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Diocesan Notebook – June 10

Masses & Prayer Services

St. Thomas More Feast Day Mass, June 22 at 8:30 a.m. at Good Shepherd Church in Camp Hill. The Mass is sponsored by the Saint Thomas More Society of Central Pennsylvania, an organization of Catholic lawyers, judges, public office holders, paralegals, legal assistants, and law students. The Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Ronald Gainer. The purpose of this Mass is to gather to pray for God’s guidance and to invoke blessings, through the intercession of Thomas More and John Fisher, upon those who work in the administration of justice or government. It also marks the start of Religious Freedom Week.

Education & Enrichment

Immaculate Conception BVM Parish in Fairfield will host the Vatican Exhibit of the Eucharistic Miracles of the World, from June 5 after the 5 p.m. Mass until June 13. Exhibit begins after the 5 pm. Mass on June 5 until 7 p.m. On June 6, it will be open after all morning Sunday Masses until 3 p.m. From June 7-12, it will open after the 8 a.m. Masses until 2 p.m., and reopen from 5-7p.m. On June 13, the exhibit will open after Sunday Mass at 8 a.m. and close at noon. This photographic exhibit tells the stories of 153 Church-approved Eucharistic Miracles, displaying the events where the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist has been made physically present in flesh and blood, became luminous or appeared with images. The inspiration for this exhibit began with Blessed Carlo Acutis who was Beatified on Oct.10, 2020. Please come and bring your family. Address is 256 Tract Road, Fairfield, PA 17320.

Retreats & Pilgrimages

You are invited to join Father Ken Smith on a pilgrimage to Austria & Germany including the Passion Play in Oberammergau from September 5-12, 2022. For information, please contact Karen Hurley at

“How Can I keep from Singing?” A Virtual Presentation, Guided Retreat, July 19 at 6:30 p.m. to July 25 at 11:00 a.m. Melannie Svoboda is a Sister of Notre Dame from Chardon, OH, and holds M.A.s in English and Spirituality. She has ministered as a high school and college teacher, novice director, staff member at a Jesuit novitiate, president of her religious community, writer, and retreat facilitator nationally. Her 13 books include “Everyday Epiphanies,” “When the Rain Speaks,” and “Hanging onto Hope.” You can visit her blog “Sunflower Seeds” at This retreat will focus on ways we can nourish our song or our Christian discipleship: through the wonders of creation, prayer, compassion, service, playfulness, letting go, laughter, beauty, hope, and courage during times of pain and sorrow. Using Scripture, music, stories, poetry, and short videos, we will be invited to deepen our relationship with a God who loves us more than we can imagine. The cost of the retreat is $200 and full payment is due by the registration deadline, which is June 14. Register online at or call 570-275-3581 Ext. 101. A link will be provided after June 14.

Events & Fundraisers

Knights of Columbus Council 17028 of St. Phillip the Apostle Parish in Millersville is sponsoring a blood drive on June 20 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Parish Activity Center. The Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank will conduct the blood drive. Everyone will receive two Lancaster Barnstormers’ ticket vouchers and a travel mug. To schedule your donation, visit or call 1-800-771-0059. Masks and ID required to donate.

Father’s Day raffle and bake sale at the St. Pauline Center in Kulpmont, June 18 from noon-6 p.m. and June 19 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. More than 100 items to be raffled, including a TV, patio heater, lottery tree, autographed Tony Romo helmet, plus additional items for men and women. Cost is $20 for a sheet of 26 tickets; after initial purchase, additional sheets are $10. The center is handicap accessible, and COVID-safety recommendations are followed.

Mary, Gate of Heaven Parish in Myerstown will hold the MGH Summerfest festival June 24-26. Come enjoy all the great festival foods and games, and entertainment you’ve missed for the last two years. Midway games, basket raffles, food court. Festival hours are 5-10:30 p.m. Bands play from 7-10 p.m., featuring Veritgo Vibe on Thursday, Firestorm on Friday and Ricky and the Rockets on Saturday. Book sale daily from noon-10 p.m. There will not be indoor seating this year, in an effort to continue reducing the spread of COVID. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page @mghsummerfest. Please adhere to the current CDC guidelines for public safety.

Mary Mother of the Church Parish in Mount Joy will have a “Christmas in July Bazaar,” July 17 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Event includes a chicken dinner sale for $10 per dinner, “Stuff the Bus” school supplies collection, and a food pantry collection to benefit school lunch and senior citizen. Donate three items and receive three raffle basket tickets. Event will also include crafters and vendors and a children’s play area. Event is rain or shine.

