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Diocesan Notebook – May 26

Masses and Prayer Services

The Dominican Nuns of the Perpetual Rosary, Monastery of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, formerly on Lititz Pike in Lancaster, will be honoring in a special way all the deceased members of their community who have recently been moved from the former monastery property to St. Joseph’s New Roman Catholic Cemetery in Lancaster. The Blessing and Dedication of the “Dominican Nuns” section of St. Joseph’s Cemetery, 175 Charles Road, will take place on Friday, June 3 at 11:30 a.m. with Bishop Gainer officiating. All are welcome to attend. Please kindly RSVP to Sister Denise Marie, OP, at no later than May 31.

The St. Thomas More Society of Central Pennsylvania will host a Mass to celebrate the feast of St. Thomas More on Wednesday, June 22 at 8:30 a.m. at St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Church in Harrisburg. Father Paul M. Clark, the Bishop’s Liaison to the Society, will be the principal celebrant. The homilist will be Deacon Timothy Shultis, a civil lawyer and long-time member of the Society. Following the Mass, the Society will host coffee and a light breakfast in the outdoor pavilion on the parish grounds. All are welcome. Priest concelebrants and attending deacons are asked to bring alb, stole and Diocesan vestments. The St. Thomas More Society of Central Pennsylvania was founded for Catholic lawyers, judges and law students to promote the ideals and principles of St. Thomas More.

A Charismatic Mass with prayers for healing will be celebrated on Tuesday, June 7 at 7 p.m. at St. Theresa Church in New Cumberland. Father Dwight Schlaline, pastor of the Basilica of Sacred Heart of Jesus in Hanover, will be the celebrant. For information, please call Mary Ann at 717-512-3628 or Vicki at 717-364-6260.

The Padre Pio Prayer Group of Lancaster invites you to a Eucharistic procession on June 11. The procession will begin at St. Joseph Church and then move to Historic St. Mary’s Church and San Juan Bautista Church. The route is approximately one mile. The procession will begin at approximately 9:15 a.m., following the 8:15 a.m. Mass at St. Joseph’s. For more information (route, parking, music and hymns to be used, etc.) e-mail

St. Joseph Parish in Mechanicsburg is planning a special celebration of the Pentecost Vigil on June 4. The celebration will include Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with quiet prayer at 6:15 p.m., a talk on the Holy Spirit and St. Joseph at 6:30 p.m., Pentecost Evening Prayer and Adoration at 7 p.m., a talk on the Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit at 7:30 p.m. followed by Benediction, and the celebration of the Vigil Mass at 8 p.m. For more information, contact the parish at 717-766-9433 or

The next Caelorum at St. Joan of Arc Church in Hershey will be Wednesday, June 8 at 7 p.m. Join your brothers and sisters in Christ as we come together to adore, praise and worship our Lord and Savior. Feel the power of his presence and never-failing love as he attends to your needs and strengthens and blesses you with his abundant Mercy. For more information, call 717-215-4175.

Were you married in 1972? In honor of your 50th wedding anniversary, the Diocese of Harrisburg will have a special Mass and reception on Sunday, July 10 at 2 p.m. at Good Shepherd Church in Camp Hill. Bishop Ronald Gainer will be the celebrant. To receive an invitation, please contact your parish office.

Education & Enrichment

The Diocese of Harrisburg will host an evening of personal stories, prayers and open discussion on the crisis in Ukraine during a public event on Wednesday, June 8 from 6-8 p.m. Very Rev. Mykola Ivanov, pastor of Transfiguration of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church in Shamokin; Rev. Taras Lovska, pastor of Saint Ann Byzantine Catholic Church in Harrisburg; and Matthew Kenenitz, a current professor of English at the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, will provide first-hand accounts of the continued conflict and humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, and how we can help. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with prayer, followed by personal accounts from Very Rev. Ivanov, Rev. Lovska and Prof. Kenenitz, concluding with Q&A and a closing prayer at 8 p.m. A free- will offering will be taken to support continuing humanitarian efforts. All are welcome to join us in person at the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg, 4800 Union Deposit Road, Harrisburg, or watch the event live at More details on the event, including a full schedule, will be available on the Diocesan website,

