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Diocesan Notebook – March 18

Masses and Prayer Services

In conjunction with the National 40 Days for Life Campaign, a Jericho Prayer March will be held on Saturdays March 20 and 27 in Lebanon. The Jericho Prayer March is a silent, prayerful march to make a visible, public awareness for the pro-life movement to end the evil of abortion. Arrive and assemble in prayer groups any time between 10 a.m. and noon in front of Assumption BVM Church at South 8th and Cumberland Streets. As people arrive, you will go out in groups. Directions, prayer sheets, and banners will be given for the walk, which should take approximately 30 to 45 minutes. Join us for all the Saturdays, or choose any weekend. There is no need to register. For information, contact Lucy at 717-926-4075 or or Sandra at 717-838-5243.

Retreats & Pilgrimages

A Silent, 24-Hour, Virtual Retreat, March 26 at 7:00 p.m. to March 27 at 7:00 p.m. The virtual retreat is presented by Sr. Jean Marie Holup, SS.C.M., the Director of St. Cyril’s Spiritual Center in Danville. The retreat is silent and intended to be contemplative. It will be a time for personal prayer and meeting privately with a spiritual director to discuss one’s experience of God in prayer. The cost of the retreat is $35, due by the registration deadline of Friday, March 19. You can register online at or by calling 570-275-0910. After you register, you will be contacted via your email for a link.

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 2022 with Father Michael Reid, pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Hanover. Father Reid will lead a group of 24 pilgrims on an active and spiritual tour of the Holy Land, Jan. 31-Feb. 11, 2022. The 12-day itinerary organized by Select International Tours includes Mount Tabor, Nazareth, Cana, Galilee, Tabgha, Magdala, Mount of Beatitudes, Capernaum, Mount Carmel, Caesaria Maritima, Bethlehem, Shepherd’s Field, Jericho, Baptism Site, The Dead Sea (with optional visit to Masada), Mount of Olives, Mount Zion, Jerusalem, St Anne’s Church, and Ein Karem. Land and Air cost is $3,695; a deposit of $500 is required by Oct. 3, 2021. Flights depart from and return to Newark International Airport. For a brochure and other information, please contact Father Reid at 717-637-4625, ext. 113.

Education & Enrichment

The Beginning Experience Team for the Harrisburg Diocese will hold a Beginning Experience Weekend April 16-18 at Camp Kirchenwald in Lebanon. The 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. Beginning Experience is your Church at work to provide help, healing and spiritual restoration. Check the Harrisburg Diocesan website, and visit “marriage and family,” or go to Information can also be obtained by contacting the Harrisburg Beginning Experience Team at 717-379-0800 or

Masks and social distancing will be required. Temperatures will be taken on arrival. Anyone sick will have to leave the weekend. Private rooms, hand sanitizer, masks, gloves will be available. Number of people to attend the weekend will be limited due to COVID regulations. This program could be cancelled pending changing pandemic circumstances.

The Vatican International Exhibit of Eucharistic Miracles of the World, hosted at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Cornwall, April 4-11. This photographic exhibit tells the stories of 153 Church-approved Eucharistic Miracles, displaying the events where the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist has been made physically present in flesh and blood, became luminous or appeared with images. The exhibit will be available for viewing in the Parish Center from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day from April 4-11.

Diocesan Office of Vocations’ bi-monthly Zoom discernment group. Young men (junior year in high school through young adults) are invited to take part in this online discussion. To register, e-mail the Office of Vocations at with a valid e-mail address and mailing address so that the discussion material may be mailed. The Zoom discernment group meets on the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month from 8-9 p.m.

Women of Grace upcoming studies/events: Lenten online retreat, “Man of Sorrows, Lord of Joy,” Saturday, March 27. Speakers include Father Peter John Cameron. Visit “Queen of Militants” by Emil Neubert, S.M., S.T.D., fall 2021 study. For more information, contact Chris Arnold at or 717-379-6041.

The March installment of the Truth, Beauty, and Goodness Virtual Evangelization Speaker Series will be March 22 from 7-8 pm. The presentation is entitled, “Defense Against the Dark Arts: Common Heresies and How to Counter Them,” by Father James Lease, STL, pastor of St. Catherine Labouré Parish in Harrisburg. Registration is free, though free-will donations are accepted. Registration deadline is March 19 at noon.  All who register will receive a link to the presentation approximately one week after registering.

Fundraisers & Events

Seven Sorrows BVM Catholic School in Middletown will launch the school’s outdoor Nature Lab on Earth Day, April 22. This hands-on classroom, envisioned by principal Rebecca Harvey, in partnership with landscape designer Kevin Boustead of Stauffers of Kissel Hill, enhances SSBVM’s early elementary curriculum. The Nature Lab shifts early childhood education from a primarily indoor, teacher-initiated model to one that embraces outdoor, child-initiated play–critical to children’s well-being. By moving children and their activities outdoors to this one-of-a-kind classroom, the experience of what they do is transformed! SSBVM students gain life skills when taking time to investigate and respond to authentic & engaging challenges during project-based lessons in the lab. The public is welcome to take part in the SSBVM Nature Lab ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, April 22nd, 2021 at 9:00 AM, 360 E. Water Street, Middletown, PA 17057.

