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Diocesan Notebook – March 14

Masses and Prayer Services

The Diocese of Harrisburg’s annual Lorica Awards ceremony will be Sunday, March 17 at 4 p.m. at St. Patrick Cathedral in Harrisburg. The Lorica Award is bestowed by the Bishop of Harrisburg upon those individuals who have contributed to the life of the Church and the wider community through parish work, Catholic education, liturgical ministries, and charitable outreach. The individuals will be honored during the celebration of Solemn Vespers, and all are invited to attend. Light refreshments will follow in St. Joseph Hall (Cathedral Education Center). Free parking will be available in the South Street Garage.

All are invited to join Bishop Timothy Senior as he celebrates the Diocesan Chrism Mass at 4 p.m. on Monday, March 25, in the Cathedral Parish of Saint Patrick, Harrisburg. The Chrism Mass offers a solemn occasion to witness the blessing of the oils and the consecration of the Sacred Chrism that will be used in the celebration of the sacraments throughout the coming year.

A Lenten pilgrimage hike to the top of Hawk Rock will be led by Father Dijo Thomas, pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish in Marysville and St. Bernadette Parish in Duncannon. The hike will take place Friday, March 22 at 3:30 p.m. Pilgrims will participate in outdoor Stations of the Cross on the hike up the mountain, with the celebration of Holy Mass at the top. For more information, contact Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish at 717-957-2662 or visit

Immaculate Conception BVM Parish in York will hold its annual street procession to commemorate the Passion and Death of Jesus on Friday, March 29, at 3 p.m. The street procession, which reenacts Jesus’ walk to Calvary, begins at the church. Led by the Hispanic community of Immaculate Conception Parish, the procession will be bilingual. All are welcome to join the procession through the streets of York. A Good Friday service in English will precede the procession at 1:30 p.m., and a Good Friday Service in Spanish will follow the procession at 4:30 p.m.

A Tenebrae service, known as a service of darkness, will take place at St. Joseph Church in Mechanicsburg on Wednesday, March 27 at 7 p.m. The service is a unique and special time of prayer in the calendar of the Roman Catholic Church. It contains seven readings, with musical reflections and hymns provided after each reading. Following each hymn or song, a candle is extinguished, and a set of lights in the church is turned off. At the end of the final reading, the Paschal candle is removed from our midst, signifying the burial of our Lord in the tomb. The darkness provides a “stark visual that Our Lord is slowly but surely left alone in the darkness of the world, fraught with sin.” And we grieve. All are invited to attend the service.

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. Every effort will be made to accommodate all in attendance, and all behaviors are welcome. The sensory-friendly Masses are scheduled for Sundays, April 14, 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 All are welcome to attend.

A Charismatic Mass with prayers for healing will be celebrated Tuesday, April 2 at 7 p.m. at St. Theresa Church in New Cumberland by Father Bernard-Mary Mayo Oniwe, O.P., pastor St. Peter Parish in Elizabethtown. For more information, please contact Vicki Krone at 717-364-6260 or Mary Ann at 717-512-3628.

Caelorum will be held at St. Joan of Arc Church in Hershey on Wednesday, April 3. Father Kevin Key will preside. 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. A reception will be held afterwards in the cafeteria. If you have any questions, please call Lou at 717-215-4175.

The Legion of Mary Harrisburg Comitium will hold its annual Acies Ceremony on Saturday, April 13 at 1 p.m. at Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish in Ephrata. The ceremony and benediction will be followed by a light reception. Active and auxiliary members, as well as those interested in the Legion, are welcome to attend. For more information, please call the parish at 717-733-9641.

The Italian Apostolate will host the annual St. Joseph Italian Mass, Sunday, March 17 at 1 p.m. at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Palmyra. Father Joshua Brommer and Father Anthony Dill will concelebrate the Mass. An Italian dinner reception will follow the Mass. For information, please contact Maria DiSanto at 717-554-5698 or or Mariella Amato at 717-278-9420.

Pax Christi Harrisburg will hold its annual Walking Way of the Cross in downtown Harrisburg on Good Friday, March 29 at 10 a.m. Participants should gather at 9:45 a.m. at Front and Market streets by the Dauphin County Courthouse. This event connects Jesus’ journey to the cross with current-day themes of peace and justice. The walk lasts approximately an hour and a half, and will occur rain or shine. For more information, call Rick Woodard at 717-991-4204.

