Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Diocesan Notebook – July 4

Masses and Prayer Services

St. Peter Parish in Columbia is hosting a Mass and dedication ceremony of the Our Lady of Grace Grotto, officiated by Bishop Timothy C. Senior, on Sunday July 14, at 10 a.m. All are invited to join the parish to celebrate and consecrate this significant addition to the community.

Young adults ages 18-39 are invited to the Diocese’s annual Get Connected Young Adult Mass and Cookout on Sunday, September 8, at St Margaret Mary Church and Pavilion in Harrisburg. Meet other young adults from around the Diocese and find out more about our many active young adult groups throughout the region. Mass begins at 11:30 a.m. followed by food, fun and fellowship. All are encouraged to bring a dish to share. Contact Zack Haney zhaney@hbgdiocese.org for more information.

Bishop Ronald Gainer, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Harrisburg, will lead a Holy Hour of Petition and Hope for loved ones who have drifted away from the Church. The hour of Adoration will take place July 11 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at St. Margaret Mary Church in Harrisburg, as part of the parish’s St. Monica Ministry to pray for those who have left the Church. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available during the Holy Hour.

Our Lady of Hope Church in Coal Township will begin hosting sensory-friendly liturgies to welcome those with Autism, Down Syndrome and developmental disabilities. These Masses will include lower lights, softer music and shorter, more literal homilies; however, the biggest difference is that we will create an environment that is welcoming and nonjudgmental to all. We encourage families and individuals to get up and move if needed, to bring alternative seating, fidgets or noise cancelling headphones and to participate in the liturgy just as they are. Upcoming Masses are July 14, August 18 and September 15 at 2 p.m. For more information, please contact the parish office at 570-648-4432 or rzawalick@hbgdiocese.org. All are welcome to attend.

Retreats & Pilgrimages

The annual Diocesan pilgrimage to the National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes in Emmitsburg, Md., will be Thursday, August 1. The morning is set aside for private/small group devotions and reflections at the Shrine. Priests will be available to hear Confessions from 9:30-11 a.m. Following bring-your-own lunch (with something to share), the afternoon is reserved for liturgical celebrations: Holy Mass and Eucharistic Adoration. Please contact Father Michael Reid at 717-637-4625, ext. 115, for further information. If your group will be hosting a bus for travel to the Shrine, please contact Father Reid with that information.

The Harrisburg Legion of Mary is coordinating a bus for the Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes in Emmitsburg, Md., on August 1. The cost for the bus is $20 per person and reservations are required. Payment is due on the day of the trip. Financial assistance is available. The bus will make stops at two locations: St. Catherine Labouré Parish in Harrisburg at 8:15 a.m. and Good Shepherd Parish in Camp Hill at 8:45 a.m. Please bring your own lunch and drinks. Coolers, water and ice will be provided. Reserve your seat today by emailing Amy at amf194@gmail.com or by calling Rita at 717-884-6836.

The Diocese of Harrisburg is organizing a young adult pilgrimage to Assisi and Rome for the 2025 Jubilee of Young People from July 26-August 5, 2025. All young adults ages 18-39 at the time of the trip are invited to join. There will be a virtual information meeting on August 21. There is no commitment required to attend the information session. For meeting RSVP and details, please contact Zack Haney at zhaney@hbgdiocese.org.

The Diocese of Harrisburg is hosting a Pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, November 16, 2024. More details coming soon.

Join Bishop Timothy Senior in a once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage to the Eternal City – Rome. In honor of the 2025 Jubilee Year for the Church, this 10-day pilgrimage from April 22 – May 1, 2025, will visit sites throughout Italy, including Rome, Assisi and Siena. Find full details online at https://www.hbgdiocese.org/jubilee.

Corpus Christi Parish in Chambersburg announces the 46th annual men’s retreat, August 2-4 at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md. Father David Driesch, O. Praem, will lead the retreat and present on “Answering the Call to Follow Jesus.” The retreat is open to men ages 14 and older. A $60 deposit is required towards the total cost of $200 to $250, depending on choice of lodging. Mass on Saturday and Sunday, 24-hour Adoration, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Scriptural Rosary, Stations of the Cross, Evening and Morning prayers are also offered. Six full meals prepared at the university dining facility, as well as a selection of single rooms or suite style single rooms, are included in the retreat fee. Reservations can be made through the local parish retreat coordinators, or online at https://cburgcatholic.org/mensretreat. For additional information, contact Keith R. Smith at 717-263-3442 or corpuschristimensretreat@yahoo.com.

