Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Diocesan Notebook – June 6

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 Mass is sponsored by the St. Thomas More Society of Central Pennsylvania, an organization of Catholic lawyers, judges, public office holders, paralegals, legal assistants and law students. 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., which offers a first-hand tour of the compelling culture as it salutes both traditional and contemporary Celtic heritage. For more information regarding the Mass and other events, visit:

The Harrisburg Diocese’s Cursillo Movement is holding a “Mass of Remembrance” on Saturday, June 15, at St. Theresa Chapel in New Cumberland. The service will begin at 10 a.m. with an hour of Eucharistic Adoration followed by a Scriptural Rosary. Celebration of Mass will begin at 11:30 a.m. with closing remarks to follow. The names of deceased Cursillistas will be included in the intercessions of the Mass. Please submit the names of any deceased Cursillistas to or

The next Caelorum at St. Joan of Arc Church in Hershey will be Wednesday, June 12, at 7 p.m. A reception will be held immediately following in the cafeteria. Join your brothers and sisters in Christ as we praise, worship, and adore our Lord Jesus Christ in His most holy presence in the Eucharist. For questions, call Lou at 717-215-4175.

St. Joan of Arc, Hershey, will hold a quarterly Mass for persons with sensory sensitivity or other disabilities. Dimmer lighting, no music, a shorter homily and other adaptations are included to promote a fully inclusive environment. The sensory-friendly Masses are scheduled for Sundays, June 16, September 8 and November 17 at 2 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring materials that can assist with comfort during the liturgy (i.e., noise-cancelling headphones, wiggle seats, weighted blankets, fidgets, etc.) For more information, please contact the parish office at 717-533-7168 or

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. Sons and grandsons are welcome to attend. 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 For additional information, contact Keith R. Smith at 717-263-3442 or

Join Father Joshua Brommer, pastor and rector of the Cathedral Parish of St. Patrick in Harrisburg, on a Pilgrimage to France, September 9-18, 2024. The itinerary includes Lisieux, Omaha Beach, Mont Saint Michel, Giverny, Rouen, Chartres, Paris, Versailles, Basilica of Sacre Coeur, the Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, Church of Saint Vincent DePaul, Saint Sulpice, Luxembourg Garden, a boat ride on the Seine as well as free time. Holy Mass will be celebrated each day. Cost is $4,599 per person based on double occupancy. Contact Karen Hurley at to receive a brochure with complete details.

A Marian Shrine Pilgrimage to Spain, Portugal and France with Father Michael Reid, pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Hanover, will take place October 8-22, 2024. The group will celebrate Mass in Barcelona, Monserrat, Avila, Fatima, Santiago de Compostela, Covadonga, Garabandal, Lourdes, Rocamadour, Nevers and Paris. Seven seats for USA pilgrims are available. The land tour package is $3,490 (double occupancy). The estimated roundtrip airfare from the USA to Europe is $1,310. Contact Grace Jiang at

A trip to Greece and the Greek Isles in the steps of St. Paul with Father Augustine Joseph, pastor of St. Peter Parish in Columbia, will take place October 1-11, 2024. The trip includes breakfast and dinner daily. Motor coach transportation to Newark airport is planned. Cost is $4,199 per person/double occupancy. For more information, call Rose Ann Visniski at 717-252-4291 or email

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. Catholics of all ages are welcome to attend. The next gathering will June 12 at 4:30 p.m. Bishop Ronald Gainer, Bishop Emeritus of Harrisburg, will celebrate Mass at 4:30 p.m., followed by hors d’oeuvres, prayers, dinner and entertainment. For more information about Serra or to attend a meeting, please contact Stella at

Has your child or loved one drifted away from the Church? Have you struggled on how to be a bridge back to the faith? The Saint Monica Ministry of St. Margaret Mary Parish in Harrisburg will hold a monthly Holy Hour devoted to praying for our loved ones’ to return home to the Catholic faith. Please join us on Thursday, June 13, at 6:30 p.m., with Father Damon Tritle presiding.

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

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 (Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross), a Carmelite nun, philosopher, convert from Judaism to Catholicism, and Holocaust victim. 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. Participation in the day will enhance your knowledge of a Carmelite saint who is being considered as a future Doctor of the Church. 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 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. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Montessori based method of religious formation for children that seeks to create and facilitate a sacred hands-on space called an atrium. In the atrium, both the children and the catechists hear, ponder and celebrate the most essential mysteries of the faith. The adult formation course grounds the adult in the theory and praxis of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd while also concretely preparing her/him to develop and facilitate an atrium for 3-6 year old children. The course sessions are scheduled for June 20-21, 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-

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

Join Bishop Timothy Senior for an enchanting evening of community and celebration at Faith Night with the Harrisburg Senators. Mark your calendars for June 21 at FNB Field, where you can cheer on your favorite hometown team while supporting a noble cause. With every ticket purchased, you’re not only securing your spot for an exciting game but also supporting the work of Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Harrisburg. And to top it off, the night will conclude with a spectacular post-game fireworks display — a perfect way to commemorate the 1-year installation of Bishop Senior. Get your tickets today:

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

St. Joseph Parish in Berwick is having a huge sale of surplus school/office, restaurant/kitchen, and outdoor event items as well as other miscellaneous equipment. It is a great event for elementary schools and daycares, offices and anyone needing kitchen equipment or outdoor event items. The outdoor event will be held rain or shine on Friday, June 7, and Saturday, June 8 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. View the Facebook event at and see photos of many of the items at this link.

“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 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 for more information.

Job Openings

Good Shepherd Parish in Camp Hill is currently seeking applicants for the position of part-time bookkeeper. Suitable candidates must be highly organized and able to work independently and as part of a team. The position is responsible for accounting and bookkeeping duties, including but not limited to timely and accurate financial reporting, accounts receivable and accounts payable, contribution posting, and other accounting needs of the parish. Applicants must have bookkeeping and accounting experience and be proficient in Microsoft Office Word, Excel and Outlook. This position requires the ability to maintain confidentiality in a professional employment setting. This is a 20-hour a week position. Qualified applicants should send cover letter and resume to by June 15.

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 by June 30.

St. John Neumann School in Lancaster is seeking a new principal. Desired qualifications: practicing, knowledgeable Catholic; PA administrative certification (or willing to obtain); 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 If you have any questions or issues with the application, contact Karen Luckie at or 717-657‑4804, ext. 229.

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 If you have any questions or issues with the application, contact Karen Luckie at 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 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 If you have any questions or issues with the application, contact Karen Luckie at 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

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.

St. Joseph Elementary School in York 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 If you have any questions or issues with the application, contact Karen Luckie at or 717-657‑4804, ext. 229.

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