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Diocesan Notebook – September 29

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

Silver Wedding Anniversary Celebration: Were you married in 1997, 1996 or 1995? The Cumberland/Perry District Council of Catholic Women invites those couples and their families who celebrated their Silver Anniversary in the past three years to a special Mass to commemorate your love and commitment to the Sacrament of Marriage and allow you to receive a blessing as a group. Mass with a group renewal of commitments will be held on Sunday, October 16 at noon at St. Theresa Parish in New Cumberland with a light luncheon to follow in the parish hall. To RSVP, please send an email with your names, your parish and the number in your family attending to no later than October 10.

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 or contact Tom Evans, leader of 40 Days for Life in York, at 717-999-4025.

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

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

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.

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 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.

Theology on Tap Lancaster welcomes Meg Hunter-Kilmer, speaker, blogger and hobo for Christ on Wednesday, October 12 at 7 p.m. at Miller’s Ale House. Join fellow young adults for Meg’s talk, along with fellowship and food. No need to RSVP. Contact with any questions.

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

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

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

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

“Save the Date” for the Diocese of Harrisburg’s Cursillo 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 or 717-697-6929.

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

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

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

Retreats & Pilgrimage

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

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

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 or Information can also be obtained by contacting the Harrisburg Beginning Experience Team at 717-379-0800 or 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.

A Rachel’s Vineyard Weekend Retreat, a safe place to renew, rebuild and redeem hearts broken by abortion, 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

Events & Fundraisers

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

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 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 or call Audra Shaub at 717-443-6104.

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

St. Joseph Parish in Hanover will have its holiday bazaar on Saturday, November 12 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. in the social hall. Breakfast and lunch will be served, and there will be more than 50 vendors along with baked goods, raffles and Grannie’s Attic. All profits benefit the parish.

The Sisters of Saints Cyril and Methodius will hold a flea market at Villa Sacred Heart in Danville on October 8 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Event will also include furniture, books and crafts.

Mary, Gate of Heaven Parish in Myerstown will have its annual MGH Fall Fest on October 15 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Browse over 30 vendors inside and outdoors, enjoy great food out of the kitchen and homemade baked goods. Weather permitting, there will be bounce houses and a petting zoo with some exotic animals. Find more information on the Facebook page at MGH Summerfest.

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

Knights of Columbus Council 3625 of Prince of Peace Parish in Steelton will have an all-you-can-eat-breakfast on Sunday, October 16, from 9 a.m.-noon. The menu consists of eggs, pancakes, bacon, sausage, muffins, juice and coffee. Adults: $10, children ages 6-12 are $7, and children under the age of 5 are free. Breakfast will be in the parish center gym.

St. Joan of Arc School in Hummelstown will host several community events in celebration of its 95th anniversary, including Father Al’s Beef and Beer Social on October 14. For more information and to RSVP, please visit the school’s website, On October 21, the school will also host its annual Race for Education, the first of three fundraising events. A donation link can also be found on the school website. Donations may also be sent directly to St. Joan of Arc School, 1525 Sand Hill Rd., Hummelstown, PA 17036 Attn: Race for Education.

St. Francis Xavier Parish in Gettysburg will have its gift fair and holiday bazaar on Saturday, November 12 at St. Francis Xavier Center from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Local vendors, crafters and artisans, vintage collectibles, holiday gifts, bake sale, door prizes, raffles and more. Call 717-309-2482 or visit for details. Xavier Cafe serving American & Latino breakfast & lunch menu prepared by our Hispanic Community. Free parking and admission, fully accessible.

St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Lancaster will hold its Christmas bazaar, November 12 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. and November 13 after the 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Masses in the Resurrection Catholic School cafeteria at 521 E. Orange St., Lancaster. The theme this year is “I’ll Be Gnome For Christmas.” Bazaar includes high-valued raffle items, wreath and garden, trim-a-tree, crafts, religious items, gift shop, children’s crafts and gift baskets. The popular jewelry table features items for just a few dollars. Raffle items are valued at a minimum $50 and include electronics, tools, crystal ware, gift baskets, gift cards, gift cards to local restaurants and businesses and more. Tickets are on sale after Masses at St. Anthony during October. Raffles are drawn at 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 13. No need to be present to win. Food is offered throughout, including egg rolls, soup and sandwiches, and the goodies table full of treats. Contact Livia Riley at 717-299-6617 for information or to buy raffle tickets.

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

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

St. 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 or call 717-732-4304.

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.

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.

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

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 events: 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

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

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 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 Application closing date is September 30, 2022. For the full job description, please visit

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

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

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

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: Candidate must be able to pass a background check in accordance with Diocesan policy.

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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

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 to submit a résumé.

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

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

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