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Diocesan Notebook – October 12

Masses and Prayer Services

The Diocesan Life & Dignity Mass celebrating the Gifts of People with Disabilities and Respect Life Month will be held on Sunday, October 29, at 9:45 a.m. at St. Joseph Church in Mechanicsburg. Bishop Timothy Senior will be the celebrant and homilist. The Mass will celebrate the gifts of all people, and we will pray for the support of a culture of life from conception to natural death. All are welcome to attend. Mass begins at 9:45 a.m., and coffee and donuts will follow. St Joseph Church is accessible to persons with physical disabilities. The Mass will be ASL interpreted. Requests for materials in Braille, large print, or any other accommodations should be made to Marianne Weltmer at 717-657-4804, ext. 322, or

Have you, or someone you know, lost a child? Join us for the first Diocesan Remembrance Mass for Child Loss on November 4 at 10 a.m. at St. Matthew Parish in Dauphin. Anyone who has lost a child, regardless of how old he or she was at death, is welcome to grieve and heal with others who carry the same cross. Light refreshments will follow, with an opportunity to learn about a new apostolate coming to the Diocese: Red Bird Ministries. Registration is encouraged, but not required:

The Harrisburg Guild of the Catholic Medical Association will host the annual White Mass at St. Joan of Arc Church in Hershey, on Sunday, October 22 at 9:30 a.m. Bishop Timothy Senior will be the celebrant. The White Mass provides an opportunity for all Catholic physicians, healthcare workers, medical students, residents, and their families to gather in solidarity and fellowship. Physicians will recite their oath of care during the Mass. Attendees are welcome to wear their white coats and uniforms. A reception will follow the Mass. All are welcome.

The low sensory Mass scheduled for October 22 at St. James Catholic Church in Lititz has been postponed due to an unforeseen scheduling conflict. As soon as the Mass has been rescheduled, a new date will be announced. For more information, contact Jeannette Crnkovich at 717-626-4647.

The Catholic Family Connection of Lancaster will host a family Holy Hour and potluck, Sunday, October 15 at St. James Parish in Lititz. Guided Holy Hour begins at 5 p.m., followed by the potluck dinner at 6 p.m. Bring a dish to share. RSVP to

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, 30 Basilica Drive, Hanover, will offer Holy Mass on Monday, October 16 at 6:30 p.m. A Holy Hour for Life will follow from 7-8 p.m. For questions, please contact Fr Dwight Schlaline at

Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish in Ephrata will hold a Novena and Holy Hour for Life. Please join us in prayer as we call upon the intercession of St. Gerard Majella to advocate for the unborn and their mothers! We will pray a novena October 8-16 in preparation for the Feast Day of St. Gerard and the Pennsylvania March for Life on October 16. A Holy Hour for Life will be held at OMPH on Monday, October 16 at 7 p.m. For daily reminders or additional information, please contact Abby Kierzkowski at Participation in the daily novena prayers is at your discretion.

A Charismatic Mass with prayers for healing will be celebrated at St. Theresa Church in New Cumberland Tuesday, November 7, at 7 p.m. by Fr. Bernard Ayo Oniwe, OP, pastor of St. Peter Parish in Elizabethtown. For more information, please call Mary Ann at 717-512-3628 or Vicki at 717-364-6260.

St. James Parish in Lititz will host a low sensory Mass for persons with sensory sensitivity or other disabilities, Sunday, October 22 at 3 p.m. All are welcome to attend. This Mass will include dimmer lighting, no music, and a shorter homily among other adaptations to promote a fully inclusive environment. Every effort will be made to accommodate all in attendance, and all behaviors are welcome. Families are encouraged to bring materials that can assist with comfort during the liturgy, including noise-canceling headphones, wiggle seats, weighted blankets, fidgets, etc. For more information, contact Jeannette Crnkovich at 717-626-4647. St. James is located at 505 Woodcrest Ave., Lititz, PA 17543 and the website is

St. Joan of Arc Parish in 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. Every effort will be made to accommodate all in attendance, and all behaviors are welcome. The next sensory-friendly Mass is scheduled for Sunday, December 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.

The Cumberland/Perry District Council of Catholic Women invites couples and their families in Cumberland and Perry Counties who celebrate their Silver Anniversary this year to a special Mass to commemorate your love and commitment to each other and the Sacrament of Marriage and receive a blessing as a group. Mass will be celebrated at noon on Sunday, October 29 at St. Theresa Parish in New Cumberland with a small reception for the couples and their families to follow in the Parish Hall. To RSVP, please send an e-mail with your names, phone number, parish and the number in your family who will attend to Judy Andidora at no later than October 20.

