Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Diocesan Notebook – June 20

Masses and Prayer Services

A Feast Day Mass for St. Thomas More and John Fisher, Martyrs, will be celebrated by Bishop Ronald Gainer, Bishop Emeritus of Harrisburg, on Saturday, June 22, at 9 a.m. at St. Leo the Great Church in Rohrerstown. 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. Light breakfast refreshments will be served after the Mass.

Join the Secretariat for Catholic Life and Evangelization for Mass at the annual Celtic Fling & Highland Games at Mount Hope on Sunday, June 23. Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. at Barn & Barrel, 2775 Lebanon Road, Manheim (location of the Renaissance Faire). No ticket necessary for Mass; all are welcome. Tickets are needed for the celebration of Irish Celtic Culture, beginning at 11 a.m. For more information regarding the Mass and events, visit: http://www.parenfaire.com/celtic.html.

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.

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.” Father Driesch belongs to the Immaculate Conception Norbertine Priory in Middletown, Delaware, and is the pastor of St. Paul Parish in Delaware City. In addition to Father Driesch’s talks, there will also be a presentation on “God and Science: Where Does the Evidence Lead?” by Steven Hemler, president of Catholic Apologetics Institute of North America. The Corpus Christi Men’s 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

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. Sessions are “When God Seems Absent in Temptation,” Monday, July 1; “In Failure,” Monday, July 15; and “In Tragedy,” Monday, July 29. All 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. Sessions will be held at the church on Mill Road at 7 p.m. on June 24, 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.

A Women of Grace Retreat, “Divine Mercy: Crucible of New Life,” will be held at the Malvern Retreat House in Malvern, Pa., June 28-30. Presentations with Johnnette Williams, Father Ken Geraci, CPM, and Kris McGregor. Come to know the Divine Mercy Image, praying the Chaplet for the conversion of souls, St. Faustina, spiritual warfare and Divine Mercy, and God’s infinite mercy for His children. For more information and to register call 1-800-558-5452 or visit womenofgrace.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 message).

The Secular Carmelites of Danville invite you to a Day of Recollection at Christ the King Church in Benton on Saturday, June 29. Father Andrew St. Hilaire will give two presentations on Edith Stein. The Day of Recollection will feature Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, opportunities for Confession, an introduction to Carmelite Spirituality and recitation of the Healing Rosary. Lunch will be provided. The day will conclude with the Sacrifice of the Mass at 4 p.m. To register, please contact Meg Geffken at meggeffken743@gmail.com or 570-441-6935 by June 21.

An adult formation course in the method of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) will take place this summer at Sacred Heart Parish in Reisterstown, Md. This course is a spiritual formation experience for adults as well as instruction in the pedagogy and catechetical approach of religious formation of children within the CGS model. This course will focus on children ages 3-6. The course sessions are scheduled for July 18/19 and 25/26 with completion of the course in summer 2025. For additional information please contact Sister Jane Keller, SSJ (717-235-2156, ext. 232) or email- srjkeller@sjbnf.org.

The St. Anselm Deanery of Benedictine Oblates meets on the second Sunday of each month at St. Pius X Church in Selinsgrove. The deanery is affiliated with St. Vincent Archabbey in Latrobe, Pa. For more information, please call or text Teresa Warlow at 717-275-2346.

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 Diocesan Camp at Kirchenwald is seeking volunteers to assist at its residential camp for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities from August 11-16, 2024. The camp is dependent on volunteers, with a particular need for volunteers who can spend the night. There are no special qualifications or minimum time required for volunteering. All volunteers are required to complete the Diocese of Harrisburg Youth Protection Clearances. There is no cost to volunteers; all meals, events, campground activities, etc. are included. If you are not able to volunteer but wish to support this special ministry, donations may be sent to Catholic Life and Evangelization, 4800 Union Deposit Road, Harrisburg, PA 17111. Checks should be made payable to the Diocese of Harrisburg, with Camp Kirchenwald in the memo line. For more information or any questions, please contact Kate Neri at 717-657-4804, ext. 317, or email KNeri@hbgdiocese.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). Donations are still being accepted at the parish office, June 23 from 1:30-4 p.m., June 29 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and June 30 from 1:30-4 p.m. Acceptable donations include household items (e.g. kitchen, bath, bedding), home décor and holiday decorations. All items must be clean and in usable condition. Questions? Contact Rebecca Ionadi at 407-505-8295 or mrnmrsi.fl@gmail.com and visit https://www.facebook.com/sainttheresaparish for event updates.

“Summer Celebration! A Classical Voice Concert” will take place at St. Patrick Cathedral in Harrisburg on Sunday, June 23, at 3 p.m. Seasoned professional musicians Nina Cline, Leah Kaye Serr, Christyan Seay and Matthew A. Robinson, accompanied by pianist and organist Daniel L. Dorty, will perform this summer in Carlisle, Hershey and Harrisburg. The recital series features solo and ensemble selections of opera, operetta, musical theater and sacred music. Admission is free, however a free-will offering will be taken up during the presentation. For additional information, email Matthew Robinson at mr1261@gmail.com or visit this link.

