Thursday, October 6, 2022

Diocesan Notebook – September 15

Masses and Prayer Services

Bishop Ronald Gainer will be the principal celebrant at the Red Mass on Monday, October 3 at 5:30 p.m. at St. Patrick Cathedral in Harrisburg. Bishop Edward C. Malesic, Bishop of the Diocese of Cleveland and native son of our Diocese, will be the homilist. All who attend the Red Mass are invited to join the bishops for a reception after the Mass in the Cathedral’s social hall. Those unable to attend the Mass in person are encouraged to view the live stream of the Mass on the Diocesan YouTube channel: www.YouTube.com/hbgdiocese. At the Red Mass, lawyers, 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, judges, paralegals, public office holders, law students and faculty, sponsor the Red Mass and reception each year. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

The official relics of St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina are coming to Good Shepherd Church in Camp Hill on Friday, October 7. Veneration will be from 9 a.m.-8 p.m., to include recitation of the Rosary at 6:00 p.m. and Mass at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome. For more information, contact Deb at 717-761-1167, ext. 3613.

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. A kickoff rally will take place at St. Mary’s Auditorium in York on September 25 at 2 p.m. 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 www.40daysforlife.com/york 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 www.40daysforlife.com/lancaster. Interested individuals and groups can also contact homeschool4jmj@gmail.com.

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 flyboy323@comcast.net.

An Evening of Prayer in honor of St. Therese, The Little Flower, will be held on Thursday, September 29 at 7 p.m., at Annunciation BVM Church in McSherrystown. The homilist will be Father Aaron Lynch, parochial vicar of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Gettysburg.

St. Joan of Arc Church Hershey will hold its annual public Rosary rally on Sunday, October 16, following the 11:30 a.m. Mass. The rally will be at the parish’s Our Lady of Grace Grotto and is in union with America Needs Fatima 20,000+ Rallies held throughout the USA in honor of Our Lady’s 105th message of Fatima and for national and world peace. Chairs will be provided. In case of inclement weather, remain in the church.

St. Joseph Parish in Berwick will host a Mass for educators on Saturday, September 17 at 11 a.m. All administrators, teachers, staff and students from pre-K to post graduate educational levels and their families are invited to attend. Join us as we celebrate those who attend area colleges, parochial, public, private, cyber and charter schools and those who are homeschooled. Area CCD staff, teachers and students are also invited to attend.

The next Caelorum scheduled for September at St. Joan of Arc Church has been cancelled. Caelorum will resume the first Wednesday of every month on October 5.

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

The 2022 Diocesan Women’s Conference, The Eucharist: Jesus in Our Midst, will be Saturday, October 15 at the Diocesan Center in Harrisburg. Keynote speaker Barbara McGuigan, founder of Voice of Virtue International and a former EWTN radio host, and Capstone Speaker Meg Hunter-Kilmer, a hobo for Christ, along with Bishop Ronald Gainer and Katherine Phenicie, Spiritual Life Director at Delone Catholic High School, will awaken your faith and love for the Real Presence of Christ during this daylong event. In person and virtual attendance options. Registration and full conference schedule is available at www.hbgdiocese.org/women. Make plans now to join your sisters in Christ as we rediscover the Real Presence of the Eucharist during the 2022 Women’s Conference, The Eucharist: Jesus in Our Midst.

The Notre Dame Club of Harrisburg is hosting a lecture from the University of Notre Dame professor, Dr. Mary Ann McDowell, on “Consider This! Simplifying the COVID-19 Conversation.” The program is Tuesday, October 18 at 7 p.m. at Dickinson College Althouse Hall, room 106. A light reception will follow the presentation. This program is part of the 2022 Hesburgh Lecture Series, which brings the Notre Dame campus to its alumni and their communities through programs that reflect the strengths of the University – leadership in family life, Church issues, ethical concerns, social problems, political questions, spiritual life and the liberal arts. This lecture will unpack the science and research behind such topics as vaccines, epidemiology, public health, testing, food security, racial inequalities and more. Admission is free and all are welcome.

