Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Diocesan Notebook – September 14

Masses and Prayer Services

A Mass for Hope & Healing will be celebrated by Bishop Timothy Senior on Tuesday, September 19 at 7 p.m. at St. Catherine Labouré Church in Harrisburg. During this Mass, we will pray for and with survivors of clerical sexual abuse. All are encouraged to attend.

Bishop Timothy Senior will be the principal celebrant for the annual Diocesan Red Mass on Thursday, September 28 at 5:30 p.m. at St. Patrick Cathedral in Harrisburg. Bishop Ronald Gainer will be the homilist. At the Red Mass, lawyers, law students, judges, lawmakers and public officials gather together to pray for God’s wisdom and guidance in their pursuit of justice. The Saint Thomas More Society of Central Pennsylvania, an organization of Catholic lawyers, sponsors the Red Mass each year. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

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: https://www.hbgdiocese.org/event/remembrance-mass-for-child-loss/.

An Evening of Prayer in honor of Saint Therese, The Little Flower, will be held on Friday, September 29, at 7 p.m. at Annunciation BVM Church in McSherrystown. The homilist will be Father Samuel Dubois.

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 ronjude22@comcast.net no later than October 20.

The Consecration of two newly constructed marble altars (altar of repose and altar of sacrifice) at St. Jude Thaddeus Church in Mifflintown take place Friday, October 6 at 7 p.m. during Mass celebrated by Bishop Emeritus Ronald Gainer.  A dinner for the bishop and all the priests, deacons and deacons’ wives will be held at 5 p.m. in the parish social hall. Three days of 24/7 Eucharistic Exposition and Adoration will follow, interspersed by weekend Masses. Closing will be 4 p.m. Sunday, October 8, with an outdoor Eucharistic procession, vespers and Benediction, followed by a parish dinner in the church social hall, to which priests and deacons are also invited. Priests and deacons are asked to RSVP for the Friday dinner to frweary@sacredheartlewistown.com by Monday, September 25.

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 https://marchforlife.org/pennsylvania-march-for-life/.

A Charismatic Mass with prayers for healing will be celebrated Tuesday, October 3 at 7 p.m. at St. Theresa Church in New Cumberland. Msgr. Robert E. Lawrence will be the celebrant. For more information on this monthly Mass, call Mary Ann at 717-512-3628 or Vicki at 717-364-6260.

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 www.stjosephmech.org/parish-mission, or by calling St. Joseph Parish office at 717-766-9433.

The Catholic Family Connection of Lancaster will have a Holy Hour and potluck dinner, Sunday, September 24, at St. James Parish in Lititz. A guided Holy Hour will begin at 5 p.m., followed by the potluck at 6 p.m. Bring a dish to share. RSVP via e-mail to catholic.families.lanc@gmail.com.

Feast of St. Padre Pio, weekend celebration, at the National Centre for Padre Pio in Barto, Pa. On September 23, there will be 10:30 a.m. Mass offered by Bishop Alfred Schlert of the Diocese of Allentown with Eucharistic Procession to follow, as well as 1:30 p.m. Mass and Novena prayers. September 24, there will be noon Mass and Novena prayers. The Centre is open from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The Rosary will be prayed 30 minutes prior to each Mass. Confessions offered throughout the day on Saturday. No Confessions offered on Sunday. Food provided by Cast Iron Creations throughout the duration of the weekend.

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 www.ciszek.org.

Retreats & Pilgrimages

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 Stpatsisrael24@gmail.com.

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, sales@georgesintl.com, or Karen Hurley, k.m.hurley1@gmail.com.

The Rosary Group of St. Joseph Parish, Hanover, is sponsoring a bus trip to the Dominican Rosary Pilgrimage at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., on September 30. For more information and seat availability, contact Carolyn Blaszczyk at cbis4@comcast.net.

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 www.hbgdiocese.org/women for more details.

