I cordially invite all of you to our Parish Open House today, Sunday December 9, from 1:00 – 4:00 pm in the Parish Center. All are welcome, but especially all of those who volunteer in our parish throughout the year! Thank you and God bless you for the time and energy and devotion you give to the Church!
This year for Christmas Eve we will have our 5:00 pm Mass and just ONE overflow Mass at 5:15 pm in the gymnasium. There will not be a Mass in the school cafeteria. I just wanted to let you know as you plan ahead for Christmas!
I will be using my column to answer some of the many questions you have regarding the Clergy Sexual Abuse Crisis. These questions and answers will be a regular (but not necessarily every week) part of this column.
Answers To Your Questions
Q: "Father, were the priests listed in the Grand Jury Report, who had credible accusations against them, punished in any way?”
A: Of the 38 priests from the Diocese of Harrisburg in the Grand Jury Report, 30 of them are dead. The other eight had long been removed from active priestly ministry and can no longer present themselves as priests. They have all been laicized or in the process of being laicized (in common parlance, “defrocked”). They are no longer, since their removal (sometimes decades ago), priests in good standing in the Diocese of Harrisburg.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... Join us this holiday season for Mass on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day. We hope to see you there!
MADE FOR MORE
with CHRISTOPHER WEST & MIKE MANGIONE
Brought to you by: St. Joan of Arc, Hershey; Holy Name of Jesus, Harrisburg; St. Catherine Laboure, Harrisburg; Holy Spirit, Palmyra; St. Matthew, Dauphin
April 2, 2019
Bishop McDevitt High School
One Crusader Way, Harrisburg
This event will sell out, so grab your tickets NOW in the parish office or online at www.corproject.com/harrisburg.
Tickets are $20.
MADE FOR MORE is an inspired blend of teaching, live music, and art that taps the deepest desires of the human heart revealing their ultimate purpose and goal. Join Christopher West and Mike Mangione as they offer a vision of the Gospel like you’ve never heard through the lens of Saint John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. This event is appropriate for ages 15 and up.
Please contact Lou at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717.215.4175 if you would like more information.
Interested in getting together with other Catholic moms to pray, chat, and share snacks while the kids play? Please join us for our next play dates on December 14 & 17 from 9:30 - 11:30 am.
Upcoming 2019 Dates: January 4 & 18 and February 1 & 15
Contact Sarah Bonavia for location and details at email@example.com
On behalf of the St. Joan of Arc School PTO, we would like to thank everyone who came out to support the school’s PTO Annual Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, November 17!
We especially want to thank all of the parent and student volunteers and the following sponsors who helped make this event a huge success: Piazza Sorrento’s; Pronio’s; Giant Foods; Karns Foods; Barilla; HC Nye; McQuade Blasko Attorneys at Law; Mr. Ed Kaminsky, Accordion; and DJ Joe Angelo.
Get your Christmas presents wrapped while supporting local children with cancer. McDevitt Elves will be wrapping presents on Sunday, December 9 and Sunday, December 16 from 7:00 am to 1:30 pm in the St. Joseph Center. For a free-will offering, you'll get a break from holiday prep and support the McDevitt Mini-Thon, which raises money for Four Diamonds at Penn State Children's Hospital.
Bring your loose change to support Bishop McDevitt's MIni-Thon. Canners will be on-site after all morning masses on December 9 & 16.
Join the St. Joan of Arc School PTO for the ultimate holiday celebration on the morning of Saturday, December 8 from
8:00 - 11:30 am! Start off your morning with Breakfast with St. Nicholas, including a breakfast buffet made and served by the St. Joan of Arc Knights of Columbus, performances by the St. Joan of Arc School Choir, arts & crafts, pictures with St. Nicholas himself, and more! (Rumor has it St. Nicholas will have a sweet treat for all children who say hello!) Then stop over to the Christmas Shoppe where anyone can purchase gifts for only $1 per item. Before you leave, be sure to take a stroll through the Cookie Walk and take home some delicious Christmas cookies for only $5 per dozen.
Au Bon Lieu Bistro
Every Monday in December, treat yourself to Au Bon Lieu Bistro for authentic savory and sweet French crepes, all while supporting our school. Enjoy a complete meal and dessert, BYOB. Twenty percent of your bill will benefit St. Joan of Arc School students.
Texas Roadhouse in Palmyra will host a Dinner for Dollars event from 3:00 - 10:00 pm. Twenty percent of your bill will benefit St. Joan of Arc School students.
I love the Season of Advent. I really think it is my favorite season in the Church year. I am inspired by the readings at Mass; I like the purple vestments; I especially am enamored by Advent hymns: “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”, “O Come, Divine Messiah”, and “The King Shall Come When Morning Dawns.” Perhaps it is the time of year that we celebrate Advent in the Northern Hemisphere. The dark days can seem like they go on forever but there is something cozy about settling down at night with a good book, a movie, or just being with family and friends. And even though strictly we are not celebrating Christmas yet, there is something so lovely in the lights decorating trees and doorways on a dark, winter night. We can get all caught up in the Christmas rush, but don’t allow Advent to pass you by this year. Put up an Advent Wreath or use an Advent Calendar or a Jesse Tree to remind you of the season. But even more importantly, take notice of the dark and remember that Jesus Christ is the Light that has come into the world to take away the darkness of sin and death!
As a follow-up to our Town Hall Meetings on Clergy Sexual Abuse, I will begin next week to use my column to answer (as best I can) many of the questions that you have regarding all of this. I know it may not be especially suited for this season before Christmas but I say, “If not now, then when?”
Have a Blessed Advent!
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