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Diocesan Notebook – January 6

­Education & Enrichment

The 2022 Lutheran-Anglican-Roman Catholic Day of Dialogue will be held on Thursday, January 13. Our topic this year will be Dismantling Racism, featuring the Rev. Dr. Teresa L. Smallwood (Franklin Kelly and Hope Eyster Kelly Associate Professor of Public Theology) and the Rev. Dr. Rodney Smalls (pastor of Macedonian Missionary Baptist Church in Harrisburg). The conference will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Diocesan Center, with fellowship beginning at 9 a.m. All are welcome to attend. Livestreaming is available for those wishing to attend virtually. Register online at

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 March 15 at Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Harrisburg. 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 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 or Information can also be obtained by contacting the Harrisburg Beginning Experience Team at 717-379-0800 or 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 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 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

The Harrisburg Diocesan Council of Catholic Women is seeking applicants for its annual scholarship 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 to apply is March 31. The scholarship will be awarded at the HDCCW’s annual convention. For more information about the scholarship, contact co-chairs Joyce Scott at 717-737-0927 or Bonnie Finnerty at

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 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

St. Joseph Church in York will host Epiphany Concerts at 7 p.m. on Friday, January 7 and Saturday, January 8, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, January 9. Churches from the greater York area are being invited to showcase their varied musical groups, choirs, ensembles, and soloists to celebrate a joyful Christmas Season and a spirit of community friendship. Refreshments will be served throughout the event. All are welcome to join us in celebrating Christmas.

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

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

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 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

Job Openings

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 No phone inquiries, please. Full job description is available at 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 for full details of responsibilities and job requirements. Please send résumé and cover letter to Application closing date is January 28, 2022.

Catholic Campus Ministry at Gettysburg College is seeking an Associate Director of Catholic Campus Ministry to assist in directing our growing Catholic Campus Ministry (CCM), and inspire continued future growth. CCM is a Christ-centered ministry serving students in a college campus environment. Along with the Director, the Associate Director images the presence of Christ in a special way for students looking to connect with the Catholic Church in a constantly-changing world. Responsibilities include: creating innovative ways to bring people together; responding credibly, intelligently, and sensitively to inquiries about the Catholic faith; providing formal and informal opportunities for young adult faith formation; attending weekly campus Mass and coordinating the liturgical leadership team; providing pastoral care to students; coordinating annual retreats; mentoring and guiding the student Leadership Team in planning, implementing and evaluating spiritual, service, and social activities. We offer competitive salary and benefits, along with the opportunity to mold and shape the present-day and future faithful of the Church. Length of assignment: Spring Semester with possibility of extending. This is a part-time position with the expectation of approximately 600 hours throughout the semester. Prospective candidates can visit for full details of responsibilities and job requirements. Interested, qualified applicants should submit a résumé and cover letter by January 14 to

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 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 or 717-533-2854, ext. 118.

Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg has an immediate career opening for an experienced individual to be the school’s next Director of Advancement and Development. This individual will be a team leader, team player and willing to advance the school’s mission. The qualified candidate would have a bachelor’s degree or higher in Business, Marketing, Education, Public Relations, or related field, possess excellent oral and written communication skills, have the ability to multi-task, be able to lead special events, be comfortable using database software and maintain a strong commitment to the morals and values of the Catholic Church. This individual needs to be able to build and grow a network of donors, alumni, and community to establish and achieve fundraising efforts in a wonderful, faith-based, family-focused school environment. The next Director will be required to maintain a large donor portfolio, create 21st century cutting edge annual fund mailers and balance monthly alumni/donor events. Experience preferred. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and résumé with references to Dr. David Gardiner, President, Bishop McDevitt High School,

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 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, 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,

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, 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

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, 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. Do you have a heart for the unborn, people in crisis, for your community? 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

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