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Diocesan Notebook – October 27

Masses and Prayer Services

A Service of Prayer and Remembrance of Deceased Loved Ones, sponsored by the St. Katharine Drexel Parish Council of Catholic Women in Mechanicsburg, will be held on Sunday, November 6, at 2 p.m. in the church. Please bring a framed picture of your loved one to be placed near the altar. This is an opportunity to gather in prayer as we remember our deceased loved ones. For more information and to RSVP, contact Stella at

The Harrisburg Guild of the Catholic Medical Association will host the annual White Mass at St. Patrick Cathedral in Harrisburg on Sunday, October 30 at 9:30 a.m. Bishop Ronald Gainer 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.

Knights of Columbus Council 628 and the 4th Degree Assembly 959 will have their Annual Memorial Mass to honor recently-deceased members, Saturday, November 5, at 4 p.m. at Divine Redeemer Church in Mount Carmel. All relatives and friends are invited to this special service and the reception after Mass at The Christopher Club social rooms.

The next Caelorum at St. Joan of Arc Church in Hershey is Wednesday, November 9 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.

Join in the annual “40 Days for Life Fall Campaign” in York. The annual international campaign aims to end abortion through prayer, fasting, community outreach and peaceful vigils. The York campaign will be September 28-November 6 at the Planned Parenthood at 728 South Beaver Street in York. To sign up for the vigil to spend one hour or more a week in front of Planned Parenthood and/or to RSVP to kickoff rally, go to or contact Tom Evans, leader of 40 Days for Life in York, at 717-999-4025.

Join in the “40 Days for Life Fall Campaign” in Lancaster. The annual international campaign aims to end abortion through prayer, fasting, community outreach and peaceful vigils. The Lancaster campaign will include a prayer vigil at the Planned Parenthood at the corner of Manor Avenue and Pearl Street in Lancaster, on Mondays-Saturdays from September 28-November 5 from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. A link to the campaign and vigil sign-up is available at Interested individuals and groups can also contact

Tuesday Evening Prayer Devotions resume at St. Patrick Church in Carlisle, Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. Join others in praying the Rosary for an end to abortion, The Chaplet of Divine Mercy for the clergy of the Diocese, and novena prayers to Our Mother of Perpetual Help for vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life. Devotions are every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at St. Patrick Church on Pomfret Street in Carlisle, except during inclement weather and during 40 Hours. The devotions began in May of 1994 and are returning after a hiatus since the start of the pandemic. For information, contact Henry Treffinger at 717-701-5676 or

A Blue Mass for front line workers will be celebrated at St. Joseph Church in York on October 30 at 11:30 a.m. The purpose of the Blue Mass will be to honor police officers, firefighters, EMTs, correctional officers, doctors, nurses and other front line workers.  The Mass will include 4th Degree Honor Guard Bagpiper Processions, and is sponsored by the Bishop McDevitt 4th Degree Assembly #920.  Call or text Faithful Navigator, Kelly Brown, with questions at 717-668-0509.

Education & Enrichment

All are invited to attend the annual Diocesan Catechetical Conference on Saturday, November 12 at the Diocesan Center in Harrisburg. The theme is The Eucharist: Source and Summit of the Christian Life. The keynote speaker is Bishop William Waltersheid, Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. The conference includes Mass celebrated by Bishop Waltersheid, Confessions and lunch. Both in-person and virtual attendance options are available. For more information, or to register, visit

Save the date for the HDCCW’s 97th annual convention. The Harrisburg Diocesan Council of Catholic Women invites all women of the Diocese to attend their annual convention, Saturday, April 15, 2023. The theme will be “Live in the Love of Christ.” Watch future editions of The Witness and the HDCCW’s website, for additional details.

Catholic Family Connection of Lancaster, a new group for families, has been established with support of local priests, and is spreading word about the new ministry. The group strives to unite Catholic families throughout Lancaster County in their pursuit of a deeper relationship with God, a greater understanding of the Catholic faith, and a stronger support system within the Catholic community. Join the group on Facebook by searching “Catholic Family Connection of Lancaster” or e-mail for more information.