The Diocesan Committee on Catholic Scouting is organizing a Catholic Scout Retreat, September 13-15 at Camp Conewago, located at 450 Boy Scout Road in New Oxford. The schedule for the retreat includes a Friday Mass at 8:30 p.m., followed by Cracker Barrel. On Saturday, we will be traveling to Baltimore for Mass and a tour of the Baltimore Basilica, engaging in a service project in Baltimore, and participating in a Campfire Chat in the evening back at camp focusing on being morally straight while courteous and kind. Saturday concludes with another Cracker Barrel. Registration is $20 and includes the cost for Friday and Saturday snacks and Saturday meals. We have reserved three campsites for smaller groups, and there are also other campsites and other camping options available through the New Birth of Freedom Council website. Please register by September 6 at https://mailchi.mp/pngas/harrisburg-catholic-scout-retreat. For questions, contact Rob Irving, Scoutmaster, at 717-821-4246.

Education & Enrichment

Venerate a first-class relic of Blessed Carlo Acutis and spend time in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at “Amen – Our Response to the National Eucharistic Revival,” at St. James Church in Lititz on Monday, August 5. Doors open at 5:15 p.m., for the event, which runs from 6-9:15 p.m. Keynote address by Bishop Ronald Gainer, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Harrisburg; live music by Scally Brothers and Chris Wood, veneration of the relic, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Event will be held rain or shine. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Concessions available from 5:15-7:15 p.m. For more information, contact Kim Moore at 717-982-4699 or kmoore@onevoiceym.org.

An eight-week series, “When a Loved One Dies by Suicide,” will be hosted by St. Joseph Parish in York, on Thursdays from 6:30-8 p.m. October 3-November 21. Meetings will be in the Solanus Casey House, diagonal from the front of the church off Kingston Road. The series was produced by Sanctuary Mental Health, and is an eight-week video series with a reflection book. For more information, contact the parish at 717-755-7503.

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Conewago will host a summer Bible study, “Where Are You, God?” Father Dwight Schlaline, pastor, will be the presenter. Remaining sessions are “In Failure,” Monday, July 15; and “In Tragedy,” Monday, July 29. Sessions are at 6:30 p.m. in the gym. Bring your Bible.

St. Peter Parish in Elizabethtown invites Catholics and non-Catholics to its summer series on the four pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Using interactive activities without the need to download apps, walk through the major categories of the Catechism to deepen your understanding of your faith while enjoying the company of other enthusiastic believers. Remaining sessions, held at the church on Mill Road at 7 p.m., are July 8, July 29 and August 12. Come to one or all.

The Serra Club of Harrisburg, which promotes priestly and religious vocations, meets on the second Wednesday of every month at the Diocesan Center in Harrisburg. The club aims to promote vocations in the Catholic Church by working and praying together. The meeting begins with a noon Mass celebrated by our chaplain, Father Joshua Weaver, in the Diocesan Center Chapel, followed by prayer, lunch and a speaker or other spiritual event. Upcoming presenters and topics include Joe Nebistinsky of Holy Family Radio on July 10; Susan Rudy of the Silence of Mary Home on August 14; and Father Paul Clark, pastor of St. Matthew Parish in Dauphin and Diocesan Chancellor and Judicial Vicar on September 11. Catholics of all ages are welcome to attend. For more information about Serra or to attend a meeting, please contact Stella at theoldfolk@aol.com.

Women of Grace is excited to announce the launch of the Moments with Mary Study Series, designed to build understanding of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s role in salvation history and her maternal guidance in leading us toward a deepening relationship with her Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ. Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Middleton will be hosting the launch of this new study series on Saturday mornings for six weeks beginning on July 27 from 9-11 a.m. in the art room at the school. “Who is Mary” will be the first title in this study series. Material cost is $25, and participants will have access to weekly and daily teaching videos by Johnnette Williams. For more information, contact Chris Arnold at carnold@womenofgrace.com or 717-379-6041 (leave a message).

