Surviving Divorce was created to bring hope and healing to those who have experienced the pain and loneliness of a broken marriage. It is for the newly separated and divorced, and those still struggling with issues many years later. This program will help them answer their questions, restore hope, and begin authentic healing. Developed and hosted by Rose Sweet, Surviving Divorce features experts on relationships and divorce, as well as personal testimonies from Catholic men and women who have experienced the breakdown of their families. They courageously share their stories with heart, humor, and wisdom. As they witness to their pain and the healing power of Christ in their lives, participants will laugh, cry, and identify with their journeys from heartache to healing.
Goals of the program:
Work through the emotional upheaval of separation and divorce.
Find personal healing and hope.
Discover a deeper understanding of God’s love for you.
Gain wisdom and comfort from experts and others who share your experiences.
Navigate new concerns like custody, court hearings, and finances.
Location: Saint Catherine Laboure Parish, 4000 Derry Street, Harrisburg, PA 17111 Date: Tuesdays from September 3 – November 26, 2019 Time: 6:45-8:15 pm
Benefit Concert for Interfaith Shelter for Homeless Families - October 18, 2019
All are welcome to join us for a benefit concert on Friday, October 18 to support the Interfaith Shelter for Homeless Families. The evening includes wine tasting (and wine available for purchase), heavy appetizers (provided by Schiano’s Catering), and music by Laura Lizcano, Isabella Lomma, and Whit Waltman.
For more information, including online ticket purchase and videos by the evening’s musicians, visit www.cchbg.org. All proceeds will benefit the Interfaith Shelter for Homeless Families, a Catholic Charities residential program that provides help and creates hope for homeless families in our region.
Annual White Mass - October 20, 2019
The Catholic Medical Guild of the Diocese of Harrisburg invites all Catholic physicians, healthcare workers, medical students, residents, and their families to attend the annual White Mass on Sunday, October 20, 2019, at 9:30 am at Saint Patrick Cathedral in Harrisburg. The Most Reverend Ronald W. Gainer, Bishop of Harrisburg, will be the celebrant and homilist. A reception will follow in the parish hall in the basement. Please RSVP for the reception to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How To Stay Married In A Throw Away Culture - October 22, 2019
Theology on Tap is a Young Adult Ministry and Evangelization outreach of the Diocese of Harrisburg. All young adults, (20's and 30's) single, married, Catholic or not, are invited to attend the events. For more information, visit us at Facebook.com/YorkTheology
On Tuesday, October 22, Scott Anthony will present How to Stay Married in a Throw Away Culture. Scott Anthony is in his 25th year of ministry as the Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministries at St. Joseph Parish in York. He is well known in the ministry and travels the country speaking at national conferences and rallies. He's married to his college sweetheart, Teresa, and they have 8 children on earth and 3 in heaven.
When: Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Where: The First Post (second floor), 3691 E. Market St., York PA
Social Time: 7:00 Happy Half Hour
Presentation Time: 7:30 Speaker begins, followed by Q & A
Catholic Charities Come and See Dinner - October 23, 2019
The annual Catholic Charities Come and See Dinner will take place on Wednesday, October 23rd at the Diocesan Center (4800 Union Deposit Road, Harrisburg). The evening includes a reception, silent and chance auctions, buffet dinner, and remarks from Bishop Ronald Gainer. Our featured speaker will be Teresa Tomeo - an author, syndicated Catholic talk show host, and motivational speaker. Proceeds will benefit the Catholic Charities Homes for Healing - Evergreen House, Interfaith Shelter for Homeless Families, and Lourdeshouse Maternity Home. All are welcome. For more information and/or to register online, visit www.cchbg.org.
