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Harrisburg Diocesan eDigest – New Announcements
(Updated August 27, 2018)

The Tribunal of the Diocese of Harrisburg will be giving 3 presentations within the diocese 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 10 – Diocesan Center, Harrisburg, 7 pm
September 12 – St. Philip Parish, Millersville, 7 pm
September 17 – St. Joseph Parish, Hanover, 7 pm

No prior registration is required.  For further information, please call 717-657-4804, extension 304, or email:  or visit

Annual Hispanic Heritage Mass
Join us as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at Saint Patrick Cathedral in Harrisburg.  Celebration begins at 2:30 PM with a Rosary immediately followed by the Holy Mass.  Principal Celebrant will be Rev. Allan F. Wolfe, Pastor of Iglesia San Juan Bautista, and the Homilist will be Very Rev. Luis R. Rodriguez, Pastor of Corpus Christi Church. You are welcomed to represent your country by wearing traditional dresses.  For more information, check the Diocesan website at  or on social media FB/IG/TW: @HispanicHbg – Come join us!

Employment Opportunity: PA Catholic Conference Social Concerns Director
Experienced government relations professional needed to help advocate the Catholic perspective on social concerns issues at the State Capitol in Harrisburg and beyond.  Candidate must have strong knowledge of the workings of state government and issues surrounding human services, respect for life, and Church teaching on social justice. Send cover letter and resume by September 3, 2018, to: PA Catholic Conference, PO Box 2835, Harrisburg, PA 17105 or More information is available at

Conference Center Set-up Associate
The Diocesan Center in Harrisburg has two full time vacancies for a Set-Up Associate, one on each shift. This position is responsible for the setup, refresh, tear down and maintenance of all meeting space. The Set-Up person is responsible for ensuring snow removal to all pathways accessing the Diocesan Center/Conference Center and may occasionally be called upon to undertake basic maintenance duties.

Shift 1 6:00AM – 2:00PM is responsible for the daily opening of the Diocesan Center and Shift 2 2:00PM – 10:00PM for the closure of the building.


  • Heavy work – Exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 20 pounds of force constantly; to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects.
  • Flexible and long hours sometimes required including weekends and holidays.


  • Guest Relations: The ability to work with visitors, vendors, management and associates in a professional, friendly and courteous manner is critical.
  • Ability to utilize various types of cleaning and setup equipment included but not limited to: vacuums, floor polisher, chair dollies, carts, audio visual equipment.
  • Must be detail oriented, a self-motivator, and able to work independently with minimal supervision.

To apply for this position, send cover letter and resume to For further details please contact Mrs. DonnaJoan Mattis 717-657-4804 x 601 or visit

Coordinator of Parish Youth Ministry
Seven Sorrows BVM Parish, Middletown, PA and St. Peter Parish, Elizabethtown, PA, are seeking a Coordinator of Parish Youth Ministry, a full-time position. The parishes are planning to introduce the LIFETEEN and EDGE programs and need the youth ministry coordinator to lay the groundwork for these programs and develop a comprehensive youth ministry to meet the needs of both parishes.

 A successful candidate will have a B.A. in Theology, Catechetics, Pastoral Ministry or a related field and must be a Catholic in good standing. Salary, with benefits, is commensurate with education and experience. Previous youth ministry experience is required. Experience with LIFETEEN is preferred.

To apply for this position, send cover letter and resume by April 6, 2018 to Fr. Ted Keating, Pastor, Seven Sorrows BVM Parish, 280 N. Race St., Middletown, PA.

(717) 944-3133.  Cover letters and resumes may also be sent via email to

Bishop Gainer to take part in Centralia Pilgrimage, August 26
All are invited to a Pilgrimage at the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Centralia, Pa. on Sunday, August 26. It begins at noon with Divine Liturgy with Bishop Andriy, of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia. Bishop Ronald Gainer will give a reflection and lead the praying of a Living Rosary at 2:00 p.m. before the historic and jeweled 18th century copy of the Icon of Our Lady of Pochaiv. The Sacrament of Reconciliation, religious goods and food service will be available. For information please contact 570-339-0650. The church is located 2 blocks north of Route 42 in Centralia.

Bishop Gainer to Lead Pilgrimage to Oberammergau in 2020
Mark your calendars now for a once-in-a-decade opportunity to see the Oberammergau Passion Play in 2020. Bishop Ronald Gainer will lead a pilgrimage from the Diocese of Harrisburg to experience this breathtaking play depicting the Passion of Jesus. This moving production only takes place every 10 years. In addition to the play on September 12, 2020, the trip will include visits to cities like Paris, Milan, Turin, Riva Del Guardia, Innsbruck, Oberammergau, Salzburg, and Munich.
The dates for the tour are September 7th-17th, 2020. Specific details will be announced in the near future, but mark your calendars now for this fabulous opportunity to experience Oberammergau with Bishop Gainer!

Donations Needed for Interfaith Shelter for Homeless Families
The Interfaith Shelter for Homeless Families (a Catholic Charities residential program located in suburban Harrisburg) is in need of the following donations: toilet tissue, paper towels, feminine hygiene products, all-purpose cleaner, bathroom cleaner, , laundry detergent, bleach, trash bags (13 gallon and 55 gallon size), and fresh fruits and vegetables.  Donations can be taken to the Diocesan Center (4800 Union Deposit Road in Harrisburg) or to the shelter (120 Willow Road in Harrisburg).  If taking items to the shelter, please call 717-652-8740 before delivering.  Thank you for your generosity!

Donations Needed for Lourdeshouse Maternity Home
Lourdeshouse Maternity Home (a Catholic Charities residential program located in suburban Harrisburg) is in need of the following donations: napkins, deodorant, paper plates, paper towels, plastic cups, body lotion, hair conditioner, toilet paper, and ladies razors.  Donations can be dropped off at Lourdeshouse (120 Willow Road in Harrisburg) or at the Diocesan Center (4800 Union Deposit Road in Harrisburg).  Please call  (717) 412-4865 before delivering items to Lourdeshouse.  Thank you in advance for your kindness!

Saint Katharine Drexel