Sunday, April 21, 2024

Diocesan Notebook – March 3

Masses and Prayer Services

Mass on the Solemnity of St. Patrick and presentation of Diocesan Lorica Awards. Join us on Thursday, March 16 at 6 p.m. at Saint Patrick Cathedral, Harrisburg, for Holy Mass for the Solemnity of Saint Patrick. During the Mass, the Most Rev. Ronald W. Gainer, Bishop of Harrisburg, will present the Diocesan Lorica Awards. This award recognizes lay members for their exemplary service to the local Church, especially those who have “bound to your heart” the strength of the Triune God through integrity of faith and generosity of service. All are welcome to attend this celebration, especially parishioners of the award recipients. A light reception will follow the Mass. More details on the Mass and a list of the recipients can be found on the Diocesan website at https://www.hbgdiocese.org/lorica.

All are invited to join Bishop Ronald Gainer as he celebrates the Diocesan Chrism Mass at 4 p.m. on Monday, April 3, at St. Patrick Cathedral in 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. The priests of the Diocese will also renew their commitment to priestly service, which they made on the day of their ordination, during this Mass. Free parking and shuttle service from City Island will be available. For more information, visit www.hbgdiocese.org.

Catholic Family Connection of Lancaster will have a Holy Hour and potluck dinner, Sunday March 12. The Holy Hour will begin at 4:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Adoration Chapel in Lancaster, followed by the dinner in the Msgr. Smith Social Hall. Bring a dish to share. Catholic Family Connection of Lancaster is a community for families to grow together in faith and fellowship. To RSVP for the Holy Hour and potluck, or for more information on the group, e-mail catholic.families.lanc@gmail.com.

In preparation for the Easter celebration, St. Peter Parish in Columbia will have a three-day Parish Mission, Sunday, March 26 through Tuesday, March 28, each day starting at 6 p.m. and ending at 7:30 p.m. A Penance Service will be on March 27. Father Michael Rothan will lead the mission. March 26 will have a Holy Hour reflection, March 27 will have a healing service with Confession, and March 28 will have a Mass and reception.

An Italian Mass for the Feast of St. Joseph will be celebrated Sunday, March 19 at 1 p.m. at Holy Spirit Church in Palmyra, by Father Anthony Dill, pastor, and Father Joshua Brommer, chaplain of the Italian Apostolate. The Italian Apostolate will host an Italian dinner reception after the Mass, as well as a traditional St. Joseph Altar. For more information, contact Maria DiSanto at 717-554-5698 or disanto1@comcast.net or Mariella Amato at 717-278-9420.

A Charismatic Mass with prayers for healing will be celebrated on Tuesday, March 7 at 7 p.m. at St. Theresa Church in New Cumberland. Father William C. Forrey, Diocesan Vicar General and pastor of Holy Infant Parish in Manchester, will be the celebrant. There is no Charismatic Mass in April due to Holy Week. For information, please call Mary Ann at 717-512-3628 or Vicki at 717-364-6260.

Catholic War Veterans Post 707 and the Ancient Order of Hibernians will host a special Mass in honor of St. Patrick prior to the St Patrick’s Day Parade in the City of Harrisburg on March 18. The Mass will begin at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick Cathedral and will be celebrated by Father John Bateman, the Chaplain of Post 707 of the Catholic War Veterans.

Retreats & Pilgrimages

Spots are still open for the Diocesan pilgrimage to World Youth Day 2023 in Lisbon, Portugal. All young adults ages 18-39 (at time of departure) are invited to join in this exciting adventure to convene with the Holy Father and young people from around the world. The pilgrimage will take place July 30-August 7 and will also include a visit to Fatima, where our Blessed Mother famously appeared to the three shepherd children. Registration includes all lodging, flights, and other travel accommodations and can be done online via our travel agency Regina Tours. Visit https://www.hbgdiocese.org/event/wyd/ for details. Deposit of $1,000 is due at time of registration with full balance due in April. Any questions, please contact Zack Haney, Director for Youth and Young Adult Ministry, at zhaney@hbgdiocese.org or 717-657-4804, ext. 307.

