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Diocesan Notebook – May 13 2021

Masses & Prayer Services

Join the Harrisburg Diocesan Council of Catholic Women in a virtual Rosary every Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. extend an invitation for all to join us as we come together to pray the Rosary over Zoom and by phone. For more information on log-in details and to be added to the group e-mail list, please e-mail and visit If you are unable to join via Zoom or phone, join spiritually by praying the Rosary at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Education & Enrichment

St. John the Baptist in New Freedom will host an adult formation course for the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd- Level I part 1 this summer. Sessions will meet over three weekends, June 5 and 6, July 24 and 25, and Aug. 7 and 8 in the school building. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Montessori-based religious formation program for children which seeks to create and facilitate a sacred “hands on” space for children called an atrium. In the atrium, the children and the catechists can hear, ponder and celebrate the most essential mysteries of our faith. The catechist’s own in-depth formation is essential in order to guide meditations on biblical themes and liturgical signs that can draw the youngest child to fall in love with Jesus. The Level I course grounds the participant 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. Part 2 of this course will be announced at a later date. Contact Sister Jane Keller, SSJ, in the parish’s religious education office at 717-235-2439 or for additional course information and registration.

Immaculate Conception BVM Parish in Fairfield will host the Vatican Exhibit of the Eucharistic Miracles of the World, from June 5 after the 5 p.m. Mass until June 13. 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 inspiration for this exhibit began with Blessed Carlo Acutis who was Beatified on Oct.10, 2020. Please come and bring your family. Address for the church is 256 Tract Road, Fairfield, PA 17320.

Upcoming Women of Grace studies/events: Informational virtual meeting on Saturday May 15 at 11 a.m. on upcoming fall study, “Mary Queen of Militants” by Emil Neubert. Book endorsed by Johnnette Benkovic Williams. For more information, contact Chris Arnold at or 717-379-6041.

Retreats & Pilgrimages

St. Patrick Parish in Carlisle will hold a Zoom meeting for a pilgrimage in the footsteps of St. Paul. Father Don Bender, pastor, will lead the trip April 20-30, 2022. Meeting is June 10 at 6 p.m. regarding travel plans. Register in advance for the Zoom meeting at After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail explaining how to join the meeting. Any questions? E-mail Cynthia Adams at

Fundraisers & Events

Mother Cabrini Church in Shamokin is taking orders for its “Famous” Potato/Cheese Pierogi at $11 per dozen. Pickup will be June 10 and June 11 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Cabrini Kitchen Shed, corner of Webster and North Cherry Streets, Shamokin. Place your orders by calling the parish office at 570-648-4512 during office hours, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. There is a production quota for pierogi so don’t delay. Reserved orders not picked up on the above dates will not be held, and will go into general sales, which will take place after the weekend Masses in the parish hall. Also, save the dates for Cabrini’s Homemade Picnic Food Sale on July 17 and the Prizes Galore Raffle on July 24 in the church hall.

Mary Mother of the Church Parish in Mount Joy will have a “Christmas in July Bazaar,” July 17 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Event includes a chicken dinner sale for $10 per dinner, “Stuff the Bus” school supplies collection, and a food pantry collection to benefit school lunch and senior citizen. Donate three items and receive three raffle basket tickets. Event will also include crafters and vendors and a children’s play area. Event is rain or shine.

St. Patrick Parish in Carlisle will have a Pentecost Sunday Outdoor Mass & Food Truck Mega Event, May 23 at 11 a.m. at the Marsh Drive church and parish center. Bring your lawn chair or sit in your car. After Mass, food trucks will be stationed in the PAC parking lot for your enjoyment and participation from noon-3 p.m. Vendors include Stocks on 2nd, Rollz on Wheelz, Grappling Crab Shack, Mad Dash, Farm Show Milkshakes, Gyro Express, Chef Tony’s Food Truck, Bricker’s Famous Fries and Seven Mountains Wine Cellars/Castle Rigg Wine Shop. All current social distancing guidelines should be respected.