The annual San Marziale Procession will take place in Kulpmont, July 14 at 1 p.m. The procession will begin at Holy Angels Church and is organized by the Holy Angels Parish, the Knights of Columbus, the Holy Name Society of Holy Angels Parish, and local organizations and businesses. The community event features the Kulpmont Our Boys Band, which performs a variety of Italian marches and Patriotic songs. The procession is named for St. Marziale, the patron saint of Isca sullo Ionio, a small town in southern Italy and his feast day is July 10. During the procession, onlookers can pin money to a statue of the saint; all money will then be donated to Holy Angels Parish to support activities and those in need, including local activities, scholarships, preservation projects, food for the poor and more. 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

Mary, Gate of Heaven Parish in Myerstown will have its annual MGH Summerfest, June 20-22 from 5-10 p.m. Food booths, a book sale and the area’s largest basket raffle. Bounce houses and games for the kids, as well as games of chance for the adults. Free parking and free admission. Great musical entertainment, Thursday by Neon Cactus, Friday by Vertigo Vibe and Saturday by Galbraith, Briody and friends. Musical entertainment is 7-10 p.m. each night. More information can be found on Facebook at MGH Summerfest.

Divine Redeemer Parish in Mount Carmel will have its annual Summer Festival on the parish picnic grounds and in Divine Mercy Hall (400 Block of West Cherry Street) on Saturday, June 22, from noon-10 p.m. Delicious homemade ethnic and traditional foods, homemade baked goods and theme baskets, as well as live music from the band “Looker.”

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.

Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish in Ephrata will have its parish picnic Sunday, June 30, rain or shine, on the grounds of St. Clement’s Mission House. International foods representing parishioners from Italy, Slovakia, Poland, Germany, Thailand, Ghana, and the United States. Food served from noon until sold out. A magician will perform from 2-2:45 p.m. Park at the church and walk through the Grotto to St. Clements (shuttle available for those unable to walk to picnic). There will be plenty of seating, but feel free to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Event also features a bounce house, games, snow cones and more. Bring a dessert to share. For more information, contact Rita Pfautz at ritapfatuz@yahool.com or 717-341-1211.

Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Middletown will hold its summer festival June 20-22, rain or shine, from 5-9 p.m. each night. Event includes a flea market, cash raffle, basket raffle, jewelry extravaganza, bingo and games for all ages. Patrons can sit indoors and enjoy great homemade meals of honey glazed chicken, halupki, pierogies, haluski, and baked goods in the cafeteria each night. Outside food includes Schmidt’s sausage, gourmet chicken cheese steaks, chicken tenders, grilled food, seasoned fries and more. Farm Show milkshakes available Saturday and Sunday only. Live entertain from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday by Occasions Disc Jockeys; Friday: Crossing Abbey Road; and Saturday: Ben Simcox. Friday and Saturday nights also feature fun for kids with a 60-foot long, two-lane obstacle course with a seventeen-foot slide and bounce house. Cornhole tournament on Saturday (registration required). Seven Sorrows School alumni night is Friday, June 21. For more information, visit https://www.ssbvm.org/festival.

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. 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.

Job Openings

Good Shepherd Parish in Camp Hill is currently seeking a part-time Youth Ministry Coordinator to accompany our young people from grades 7 through 12 to know and grow their faith as they encounter Jesus through spiritual, social, service and leadership activities. The Youth Ministry Coordinator guides our youth in planning and managing special events throughout the year as well as engaging them in the life of the parish. Applicants should have experience in working with young people, knowledge of Catholic Church structure and culture as well as current youth culture, trends, and issues. This part-time position is 10 hours/week (520 hours/year) accomplished mostly on evenings and weekends. Qualified applicants should send cover letter and resume to frnsullivan@thegoodshep.org by June 30.

Trinity High School in Camp Hill is seeking a new principal. Desired qualifications: Master’s Degree or higher; five years or more of teaching experience; Catechetical Certification (or willing to obtain); and PA Administrative Certification (or willing to obtain). For the full job description and to apply online, go to https://www.hbgdiocese.org/thsprincipal. If you have any questions or issues with the application, contact Karen Luckie at KLuckie@hbgdiocese.org or 717-657‑4804, ext. 229.

The Sisters of Saints Cyril and Methodius and Maria Hall in Danville are hiring. Positions are open for Director of Resident Care and Nurses Aide/CNA. We offer benefits and paid vacation. Please send your resume to Stacy in Human Resources at scole@sscm.org or call 570-275-3581 with any questions.

Lancaster Catholic High School is seeking a new principal. Minimum qualifications: practicing, knowledgeable Catholic; commitment to modeling the values of Catholic educational leadership; catechetical certification (or willing to obtain); a master’s degree or higher; and at least 5 years of teaching experience. For the full job description and to apply online, go to https://www.hbgdiocese.org/LCprincipal. If you have any questions or issues with the application, contact Karen Luckie at KLuckie@hbgdiocese.org or 717- 657‑4804, ext. 229.

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.

St. Cyril Preschool and Kindergarten in Danville is looking for an ambitious, patient, enthusiastic teacher who has a love for children and teaching. We are in need of a full-time teacher for the 2024-2025 school year to teach 10 three-year-olds in a classroom setting. Please contact the principal, Sister Donna Marie, at 570-275-1505.

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