The Mental Health Ministry at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Mechanicsburg will begin Spiritual Support Groups to provide a safe, supportive space for individuals who are experiencing mental illness. Meetings will be held on the second and fourth Saturday of each month, beginning June 11 at 9 a.m. at the church. The meetings will open with prayer, followed by individual sharing by group members. The second half of the meeting will be spiritually based with reflections on scripture and spiritual reading. Spiritual Support Groups are not group therapy, but rather a ministry in which members seek to support each other during their time of need, and to grow spiritually in their relationship with God. One does not need to be Catholic to participate, but Catholic prayers and devotions will be used. Please visit or contact Pastoral Assistant Donna Nebistinsky at or 717-697-6929 for more information.

Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Abbottstown invites all youth in grades 8-12 to the “Dynamic YOU Summer Teen Program.” In a world confused over sexuality, gender identity, dating, love, marriage and family, this program presents the Catholic view. “Dynamic YOU” runs on Sunday nights from June 12 to August 14, from 6-8:30 p.m. During that time, there will be dinner, games, prizes, activities, Eucharistic Adoration (on certain nights), Confessions (on certain nights), and more. To register, call or e-mail Paul Oakes at 717-640-2592 or

The Harrisburg Diocesan Council of Catholic Women invites officers, Commission chairs, and future leaders of council to attend a day of workshops and lunch to help you better understand your role in the CCW. The workshop will be held at St. Catherine Laboure Parish in Harrisburg on June 4 from 8:15 a.m.-2 p.m. The HDCCW strongly encourages you and fellow leaders of your council to attend this important workshop. If you are not able to attend, please be sure to send someone from your parish as a representative. To register for the workshop and lunch, and for information on where to send the check, please visit The deadline to register is Friday, May 27.  

Retreats & Pilgrimages

The 44th Annual Corpus Christi Men’s Retreat will be August 5-7 at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md. Father Larry Richards will lead the retreat. Attendees will hear Father Richards develop his selected themes during the retreat, and participate in other spiritual activities. Father Richards’ main theme of “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you” will be illustrated through the five presentations he will offer. Father Richards serves as pastor of St. Joseph Church/Bread of Life Community in Erie. He is also the Founder of the DME (Divine Mercy Encounter) Retreat Program for the Diocese of Erie. A gifted and captivating speaker, preacher, retreat master, and author, Father Richards has directed hundreds of retreats, parish missions, and conferences. The retreat is open to men ages 14 and up; sons and grandsons are welcomed at the retreat! A $60 deposit is required towards the total cost of $200. Included in the retreat is Holy Mass on Saturday and Sunday, 24-hour Adoration, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Scriptural Rosary, Evening and Morning prayers and six meals. Reservations can be made through the local parish retreat coordinators, or online at  For additional information contact Keith R. Smith by phone 717-263-3442 or e-mail,

Rachel’s Vineyard Weekend Retreats, a safe place to renew, rebuild and redeem hearts broken by abortion, will be May 27-29, July 15-17, September 23-25 and November 4-6. If you or someone you know needs healing after an abortion, please call 717-788-4959 or contact Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats at

Events & Fundraisers

The Sisters of Saints Cyril and Methodius will have their Summer Festival in Danville on Saturday, July 9. The festival will have food trucks, baked goods, a flea market, bingo, Sister’s art, and a furniture sale. The event is scheduled from 10:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m., with Mass in the Basilica at 5 p.m.

Seven Sorrows BVM Parish in Middletown will hold its summer festival June 23-25, rain or shine, on the parish grounds. The festival runs from 5-9 p.m. each night and includes a flea market, cash raffle, basket raffle, jewelry extravaganza, and games for all ages. Entertainment and food vary by night. Thursday, June 23 features food trucks (Sittin’ Pickin’ Chickin’, The Lucky Penny Burger Co., Taste of Italy, Scoop O Dough, 717 Tacos, ShreddRRz, Farm Show Milkshakes) and Occasions DJs. Friday, June 24 features live music by Crossing Abbey Road (a Beatles cover band), homemade meals (lasagna rolls with meatballs, Polish stuffed cabbage, haluski, pierogies), authentic tacos, Schmidt’s sausage, baked goods, funnel cakes, and Father Sahd’s ice cream waffles. Saturday, June 25 features live music by The Bad Toupees (a classic rock dance band) and homemade meals (lasagna rolls with meatballs, Polish stuffed cabbage, haluski, pierogies), authentic tacos, Schmidt’s sausage, baked goods, funnel cakes, and Father Sahd’s ice cream waffles. For more information, visit

