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Harrisburg Diocesan eDigest – New Announcements
(Updated December 8, 2017)

Respect Life Mass
Please mark your calendars for the annual Respect Life Mass!

The Respect Life Mass will take place on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at Good Shepherd Church, 3435 Trindle Road in Camp Hill.  This Mass is celebrated every year to commemorate the lives lost to abortion since 1973 and to pray for the building of a culture of life in our nation from conception to natural death.  Those who are not able to attend the annual March for Life in Washington are especially encouraged to attend.  Mass begins at 11:30 a.m.  Reverend Paul Schenck will be the celebrant and homilist.  All are welcome!  For additional information contact the Respect Life Ministry at (717) 657-4804 ext 317 or email

A Pilgrimage for Young Adults
Join Pope Francis and young adult Catholics from around the world for an experience of the Universal Church. Post high school young adults (ages 18-35) will gather January 21-28,2019 for  World Youth Day 2019 in Panama.  This promises to be a week of engaging prayer, vibrant liturgy, powerful catechesis provided by Cardinals and Bishops, concerts by Catholic artists, and an unforgettable vigil and Mass with the Holy Father.  For information visit\youngchurch or contact Rob Williams at 717-657-4804.

Theology on Tap
York Theology on Tap
Christmas Caroling at Misericordia Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center – Join us as we get into the Christmas spirit and sing festive Christmas carols to the residents of Misericordia nursing home on Tuesday, December 12. Song sheets will be provided. Christmas attire is encouraged but not required. Don’t have the best singing voice? Don’t worry! We still want you to join us!  After caroling, we will go to Arooga’s (1211 Haines Road) for dinner and fellowship. 6:00 pm.Caroling, enter via ambulance entrance. 7:00ish Dinner at Arooga’s.

Lancaster Theology on Tap
The Perpetual Discerner: A Paralysis by Analysis with Fr. Brian Wayne – Should I take this job? Should I move there? Should I date this person? Should I just go to the seminary? What do I do in this relationship? What do I eat for dinner? This evening’s topic picks at the question How do I discern the will of God in each circumstance and will hopefully provide the tools needed to reach the point of becoming comfortable making a decision without 100% certainty. Father Brian Wayne is the Vocations Director for the Diocese of Harrisburg and Campus Minister at Millersville University. He was ordained June 4, 2011 and has been stationed at St. Joan of Arc, Hershey, and St. Patrick, Carlisle. His current position has him interacting with young adults quite regularly who ask, repeatedly and exasperatedly, “What does God want me to do?!”

Thursday, December 14 at Arrogas, 125 S Centerville Rd, Lancaster 7:00 pm: Social Time, 7:30 pm  Speaker followed by Q&A.  *Please note the change in venue!

Harrisburg Theology on Tap
Stump the Priest
Theology on Tap – Harrisburg is taking priests from their pulpits and putting them on the spot for a chance to be stumped by Millennials. Be sure to prepare your most challenging questions on faith and reason to this courageous panel of clergy. With any luck, a special guest appearance by the Diocese of Harrisburg Seminarians will make this event even more thought-provoking. Priests to be stumped include:

–          Rev. Joshua R. Brommer – Pastor, Cathedral Parish of St. Patrick (Harrisburg) and Director, Office for Divine Worship

–          Very Rev. Paul M. Clark – Pastor, St. Matthew the Apostle Parish (Dauphin) and Judicial Vicar, Tribunal

–          Rev. Donald H. Bender Jr. – Pastor, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish (Enola) and Chaplain, Pinnacle Health West Shore Hospital

–          Rev. Brian J. Wayne – Chaplain, Millersville University – Newman House and Director, Office of Vocations

Join Theology on Tap – Harrisburg on Thursday, December 21 on the 2nd floor of Capital Gastropub, 310 N. 2nd Street, Harrisburg PA 17101 at 7:30 p.m. Dinner and drinks begin at 7:00p.m. The venue is handicap accessible. Enjoy a relaxing social setting with other young adults in their 20s-30s who are interested in topics of faith and contemporary issues directly affecting their lives. Theology on Tap – Harrisburg meets every third Thursday of the month at Capital Gastropub. For more information and other events: or  *Please note the change in venue!

Encounter: A Retreat Experience for College Aged Young Adults and Recent Graduates
Encounter:  A Retreat Experience Especially Designed for College Aged Young Adults and Recent Graduates will be held Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 9:30 am until 4:00 pm at the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, 310 Hertzler Road, Mechanicsburg.  Easter is a perfect time to get away to refresh and renew ourselves while growing in relationship with our Lord and with other Young Adults.  For more information contact your Catholic Campus Ministry/Newman Club or the Diocesan Office for Youth and Young Adult Ministry at: or call 717-657-4804 ext. 327. WWW.HBGDIOCESE.ORG/youngchurch

Saint Katharine Drexel