Please note that Matthew C. Morelli, a seminarian of the Diocese of Harrisburg, is being considered for the order of Priest.
This announcement is made in accordance with the law of the Church. If anyone knows of any reason why this person should not be ordained, they have an obligation in conscience to contact the pastor of this parish or Father Brian J. Wayne, Director of Vocations in the Diocese of Harrisburg as soon as possible.
The Diocese of Harrisburg is once again working with Hersheypark® to offer tickets at a substantial discount to parishioners and their families. If you would like to order tickets for the 2018 summer season (valid any public operating day), complete and submit the order form below, along with full payment, to the parish office. Please do not place orders in the collection basket.
LIMITED TIME OFFER ENDS on Monday, April 23, 2018. Note: Tickets are valid any public day during the regular 2018 season. Our parish will receive all tickets by Friday, May 25th. Take advantage of these early bird savings, NOW! Download the 2018 Order Form here
Discount Pricing Guide
New This Year!
Two all-new attractions, Breakers Edge Water Coaster and Whitecap Racer, are coming to The Boardwalk At Hersheypark® Memorial Day Weekend 2018!
Watch the video here!
The Bishop’s Annual Lenten Appeal is used to fund the many ministries of Bishop Gainer in the Diocese of Harrisburg. Each parish is assessed an amount to be paid to the diocese depending based on the size of the parish and our previous fiscal year’s income. We are the third largest parish in the diocese and last year, if you remember correctly, we had a good year from a financial standpoint. Because of that, our assessment for the Lenten Appeal is large: $264,300. But I know we can make it if we are all in this together! (Part of my job as pastor is to be a cheerleader for all the things we have to do! Rah! Rah!)
For the past couple of years, I have been making a special plea to those who have not given to the Lenten Appeal. That plea is especially important this year. We cannot expect the same people to do the lion’s share of the work of the Church year after year after year. Please be generous this year! Do what you can. Pledge something. Be part of the team. All this goes to doing great work in bringing the Kingdom of God into our little part of the world here in the Diocese of Harrisburg. God bless!
150th Anniversary of the Diocese of Harrisburg: 1868 – 2018
On March 3, 1868, Pope Pius IX, accepting the recommendation of the Bishops of the Second Plenary Council of the United States of America, issued a decree establishing the Diocese of Harrisburg. We give thanks to Almighty God as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of our Diocese.
More information is available on the Diocesan website here: www.hbgdiocese.org/150th-anniversary-of-the-diocese-of-harrisburg/
Please note that Matthew C. Morelli, a seminarian of the Diocese of Harrisburg, is being considered for the order of Deacon. This announcement is made in accordance with the law of the Church. If anyone knows of any reason why this person should not be ordained they have an obligation in conscience to contact the pastor of this parish or Father Brian J. Wayne, Director of Vocations in the Diocese of Harrisburg as soon as possible.
A special collection is being held in all parishes of the Diocese of Harrisburg this weekend for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. This is a part of the U.S. Catholic Bishops emergency collection to assist the millions of persons affected by this unprecedented catastrophic weather event. Please pray for the families that have lost loved ones and all who have lost homes and businesses along with their sense of peace and normalcy. Your prayerful and financial support is urgently needed. Please give generously.
Diocesan Priest Assignment Changes: The Most Reverend Ronald W. Gainer, Bishop of Harrisburg made the following appointments related to our parish, effective as of June 19, 2017:
*A full listing of the appointments is available on the diocesan website here
It's not too late to register for the upcoming conference "Bringing Church Home: Reimagining The Family On Mission" taking place at the Diocese on March 15-17.
Bringing Church Home: Reimagining the Family on Mission
The Amore Project helps the whole Church rediscover the family as the domestic church and the New Testament ‘oikos’ as a center for community and mission. Amore trains married couples to embrace their marriage as a sign of the gospel and a calling to minister among those who are far from God.
The theme of the 2017 conference, “Bringing Church Home: Reimagining the Family on Mission” focuses on the goal of releasing a movement of married couples who live as agents of Christ’s self-giving love. Believing that mission often arises when the people of God seek reconciliation in the broken places, the conference will help attendees seek a great awakening in homes, networks, neighborhoods and families.
The conference is a partnership and collaboration between the Diocese of Harrisburg, Mistero Grande, Truro Anglican Church, the Baptist General Association of Virginia and the Fresh Expressions Team.
Full information is available here: freshexpressionsus.org/AmoreLaunch
This year the Feast of Saint Patrick falls on a Lenten Friday. Since Saint Patrick is the principal patron of our diocese, I hereby grant a dispensation from Friday abstinence to all Catholics who reside in the diocese and all who are present within the Diocese on March 17th. Those who take advantage of this dispensation are urged to substitute another suitable form of personal penance, possibly choosing another day within the Second Week of Lent as a Day of Lenten abstinence.
~ Most Reverend Ronald W. Gainer, Bishop of Harrisburg
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
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