The 2023 Pennsylvania March for Life will take place on State Street in Harrisburg on Monday, October 16. The schedule includes a prayer and praise pre-rally on the Main Stage in front of the Capitol at 10 a.m., the rally on the Capitol steps at 11 a.m., with opening prayer led by Bishop Timothy Senior, the March around the Capitol complex at noon, and testimonials by Silent No More on the top of the Capitol steps at 1 p.m. Holy Mass will be offered at 9:30 a.m., noon and 1:30 p.m. at St. Patrick Cathedral. Confession will be available. Everyone in the Diocese of Harrisburg and the greater Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is invited and strongly encouraged to attend. We will unite in prayer and number to support protecting the sanctity of human life in Pennsylvania. More information can be found at

St. Joseph Parish in Mechanicsburg will host a Eucharistic Revival Parish Mission, October 14-19. Come, rekindle your personal faith in the profound truth of the Eucharist. Welcome our Lord and King into your life as you never have before. Special guest speaker, Father Wade L. J. Menezes, CPM, host of the EWTN radio show “Open Line,” will speak on the theme, “The Most Holy Eucharist – Gift and Sacrament.” Father Menezes will be the homilist at all Masses” Saturday 4 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m., 9:45 a.m. (ASL and livestreamed), and 11:30 a.m.; Sunday through Wednesday: 5:30 p.m. Sacrament of Reconciliation, 7 p.m. Adoration and talk, 8:15 p.m. Sacrament of Reconciliation. Thursday – 5:30 p.m. Sacrament of Reconciliation, 7 p.m. Mass and final talk. Talk topics: Sunday – The Eucharist as Foreshadowed in both the Old and New Testaments; Monday – Eucharistic Miracles; Tuesday – The Church Fathers on Eucharistic Doctrine; Wednesday – Rekindling Eucharistic Amazement: The Saints and the Eucharist; Thursday – The ‘Most Blessed’ of the Seven Sacraments. Full details are available at, or by calling St. Joseph Parish office at 717-766-9433.

St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Hanover hosts a monthly Holy Hour during which a regional Children’s Rosary Group gathers to pray the Holy Rosary. The next Holy Hour, which begins with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 2 p.m., is scheduled for Sunday, October 15. Through prayer of the Rosary, Our Lady will guide our young people while at the same time sanctify families and parishes. For further information, please contact Mrs. Vicki Bunty at 717-632-3245.

The annual “Father Walter Ciszek Day” in Shenandoah, Pa., will be Sunday, October 15. The event remembers the American Jesuit priest who conducted missionary work in the Soviet Union before being imprisoned in solitary confinement and labor camps. The Father Walter Ciszek Prayer League Center will be open from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. At 2 p.m., Mass will be celebrated at St. Casimir Church, with a social to follow. Stories about Father Ciszek will be shared, and books, prayer cards, brochures and other times will be available. For more information about the event and Father Ciszek, visit

Retreats & Pilgrimages

Join Bishop Ronald Gainer for an exciting trip to Greece in October 2024 with Catholic Charities. Follow the path of Paul the Apostle as you discover natural beauty and ancient history on the Grecian sojourn. The dates for this pilgrimage are October 8-18, 2024. The trip will trace the journey of Paul the Apostle through the ancient cities and pastoral countryside of Greece and Turkey. The tour also includes a three-night cruise to the Greek Islands and to Turkey where you can visit the House of Mary, where the Virgin Mother spent her last days. An information meeting for those interested will take place on Tuesday, October 24 at the Diocesan Center Dining Room (4800 Union Deposit Room in Harrisburg). Contact Ms. Kelly Gollick at 717-657-4804 or for more information.