Cursillo: Grand Ultreya - October 26, 2019
The Harrisburg Cursillo Movement Invites all Cursillistas to Grand Ultreya on Saturday, October 26 , 9:00 am - 3:00 pm at the Diocesan Conference Center, 4800 Union Deposit Road, Harrisburg, PA. Doors open at 8:00 am. Mass will be held at 9:15 am, with Bishop Ronald Gainer as Principal Celebrant. Come share in this once a year event! Register by October 21. The cost is $15.00 and includes lunch. Send checks payable to “Harrisburg Cursillo Movement” to 409 Oak Ridge Rd, Lewistown, PA 17044, or pay at the door. Bring your spiritual books for the book swap!!
For more information or to register, please contact Roseann Guerrini at Rose52g@comcast.net or 717-248-4328.
Motion Picture "Unplanned" Showing - October 26, 2019
Holy Spirit Catholic Church Respect Life Ministry will be hosting the showing of the motion picture “Unplanned” in Agape Hall (old church) located at 300 West Pine Street, Palmyra. The movie will be shown on Saturday, October 26 at 7:00 pm. Please note…this movie is rated “R.” Anyone under the age of 17 must be accompanied by parent, adult, or guardian. Come join us for an amazing movie.
Admission is free however a free will offering will be taken with all proceeds benefiting Lourdeshouse Maternity Home.
Knight at the Races to Benefit Lourdeshouse Maternity Home - October 26, 2019
Join us for a “Knight at the Races” event to benefit Lourdeshouse Maternity Home on Saturday, October 26. The evening includes virtual horse racing, auctions, raffles, food, and refreshments. The event is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council # 1314. All proceeds will benefit Lourdeshouse Maternity Home, a Catholic Charities residential program that provides help and creates hope for pregnant women and their children who have little or no other support. To make your reservation, contract Renee Campbell at Lourdeshouse at email@example.com or 717-412-4865.
Lutheran-Anglican-Roman Catholic Day of Dialogue - October 28, 2019
All are invited to the annual Lutheran-Anglican-Roman Catholic Day of Dialogue on October 28 at the Harrisburg Diocese (4800 Union Deposit Road, Harrisburg). This year’s theme will be Division in Society, Division in the Church: Healing and Hope for the 21st Century, and will focus on how Christians can respond to political and theological division in society. The day will feature speakers from the three LARC traditions:
“Ecumenism’s Promise for this Moment in our World”
Dr. Maria Erling, Professor of Modern Church History and Global Mission, United Lutheran Seminary
“Approaching Adversaries with Love: Reshaping Debate to Achieve Wisdom not Wins”
Mr. Eric Failing, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference
“Toward a Pastoral Theological Phenomenology of Christian Unity”
The Very Rev. Dr. Amy Doyle Welin, Dean of St. Stephen's Episcopal Cathedral, Harrisburg
The day will include prayer according to the three LARC traditions, lunch, a panel discussion, and time for dialogue and discussion. On-line registration is available at https://www.hbgdiocese.org/larc. We look forward to seeing you.
Assisted Suicide Presentation - November 6, 2019 The culture of death includes an ever-expanding push toward doctor-prescribed suicide, also known as assisted suicide. All staff and volunteers who serve in Health Care Ministry & Helping Ministries are invited to a presentation that will explain the problem of assisted suicide, its scope, and successful ways to counter it through life-affirming, peaceful action.
Our guest speaker is Maria V. Gallagher from the PA Pro-Life Federation. Presentation will be held on November 6 at 10:30 am at the Diocesan Center in Harrisburg. There is no registration fee but we ask that you RSVP by contacting Jaclyn Curran at (717) 657-4804 ext. 313 or firstname.lastname@example.org. This presentation is open to all.
Ecumenical Beginning Experience - November 8-10, 2019
The Beginning Experience Team for the Harrisburg Diocese announces that they have booked Camp Hebron, Halifax, PA for a Beginning Experience Weekend, November 8-10, 2019.
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.
The following is a testimonial of a person who attended the Beginning Experience Weekend: “I can tell you that my encounter with the Beginning Experience weekend has brought me greater peace and given me an extended family of lifelong friends who I quickly grew to love and lean on. If you or someone you know is suffering the isolation and pain that can accompany the loss of a spouse or marriage, I encourage you to seriously consider attending the Beginning Experience weekend.”