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 www.APilgrimsJourney.com. For general questions, contact Belinda at Belinda@APilgrimsJourney.com or 724-679-7450. To book, go to www.bit.ly/Marian2023 or call Jolene at Perillo Tours at 855-784-7687.

Education & Enrichment

The Diocese of Harrisburg will host its annual Men’s Conference, Saturday, March 18, at the Diocesan Center in Harrisburg.  Marcel LeJeune, President and Founder of Catholic Missionary Disciples will offer the keynote address. Breakout session presenters include Marcel LeJeune, Bishop Ronald Gainer, Father Ryan Fischer, Deacon Armando Torres, and Deacon Virgilio Centenera. Mass celebrated by Bishop Gainer, Confession, and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament are all part of this annual event. For more details, visit https://www.hbgdiocese.org/men.

The Council of Catholic Women of St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Mechanicsburg is hosting a Lenten Evening of Reflection on Tuesday, March 7 at 7 p.m. The presenter will be Father Robert Yohe, pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes in Enola. His topic will be “Jesus, Our Temple.”

Lancaster Theology on Tap will have its next gathering, “What Makes Literature Catholic?” on Thursday, March 9 at Miller’s Ale House off of the Harrisburg Pike. The presenter is Avellina Balestri, a published author, poet and editor-in-chief of Fellowship & Fairtydust, a literary magazine looking through the spiritual lens. The evening begins at 7 p.m. with a Happy Half Hour, followed by the speaker at 7:30 p.m. and then time for Q&A and fellowship. All young adults (20s and 30s) are invited. Contact Lancastertot@gmail.com with questions.

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 Conewago District Council of Catholic Women will host a Lenten Day of Reflection, Saturday, March 18, from 12:30 p.m.-3 p.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Parish’s Gotwalt Hall in Hanover. The presenter will be Katherine Phenicie, Director of Spiritual Life at Delone Catholic High School in McSherrystown. For information or questions, e-mail johnbnewbold@yahoo.com.

The Corpus Christi Council of Catholic Women is hosting a Lenten Afternoon of Reflection on Saturday, March 18, in the Parish Center, 279 North Second Street, Chambersburg. The afternoon will be led by Deacon Jeff Baylor from St. Peter Parish in Columbia, who was ordained to the diaconate by Bishop Rhoades in May 2010. Deacon Baylor has given many talks on his favorite topic of “Angels and Demons” and will relate this to a Lenten theme. Doors open at 12:30 p.m., the program begins at 1 p.m. and will end at 3:45 p.m. There is an opportunity for Confession from 3:45-4:45 p.m. and Mass at 5 p.m., both in the church. Cost is free; day includes light refreshments. Advance registration is requested to ensure adequate accommodations and refreshments. To register, please contact Kathy Wingert at 717-352-7354 or kathywingert69@gmail.comRegistration deadline is March 15.

The Notre Dame Club of Gettysburg is hosting its annual Lenten Reflection at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 18 in Saint Vincent de Paul Church Hall in Hanover. Father Michael Reid, Club Chaplain, will offer a reflection titled “The Perfection of the Christian Life.”

The Harrisburg Diocesan Guild of the Catholic Medical Association and the St. Thomas More Society of Central Pennsylvania invite all Catholic physicians, lawyers, judges, healthcare workers, mental health professions, medical students and law students to a Lenten Day of Reflection, March 25 from 8:30 a.m.-noon at the Diocesan Center in Harrisburg. Bishop Ronald Gainer will celebrate Mass, and Deacon Gregory Amarante will offer a reflection on “Suffering, Encounter and Opportunity.” Fellowship and a Penance Service with Confession will also be included in the morning. A free-will offering will be accepted. RSVP by March 11 to kneri@hbgdiocese.org.