A Caregivers Day of Prayer and Care will be offered on October 22 from 11:45 a.m.-4 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Mechanicsburg. This day is for men and women who care for family members, neighbors and friends with chronic illness, age issues, mental or physical challenges, rehabilitation, addiction, grandparents raising grandchildren, and distance care due to COVID-19. The Caregivers’ Day of Prayer and Care was developed by Church volunteers and members of the Cumberland/Perry Deanery to support and honor you in the important work you do providing daily attention to those in special need of care, termed “ordinary holiness” by St. John Paul II. The day begins at 11:45 a.m. with registration and lunch, and features the Office of Aging; guest speaker Carol Morel of the Diocese’s Formation for the Ministry of Spiritual Direction; a prayer service and blessing of hands; dessert and a Q&A session led by St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish’s Caregivers’ Support Group; bingo and cupcake decoration. The day will end at 3:50 p.m.; attendees are invited to stay for Mass at 4 p.m. There is no cost to attend, but pre-registration is required; please visit https://www.caregiversdayofprayerandcare.org/.

“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 www.stjosephdanville.org.

“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 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. You’ll discover the places where St. Thomas Aquinas lived, learned and wrote. Visit the countryside where St. Francis gathered a group of friars and revived the Church. See the places where St. Catherine of Siena ministered and prayed. Trek through England to where St. John Henry Newman and G.K. Chesterton left their mark and sparked an English Catholic revival. And through unprecedented HD footage, marvel at the extraordinary art of Michelangelo, from his David statue in Florence, to the Pieta at St. Peter’s, to the Sistine Chapel. 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 https://www.facebook.com/groups/568131137998438, or email Rachel Little at littlerach2011@gmail.com or Anissa Freeman at afreeman9159@gmail.com.

“Save the Date” for the Diocese of Harrisburg’s Cursillio Movement’s Grand Ultreya, Saturday, October 29, 2022, Diocesan Conference Center in Harrisburg. Ultreya for English and Spanish communities. More information to follow in the coming weeks.

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.

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 sdmkemb@gmail.com.

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 https://www.fathermcgivney.org/en/ssl-join-the-guild.html.

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 cptjag@yahoo.com or 717-648-8317.

Retreats & Pilgrimages

The 24th annual Fan the Fire youth rally will be November 5 from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. at St. Joseph Parish in York. This is an amazing event for all teens in grades 8-12. We have an awesome line up of workshop presenters this year that are sure to inspire your youth. We will also have a fantastic Praise and Worship Band, Adoration, Confession, Mass and of course our customary Dance Party! For more details and registration information, please visit www.fanthefirerally.org.

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.

The Harrisburg Diocesan Council of Catholic Women will host a Fall Mini Retreat on Saturday, October 8 at the Diocesan Conference Center in Harrisburg, and invites all women to attend. The theme is “Gifts of the Visitation.” The day begins with registration at 8:15 a.m. and a prayer service at 9 a.m., followed by two morning workshops, lunch and one afternoon workshop. The day will end with closing prayer. Register by contacting Nancy Newbold at 717-420-5145 or johnbnewbold@yahoo.com. Please make checks payable to “Conewago District Council of Catholic Women.” Registration deadline is September 27. Please bring a Rosary and Bible. See the HDCCW website, hdccw.webs.com, for additional details and other Diocesan CCW information.

The Beginning Experience Team for the Harrisburg Diocese has booked Camp Kirchenwald in Lebanon County for a Beginning Experience Weekend, November 11-13, 2022. 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 persons 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.hbgdiocese.org/marriage-and-family or www.beginningexperience.org. Information can also be obtained by contacting the Harrisburg Beginning Experience Team at 717-379-0800 or jpennat_58@comcast.net. All CDC recommendations will be followed. Anyone sick will have to leave the weekend. The number of attendees for the weekend may be limited due to current COVID regulations. This program could be cancelled pending changing pandemic circumstances.

Rachel’s Vineyard Weekend Retreats, a safe place to renew, rebuild and redeem hearts broken by abortion, will be September 23-25 and November 4-6. If you or someone you know needs healing after an abortion, please call 717-788-4959 or contact Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats at www.undefeatedcourage.org.

Events & Fundraisers

Join in the Pennsylvania March for Life! With the repeal of Roe v. Wade, the abortion debate has been moved to the state level. Join us in voicing your support for life in a march around the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg on Monday, September 19. Rally begins at 11 a.m., with the March following at noon. Mass at St. Patrick Cathedral will take place after the March at 1:30 p.m. Hear from pro-life leaders about the most pressing issues of today and how you can build a culture of life in the Keystone State. Learn more at pa.marchforlife.org and follow the Facebook event at www.facebook.com/events/346808960879075.