Beginning Experience is your Church at work to provide help, healing and spiritual restoration. Check the Harrisburg Diocesan WEB SITE: http://www.hbgdiocese.org/ and go to marriage and family or check www.beginningexperience.org. Information can also be obtained by contacting the Harrisburg Beginning Experience Team, Julie, at 717-379-0800 or Eva, at 717-495-9586.
The Beatitudes: Your Guide for Moral Action - November 12, 2019
Lancaster Theology on Tap will meet on Tuesday, November 12 at 7:00 pm at The Imperial Restaurant at the Holiday Inn on 26 E. Chestnut Street in Lancaster (new location).
Father John Kuchinski will speak on the topic: The Beatitudes: Your Guide for Moral Action. Father Kuchinski is thepastor at St. Mary's in York, PA. He is a graduate of St. Leo the Great and Lancaster Catholic High School. He attended seminary at St. Charles Borromeo and is a graduate of the North American College in Rome.
All young adults are welcome to attend. No RSVP is required.
LEAD Men's Retreat - November 15-16, 2019
LEAD: The Four Marks of Fatherly GreatnessLive Retreat is coming to Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish. Devin Schadt, the founder of the Fathers of St. Joseph - a confraternity of men who follow the timeless wisdom and example of the man who was father to the Son and son of the Father - and the creator of the LEAD system, describes this as "a bold attempt to provide a comprehensive vision of what it means to be a real man, culminating in spiritual fatherhood." LEAD: The Four Marks of Fatherly Greatness is designed to help men mine the riches of manhood, which culminates in spiritual fatherfood. LEAD guides a man from identity to destiny, using St. Joseph's four pillars, which have helped fathers of diverse ages, cultures, and walks of life, discover who they really are an God's great vision, mission, and plan for their lives.
L: Listed to discern your mission E: Embrace your essence A: Assume your authority D: Discover the disciple
Devin will present this retreat at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish the evening of Friday, November 15th from 7:00-8:30 pm and continuing all day on Saturday, November 16th from 7:00 am - 6:00 pm. Opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available, and the retreat will close with the Vigil Mass at 5:00 pm. Families of men attending the retreat are also invited to join them for this Mass. Registration fee of $25 includes a light breakfast, beverages and lunch on Saturday.
Mass Celebrating the Gifts of People with Disabilities - November 17, 2019
The Diocese of Harrisburg’s annual Mass Celebrating the Gifts of People with Disabilities will be held on Sunday, November 17 at 12:30 pm at St. Joseph Parish, York. Bishop Ronald Gainer will be the celebrant and homilist. A light reception will follow the Mass.
To assist with planning, it is requested that those attending from outside Saint Joseph Parish or in need of any special accommodations, kindly RSVP to LKiley@hbgdiocese.org or 717-657-4804 ext. 322 prior to November 11, 2019. All are welcome to attend.
National Catholic Youth Conference - November 20, 2019
We are very excited to inform you that we will once again travel by motor coach to NCYC 2019 in Indianapolis, IN. Our departure will be Wednesday, November 20, 2019 after school and our expected return will be early Sunday morning, November 24, 2019. As we work out the details for our pilgrimage of faith, we invite you and others from your parish to prayerfully consider participating.
This conference will be a dynamic and high energy encounter with our loving God and over 25,000 teens, plus chaperones, priests and bishops from all over the country. A past teen participant from the Diocese of Harrisburg has said, “I have reconnected with God in a new way. I would definitely come back to the next one!”
Please help us by extending this invitation to the youth of your parish or Catholic high school, who will be entering 9th through 12th grade in the fall. It is very important for our young church to experience such an encounter, will you please help to organize such a group. We will partner smaller groups together and potentially connect your teens with another group if you have only a few teens from your parish or school.
We had the most ideal hotel location (adjacent to the Lucas Oil Stadium) in 2017 and we have managed to book the very same hotel for this year.