St. Cecilia Parish in Lebanon will have its festival, June 9, 10 and 11 at 750 State Drive. Meals served from 4-7 p.m. each evening include lasagna on Thursday, fried fish with mac and cheese on Friday, and chicken BBQ on Saturday. Homemade baked goods available. Entertainment from 7-10 p.m. each night features Firestorm on Thursday, LUV GODS on Friday, and Galbraith, Briody & Friends with The Black Blue Horns on Saturday. Attic treasures, sugar cookies and strudel stands open at 4 p.m. Food court opens at 5 p.m., midway at 6 p.m. featuring games, bingo (Saturday at 7 p.m.), kiddie land, a chance booth, and inflatables.

Mary, Mother of the Church Parish in Mount Joy will have its 2nd Annual Christmas in July Bazaar, July 16 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on the parish grounds. Event features breakfast, lunch and chicken BBQ dinners, crafters and vendors, basket bonanza, raffle, silent auction, 50/50 raffle and a children’s area. The bazaar will also include two community based events. There will be a “stuff the bus” collection of K-12 school supplies, sweatpants, sweatshirts and children’s socks for Donegal, Elizabethtown, Hempfield and Columbia Borough school districts. There will also be a collection of food items and local grocery store gift cards for the Mount Joy and East Donegal Conoy Christian food banks. Those who donate three items to either cause will receive three tickets for the basket raffle.

The Knights of Columbus of East York will sponsor the 6th annual charity golf tournament benefitting Misericordia Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. The event is Friday, June 24 at 12:30 p.m. at Heritage Hills Golf Resort in York. Cost is $95 per person and includes 18 holes of golf, cart, lunch, dinner and beverages. Please e-mail Patrick Nelson at for additional information or to be a sponsor for the tournament. To register/sign-up online for the golfing event via credit card, visit

The Diocesan Summer Camp for Adults with Developmental Disabilities is seeking volunteers to assist at its residential camp, August 14-19, 2022, at Camp Kirchenwald in Lebanon County. There is a critical need this year for a camp nurse or doctor to provide health oversight. Interested persons ages 16 and older are welcome to volunteer for full-time or part-time duties. There are no special qualifications or minimum time required for volunteering, but there is a particular need for volunteers who are able to spend the night. All volunteers are required to complete the Diocesan Clearance process and to provide proof of vaccination from the COVID-19 virus (vaccination waivers may be granted). Attendance at a brief training session prior to helping at camp is also required. There is no cost to volunteers; all meals, events, campground activities, etc. are included. Deadline for expressing volunteer interest is July 1st. If you are not able to volunteer but wish to support this special ministry, donations may be sent to the Office of Ministry with People with Disabilities, 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 Larry Kiley at 717-657-4804, ext. 322, or email

St. Joseph Parish in York will have its summer carnival June 14-18 from 5-10 p.m. Event features rides, games, a beer garden, food trucks and a $10,000 cash raffle. Raffle tickets can be purchased at the parish office or at the carnival.

St. Benedict the Abbot Parish in Lebanon will have a big cash bingo on June 5 in the parish center. Doors open at 12:15 p.m., bingo starts at 1:30. There will be 20 games of $100, small games of chance, raffle baskets and refreshments. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling 717-450-4506 or 717-269-0785.

The Iris Dramatic Society of Immaculate Conception BVM Parish in York is performing the comedy play, “Happy Birthday Dear Grandpa.” Show dates and times are May 27 and 28 at 7 p.m. and May 29 at 3 p.m. For tickets, call JoAnn Niekrewicz at 717-881-2849 or Pattie Evans at 717-999-4025. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Light refreshments will be available for purchase.