All young adults throughout the Diocese are invited to the biggest social event of the year! The annual Get Connected event is back and will be held at St. Margaret Mary Church in Harrisburg on Sunday, October 9. This free event is open to all young adult Catholics in their 20s and 30s. Join us for Sunday Mass at 11:30 a.m., followed by a potluck lunch and outdoor games until 5 p.m. Meet new friends and hear from regional young adult leaders about local groups and upcoming events you can join. For more information, visit the Harrisburg Young Adult Catholics Facebook page at www.facebook.com/groups/harrisburgyoungadultcatholics.

The International Commission of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women is coordinating the Boxes of Joy collection for Cross Catholic. The annual boxes of Joy collection provides shoe boxes of Christmas gifts for children who live in developing countries. Cross Catholic is one of the National Council of Catholic Women’s partner agencies. All parishes interested in participating can visit https://crosscatholic.org/box-of-joy/box-of-joy-sign-up-form/ to sign up. Kits will begin to be sent out at the end of August, and all boxes will be collected at the Diocesan Center in Harrisburg on November 7 and 8. If you need additional assistance, please contact Audra Shaub or Diane Roskos at hdccwinternationalcommission@gmail.com or call Audra Shaub at 717-443-6104.

Mary, Gate of Heaven Parish in Myerstown is looking for vendors for its second annual MGH Fall Fest on October 15 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. You may showcase crafts, products or even a service that people would be interested in. Contact even organizers via the MGH Summerfest Facebook page or call Clint at 717-269-6134 for more information.

Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Parish in Elysburg is seeking crafters and vendors for its annual Christmas bazaar. Please email sheila@qmhr.net or pat@qmhr.net 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 eseckar@saintpatrickchurch.org with your name, number, and email. The event will be free to the public.

St. Theresa of the Infant Jesus Parish in New Cumberland will hold its 6th Annual Fall Fun Fest at the parish school on Saturday, October 1 from 3-9 p.m. Craft beer, food trucks, desserts, waffles & ice cream, milkshakes, bingo, basket raffles, cash raffles, kids’ games, face painting, music, and 9 Square in the Air, a great new fun group game for older kids and adults.

The Flower of Carmel Hermitage in Harrisburg will have a fall fundraiser on Thursday, October 6, at 6:30 p.m. at St. Ann Byzantine Church’s social hall. Doors open at 6 p.m. This year’s theme is “Jesus, I Surrender.” Mr. Gary Zmick, a Catholic speaker, will present on the topic of “Let Go of Your Fear (Choosing to Trust Jesus in Life’s Stormy Times).” There is no charge for the event and buffet dinner. An RSVP is necessary if interested in attending, to ensure enough food. For further information, e-mail sisterhermitess@gmail.com or call 717-732-4304.

Knights of Columbus Council 14349 of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Spring Grove will host a “Parish and Community First Responders Appreciation BBQ” on September 25 from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the parish center on Sprenkle Road. Menu includes pulled pork as entrée plates or sandwiches, hotdogs, hamburgers and side dishes. For the full menu, visit http://www.sacredheartsg.com. Local first responder equipment and history exhibits will be on display.

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.

St. Joseph Parish in Berwick will have its final “Italian Food Palooza” under the pavilion on Sunday, September 18, from noon-3 p.m. The take-out-only menu features a pasta and meatball dinner; and meatball, fireball, porkette and sausage and pepper sandwiches. The Council of Catholic Women will have a Sweet Treats table.  The winning tickets of the money raffle and basket raffle will be drawn starting at 3 p.m. Event is held rain or shine.

The St. Theresa of the Infant Jesus Council of the Knights of Columbus will host a chicken BBQ on Sunday, October 9, in the school parking lot at 1200 Bridge Street,  New Cumberland, from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Menu includes half a chicken, baked potato, roll and apple sauce for $10. The chicken dinner will be served drive-thru style in the parking lot.

Catoctin Pregnancy Center will host the Father Darin Didier Memorial Run at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md., on October 1. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., with the 1 mile fun run/walk at 9 a.m. and the 5k run/walk at 9:30 a.m. Entry fee is $35 (includes t-shirt) and $20 for individuals, $70 for families. Event includes rewards and refreshments. Proceeds benefit the women, babies and families supported by the pregnancy center. Register at www.Emmitsburgevents.com or contact Howard Hagan at 717-253-6572 or brute1860.treasurer@gmail.com for more information.

