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Diocesan Notebook – June 24

Masses & Prayer Services

The Sisters of Saints Cyril and Methodius will have a special Memorial Mass for the SSCM Sisters who died during the pandemic. The Mass will be celebrated July 10 at 2 p.m. in the Basilica of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Danville by Bishop William Waltersheid, Auxiliary Bishop of Pittsburgh. All family and friends of the Sisters are invited to attend the Mass; light refreshments will follow. If you plan to attend in person, please call 570-275-3581, ext. 101. If you cannot attend in person, a livestream of the Mass will be posted at The Sisters who will be remembered at the Mass are Sister Margaret Mary Fest, Sister Cynthia Marie Gazdo, Sister Noel Stasko, Sister Zoe Zollar, Sister Gilbert Dluhy, Sister Virginia Zapotocky, Sister Rosanne Kmetz, Sister Cyrilline Biel, Sister John Vianney Vranek and Sister Mary Paul Kurator.

A 30th anniversary Mass for Sister Mary Catherine Rose Giacobbe, the first hermit Sister in the Diocese, will be celebrated Aug. 14 at 9 a.m. at St. Lawrence Chapel in Harrisburg. Bishop Ronald Gainer will be celebrant for the Pontifical High Mass, and Sister will renew her vows. All are welcome to attend the Mass, and to send prayer requests to Sister at

Caelorum is now live and in person at St. Joan of Arc Church in Hershey. The next Caelorum is July 7, at 7 p.m. 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.

Education & Enrichment

The Diocese’s “Truth, Beauty and Goodness” evangelization series continues June 28 with a presentation on the dignity of the human person and the complementarity of men and women. Dr. John Rossi, a conference speaker and member of St. Theresa Parish in New Cumberland, will be the presenter for the event, offered via Zoom on June 28 from 7-8 p.m. Registration is free. Sign up at Registration deadline is June 25 at noon. The Zoom link will be sent to registrants before June 28.

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

A Beginning Experience Weekend for those suffering the loss of a spouse through death, divorce or separation will be hosted by the Diocesan Beginning Experience Team at Camp Kirchenwald Nov. 12-14, 2021. 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. Each Beginning Experience Team is certified by the International Beginning Experience Organization. Beginning Experience is under the auspices of the Diocesan Office of Catholic Life and Evangelization. It is your Church at work to provide help, healing and spiritual restoration. Visit and go to “marriage and family” or Information can also be obtained by contacting the Harrisburg Beginning Experience Team at phone 717-379-0800 or CDC recommendations will be followed on the weekend.Anyone who is sick will have to leave the weekend. The number of attendees for the weekend may be limited due to current COVID regulations. As with all Diocesan sponsored events, this program could be cancelled pending changing pandemic circumstances.

Events & Fundraisers

Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Roaring Creek will have its parish picnic, Aug. 6 and Aug. 7 from 3-7 p.m. Take-out food includes pierogies, pigeons, potato cakes, haluski, hot sausage and homemade baked goods. No pre-orders. Limited seating. Picnic will also include a 50/50, theme baskets and raffles.

Mother Cabrini Parish in Shamokin will hold a picnic food sale in the church hall on Saturday, July 17 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Delicious homemade pierogi, pigeons, hamburgers, halushki and potato cakes will be on sale. Adult slushies will also be available (food and slushies are take-out only). On Saturday, July 24, Cabrini’s famous “Prizes Galore/Basket Raffles” will take place in the parish hall from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., with lots of prizes. In addition, a 50/50, September Lotto Calendars and other raffles will be available.

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.

 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

St. Joseph Parish in Dallastown is seeking a part-time maintenance custodian who will be responsible for cleaning, maintaining, inspecting, and reporting the condition of the church and all buildings. Performing basic janitorial functions such as vacuuming, mopping, sweeping floors, maintaining bathroom facilities, emptying trash, etc. This is a part-time, 20-hour per week position with a flexible schedule. Please contact Father Weiss at 717-246-3007 or for more information including salary.

St. Rose of Lima Parish in York seeks a full-time Business Manager. This person will be responsible for assisting the pastor in the overall administration of the parish concerning all matters pertaining to personnel, finance, buildings, and grounds. The responsibilities also include preparing and making bank deposits, completing employee time reports and providing employee benefits information, reviewing monthly General Ledger History Listing and financial statements, supervising all parish projects, and working with the pastor in parish budget preparation and other related tasks as assigned. This position requires a detail-oriented individual with solid keyboard skills, an in-depth understanding of business, bookkeeping, accounting principles, and strong managerial skills. The position requires excellent organizational skills and considerable problem-solving ability. A professional demeanor is essential in interacting with and communicating with persons at many levels: the pastor, parishioners, the Finance Council, other office personnel, and Diocesan Office personnel.  An understanding of payroll and benefits is required. Proficiency in Microsoft applications, especially Word, Outlook, Excel, and related software, is also required. The position may include some physicality, the ability to move among buildings, and bending, climbing stairs, and lifting (at least 50 lbs.). B.S. degree in accounting or business administration, solid managerial skills, and a minimum of three years of experience in business administration and personnel supervision is required. A Catholic of good standing is preferred. Send a cover letter, résumé and two letters of recommendation to Father Dominic Azagbor, OP, at or mail to 950 W. Market St, York, PA 17401.

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

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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