Please join us on Sunday, December 18th at 7:00pm for an Advent Penance Service. Several priests will be available to hear confessions.
There will be no confessions on Saturday, December 24th.
Saint Joseph can help us to live a most fruitful Advent, and for many reasons. Let us quietly meditate upon five extraordinary virtues of this greatest of all saints so that we can live a most fervent Advent season and allow Jesus to be born in the depths of our hearts this Christmas!
This article is published by The Catholic Gentlemen. You can read it in full here
All Saints' Day, Halloween and All Souls' Day: What's the difference?
This brief video and article explains the difference between All Saints' Day, Halloween, and All Souls' Day...
All Saint's Day: November 1st
Oct. 31 - Vigil of Holy Day: 6:00pm
Nov. 1 - Holy Day: 6:45am, 9:00am, 7:00pm
Preparing for the Nov. 8th Election
In keeping with its mission, the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference (PCC) aims to educate and inform Catholics about a wide range of issues.
To that end, they have compiled a series of resources to help to educate you about some of the issues and topics of import to Catholics. You can view this information on their website here
“We need to participate for the common good. Sometimes we hear: a good Catholic is not interested in politics. This is not true: good Catholics immerse themselves in politics by offering the best of themselves so that the leader can govern.” -Pope Francis
PRINTABLE RESOURCES: Click Here
One of the issues that is a major problem in the United States is addiction. It seems as if more and more people (especially young people) are caught up in the vicious cycle of addictive behavior, whether it be drugs (heroin is an especially virulent problem here in Pennsylvania), alcohol (always a problem), and pornography. The latter is especially widespread because of the ease in which pornographic material is available through computers and cell phones. This is not something only the Church is worried about. Even secular society is recognizing how detrimental pornography can be, especially to children.
This past week on the Priests’ Continuing Education Workshop, we had a wonderful speaker on this subject. Did you know that the average age in which a child is first exposed to pornography is seven years old? Unbelievable. There is an excellent workshop being held in our diocese on November 12th at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Mechanicsburg that will address the problem of pornography in our society. Called INTEGRITY RESTORED, it will address this problem head on and give very practical ways to deal with it. More information will be forthcoming in the bulletin and through flyers and pulpit announcements. Pornography can ruin lives, families and relationships. Think about attending this workshop. It may be the best thing you do this year!
For more information on this event, or to register: Click Here
Last evening was a very blessed day in our parish! 84 students (7th & 8th graders) received the Sacrament of Confirmation from Bishop Ronald Gainer. As a parish community we rejoice and send prayers of thanksgiving in honor of these students:
If you did not have a chance to see the ABC 27 news interview with Deacon Mortel last evening, they captured some great clips live during Confirmation. You can read the article or watch the video here.
Last evening ABC 27 was interviewing Deacon Rod Mortel about the Hurricane touching down in Haiti. You can read the full interview and watch the video clip here. Following the interview, the News team set up in the Church and captured some live footage of 84 seventh and eighth grade students receiving Sacrament of Confirmation from the Bishop Ronald Gainer.
Once again we are reminded how blessed we are to have Deacon Mortel as part of our parish family!
Parish Forty Hours Devotion - September 25, 26, 27
The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed on the altar Sunday following the Noon Mass until 4 PM, then again Monday and Tuesday, following the 9 AM Mass until 7 PM. This is a grace filled opportunity for our parish. Please plan to stop by the Church to spend some time with Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. 40 Hours Devotion begins Sunday, September 25th following the 5:30pm Mass. Father Philip Burger will be the Homilist.
The schedule is as follows:
Monday, September 26-7:00 PM - Evening Prayer & Benediction including the Rite of Enrollment for all our First Holy Communion students and their parents.
Tuesday, September 27-7:00 PM - Evening Prayer & Benediction including the Rite of Rededication of Liturgical Ministers for our Lectors, EMHC, Choirs, Cantors, Instrumentalists, Ushers, Greeters, Altar Servers, Masters of Ceremony and Sacristans.
Why should I vote - Does the Church tell me who to vote for?
In the Catholic Tradition, responsible citizenship is considered a virtue, and participation in political life – especially voting – is considered a moral obligation. In their document Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, the U.S. Bishops note, “The Church’s obligation to participate in shaping the moral character of society is a requirement of our faith.” Being a faithful citizen requires a well-formed conscience, aided by reading Scripture, reflecting on Church teaching, examining the issues and praying.
The Catholic Church neither endorses nor opposes specific candidates for public office or political parties, nor does it tell Catholics for whom to vote. Rather, each Catholic must prayerfully reflect on the candidates’ positions in light of teachings of Christ and His Church, and participate in the privileged opportunity to promote the common good as they cast their vote. Use that opportunity on November 8. For more information, visit www.Hbgdiocese.org/vote
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