The National Centre for Padre Pio in Barto, Pa., will welcome Sister Deidre Byrne, P.O.S.C., on Sunday, July 28. She will share her story as a religious Sister, soldier and surgeon, and speak on the topics of euthanasia and the Eucharist. Rosary with veneration of the relic glove of Padre Pio will take place at 11:30 a.m., followed by Mass at 12:30 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch and may eat after Mass and during Sister Deidre’s presentations, or during the refreshment break. Complimentary hot beverages will be provided. Presentation on euthanasia will be at 1:30 p.m., followed by a break at 2:15 p.m., and the Eucharist presentation at 2:30 p.m. The Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be prayed at 3:15 p.m. The center closes at 4 pm.  Visit www.padrepio.org for more information.  

Events & Fundraisers

Remember the 8 Days of Eucharistic Joy with commemorative decals. The decals feature artwork drawn by some of the younger members of our Diocesan community. The Office for Laity and Family is offering three different decals featuring the Holy Eucharist, each one available for purchase for only $3. To see each decal and place your order, please go to www.hbgdiocese.org/euch8decal. All proceeds will go to support new and existing family ministry initiatives in the Diocese.

The St. Pauline Society in Kulpmont will have its annual raffle, Friday, August 16, from noon-6 p.m. and Saturday, August 17, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Pauline House on Chestnut Street. Items include small appliances, purses, Oven Temptations, Lenox, Vera Bradley, toys, Christmas items, lottery tree, Stanely cups and more. Tickets are $20 for a sheet for 26, with additional sheets for $10 after initial purchase. Homemade food, baked goods and 50/50 chances will also be available for purchase. Parking available behind the house; handicap accessible.

The public is invited to attend York Catholic Middle & High School’s Summer Open House on Tuesday, July 16, from 6-7:30 p.m. by appointment. Learn what life at YC is like and see everything YC has to offer students (grades 7-12) and their families. Take a personal tour of the newly renovated campus, talk with York Catholic teachers and administrators, meet current students and hear their experiences, and learn about the 45+ sports and 60+ activities available. Space is limited and pre-registration is required to attend. For more information, contact York Catholic Middle & High School at 717-846-8871, ext. 354.

York Catholic Middle & High School is holding its 33rd Annual Golf Tournament Monday, September 23, at Regents’ Glen Country Club in York.  Registration for this four-person scramble tournament starts at 8:30 a.m. with play beginning at 9 a.m. Cost is $125 per person and includes greens fee, cart rental, refreshments on the course, lunch and prizes. Proceeds benefit the York Catholic Fund.  Sponsorships are available. Registration closes September 1. For more information or to register, contact Laurie Moir at 717-846-8871, ext. 1322 or lmoir@yorkcatholic.org.

Mother Cabrini Parish in Shamokin will have its picnic food sale and “Prizes Galore” events in July. The food sale of pierogi, pigeons, haluski, potato cakes and hamburgers with “Coney sauce” on the side will be July 20 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. in the church hall; take-out only. The “Prizes Galore” event will be July 27 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the church hall, with a drawing of prizes that day. Sausage, hoagies, chips, water and soda will be available for purchase July 27 for $6. Basket raffle tickets are $15 per sheet and $10 for each extra sheet.

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Lebanon will have its annual Charlie and Susan Middleton Golf Tournament, Friday, September 6, at Fairview Golf Course. Coffee and donuts at 7:15 a.m., with a tee time of 8 a.m. Scramble format. Cost for green fees, cart and dinner is $80. A steak dinner will be served in the pavilion by QT Catering immediately following the tournament. For registration information, contact the parish at 717-272-5674.

The Council of Catholic Women of St. Joan of Arc Parish in Hershey will have their annual flea market in the parish social hall. Dates and times are Thursday, August 1, from 3-6 p.m.; Friday, August 2, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; and Saturday, August 3, from 8 a.m.-noon. Great bargains and new shopping hours.