Mary, Gate of Heaven Parish in Myerstown will host its Summer Fest June 23-25 from 5-10 p.m. Event features a food court, games, book sale, raffles, bounce houses and live music. Book sale begins at 4 p.m. Live music by “Sidetracked” on Thursday, “Vertigo Vibe” on Friday, and “The New Individuals” on Saturday. Find more information on Facebook by searching “MGH Summerfest.”

The annual Divine Redeemer Parish Summer Festival in Mount Carmel will take place on the parish picnic grounds and in Divine Mercy Hall on Friday, June 17 from 4-10 p.m. and Saturday, June 18 from 4-10 p.m. Delicious homemade ethnic and traditional foods, homemade baked goods, live bands and theme baskets. Entertainment on Friday: “Swing Masters Polka Band” and on Saturday evening: “Keep Out Brass Band.”

Assumption BVM Parish in Lancaster will host the Lancaster Summer Arts Festival AGO Organ Recital on June 9 at 7 p.m. The Lancaster Chapter of the American Guild of Organists has selected eight area AGO members and one scholarship student to play for this recital. This recital is open to the public. A free-will collection will support new and developing organists through the “Beginning Organist” and “Lunt-McConnell” Scholarships.

The Knights in Action Golf Tournament is seeking sponsors and players for the event, which will benefit the Diocesan camp at Camp Kirchenwald. The camp is administered by the Diocesan Office of Ministry with People with Disabilities every August. The golf tournament is June 11 at the Carlisle Barracks Golf Club, with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $75/player, $25/guest for the Saturday tournament banquet. Registration deadline May 21. For more information, call Mike Yakubick at 717-329-2725 or Steve Franchak at 717-695-3506. Registration and sponsorship forms are available at

St. Joan of Arc Parish in Hershey will have its 48th Annual Parish Festival, June 9-11 from 5-10 p.m. each night. Great homemade food, children’s games and activities, kids inflatable, face painting, silent auction (including a trip to Sicily), games of skill and bingo. Raffle items include cash, beautiful gift baskets, Hershey restaurants, authentic sports memorabilia, and a Christian Pulisic jersey. Shop jewelry, plants, garden bounties, bake sale, crafts and more. Musical entertainment on Thursday is DJ Dave Willey; Friday is Crossing Abbey Road; and Saturday is the Happy Slovenes. For more information, call 717-533-7168 or visit

Lancaster Catholic High School’s Fine and Performing Arts (FPA) Department will host a Fine & Performing Arts Middle School Workshop on Saturday, June 4 from 9 a.m.-noon. The workshop will be free to all middle school students, grades 5-8.  LCHS will offer five different mini-workshops throughout that morning with interested students choosing one track for the day. The options include chorus, band, guitar, art and acting. Students must currently be taking instrumental music (any length of time) and supply their own instrument for the band track. Students who chose guitar must supply their own instrument, but no experience is necessary to participate. All other workshops need no previous experience or study. Students will break into their workshop groups and create and play with LCHS faculty and current students beginning at 9 a.m. At 11:45 a.m., parents, guardians and guests are welcome to a special performance by the students in the choral, band, guitar and drama workshops. Students who participate in the art workshop will have a gallery of their work displayed for all to see. For more information about the workshop and to register, please visit Questions? Contact Lancaster Catholic’s Fine & Performing Arts Director, Tony Brill, at or call 717-509-0315.

Job Openings

Diocese of Harrisburg Catholic School Principals Opportunity for the 2022-2023 school year: Harrisburg Catholic Elementary, Harrisburg (; Our Lady of Lourdes Regional School, Coal Township (; and Our Lady of the Angels School, Columbia ( 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 website: Send résumé and letter of interest to: Ann Everest, Dept. of Education; Diocese of Harrisburg; 4800 Union Deposit Road;  Harrisburg, PA 17111-3710 or by email:

The Diocese of Harrisburg is seeking an administrative assistant in the Secretariat for Education. Must be a confident individual with superior organizational and administrative skills to work as part of an administrative team. 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, along with a thorough working knowledge of database management and Excel spreadsheets. Experience in working in Catholic schools or a parish CCD program is helpful, but not essential. Knowledge of Diocesan parish /school structures would be beneficial. Competitive salary and benefits.

Please send résumé and cover letter to Closing date is June 24, 2022.

