Sunday, June 23, 2024

Diocesan Notebook – June 23

Masses and Prayer Services

A Mass to close the Diocesan phase of Synod 2021-2023 and the presentation of the Diocesan Lorica Awards will be celebrated by Bishop Ronald Gainer on Wednesday, June 29 at 6 p.m. at Holy Name of Jesus Church in Harrisburg. During the Mass, Bishop Gainer will be presented with the review of this local phase. Bishop Gainer will also recognize lay members for their exemplary service to the local Church with the Lorica Awards. This award recognizes those who have “bound to your heart” the strength of the Triune God through integrity of faith and generosity of service. Can’t attend in person? The Mass and Awards will be live streamed to the Diocesan YouTube channel:

The next Caelorum at St. Joan of Arc Church in Hershey will be Wednesday, August 6 at 7 p.m. There will not be a Caelorum in July. Join 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.

A Charismatic Mass with prayers for healing will be celebrated July 5 at 7 p.m. at St. Theresa Church in New Cumberland by Msgr. Robert E. Lawrence. For information, please call Mary Ann at 717-512-3628 or Vicki at 717-364-6260.

Education & Enrichment

The Mental Health Ministry at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Mechanicsburg is holding Spiritual Support Groups to provide a safe, supportive space for individuals who are experiencing mental illness. Meetings are held on the second and fourth Saturday of each month at 9 a.m. at the church. Spiritual Support Groups are not group therapy, but rather a ministry in which members seek to support each other and grow in their relationship with God. One does not need to be Catholic to participate. Please visit or contact Pastoral Assistant Donna Nebistinsky at or 717-697-6929 for more information.

Are you looking for like-minded folks for prayer, discussion, and fun? Join the Companions of Pauline for quarterly meetings in the convent at Penn State Holy Spirit Hospital in Camp Hill. The group meets from 2-4 p.m. for prayer, discussion, and fun, in-person or via Zoom as we follow the charism and spirituality of Blessed Pauline von Mallinckrodt, foundress of the Sisters of Christian Charity. Vespers follow in the hospital chapel. Text or call Sister Donna Marie, S.C.C. at 570-335-3586 or e-mail

Upcoming Women of Grace events and studies: Summer Malvern retreat is July 22-24, preceded by the Benedicta Leadership Institute. Register for the retreat at Women of Grace Foundational Studies will be offered this fall at the following parishes: St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Mechanicsburg, Tuesday evenings beginning September 13, contact Linda Keister at or 717-732-0772; St. Margaret Mary Parish in Harrisburg, Saturday mornings at 9:30 a.m. beginning September 10, contact Chris Arnold at or 717-379-6041; and Good Shepherd Parish in Camp Hill, Thursday evenings beginning September 15, contact Linda K. Keister at or 717-732-0772.

The Knights of Columbus invite the faithful to join the Father McGivney Guild. Blessed Father Michael J. McGivney, the founder of the Knights of Columbus, is one miracle away from sainthood. All are welcome to join the Father McGivney Guild, and receive a periodic newsletter with information about the life, works and spirituality of Father McGivney. The Guild also offers a weekly Mass for the intentions of its members. To join, go to

Retreats & Pilgrimages

The annual Pilgrimage to the National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes in Emmitsburg, Md., is scheduled for Thursday, August 4. Diocesan priests will be available to hear Confessions from 9:15-10:45 a.m. in Saint Mary’s Chapel.

Bishop Ronald Gainer will be the celebrant and homilist for the Mass in St. Mary’s Chapel at noon. A free-will offering will be received to cover the facility use and services. Lunch will begin at 1 p.m.; those staying for the afternoon should bring their own lunch. Bishop Gainer will give a talk in St. Mary’s Chapel at 2 p.m., followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 2:45 p.m. and the Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3 p.m. The day will conclude with Benediction at 3:45 p.m. Gates to the Grotto will close at 4:30 p.m. The Gift of a Plenary Indulgence is granted to members of a pilgrimage group who, out of devotion to the Blessed Mother and Our Lord, Jesus Christ, visit the National Shrine Grotto on any day of the year. For further inquiries, please contact Father John Hoke (St. Joseph Parish, Milton; 570-742-4356) or Father Michael Reid (St. Vincent Parish, Hanover; 717-637-4625).