St. Patrick Parish in Carlisle is planning a pilgrimage to the Holy Land for October 27-November 4, 2024. Father Don Bender, pastor of St. Patrick, will be leading this trip. Join us at our presentation at the Parish Activity Center on Marsh Drive, Carlisle on Thursday, October 26, at 6 p.m. For more information or to RSVP, contact Cynthia Adams at

Join Father Kenneth Smith on a pilgrimage to Ireland, April 17-26, 2024. Trip includes Daily Mass, professional local guide, 8 nights accommodation (3 nights in Dublin, 1 night in Galway, 1 night in Knock, 3 nights in Donegal), breakfast and dinner daily, land transportation by private deluxe motorcoach, roundtrip airfare from Washington Dulles Airport to Dublin on nonstop flights on United Airlines, roundtrip domestic motorcoach transportation from Mechanicsburg to Washington Dulles Airport, and more, for $4,198 per person/double occupancy. For complete details on this pilgrimage, please contact George’s International Tours, 1-800-566-7499,, or Karen Hurley,

Seeking volunteers for Mission trip to México. The Franciscan Sisters of Divine Providence are in search of tradesmen and tradeswomen willing and able to assist them in improving their convent facilities. Projects vary and have included concrete work, carpentry and painting. This journey is a continuation of trips conducted over the past twenty years by men and women from parishes in Hanover, York and Lancaster led by Father Joseph Gotwalt and now by Father Michael Reid. Mission trip location is the Convento Fransiscano Tlalixtaquilla, Guerrero, Mexico, January 16-27, 2024. Please text Mary Reid Graci at 717-756-9689 for more information.

Education & Enrichment

The Diocese’s annual Women’s Conference, featuring keynote speaker Lindy Wynne, will take place Saturday, October 21 at the Diocesan Center in Harrisburg. Speakers include Lindy Wynne, founder of “Mamas in Spirit Catholic Ministry for Women,” Sister Geralyn Schmidt, SCC, Director of Formation for Wives of Deacon Aspirants and columnist for The Witness; and Melissa Maleski, Diocesan Director of Laity and Family Ministries. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Mass celebrated by Bishop Senior, opportunities for Confession throughout the day, and fellowship are all part of this annual event. Walk in registration is available. Please visit for more details.

The Diocese’s annual Facilities Maintenance and Safety Conference will be Tuesday, October 24 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Diocesan Center in Harrisburg. Learn about important issues affecting the operation of your facilities, and hear discussions led by some local speakers who are experts in their fields. The event will include vendors, contractors, consultants and giveaways. Lunch provided at no cost. RSVP by October 16 to Scott Udit, Director of Buildings and Properties, at

Theology of the Body Adult Education Presentations will be offered in the gym on the campus of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Conewago, on Thursday evenings September 28 and October 5, 12, 19 and 26 from 6:30-8 p.m. Ann Marie Kalloz, RN, BSN, who is certified through the Theology of the Body Institute, will present the sessions. The series will examine how relationships, sexuality, married life and the family help us to more fully experience God’s love. Diocesan catechetical certification elective credits are available through the series.

The Beginning Experience Team for the Harrisburg Diocese will host a Beginning Experience weekend, October 27-29, at Camp Kirchenwald in Colebrook. The ecumenical Beginning Experience weekends are an approved program designed for those suffering the loss of a spouse through death, divorce or separation. Hundreds of people 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 or contact the Harrisburg Beginning Experience Team at 717-379-0800 or

St. Jimmy’s Jamboree Playgroup at St. James Parish in Lititz will meet on alternating Thursdays and Fridays this school year from 9:30-11:30 a.m. The group will also be offering Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) for children ages 3-6 during St. Jimmy’s Jamboree when it falls on a Thursday. During the last half hour, everyone will gather for prayer, songs, stories and crafts. Snacks are provided. Please email for more information.

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 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 or 717-697-6929.

The Central PA Post of the Catholic War Veteran Post 707 meets once a month (with remote/Zoom options for each meeting) on the Second Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at 112 State Street, Harrisburg, next to St. Lawrence Church. Dues are $35 per year. The group is looking for new members. The Catholic War Veterans were created by Father Edward Higgins of Astoria, New York, and blessed by Pope Pius the XI. It is a national Congressionally Chartered organization with state and local chapters. Any baptized Catholic who has served in uniform is qualified. A member does not have to have served in a war. If you’re interested in joining the Catholic War Veterans, contact Col. (retired) Bob DeSousa, AY’14, Commander of Central Pennsylvania Post 707, at or text 717-648-8317.