St. John the Baptist School in New Freedom has several job opportunities available for the 2022-2023 school year: a first-grade teacher, fifth-grade teacher, part-time Preschool Teacher, part-time Technology teacher, and part-time Physical Education Teacher. The ideal candidates will possess a knowledge of instructional strategies, demonstrate strong classroom management, and model their Catholic faith. Interested candidates should send their résumé and cover letter to Sue Mareck or Michelle Williams at

Lancaster Catholic High School has an immediate opening for a full-time Annual Fund Director to join our Advancement Team. The Annual Fund Director is an integral part of the Lancaster Catholic Advancement Department, reporting to the Director of Development and President. This Director is a salaried, 12-month staff member responsible for the strategic leadership and implementation of all aspects of the annual giving program, including engaging volunteer stakeholders in support of Advancement activities and programs. Responsibilities include: cultivating and in-person solicitation of gifts from donor prospects, planning and leading the School’s Annual Fund Campaign, stewardship of donors, foundation and corporate grant writing, attracting support from the business community, and maintaining a portfolio of leadership gift prospects. Requirements: Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of two years of related experience. Please submit your résumé to

Lancaster Catholic High School has an immediate opening for a part-time experienced Staff Accountant, 20-28 hours per week. A member of the four-person Business Office team, the Staff Accountant is charged with providing accounting, reconciliation, reporting and analytic support for the school. Responsibilities include reconciliations, journal entries, reports to leadership, and liaison with Diocesan HR and Accounting staff. This position reports to the Lancaster Catholic President. The ideal candidate should have a 4-year degree or combination of education & experience. Please submit your résumé to

The Diocese of Harrisburg has a full time vacancy for Cemetery Maintenance and Service at Holy Savior Cemetery, York. Applicants must have skills in grounds maintenance. The ability to operate a backhoe is highly desirable but training will be given. Other equipment that will be used: tractor, pickup, mowers and a variety of small equipment related to cemetery maintenance and operation. Must be a good team player who is able to take direction and demonstrate tact, courtesy and diplomacy. Applicants must have a valid, clean Pennsylvania driver’s license. Work is performed both indoors and outdoors. This is a manual position requiring physical fitness with the ability to lift (up to 50 lbs. regularly), bend, stoop, climb and be mobile (on your feet) for most of the day. Applicants must be able to work in all weather conditions to tight deadlines. Applicants must pass Diocesan background checks. Applicants should send résumé and cover letter to Please visit for the full job description.

Immaculate Conception BVM Parish in York is looking for a full-time Parish Administrative Manager. This mature, responsible individual should possess an in-depth understanding of business and human resources. The position requires excellent communication, organizational, human relations, managerial and problem solving skills. Must have a working knowledge of Church teaching and an understanding of the mission/vision/philosophy of a Roman Catholic parish. A professional demeanor is essential in interacting with persons at many levels. The position requires computer experience. A bachelor’s degree is required as well as a minimum of three years of experience in business administration and personnel supervision. Experience with parish operations is preferred. Interested applicants may submit their cover letter and résumé to Father John Kuchinski at

Morning Star Pregnancy Services is hiring! Do you have a heart for Life? For supporting families unprepared for pregnancy? Morning Star is seeking a full-time Client Services Director to oversee client programs at our three Central PA clinics. We also have openings for a part-time ultrasound tech and part-time and full-time counselor advocates. To learn more about these opportunities, visit

St. Maria Goretti Catholic High School in Hagerstown, Md., is seeking a Director of Advancement. The Director of Advancement is a critical member of the school leadership team and reports to the President. The Director of Advancement leads all fundraising for the school, and is responsible for organizing the fundraising efforts for the annual fund, major gifts, planned gifts, foundation and government support, corporate support, Goretti “Gaela,” and capital campaign, and assists with all other fundraising for Goretti including the Golf Tournament, Gael Center Banner Sponsorships, etc. A bachelor’s degree and at least 3 years of successful professional advancement experience is required. Send your résumé and cover letter to Vince Connelly at Those selected for interviews will be asked to submit three professional references. Please contact Vince Connelly at 443-413-6033 or with any questions. All conversations are confidential.

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