The Diocese of Harrisburg’s Cursillo Movement will host its Grand Ultreya for English and Spanish speaking communities on Saturday, September 30 at the Diocesan Conference Center in Harrisburg. Doors open at 8 a.m.; Holy Mass at 9:15 a.m. with Bishop Ronald Gainer. Cost is $20 (includes lunch). Please register by September 25. You can pay at the door, or through Paypal at www.harrisburg-cursillo.org. If paying by check, make it payable to the Harrisburg Cursillo Movement and send to Lisa Rowe, 208 Wilbur Street, Liverpool, PA 17045. For help or more information, email rowrosie@hotmail.com or call 717-736-3866. Bring your spiritual books for the book swap.

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 www.beginningexperience.org or contact the Harrisburg Beginning Experience Team at 717-379-0800 or jpennat_58@comcast.net.

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. On September 14, the group will give a tour of the CGS classroom (or “atrium”) during the playgroup session. The registration deadline for CGS is September 14. You can register for CGS at https://stjameslititz.org/religious-education. Please email st.jimmys.jamboree@gmail.com for more information.

Best-selling Catholic author of 21 Ways To Worship and popular speaker, Vinny Flynn, is coming to Historical St. Mary’s Church in Lancaster on Thursday, October 5 at 6 p.m. On this feast day of St. Faustina, the evening will include a talk by Flynn on Divine Mercy and the Eucharist, Adoration, hospitality and book sales. A free-will offering will be accepted.

Annunciation BVM Catholic Church’s Family Ministry is hosting a special event led by Mrs. Marianna Taylor. This event is for all in the community and is a great opportunity to learn more about how to help our kids manage technology in a healthy way. High school students, parents, grandparents, and other adults are welcome to attend. The event is free, and there is childcare during the event for kids in grades PK-8. It will take place at Delone Catholic High School, 140 S. Oxford St., McSherrystown, on Sunday, September 24, from 7:30-9 p.m. To RSVP, please email littlewayministriesabvm@gmail.com.

Parish volunteers in the Cumberland Deanery parishes invite caregivers to the 10th Annual Caregivers’ Day of Prayer and Care to be held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Mechanicsburg, on Saturday, October 14 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Most of us know of someone who is involved in providing care for a family member, a neighbor, or friend. That someone might be you. Caregivers often describe their service as simply “doing what needs to be done.” However, the hours spent caring can leave little time for relaxation, spiritual renewal or connecting with others. The Day of Prayer and Care will include a prayer service with the blessing of hands, and various activities for enjoyment. There is no cost for the day, but pre-registration is required. Please contact Mary Brenner at 717-991-4821.

A Retrouvaille weekend for couples experiencing marital problems will take place September 29-October 1 in Mechanicsburg. The program is for couples who want to take steps towards healing their marriage. Couples who are considering separation and those who are already separated or divorced are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact the registration team at 717-356-2185 or visit www.HelpOurMarriage.org.

The Diocese of Harrisburg’s Formation Ministry of Spiritual Direction is accepting applications from individuals who feel called to be a spiritual director. The three-year program of formation is designed for adults experienced in the spiritual life who are seeking to discern this call and to deepen the gifts of wisdom, faith and discernment give by the Spirit for this ministry, as well as the necessary qualities, presence and interpersonal skills. Formation sessions will meet monthly at the Diocesan Center in Harrisburg or through Zoom. For more information, contact Sister Geralyn Schmidt, SCC, at srgschmidt@hbgdiocese.org, 717-657-4804, ext. 254, or 717-712-9298 (cell). Applications are due by September 30.

Upcoming Women of Grace Studies and Events: Women of Grace Foundational Study at Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Middletown, Saturday mornings September 9 through November 11 (excluding October 21) from 9-11 a.m. Contact Chris Arnold at carnold@womenofgrace.com or 717-379-6041. Women of Grace Foundational Study will be offered at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Enola, September 12 through November 7, Tuesday mornings from 9-11 a.m. Contact Linda K. Keister, Women of Grace Facilitator, at lkanzkei@msn.com or 717-732-0772 (please leave a message). Women of Grace Foundational Study will be offered at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Mechanicsburg, September 13 through November 8, Wednesday mornings from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Contact Linda K. Keister, Women of Grace Facilitator, at lkanzkei@msn.com or call 717-732-0772 (please leave a message).