Events & Fundraisers

The Catholic Harvest Food Pantry in York is gearing up for YorkGiving: Thanksgiving Edition, and is seeking parishes and groups to collect food items and volunteer for the project. The pantry anticipates distributing approximately 1,600 Thanksgiving meal boxes to families in need in York County. Boxes include a turkey and all the trimmings that families can prepare and serve at home. Distribution to families is Saturday, November 18 and Sunday, November 19 at the York Fairgrounds, and 300 volunteers are needed for set-up, distribution, and delivery of meals. Volunteers can sign up at beginning October 23. Food items needed for the project are frozen turkeys, canned cream of mushroom soup (10.5 ounces), boxed desserts, canned fruit (15 ounces), boxed stuffing and cranberry sauce (14 ounces). Access the YorkGiving Amazon wish list at Food items are needed by October 27, and can be dropped off Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Financial contributions are also helpful to purchase items; visit to donate. Contact Mike Bresnahan at 717-659-8270 or Bill Reineberg at 717-424-4583 with questions or to schedule an alternate drop off time.

The Joshua Group on Market Street in Allison Hill is seeking donations of shoes for school students. The organization provides free of charge resources which include tutoring, mentoring, meals and much more to over 100 students attending Harrisburg Catholic Elementary School and Bishop McDevitt High School. For families that have difficulty meeting the uniform guidelines of the Catholic schools, the Joshua Group often needs to provide shoes for students. Currently there is a need for gym sneakers in sizes 3y-7y and also black/brown dress shoes in all youth sizes. All donations can be dropped off at the St. Francis Parish office at 1439 Market Street in Harrisburg.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish’s Columbiettes will be collecting coats for all ages from October 14 – 25. You may drop off your new or gently used outerwear at 310 Hertzler Road in Mechanicsburg. Coats will be distributed to various Diocesan charities and local organizations. For more information, contact Mary Brenner at 717-991-4821.

St. Anne Catholic Church in Lancaster will celebrate its 100th anniversary with an Open House event on Sunday, October 22 from 3-6 p.m. Former parishioners, school alumni, their families, and the public are invited to drop in at St. Anne’s historic building on the corners of North Duke & East Liberty in Lancaster city. The event will feature self-guided tours through the building. Visitors can relive the past and experience the present while enjoying storyboard displays from each decade of the past century. Former classrooms on the first floor will be open for visiting as well as the church and the gym. Light refreshments will be served. Hundreds of historical items and memorabilia will also be on display and available for viewing, including: copies of letters to and from the Bishop and the first pastor discussing the opening of the parish in 1923; the original deed to purchase the property; volumes of newspapers clippings from stories on Novenas, fund raising and social events, sacred liturgies and changing demographics; Mother’s Club scrapbook from the 1960s and 70s; school class pictures through the years the 1930s+ and photo albums, directories, and other memorabilia. Established in November 1923 as St. Anne Catholic Church, the parish welcomed the addition of the Lancaster Vietnamese Catholic Community into their church family in 2015. The parish was officially renamed to include the title of Our Lady of La Vang, the Vietnamese presentation of Our Blessed Mother in January 2022. Currently led by Father Tri M. Luong, the parish celebrates Mass throughout the week in English and Vietnamese. RSVP and learn more about the 100th Anniversary Celebration Open House at

Big Hug Inc will be holding a designer purse bingo at St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Lancaster, November 4 from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. There will be 10 regular games of bingo played as well as an early bird game and specials. We will also have basket raffles, 50/50 and plenty of food. Tickets are $25 pre-sold, or $30 at the door. Tickets may be purchased by cash app or 717-686-2438 or visit

The Catholic Family Connection of Lancaster will host a dads’ night out at Decades bowling alley, arcade, restaurant and bar in Lancaster, October 21 at 6 p.m. RSVP by October 14 to

York Catholic’s Athletic Booster Club will host a “Night at the Races” on Saturday, October 28. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Race post time is at 6:15 p.m. The event includes simulcast horse races, silent auction, raffles, rip tickets, and all you can eat food and beverages for $40. Tickets are on sale by visiting or calling 717-846-8871 x1322. Dress is casual. This event is for ages 21+.

St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Lancaster will hold its Christmas Bazaar, November 11 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. and November 12 after the 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Masses in the Resurrection Catholic School cafeteria. The theme this year is Christmas in America featuring free cake and coffee for veterans and a prayer service by Father Matthew Morelli at 11 a.m. Attendees may personalize special ornaments for a Memory Tree to remember loved ones. The tree will be placed in church through the end of November. Much is offered including high-valued raffle items, wreath and garden, trim-a-tree, crafts, religious items, gift shop, gift baskets, baked goods and jewelry.  Raffle items are valued at a minimum $50. Tickets are on sale after Masses at St. Anthony the last two weekends in October. Raffles are drawn at 1 p.m. Saturday, November 11. No need to be present to win. Food is offered throughout, including egg rolls, soup and sandwiches, and the goodies table full of treats. Contact Livia Riley, 717-299-6617 for information or to buy raffle tickets.

