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Harrisburg Diocesan eDigest – New Announcements
(Updated May 16, 2017)

Volunteers Needed, Camp Kirchenwald 2017
Camp Kirchenwald Volunteers-  The Diocesan Summer Camp for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities is seeking volunteers willing to assist at its residential camp, August 13-18, 2017. The camp takes place at Camp Kirchenwald in Lebanon County and serves the needs of approximately 40 adults each year.  Anyone 16+ is welcome to volunteer for full-time or part-time duties; there is a particular need for male volunteers, 18 or older, who are able to spend the night.  All volunteers are required to complete the Diocesan Clearance process and attend a brief training session prior to helping at camp.    A deadline of June 30, 2017 for expressing volunteer interest is requested in order to facilitate planning efforts.
Sponsor a Camper – Would you like to sponsor a campership for a person with a disability who might not otherwise be able to afford camp? The Dio­cese of Harrisburg is seeking donations to de­fray the cost for campers. A full week of camp costs $575, but donations in any amount will be welcomed. They can be sent to the Of­fice of Ministry with People with Disabilities, 4800 Union Deposit Road, Harrisburg, PA 17111. Checks should be made payable to the Diocese of Harrisburg.  For more information on volunteering or sponsoring a camper, please contact Larry Kiley at 717-657-4804, Ext. 322, or email

Papal Blessing Parchments
Papal Blessing Parchments–  In a change of procedure implemented at the Vatican, Papal Blessing Parchments are now only available directly from the Vatican. The blessing are issued on hand crafted parchment scrolls that are drawn up by calligraphers. Those interested in obtaining a Papal Blessing Parchment must contact the Office of Papal Charities, Vatican City directly. A link to this office is posted on the Diocesan website under the Resources tab at or by visiting and searching, ‘Papal blessing parchments’.

The Apostolic Blessing is granted for the following occasions:
1. Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation; 2. Marriage; 3. Priestly Ordination; 4. Religious Profession; 5. Secular Consecration; 6. Ordinations of Permanent Deacons; 7. Marriage Anniversaries (10, 25, 40, 50, 60 years)*, Priestly Ordination, Religious Profession; 8. Birthdays (18, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100)*;  9. Catholic individuals* or families* (with name and surname of the spouses united in a religious marriage).  Requests marked with an asterisk (*) need to have approval of the Pastor. Requests for papal blessings for other occasions will not be accepted.

Please note when making international calls from the USA you must first dial the US exit code of 011. This is followed by the code for county you are dialing, then the phone number. The country code for Vatican City is 379 and for Italy is 39.

Parish Encuentro
Mark Your Calendars for Parish Encuentro! In anticipation of the upcoming Diocesan Encuentro, we are offering parish presentations in parishes that are part of the Hispanic Apostolate as part of the call to all Catholics to formation, missionary activity, leadership development, and identification of ministerial “best practices”. We want to support you in Faith and the Mission of the Church, so please plan to make it to one of these presentations:

  • Monday May 8, 2017 at San Juan Bautista Church, Lancaster at 6:00 PM
  • Saturday May 13, 2017 at Saint Francis of Assisi Church, Harrisburg at 10:30 AM
  • Sunday May 28, 2017 at Saint Joseph Church in Hanover at noon
  • Saturday June 17, 2017 at Saint Francis Xavier Church, Gettysburg at 10:30 AM

All presentations will be in Spanish and are open to everyone. For additional information visit, or call Jackie at (717) 657-4804 ext 313.

Theology on Tap
York Area
“Opioids: Where We Are And Why The Catholic Christian Response Must Be Different” will be the topic for Theology on Tap on Tuesday,  May 23 at The First  Post , 3691 E. Market St., York. A Happy Half Hour is at 7 pm on the 2nd floor.  Dr. Chris Echterling, MD will talk at 7:30: p.m. followed by a Q&A. In 2016 he was recognized as Family Medicine Physician of the year by the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Practice. 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. For more visit

Religious Freedom is the topic for Theology on Tap in Harrisburg on Thursday, May 18 on the 2nd floor of Capital Gastropub, 310 N. 2nd Street, Harrisburg, 7:30 pm. The Very Rev. Edward Quinlan, Secretariat of Education for the Diocese of Harrisburg and Pastor of Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Harrisburg, will present on the topic of Religious Freedom. Dinner and drinks begin at 7:00 p.m. Street parking is free after 7:00 p.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 May events: or

Thursday, May 11 – Water Golf on City Island, Harrisburg, 7:00pm

Saturday, May 20 – St. Francis of Assisi Food Pantry, Harrisburg, 8:00am – 10:30am

Saint Katharine Drexel