Beginning Experience is the Church at work to provide help, healing and spiritual restoration. For information, visit www.hbgdiocese.org/marriage-and-family or www.beginningexperience.org. Information can also be obtained by contacting the Harrisburg Beginning Experience Team at 717-379-0800 or jpennat_58@comcast.net. All CDC recommendations will be followed during the retreat weekend. The number of attendees may be limited due to current COVID regulations. The program could be cancelled pending changing pandemic circumstances.

Events & Fundraisers

The Harrisburg Diocesan Council of Catholic Women is accepting nominations for its Our Lady of Good Counsel Award and its new Golden Rose Award. The Our Lady of Good Counsel Award honors a woman in the Diocese who has made a significant contribution at any level of the council. Nomination packets are available at https://hdccw.webs.com/olgc-award. The Golden Rose Award will recognize young women in the Diocese who have made a significant contribution to their parish and community in service and leadership. Nomination packets for the Golden Rose Award are available at https://hdccw.webs.com/golden-rose-award. The deadline for nominations for both awards is March 4. Both awards will be presented at the HDCCW’s annual conference. Questions may be directed to Alycia Laureti, HDCCW President, at hdccwpres@gmail.com.

The Harrisburg Diocesan Council of Catholic Women’s Scholarship Committee invites high school senior girls to apply for a $1,000 scholarship to be used for post-secondary education. Applicants must be sponsored by a relative who is a member of a parish CCW, and both applicants and sponsors must reside in the Harrisburg Diocese. The deadline to submit a completed application is March 31, 2022. Contact Joyce Scott at 717-737-0927 or hdccwscholarship@gmail.com for more information or to secure an application packet.

Harrisburg Diocesan Council of Catholic Women are sponsoring an Art Contest for girls in grades 9-12 in the Diocese of Harrisburg. Put your artistic talent to work and design an original artwork for a 9×12 cover, using the theme of the CCW Convention.  The cover will be used by the participants at the 96th Annual Convention of the Harrisburg Diocesan Council of Catholic Women to be held on April 23. The theme for the Convention is – “Be God’s Hands on Earth.” The deadline to enter is February 1. Entry must be original artwork in watercolor, oil, acrylic, charcoal or pencil. Submit your entry via e-mail to hdccw1@gmail.com. For questions, call 717-860-0700 or hdccw1@gmail.com.

2022 CDA National Education Contest:  Lancaster Court Queen of Peace #1023 of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas invites all youth in grades 4-12 from all schools -public, private, parochial, home, and cyber – to enter our 2022 National Education Contest. 2022 themes are, “With God All Things Are Possible” Mt. 19:26 and “Where is God in my life when I am struggling?” Enter one or more contests in art, essay, poetry, computer art, music and photography in your division. Monetary awards will be given to first, second and third place recipients. Go to http://www.catholicdaughters.org/ then under “members,” select “forms” and go to “contests” for contest rules and details, or visit

https://www.catholicdaughters.org/documents/2021/9/2022%20Education%20Contest_English-1.pdf. Entries must be postmarked by or delivered to Margaret T. Giordano, Education Contest Chairman, 1530 Hollywood Drive, Lancaster, PA 17601 by Feb. 1, 2022. 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 or early June 2022. Feel free to leave a voice message at 717-390-9035 if you have any questions.

Harrisburg Catholic Elementary will host an online auction in February. Many items will be up for bid, including sports memorabilia and events, tickets for musical venues, gift certificates for local restaurants and brewpubs, Penn State fan gear, an iPad Mini and more. The school has begun posting some of the items on its auction site, www.32auctions.com/hces. Bidding isn’t live yet, but you can browse and start deciding on your bidding wish list. The actual auction will run from Monday, February 7 at 8 a.m. until Monday, February 21 at 10 p.m. Use the donate button if you don’t see anything you like or just aren’t into auctions.

Delone Catholic High School in McSherrystown will recognize its Hall of Honor Class of 2022 on February 11. The Hall of Honor recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to the school through consistent contribution of time, effort and/or financial resources or who have improved the school and its reputation through significant professional or community achievements. Members of the Class of 2022 are Andrew M. Angel ’73; Connie K. Schlak, a former member of the Delone Catholic faculty; Sister Jacquelyn Staub, SSJ; Mary G. “Trudy” Willet (1927-2011), a former member of the faculty; and Mary Ann (Rang) Williams ’64 (1946-2017). The Hall of Honor Class of 2022 will be inducted on February 11, beginning with a school-wide Mass at 1:30 p.m. in the Old Gym. A catered dinner and induction ceremony will be hosted in the Delone Catholic cafeteria with doors opening at 6 p.m. and dinner following at 6:30 p.m. The Mass is free of charge and open to all. Tickets for the dinner are $35 and are on sale until January 31 at 3 p.m. To purchase, please call 717-637-5969, ext. 201, e-mail advancement@delonecatholic.org or visit www.DeloneCatholic.org.