Retreats & Pilgrimages

Are you a child of divorce? Do you know someone who is? Registration is now open for the Life-Giving Wounds Retreat, April 12-14 at the Diocesan Center in Harrisburg. Life-Giving Wounds is a ministry for those who seek to understand how their parents’ divorce impacted their own spiritual, mental and emotional wholeness. Local accommodations are available for those who might travel from out of town. To register, go to

Join the Sisters of Saints Cyril and Methodius and the Slovak Catholic Federation in celebrating the Year of the Eucharist at Villa Sacred Heart in Danville. The Sisters will host this prayerful celebration which will include Eucharistic Adoration and a mini pilgrimage on Sunday, April 14 from 2-5 p.m. Eucharistic Adoration will begin at 2 p.m. in Maria Hall. The pilgrimage will take place on the grounds of Villa Sacred Heart, processing from Maria Hall to the Basilica of Saints Cyril and Methodius with several stops for prayer along the way. Evening prayer, a reflection, and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament will be held in the Basilica. All are welcome to this Eucharistic Service. The Basilica of Saints Cyril and Methodius is located at 1002 Railroad Street, Danville, PA 17821.

Join Bishop Ronald Gainer on Catholic Charities’ pilgrimage to Greece, October 8-18, 2024. The pilgrimage will follow the path of Paul the Apostle as you discover natural beauty and ancient history on the Grecian sojourn. The tour also includes a three-night cruise to the Greek Islands and to Turkey where you can visit the House of Mary, where the Virgin Mother spent her last days. Contact Ms. Kelly Gollick at 717-657-4804 or for more information on the pilgrimage. Early-bird deadline is March 29.

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, a full day tour of 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 when you can visit the Louvre, Musee d’Orsay, or go up in the Eiffel Tower.  Holy Mass will be celebrated each day. Roundtrip motorcoach transportation from Harrisburg to Washington Dulles Airport, roundtrip nonstop airfare from Washington Dulles to Paris with Air France, accommodation in 4-star hotels, breakfast and dinner daily are included for $4,599 per person based on double occupancy. Please 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. Father Reid will serve as the chaplain for a group of pilgrims from Singapore on their Marian Shrine Pilgrimage. 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, based on 30 pilgrims, is $3,490 (double occupancy). The estimated roundtrip airfare from the USA to Europe is $1,310. For those interested in joining this pilgrimage, please contact Grace Jiang

Explore the French Riviera with St. Patrick Parish in Carlisle and Father Donald Bender, pastor. An optional 3-night Paris Post Extension will also be offered. The tour will pivot out of Nice for daily trips to the surrounding area. For more details, contact Cynthia Adams at

The Beginning Experience Team for the Harrisburg Diocese will have its next Beginning Experience Weekend, May 3-5, at Camp Kirchenwald in Lebanon. The ecumenical Beginning Experience weekends are an approved program designed for those suffering the loss of a spouse through death, divorce or separation. 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. For information, visit and click on the “Navigating Difficulties” box or visit Information can also be obtained by contacting the Harrisburg Beginning Experience Team at 717-379-0800 or

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 St. Katharine Drexel Parish Tear Drops Prayer Group invites you to join them for prayer on the last Wednesday of the month, following the 7 p.m. Mass at the church in Mechanicsburg. The group prays for family and friends who have left the Catholic faith or who are not practicing. The group is named after the many tears St. Monica shed as she prayed for her husband, Patricius, and her son, Augustine. Monica never gave up and her son and husband converted after many tears and prayers, with St. Augustine becoming one of the greatest saints and doctors of the Catholic Church. For more information, e-mail

“Discovering Christ” is coming to St. Patrick Parish in York on Wednesday evenings, April 10-May 22 from 6-8:30 p.m. The goal of “Discovering Christ” is to help people form and establish a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Join St. Patrick Parish in this seven-week experience which explores the deepest questions of the human heart: Why am I here? What’s life all about? What is the meaning of life? Each week, we will gather together for a delicious dinner, prayer and song, thought-provoking talk, and small group discussion in a warm and friendly environment. More information and registration is available at: Online registration closes April 3.

St. Margaret Mary Parish in Harrisburg has a St. Monica Ministry to pray for loved ones who have drifted from the Church. The ministry will have a monthly Holy Hour devoted to praying for loved ones’ return home to the Catholic faith. The next Holy Hour is Thursday, March 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the church, with Father Leo Houser presiding. All are welcome to attend.

