Sunday, June 23, 2024

Diocesan Notebook – June 8

Masses and Prayer Services

The St. Thomas More Society of Central Pennsylvania invites you to celebrate the Feast of St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Enola on June 22 during the daily 8 a.m. morning Mass. Deacon Tom Lang, a member of the society and practicing attorney, will be the homilist. Each year, the society remembers St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher and the remarkable manner in which they sacrificed their lives for their religious freedom and for the glory of Christ and His Church. For more information on Religious Freedom Week, and religious freedom in general, visit the USCCB’s website, The Feast Day opens Religious Freedom Week, which runs from June 22-June 29, and calls Catholics to pray, reflect and act to promote religious freedom. Light refreshments will be available after Mass. Goodwill offerings will be accepted.

A Eucharistic Procession will take place through the streets of Lancaster on June 10, and Catholics of all parishes are invited to attend. The event is organized by the Padre Pio Prayer Group in conjunction with the parishes of Historic St. Mary’s, St Joseph’s and San Juan Bautista in downtown Lancaster. The procession will begin following the 8:15 a.m. Mass as St. Joseph Church and end about one mile later at San Juan Bautista Church, with brief stops at Historic St. Mary’s and the Lancaster County Courthouse. For more information, click this link.

A Mass and prayer vigil to mark the first anniversary of the overturn of Roe v. Wade will take place in Lancaster on June 24. The “Love Saves Lives” group invites you to join them for the commemoration. They will attend 9 a.m. Mass at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Lancaster, followed by a vigil at Southern Market after Mass. From 11:30 a.m.-noon, the group will gather for a prayer vigil on the sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood on Manor Street. Lunch at Wegman’s on Crossings Blvd. will follow. The group is also accepting donations in order to continue its support of St. Anne’s Brown Bag Lunch Program. Join them for any part of the day in this peaceful, pro-life witness. For more information, contact Tom Ramsbottom at 717468-3822 or, or Dave Edgar at 717-569-7677 or

Retreats & Pilgrimages

The 37th Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to the National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, Emmitsburg, Md., is scheduled for Thursday, August 3, 2023. Diocesan priests will be available to hear Confessions from 9-11:30 a.m. in the vicinity of the Chapel of Saint Mary’s on the Hill (“The Glass Chapel”). During this morning time, pilgrims are invited to enter into the prayerfulness of the Shrine: visit “Calvary” near the top of the mountain; visit the Shrine Grotto; pray the Via Crucis along Corpus Christi Lane; pray the Rosary along Rosary Lane; and collect some spring water near the Our Lady of the Esplanade fountain pool (ask any priest to bless and sanctify this water). The pilgrimage Mass is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. in the Glass Chapel. Msgr. James Lyons, pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Hanover, will be the celebrant and homilist. Please bring your lunch and some food to share. In order to keep the Eucharistic fast, please plan to eat lunch between 11:00 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. The afternoon schedule includes Eucharistic Adoration, a spiritual talk and the Divine Mercy Chaplet, concluding with Benediction around 4 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) at 570-742-4356 or Father Michael Reid (St. Vincent Parish, Hanover) at 717-637-4625.

The 45th Annual Corpus Christi Men’s Retreat will be at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md., August 4-6. Msgr. William J. King, JCD, a priest of the Diocese of Harrisburg and Vice-Rector and Director of Human Formation at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, will lead the retreat. Attendees will hear Msgr. King develop his selected themes during the Friday evening through Sunday afternoon event, plus participate in other spiritual activities. Msgr. King’s main theme of “A Roadmap for Better Living: A Fresh Look at the Beatitudes,” will be illustrated through the five presentations he will offer. The retreat is open to men ages 14 and older; 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, Stations of the Cross, Evening and Morning prayers.  There will also be a presentation on Eucharistic Miracles by Steve Hemler, president of Catholic Apologetics Institute of North America. Six full meals prepared at the university dining facility, as well as a selection of single rooms or apartment style single rooms, are among the annual offerings for retreat attendees. Reservations can be made through the local parish retreat coordinators, or online at For additional information, contact Keith R. Smith by phone at 717-263-3442 or email