“Discovering Christ,” a program for anyone who is curious about the meaning and purpose of life, will be offered at St. Joseph Parish in Danville on Wednesday evenings from October 5-November 16 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Enjoy some tasty food and listen to a thought-provoking talk that is designed to explore the meaning and purpose of your life. After the talk, you can share your thoughts in a small group (and talk as much or as little as you wish). It’s all done in a warm, friendly and judgement-free environment. Free childcare is available. Register at

“Catholicism, The Pivotal Players Volume 1 by Word on Fire,” presented by Bishop Robert Barron, will be hosted at Good Shepherd Parish in Camp Hill beginning this fall. Tuesday morning sessions begin October 11 from 10 a.m.-noon. Thursday evening sessions begin October 13 from 6:30-8:30 p.m., or online streaming self-study. There are 6 sessions. Join Bishop Barron on the journey to unlock the truth behind the most influential people of the Catholic Church. Each video can stand alone, so you do not need to attend all to benefit from Bishop Barron’s scholarly and beautiful presentations. The cost of the study guide is $25. Register by calling Good Shepherd Parish at 717-761-1167.

Calling all young adults (20s and 30’s) – A young adult Catholics group is forming in Franklin County. Open to young adults from local parishes, including St. Andrew the Apostle, St. Rita, Immaculate Conception, St. Mark, Corpus Christi and Our Lady of the Visitation. Please join our Facebook group for more information, or reach out to the co-leaders with any questions or ideas. Find Franklin County PA Young Adult Catholics on Facebook at, or email Rachel Little at or Anissa Freeman at

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.

Are you looking for like-minded folks for prayer, discussion, and fun? Join the Companions of Pauline for quarterly meetings in the convent at Penn State Holy Spirit Hospital in Camp Hill. The group meets from 2-4 p.m. for prayer, discussion, and fun, in-person or via Zoom as we follow the charism and spirituality of Blessed Pauline von Mallinckrodt, foundress of the Sisters of Christian Charity. Vespers follow in the hospital chapel. Text or call Sister Donna Marie, S.C.C. at 570-335-3586 or e-mail

The Knights of Columbus invite the faithful to join the Father McGivney Guild. Blessed Father Michael J. McGivney, the founder of the Knights of Columbus, is one miracle away from sainthood. All are welcome to join the Father McGivney Guild, and receive a periodic newsletter with information about the life, works and spirituality of Father McGivney. The Guild also offers a weekly Mass for the intentions of its members. To join, go to

Have you served in the military? The Catholic War Veterans are reactivating their Central Pennsylvania Chapter. Any baptized Catholic who has served in uniform can join. Are you interested? We need you. The first year of membership is free. For more information, contact Col. (ret) Bob DeSousa at or 717-648-8317.

Retreats & Pilgrimage

The Diocese of Harrisburg is heading to World Youth Day 2023! Young adults are invited to come celebrate with our Holy Father Pope Francis in Lisbon, Portugal. Experience a week of unity, fun and a deep encounter with Jesus Christ. Along the way, we will be also be stopping in Fatima to visit the apparition sites of Our Lady. The pilgrimage will be July 30-August 7, 2023. Young adults ages 18-39 at the time of departure are invited to attend. Cost is $2,998 per pilgrim, with an initial deposit of $500. For registration and additional information, including our itinerary, please visit: Questions can be directed to Zack Haney, Director for Youth and Young Adult Ministry, at 717-657-4804, ext. 307, or

All youth ministers and DREs are invited to bring their parish/school youth to the 24th annual Fan the Fire Youth Rally on Saturday, November 5 from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. at St. Joseph Church in York. Fan the Fire will feature time for praise and worship led by contemporary worship band Bring Us Mountains and workshops led by various speakers from throughout our region, including Sister Geralyn Schmidt, Father John Szada (exorcist), Father Anthony Dill, Pam Gent and Cathy Eisenbeil. The day will also include a pizza dinner, a Eucharistic Holy Hour, a glow stick dance party and a closing Mass that will fulfill one’s Sunday obligation. Father Steve Fernandes, OFM Cap., will be our main celebrant and homilist for the closing Mass. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will also be available at various times throughout the day. The Fan the Fire Youth Rally is open to any teens in grades 8-12 for the 2022-2023 school year. If your group is interested in attending or you’d like more information, please visit for registration information, a downloadable full-color flyer and postcard, directions and medical liability release forms (for teens and chaperones). If you have any questions, contact Chris Wood at any time via the web site.

Save the Date for MOUNT2000: Back after a hiatus due to COVID, all teens are invited to join us for MOUNT2000, “Kenosis: Make Room for God.” This weekend retreat includes Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, Confession, exciting nationally known speakers and musicians, and breakout sessions led by seminarians. MOUNT2000 will be February 3-5, 2023, at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md. Make plans to join us for this inspirational event.

Events & Fundraisers

Immaculate Conception BVM Parish in Berwick will have a fish fry on Friday, November 11 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Eat-in or take-out. Baked and fried fish, shrimp, and chicken tenders. All dinners are $13 and include two sides. Call 570-759-9227 for information.

