Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Diocesan Notebook – May 23

Masses and Prayer Services

A Feast Day Mass for St. Thomas More and John Fisher, Martyrs, will be celebrated by Bishop Ronald Gainer, Bishop Emeritus of Harrisburg, on Saturday, June 22, at 9 a.m. at St. Leo the Great Church in Rohrerstown. The Mass is sponsored by the St. Thomas More Society of Central Pennsylvania, an organization of Catholic lawyers, judges, public office holders, paralegals, legal assistants and law students. The purpose of this Mass is to gather to pray for God’s guidance and to invoke blessings, through the intercession of Thomas More and John Fisher, upon those who work in the administration of justice or government. Light breakfast refreshments will be served after the Mass.

St. Jude Thaddeus Parish in Mifflintown will hold a Eucharistic Procession on Sunday, June 2, in celebration of Corpus Christi Sunday. The celebration of Mass will begin at 9:15 a.m. The procession will take place at the end of Mass, at approximately 10:30 a.m., and conclude with Benediction in the church.

The Harrisburg Diocese’s Cursillo Movement is holding a “Mass of Remembrance” on Saturday, June 15, at St. Theresa Chapel in New Cumberland. The service will begin at 10 a.m. with an hour of Eucharistic Adoration followed by a Scriptural Rosary. Celebration of Mass will begin at 11:30 a.m. with closing remarks to follow. The names of deceased Cursillistas will be included in the intercessions of the Mass. Please submit the names of any deceased Cursillistas to or

The next Caelorum at St. Joan of Arc Church in Hershey will be Wednesday, June 12, at 7 p.m. A reception will be held immediately following in the cafeteria. 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. For questions, call Lou at 717-215-4175.

Join the Harrisburg Diocesan Council of Catholic Women in a weekly Rosary, Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. Participants pray the Rosary as an expression of faith and deep devotion to the Blessed Mother. Contact the Council’s Community Commission at to be added to the email list for the weekly Rosary.

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. The sensory-friendly Masses are scheduled for Sundays, 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.

Retreats & Pilgrimages

The annual Diocesan pilgrimage to the National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes in Emmitsburg, Md., will be Thursday, August 1. The morning is set aside for private/small group devotions and reflections at the Shrine. Priests will be available to hear Confessions from 9:30-11 a.m. Following bring-your-own lunch (with something to share), the afternoon is reserved for liturgical celebrations: Holy Mass and Eucharistic Adoration. Please contact Father Michael Reid at 717-637-4625, ext. 115, for further information. If your group will be hosting a bus for travel to the Shrine, please contact Father Reid with that information.

The Harrisburg Diocesan Council of Catholic Women will have their tenth annual prayer shawl retreat, Saturday, June 8 from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Diocesan Center in Harrisburg. Join other women to pray, knit and crochet, and enjoy fellowship and a catered lunch. Participants will knit or crochet a special community service project while praying the Rosary. Beginners are welcome, as members will teach you how to knit and crochet prayer shawls. Participants are welcome to bring their finished prayer shawls to display and any patterns you’d like to share. Cost is $12. RSVP at this link by Monday, June 3. Call or text Kathy at 717-448-8899 with any questions.

The Harrisburg Diocesan Council of Catholic Women will have their 12th annual weekend retreat at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md., June 14-16. Bishop Ronald Gainer, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Harrisburg, will be the retreat master. The theme is, “Praying the Psalms: Come ‘Reign’ or Shine.” Registration deadline is May 31. Contact Jeanne Warren at 717-367-9306 or 717-503-9429 or for a registration form.

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, 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. Holy Mass will be celebrated each day. Cost is $4,599 per person based on double occupancy. 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. 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 is $3,490 (double occupancy). The estimated roundtrip airfare from the USA to Europe is $1,310. Contact Grace Jiang at

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

As a part of the national Eucharistic Revival, the Lancaster Region of the Order of Malta will host a presentation on the Eucharist, “Jesus in the Eucharist: Just the Facts,” by Rev. James J. Greenfield, President of DeSales University. The event will take place on June 6 from 7-8:30 p.m. at St. Leo the Great Parish in Lancaster. Mass will be celebrated an hour before the event. In 2019, a Pew Research Study uncovered a disturbing finding: only one third of self-identifying Catholics believe in the Real Presence in the Eucharist. As a result of this finding, the USCCB has organized a National Eucharistic Conference in 2024 to better create awareness for the faithful in the real presence. The Order of Malta’s presentation on the Eucharist is taking place as part of the Eucharistic Revival.

Spanish-language Women of Grace Foundational Study begins Friday, May 31 at St. Joseph Parish in Hanover, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for nine weeks. For more information, contact Bianca Orihuela (Spanish-speaking only) at 717-521-2233 or

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Conewago will host a summer Bible study, “Where Are You, God?” Why is it that sometimes God seems to be absent – or at least silent – when everything is going wrong? Come and ponder where God might be in the midst of life’s misfortunes, and figure out what we can do differently. Father Dwight Schlaline, pastor, will be the presenter. Sessions are “When God Seems Absent in Temptation,” Monday, July 1; “In Failure,” Monday, July 15; and “In Tragedy,” Monday, July 29. All sessions are at 6:30 p.m. in the gym. Bring your Bible.