The annual Quo Vadis Days discernment retreat for young Catholic men will be June 25-29 at Mount St. Mary’s University and Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md. Quo Vadis Days is a time of recreation, fellowship, prayer and guidance as young men explore God’s call for their life. Mass, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, recreation and sports, discernment talks, and great food are all included in this weeklong camp. Quo Vadis Days is for men ages 15-25. Cost is $100 per person. Register by June 16 to attend. Details and registration can be found at Questions? Please contact the Office of Vocations at 717-657-4804, ext. 282, or email

The Secular Carmelite Order of the Discalced Carmelite Community of the Blessed Virgin of Mt. Carmel and St. Joseph of Danville invites you to a Day of Recollection/Retreat with Father Andrew St. Hilaire at Christ the King Mission Church in Benton, June 24 from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The program includes spiritual presentations, Mass, Confession, lunch and more. Register by June 18. Cost is $20. Contact Mary at 570-205-2100 or Sheila at 570-274-2366 or email

Fall pilgrimage to the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Mass., sponsored by St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Mechanicsburg. The two-day trip is October 4 and 5, the feast day of St. Faustina, and includes a visit to the Norman Rockwell Museum. Limited single occupancy is $270. Double occupancy is $195 per person. Cost includes transportation, lodging, continental breakfast, museum entrance, one lunch, and one booklet. A $25 non-refundable deposit and registration is due by Wednesday, July 12. To register or for more information, contact Susan Campbell at or call 518-929-4890.

The Filipino Catholic Community Pilgrimage will take place June 24 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. Join thousands of pilgrims as they honor Our Lady of Antipolo, also known as Our Lady Peace and Good Voyage. Activities begin with a Novena at 10 a.m., followed by the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Rosary, Serenata, Image Procession, Reflection on Eucharistic Revival, and Eucharistic Celebration with Celebrant and Homilist Most Rev. Jose Serofia Palma, Archbishop of Cebu. More information and an event flyer is available at this link.

Join Bishop William Waltersheid, Auxiliary Bishop of Pittsburgh, on a Marian Shrines Pilgrimage, October 3-14, 2023. The pilgrimage will include Fatima, Madrid, Lourdes, Zaragoza, Barcelona, Montserrat and more. Cost of $4,499 includes air, hotels, most meals, touring, taxes and current fuel surcharges. Departure is from Pittsburgh, with pricing from other cities available. Download a brochure at For general questions, contact Belinda at or 724-679-7450. To book, go to or call Jolene at Perillo Tours at 855-784-7687.

Join Father Augustine Joseph, pastor of St. Peter Parish in Columbia, on a pilgrimage to Italy, November 8-18, 2023. Visit Venice, Padua, Florence, Assisi and Rome, and attend a Papal Audience on November 15. Cost is $3,479 from Philadelphia. For information, contact Rose Ann Visniski at 717-252-4291 or

Education & Enrichment

Join Corpus Christi Parish in Chambersburg for the celebration of the Octave of the Holy Eucharist with eight evenings of presentations and liturgies, June 7-14. In observance of the three-year Eucharistic Revival, the parish is providing an unofficial “Octave of the Holy Eucharist” for the parishioners and people of the Diocese to embark upon the parish phase of the revival. The schedule is as follows: June 7 Penance Service at 7 p.m. with Father Luis Rodriguez speaking on The Eucharist and the Sacrament of Confession. June 8 Holy Mass at 7 p.m., with Father Joshua Brommer speaking on The Eucharist and the Priesthood of Jesus Christ. June 9 Mass at 7 p.m., with Father William Forrey speaking on The Eucharist: Sacrament of the Lord’s Passion. June 10 Mass at 5 p.m. with Father Allan Wolfe on The Eucharist: Encounter with the Risen Lord. June 11 Mass at 6 p.m. with Father Andrew St. Hilaire on The Eucharist: True Food and True Drink. June 12 Solemn Vespers at 7 p.m. with Msgr. William King on The Eucharist: Inspiration for Love of Neighbor. June 13 Forty Hours Closing Procession, with Bishop Ronald Gainer on The Eucharist: Food for the Journey. June 14 Holy Hour with Benediction at 7 p.m., with Deacon Keith Strohm on The Eucharist: Healing through the World Made Flesh. For information call the parish at 717-264-6317 or visit the parish’s Facebook page.