A Beginning Experience Weekend for those suffering the loss of a spouse through death, divorce or separation will take place at Camp Kirchenwald in Lebanon, May 5-7. The ecumenical weekends are an approved program in the Diocese of Harrisburg. 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. Visit www.hbgdiocese.org/marriage-and-family/ or www.beginningexperience.org. Information can also be obtained by contacting the Harrisburg Beginning Experience Team at phone 717-379-0800 or e-mail at jpennat_58@comcast.net.

The Harrisburg Diocesan Council of Catholic Women will have their 97th annual convention, “Live in the Love of Christ,” on Saturday, April 15 at the Diocesan Center in Harrisburg. Virtual and in-person options. The keynote speaker is Liz Kelly, a retreat leader and the award-winning author of ten books, including “Reasons I Love Being Catholic,” which won the Catholic Press Association’s First Place award for Best Popular Presentation of the Faith in 2007, and “Jesus Approaches, What Contemporary Women Can Learn about Healing, Freedom & Joy from the Women of the New Testament,” which has won several awards, including Best Book in the Religion/Christianity category for 2017-2019. For more about Liz, please visit: https://www.lizk.org/. Registration and continental breakfast begin at 8 a.m., with closing prayer at 2:30 p.m. For more information about the convention, visit https://hdccw.webs.com/hdccw-convention.

Upcoming Women of Grace Event – “Welcome Women of Grace: The Grace of the Prayerful Woman,” April 1 at the Diocesan Center in Harrisburg. A morning event will be offered for the Spanish-speaking community, “Bienvenidas Mujeres de Gracia: La Gracia de la Mujer Orante.” For more information, contact Chris Arnold, Regional Coordinator, at 717-379-6041 or carnold@womenofgrace.com.

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 www.catholicmenleaders.org/annualsummit.

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 https://www.facebook.com/groups/568131137998438, or email Rachel Little at littlerach2011@gmail.com or Anissa Freeman at afreeman9159@gmail.com.

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 donna@steas.net or 717-697-6929.

The Harrisburg Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (HDCCW) will award a scholarship to a graduating high school senior girl attending an accredited college or trade school. The applicant must have a sponsor who is a member of a Parish Council of Catholic Women. Applications can be found at https://hdccw.webs.com/hdccw-scholarship. The deadline for application is May 1, 2023. Any questions regarding the award may be directed to Co-Chairs Joyce Scott at 717-737-0927 or Mary Ann Pitek at hdccwscholarship@gmail.com.

Events & Fundraisers

Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Middletown is selling chocolate candy eggs through Easter (or as long as supplies last). The delicious eggs are available in peanut butter, coconut or butter cream, coated in either milk or dark chocolate. Each 2.8-ounce hand-dipped egg sells for $2. Eggs are available at the parish’s EGG Story, located at 280 N. Race Street, Monday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Tuesday from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 4:30-6:30 p.m., Wednesday from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 4:30-8 p.m., Thursday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., and Friday from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Park in the church parking lot and look for our EGG Store sign. Please enter via Race Street for the safety of our school children. Eggs will not be sold at the parish or school office. If you’re partaking in our annual drive-thru Fish Fry, you can purchase eggs from the convenience of your vehicle. All eggs are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis while quantities last. Visit https://www.ssbvm.org/ for details and contact information.

Mother Cabrini Parish in Shamokin is selling their delicious milk chocolate covered peanut butter and coconut Easter eggs. The chocolate eggs are $6 per half dozen and $12 per dozen. Easter eggs are available in the church hall after all the weekend Masses: Saturday, 4 p.m.; Sunday 7 a.m., 8:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. Orders will also be taken by calling the parish office at 570-648-4512, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Catholic Charities will host its annual “Soup, Salad and Sermon” Lenten Lunch, Tuesday, March 28 at noon at the Diocesan Center in Harrisburg. Join Bishop Ronald Gainer and the staff of Catholic Charities as we learn about the ministry provided through the agency. Lunch is complimentary, although a free-will offering will be taken to benefit Catholic Charities’ Intensive Family Services Program. RSVP to Christopher Meehan by March 24 at 717-657-4804, ext. 284, or cmeehan@cchbg.org.