St. Francis Xavier Parish in Gettysburg will have its gift fair and holiday bazaar, Saturday, November 11 from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Xavier Center on Table Rock Road. Local vendors, crafters and artisans. Vintage collectibles, holiday gifts, bake sale, door prizes, raffles and more. Call 717-309-2482 or visit for details. Xavier Cafe serving American and Latino breakfast and lunch menu prepared by our Hispanic Community.  Free admission, fully accessible. Acres of free parking.

The Sisters of Saints Cyril and Methodius will have their annual flea market at Villa Sacred Heart in Danville, Saturday, October 14 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in their auditorium. The event will feature a flea market, furniture, books and crafts.

Prince of Peace Parish in Steelton is sponsoring a “Trunk or Treat” on Saturday, October 28 from noon-2 p.m. at 815 South Second Street, Steelton. All children in the area are invited to stop by and pick up a special treat and enjoy a hot dog or two and ice cream. There will be children’s games in the parish center. Wear your favorite Halloween costume to the event. Contact the parish office at 717-985-1330 with any questions.

Prince of Peace Parish Knights of Columbus Council 3625 in Steelton are sponsoring an “All You Can Eat Breakfast” on Sunday, October 15 from 9a.m.-noon in the parish center. Breakfast includes eggs, pancakes, bacon, sausage, muffins, juice and coffee for $10. Children ages 6-12 are $7 and children ages 5 and under are free. Contact the parish office at 717-985-1330 with any questions.

The Council of Catholic Women of Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Harrisburg will have their annual craft show on Saturday, November 4 from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. in the gymnasium. With free admission and over 60 vendors (jewelry, gluten-free sweets, Christmas decor, pottery, wood designs, artists, specialty tumblers and more!), basket raffles, and breakfast and lunch being served, this is one event you won’t want to miss to kick off your Christmas shopping.

Deanery craft night is back at St. James Parish in Lititz. Join us the second Monday of every month beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Room 102 for crafts at St. James Catholic Church of Lititz. Come prepared to have fun and use your creativity! If you are an individual age 15 or older with an intellectual or developmental disability or autism, you are welcome to join us. For more information and to register so we have enough supplies, please contact Jeannette Crnkovich at 717-626-4647. Please park in the back of the church and use the rear entrance; there will be signs guiding you to Room 102. St. James is located at 505 Woodcrest Ave., Lititz, PA 17543 and the website is

Start your holiday shopping at the holiday bazaar hosted by Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in New Holland, November 18 from 8 a.m-2 p.m. Interested in selling your handmade or homemade items? Email Karen at for details.

The St. Pauline Shrine in Kulpmont will host a holiday raffle, Sunday, November 5, and Tuesday, November 7, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday, November 10 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday, November 11, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Prizes include a patio heater, charcoal pizza oven, tabletop Black Stone grill, a television, five-burner gas grill, fire pit, ton of coal, and a four-foot Lottery tree. Raffle tickets are $20 for a sheet of 26 tickets. After initial purchase, additional sheets of tickets are $10. Pizza Buds food truck will be on site November 5 and 7. Food will be available for purchase (eat in or take out) on November 10 and 11. Parking is available in the back of the shrine, which is located on Chestnut Street.

The CCW of Assumption BVM Parish in Lebanon will have their annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, November 4, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at the parish center. Great food, Christmas crafts, flea market, jewelry, delicious baked goods and candy. There will be a 50-50 drawing and a beautiful basket raffle.

St. Cecilia Parish in Lebanon will be holding their annual Christmas bazaar at their parish center at 750 State Drive on Saturday, November 18 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sugar cookies, plus walnut and poppyseed strudel will be available. There will also be a Christmas booth, jewelry/purse boutique, homemade candy/baked goods, chance booth, Santa Paws (pet treats and toys) and assorted artisan crafts. A light lunch will also be available. The Holy Name Society will have filling, pepper cabbage and sauerkraut for sale.

St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Quarryville will have its annual Christmas bazaar on November 18 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Their 33 vendors will have fantastic items for you to purchase for Christmas and Thanksgiving, including the 25th year of the parish’s Christmas “Sunbonnet Cowgirl Mouse.” Food menu consists of homemade breakfast burrito, chili, chicken corn soup, hot dogs, etc. For more information and questions, call 717-786-2695.