Annunciation BVM Parish in McSherrystown will have a summer study series, “What Did Vatican II Really Teach?” The series will be after the 10 a.m. Mass on June 18, June 25, July 9 and July 16 at the McSherrystown Knights of Columbus at 342 Main Street. The series will be led by Cate Levri, Ph.D., Historical Theology, Catholic University of America. It will explore what Vatican II teaches in its four main documents with a weekly talk and Q&A. Refreshments provided. Weekly topics are Liturgy and Sacrosanctum Concilium on June 18; Revelation and Dei Verbum on June 25; The Church and Lumen Gentium on July 9; and The Church in the Modern World and Gaudium et Spes on July 16.

Upcoming Women of Grace Studies and Events: Women of Grace Foundational Study at Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Middletown, Saturday mornings September 9 through November 11 (excluding October 11) from 9-11 a.m. Contact Chris Arnold at or 717-379-6041. The annual retreat at Malvern Retreat House in Malvern, Pa., July 21-23, “Go Deeper – Healing the Wounds of the Heart,” Johnnette Benkovic Williams. For pricing, more information, scholarship inquires and registration, visit: or call 1-800-558-5452.

“Lourdes and the Miraculous Cures,” a multimedia presentation on the history of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s apparitions at Lourdes and highlights of some of the miraculous cures attributed to Our Lady’s intercession, will be presented Sunday, August 6 at 7 p.m. in the gym at Sacred Heart of Jesus in Hanover. The presentation will be given by Steve Hemler, President of the Catholic Apologetics Institute of North America (CAINA) and author of a trilogy of published apologetics books. Many of his ancestors attended Conewago Chapel and are buried there. Almost everyone has heard of the extraordinary appearances of the Virgin Mary to 14-year-old Bernadette Soubirous at Lourdes in 1858. But have you ever really explored the details of the incredible healings that have occurred since then at this small town in Southern France? This presentation briefly reviews the history of the apparitions and then looks at several of the thousands of cures that have taken place in Lourdes, including recent ones that defy explanation by even the most skeptical medical personnel using the best modern technology. All are welcome to attend.

Upcoming opportunities for adult formation in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) will be offered at St. John the Baptist in New Freedom, and Our Lady of the Visitation in Darnestown, 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. These courses offered will focus on the youngest child, 3-6 years old. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Montessori-based method of religious formation for children (3-12 years old), which seeks to create and facilitate a sacred, hands-on space for children called an atrium. The 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 olds. St. John the Baptist in New Freedom will host an adult formation course in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) this summer. The course sessions are scheduled for June 15/16, 29/30, July 6/7, 19/20/21, and August 10/11. For additional information, please contact Sister Jane Keller, SSJ, at 717-235-2439 or Our Lady of the Visitation in Darnestown, Md., will host the adult formation course meeting once a month (11 Saturdays) beginning August 19. Inquiries for this formation can call Erin Clegg at 240-240-2114 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.

The Catholic Men’s Leadership Alliance will have its 5th annual summit, “Sent: To Lead, To Serve, For More,” June 23-25 at the Malvern Retreat House in Malvern, Pa. Throughout the weekend, leaders will have opportunities to network with leaders across North America, and participate in interactive workshops. Keynote speakers are Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers and David Bereit. Bishop Joseph L. Coffey and Father Larry Richards will celebrate the liturgies. For more information about the summit, visit

Calling all young adults (20s and 30’s) – A young adult Catholics group is forming in Franklin County. Open to young adults from local parishes, including St. Andrew the Apostle, St. Rita, Immaculate Conception, St. Mark, Corpus Christi and Our Lady of the Visitation. Please join our Facebook group for more information, or reach out to the co-leaders with any questions or ideas. Find Franklin County PA Young Adult Catholics on Facebook at, or email Rachel Little at or Anissa Freeman at