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.

Events & Fundraisers

Join Bishop Timothy Senior for an enchanting evening of community and celebration at Faith Night with the Harrisburg Senators. Mark your calendars for June 21 at FNB Field, where you can cheer on your favorite hometown team while supporting a noble cause. With every ticket purchased, you’re not only securing your spot for an exciting game but also supporting the work of Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Harrisburg. And to top it off, the night will conclude with a spectacular post-game fireworks display — a perfect way to commemorate the 1-year installation of Bishop Senior. Get your tickets today:

The Diocesan Camp at Kirchenwald is seeking volunteers to assist at its residential camp for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities from August 11-16, 2024. The camp is dependent on volunteers, with a particular need for volunteers who can spend the night. There are no special qualifications or minimum time required for volunteering. All volunteers are required to complete the Diocese of Harrisburg Youth Protection Clearances. There is no cost to volunteers; all meals, events, campground activities, etc. are included. If you are not able to volunteer but wish to support this special ministry, your prayers, financial generosity or simply sharing this volunteer solicitation with someone you think might be interested all make a significant, positive difference. Donations may be sent to Catholic Life and Evangelization, 4800 Union Deposit Road, Harrisburg, PA 17111. Checks should be made payable to the Diocese of Harrisburg, with Camp Kirchenwald in the memo line. For more information or any questions, please contact Kate Neri at 717-657-4804, ext. 317, or email

Knights in Action will have their third annual golf tournament to raise funds for the Diocesan Camp at Kirchenwald, a weeklong summer camp for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The tournament will be June 15 at the Carlisle Barracks Golf Course, with registration at 12:30 p.m., shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. and meal and awards at 6 p.m. Cost is $85 per person, $340 per foursome by May 15. Four-person scramble, beer and drinks, and team and skill prizes. Sponsorship opportunities available. Send check, payable to Knights in Action, along with player registration names and contact information, to Knights in Action, P.O. Box 718, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055. For forms and/or information visit or email or call Mike at or 717-329-2725.

Harrisburg Catholic Elementary School’s online auction fundraiser is taking place through May 29 at 9 p.m. Visit the auction site at for your chance to win gift cards to local restaurants, Penn State vs. Kent State football tickets, a photography session, cruises on the Pride of the Susquehanna, a weekend getaway near Bethany Beach, student artwork, themed dinners with Father Brommer, final-round passes to the U.S. Women’s Golf Open, Wolf bus tour tickets to Washington D.C. to tour the Museum of the Bible and National Cathedral, Hershey Park day passes, Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra gift cards, Gettysburg Battlefield bus tour gift cards and many more attractive items. Proceeds will help expand classroom learning experiences for our students by providing hands-on learning opportunities through purchases of school memberships to the Whitaker Center and PA State Museum.

Immaculate Conception BVM Parish in York will have its cultural festival, June 7 and 8 at the parish. Hours are 5-9 p.m. on Friday, and noon-9 p.m. on Saturday. Experience the tastes, sounds and traditions of various North and South American cultures. Enjoy flavorful foods, listen/dance to live music, play a variety of children’s games, and celebrate the diversity of our city. Fun for all ages! Game and food tickets can be purchased the day of the event. Free parking available behind the church.

St. Joan of Arc Parish in Hershey will have its 50th annual parish festival, June 6, 7 and 8 from 5-9:30 p.m. each night. Children’s games, bingo, Magic of Tony Baroni (Fri/Sat), hot air balloon (Sat), silent auction (including an autographed Christian Pulisic jersey and a trip for two to Sicily), raffles, plants, bake sale, crafts and more. Musical entertainment by The Happy Slovenes on Thursday, CBS Band on Friday, and Crossing Abbey Road on Saturday.

St. Joseph Parish in York will have its 31st annual carnival, June 11-15 from 5-10 p.m. There will be food from local vendors and food trucks, rides, games, casino-style wheels, an hourly 50-50 raffle and bingo. New this year is a local business vendor market in the school. The St. Joseph Jamaican Mission Team will host the beer & wine garden. Nightly entertainment includes Ni Riain School of Irish Dance, DJ Dan, acoustic band Bring Us Mountains, beer garden trivia, and more. The annual dunk tank will be Friday and Saturday, family-friendly eating contests, and a water balloon competition. Grand prize raffle of $10,000, with additional cash prizes. All the details are available at Follow our Facebook page for nightly updates during Carnival Week:

Mary, Gate of Heaven Parish in Myerstown will have its annual MGH Summerfest, June 20-22 from 5-10 p.m. Food booths, a book sale and the area’s largest basket raffle. Bounce houses and games for the kids, as well as games of chance for the adults. Free parking and free admission.  Great musical entertainment, Thursday by Neon Cactus, Friday by Vertigo Vibe and Saturday by Galbraith, Briody and friends. Musical entertainment is 7-10 p.m. each night. More information can be found on Facebook at MGH Summerfest.