St. Teresa of Calcutta Catholic School in Adams County will have a bi-lingual Mass and open house at both campuses in November. Mass will be celebrated at Annunciation BVM Church in McSherrystown on Sunday, November 13 at 2 p.m. Tours of the McSherrystown campus (grades 4-8) will follow Mass, until 5 p.m. Mass will be celebrated at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on Sunday, November 20 at 2 p.m. Tours of the Conewago campus (grades PreK3-3) will follow Mass, until 5 p.m. Both open houses will feature light refreshments and bi-lingual tours by current families and students from Delone Catholic High School.

Prince of Peace Parish in Steelton is sponsoring a “Trunk or Treat” event on Saturday, October 29 from noon-2 p.m. in front of the Parish Center. All children are invited to attend and receive a special treat. Halloween costumes are required.

Girl Scouts are invited to a workshop on Ruth and Naomi on Saturday, November 5, from 2-4:30 p.m. at Good Shepherd Parish in Camp Hill. All participants will receive the Ruth and Naomi – Women in Scripture patch, and are invited to stay for the 5 p.m. Mass. Cost is $7. The event is sponsored by the Diocesan Catholic Committee for Girl Scouts and Camp Fire. Registration deadline is October 30; register online at

Lancaster Catholic High School’s Fine & Performing Arts Department presents William Kasel ’97, trumpet, with Dorothea Parrish, Music Director and Organist from St. Joseph Parish in Lancaster, for a performance on Sunday, November 20, at 5 p.m. at St. Joseph Church. The event is part of the George R. Schreck ‘47 & Barbara A. Schober ‘72 Memorial 2022-2023 Concert & Lecture Series. Repertoire will include Telemann in D Major, Telemann Heroic Music, Alan Hovhaness Prayer of St. Gregory and Torelli Sonata for Trumpet. Free admission, however donations will be accepted for the Fine & Performing Arts Department. For more information, please contact Tony Brill, Director of Fine & Performing Arts, at

The St. Pauline Foundation in Kulpmont is having a Christmas Spectacular Raffle, November 6 from noon-5 p.m., November 9 from 6-8 p.m., November 11 from noon-6 p.m., and November 12 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the St. Pauline Shrine. Tickets are $20 for a sheet of 26; after initial purchase, additional sheets are $10. There are more than 200 prizes, including 100 gallons of oil, a ton of coal, a Yeti cooler, $500 in cash, a snow blower, Vera Bradley and Lenox items, purses, tools, children’s items, TVs and more. Food will be available for purchase November 11 and 12. Parking available behind the shrine; handicap accessible.

St. Patrick Parish in Carlisle will have a trunk-or-treat event, October 28 at the Parish Activity Center on Marsh Drive from 6-8 p.m. All youth are invited to go from station to station to collect candy and prizes from decorated spaces. Costumes are encouraged. Free food and candy bags.

St. Joseph and Immaculate Conception BVM Parishes in Berwick will host their annual Veterans’ Gratitude Ceremony with a display of American flags and prayer services on November 11. Honor your veteran with the purchase of a flag in their name for $5. Each flag will include their name, rank and branch. Proceeds benefit the Archdiocese of the Military Services, USA. A ceremony with the reading of names and a Rosary for veterans on November 11 will begin after the 8:30 a.m. Mass at St. Joseph Church, with a similar ceremony at Immaculate Conception at 11 a.m.

Knights of Columbus Council 10502 of Holy Spirit Parish in Palmyra will have a wine and cheese tasting event on November 5 from 7-10 p.m. Six tastings during the event. Meal includes salad, three types of pasta and sauces and dessert. Small plate portions. Event is sponsored by the Hershey Winery and Lisa’s Café, and will include raffles and baskets. Wine and cheese makers will give presentations during the tasting. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are $37 per person, $70 per couple. Register at For questions, contact Art Bond at 717-383-8583 or

Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Parish in Elysburg is seeking crafters and vendors for its annual Christmas bazaar. Please email or for registration forms and info.

St. Patrick Parish in Carlisle is seeking vendors for its Christmas Craft Market. A 10×10 space fee of $75 includes a table, chairs and concession voucher. If you are interested in more information for participation, please email Elaine Seckar at with your name, number, and email. The event will be free to the public.