The Mental Health Ministry at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Mechanicsburg is offering two types of spiritual support groups: a group for individuals who are experiencing mental illness, and a group for family members and friends of those experiencing mental illness. Meetings are now being held on the second and fourth Wednesday evenings of each month. We will gather in the Bayley Conference Room for open discussion, and then move to separate locations for the Spiritual Support Group meetings. Participants are welcome to either join us for open discussion at 7 p.m., or arrive at 7:30 p.m. for the small group meetings, which will meet separately until 9 p.m. Contact Pastoral Assistant Donna Nebistinsky for more information at or 717-697-6929.

Events & Fundraisers

The Diocesan Camp at Kirchenwald is seeking volunteers to assist at its residential camp for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities from August 13-18. 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, your prayers, financial generosity or simply sharing this volunteer solicitation with someone you think might be interested all make a significant, positive difference. 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

The documentary “Cross Mountain” is showing at Carlisle Theater in July to benefit the Carlisle Area Family Life Center. The documentary follows the journey of eight young people who join 50,000 pilgrims from around the world for a week-long youth festival in Medjugorje, Bosnia Herzegovina. The documentary will be shown at the Carlisle Theater on July 16 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children. Call Donna at 717-448-2497 for tickets.

The Annual Buchanan Valley Picnic will take place on the grounds of St. Ignatius Loyola Parish in Orrtanna, Saturday, August 26 from noon to dusk. Event will be held rain or shine and includes Bingo, prizes and live music. Family-style home-cooked dinners are $16.50 for adults, $7 for children 6-12 and free for those 5 and under. The parish is located halfway between Gettysburg and Chambersburg off Route 30; follow the signs at Route 234.

St. Mary’s Cultural Festival will take place at the parish in York, June 16 from 5-9 p.m. and June 17 from noon-9 p.m. Our multicultural parish invites you to experience the tastes, sounds and traditions of various North and South American cultures. Enjoy flavorful foods, listen/dance to live music, play a variety of children’s games, and celebrate the diversity of our county. Fun for all ages! Game and food tickets can be purchased the day of the event.

The annual San Marziale Procession will take place in Kulpmont, July 9 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; all of 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.

The annual St. Joseph Carnival in York will be June 13-17 from 5-10 p.m. Now in its 30th year, the carnival is bittersweet this year, as it is the Capuchins’ last year at St. Joseph Parish; pastoral care of the parish will be under the charge of the priests of the Diocese of Harrisburg. The carnival began when Father John Daya, remembering the big parish carnivals of his younger days, launched the inaugural Little York Fair – the annual St. Joseph Carnival. The carnival has changed from its humble beginnings, but community involvement remains steadfast, with dedicated parishioners giving countless hours of preparation and volunteer efforts totaling 2,000 hours. This year’s event will include food trucks: Authentic Italian Ice, Baltimore Style Pit Beef, Brickers Fries, Crazy Heifer, Mac’s Pit Stop, Mamma’s Meltz, Marcello’s Pizza and Sam & Jo Gyros. There will be a wine and beer garden, kids’ games, bingo, games of chance and a $10,000 raffle Saturday night. Entertainment by Ni Riain School of Irish Dance on Friday, and the Acoustical Band – Bring Us Mountains, on Friday and Saturday.

St. Cecilia Parish in Lebanon will have its festival on June 8, 9 and 10 at 750 State Drive in Lebanon. Meals served from 4-7 p.m. each evening include lasagna on Thursday, fried fish with mac and cheese on Friday, and chicken BBQ on Saturday. Homemade baked goods available. Entertainment from 7-10 p.m. each night features Firestorm on Thursday, LUV GODS on Friday, and Galbraith, Briody & Friends with The Black Blue Horns on Saturday. Attic treasures, sugar cookies and strudel stands open at 4 p.m. Food court opens at 5 p.m., midway at 6 p.m. featuring games, Kiddie Land, a chance booth and inflatables. On Facebook, search “Saint Cecilia’s Catholic Church Lebanon, PA” for more details.

Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Middletown will have its summer festival June 22-24, rain or shine, on the parish grounds. The festival runs from 5-9 p.m. and includes a flea market, cash raffle, basket raffle, jewelry extravaganza, bingo and games for all ages. Patrons can enjoy great homemade meals of honey glazed baked chicken, pasta with meatballs, halupki casserole, pierogies, haluski, chicken Caesar salad, and baked goods in the cafeteria each night. Outside food includes Schmidt’s sausage, gourmet chicken cheese steaks, seasoned fries, and funnel cakes. Friday and Saturday only: Farm Show milkshakes. Live entertainment every night: Thursday is the Dave Kelly Duo; Friday is Dovetail; Saturday is Crossing Abbey Road. Friday and Saturday nights also feature fun for kids with a 60-foot long, two-lane obstacle course with a 17-foot slide and bounce house. Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish is located at 280 N. Race St., Middletown, PA 17057. For more information, visit

Mary, Gate of Heaven Parish in Myerstown will have its annual Summer Fest, June 22-24 from 5-10 p.m. Food court, games, raffles, bounce houses. Book sale is 4-10 p.m. each evening. Live music all three nights from 7-10 p.m., featuring Sunset Road  Band on Thursday, Firestorm on Friday, and Blessing & Fowler on Saturday. Find more information on Facebook @MGHSummerFest.

St. Joan of Arc in Hershey will have its 49th Annual Parish Festival, June 8-10 from 5-9:30 p.m. each night. Fun for the whole family, including children’s games and activities, silent auction (prizes include Father Al’s Dinner for 10, Father Josh’s slushy party, autographed Christian Pulisic jersey and a trip to Sicily) raffles, plants, bake sale, crafts and more! Musical entertainment by Guitars 4 Vets on Thursday, Big Mama and The Velvet Martinis on Friday, and Crossing Abbey Road on Saturday. For more information, call 717-533-7168 or visit

St. Joseph Parish in Berwick is having an “Italian Food Palooza” under the pavilion on Sundays July 30 and September 17, featuring a pasta and meatball dinner; meatball, fireball, porkette, and sausage and pepper sandwiches. The Council of Catholic Women will have a sweet treats table. There will be a money raffle and basket raffle. The Palooza is from noon-3 p.m., take-out only. In case of rain, the event will be held in the church hall.

Prince of Peace Parish in Steelton will host its annual Parish Picnic at Cibort Park in Bressler on Sunday, July 16 from noon-6 p.m. Roasted lamb on the spit, pork, hamburger barbecue, sarma (pig in a blanket), Schmidt’s sausage, hotdogs, cabbage and noodles, baked beans, ice cream and an array of baked goods to include apple and cheese strudel, lemon pita, walnut roll and many other ethnic foods. All are invited to attend the picnic and enjoy a day of good food, music for your listening and/or dancing pleasure and entertainment for the children. Our Kolo Club “Marian” will perform a medley of songs and dances. Mass will be celebrated at the park by Father Jonathan Sawicki at 11 a.m.

The Father Capodanno Assembly 3167 of the Knights of Columbus is sponsoring a bus trip to the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., for the annual memorial Mass for Servant of God Father Vincent Capodanno on September 5, 2023. For more information and seat availability, contact Terry Shingara at

Needed: Catholic men and women volunteers for a prison ministry team (approximately one hour monthly) at the Camp Hill Prison (Fridays from 9:30-10:30 a.m.). No experience necessary, orientation to be scheduled. For more information about the Prison Christian Growth Group, visit or contact Bob Ribic at or 717-571-4217.