St. Patrick School in Carlisle will host an open house on Sunday, January 30 from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at 87 Marsh Drive, Carlisle. If you can’t make the open house, call the school at 717- 249-4826 or visit the website at www.spscarlisle.org to schedule a tour. The school, which offers PreK-8th grade education, is enrolling students now for the 2022-2023 school year. St. Patrick School is an accredited, National Blue Ribbon school that offers financial assistance, fully certified teaching staff, all-day kindergarten, before and after-school care, and classes in art, technology, physical education, Spanish and music.

Our Mother of Perpetual Help School in Ephrata will be offering small group tours of the school on Sunday, January 30 from 1-4 p.m. to kick off Catholic Schools Week. The “Sunday Tour Day” is perfect for families who are unable to schedule a tour during the week. OMPH’s principal, teachers, and enrollment director will be on site to answer any academic and admissions questions from prospective families. Registration is required for planning purposes; please e-mail the Enrollment Office at enrollment@omph.org or call 717-738-2414 to sign up for a time. Private tours during the week are also available by contacting Mrs. Jen Francis at 717-738-2414 or jfrancis@omph.org. OMPH School welcomes children from our local Catholic churches, as well as interested members of the general community. We are accredited through the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Elementary Schools. For more information, call 717-738-2414 or visit us on the web at www.omphschool.com.

St. Richard Parish in Manheim will host “A Little Taste of Italy” spaghetti and meatball dinner, February 25 from 4:30-8 p.m. in the parish hall. No reservations needed. Take-outs available. Cost is $10 for adults 19 and older, free for those 18 and under. Dinner includes salad, spaghetti and meatballs (seconds on spaghetti only), Italian bread, coffee, tea, soda, punch and dessert. For information, call 717-665-2465.

Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Parish’s Mother of God community is selling Chung and Tét rice cakes to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Only pre-orders are currently being accepted. Both cakes are $15 each and will be available for pickup at the church on Saturday, January 22. To place an order, please contact Ninh Le at 717-215-9454 or nlja2204@gmail.com, or call the parish office at 717-233-1014.

Crusader girls’ spring softball registration in Lancaster is now open. Teams are assembling for 8U, 10U, 12U, and 14U for the spring 2022 season. All home games are played at St. Leo the Great in Rohrerstown for the lower levels and Lancaster Catholic’s JV field for 14U. As a feeder program for Lancaster Catholic High School, girls are accepted from any parish in Lancaster County. Practices are anticipated to begin in late March. Game season will likely start the week of April 13, with playoffs likely beginning June 10 and ending June 16. Register online by January 31 at https://go.teamsnap.com/forms/299481. For more information, contact Ed Krow, Crusader Softball Coordinator, at ed@edkrow.com.

Ballroom dancing, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus of St. Aloysius Parish in Littlestown, will take place January 22, February 26, March 12, April 20 and May 14 from 7-10 p.m. in the parish hall. Evenings begin with a one-hour lesson at 7 p.m., followed by open dancing from 8-10 p.m. Please wear modest dress clothing. Cost is $8 per person, $40 maximum per family. Contact Jen Danieley at jennifereakle@hotmail.com for more information.

Knights of Columbus Council 10502 at Holy Spirit Parish in Palmyra will host a local March for Life on January 21 in conjunction with the March for Life in Washington. The day will begin with a rally at noon in the parish’s Agape Hall with a viewing of the livestream of speakers in Washington. A one-mile march to the square in Palmyra will take place at 1:30 p.m., where the Rosary will be recited before returning to Holy Spirit. Light refreshments will be available after the march. For information, contact Art Bond at 717-383-8583 or abond702@comcast.net.
Knights of Columbus Council 12788 from St. Joseph Parish in Mechanicsburg will host a free-throw shooting contest for boys and girls ages 9-14. The competition will be held on January 22 at 7 p.m. in the gym of the St. Joseph Parish Life & Education Center. Registration will take place from 6:30-7 p.m. Masks are required for all spectators and non-participants. This is a free event, with winners progressing through local, district and state competition. All who are eligible to participate will compete in their respective age divisions. Participants are required to furnish proof of age and written parental consent. For additional information, contact Clay Keefer at 717-418-5726.