The Conewago District Council of Catholic Women will host a Lenten Day of Reflection, Saturday, March 16, from 12:30-3 p.m. in Gotwalt Hall at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Hanover. The presenter will be Father Stephen Kelley, pastor of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Gettysburg, on “The Three Stages of the Spiritual Life.” No registration fee, no need to pre-register. For questions, contact Nancy Newbold at

“Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility from the Catholic Bishops of the United States,” will be presented by Eric Failing, Executive Director for the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference, on April 8 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Diocesan Center in Harrisburg. For more information and to register, visit

Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Harrisburg will present a Lenten Morning of Grace on Saturday, March 16 from 8 a.m.-noon. The day includes the Rosary, Mass, Adoration, brunch and a presentation with Susan Brinkmann, OCDS, on “Modern and Mortified: Doing Lent in the 21st Century.” Spend the morning with other Women of Grace. A young Women of Grace activity hour for girls ages 13-17 will be offered. Cost is $20 for adults, $10 for teens. Register with the parish office at 717-652-4211 or

Events & Fundraisers

Catholic Charities’ annual “Hands of Christ Creating Hope” benefit dinner is April 30 at the Diocesan Center in Harrisburg. John Sherman, Chief Development Officer for Catholic Vote, will be the guest speaker. The evening includes a reception and silent auction, plated dinner and remarks from Bishop Timothy Senior and John Sherman. Reservations are $125 per person, and various sponsorship opportunities are available. All proceeds benefit the various programs offered by Catholic Charities. For more information, visit or contact Christopher Meehan, Catholic Charites Director of Development, at or 717-657-4804.

You’re invited to Morning Star’s Annual Life Saving Banquet – Join other supporters of Life at Morning Star’s biggest fundraising event of the year. Guests will learn about Morning Star’s no-cost pregnancy medical services, discover ways to be a voice for life in our community, and hear guest speaker and former NFL quarterback Jeff Kemp illuminate how we can beat the “blitzes” in our lives. The banquet will be Thursday, April 11, at the Penn Harris Hotel in Camp Hill. For more information and to register, visit or call Steph Diecidue at 717-734-4630.

St. Ann Byzantine Catholic Parish in Harrisburg will have its annual Easter bake sale on Saturday, March 23 from 9 a.m.-noon in the parish hall. The sale will feature homemade rolls available in three different fillings: walnut, poppy seed or apricot for $12 each. The rolls will not be available before that date. Homemade Pascha bread will also be available at the sale, in addition to frozen perohi and smoked kielbasa in rings. The perohi will be sold frozen by the package for $7 and have fillings available of potato & cheese, cabbage, sauerkraut, prune and farmer cheese. The smoked kielbasa are $8 each. The parish Gift Store will be open that day. The sale is on a first-come, first-served basis. No orders can be taken in advance.

A Spring Craft, Vendor and Food Fair will be held at St. Joseph Parish in Berwick on Saturday, March 16 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The show will feature handmade crafts, decorations, dollhouses, wood crafted items, Easter sweet treats and chocolates, and popular vendors. The CCW will have a bake sale. The take-out only menu includes a stuffed shell and meatball dinner, fireball, meatball, sausage, porketta sandwiches, and haluski, hot dog/sauerkraut. The parish is handicap accessible.

The “Big, Big Jazz Band, Inc.” will perform in the parish center at St. Peter’s Parish in Columbia, April 5. The event will begin at 7 p.m., featuring a full band ensemble with vocals. The event is free and open to the public. A free-will offering will be accepted for CHOP, Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania, Lancaster Catholic High School’s Tri-M Music Honor Society community service charity project.

Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg will have its Blue & Gold Gala, “Save the Last Dance for Me,” May 4 at the Harrisburg Hilton. Tickets are on sale now at:

Knights of Columbus Council 13100 in Mechanicsburg will have their fourth annual car show, Saturday, April 6 from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Mechanicsburg. Purchase a chance to win a Stoner Car Care Bucket that contains over $100 of car care products. Twelve trophies will be awarded based on participant votes. Suggested donation is $10 per car. All makes and models welcome. All other visitors are free. The Knights will be selling hot dogs, burgers, doughnuts, coffee, sodas and water throughout the event. Indoor seating area to enjoy your food.

Prince of Peace Parish in Steelton is sponsoring its monthly “Spaghetti On Second” dinner on Sunday, March 24 from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. in the parish center. The dinner consists of homemade pasta with or without sauce, two meatballs, salad, bread and coffee for $12. Bottled water and soda are $1 each and desserts are available at various prices. Extra meatballs may be purchased for $1 each. Eat-in or take-out. Contact the parish office at 717-985-1330 to purchase tickets.

The Knights of Columbus and The Christopher Club of Mount Carmel will have a St. Patrick’s Day celebration and a Palm Sunday dinner in March. The St. Patrick’s Day celebration will be on March 15 with beverage specials, door prizes, Irish songs and laughter; fish sticks and fries will be available. The club will be open regular hours for members and guests to see the beautiful decorations. The Palm Sunday dinner on March 24 will be a roast beef dinner with all the “fixins” and dessert, from 11 a.m. until sold out. Cost is $12. Eat-in or take-out available; open to the public. No smoking, per LCB regulations.