Golf tournament to benefit St. Joseph School in Mechanicsburg, sponsored by Knights of Columbus Councils 4068, 10685, 12788 and 13100. The tournament will be held June 18 at the Mayapple Golf Course, Carlisle. Four-person scramble, beginning at 1 p.m. Hole-in-one prizes (Porsche), door prizes, beverages on the course. Dinner and awards after the tournament. Cost is $80 per player, $300 per foursome if registered by May 25. All proceeds benefit St. Joseph School. To register or become a sponsor, visit For additional information, contact golf committee chairman Mike Convey at 813-470-8556 or

Knights of Columbus Council 6353 will host their annual golf tournament to benefit Misericordia Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in York. Tournament is June 25 at Heritage Hills Golf Resort, rain or shine. Registration from 10:30 a.m.-noon, and driving range and lunch available from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Shotgun start at 12:30. Four-person scramble, dinner and prizes immediately following play. Cost of $95 per person includes 18 holes, cart, lunch, dinner and beverages. Sponsorships available. Register online at For more information, contact

Job Openings

The Diocese of Harrisburg has an exciting opportunity for a part-time Multimedia Producer to join our Communications Office. This person should be a passionate storyteller with experience in digital communications. The Producer is responsible to develop ideas, plan, and produce weekly radio programs, podcasts and special digital productions for the Diocese of Harrisburg. See the full job description at

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Harrisburg has an immediate opening for a full-time Executive Director. Catholic Charities is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization and provides social services to the residents of the 15 counties that comprise the Diocese of Harrisburg. The agency has a $7 million budget and has approximately 160 full-time equivalent employees. The Executive Director reports to the Bishop of Harrisburg and is guided by the Catholic Charities Board of Directors. Responsibilities include leadership, administration, program review, budgeting, fundraising, contract administration and community outreach. Candidate must be a Catholic in good standing. Additionally, ChildLine, State Police and FBI clearances are required. Catholic Charities provides a competitive salary, excellent benefits and a company matching 401(k) program. Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter indicating salary requirements to

Good Shepherd Parish, Camp Hill, is seeking a part-time Religious Education Program Coordinator. The Coordinator is responsible for overseeing the direction of the parish’s K–8 Religious Education Program including its students, catechists, aides, and volunteers. This position requires a mature, professional, responsible, creative and committed individual with excellent communication (oral and written), organizational, administrative, managerial and interpersonal skills. Must be a Catholic in good standing and have a working knowledge of Church teaching, Catholic sacramental theology and practices of the Church as well as experience as a catechist. Applicants should send cover letter and resume to Bryan Pritchard, Parish Manager, at by July 1, 2021.

Delone Catholic High School in McSherrystown has an opening for a full-time mathematics teacher for the 2021-22 school year. Candidates should have a bachelor’s degree in mathematics or have related experience. Preferred candidates would have PA teaching certification, or in progress of certification, and have prior teaching experience. Candidates are expected to uphold the morals and values of the Catholic Church and Delone Catholic High School. Interested applicants should send a résumé with cover letter to Mrs. Donna Tompkins, Interim Principal, Delone Catholic High School, 140 S. Oxford Avenue, McSherrystown, PA 17344 or

St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Lancaster is hiring a maintenance technician to be responsible for cleaning, maintaining and reporting on the condition of the church, rectory, school and assisting the pastor in the implementation of a parish maintenance program. Reports directly to the pastor. Requires various degrees of physical exertion to include lifting (at least 50 lbs.), operating equipment, climbing stairs, etc. Responsibilities may include electrical work, plumbing, painting, carpentry, HVAC. Organizational skills, flexibility, and dependability are required as well as high school or trade school diploma with two to three years of related work experience. Position will require Pennsylvania youth protection clearances. To apply, please call St. Anthony of Padua Church, 717-394-0669.

Teachers/classroom aides needed at St. Joan of Arc School in Hershey: middle school language arts teacher, middle school religion teacher, kindergarten teacher. Candidates must possess academic excellence and a dedication to educating the whole child. Teachers in our school work cooperatively to meet the needs of our students through differentiated instruction in a Christ-centered environment. Interested candidates are to send their résumé to Sister Eileen at or call 717-533-2854 x 118. The school is also in need of several classroom aides from 8 a.m.3 p.m. Clearances required for all positions.

St. Joan of Arc School in Hershey is seeking a director of the after-school program, 3-6 p.m., Monday through Friday. The position will be responsible for supervising assistant directors as well as students, provide snacks for students, plan and supervise afternoon activities that include outdoor recess, homework time, arts and crafts, socializing, etc. for students. Duties also include responding to basic emergencies and looking out for the welfare of the students, taking attendance of students present, and having parents sign out their children as they leave. The position will ensure student-adult ratio is appropriate and tuition is paid in a timely manner, and be apprised of state laws on child safety procedures and create a safe environment for the students. Clearances are required. Contact Sister Eileen at or 717-533-2854 x 118.

St. Joan of Arc School in Hershey is seeking after-school care assistants, 3-6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Days and hours may be negotiated. Duties include supervising students as they participate in activities such as snacks, arts and crafts, outdoor recess, homework, socializing, etc., and responding to basic emergencies and looking out for the welfare of the students. Clearances are required. Contact Sister Eileen at or 717-533-2854 x 118.