Golf tournament to benefit St. Joseph School in Mechanicsburg, sponsored by Knights of Columbus Councils 4068, 10685, 12788 and 13100. The tournament will be held June 18 at the Mayapple Golf Course, Carlisle. Four-person scramble, beginning at 1 p.m. Hole-in-one prizes (Porsche), door prizes, beverages on the course. Dinner and awards after the tournament. Cost is $80 per player, $300 per foursome if registered by May 25. All proceeds benefit St. Joseph School. To register or become a sponsor, visit For additional information, contact golf committee chairman Mike Convey at 813-470-8556 or

Knights of Columbus Council 6353 will host their annual golf tournament to benefit Misericordia Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in York. Tournament is June 25 at Heritage Hills Golf Resort, rain or shine. Registration from 10:30 a.m.-noon, and driving range and lunch available from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Shotgun start at 12:30. Four-person scramble, dinner and prizes immediately following play. Cost of $95 per person includes 18 holes, cart, lunch, dinner and beverages. Sponsorships available. Register online at For more information, contact

Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg’s Cigar and Bourbon Social, May 20 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Hilton Harrisburg Hotel. The cocktail-style fundraiser will include cigar and bourbon tastings, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction on the Hilton’s front patio. For information and tickets, click on the Development link at

Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg’s annual golf outing will be held at the Country Club of Harrisburg on May 24. Registration and lunch at 11:30 a.m., shotgun start at 1 p.m., dinner follows the round. Event includes raffles, games and mulligans. For information on sponsorship and registration, click on the Development link at

St. Columba School in Bloomsburg will host a Virtual 5K Run in May and June. For the past nine years, the school has hosted the Leprechaun 5K Loop in March. Due to the pandemic, the school will have the SCS Virtual 5K Run, with registrations accepted through May 1. Each registrant will receive merchandise as a keepsake of the race and will be able to complete the race on his/her time and on his/her course. The keepsake memorabilia consists of a t-shirt, medal, bib and prayer card. Registration will be available at Packet pickup is scheduled for May 22. On packet pick up day, we will also host a food sale in the cafeteria. The take-out only sale will include soups, chili, hoagies and baked goods. Volunteers will be needed to organize the merchandise per registrant for pick up and to work at the food sale and pick up stand. For information on volunteering to assemble packets or donate food, visit the school’s website.

Sacred Heart School in Lancaster’s annual fundraiser, RECESS! Fundraiser opens with the opportunity to purchase a Greek take-out dinner of Pastitsio (Greek lasagna), salad and the coveted pastry, baklava. Pick up pre-ordered dinners (small for two people; large for four to six people) on Friday, May 21 from 4-7:30 p.m. Limited quantities available. The school is also selling 100 raffle tickets for the chance to win a beautiful 14k gold bracelet donated by Finch Jewelers valued at $895. The virtual silent auction with more than 25 baskets opens May 21 at 8 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. on May 23. Purchase dinners and raffle tickets:

Job Openings

The Diocese of Harrisburg has an exciting opportunity for a part-time Multimedia Producer to join our Communications Office. This person should be a passionate storyteller with experience in digital communications. The Producer is responsible to develop ideas, plan, and produce weekly radio programs, podcasts and special digital productions for the Diocese of Harrisburg. See the full job description at

The Diocese of Harrisburg is seeking a full-time Administrative Assistant for the Secretariat for Education. The individual should have superior organizational and administrative skills to work as part of an administrative team in the Department of Education. The person in this position must 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. An ability to work with financial figures with a basic knowledge of accounting is desirable. Knowledge of Diocesan and parish/school structure is helpful. Proficiency in all MS Office applications is essential. Must be a Catholic in good standing. Competitive salary and benefits. Send résumé and cover letter to or to Human Resources, 4800 Union Deposit Rd., Harrisburg, PA 17111.