Trinity principal plans 100-mile fundraising walk: John Cominsky, the Principal of Trinity High School in Camp Hill, plans to walk 100 miles in 72 hours around the new track at COBO Field to raise money for ongoing building projects at the school. Cominsky will walk the track from Friday, April 14, through Sunday, April 16. Students, faculty, parents, and alumni can join him and walk as many miles as they would like. Students can earn service hours for walking. The entire student body will complete one lap with Cominsky on April 14 as part of the annual Field Day. Cominsky began walking/training in June of 2022 as a project to improve his health, which was severely impacted by hospitalization related to COVID-19 in January of 2021. To date, he has lost 55 pounds in eight months. He walks on average 10 miles each day. As he walked, he began to think about how he could use this exercise to support Trinity and involve his community in this healthy practice. Trinity is accepting flat donations or donations by the mile. Funds collected will support planned building projects at Trinity, and a percentage of the donations will be tithed to support Saint Francis Soup Kitchen in Harrisburg. Donate to this cause, sign up to walk, or order a t-shirt at thsrocks.us/shamrock-100/.

Enjoy the musical talents of York Catholic students at the spring musical performances of “Matilda the Musical.” Show times are Friday, March 3, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 4, at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, March 5, at 2 p.m. Adults $10; students (age 5-18) $8. All seats are general admission. Tickets can be purchased at the door the night of the show.

Lancaster Catholic High School’s Fine and Performing Arts Department will present Grace Asuncion ’15 in concert, March 31 at 7 p.m. in the Old Main Auditorium. A member of the class of 2015, Asuncion returns for an evening of music featuring the marimba and the vibraphone. Since graduation, she has worked with the Binghamton Philharmonic, Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Penn Square Music Festival and Allegro Orchestra of Lancaster. She will perform her own compositions and arrangements of works by Debussy, Wilco, Bach, Stevie Wonder and more. Free admission; donations accepted for the school’s fine arts program. For information, contact Tony Brill at 717-509-0130 or tbrill@lchsyes.org.

Lancaster Catholic High School’s Fine and Performing Arts Department presents Jamanis Family & Friends, April 30 at 2 p.m. at Landis Woods Performing Arts Center in Landis Woods Park. This special concert features original music by Jamanis and dog poems by Mary Oliver. Dogs are welcome. Bring your lawn chair and park near the amphitheater. For information, contact Tony Brill at 717-509-0130 or tbrill@lchsyes.org.

Lancaster Catholic High School’s Fine and Performing Arts Department will have three spring concerts in May. The first, featuring the LCHS Concert Band, Mixed Chorus, Chamber Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble and Rock Band, is May 3 at 7 p.m. in Berger Gymnasium. The second, featuring the LCHS Concert Choir, Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble, Grade School Purple & GOLD Honor Bands and Middle School Honor Choir, is May 9 at 7 p.m. in Berger Gymnasium. The third and final show is the Solo & Ensemble Night, featuring performances by LCHS student soloists and small ensembles, May 10 at 7 p.m. in the band room. For information, contact Tony Brill at 717-509-0130 or tbrill@lchsyes.org.

The St. Pauline Shrine in Kulpmont will have a “Spring Fling Raffle,” March 12 from noon-5 p.m., March 14 from 5-8 p.m., March 17 from noon-6 p.m., and March 18 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. There are 200 prizes, including a grill, patio set, Yeti cooler, cash, lottery tree, Vera Bradley items and small appliances. A sheet of 26 tickets is $20; additional sheets can be purchased for $10. 50/50 chances will also be available. Food available for purchase on March 17 and 18. Parking available behind the shrine, which is handicap accessible.