St. Joan of Arc School in Hershey is seeking an assistant principal. Applicant must be a Catholic in good standing with the Church and meet the following four requirements: Hold a valid and active Pennsylvania Instructional II Teaching Certificate, Hold a valid and active Pa. Admin. Certificate (or in process), Catechetical Certification (or in process), and five years teaching experience. Clearances required. Contact Sister Eileen at or 717-533-2854 x 118.

The Diocese of Harrisburg is looking for a coordinator of pastoral care to patients at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. The successful candidate must possess high levels of verbal and interpersonal skills and must be able to use independent initiative and judgment. Must be a Catholic in good standing with the ability to articulate a pastoral theology that is both identifiably Catholic and functional. Must be able to evidence a basic understanding of medical/ethical issues, ecclesiology and liturgical practices of the Catholic Church and Diocese, and exhibit professionalism on a consistent basis, as an ability to maintain good public relations is essential. Please send résumé and cover letter to the Chaplain, Father Modestus Ngwu, at View the full job description at:

The Diocesan Office of Evangelization and Catechesis is accepting résumés from prospective high school religion teachers, directors of spiritual life and high school campus ministry for the 2021-2022 school year. Basic requirements include a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Theology or Catechetics or related field. Master’s degree preferred. Knowledge and belief in the doctrine, philosophy and teaching mission of the Catholic faith and faithfulness to the Church’s magisterium required. We are looking for authentic, mature, joyful Catholics in good standing with the Church, who possess strong organizational, pedagogical and interpersonal skills, as well as authentic zeal for the glory of God and the salvation of souls. Submit a résumé with cover letter to Mr. James F. Gontis, Director of Evangelization and Catechesis, Diocese of Harrisburg, 4800 Union Deposit Road, Harrisburg, PA 17111, 717-657-4804, ext. 227,

The Sisters of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Danville are hiring a responsible, full-time housekeeper/cleaning, cook and nurse aide. Interested persons may call 570-275-3581, ext. 152, for more details.

St. Patrick School in Carlisle is looking to fill a full-time early childhood teacher (certified for K-3) position. The school enrolls students from PreK3 to eighth grade. Interested candidates should reach out to Principal Antoinette Oliverio at or visit and look under “About us” for employment information.

Morning Star Pregnancy Services (MSPS) is seeking a Marketing and Communications Manager. MSPS provides no-cost services to women and men facing unplanned pregnancies in our community. The position will be responsible for providing a broad range of communications, marketing and public relations services and support to our client services as well as the advancement team. This position will advertise MSPS to potential clients, as well as encourage, maintain, and increase philanthropic and community support to meet the short-term and long-term needs of MSPS. These activities shall be consistent with MSPS mission, vision, Christian core operational values and beliefs. For the full job description, visit Please send résumés or inquiries to

Full-time custodian (40 hours a week) needed for St. Rose of Lima School in Thomasville. Full benefits offered. Please contact Mr. Randy James, Principal, at or 717-792-0889.

St. Rose of Lima School in Thomasville has openings for a third grade teacher, a pre-school teacher and a part-time art teacher for the 2021-2022 school year. Candidates must possess academic excellence and a dedication to educating the whole child. Teachers in our school work cooperatively to meet the needs of our students through differentiated instruction. Please contact Mr. Randy James, Principal, at or 717-792-0889 for more information. To apply, please complete: Professional Employment Application at, Pastor’s Letter of Recommendation at, and Clearance forms at

Holy Name of Jesus School in Harrisburg has openings for a third grade teacher, physical education teacher, and two middle school teachers. Candidates must possess academic excellence and a dedication to educating the whole child. 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.

St. Joseph Parish in Lancaster is seeking an administrative assistant. The individual will be a faithful and creative person who will provide administrative and secretarial support to our pastor and other staff in advancing the Mission and Vision of our parish to become and to make disciples of Jesus Christ. In addition, this position includes the responsibility for implementing and maintaining a comprehensive parish communication and engagement plan. Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Publisher), social media and website maintenance is required. Experience with databases is preferred. If you are interested in learning more about this part-time position, please contact Deacon Peter Jupin at 717-397-6921 or

Undefeated Courage is seeking nurses to staff its mobile ultrasound unit. Shifts available Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., FTE: PRN with no maximum hours. Hourly rate: $22. PA RN license is required for this position. Must be trained in limited obstetric abdominal/transvaginal ultrasound or open to training. The mobile unit will be deployed to abortion clinics to change the way abortion-minded women look at their pregnancy. The mission of Undefeated Courage is to help women choose life for their baby and themselves. Undefeated Courage is a sidewalk advocacy organization in Central Pennsylvania that provides prayer, pregnancy testing, education on pregnancy, referral to local pregnancy care centers and other social/legal services outside of abortion clinics at no cost or judgement. A free ultrasound is an obstetrical tool used to evaluate the health of the pregnancy and can be a method for abortion-minded women to make informed decisions about their pregnancy after reviewing their ultrasounds. Visit for more information and an application.

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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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