Morning Star Pregnancy Services (MSPS) is seeking a Marketing and Communications Manager. MSPS provides no-cost services to women and men facing unplanned pregnancies in our community. The position will be responsible for providing a broad range of communications, marketing and public relations services and support to our client services as well as the advancement team. This position will advertise MSPS to potential clients, as well as encourage, maintain, and increase philanthropic and community support to meet the short-term and long-term needs of MSPS. These activities shall be consistent with MSPS mission, vision, Christian core operational values and beliefs. For the full job description, visit Please send résumés or inquiries to

St. Rose of Lima School in Thomasville has openings for a third grade teacher, a pre-school teacher and a part-time art teacher for the 2021-2022 school year. Candidates must possess academic excellence and a dedication to educating the whole child. Teachers in our school work cooperatively to meet the needs of our students through differentiated instruction. Please contact Mr. Randy James, Principal, at or 717-792-0889 for more information. To apply, please complete: Professional Employment Application at, Pastor’s Letter of Recommendation at, and Clearance forms at

Holy Name of Jesus School in Harrisburg has openings for a third grade teacher, physical education teacher, and two middle school teachers. Candidates must possess academic excellence and a dedication to educating the whole child. Teachers in our school work cooperatively to meet the needs of our students through differentiated instruction. Interested candidates are to send their résumé to Sister Rita at  or call Sister Rita at 717-657-1704.

St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Mechanicsburg is seeking a part-time maintenance coordinator to work with Father Ken Smith, pastor, and the Maintenance/Buildings and Grounds Committee to oversee contracts and projects as well as some outside landscaping and grounds work at the church campus and parish house. Part-time position is 10-15 hours a week with a flexible schedule. Deadline for applications is June 1. All details, including salary, will be provided. Apply or contact Father Smith at or 717-697-8716.

St. Joseph Parish in Danville is seeking a Children and Youth Faith Formation Director. This full-time, benefit-eligible employee will be responsible for directing the following three-fold mission at St. Joseph Parish and School: 1) overseeing the coordination and direction of the K-8 parish Religious Education Program, including sacramental preparation for both parish and school children (combined); 2) coordinating Masses and other spiritual growth opportunities for the parish school; and 3) implementing a program of comprehensive youth ministry consistent with the principles established by the Diocesan Office for Youth and Young Adult Ministry. This important position works to provide vision and coordination of the parish’s efforts in ministry to our children and young people. The goal of this ministry is not solely to impart the intellectual content of our Catholic faith in preparation for sacraments (catechesis), but also integrating the faith in such a way as to set their hearts on fire for Jesus and His Church (evangelization). We seek to foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person. Interested parties should submit a complete résumé and letter of interest to Father Timothy Marcoe, pastor, at Questions can also be directed to Father Marcoe via email or at 570-275-2512, ext. 2. A more detailed ministry description can be found on the homepage of St. Joseph Parish’s website, Application deadline is May 17, 2021.

St. Patrick Parish in York is seeking a part-time Coordinator of Religious Education. This person would be responsible for undertaking the coordination for our parish religious education program, including administration of the religious education program, communications with families, maintaining records, ordering of supplies, coordinating teachers, preparations for First Communion, First Penance & Confirmation and reporting, Diocesan reporting, and other tasks.  The position requires a team player who is trustworthy, dependable and willing to maintain confidentiality. To apply, please request an application and submit your resume by May 1, 2021 to Father John Bateman, 219 S Beaver St., York, PA 17401.

St. Patrick Parish in York is seeking a part-time Financial Secretary. This person would be responsible for bookkeeping tasks in the parish office. They must have a basic background in business and bookkeeping or accounting to handle the office functions relating to cash receipts, accounts payable, and payroll/benefits within strict time constraints. Trustworthiness, reliability, willingness to maintain confidentiality and the ability to complete routine and delegated assignments in a timely manner are essential.  They must obtain all necessary clearances and child protection trainings.  The position is 15-hours per week as assistance and backup to our Office Administrator. To apply, please request an application and submit your resume by May 1, 2021 to Father John Bateman, 219 S Beaver St, York, PA 17401.