Seven Sorrows BVM Parish in Middletown is selling chocolate candy eggs through Easter or as long as supplies last. This year’s sale is limited to peanut butter milk chocolate, peanut butter dark chocolate, coconut dark chocolate, and butter cream milk chocolate. Each egg is hand-dipped and sold for $1. Orders may be placed via the online form at (click on “Eggs”) and selecting a pickup time and location, including the parish’s weekly drive-thru fish fry. All eggs will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis while quantities last.

Our Mother of Perpetual Help School in Ephrata is offering two virtual events in March to families interested in learning more about the school’s full-day preschool and kindergarten programs. The first event, a Virtual Story Hour and Craft, will be held via Zoom on Thursday, March 25 at 6:30 p.m. Children will be treated to a fun story and themed craft guided by OMPH School’s Kindergarten teacher. Story Hour is perfect for pre-k, kindergarten, and first graders. The second event, an Early Education Virtual Information Session, will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, March 30 at 6:30 p.m. Hear from school leadership and teachers about OMPH’s small, safe, nurturing school family. The presentation includes a virtual school tour and an overview of the admissions process. Both events are free but require pre-registration to attend, and Zoom links will be sent on the day of each event. For more information or to register, e-mail OMPH School’s Enrollment Office at or visit the school’s web site at

The Knights of Columbus Holy Spirit Council #10502 in Palmyra are selling walnut, poppy seed, apricot, prune, raspberry, and pumpkin cheese rolls during Lent after the weekend Masses through March 20 and 21. The price is $17 per roll. Orders will not be accepted after March 21 and extras will not be available for purchase later. Orders must be picked up in the church parking lot at 300 West Pine Street, Palmyra, after the Masses on March 27 and 28. Online ordering is available at where you can complete the online form. Payment will be by credit card through PayPal.

The Harrisburg Diocesan Council of Catholic Women is seeking applicants for its scholarship award. The council’s scholarship committee will award a $1,000 scholarship to a Catholic senior high school girl for the freshman year 2021-2022 at an accredited college, university or trade school. Applicants must be sponsored by a mother, grandmother or guardian who is a member of a Parish Council of Catholic Women. The applicant and her sponsor must be residents of the Diocese of Harrisburg. Applicants must meet all conditions established by the scholarship committee as set forth in its rules and regulations, which are included in the application packet. Applications are available from parish Council of Catholic Women presidents. More information and applications can also be obtained by contacting Joyce Scott, Scholarship Chair, at 717-737-0927 or The application deadline is May 1, 2021.

Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Parish in Elysburg, homemade paska bread sale. Orders accepted through March 19; $6 per loaf. Bread will be available for pick-up Palm Sunday weekend, March 27 and 28 at all Masses or on March 29 during regular office hours. Orders can be placed by e-mailing or calling 570-672-2302 during regular office hours.

Holy Infant Parish in Manchester is selling candy Easter eggs. A limited number of homemade chocolate peanut butter and coconut eggs can be bought individually for $1.25 each or $15 per dozen. Call the parish office at 717-266-5286 to order.

Job Openings

The Diocese of Harrisburg Catholic Schools Department has announced Principal Openings for the 2021-2022 school year: Our Mother of Perpetual Help in Ephrata (; St. Joseph, Hanover ( Minimum qualifications: Practicing, knowledgeable Catholic; thorough understanding of Catholic School Philosophy; commitment to modeling the values of Catholic Educational Leadership; PA Administrators Certificate (or in process); Catechetical Certification (or in process) and 5 years teaching experience. For more information, see the employment listings on the Diocese of Harrisburg’s website: Send résumé and letter of interest by March 31, 2021 to: Ann Everest, Department of Education; Diocese of Harrisburg; 4800 Union Deposit Road; Harrisburg, PA 17111-3710 or by e-mail:

St. Francis Xavier Parish in Gettysburg is seeking a part-time Director of Communications. This role is a member of the parish staff that works with the pastor and staff to utilize all communication tools at the parish’s disposal in order to promote the overall mission of the parish and encourage engagement and tithing among the parish family. The Director of Communications would be a de facto member of the Parish Finance Council and Parish Pastoral Council. See the full job description at

St. Francis Xavier Parish in Gettysburg is seeking a part-time Director of Evangelization. This role is a member of the parish staff who gives direction to evangelization efforts in the parish community. These efforts attend to the active community (particularly young adults and youth), to inactive Catholics, and to the unchurched. Therefore, this involves renewal and formation ministries within the parish, and outreach and welcome to those not active or connected with the Church. The Director of Evangelization aims to foster conversation and growth in discipleship among the faithful, to develop a welcoming community, to animate and equip parishioners to evangelize, and to accompany seekers or returning Catholics. Read the full job description at

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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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