Undefeated Courage will host its annual Dinner and Bingo for Life, Friday, July 19, at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Enola, from 4:30-9 p.m., with dinner at 5:30 p.m. Dinner features lasagna, salad, bread, dessert and lemonade; BYOB. Gluten-free and vegetarian options available. Bingo, door prizes, 50/50 raffle and rip tickets. Cost is $35, per person. For tickets or to donate baked goods or prizes, email info@undefeatedcourage.org or visit www.undefeatedcourage.org.

Immaculate Conception BVM Parish in Berwick will have a car and tractor show, Sunday, July 14, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on the parish grounds. There will be food trucks, old cars, tractors and fun for the whole family. Admission is free.

St. Theresa Parish in New Cumberland is holding a rummage sale July 12 and 13 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Little Flower Social Hall. Sale proceeds will benefit Catholic Charities’ Lourdeshouse Maternity Services (https://www.cchbg.org/get-help/maternity-pregnancy-services). Questions? Contact Rebecca Ionadi at 407-505-8295 or mrnmrsi.fl@gmail.com and visit https://www.facebook.com/sainttheresaparish for event updates.

The annual San Marziale Procession will take place in Kulpmont, July 14 at 1 p.m. The community event features the Kulpmont Our Boys Band, which performs a variety of Italian marches and Patriotic songs. During the procession, onlookers can pin money to a statue of the saint; all money will be donated to Holy Angels Parish to support activities and those in need. Those who wish to walk in the procession should meet at Holy Angels Church at 12:15 p.m. Food and refreshments will be available at the parish picnic grounds for those who walk in the procession. Individuals and businesses interested in sponsoring the event can call Chris Bressi at 570-373-9433 or Tom Letcavage at 570-274-1508. Learn more on the procession’s Facebook page or see a video of it at this YouTube link.

Perohi and kielbasi sales at St. Ann Byzantine Parish in Harrisburg will take place May through November on the first Wednesdays and Saturdays and third Wednesdays of the month, from 10 a.m.-noon. The perohi are sold frozen for $7 a bag; the frozen smoked kielbasa is sold for $8 a ring. Visit www.stannbyzorg for more information.

Parish Picnics & Festivals

The Diocese’s Black Catholic Apostolate invites all the faithful in our Diocese to a picnic on City Island in Harrisburg on Sunday, August 25, from 2-6 p.m. Meat and drinks will be provided. Those attending are asked to bring a favorite covered dish or dessert to share. Also, bring your favorite games to play. For more information, contact Angele Mbassi at 717-608-0718.

The Historic Conewago Chapel Picnic will be held at the Basilica Picnic Grove, 3175 Centennial Road in Hanover, July 20 beginning at 11 a.m. The parish picnic for the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus has been an annual event for more than 100 years, and famous for its chicken corn soup. Event includes a family style chicken dinner, games and a live band.

San Juan Bautista Parish in Lancaster will have its 41st Annual Food Festival, July 24-27. For information, call 717-392-4118.

Holy Spirit Parish in Palmyra will have its parish festival August 2 and 3 from 5-10 p.m. each evening. The festival will include an array of picnic food and drinks, games, and fun festivities that include kids games and live music by four different bands. There will also be monetary raffle tickets and basket raffles available at the festival.

Prince of Peace Parish in Steelton will have its annual parish picnic on Sunday, July 14, at Cibort Park in Bressler from noon-6:30 p.m. Entertainment by our Kolo Club “Marian,” the Happy Slovenes and Second Time Thru. Food includes roast lamb on the spit, roast pork, sarma (pig in the blanket), sausage and sauerkraut, hamburger barbecue, baked beans, potato salad, cabbage and noodles, and desserts including strudels and walnut rolls.  Jimbo the Clown and a magician will entertain the children. Basket raffles, church raffle, pull tabs and much, much more. Free admission.

The Sisters of Sts. Cyril and Methodius will have their annual summer festival, Saturday, July 13, from 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. on the grounds of Villa Sacred Heart in Danville. Food trucks, baked goods, kids’ games, scavenger hunt, flea market, bingo, arts and crafts, silent auction, and sales of religious items, books and furniture. Aria, the local bomb-sniffing dog, and her handler will give a demonstration at 12:30 p.m. Mass will be celebrated in the Basilica at 5 p.m.