St. Joseph and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Leisure Club in Mechanicsburg are sponsoring a Fashion Show Benefit for Shanthi Dham on Saturday, November 5, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish. Tickets are $25 and include fashions by Chico’s, lunch, basket raffles, door prizes and vendors. Deadline for ticket purchase is November 2. This event will benefit the home that Father Swamy Anthappa, MSFS, will be building to offer compassionate and dignified end-of-life care to the destitute in India. For further information, contact Nina at 717-395-8477.

Job Openings

The Secretariat for Catholic Life and Evangelization (CLEV) for the Diocese of Harrisburg is seeking a Director of the Office for Life & Dignity. The director should have a desire to help others live the Catholic faith to the fullest, a mission to help others develop strong relationships with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and an interest in advancing the seven fundamental social teachings of the Catholic Church. Specifically, CLEV seeks a Director for Life & Dignity who is ready to enrich our team with his or her talents and dedication. The Director reports to the Secretary for CLEV and has responsibility for Respect Life (Pro-Life) Ministries, Health & Pastoral Care Ministry, Prison Ministry, and Ministries for Persons with Disabilities. This individual is the main point of contact and support for these ministries, offering strategy, resources, and ongoing development. Bachelor’s degree with a background in Theology, Theological or Pastoral Studies, Education, or related field required; master’s degree preferred. See the full job description at To apply, please send résumé and cover letter to Deacon Gregory Amarante at

The Secretariat for Catholic Life and Evangelization (CLEV) for the Diocese of Harrisburg is seeking a Director for Culture, Identity & Outreach. The director should have a desire to help others live the Catholic faith to the fullest and develop strong relationships with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to spotlight and minister to the mosaic of peoples and cultures that exist in the Church family, and to cultivate the universality of the Church through the participation of all believers. Specifically, CLEV seeks a Director for Culture, Identity, & Outreach who is ready to enrich our team with his or her talents and dedication. The Director reports to the Secretary for CLEV and provides leadership, guidance and resources in ministries related to culture, identity, and outreach. This person will revive and support ministries to ethnic and cultural groups present in the Diocese, especially the Hispanic Apostolate. He or she will take a leading role in ongoing engagement, hospitality, inculturation of the Gospel, as well as intercultural activity, awareness, and development throughout the Diocese. Bachelor’s Degree with a background in Theology, Theological or Pastoral Studies, Sociology, or other relevant field required; master’s degree preferred. See the full job description at To apply, please send résumé and cover letter to Deacon Gregory Amarante at

The Diocesan Secretariat for Education is seeking a full-time Administrative Assistant. This confident individual with superior organizational and administrative skills will work as part of an administrative team in the Department of Education. 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 with a thorough working knowledge of database management and Excel spreadsheets. An experience of working in Catholic schools or a parish CCD program would be helpful but not essential. Knowledge of Diocesan parish /school structures would be beneficial. Competitive salary and benefits. Please send résumé and cover letter to:

The Diocese of Harrisburg is seeking a part-time kitchen cook at the Priests’ Retirement Home in Harrisburg, for Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Candidate should have a friendly disposition and provide weekend food services to the priests living in the Retirement Home, an independent living facility of 15 apartments. The cook works independently and without close supervision, and must have an excellent knowledge of food hygiene and food preparation. The weekend cook is responsible for providing lunch and dinner to a pre-set menu. Must be able to stand and walk continuously throughout the working day; reach, stoop, bend, lift and carry up to 50 lbs.; manipulate various food products, dietary supplies and equipment; have visual acuity and color discrimination for examining cooked and stored food; have taste and smell discrimination in determining nutritional quality and palatability of foods; have ability to work with chemicals and cleaning agents; and tolerate exposure to temperature and humidity changes as in entering refrigerated storage areas, working at ovens, ranges, dish-washing machines, and at steam tables. Required to have (or will be given the opportunity to obtain) ServSafe Certification. Please send résumé to or via mail to Human Resources, Diocese of Harrisburg, 4800 Union Deposit Rd., Harrisburg, PA 17111.

St. Theresa Parish in New Cumberland has an opening for a maintenance/custodian position. The expectation for this position is to have a functional knowledge of electrical, mechanical, plumbing, painting, carpentry, roofing, or HVAC and cabling processes. The position requires trouble-shooting ability and immediate response to problems and emergency situations. The individual should be versed in basic home repairs and be knowledgeable in the use of hand and power tools and the operation of cleaning equipment. This person must be a versatile, skilled individual. It is essential that this person be adaptable, flexible and have the ability to work without supervision. Responsible for the maintenance needs of the entire campus. Must maintain a high degree of confidentiality, be pleasant and have a helpful attitude. Two to three years of related work experience and/or certificates of completion for electrical, mechanical, plumbing, wiring classes required. Full-time position, $17/hour plus benefits. Contact Randy Meholick at 717-829-6176 or