The Father Walter Ciszek Prayer League in Shenandoah, Pa., will host the annual “Father Walter Ciszek Day,” at St. Casimir Church in Shenandoah on October 16 at 2 p.m. The league commemorates Father Ciszek, a Polish-American priest who was imprisoned in Russia after false accusations of espionage. The Shenandoah native was released after 20 years of hard labor in Russia. The annual “Father Walter Ciszek Day” will include Mass at 2 p.m. at St. Casimir Church, and a video of the priest during a social to follow. For additional information about the day and the priest’s cause for canonization, visit http://www.ciszek.org/.

York Catholic Middle & High School will host “futures” games, a cheer clinic and a mini band camp for partner school students. Future students are invited to the following games: girls’ soccer game September 15 at 6:30 p.m., girls’ volleyball game September 20 at 7 p.m., varsity football game October 7 at 7 p.m., cheerleading October 7 at 7 p.m., and marching band October 7 at 7 p.m. A futures cheer clinic for students in grades K-6 will be September 17 from 9 a.m.-noon in the gymnasium with a showcase of what was learned performed from 11:45 a.m.-noon. K-6 cheerleaders who participate will get an opportunity to join the varsity squad on the sidelines at the YC football game on October 7. For more information or to register, visit www.yorkcatholic.org/futures-events/.

A youth soccer challenge competition, sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council 10502 of Holy Spirit Parish in Palmyra, will take place September 24 at 2 p.m. at the Campbelltown Fire Company. Boys and girls ages 9-14 are invited to participate in the local level 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 to 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.

Morning Star’s Shooting Star 5k Run and Walk for Life will be held on Saturday, September 17, at Harrisburg City Island. Come enjoy live music, a pancake and sausage breakfast, City Island train rides, carousel, face painting and bounce house. Run, walk, and create or join a team! Your participation will support the no-cost services Morning Star provides the community, including counseling, ultrasounds, STI testing, fatherhood program, educational classes and baby supplies. Last year, attendees helped support 2,365 client visits! Register at www.SupportMorningStar.com.

St. Benedict the Abbot Parish in Lebanon will host “Big Cash Bingo,” September 17 in the parish center. Doors open at 11 a.m., games begin at 1 p.m. There will be 20 games of $100, small games of chance, raffle baskets and refreshments. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Order tickets by calling 717-450-4506 or 717-269-0785.

The Respect for Life Committee and Knights of Columbus Council 10194 of Mary, Gate of Heaven Parish in Myerstown will host a bus to the Pennsylvania March for Life on September 19. A bus from Elite Coach will depart from the parish at 8 a.m., with an additional pick-up at St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Annville. Participants will arrive at the state Capitol for the rally at 11 a.m., and march one mile around the Capitol complex for the noon march. Bus will depart Harrisburg at 2 p.m. Those who wish to forgo the march can remain on the Capitol grounds. Participants may bring folding chairs, umbrellas and banners. The Knights will provide “Love Life” posters. Please RSVP to Dan Morris at dwmorris10@gmail.com or 215-595-3956. Reservations are first come, first serve. Please include email address and cell phone number for each attendee.

St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Mechanicsburg is hosting a free movie and ice cream social on Saturday, September 17 following the 4:30 p.m. Vigil Mass. Young adults ages 18-25 are welcomed to attend the showing of the movie “Father Stu” in the Blessed Stanley Rother Room located on the lower level of the church. The Saturday evening schedule offers the opportunity for Confession at 3 p.m. in the church, Mass at 4:30 p.m., and the movie at 5:45 p.m. If you have any questions, contact the parish office at 717-697-8716.

A Bus Trip to Washington, D.C., to include the Museum of the Bible and Tour and Vigil Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception will be hosted by Good Shepherd Parish in Camp Hill on Monday, October 31, 2022. Round-trip deluxe coach, museum admission and tour is $55/person. For information and reservations, contact 717-761-1167, ext. 3613 or dsalldin@thegoodshep.org.