The Flower of Carmel Hermitage, Inc., is seeking volunteers to assist in the development of funding and construction of a Laura in the Diocese of Harrisburg. If you are interested in helping with this important project, learn more and contact the hermitage via its website, or e-mail

Job Openings

Gate of Heaven Cemetery has full-time and part-time openings for cemetery maintenance and service. Applicants must have skills in grounds maintenance. The ability to operate a backhoe is highly desirable. 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. Applicant must have valid, clean PA 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 and 100 lbs. occasionally), 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. Resumé and cover letter should be sent to

York Catholic High School has the following coaching positions available for employment: high school girls’ varsity volleyball coach, high school boys’ varsity volleyball coach, high school boys’ JV volleyball coach. Candidates for all positions will be responsible for administrative duties including team registration, equipment and uniform inventory, scouting assignments, injury reports and score reporting. The candidates will also establish team guidelines and practice schedules, coordinate team and parent meetings, and regularly communicate with players and their parents. Head coaches must attend all meetings in compliance with the PIAA and YAIAA. Varsity coaching experience preferred for all high school head coach positions. Please complete an application at this link.

Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament and the Vietnamese Martyrs Parish in Harrisburg is seeking candidates for two positions: bookkeeper and office assistant. Both positions are two days per week. Highly qualified candidates for the bookkeeper position include high school graduates with at least Associate Degree coursework in Accounting, possess Diocesan/State Police clearances and a full fiscal year of experience in accounting. Knowledge of the Catholic faith (practicing Catholic preferred) and of the Harrisburg Diocesan Accounting System a plus. Qualifications for the office assistant position include a minimum of a high school diploma, Diocesan/State Police clearances, computer proficiency in Microsoft Word and Publisher, professional office presence, including professional phone etiquette and ability to work independently. Knowledge of the Catholic faith, including the sacraments, (practicing Catholic preferred) is important to this position. If interested and for more information on either position, contact the parish rectory office at 717-233-1014 or

St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Mechanicsburg is in search of a Pastoral Associate who will assist with meeting the pastoral needs of our parish. The Pastoral Associate functions as an integral member of the parish staff, sharing in the responsibility of the needs assessment, decision-making, planning and implementation of parish ministries and operations. The position is more of a generalist than a specialist, working at the direction of the pastor in responding to the spiritual, pastoral, educational, and administrative needs of the parish. The position requires the ability to coordinate activities with local Catholic Churches and the Diocese of Harrisburg. For the full description, please visit For all inquiries, please contact Father Ken Smith at

St. Catherine Labouré Parish in Harrisburg is seeking a full-time Parish Manager, responsible for assisting the pastor in the overall administration of the parish with respect to all matters pertaining to personnel, finance, buildings and grounds, parish committees and organizations, and scheduling. This mature, responsible individual should possess an in-depth understanding of business and accounting principles as well as strong managerial skills with a sound knowledge of human resource management. The responsibility for assisting the pastor in all fiscal matters and managing and supervising other personnel will fall upon this person. Finely honed analytical and interpretative skills will be called upon in preparing the annual budget and reviewing and monitoring financial statements and reporting on them to the pastor and parishioners. The position requires excellent communication, organizational, human relations and managerial skills with considerable problem-solving ability. A professional demeanor is essential in interacting with and communicating with persons at many levels: the pastor, other priests, parishioners, members of the Finance Council, other office personnel and Diocesan Office personnel. The position requires a working background in word processing and spreadsheet applications. An understanding of payroll and benefits is also desired. Must have a working knowledge of Church teaching and an understanding of the mission/vision/philosophy of a Roman Catholic parish. Knowledge of a multi-site network would be helpful. A Bachelor’s degree in accounting or business administration is required, as well as a minimum of three years’ experience in business administration and personnel supervision. View a full job description at Candidates should send a resumé and cover letter to: Search Committee, c/o Saint Catherine Laboure Parish, 4000 Derry Street, Harrisburg, PA 17111 or email to Father James Lease at

Women’s Care Center in York is looking to hire a full-time Outreach Director. Bachelor’s degree preferred. If you love working with people and planning events, put your pro-life beliefs into action to help save moms and babies. For more information, please contact Lynn Newcomer, President, at