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 donna@steas.net 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 cptjag@yahoo.com or text 717-648-8317.

Events & Fundraisers

Good Shepherd Parish, along with the Knights of Columbus, are planning a special evening of music, sing-a-longs and dinner – “Gonna Sing My Lord,” an evening of Church music of the last 60 years. The event will be September 30 at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. December 4 marks the 60th anniversary of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy of the Second Vatican Council, which ushered in a process of renewal and revival. The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy called it full, conscious, and active participation. Music was a special tool used to move the heart. The music of those first years became the soundtrack of the renewal. To celebrate and remember the music of the time, Good Shepherd Parish is hosting this coffee house event with a spaghetti dinner, live music and sing-a-longs. There will also be beer, wine, and a gourmet coffee bar. Dinner tickets are $15. Make it a night out with friends by reserving a table for 8 for a $25 service fee. Tickets are available for purchase after Sunday Masses, in the parish office, and on the parish website, www.thegoodshep.org.

The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton’s New Museum and Visitor Center Grand Opening is on Friday, September 22. The public is invited to attend all weekend to experience new state-of-the-art exhibits featuring artifacts, personal writings, digital interactive exhibits and hands-on activities for all ages that capture the spirit of Mother Seton’s extraordinary life and enduring legacy as she traversed the path from a seeker to servant to saint. On Friday, a Mass and Dedication will be open to the public in the Basilica at 1:30 p.m. (also available on livestream), followed by the museum and visitor center ribbon cutting at 3 p.m. Free Historic Homes Tours will also be available all weekend. Admission to the new museum and visitor center is completely free. Learn more at https://setonshrine.org/museum/.

Knights of Columbus Council 10502 of Holy Spirit Parish in Palmyra will sponsor a youth soccer challenge competition, Saturday, September 23 at 2 p.m. at Campbelltown Soccer Park. Boys and girls ages 9-14 are invited to participate in the local level of competition. The Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge is sponsored annually, with winners progressing through local, district and juris­dictional competitions. International champions are announced by the Knights of Columbus international headquarters in New Haven, CT, based on scores from the jurisdiction-level competitions. All boys and girls ages 9-14 are eligible to participate and will compete in their respective age divisions. All contestants on the local level are recognized for their participation in the event. Participants are required to furnish proof of age and written parental consent. For entry forms or additional information, contact Steve Kristich at 717-507-2744 or steve@nk-graphics.com.

Knights of Columbus Council 14349 of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Spring Grove will have a First Responder Appreciation BBQ at the parish center on Sunday, September 24, from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Menu includes pulled pork, hot dogs, and hamburgers with sides. First responders in uniform or with a first responder ID card eat free. Local first responder equipment and history exhibits will be on display. Dine in our picnic grove, or carry out. For full menu and prices, visit www.sacredheartsg.com.

The Council of Catholic Women of Our Lady Help of Christians Parish in Lykens is taking orders for Sycamore Spring Apple Dumplings. Cost is $6, regular or sugar free. Orders and money are due September 24. Pick up October 5 at the church social hall. Call Anne at 717-647-9182, Noreen at 717-329-3016 or Deb at 717-215-6784.

Morning Star’s Shooting Star 5K Run and Walk for Life is this Saturday, September 16 at Harrisburg’s City Island. This fun family event includes a free pancake breakfast, live music, kids’ activities, and more. This year alone, Morning Star has already seen over 1,300 clients. Run or walk with us on Saturday to show Harrisburg our support of life and help provide no-cost services to even more moms and families in Central Pennsylvania. Day-of registration opens at 7 a.m., the 5K run starts at 8 a.m., and the walk starts at 10 a.m. See our full schedule of events at www.SupportMorningStar.com.