St. Joseph Parish in York will hold its inaugural Oktoberfest event on October 8 from 6-10 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the parish’s Jamaican Mission Team, and the event is held in memory of William “Bill” Smith, who was a leader of the team. Food includes bratwurst, sauerkraut with apples, German potato salad, hot dogs, chips, pretzels, German chocolate cake, plum cake and apple strudel. Beverages include apple cider, soda and German beer and wine (must be 21). Event features a cake walk, German spelling bee, Oktoberfest trivia, strong man/woman beer stein holding challenge, German music, 50/50 raffle and games of chance. In the event of inclement weather, the Oktoberfest will be held in the St. Joseph School Gym. RSVP By October 1 to SJC@sjy.org. Call or text Kelly Brown at 717-668-0509 with questions.

Job Openings

The Secretariat for Catholic Life and Evangelization (CLEV) for the Diocese of Harrisburg is seeking a motivated and experienced part-time Administrative Assistant who is ready to enrich our team with his or her talent and dedication. As the Administrative Assistant, this person will support the work of CLEV, greet visitors, distribute correspondence, assist with program logistics, and other duties as assigned. Successful candidate should have a high school diploma or GED plus two years of relevant work experience. Candidates should be proficient with standard office equipment (computer, printer, copier, scanner) and with Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite, online meeting software (preferably Zoom), e-mail and instant messaging. Ability to speak Spanish is a plus. CLEV is responsible for supporting parishes, programs and ministries in the following areas: Marriage, Family, Youth and Young Adult; Respect Life and Ministries for Persons with Disabilities; Prison, Hospital and College/University chaplaincies; Lay and Multicultural Apostolates; and other related groups and programs. To apply, please send résumé and cover letter to Deacon Gregory Amarante at dgamarante@hbgdiocese.org. Application closing date is September 30, 2022. For the full job description, please visit www.hbgdiocese.org/careers.

St. Theresa Parish in new Cumberland is seeking a Data Administrator and Social Media Coordinator. The position will assist in the daily operation of the parish office, specifically maintaining the member database, loading contributions to member accounts, and updating the parish website and Facebook page with parish and school activities. The position requires a detail-oriented individual with above average typing skills, excellent organization and the ability to understand and follow instructions, as well as work independently. The person in this position should have knowledge of general office procedures, familiarity with office equipment (computer, typewriter, copier, FAX machine, postage meter and adding machine) and excellent spelling and grammatical skills. The individual needs to be mature, courteous and able to interact well with others. As a visible representative of the parish and sometimes the only person in the parish office, this person will need to put the interests of the parish first in all actions and communications with others. Cordial and effective communication with priests, parishioners, vendors, committee members, officers of the church councils and Diocesan office personnel is an ongoing necessity. Trustworthiness, reliability, willingness to maintain confidentiality and the ability to complete routine and delegated assignments in a timely manner are essential. Full-time position, $17/hour plus benefits. Contact Elaine Herald at 717-774-5918 or eherald@sainttheresaparish.org.

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 stsmaintenance@sainttheresaschool.org.

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 eherald@sainttheresaparish.org.

St. Joseph Parish in Mechanicsburg is seeking a Church Custodian and Grounds Keeper. The Church Custodian provides operational support services for the church and parish campus. The work of the position involves the custodial, janitorial and grounds keeping tasks. Interested candidates may request a job description or send a letter of interest and current résumé to St. Joseph Catholic Church Parish Office, Attention David Maceiko, 410 E. Simpson St., Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 or email the documents to: finance@stjosephmech.org. Candidate must be able to pass a background check in accordance with Diocesan policy.

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 www.SupportMorningStar.com/get-involved/job-openings.

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 FrAJoseph@hbgdiocese.org.

St. Joseph Parish in Dallastown is immediately looking to hire a part-time (20 hour/week) Coordinator of Religious Education. This person would be responsible for overseeing the coordination and direction of the K-8 Religious Education Program, with additional responsibilities as agreed upon by the pastor. Education and work experience include high school diploma or equivalent; experience as a parish catechist is preferred. Basic and advanced catechetical certification or, if not held prior to hire, must be obtained within four years of hire. This position requires a mature, professional, responsible, committed individual with excellent communication, organizational, administrative, managerial and interpersonal skills. Please contact Father Mark Weiss at the parish office, 717-246-3007, for more information.

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 jkoch@stmarysyork.org 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 tkovaleski@steas.net.

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 lmoyer@unfiltered-truth.com. Visit our website to learn more about the program: www.Unfiltered-Truth.com.

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