Boys and girls ages 9-14 are invited to participate in the annual free-throw shooting contest sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council 10502 at Holy Spirit Parish in Palmyra. The competition will be held on January 30 at 1 p.m. at the Palmyra High School Gym. Masks are required for all spectators and non-participants. This is a free, annually sponsored event, with winners progressing through local, district, and state competitions. All boys and girls ages 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.

Knights of Columbus Council 6810 will host a free-throw shooting contest for boys and girls ages 9-14 at St. Leo the Great School in Rohrerstown on January 23 from 1-5 p.m. Participants must show proof of age and have written parental consent. A participant’s age category is based on age as of January 1. Contestants can register at the door. Contestants will 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, contact George Elko at 717-203-6210 or gmelko@comcast.net.

The Oxford Hall shop is featuring items for First Holy Communion. The shop, located at 233 Bridge Street in New Cumberland, will have in-stock and special-order dresses, veils, suits, gifts and accessories. Families can visit www.oxfordhall.com for select items beginning in January. Oxford Hall can also work with parishes’ dress and suit requirements to use as a guide with customers. The shop is open seven days a week, and available for appointments on select evenings for individuals or small groups. For information, or to receive a promotional flyer, call 717-774-8789 or e-mail oxfordhall@aol.com.

Job Openings

The Diocese of Harrisburg is seeking a confident individual with superior organizational and administrative skills to 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. Knowledge of Diocesan and parish/school structure helpful; experience of working in Catholic schools desirable. Must be a Catholic in good standing. Competitive salary and benefits. Please send résumé and cover letter to employment@hbgdiocese.org. Closing date is February 11, 2022.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Harrisburg is seeking an experienced Director of Finance and Administration. As an integral member of the management team, the successful candidate will have strong interpersonal skills, and be an excellent team player with the ability to interact tactfully and effectively with clients and staff in a multi-cultural environment. You will be expected to establish and maintain effective working relationships with federal, state, regional, and local agencies, churches, community leaders and the general public, so strong written and oral communication skills are required. Responsibilities include: working with the Executive Director and agency Program Managers to secure funding and ensure the ongoing financial viability of programs and services; financial management of day-to-day operations; management of federal, state and funding source compliance and audit requirements; assisting programs with all aspects of human resource management. This position has three direct reports. We are looking for a candidate who has a minimum of five years of relevant experience in accounting, audit, contract management and processing (billing and reporting); and human resource management. Bachelor’s degree in accounting or related field required. CPA preferred, or CPA Candidate and knowledge of US GAAP accounting rules is a plus. Applications should be sent to Kelly Gollick, MSW, Executive Director Catholic Charities, at kgollick@hbgdiocese.org. No phone inquiries, please. Full job description is available at www.cchbg.org/about-us/employment-opportunities. Closing date is January 21, 2022.

The Diocese of Harrisburg is seeking a Director of Family Ministries. This position should be someone with a desire to help others live the Catholic faith to the fullest, who is interested in strengthening marriages and families and wants our youth to develop strong relationships with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. If this describes you, we invite you to join a mission-oriented team of individuals who work “to proclaim the goodness of God and to make truly present and active the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ to all people through the power of the Holy Spirit.” The Secretariat for Catholic Life and Evangelization (CLEV) is seeking a Director of Family Ministries who is ready to enrich our team with his or her talents and dedication. The Director reports to the Secretary of CLEV and will have direct responsibility for Diocesan family ministries programs, which includes marriage and youth. This person serves as the main point of contact and support to parish and ministry offices for strategic planning, implementation, and ongoing development in these areas. He or she may also be asked to assist the Secretary in supporting prison, hospital, and college/university chaplaincies as well as our multicultural apostolates. Prospective candidates can visit www.hbgdiocese.org/careers for full details of responsibilities and job requirements. Please send résumé and cover letter to employment@hbgdiocese.org. Application closing date is January 28, 2022.

Holy Trinity Catholic School in York is seeking a full-time fourth-grade teacher for the rest of the 2021-2022 school year. The ideal candidate is a compassionate, organized, practicing Catholic who possesses a Pennsylvania teaching certificate and all necessary credentials. Please send a cover letter, transcripts, résumé and state teaching certificate to Mrs. Kathleen Smith at ksmith@htcsyork.org.

Delone Catholic High School in McSherrystown is currently accepting applications for a Head Varsity Boys Lacrosse Coach. Preferred Qualification(s): 3-5 years of high school coaching experience. Please submit a letter of interest and a coaching résumé to the Athletic Director at tbonitz@delonecatholic.org or 140 S. Oxford Ave., McSherrystown, Pa. 17344.

