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Diocesan Notebook – November 11

Masses & Prayer Services

A first class relic of the beloved St. Anthony of Padua will be part of the Forty Hour Devotions at Mother Cabrini Church in Shamokin on Nov. 14, 15 and 16. Father Richard Jacob Forcier, OFM Conv., will be the guest homilist for these three evenings. Father Forcier currently serves as the Director of the Shrine of St. Anthony in Ellicott City, Md., and also serves in the position of Province Secretary.

Caelorum at St. Joan of Arc Church in Hershey, Dec. 1 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.

Education & Enrichment

The Order of Malta runs a Pen Pal Program for those in prison and is seeking volunteers to write to inmates. The effort takes a few minutes and a stamp every month. The program is anonymous and presents volunteers with a way to be true to our call to visit Christ in prison. To express interest, please reach out to The Order of Malta will provide all of the necessary support and direction.

Lancaster Catholic Young Adults will meet for Theology on Tap, Nov. 16 at Arooga’s on Centerville Road. Father Brian Olkowski, pastor of Assumption BVM Parish, will speak on “The Middle of the Torah,” revealing the deep secrets of the book of Leviticus. The evening begins with a happy half-hour at 7 p.m., followed by the presentation at 7:30, with a Q&A to follow. Must be 21 or older to attend. Additional upcoming Lancaster Catholic Young Adults events include Breaking Bread at Sacred Heart on Nov. 14; Bible study at St. Leo’s on Nov. 18; and Revive at St. Leo’s on Nov. 23. E-mail for information.

Retreats & Pilgrimages

You are invited to join Father Ken Smith on a pilgrimage to Austria & Germany including the Passion Play in Oberammergau from September 5-12, 2022. For information, please contact Karen Hurley at

“Advent Retreat Day Enjoy,” a guided retreat, in person or virtually, will be presented by Sister Jean Marie Holup, SS.C.M., on Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. This guided retreat will focus on the “special spiritual gifts” we will unwrap and rewrap as we wait in joyful and hope-filled anticipation of Christ’s coming. For more details and to register by Nov. 29, visit or call 570-275-3581.

Events & Fundraisers

All-you-can-eat pancake breakfast at Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg, Nov. 27 from 7-11 a.m. Proceeds benefit the McDevitt Swimming and Diving Team. $10 for ages 12 and up, $5 for ages 6-11, ages 5 and under are free. Presale tickets and other information are available at

York Catholic Middle & High School will be open to the public on Wednesday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for families who want to take a tour while classes are in session. One of the YC Student Ambassadors will escort families and let them observe a typical school day. All visitors will have a chance to meet with the Admissions Director to have questions answered. If you have any questions prior to “Welcome Wednesday,” please contact Heather Hoffman, Director of Admissions & Enrollment, at 717-846-8871, ext. 220 or

The Knights of Columbus Council #3625 of Prince of Peace Parish in Steelton are sponsoring an all-you-can-eat breakfast on Sunday, December 5, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. The breakfast will be in the gym of the Parish Center and includes eggs, pancakes, sausage, bacon, blueberry muffins, juice, coffee or tea. Cost is $9.00 per person. Children ages 6-12 are $6.00, and children ages 5 and under are free. Bring your friends and family to the breakfast and support your local Knights.

The Notre Dame Chorale will commence their 2022 Winter Tour with a performance at Saint Patrick Cathedral, Harrisburg, on Monday, Jan. 3. The Chorale performance will begin at 7 p.m. This is their first performance as part of the Winter Tour, which is leading up to the Chorale’s international tour in May 2022. The Chorale is being hosted by the Notre Dame Club of Harrisburg. The event is free but donations will gratefully be accepted.

Join Holy Spirit Parish’s SHINE Faith and Fitness Exercise Ministry to step into Thanksgiving healthier! Together, we’ll team up for 12 days to focus on improving health, share in prayer and begin a healthy habit, just in time for the upcoming busy holiday season. Each day, a step goal and prayer goal will be given. Motivation will be provided through daily e-mails, class sessions and videos. The program is being held November 8-19 with Zoom and in-person classes. For additional information or to be added to our event notification list, e-mail Shine is based out of Holy Spirit Parish in Palmyra.

The Harrisburg Diocesan Council of Catholic Women will have a baby shower for their Spiritual Adoption Program, Nov. 20 from 1:30-3 p.m. at the Diocesan Center in Harrisburg. The council began its Spiritual Adoption Program nine months ago to pray every day for the more than 100 babies in danger of abortion. The baby shower will collect items to be donated to pro-life organizations within the Diocese. The shower will also include games and refreshments. Please RSVP to, Kathy Kokoski at 717-448-8899 or Debbie Black at 717-514-8815 by Nov. 17. If you are unable to attend the shower, but wish to donate items, contact Kathy Kokoski at 717-448-8899 to make arrangements for pick-up.