“Class Act featuring Rita” will perform at Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Middletown on April 15 at 8 p.m. Ticket includes food and beverages. All tables are reserved. For tickets and information, please contact Darlene at 717-991-4563. Must be 21 to attend.

The Crusader Youth Activities Association (CYAA) in Lancaster is accepting registrations for spring softball with an extended deadline of March 15. CYAA offers softball to all girls currently attending a Catholic school or currently a member of a Catholic parish in the area. Age levels are 8U, 10U, 12U and 14U. Pony ball is offered for girls ages 5 and 6 through CYAA baseball at https://go.teamsnap.com/forms/354123. Games begin the week of April 10. Teams will be offering pre-season practices. Practice days and time are to be determined when teams have been formed. 10U-14U will have playoffs depending on season outcomes, likely to begin June 9, and championship games are Thursday, June 15 at Etown Rheems Fields. Register for softball at https://go.teamsnap.com/forms/354126. Contact Tyler Bachman at 717-475-9999 with any questions related to softball registration.

The Ancient Order of Hibernians of Cumberland County will have its annual St. Patrick’s Day Party on Saturday, March 18 at the West Shore Elks Club in Mechanicsburg. The party features an Irish dinner including corned beef, bangers (Irish sausage) and cabbage. Dinner at 6 p.m. will be preceded by a social hour at 5 p.m. The event will feature live entertainment throughout the evening, including The Lena McGinley Irish Dancers and music by Celtic Wood & Wires. A cash bar is available throughout the evening. Proceeds go to the division’s Trinity High School Scholarship Fund and other local charities. Tickets are $40 per person and must be committed to purchase by March 9. For tickets or information, contact Tom Zugay at 717-761-2950 or Tzugay1958@gmail.com.

Delone Catholic High School in McSherrystown presents its spring play, Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” March 10 and 11 at 7 p.m., and March 12 at 2 p.m. in the Delone Gymnasium. Tickets are $5 at the door.

York Catholic High School presents Roald Dahl’s “Matilda the Musical,” March 3 and 4 at 7 p.m., and March 5 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students (ages 5-18). All seats are general admission.  Tickets can be purchased at the door the night of the show or pre-ordered by visiting yorkcatholic.org/musical.

Our Mother of Perpetual Help School in Ephrata is offering tuition transfer grants for families interested in enrolling for the 2023-24 school year. The $1,000 per student tuition discount is available for students entering grades 1 through 7, and transferring to OMPH from a public school, home school program, or other non-Catholic school. Families will receive a $500 per student discount for 2023-24 and a $500 per student discount for 2024-25, in addition to any financial aid they qualify to receive. Limited seats are available for 2023-24, and families are encouraged to apply for enrollment early. Personal tours of OMPH School are available during the school day by calling 717-738-2414 and asking for Mrs. Francis.

The Catholic Woman’s Club of York Pennsylvania is holding their annual Spring Fashion Show on Saturday, April 15 at the Out Door Country Club. Doors open at 11 a.m. The cost of the ticket is $40 and the meal includes chicken bruschetta or Atlantic salmon. The proceeds from this event benefit the Anna Dill Gamble/Susan Wagman Glatfelter Scholarship. These scholarships are awarded to young women attending college in 2023. The event will be emceed by Lori Burkholder from WGAL 8. Along with the fashion show, we will have a silent auction and raffle baskets. Please contact Mindy Trimmer at mtrimmer471@comcast.net or Joanne Bankos at jbankos@collenswagner.com or 717-578-6518 for more details.

Lancaster Catholic High School Fine & Performing Arts Department presents “Anastasia,” March 16, 17 and 18 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $17 for reserved seating, $15 for adult general admission, and $7 for students. The production will be in the school’s Old Main Auditorium. For tickets, send a self-addressed stamped envelope with payment to Tony Brill, Lancaster Catholic High School, 650 Juliette Ave., Lancaster PA 17601. Make checks payable to LCHS Fine & Performing Arts.