The Council of Catholic Women of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Cornwall will have their annual Christmas bazaar, Saturday, November 4 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The event will include a Christmas white elephant sale, Christmas treasures, gift baskets for bidding, a bake sale with homemade cookies and candies, as well as hotdogs, meatball subs, beef barbecue sandwiches and drinks. Take home a container of chicken corn noodle soup for dinner. Event will be held in the parish center.

WINTERFEST 2023 at St. Columba Parish and School in Bloomsburg will take place on Saturday, November 18, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. A variety of soups, Father Mowery’s lasagna, porketta, haluskies, chili, barbecue, pizza, hoagies, perogies, etc., and mouthwatering homemade baked goods will be served. You can dine in or take out. Also, a wonderful array of raffles will be featured along with the famous “Dollar Tree” and many talented craft vendors for your holiday shopping. Something for everybody! Benefits St. Columba School.

St. John the Baptist in New Freedom is hosting a “Christmas Village and Holiday Marketplace” on Friday, November 10 from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday, November 11 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. This event will take place in several spaces on the campus (Capitani Social Hall, Neumann Hall, as well as the upper and lower levels of the Main Church). Beautiful gift baskets, jewelry, baked goods, and flea market items will be available for purchase, and there will be silent auctions, as well as the ever-popular “Price-is-Right” section. Children can purchase gifts at the Secret Santa area while also having fun playing some holiday-themed games! Knights of Columbus Council 8891 will have delicious food for sale.

A Holiday Craft Fair, sponsored by the Corpus Christi Council of Catholic Women, will be held on Saturday, November 4, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Corpus Christi Parish Center. There are 26 vendors with a fantastic variety of unique hand sewn items, crafts, jewelry, home décor, baked goods and much more. Enjoy a delicious breakfast sandwich beginning at 8 a.m.; warm lunch and decadent desserts from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information contact Kathy at 717-352-7354.

St. Peter Parish in Columbia will host an International Gourmet Gala to honor the traditional foods of members of the diverse parish on Saturday, November 4, from 6-9 p.m. in the Parish Center, Second and Union Streets in Columbia. The International Gourmet Gala will celebrate the parish’s diversity by including dishes prepared by parishioners eager to share their heritage. Foods from Mediterranean countries, Northern Europe, the British Isles, India, Asia, Africa, the Philippines and the Caribbean will be served. Young adults of the parish will serve the buffet style meal and lend a hand with cleanup. The Gala will feature live music and songs from many of the countries represented. Carole Bitts, director of music at the parish, has enlisted several local instrumental musicians and members of the church choir to provide music for listening and dancing. Seating is limited and reservations are required no later than October 15. For more information, contact the parish office at 717-684-7070. Ticket price is $50pp or $90 per couple. The menu will include: hors d’ oeuvres: soft pretzels (Germany) and guacamole (Mexico) with chips; pasta (Italy), lumpiang shanghai (Filipino egg rolls), pirogues & kielbasa (Polish), haricots verts aux amandes (green beans almandine) (Caribbean), stuffed grape leaves and hummus (Mediterranean), colcannon (Irish), naan (Indian bread), blue smoke soul food & salad. Desserts will feature petit fours (French), and kuchen (German).

St. Theresa’s Parish Athletic Association in New Cumberland will host its inaugural “Shamrock Showdown” basketball game between priests and eighth-grade students. The event will be October 20 from 6-8 p.m. at Trinity High School in Camp Hill. Eighth grade boys and girls basketball players, “The Saints,” will take on the “Men in Black” in a friendly game of basketball. The event will include concessions, a 50/50 raffle and a halftime show. Donations will be accepted at the door to benefit the St. Francis Soup Kitchen. Tickets at the door at $2 for students and $3 for adults. Visit for donation information.

Birthright of Sunbury’s 40th Anniversary celebration is Saturday, November 4 at 6 p.m. at the Masonic Building in Northumberland, with a social, dinner, program and silent auction. Tickets are $30 per person, or $210 for a table of eight. You also may purchase a table in remembrance of a loved one or friend for $210. For information or tickets, call 570-286-8560.

Needed: Catholic men and women volunteers for a prison ministry team (approximately one hour monthly) at the Camp Hill Prison (Fridays from 9:30-10:30 a.m.). No experience necessary, orientation to be scheduled. For more information about the Prison Christian Growth Group, visit or contact Bob Ribic at or 717-571-4217.