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 trebleklef@aol.com for details.

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. Cecilia’s Big Bingo will be held on Sunday, October 1, at 750 State Drive, Lebanon. Doors and kitchen open at 11 a.m. and Bingo starts at 1 p.m. There will be 24 big cash games, 50/50 and a jackpot. Cost is $25.

Mother Cabrini Parish in Shamokin will have its annual chicken barbecue, Sunday, October 8, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the “Cabrini Shed” at the corner of Race and Cherry Streets. The dinner will include a ½ chicken, baked potato, baked beans, cranberry sauce, roll and “a sweet.” Cost is $12. Tickets can be purchased at Mother Cabrini Parish Office, Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. or by calling 570-648-4512. Deadline to place an order is noon on Tuesday, September 26. Dinner is take-out only.

Knights of Columbus of St. Bernard Parish in New Bloomfield will have a used book sale, Thursday and Friday, September 28 and 29 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday, September 30 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Thousands of titles to choose from, plus more than 300 religious books and statues. The sale will be at St. Bernard Parish.

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 http://stpaa.sportngin.com/home 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.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Mechanicsburg will have its Oktoberfest event on Saturday, September 30 from 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. An assortment of German foods and desserts will be featured, in addition to a variety of draft beers in the Biergarten. Event features a live German Band and dancing (5-8 p.m.), bingo, wine pull, bake sale, mum sale, bounce house, kids’ games (10 a.m.- 4 p.m.) with awesome prizes and activities for all ages, including sand art, corn dig, pumpkin decorating, and more. Event held rain or shine.

St. Theresa Parish in New Cumberland will have its 7th annual Fall Fun Fest on Saturday, September 16 from 3-9 p.m. on the school grounds. Everyone is invited to come out and enjoy a fun time for the whole family! There will be food trucks, craft beer, wine, basket raffles, bingo, desserts, children’s games, face painting, money raffles and entertainment. For more information, please email Mark Reilly at markr@reillyinsurancellc.com or Mary Ann Chmiola at machmiola@gmail.com, or call the parish office at 717-774-5918.

St. Joseph Parish in Berwick is having an “Italian Food Palooza” under the pavilion on September 17, featuring a pasta and meatball dinner; meatball, fireball, porkette, and sausage and pepper sandwiches. The Council of Catholic Women will have a sweet treats table. There will be a money raffle and basket raffle. The Palooza is from noon-3 p.m., take-out only. In case of rain, the event will be held in the church hall.

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 http://www.pcggprisonministry.org/ or contact Bob Ribic at bobribic2@yahoo.com 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, https://flowerofcarmelhermitage.org/ or e-mail sisterhermitess@gmail.com.

Job Openings

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 employment@hbgdiocese.org. Full job listing can be found at www.hbgdiocese.org/careers.

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: employment@hbgdiocese.org. The full job description is available at www.hbgdiocese.org/careers.

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 rmentzell@sjbnf.org.

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 mpeticca@hbgdiocese.org.

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 www.sjbnf.org/jobs. 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 www.sjbnf.org/jobs. Interested candidates may direct questions, and also submit a cover letter and resume, to our principal, Michelle Williams, at principal@sjbnf.org 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 patkwhalen@aol.com.

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 www.hbgdiocese.org/careers, and if interested, please contact Father Fischer at frrfischer@hbgdiocese.org.

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 www.hbgdiocese.org/careers, and if interested, please contact Father Fischer at frrfischer@hbgdiocese.org.
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 www.hbgdiocese.org/careers, and if interested, please contact Father Fischer at frrfischer@hbgdiocese.org.

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 https://yorkcatholic.org/about/employment-opportunities/.

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 parishmanager@steas.net 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 www.htcsyork.org or email schooloffice@htcsyork.org 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 Lynnwccyork@gmail.com.

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 www.SupportMorningStar.com.

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