Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Diocesan Notebook – September 28

Masses and Prayer Services

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/.

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

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

St. Joan of Arc Parish in Hershey will hold a quarterly Mass for persons with sensory sensitivity or other disabilities. Dimmer lighting, no music, a shorter homily and other adaptations are included to promote a fully inclusive environment. Every effort will be made to accommodate all in attendance, and all behaviors are welcome. Sensory-friendly Masses are scheduled for Sunday, October 8 and Sunday, December 17, both at 2 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring materials that can assist with comfort during the liturgy (i.e., noise-cancelling headphones, wiggle seats, weighted blankets, fidgets, etc.) For more information, please contact the Parish Office at 717-533-7168 or Office@stjoanhershey.org. All are welcome to attend.

Caelorum will be held at St. Joan of Arc Church in Hershey, Wednesday, October 11 at 7 p.m. Father Key will preside, and a reception will be held afterwards in the cafeteria. Join your brothers and sisters in Christ as we praise, worship, and adore our Lord Jesus Christ in his most holy presence in the Eucharist. Please come and welcome our newest priest and returning Caelorum band. For questions, call Lou at 717-215-4175.

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. 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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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. 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.

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, followed by a lunch buffet. Scheduled afternoon activities include flower arranging, card making, cupcake decorating, service dogs, CPR education, prayer, bingo and fellowship. There is no cost for the day, but pre-registration is required. Please contact Mary Brenner at 717-991-4821.

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

The Catholic Harvest Food Pantry in York is gearing up for YorkGiving: Thanksgiving Edition, and is seeking parishes and groups to collect food items and volunteer for the project. The pantry anticipates distributing approximately 1,600 Thanksgiving meal boxes to families in need in York County. Boxes include a turkey and all the trimmings that families can prepare and serve at home. Distribution to families is Saturday, November 18 and Sunday, November 19 at the York Fairgrounds, and 300 volunteers are needed for set-up, distribution, and delivery of meals. Volunteers can sign up at www.yorkgiving.com beginning October 23. Food items needed for the project are frozen turkeys, canned cream of mushroom soup (10.5 ounces), boxed desserts, canned fruit (15 ounces), boxed stuffing and cranberry sauce (14 ounces). Access the YorkGiving Amazon wish list at https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/TXGDPKP53CJ1?ref_=wl_share. Food items are needed by October 27, and can be dropped off Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Financial contributions are also helpful to purchase items; visit www.yorkgiving.com to donate. Contact Mike Bresnahan at 717-659-8270 or Bill Reineberg at 717-424-4583 with questions or to schedule an alternate drop off time.

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

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

Our Lady Help of Christians Parish Council of Catholic Women in Lykens is sponsoring a cash bingo on Sunday, October 8 in the parish social hall. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and early bird game is at 12:30 p.m. Tickets cost $25, and only 100 will be sold. Kitchen will be open for food and drinks. Tickets can be purchased at the parish office or by contacting Noreen at 717-329-3016 or Anne at 717-647-9182.

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

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

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

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

Deanery craft night is back at St. James Parish in Lititz. Join us the second Monday of every month beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Room 102 for crafts at St. James Catholic Church of Lititz. The next session is Monday, October 9. Come prepared to have fun and use your creativity! If you are an individual age 15 or older with an intellectual or developmental disability or autism, you are welcome to join us. For more information and to register so we have enough supplies, please contact Jeannette Crnkovich at 717-626-4647. Please park in the back of the church and use the rear entrance; there will be signs guiding you to Room 102. St. James is located at 505 Woodcrest Ave., Lititz, PA 17543 and the website is www.stjameslititz.org.

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.

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 https://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.

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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