Join the Crusader Players at Bishop McDevitt High School as they present CLUE on Stage, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m., and Nov. 13 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Based on the iconic 1985 Paramount movie which was inspired by the classic Hasbro board game, Clue is a hilarious farce-meets-murder mystery. This madcap comedy will keep you guessing until the final twist. Tickets are $10 adults, $5 students. Reserved tickets can be purchased at General admission tickets will be available at the door.

Inaugural cornhole tournament sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council 10502 of Holy Spirit Parish in Palmyra, Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. Tournament will be held indoors. Entry fee is $40 per team.  Must be 21 or older to enter and play. First 24 teams double elimination. Cash prizes. Entry fee includes sandwich, salty snack and two drinks. Register by Nov. 19 at For more information, contact Tom Szeltner at 717-319-9667.

St. Patrick Parish in Trevorton’s soup, pigeon and bake sale, Nov. 19 from 4-7 p.m. and Nov. 20 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the parish hall. Sale will feature a variety of homemade soups and baked goods.

Good Shepherd Parish in Camp Hill is sponsoring a deluxe motor coach bus to the 2022 March for Life on Friday, January 21. Round trip from Good Shepherd will be from 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. with a requested donation of $25/person. Contact 717-761-1167, ext. 3613, or for information/reservations.

Knights of Columbus Council 13451 of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in New Holland’s Wreaths Across America sale will take place after Mass the weekends of Nov. 13-14 and Nov. 20-21. These wreaths will be placed at headstones during ceremonies at Indiantown Gap National Military Cemetery on Saturday, Dec 18 at noon. You can also purchase a wreath to honor our deceased veterans by calling Dave Gallton at 717-381-5627 or Pat Mulrooney at 717-419-6880 before Nov. 30. Wreath purchases can also be made online at

Our Mother of Perpetual Help School in Ephrata will host a Virtual Information Session for families interested in learning more about OMPH School’s full-day Preschool and full-day Kindergarten programs. The session will be on Nov. 30 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. Those attending the virtual session will hear from school leadership and OMPH Preschool and Kindergarten teachers about the importance of Preschool education in preparation for Kindergarten, STEM activities during a typical day in Kindergarten, and more. Information on the admissions process, along with a virtual tour, will also be shared. Registration is required to receive the Zoom link. For more information or to register, please email OMPH School’s Enrollment Office at or visit the school’s web site at

Christ the King Catholic Church, 300 Mendenhall Lane, Benton, has pierogis for sale. Three dozen for $20 or one dozen for $7. Please call the Parish office at 570-925-6969 to order. Pick up is on Monday or Thursday mornings, or stop at the Church on Sundays between 10 – 10:30 a.m.

Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Cornwall will have Fall Fish Dinners on Wednesdays between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. through November 17.  Fried pollock or baked haddock, french-fries or baked potato, coleslaw or applesauce and a homemade Bernie’s Bakers dessert for only $10. Drive up or take-out only.

The Columbiettes of Saint Joseph’s, Auxiliary #12788, have published a cookbook in honor of the 70th anniversary of Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Mechanicsburg. The cookbook costs $12, features 233 recipes collected from the Columbiettes and parishioners, and includes the history of the parish and a special 70th anniversary message. To purchase a cookbook, please contact Diane Freundel at Mailing costs will be added, or arrangements can be made for delivery.

Job Openings

The Diocese of Harrisburg seeks a confident self-starter with superior administrative skills for an open full-time administrative assistant position in the Executive Office. Candidates should demonstrate experience and/or knowledge of human resource topics (I-9’s, visas, payroll and benefits) as she/he will be the primary point of contact for Diocesan and Religious Order clergy. Proficiency in all MS Office programs is essential. Candidates must possess high levels of verbal, interpersonal and written communication skills, and must have an eye for detail and an ability to work with financial figures. The administrative assistant will support the Office of the Vicar General, the Secretary for Clergy & Consecrated Life and the Director for the Office of Divine Worship. Candidates must be a Catholic in good standing. To apply, please send résumé and cover letter to by Nov. 19.

The Diocese of Harrisburg is seeking to fill an administrative assistant position in the Secretariat of Catholic Life and Evangelization. Must be a mission-oriented team player with an eye for detail. This position provides administrative support for department ministries, events and programs, screens phone calls and greets visitors, manages the department calendar and event logistics, maintains office supplies, acts as the assistant camp director for the Diocesan camp for persons with disabilities, and manages youth protection clearances for program volunteers. The successful candidate must be a Catholic in good standing with advanced verbal, interpersonal and written communication skills, the ability to develop project timelines and meet deadlines, be respectful and courteous, have initiative and a spirit of innovation, and be able to work independently and collaboratively. Candidates must have a high school diploma or GED and previous work experience as an administrative assistant or similar role. Must have proficiency with MS Office programs, web browsers and familiarity with office equipment. The ability to speak Spanish is a plus. This position offers a competitive salary & benefits package. To view the full job description, please visit To apply, please send a résumé and cover letter to by Friday, Nov. 26.