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, or e-mail

Job Openings

Harrisburg Catholic Administrative Services (HCAS) is seeking a confident self-starter to join our payroll/benefits team. This is a high volume and fast paced office environment. Excellent documentation and record-keeping skills are necessary, as well as organizational and telephone customer service skills. In order to be successful, you must be a great team player, interacting and coordinating well with the other members of the staff. Additionally, you should be capable of taking direction and following through on duties and responsibilities with minimal supervision. Accuracy in computer entry and a thorough working knowledge of Microsoft Office, especially Excel, is essential as this role involves a substantial amount of data entry. You must possess an ability to work with financial figures and have a strong attention to detail. This position will also be working with benefit coordination and responding to benefit inquiries. High school diploma or general education degree (GED); Relevant college level courses are a plus. Competitive salary & benefits offered. Please send resume & cover letter to

The Diocese of Harrisburg seeks a confident self-starter with superior organizational and administrative skills for the full-time position of Assistant to the Director to the Office for Divine Worship. Candidates should demonstrate experience and/or knowledge of parish liturgical life and sacramental preparation. Proficiency in all MS office programs is essential, as candidates must be able to develop worship programs. Candidates must possess high levels of verbal, interpersonal and written communication skills. Must be detail orientated and have an ability to work with financial figures. Candidates must be a Catholic in good standing. To apply, please send resume and cover letter to Full job listing can be found at

The Diocese of Harrisburg is seeking a full-time Ecclesiastical and Legal Secretary for the Office of the Tribunal. Must be a confident individual with superior organizational and secretarial skills. While maintaining strict confidentiality in all matters, the candidate must possess high levels of verbal, interpersonal and written communication skills and be able to use some independent initiative and judgment. Must exhibit professionalism on a consistent basis. Knowledge of Diocesan and parish structure helpful. This position undertakes transcription work, so a high level of accuracy and knowledge in the Word application of MS office is required and will be tested. Proficiency in all other MS Office applications essential. Trustworthiness, reliability and the ability to complete routine and delegated assignments in a timely manner are essential. Bi-lingual in Spanish is a highly desirable skill. Must be a Catholic in good standing. Competitive salary and benefits. Please send resumé and cover letter to: The full job description is available at

McKonly & Asbury are assisting Bishop McDevitt High School in search of a Business Manager. This is a role with both operational and accounting duties. On the accounting side, this role prepares monthly financial statements, tracks progress against the budget, and advises on all fiscal matters. They review and approve A/R and A/P and reconcile disbursement accounts. They monitor employees’ timecards, vacation, and sick time, and provide corresponding payroll and benefits information to the payroll process. On the revenue side, this role handles tuition billing, including payment tracking, and handles the accounting for donations and annual tax related statements for donors. Operationally, in conjunction with the office of the principal, oversees student registration, coordinates teacher schedules, rosters, materials, and works with parents as they interface with school information systems. This role maintains school records, filings, website and school calendar information and is the liaison with outside service and maintenance vendors. They also assist in minor Human Resource Management processes. In short, this role is divided between financial and operational duties, providing a broad variety of tasks. The successful candidate will have excellent communication and IT skills, and at a minimum be comfortable with enterprise accounting systems and Microsoft Office products. Applicants must have a four-year degree in Finance, Accounting or Business, and 5-7 years’ experience in similar environments. While interaction with staff and faculty is common, the successful candidate for this role will manage their own work efforts, achieve deadlines as required, without the need for significant direct oversight. The role requires a detail-oriented mindset, coupled with an internal customer service focus. A competitive compensation package commensurate with the criticality of this role. Benefits include health care, group term life and a 401k with a 100% employer match of up to 4% of employee’s pay and an additional 4% employer contribution. The work hours for this position will occur at the Harrisburg location, so the candidate must be within reasonable commuting distance of the office. If you are interested in building a career with great people, in a great place to live and work, please send your resume to

St. John the Baptist Parish in New Freedom is looking to hire a parish manager. Must be a dynamic, hardworking person with a passion for parish life who can take on many organizational and administrative responsibilities to assist the pastor and join the parish’s productive team. This individual reports directly to the pastor. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience. If you are a working supervisor who is organized, strong in leadership, human resources, planning, teamwork, have a missionary vision, and have the right experience for the job, then apply for the position at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, 315 N. Constitution Avenue, New Freedom, PA. 17349. Please e-mail your response, qualifications, and resume to