St. Joseph Parish in Mechanicsburg is seeking a Youth and Evangelization Coordinator. This will be a new position on our parish staff. The coordinator will be responsible for overseeing all evangelization efforts of the parish, with a particular focus on middle school, high school, and new parishioners. They will embrace the parish’s direction of moving from maintenance to mission, and be committed to advancing our vision of worship, grow, serve, connect, and give, especially with our youth. The coordinator must have a good understanding of Catholic theology and youth culture. Ideal candidates will have a track record of attracting, fostering and welcoming all into deeper communion with God and the Catholic Church. Applicants may request a job description or may send a letter of interest and resumé to Saint Joseph Catholic Church Parish Office, Attention David Maceiko, 410 East Simpson Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055. Alternatively, they may email the documents to David Maceiko. Candidates must be able to pass a background check in accordance with the Diocese of Harrisburg’s policy.

St. James Parish in Lititz is looking for a new part-time Music Director. This person is responsible for coordinating music for worship and directing our choir(s). A candidate should be competent in piano, organ, and voice. We have been blessed with an excellent program that integrates both traditional and contemporary sacred music that encourages participation by the congregation. Both organ and piano work for our worship space, and we expect that they would be utilized regularly. The Music Director will conduct weekly choir rehearsals and schedule cantors and accompanists. A candidate for this position will also make him/herself available to coordinate music with families for funerals and couples for weddings. St. James has an enthusiastic and dedicated choir that is eager to work with a new director to continue the great things already begun! The parish has an active community generous with its time, talent and treasure, and a strong appreciation for the value of our sung prayer. Please submit resumé and compensation requirements to

St. Rose of Lima Parish in York is seeking a part-time housekeeper, responsible for planning and executing a cleaning schedule for the parish office building, rectory and other areas as needed. The position requires varying degrees of bending, climbing stairs, and operating cleaning equipment. A working knowledge of home safety procedures, dependability, trustworthiness and the willingness to maintain confidentiality are essential. The days and times are negotiable. Please apply to Father Dominic Azagbor at or call the parish office at 717-846-4935.

St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Mechanicsburg is seeking a part-time housekeeper (16 hours per week) to clean the church, parish office and rectory. Candidate will be responsible for basic cleaning and must be trustworthy, accountable and able to work independently. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact the parish office at 717-697-8716 or Paul Bowers at

St. Rose of Lima Parish in York is seeking a Part-Time Director of Religious Education. The Director of Religious Education (DRE) is responsible for administering the parish K-8 Religious Education program and other parish catechetical programs. This position requires a mature and committed individual with excellent communication (oral and written), organizational, administrative, managerial and interpersonal skills. The person must be a Catholic in good standing and have a working knowledge of Church teaching, Catholic sacramental theology and practices of the Church and Diocese. The number of hours per week is negotiable. The DRE should have a Bachelor’s or a Master’s degree in Theology, Catechetics, Religious Education, or a related field. The individual should have a minimum of three years’ experience as a parish catechist prior to being hired as a parish DRE. Moreover, having the basic Catechetical Certificate or be in the process of attaining the Advanced Catechetical Certificate is an added advantage. Interested persons should send a cover letter, resumé, and two letters of recommendation to

St. Rose of Lima Parish in York is seeking a part-time Coordinator of Religious Education. The Coordinator of Religious Education (CRE) is responsible for overseeing the coordination and direction of the K–8 Religious Education Program, with additional responsibilities as agreed upon by the pastor. This detail-oriented individual must have a basic knowledge of the operation of office equipment: e.g., copier, computer, typewriter, fax machine. The position requires solid, accurate typing skills and excellent organization. The person in this position should have a pleasant telephone demeanor. The position requires a team player who is trustworthy, dependable and willing to maintain confidentiality. The person must be a practicing Catholic in good standing. The number of hours per week is negotiable. Educational/work experience requirements: high school diploma or equivalent; prior experience as a catechist or CRE preferred; Basic and Advanced Catechetical Certification, or Certification should be obtained within four years and Advanced Certification within seven years. Send a cover letter, resumé, and two letters of recommendation to

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