Custodian Job Opening at Mother Cabrini Parish in Shamokin. Effective immediately, the parish invites interested applicants to contact the parish office to pick up a job description to fill the position of parish custodian at Mother Cabrini. The position is for 25 hours/week. This position will be available beginning Jan. 2, 2022. Appropriate references and clearances will be necessary. Please contact Jen Seidel at the parish office, 570-648-4512, ext. 211, with any questions.

Morning Star Pregnancy Services (MSPS) is seeking a Graphic Design and Communications Manager. MSPS provides no-cost services to women and men facing unplanned pregnancies in our community. The Graphic Design and Communications Manager is responsible for providing a broad range of communications, marketing and graphic design services and support to our client services and 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. Visit our website for the full job description: Please send résumé and cover letter to Please call 717-734-4630 for inquiries.

St. Joseph Parish in Mechanicsburg has a vacancy for a full-time administrative assistant/bulletin coordinator. This position requires an individual who is a detail-oriented team player that knows how to meet deadlines. This person must be able to take direction while working collaboratively in a team environment; handling several tasks simultaneously and working independently as necessary. The applicant must have a broad knowledge of office equipment. The position requires accurate keyboarding skills and computer application software experience with Microsoft Office Suite and the ability to learn new software applications. Excellent spelling, grammatical and proofreading skills are required. This person must be skilled in planning, organizing and phone etiquette, and have the ability to understand and follow directions. This position requires a team player with excellent interpersonal skills. This person must be a problem solver, able to critically think and handle multiple tasks at the same time. The person must be trustworthy, dependable and able to maintain confidentiality. Two year college degree or higher desired, or equivalent level of work experience. Please submit résumé and letter of intent to Brenda Perry at Deadline to apply is Nov. 19.

St. Leo the Great School in Rohrerstown is seeking a Social Studies middle school teacher to begin Dec. 1. Candidates must have a history of academic excellence, positive attitude, teamwork skills, and devotion to our Catholic identity. Teachers will be responsible for developing rigorous lesson plans, design and develop digital-age learning experiences and assessments daily, grade book management and assessments. A balanced program of direct instruction and sustained seatwork should offset extended periods of exploration and innovative hands-on lessons. Familiarity with Chromebooks, Google Education and its suite of applications is desirable. Our teachers collaborate in team meetings to ensure best practices and student growth. Candidate will need to submit current background clearances and an active Pennsylvania certification for Social Studies Grades 4-8 or similar certification like Citizen education. Qualified candidates should complete and submit to the Diocese of Harrisburg a teacher application, available at: Interested candidates should also contact Mrs. Christine McLean, Principal, at 717-394-1742, ext. 3, or

Delone Catholic High School in McSherrystown is currently accepting applications for a Head Varsity Boys Lacrosse Coach. Please submit a letter of interest and a coaching résumé to the Athletic Director at or 140 S. Oxford Ave., McSherrystown, Pa. 17344. Preferred Qualification(s): 3-5 years of high school coaching experience. Application deadline is Nov. 19.

St. Patrick School in Carlisle is looking for a motivated leader to oversee its before-school and after-school childcare program, CARES. Position is full-time, year-round with benefits. An early childhood degree and experience working with children is preferred. Responsibilities include: child care of all ages, although the director’s main focus is on students ages 3-4; oversight of childcare for all school-age participants, up to age 14; collection and maintenance of state compliance paperwork; oversight of classroom materials; management of part-time CARES workers (about 13 people), including training and scheduling; communication with parents, teachers, staff about student attendance, behavior, etc.; completion of daily usage paperwork; planning activities for students; and coordination of billing. Interested applicants should send a résumé and cover letter to Principal Antoinette Oliverio at or Saint Patrick School, 87 Marsh Drive, Carlisle, PA 17015 by Nov. 30.

St. Joan of Arc School in Hummelstown is in need of classroom aides. A classroom aide for Pre3 is needed from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Tuition discounts will apply. Aides for the after school program are needed from 3-6 p.m. Days and hours are negotiable. Clearances are required for both positions. Contact Sister Eileen at 717-533-2854, ext. 118 or

St. Joan of Arc School in Hummelstown is looking to hire a cafeteria helper from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday through Friday to serve and clean up afterwards. Clearances are required. Contact Sister Eileen 717-533-2854, ext. 118 or    

Saint Joseph Catholic School in York has an opening for a part time Classroom Supervisor and an Aide for the after school program, After Hours. Hours are Monday through Friday from 3 to 5:30/6 p.m. The successful candidate must have (or be willing to obtain) their clearances and plan activities for our youngest school children (Kindergarten through Second Grade). Training will be provided. Please contact Mrs. Kim Wozniak, After Hours Coordinator, at, or Mrs. Corrinne Eck, Principal, at

Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish in Marysville and St. Bernadette Mission in Duncannon are seeking a part-time office administrator. The duties of the office administrator are bookkeeping and secretary of the office. Interested candidates should submit a résumé to Father Dijo Thomas, pastor, at 121 William Street, Marysville, PA 17053 or via e-mail at

Full-time custodian (40 hours a week) needed for St. Rose of Lima School in Thomasville. Full benefits offered. Please contact Mr. Randy James, Principal, at or 717-792-0889.

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