Seven Sorrows BVM Parish in Middletown is selling melt-in-your-mouth candy eggs through Easter (or as long as supplies last). The eggs are available in peanut butter, coconut or butter cream coated in either milk chocolate or dark chocolate. Each 2.8-ounce hand-dipped egg sells for $2. The parish’s EGG Store at 280 N. Race Street is open Mondays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Tuesdays from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 4:30-6:30 p.m., Wednesdays from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 4:30-8 p.m., Thursdays from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., and Fridays from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Eggs will not be sold at the parish or school office. Eggs can be purchased at the parish’s drive-thru fish fry. Visit for details and contact information.

Knights of Columbus Council 3625 of Prince of Peace Parish in Steelton are sponsoring an “All You Can Eat Breakfast” on Sunday, March 17 from 9 a.m.-noon in the parish center. The breakfast includes eggs, pancakes, hash browns, bacon, sausage, coffee and juice for $10 per person. Children ages 6-12 years $7 and children 5 years and under are free. Tickets are available for purchase at the door.

The PTO of Resurrection Catholic School in Lancaster will hold a Yeti and Designer Purse Bingo on Saturday, April 6. Tickets can be purchased for $35 on Eventbrite at

Catholic Woman’s Club of York’s 54th Annual Spring Fashion Show and Luncheon will be held on April 6 at Wyndham Garden. Doors open at 11 a.m., and lunch is served at noon. This annual event benefits the Anna Dill Gamble/Susan Wagman Glatfelter Scholarship Awards. Registration deadline is March 22. For further information and ticket sales, please contact Roxanne Castellanos at or 717-650-4761.

The St. Pauline Shrine Foundation in Kulpmont will host a “March into Spring” raffle of more than 200 items. Prizes include a 65” television, Yeti cooler, $500 in cash, silver bars, a Blackstone griddle and children’s items. The event will take place at 1150 Chestnut Street on Sunday, March 10 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. with Pizza Buds Food Truck on site; Wednesday, March 13 from 4-7 p.m.; Friday, March 15 from noon-6 p.m.; and Saturday, March 16 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Food will be available for purchase at the Pauline House, eat-in or take-out Friday and Saturday. Ample parking behind the building; handicap accessible. Admission is free.

St. Margaret Mary School in Harrisburg will have its 17th annual 5K on May 4 at 8:30 a.m. This family-friendly event brings school families and community members together for a morning of fun and exercise. Race t-shirts are guaranteed for participants who register by April 10. Day-of-event registration will take place from 7:30-8:15 a.m. The 5K will begin and end at the school, and will wind through the East Harrisburg Cemetery and along the Greenbelt trail. Prizes will be awarded to the first overall male and female finishers as well as the top three male and female in-person finishers in each age group. Register for $25 by May 2. Visit for information and registration. Questions can be emailed to

Job Openings

Organist needed at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament and Vietnamese Martyrs Parish in Harrisburg for two weekend Masses and Holy Days of Obligation. Beautifully kept pipe organ just waiting to be played. Stipend is $100 per Mass, additional fees paid for music selection. Contact the parish office at 717-233-1014 or email

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.

St. Anne and Our Lady of La Vang Parish in Lancaster has a part-time job opening for a full-charge bookkeeper. The position is for 15 hours a week. The hours are flexible, but the work must be completed on site. This position requires a mature, detail-oriented person with excellent organizational and interpersonal skills. This position requires a person with training and experience in the field of bookkeeping or accounting. The person should be proficient in Microsoft applications, especially Word, Outlook and Excel. Knowledge or experience with parish and Diocesan structure is a plus. A practicing Catholic in good standing is preferred. Interested persons should send a cover letter and resumé to Christine Whalen, Parish Manager, at

The Sisters of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Danville are looking for one full-time third-shift nurse’s aide/CNA, one part-time third-shift nurse’s aide/CNA, and one part-time housekeeper (Life Skills candidates are encouraged to apply for the Housekeeping position). Contact the congregation’s HR Department for more information at 570-275-3581, ext. 156, or e-mail

Morning Star Pregnancy Services is seeking an executive director to oversee the administration, programs and strategic plan of our three pregnancy medical clinics. Morning Star’s clinics provide life-affirming medical pregnancy services; STD testing and treatment; pregnancy, parenting and healthy relationship education; and baby supplies to support families in Central PA. To learn more and apply to join this life-saving ministry, visit

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