St. Joseph Parish in Lancaster is seeking an administrative assistant. The individual will be a faithful and creative person who will provide administrative and secretarial support to our pastor and other staff in advancing the Mission and Vision of our parish to become and to make disciples of Jesus Christ. In addition, this position includes the responsibility for implementing and maintaining a comprehensive parish communication and engagement plan. Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Publisher), social media and website maintenance is required. Experience with databases is preferred. If you are interested in learning more about this part-time position, please contact Deacon Peter Jupin at 717-397-6921 or

St. Joseph School in York is currently recruiting primary teachers for the 2021-2022 school term. Interested candidates must possess Pennsylvania certification, youth protection clearances and a fervor for mentoring children in the faith. Please forward a letter of interest, professional résumé, and application requirements found at to Mrs. Corinne A. Eck, 2945 Kingston Rd., York PA 17402 or

St. Joseph School in York is seeking a part-time After-Hours supervisor. This position supports student supervision beyond the regular school day for approximately 2.5 hours and is a perfect fit for a creative person who enjoys working with children. Youth protection clearances will be required. Interested candidates may send a letter of interest to Mrs. Corinne A. Eck, 2945 Kingston Rd., York PA 17402 or

St. Joseph School in York is seeking a part-time Preschool Teacher for three and four-year-old classes. Interested candidates must possess Pennsylvania certification and youth protection clearances. Please forward a letter of interest, professional résumé, and application requirements found at to Mrs. Corinne A. Eck, 2945 Kingston Rd., York PA 17402 or

Our Mother of Perpetual Help School in Ephrata is seeking a full-time Pre-School teacher for the 2021-2022 school year. Qualifications include minimum bachelor’s degree with an active teaching certificate preferably in Early Childhood or Elementary Education. Applicants must complete the Harrisburg Diocese Professional Employment Application, submit three current letters of reference, and obtain the proper clearances. To be considered for an interview, applicants must also provide a pastor’s letter of recommendation. Please submit a cover letter, résumé, letters of reference, pastor’s letter of recommendation, and transcripts to Ms. Brenda Weaver, Principal, Our Mother of Perpetual Help Catholic School, at or Our Mother of Perpetual Help Catholic School, 330 Church Avenue, Ephrata, PA 17522. The application packet found on the Diocesan website must be completed and submitted:

St. Columba School in Bloomsburg is seeking a short-term substitute middle school (grades 5-8) mathematics teacher, with Algebra I and Algebra II experience, starting immediately until May 28, 2021. Clearances are mandatory. If you are interested in this great opportunity, contact the school at 570-784-5932 or e-mail Peter Morisco, principal, at for more information.

St. Patrick School in Carlisle has several staff and faculty openings the 2021-2022 school year. The school, with students from PreK3 to eighth grade, is looking to fill the following positions: full-time early childhood teacher (certified for K-3); full-time middle school (6-8) religion teacher; full-time middle school (6-8) science teacher; music instructor, which may be full-time or part-time depending on the applicant’s experience; part-time nurse (Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; hours flexible); part-time middle school (6-8) math teacher, a few hours daily; part-time librarian, hours and days flexible.

Interested candidates should reach out to Principal Antoinette Oliverio at or visit  and look under “About us” for employment information.

Undefeated Courage is seeking nurses to staff its mobile ultrasound unit. Shifts available Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., FTE: PRN with no maximum hours. Hourly rate: $22. PA RN license is required for this position. Must be trained in limited obstetric abdominal/transvaginal ultrasound or open to training. The mobile unit will be deployed to abortion clinics to change the way abortion-minded women look at their pregnancy. The mission of Undefeated Courage is to help women choose life for their baby and themselves. Undefeated Courage is a sidewalk advocacy organization in Central Pennsylvania that provides prayer, pregnancy testing, education on pregnancy, referral to local pregnancy care centers and other social/legal services outside of abortion clinics at no cost or judgement. A free ultrasound is an obstetrical tool used to evaluate the health of the pregnancy and can be a method for abortion-minded women to make informed decisions about their pregnancy after reviewing their ultrasounds. Visit for more information and an application.

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