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
The Tribunal of the Diocese of Harrisburg will be giving 3 presentations within theDiocese concerning marriage, divorce and annulment according to Church teaching. These presentations will be helpful for divorced Catholics, those divorced who wish to marry Catholics, those parish leaders involved in the RCIA process and any others who may have a vested interest because of family or friends.
September 4 - Saint Philip Parish, Millersville, 7 pm September 16 - Saint Joseph Parish, Hanover, 7 pm September 30 - Diocesan Conference Center, Harrisburg, 7 pm
No prior registration is required. For further information, please call 717-657-4804, extension 304, or email: email@example.com.
Young Adult Picnic (Ages 21-40) - September 7 FOOD - GAMES - FUN Attention, Young Adults! You’re invited to our annual “Get Connected” event at Saint Leo’s Parish in Lancaster on Saturday, September 7, 2019. Celebration of the Mass starts at 4:30 p.m. followed by a potluck picnic and social. There is no cost to attend, but please register using the link below and bring a side dish. This event will CONNECT you with other young adults in the area and link you to the activities planned for the year. To register, or for more information, contact Liz at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the TOT Lancaster page on Facebook. “Get Connected” is a sponsored event within the Diocese of Harrisburg for young adults ages 21-40. Please register at: https://forms.gle/Ubcx4qjB6TgFKGDB6
177 Project at St. Catherine Laboure: Eucharistic Worship and Song - September 9, 2019
God calls us evangelize the world, cf. Gospel of Matthew 28:16-20. To do that, we must first, ourselves, continually be evangelized. What better way to become more fervent disciples ("learners") of our Lord, Who is THE WAY, than to sit in His Incarnate, Eucharistic presence in an atmosphere of sacred song. See below information about a great Eucharistic program taking place at St. Catherine Laboure Parish, Harrisburg, on September 9th. Come, Lord Jesus! Come Holy Spirit and renew the face of the earth!
All are welcome at Saint Catherine Laboure Parish on September 9, 2019 at 7:00 pm to join The 177 Project in an evening of Adoration ~ recognizing Christ’s presence in the Eucharist and spending time with Him. This time of focused prayer, and intentional, worshipful music creates a unique space for the Holy Spirit to work in us. We will begin the evening with the Miraculous Medal Novena, followed by an intimate time of music and fellowship with the 177 Project musician. From there, we transition into a time of Eucharistic Adoration. During that time, we introduce periods of silence, traditional and contemporary music, as well as brief reflections. Confession will be available. We conclude Adoration with night prayer and a traditional Benediction. For more information: 717-564-1321 x132 or email@example.com. Also www.the177project.com
Charismatic Day of Renewal - September 21
This year’s theme is The Beginning and the End: The Healing of Past Soul Wounds with the Keynote Address by Fr. Paul C.B. Schenck, EdD. The Day of Renewal will be held on Saturday September 21 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Diocesan Center 4800 Union Deposit Road, Harrisburg, PA 17111. A breakout session is also planned: “Unleashing the Gifts of the Holy Spirit”. Registration includes lunch and is $20 per adult and $10 per student (age 16 through college). Register online at www.hbgdiocese.org/renewal. Questions, contact Joyce at (717) 308-7245.
Stress in Your Marriage? Try Retrouvaille Weekend - September 27-29, 2019
Is your marriage going down the right road . . . or is it a little off track? Life can be difficult, and so can the challenges you face in marriage. Does the distance between you seem wide? Are you already separated? Looking for a better way? Retrouvaille can help and offers hope for a better relationship. Retrouvaille is a peer ministry of volunteer couples that can help you learn the tools of healthy communication, build intimacy and heal, just as they have done in their own marriages. Retrouvaille can help get your relationship back on track. The event will be held in Mechanicsburg, PA. For more information, or to register please call (717) 356-2185 or visit our website:helpourmarriage.com
Catholic Charities Shelter Shuffle 5K Run/Walk – September 28, 2019
The annual Shelter Shuffle 5K Run/Walk will take place on Saturday, September 28 at 9:00 am at the former Harrisburg State Hospital Campus (across from the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg). Runners and walkers of all abilities are welcome. Pet friendly. Stroller friendly. Shirts for all pre-registered participants. Cost is $20.00 per person if registered by September 1st. $25.00 per person after September 1st. Proceeds benefit the Interfaith Shelter for Homeless Families. For more information and to register online, visit www.cchbg.org
Diocese of Harrisburg Women’s Conference - October 12, 2019
Diocesan Women's Conference Registration now available at www.hbgdiocese.org/women, for the 5th annual Diocesan Women's Conference, taking place Saturday, October 12, 2019, at Bishop McDevitt High School (1 Crusader Way, Harrisburg, PA, 17111). Registration Deadline is October 8. This year’s theme is Women of Light, Sisters in Christ! Helen Alvare, internationally known Catholic speaker, will provide the keynote address on "Shedding Light not Heat: Families and Other Religious Communities Respond to a Hypersexualized Culture." The conference features 40+ workshops from a blue-ribbon collection of speakers, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with Rosary and Benediction, 25+ Priests hearing Confession, beautiful music, a host of Catholic exhibitors, good food, Mass with Bishop Gainer (who is also delivering a workshop) as Principal Celebrant and Homilist, and fellowship with hundreds of women. Last year, 800 women attended this conference. This conference is available to all women. We would love to see you there!
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.
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.
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.