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

Attend the Diocesan 150th Anniversary Pilgrimage
See the beauty, history and many ethnic chapels of the largest Roman Catholic church in North America. Celebrate with the diocese for its 150th anniversary through a pilgrimage with Bishop Ronald Gainer to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Nov. 3. This day of spiritual renewal includes Mass, time for confessions, private prayer, seminars, praying the rosary, touring the Shrine, and visiting the spacious book & gift shops or having a bite to eat in the cafeteria.

Make your plans now to attend. Many parishes have buses and many individuals are choosing to drive.  More information on the pilgrimage and buses is available at

Regional Young Adult Ministry – October 2018 Happenings
Lancaster Theology on Tap  “Humanae Vitae – A Perspective After 50 Years” with Sister Geralyn Schmidt, SCC.  Thursday, October 11, 2018 at Annie Bailey’s Irish Pub (second floor) beginning at 7:00 pm.

 Harrisburg Theology on Tap  “Voting with a Catholic Conscience” presented by Eric Failing, Executive Director of PA Catholic Conference.  At the Firehouse Restaurant (third floor), Thursday, October 18, 2018 beginning at 7:00 pm.

 Breaking Bread – Join other young adults for Sunday Mass followed by brunch at the nearby restaurant.  Sunday, October 21, 2018 at Saint Anne’s Church – meet in the narthex before Mass.

 York Theology on Tap – “Cultivating the Culture of Life” with Ethan Demme, President & CEO of Demme Learning.  At The First Post (second floor) Tuesday, October 23, 2018 beginning at 7:00 pm.

 Coming Soon…Chambersburg Theology on Tap

Mass Celebrating the Gifts of People with Disabilities
The Diocese of Harrisburg’s annual Mass Celebrating the Gifts of People with Disabilities will be held on Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Catherine Laboure church in Harrisburg.  Bishop Ronald Gainer will be the Celebrant and Homilist.  This year also marks the 40th Anniversary of the signing of the 1978 Pastoral Statement on Persons with Disabilities.  A light reception will follow the Mass, which will include reflections on the 1978 Pastoral Statement.  To assist with planning, it is requested that those attending from outside Saint Catherine Labouré Parish or in need of any special accommodations, kindly RSVP to or 717-657-4804 ext. 322 prior to November 9, 2018.  All are welcome to attend.

Annual White Mass – October 14
The Harrisburg Diocesan Guild of the Catholic Medical Association invites all Catholic physicians, healthcare workers, medical students, residents, and their families to attend The Annual White Mass celebrated by Reverend Paul C.B. Schenck on Sunday, October 14, 2018, 9:30 AM at Saint Patrick Cathedral in Harrisburg.  Please RSVP for the reception to

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