Gate of Heaven Cemetery has full-time and part-time openings for cemetery maintenance and service. Applicants must have skills in grounds maintenance. The ability to operate a backhoe is highly desirable. 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. Applicant must have valid, clean PA 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 and 100 lbs. occasionally), 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. Resumé and cover letter should be sent to Call 717-697-0206 for more details. Full job description posted at

St. John the Baptist Catholic School in New Freedom is searching for dynamic, caring, and highly motivated individuals to join our team of amazing educators and support staff. Our current job openings may be found on our parish website at Our school offers education from preschool through grade 6, and recently earned a 7-year recertification from the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools. We are at the forefront of the shift to the Catholic Classical Education Model within our Diocese and are looking for teachers who are ready to be a part of implementing the Catholic Classical Curriculum in our school. In addition, we continue to offer STEM and technology classes to complete our well-rounded educational opportunities. Check out our job openings at Interested candidates may direct questions, and also submit a cover letter and resume, to our principal, Michelle Williams, at or 717-235-3525 ext. 211.

St. Anne and Our Lady of La Vang Parish in Lancaster is looking to hire a financial administrator. This person will handle all parish bookkeeping, payroll, and other financial tasks needed for parishioners, vendors, ministries and building tenants. The job is for ten hours a week and the hours are flexible to the extent that all Diocesan deadlines are met. This position is on-site, and the successful candidate will have their own office. The salary is commensurate with experience. Highly qualified candidates for the position include high school graduates with at least an Associate Degree coursework in accounting; tech savvy with experience in excel and quick books; and, a minimum one full fiscal year of experience in accounting. Knowledge of the Harrisburg Diocesan Accounting System is a plus. Excellent communication skills in working with vendors and multicultural parishioners necessary. Candidate should be a self-starter and work independently. Candidate to be a practicing Catholic knowledgeable of their faith in word, thought and action and must possess or can obtain Diocesan/State Police clearances. Interested applicants can send their resumes and letters of inquiry to Chris Whalen, parish manager, at

St. James Parish in Lititz is looking for a motivated Youth Ministry Leader. We have not had a program in some time, and we have many youth and adult volunteers who are willing to help make this a great program. Prior Youth Ministry experience is preferred, but ultimately we are looking for candidates who are faith-filled and enthusiastic about helping our youth spread the Gospel and get involved in parish life. See the job description at, and if interested, please contact Father Fischer at

St. James Parish in Lititz is looking for talented accompanists who have facility with organ and/or piano to play at parish liturgies. We are in need of individuals who have experience with music at liturgy and are able to play one or two Masses per week with an assigned cantor. If you are interested in this position, please see the job description at, and if interested, please contact Father Fischer at

St. James Parish in Lititz is looking for a new Music Director. This person is responsible for selecting music for parish liturgies, scheduling accompanists and cantors, reviewing music choices with families for weddings and funerals, and directing our choir. St. James is excited to bring aboard a candidate who loves the liturgy and sacred music. If you are interested in this position, please see the job description at, and if interested, please contact Father Fischer at

The following employment opportunities are available at York Catholic Middle & High School: Instructional Support Teacher, Spiritual Life Coordinator, Academic Assistance Aide, Administrative Assistant, Musical Director, Substitute Teachers, Cafeteria Volunteers, High School Girls’ Varsity Volleyball Coach, High School Boys’ Varsity Volleyball Coach, High School Boys’ JV Volleyball Coach. Complete details can be found at

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Mechanicsburg is looking for someone with a servant’s heart to work with Messiah University students as Newman Club Coordinator. Responsibilities include acting as a liaison between the parish and Messiah students, as well as fostering fellowship among students through coordination of club events and collaboration with student leaders. Please contact John Durle at or call 717-697-2614 if you would like more information.

Holy Trinity Catholic School in York is hiring for the 2023/2024 school year. Are you a professional that loves to work with children to help them achieve their full potential as disciples of our Lord. Would you love to help them celebrate their Faith while growing in our Lord’s love? We are looking for Classroom Teachers, Classroom Aides, Instrumental Band Director, Handy Man, Cafeteria Manager/Cook, Building Substitutes and Librarian. Please contact the school office, visit its website or email for more information.

Women’s Care Center in York is looking to hire a full-time Outreach Director. Bachelor’s degree preferred. If you love working with people and planning events, put your pro-life beliefs into action to help save moms and babies. For more information, please contact Lynn Newcomer, President, at

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

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