The 44th Annual Corpus Christi Men’s Retreat will be August 5-7 at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md. Father Larry Richards will lead the retreat. Attendees will hear Father Richards develop his selected themes during the retreat, and participate in other spiritual activities. Father Richards’ main theme of “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you” will be illustrated through the five presentations he will offer. Father Richards serves as pastor of St. Joseph Church/Bread of Life Community in Erie. He is also the Founder of the DME (Divine Mercy Encounter) Retreat Program for the Diocese of Erie. A gifted and captivating speaker, preacher, retreat master, and author, Father Richards has directed hundreds of retreats, parish missions, and conferences. The retreat is open to men ages 14 and up; sons and grandsons are welcomed at the retreat! A $60 deposit is required towards the total cost of $200. Included in the retreat is Holy Mass on Saturday and Sunday, 24-hour Adoration, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Scriptural Rosary, Evening and Morning prayers and six meals. Reservations can be made through the local parish retreat coordinators, or online at  For additional information contact Keith R. Smith by phone 717-263-3442 or e-mail,

Rachel’s Vineyard Weekend Retreats, a safe place to renew, rebuild and redeem hearts broken by abortion, will be July 15-17, September 23-25 and November 4-6. If you or someone you know needs healing after an abortion, please call 717-788-4959 or contact Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats at

Events & Fundraisers

The Diocesan Summer Camp for Adults with Developmental Disabilities is seeking volunteers to assist at its residential camp, August 14-19, 2022, at Camp Kirchenwald in Lebanon County. There is a critical need this year for a camp nurse or doctor to provide health oversight. Interested persons ages 16 and older are welcome to volunteer for full-time or part-time duties. There are no special qualifications or minimum time required for volunteering, but there is a particular need for volunteers who are able to spend the night. All volunteers are required to complete the Diocesan Clearance process and to provide proof of vaccination from the COVID-19 virus (vaccination waivers may be granted). Attendance at a brief training session prior to helping at camp is also required. There is no cost to volunteers; all meals, events, campground activities, etc. are included. Deadline for expressing volunteer interest is July 1st. If you are not able to volunteer but wish to support this special ministry, donations may be sent to the Office of Ministry with People with Disabilities, 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 Larry Kiley at 717-657-4804, ext. 322, or email

The annual San Marziale Procession will take place in Kulpmont, July 10 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 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; the money will then be donated to Holy Angels Parish to support activities and those in need. Mass will be celebrated at 12:15 p.m. before the event gets underway. Those who wish to walk in the procession should meet at Holy Angels Church. Food and refreshments will be available at the parish picnic grounds. 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 Facebook at or on YouTube at

St. Patrick Parish in Carlisle will present a “Discover Cruising the Danube to The Black Sea” on Tuesday, August 9 at 6 p.m. in the Parish Activity Center on Marsh Drive. The presentation will give information on the parish’s river cruise planned for September 2023. To RSVP to the presentation, please e-mail Father Don Bender, pastor of our church, will be our leader on this pilgrimage. For complete details, visit

The annual St. Mary’s Susan and Charlie Middleton Golf Tournament (an event of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Lebanon) will be held Friday, September 9 at Fairview Golf Course. Tee time is 8 a.m. Donuts and coffee at 7:15 a.m., scramble format. Cost for green fees, cart and dinner is $80. Contact Mike and Gina Groff at 717-383-7814.

Job Openings

The Diocese of Harrisburg is seeking a Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministries in the Secretariat for Catholic Life & Evangelization. Applicants should have a desire to help others live the Catholic faith to the fullest, seek for our youth and young adults to develop strong relationships with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and a desire to secure a safe environment for all our children as they grow in their love of God. The Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministries reports to the Secretary of CLEV and will have direct responsibility for Youth, Young Adult, and Catholic Campus Ministries and programs. 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. A full job description is available at Interested applicants should send a cover letter and résumé to by August 5, 2022.