Mary, Mother of the Church Parish in Mount Joy will have a “Christmas-in-July” bazaar, Saturday, July 13 from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. There will be something for the entire family: a basket bonanza, raffle, baked goods, breakfast and lunch, chicken BBQ dinner (drive-thru), crafters and vendors, and a kids’ area. Help us to help others with our “Elves Fill the Shelves” donation program – bring a food pantry or school supply item and receive a free ticket to our basket bonanza! The event is indoors, with plenty of air conditioning.

Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Catawissa (Slabtown) will have its annual summer picnic on Friday and Saturday, August 2 and 3, from 4-9 p.m. both days. The food tents will feature pigeons, pierogies, potato cakes, beef bbq, haluski, hot dogs and hot sausage. Baked goods and homemade rice pudding will also be available. Be sure to check out the beer tent, kids’ games, hand-dipped ice cream, and the money wheel. Entertainment on Friday includes music by “Crazy Eddie & The Coalcrackers Band.” Entertainment on Saturday is music by “Muckdogs Band.” No coolers, pets or pre-orders.

St. Patrick Parish in Trevorton will have its 25th annual parish festival August 9 and 10 from 5-10 p.m. at Trevorton Community Park. Ethnic foods, games for adults and children, cash and gift card bingo, basket raffles, cash raffle and a children’s bounce house. Entertainment by New Individuals on August 9, and Looker on August 10.

The Annual Buchanan Valley Picnic will take place on the grounds of St. Ignatius Loyola Parish in Orrtanna, Saturday, August 24 from noon-7 p.m., rain or shine. Bingo, prizes and live music. Family-style home-cooked dinners are $16.50 for adults, $7 for children 6-12 and free for those 5 and under. The parish is located halfway between Gettysburg and Chambersburg off Route 30; follow the signs at Route 234. Visit www.stignatiusofloyola.org or email stigantiusofloyola@hbgdiocese.org for more information.

Job Openings

The Diocese of Harrisburg is seeking a full-time accounting associate to assist the Controller in all areas of accounting. Successful candidate must have knowledge of accounting procedures/methods and ability to apply them in specific situations in a non-profit environment; proficiency with computer applications, including spreadsheet and word processing software; excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with customers concerning accounting procedures and reports at all levels of an organization; initiative in meeting challenges with resourcefulness and supporting the efforts of others; dependability, accuracy and timely completion of assignments. Candidate must have associate’s degree in accounting or equivalent combination of education and experience. Full job description is available at www.hbgdiocese.org/careers/. Send applications to employment@hbgdiocese.org.

Full-time cemetery maintenance position available at All Saints Cemetery in Elysburg. Applicants must have skills in grounds maintenance. The ability to operate a backhoe is 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. Send resumé and cover letter to KShervinskie@hbgdiocese.org.

Full-time cemetery maintenance position available at Resurrection Cemetery in Harrisburg. Applicants must have skills in grounds maintenance. The ability to operate a backhoe is 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. Send resumé and cover letter to Tshanabrook@hbgdiocese.org.

St. John the Baptist School in New Freedom is seeking a part-time maintenance worker (level 1), for 20-25 hours per week. The position is responsible for cleaning, maintaining and conducting general repairs at the school and any church or auxiliary buildings; and assisting in the implementation of maintenance programs associated with the entire campus under the direction of the parish manager. Position reports directly to the parish manager or their designate. Full job description available at www.hbgdiocese.org/careers/. Valid driver’s license required. All personnel must obtain child protection clearances as outlined by the Diocese of Harrisburg. Please email your resumé to mphipps@sjbnf.org.

St. Patrick School in Carlisle is seeking a principal for the 2024-2025 school year. Must be a practicing, knowledgeable Catholic, possess a master’s degree or higher, and have at least five years of teaching experience as well as catechetical certification (or be willing to obtain it). Preferred qualifications: PA Administration Certification, school administration experience and leadership, marketing or finance experience. Apply online at www.hbgdiocese.org/patprincipal.

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Submission Deadline

The deadline for submissions to the biweekly Notebook/Parish Obituaries listing is every other Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. Please refer to the Publication Schedule for edition dates and deadlines.

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