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, https://flowerofcarmelhermitage.org/ or e-mail sisterhermitess@gmail.com.

Job Openings

The Diocese of Harrisburg is seeking a full-time Director for Laity and Family in the Secretariat for Catholic Life and Evangelization. The Director will have responsibility for formative and supportive programs for laity and family. These areas include marriage enrichment and preparation; ministry to the divorced, separated and widowed; lay apostolates and lay ecclesial ministries, and the formation in spiritual direction program. This person serves as the main point of contact and support to internal and external organizations, parishes and ministry offices, and provides for strategic planning, implementation and ongoing development in these areas. Prospective candidates can visit www.hbgdiocese.org/careers for full details of responsibilities and job requirements. Send resumé and cover letter to employment@hbgdiocese.org.

Corpus Christi School in Chambersburg is seeking a new principal. Minimum qualifications: practicing, knowledgeable Catholic; thorough understanding of Catholic School Philosophy; commitment to modeling the values of Catholic Educational Leadership; Catechetical Certification (or willingness to obtain); a master’s degree or higher, and at least five years of teaching experience. For the full job description and to apply online, go to www.hbgdiocese.org/cccsprincipal or https://www.hbgdiocese.org/edujobs. If you have any questions or issues with the application, contact Karen Luckie at KLuckie@hbgdiocese.org or 717-657‑4804, ext. 229.

Resurrection Catholic School in Lancaster is seeking a new principal. Minimum qualifications: practicing, knowledgeable Catholic; thorough understanding of Catholic School Philosophy; commitment to modeling the values of Catholic Educational Leadership; Catechetical Certification (or willingness to obtain); a master’s degree or higher, and at least five years of teaching experience. For the full job description and to apply online, go to www.hbgdiocese.org/rcsprincipal or https://www.hbgdiocese.org/edujobs. If you have any questions or issues with the application, contact Karen Luckie at KLuckie@hbgdiocese.org or 717-657‑4804, ext. 229.

St. Columba School in Bloomsburg is seeking a new principal. Minimum qualifications: practicing, knowledgeable Catholic; thorough understanding of Catholic School Philosophy; commitment to modeling the values of Catholic Educational Leadership; Catechetical Certification (or willingness to obtain); a master’s degree or higher, and at least five years of teaching experience. For the full job description and to apply online, go to www.hbgdiocese.org/scprincipal or https://www.hbgdiocese.org/edujobs. If you have any questions or issues with the application, contact Karen Luckie at KLuckie@hbgdiocese.org or 717-657‑4804, ext. 229.

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. Joseph Parish in York is accepting applications for a Communications Professional. This individual will manage the parish website and social media, print and digital communications, parish livestream and screens. This person will also develop and oversee the strategic communication initiatives in the parish & school, and provides communications, marketing and public relations support. The candidate must have the ability to interact successfully with the public, have articulate written communication skills and have exacting attention to detail and be able to provide thoughtful and important feedback about how to optimize the website and social media accounts. Experience or degree in marketing and/or communications in a church and/or business environment is preferred. The successful individual will also possess expertise across all social media platforms, Google Apps, WordPress, and Apple applications. The successful individual has exceptional attention to detail with proven experience in integrated marketing, strategy development, and creative storytelling, and can ensure effective collaboration and communication across teams and ministries. Applicants should send résumé and cover letter to St. Joseph Parish, Attn: Mrs. Erin Maiolino, Parish Manager, at Maiolino@sjy.org.

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 frrfischer@hbgdiocese.org.