“Summer Celebration! A Classical Voice Concert” will take place at St. Patrick Cathedral in Harrisburg on Sunday, June 23, at 3 p.m. Seasoned professional musicians Nina Cline, Leah Kaye Serr, Christyan Seay and Matthew A. Robinson, accompanied by pianist and organist Daniel L. Dorty, will perform this summer in Carlisle, Hershey and Harrisburg. The recital series features solo and ensemble selections of opera, operetta, musical theater and sacred music. Admission is free, however a free-will offering will be taken up during the presentation. For additional information, email Matthew Robinson at or visit this link.

The annual San Marziale Procession will take place in Kulpmont, July 14 at 1 p.m. The procession will begin at Holy Angels Church and is organized by the Holy Angels Parish, the Knights of Columbus, the Holy Name Society of Holy Angels Parish, and local organizations and businesses. The community event features the Kulpmont Our Boys Band, which performs a variety of Italian marches and Patriotic songs. The procession is named for St. Marziale, the patron saint of Isca sullo Ionio, a small town in southern Italy and his feast day is July 10. During the procession, onlookers can pin money to a statue of the saint; all money will then be donated to Holy Angels Parish to support activities and those in need, including local activities, scholarships, preservation projects, food for the poor and more. Those who wish to walk in the procession should meet at Holy Angels Church at 12:15 p.m. Food and refreshments will be available at the parish picnic grounds for those who walk in the procession. Individuals and businesses interested in sponsoring the event can call Chris Bressi at 570-373-9433 or Tom Letcavage at 570-274-1508. Learn more on the procession’s Facebook page or see a video of it at this YouTube link.

Our Mother of Perpetual Help School in Ephrata will be adding a second Kindergarten class for the 2024-2025 school year. The full-day program will run Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m.-2:45 p.m. An on-site After School club is also available until 5:30 p.m. each day. Kindergarten is for children who will be 5-years-old before September 1, 2024. Seats are limited; interested families are encouraged to contact Holly Pannebecker, Director of Enrollment, at 717-738-2414 or OMPH School also offers a Preschool program for children who turn 3 before September 1, 2024. OMPH School offers full-day Preschool (age 3), full-day Pre-Kindergarten (age 4), full-day Kindergarten (age 5), and grades 1 through 8. For more information, call 717-738-2414 or visit

Perohi and kielbasi sales at St. Ann Byzantine Parish in Harrisburg will take place May through November on the first Wednesdays and Saturdays and third Wednesdays of the month, from 10 a.m.-noon. The perohi are sold frozen for $7 a bag; the frozen smoked kielbasa is sold for $8 a ring. Visit www.stannbyzorg for more information.

Job Openings

St. John Neumann School in Lancaster is seeking a new principal. Desired qualifications: practicing, knowledgeable Catholic; PA administrative certification (or willing to obtain); 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.

Trinity High School in Camp Hill is seeking a new principal. Desired qualifications: Master’s Degree or higher; five years or more of teaching experience; Catechetical Certification (or willing to obtain); and PA Administrative Certification (or willing to obtain). 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.

The Sisters of Saints Cyril and Methodius and Maria Hall in Danville are hiring. Positions are open for Nurses Aide/CAN, full-time, third shift working four 10-hour shifts per week, rotating weekends and holidays. Benefits and paid vacation. Please send your resumé to Stacy in Human Resources at or call 570-275-3581 with any questions.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Mechanicsburg is seeking a part-time administrative assistant to greet visitors, answer phones and be willing and able to assist with data entry, proof-reading, collaborative editing, website updates, Google calendar maintenance, etc. Candidates must be able to navigate or learn Microsoft Office, Google, and other technology applications that are essential. Security clearances are required. Hours are Wednesday-Friday from 8:30 am-3:30 p.m. Call Parish Manager, John Durle, at 717-608-6809 with questions, or e-mail your resume to

Lancaster Catholic High School 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. Patrick School in Carlisle is seeking a principal for the 2024-2025 school year. Must be a practicing, knowledgeable Catholic, possess a master’s degree or higher, and have at least five years of teaching experience as well as catechetical certification (or be willing to obtain it). Preferred qualifications: PA Administration Certification, school administration experience and leadership, marketing or finance experience. Apply online at

St. Cyril Preschool and Kindergarten in Danville is looking for an ambitious, patient, enthusiastic teacher who has a love for children and teaching. We are in need of a full-time teacher for the 2024-2025 school year to teach 10 three-year-olds in a classroom setting. Please contact the principal, Sister Donna Marie, at 570-275-1505.

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.

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