St. Joan of Arc School in Hershey is looking for after-school assistants to supervise students from 3-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, with flexible scheduling if needed. Duties include supervising students in free play, organized games, snacks, outdoor playground, and homework. Clearances are required. This is a great job for high school students ages 16 and older, college students or adults to make a little extra money. Contact Sister Eileen at sreileen@stjoanhershey.org or 717-533-2854, ext. 118.

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Hanover is currently accepting applications for a full-time Office Administrator. Applicant must have working knowledge of Church teaching and an understanding of the mission, vision and philosophy of a Roman Catholic parish. Applicant must have working knowledge and be proficient in Microsoft Office, Excel and Word. This position requires the applicant to have excellent communication, organizational, managerial and problem-solving skills. Applicant must also have the ability to work independently with others in a spirit-filled and Christ-like manner. Experience with parish operations is preferred. A professional demeanor in interacting with persons at all levels is essential. The position is scheduled to begin in mid-February, 2022. Interested applicants may submit their cover letter and résumé to Father Dwight D. Schlaline, 30 Basilica Drive, Hanover, PA 17331.

Holy Name of Jesus School in Harrisburg has an immediate opening for a Spanish teacher. Candidates must possess academic excellence, be fluent in the Spanish language, and have a dedication to educating the whole child. Applicants for this position must be adept at developing lessons that incorporate rigor and technological components across the curriculum. Teachers in our school work cooperatively to meet the needs of our students through differentiated instruction. Interested candidates are to send their résumé to Sister Rita at sisterrita@holynameofjesus.com or call Sister Rita at 717-657-1704.

York Catholic Middle and High School is seeking an English Teacher (10-month position) to teach grades 7 through 12. Candidates with experience teaching advanced level high school English courses will be given preference. Requirements: certification and related bachelors degree in appropriate major; state and federal clearances. Preferred qualifications: experience teaching honors and upper level high school English. Please send résumé and Diocesan application (found on the York Catholic website, About Us, Employment page at https://yorkcatholic.org/about/employment-opportunities/), a copy of state and federal clearances, and letter of interest to Katie Seufert, Principal, York Catholic Middle & High School, 601 East Springettsbury Avenue, York, PA 17403. For questions, contact 717-846-8871, ext. 312, kseufert@yorkcatholic.org.

York Catholic has three coaching positions available in the athletic department: high school softball head coach, middle school volleyball head coach and middle school cross country head coach. Candidates for all positions will be responsible for administrative duties including team registration, equipment and uniform inventory, scouting assignments, injury reports, and score reporting. The candidates will also establish team guidelines and practice schedules, coordinate team and parent meetings, and regularly communicate with players and their parents. Head coaches must attend all meetings in compliance with the PIAA and YAIAA. Please send Diocesan application for non-teaching employment (found at https://yorkcatholic.org/about/employment-opportunities/), résumé, a copy of state and federal clearances, and letter of interest to Kevin Bankos, Athletic Director York Catholic Middle & High School, 601 East Springettsbury Avenue York, PA 17403. For questions, contact 717-846-8871, ext. 314.

The track and field team at Trinity High School in Camp Hill is seeking a throws coach. For details, visit thsrocks.us/employment.

Morning Star Pregnancy Services is seeking a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer for its Pregnancy Services Program. When it comes to changing hearts and minds, ultrasound is the core of our pregnancy medical center. Morning Star Pregnancy Services is expanding our Ultrasound Services at our new location in Harrisburg. In this exciting role, you will be working with moms and dads to view their unborn child, see its beating heart, and begin the bonding process. The RDMS provides patient care and medical services working under the supervision of the RDMS Medical Services Manager. All duties and responsibilities are performed in support of Morning Star’s Mission and Vision. Position open to RDMS or RN with sonography experience. Salary commensurate with experience, benefits included. Please send your résumé and a cover letter to Linda Plummer, Executive Director, lplummer@morningstarclinics.com. For more information, call Linda Plummer at 717-901-3377.

Morning Star Clinics is seeking medical volunteers to assist in its pregnancy and sexual health services. If you are a licensed physician, physician assistant, nurse practitioner or nurse midwife with 4 to 5 hours per month to give, please consider gifting your time and talents to our organization. Morning Star’s mission is to offer pregnancy and sexual health services, parenting education, and practical support to the more than 2,000 women and men we see in our clinics yearly. The addition of a physician or mid-level provider to our volunteer staff would allow our organization to expand the services we provide to include more comprehensive STI testing and treatment. For more information contact, Linda Plummer, Executive Director, at 717-901-3377 or complete an online application at www.SupportMorningStar.com/get-involved.

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