York Catholic Middle & High School is seeking a full-time Social Studies teacher for all levels, grades 7-12, beginning August 2023. Candidates will develop students’ knowledge and understanding of world cultures and cultural evolution; develop skills in research of social orders; and develop an understanding of the existence and importance of geographical, historical, cultural and political factors that influence the development of world societies, socio-economic systems and political systems, as well as their inter-relationship and interdependence. Successful candidates will foster an understanding and appreciation of world cultures, languages, racial, ethnic and religious groups, and political systems. Candidates are required to hold PA Certification, related bachelor’s degree in appropriate major, and state and federal clearances. Find the application and more information at this link.

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Lebanon is looking for an organist to play Saturday evening 5:30 p.m. Mass, Sunday morning 7:30 a.m. (optional) and 10:30 a.m. Masses, Holy Days of Obligation, funerals (50-60 a year) and weddings (1-5 a year). Compensation for the schedule is on a per-service basis. Should the applicant wish to expand the job description, other financial arrangements may be considered. The applicant need not be Catholic, but a solid understanding of the Mass, Catholic liturgical norms and the liturgical year are required. In the beginning, the applicant will work closely with the pastor regarding the planning of music selections for Masses. As a Diocesan employee, the applicant will need to apply for the necessary youth protection clearances. Please contact Father Robert M. Gillelan, Jr., pastor, at the parish office, 717-272-5674.

St. Patrick School in Carlisle is seeking a full-time development director. Job scope includes fundraising, marketing and communications (internal and external). Work is not limited to the school year and includes some evenings and occasional weekends. The development director works closely with the principal, as well as the office staff, pastor and school board. Applicants should contact Principal Antoinette Oliverio at aoliverio@spscarlisle.org.

St. Patrick School in Carlisle is looking for a custodian. The position is year-round and involves custodial work and light maintenance as it pertains to the school building and grounds on Marsh Drive. Duties include general school and grounds upkeep and cleaning under the direction of the principal. Hours are Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Possible occasional overtime opportunities on evenings or weekends depending on school events. Salary range is $28,000-$34,000, depending on experience. For more information, contact Principal Antoinette Oliverio at aoliverio@spscarlisle.org.

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 FrDAzagbor@hbgdiocese.org 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 pbowers@skdparish.com.

The Diocesan Secretariat for Education is seeking a full-time Administrative Assistant. This confident individual with superior organizational and administrative skills will work as part of an administrative team in the Department of Education. Successful candidates will share a passion for Catholic education, possess high levels of verbal, interpersonal and written communication skills with the ability to use some independent initiative and judgment. An ability to maintain good public relations is essential. A high level of proficiency in all MS Office applications is essential with a thorough working knowledge of database management and Excel spreadsheets. An experience of working in Catholic schools or a parish CCD program would be helpful but not essential. Knowledge of Diocesan parish /school structures would be beneficial. Competitive salary and benefits. Please send résumé and cover letter to: employment@hbgdiocese.org.

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 FrDAzagbor@hbgdiocese.org.

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 FrDAzagbor@hbgdiocese.org.

Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Harrisburg is seeking to employ a full-time Administrative Assistant. Position is responsible for the daily operation of the parish office, including clerical work and minor administrative details. Responsibilities include greeting visitors, answering phones and responding to emails, preparing deposits, preparing the weekly bulletin and updating the parish website. Overall knowledge of general office procedure, familiarity with office equipment and proficiency in Microsoft Office programs is required. For more information or to submit your resumé, please contact 717-652-4211 or holynameofjesusparishharrisburg@hbgdiocese.org.

The Sisters of Saints Cyril & Methodius in Danville are looking to fill the following positions: two full-time housekeepers, one full-time cook, one full-time dishwasher and one part-time 3rd shift nurses’ aide. Please contact their HR Department for more information at 570-275-3581, ext. 156, or e-mail scole@sscm.org.

Do you have a heart for life, supporting families and educating the youth of our community? Morning Star Pregnancy Services has openings for a Client Services Director and community educators. To learn more about these opportunities, visit www.SupportMorningStar.com.

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