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Diocesan Notebook – October 26

Masses and Prayer Services

Bishop Timothy Senior will celebrate Mass for All Souls Day on Thursday, November 2 at 8 a.m. at Saint Catherine Laboure Church, Harrisburg. Following the Mass, the Bishop will visit the graves of several former Bishops of Harrisburg, which are laid to rest in Holy Cross Cemetery, Harrisburg. All are invited to join Bishop Senior for Mass as we pray for the souls of the faithful departed.

The Arm of St. Jude the Apostle is visiting the United States and is coming to the Diocese of Harrisburg. Known as the Apostle of the Impossible, Saint Jude is revered for his unwavering dedication and steadfast faith. Millions have experienced his intercession in times of adversity and need. The relic will be publicly displayed at Holy Name of Jesus Church in Harrisburg on Monday, November 6. Veneration of the relic will take place from 1-10 p.m.; a special Mass in honor of St. Jude, celebrated by Bishop Senior, will take place at 7 p.m. For more information, please visit

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 Catholic Family Connection of Lancaster will have a family Holy Hour and potluck dinner, November 12 at Assumption BVM Church in Lancaster. There will be a guided Holy Hour at 4:30 p.m., followed by the dinner. Bring a dish to share. RSVP to

Caelorum at St. Joan of Arc Church in Hershey will be held Wednesday, November 8 at 7 p.m. Father Kevin Key will preside, and a reception will be held afterward 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. Please come and welcome our newest priest and returning Caelorum band. For questions, call Lou at 717-215-4175.

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.

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.

A Rachel’s Vineyard retreat for those suffering from the loss of abortion will be held November 17-19. The private retreat is a safe place to renew, rebuild and redeem hearts broken by abortion. Contact Becky Biter, Director of Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat, Central PA, for more information or if you would like to attend. Completely confidential. 717-788-4959 or email: 

Divine Mercy Retreat Weekend with Father Christopher Alar, MIC, at the National Centre for Padre Pio in Barto, Pa., Saturday, November 11. Confessions, two conferences, Holy Mass, Divine Mercy Chaplet. Free time following Mass for personal prayer, a visit to the Museum and Gift Shop, or to enjoy your packed lunch under our outdoor picnic pavilion. Father Alar will meet and greet pilgrims throughout the day as he is available. Items from the Marian Fathers in Stockbridge, Mass., will be available for sale in the Narthex. Sunday, November 12, the center will open at 9 a.m. rather than 11 a.m. Conference at 9:45 a.m. on Blessed Michal Sopocko: Confessor and Spiritual Director to Saint Faustina, with Mass at 10:30 a.m. Opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation will not be available on Sunday. For information, visit the events calendar 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

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 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.

The Catholic Family Connection of Lancaster will host a mom’s night out at The Beadworks on Queen Street in Lancaster, November 17 at 6 p.m. Create your own Rosary bracelet while bonding with other moms. Please bring an appetizer to share. RSVP by November 15 to

Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in New Holland is having a Ladies’ Clothing Sale on Saturday, November 18 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. in the old Social Hall. High quality, new one and two-piece dressy and business casual tops, jackets and cardigans in sizes S-4X at prices well below retail. The clothing, from Montage/Double Take, was donated by a parishioner who is reducing her inventory in anticipation of retirement. All proceeds will benefit Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Check out the beautiful handmade craft items at our Holiday Bazaar occurring at the same time in our new Parish Center where food will also be available for purchase.

St. Joan of Arc School in Hershey will hold its Annual PTO Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, November 11, in the school gym at 1525 Sandhill Road Hummelstown. The evening will be filled with live entertainment, themed basket raffles, delicious food and fellowship. Dinner includes a tossed salad, bread, spaghetti with Pronio’s meatballs, dessert and choice of beverage. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $5 for children (under 6). Take out is $12, meatballs-to-go are 8/$10 or a combo special of one adult ticket plus 12 raffle tickets for $20. Dine-in (4-8 p.m.) or take-out (4-7 p.m.). Tickets can be purchased at the door or via the school website at:

St. Rose of Lima Performing Stars will present “Annie Kids,” December 2 at 5 p.m. at York Catholic Middle and High School. Get ready to be amazed by the incredible talent of our young performers as they bring this beloved musical to life on stage. Tickets are $2 for students, $5 for adults. See St. Rose of Lima’s website at or the Facebook page for more information and tickets.

St. Cecilia Parish in Lebanon will have a fish fry, Friday, November 3, from 4 p.m. until sold out, in St. Cecilia’s Social Hall on East Lehman Street. Carry-out only. Menu is fried fish and French fries, pepper cabbage and a roll for $12.

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  .

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+.

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.

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

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.

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

The Catholic Witness is looking for talented and experienced freelance photographers to join our team. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter with excellent photography skills and the ability to tell a story visually. Candidates will also have proficiency with professional camera equipment, editing software, and knowledge of photography techniques, including lighting and composition. A member of the Catholic faith is preferred, but not required. Evening and weekend work should be anticipated. Opportunities are available for news, events and sports. Compensation is $250 per assignment. To apply, please send resume of letter of interest, along with a link to an online portfolio or online samples of your work, to Rachel Bryson at

The Catholic Witness is looking for talented and experienced freelance writers to join our team. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter with excellent writing skills and the ability to research and report on topics quickly and accurately. Knowledge and experience writing AP style highly desired. A member of the Catholic faith is preferred, but not required. Opportunities are available for news, feature stories and sports. Schedule is flexible, but some evenings and weekends should be anticipated. Compensation is $70 per article. To apply, please send a resume or letter of interest and three writing samples to Rachel Bryson at

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

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 Diocese of Greensburg is seeking a Regional Director of Youth Formation and Discipleship to oversee the faith formation and discipleship efforts of youth (grades 7-12) and young adults at multiple parishes in a localized geographical area within the Diocese of Greensburg. The Regional Director provides leadership to assist the parish communities in building a solid foundation in youth spirituality, discipleship, catechesis, and ministry. The position is full-time, exempt. The position reports to the Managing Director of Faith, Family, and Discipleship at the Diocese of Greensburg and works collaboratively with multiple pastors, clergy, and parish communities. Resume with cover letter should be directed to Human Resources, Diocese of Greensburg, 723 E. Pittsburgh Street, Greensburg, PA 15601 or electronically at

The Diocese of Greensburg is seeking a Regional Director of Faith Formation and Discipleship to oversee the comprehensive faith formation and discipleship efforts at multiple parishes in a localized geographical area within the Diocese of Greensburg. The Regional Director provides leadership to assist the parish communities in building a solid foundation in adult spirituality, Christian discipleship, and children’s catechesis. The position is full-time, exempt. The position reports to the Managing Director of Faith, Family, and Discipleship at the Diocese of Greensburg and works collaboratively with multiple pastors, clergy, and parish communities. Resume with cover letter should be directed to Human Resources, Diocese of Greensburg, 723 E. Pittsburgh Street, Greensburg, PA 15601 or electronically at

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