Diocese of Harrisburg Catholic School Principals Opportunity for the 2022-2023 school year: Harrisburg Catholic Elementary, Harrisburg (; Our Lady of Lourdes Regional School, Coal Township (; and Our Lady of the Angels School, Columbia ( Minimum qualifications: Practicing, knowledgeable Catholic; Thorough understanding of Catholic School Philosophy; Commitment to modeling the values of Catholic Educational Leadership; PA Administrators Certificate (or in process); Catechetical Certification (or in process) and 5 years teaching experience. For more information, see the Employment listings on the Diocese of Harrisburg website: Send résumé and letter of interest to: Ann Everest, Dept. of Education; Diocese of Harrisburg; 4800 Union Deposit Road;  Harrisburg, PA 17111-3710 or by email:

The Diocese of Harrisburg is seeking an administrative assistant in the Secretariat for Education. Must be a confident individual with superior organizational and administrative skills to work as part of an administrative team. 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, along with a thorough working knowledge of database management and Excel spreadsheets. Experience in working in Catholic schools or a parish CCD program is helpful, but not essential. Knowledge of Diocesan parish /school structures would be beneficial. Competitive salary and benefits.

Please send résumé and cover letter to Closing date is June 24, 2022.

St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Lancaster is seeking applicants for the position of Director of Religious Education. The DRE is responsible for coordinating faith formation activities for K-8, including classes on Sundays, recruiting catechists, proposing curriculum, preparing students for sacraments of initiation, providing retreat opportunities to students, attending Masses with students and keeping accurate filing on student progress. To apply, please call Father Matthew Morelli at 717-394-0669.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Mechanicsburg is seeking a part-time Administrative Assistant. Responsibilities include office duties (phones, mail, supply orders, etc.); database entries to parishioner accounts (new, changes, envelope posting); maintaining parish calendars, processing facility reservation requests, managing funeral luncheons/homebound meal sign-ups, and potential bulletin creation. Security clearances are required. Please email your résumé to Tracy Kovaleski at or call 717-697-2614.

Assumption BVM Parish in Lebanon is seeking candidates for the parish secretary position. The individual will be welcoming, providing administrative and office support, publishing the weekly bulletin and updating content on the parish calendars. The successful candidate will perform various clerical duties as needed to support the pastor and the director of religious education. Qualified candidates should possess a high school diploma or a GED, have previous office experience, and be proficient in Microsoft Office, Excel and Publisher. Applicants should possess strong organizational skills, and have respect for and an ability to uphold Catholic Church teaching. Interested applicants should send a cover letter and résumé to or mail to Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, 2 North 8th Street, Lebanon, PA 17046.

San Juan Bautista Preschool in Lancaster is seeking a part-time assistant teacher/floater to work with students from 1-5 years old. Candidates must hand in a completed application and résumé to the preschool office. Qualifications: high school diploma or GED, at least one year of experience, at least 21 or older. Bi-lingual in English and Spanish preferred but not required.

Lancaster Catholic High School is hiring for the following positions: full-time Staff Accountant, full-time Annual Fund Manager; cafeteria staff for the 2022-23 school year (3 openings); and a part-time Latino Enrollment Assistant. Visit for more information about the positions. Résumés can be sent to

The Sisters of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Danville are seeking a part-time receptionist. For information, please contact the congregation’s HR Department at 570-275-3581, ext. 152.

St. John the Baptist School in New Freedom has several job opportunities available for the 2022-2023 school year: a first-grade teacher, fifth-grade teacher, part-time Preschool Teacher, part-time Technology teacher, and part-time Physical Education Teacher. The ideal candidates will possess a knowledge of instructional strategies, demonstrate strong classroom management, and model their Catholic faith. Interested candidates should send their résumé and cover letter to Sue Mareck or Michelle Williams at

The Diocese of Harrisburg has a full time vacancy for Cemetery Maintenance and Service at Holy Savior Cemetery, York. Applicants must have skills in grounds maintenance. The ability to operate a backhoe is highly 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. Applicants must have a valid, clean Pennsylvania 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. Applicants should send résumé and cover letter to Please visit for the full job description.

Morning Star Pregnancy Services is hiring! Do you have a heart for Life? For supporting families unprepared for pregnancy? Morning Star is seeking a full-time Client Services Director to oversee client programs at our three Central PA clinics. We also have openings for a part-time ultrasound tech and part-time and full-time counselor advocates. To learn more about these opportunities, visit

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