St. Theresa Parish in New Cumberland is seeking a cook/housekeeper responsible for keeping the residence clean, orderly, and presentable at all times; for the day-to-day operation of the kitchen and dining area; and for preparing, cooking and serving meals for the priest(s) in residence. This individual is responsible for planning and executing a cleaning schedule for a parish rectory that may have multiple occupants. The position requires varying degrees of physical exertion, to include lifting (at least 50 lbs.) stretching, bending, climbing stairs and operating cleaning equipment. This individual should possess adequate cooking skills and a working knowledge of hygiene, and proper food handling. Creativity in menu planning and knowledge or interest in basic nutritional requirements would be helpful. Organizational skills, a working knowledge of home safety procedures, adaptability, flexibility, dependability and the ability to take instructions and meet deadlines for scheduled meals, as well as work without supervision, are essential. Absolute trustworthiness and the willingness to maintain confidentiality are essential. Position is 20 hours a week, $18 per hour. Contact Elaine Herald at 717-774-5918 or

Do you have a heart for life, supporting families and educating the youth of our community? Morning Star Pregnancy Services is hiring, with openings for full-time and part-time sonographers, client services and community educators. To learn more about these opportunities, visit

St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Lancaster is seeking applicants for the position of Director of Religious Education. The DRE is responsible for coordinating faith formation activities for K-8, including classes on Sundays, recruiting catechists, proposing curriculum, preparing students for sacraments of initiation, providing retreat opportunities to students, attending Masses with students and keeping accurate filing on student progress. To apply, please call Father Matthew Morelli at 717-394-0669.

St. Peter Parish in Columbia has an immediate opening for a part-time office administrator (Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.) to undertake a wide variety of clerical duties including bookkeeping and payroll. As a visible representative of the parish, this person will need to put the interests of the parish first in all actions and communication with others. Cordial and effective communication with priests, parishioners, vendors, committee members, officers of church councils and Diocesan office personnel is an ongoing necessity. This position requires a detail-oriented individual with above average keyboard skills, strong computer skills (Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel and Publisher) and excellent organizational and interpersonal skills with the ability to understand and follow instructions, as well as work independently. Trustworthiness, reliability, willingness to maintain confidentiality and the ability to complete routine and delegated assignments in a timely manner are essential. High school diploma, preferably with business curriculum, required. Associate degree in office administration helpful. Two to three years related work experience preferred. Submit résumé to Father Augustine Joseph MSFS, Pastor, St. Peter Parish, 121 South 2nd St Columbia, PA 17512 or

Immaculate Conception BVM Parish in York is seeking a part-time maintenance person. This versatile, skilled individual will be responsible for cleaning, maintaining, inspecting and reporting on the condition of the church and any auxiliary buildings, and assisting the pastor in the implementation of a maintenance program for the parish. The position requires varying degrees of physical exertion, to include lifting (at least 50 lbs.), stretching, bending, climbing stairs and operating cleaning and garden equipment. Responsibilities may fall in the areas of minor electrical work, plumbing, painting, carpentry, roofing or HVAC. The position requires trouble-shooting and immediate response to problems and emergency situations. Also required are organizational skills, adaptability, flexibility, dependability, the ability to take instructions and to work without supervision. Absolute trustworthiness and the willingness to maintain confidentiality are essential. A valid drivers’ license and reliable mode of transportation are needed. Interested applicants should contact Deacon James Koch at 717-845-7629 or to submit a résumé.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Mechanicsburg is seeking a part-time Administrative Assistant. Responsibilities include phones and office duties, database entries, maintaining parish calendars, and possibly doing bulletin creations. Excel and Word experience required. Security clearances are required. Please email your résumé to Tracy Kovaleski at

Morning Star Clinics is seeking a part-time instructor to teach nationally recognized curriculum in greater Dauphin County middle and high schools. The program empowers youth to make healthy decisions regarding relationships and risk behaviors and promotes sexual risk avoidance to achieve best outcomes. Candidates will have at least one year of experience working with this age group in an organized teaching capacity. The ability to engage teens is essential. An individual who can be a role model and mentor to male students is preferred. One to two year commitment following completion of formal training. For questions or to submit a cover letter and résumé, contact Leslie Moyer, Program Director, at Visit our website to learn more about the program:

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The deadline for submissions to the biweekly Notebook/Parish Obituaries listing is every other Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. Please refer to the Publication Schedule for edition dates and deadlines.

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