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Harrisburg Diocesan eDigest – New Announcements
(Updated January 26, 2019)

Celebration of African & African American Catholic Faith and Culture – February 3
On February 3, 2019, is National Day of Prayer for the African American and African Family.  On this special day, join us for a Holy Mass celebrating African & African American Catholic Faith and Culture. The Most Reverend Ronald W. Gainer will be the principal celebrant.  Our guest, Most Reverend Roy E. Campbell, Jr. from the Archdiocese of Washington, will be the homilist. Liturgical music will be offered by the dynamic Saint Joseph Gospel Choir from Largo, Maryland. Mass will be at noon at Saint Patrick Cathedral.

All are always welcomed to join us! For more information, please contact Jaclyn Curran at (717) 657-4804 ext. 313 or

150th Anniversary Closing Mass/Ethnic Food Festival
Please join Bishop Ronald W. Gainer as Celebrant and Homilist to conclude the 150th anniversary celebration of the founding of the Diocese of Harrisburg. A reception, featuring a sampling of ethnic foods from various ethnic and cultural groups that comprise the faithful of the Diocese, will be held immediately following the Mass. The Closing Mass will be held at Good Shepherd Church at 3:00 p.m. on March 3, 2019.  For additional information, visit

Ethnic Food Festival Openings:

Do you want to showcase, educate and teach your culture through food? Following the Closing Mass for the 150th Anniversary of the Diocese of Harrisburg, we will offer an Ethnic Food Festival to represent the rich cultures that are part of our diocese.  The Closing Mass will be held at Good Shepherd Church on Sunday, March 3, 2019, at 3:00 p.m.

Just like we did for the Opening Mass celebration last March, no food will be available for sale and all are invited to join us! Most of the groups that were part of Opening Mass Ethnic Food Festival will be returning and therefore we have a limited number of spaces to showcase ethnic foods.  Anyone interested in joining us must contact Jaclyn Curran at as soon as possible. The deadline to request your space to participate is February 18, 2019.    Thank you.

Diocesan Building Commission Volunteers Needed
How would you like to become a member of the Diocesan Building Commission (DBC)? The DBC is a commission consisting of professionals from the construction industry to include, but not limited to: Architects, electrical engineers/consultants, project managers, hvac engineers/consultants, site engineers/consultants, etc. The purpose of the Commission is to provide a constructability review of major capital projects as a schematic design and subsequent final design for the Diocese of Harrisburg. The DBC meets at the Diocesan Center (4) times per year. A typical meeting last 2 hours and is scheduled from 10 AM-12 noon and includes a catered lunch. If you are interested in becoming a member or have questions about this prestigious organization, please contact Terry Conner, Director of Buildings and Properties at (717) 657-4804, x-358 or

Human Trafficking in our Midst: A Catholic Response
Learn what human trafficking is, when and where it occurs, and what we as Catholics can do to address it. An informational session on human trafficking will be presented on Monday, February 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the Cathedral Hall at St. Patrick Cathedral, Harrisburg by John Leedock and Christina Szoke-Lou of Catholic Charities’ Immigration and Refugee Services.  Human trafficking isn’t limited to large cities; it occurs right here in south central Pennsylvania. Eliminating human trafficking and empowering survivors has been a historic concern of the Catholic Church. Come to this free presentation at Cathedral Hall to help fight the violation and degradation of our brothers and sisters in Christ. The presentation is by The Mercy Matters Committee of the Cathedral Parish of St. Patrick and Catholic Charities’ Immigration and Refugee Services.

Catholic Charities Counseling Services
Depression and anxiety can occur when we have a loss or a major change in our life. A licensed skilled therapist can help you by listening, processing, and giving you the power to make positive change. Catholic Charities Counseling Services is accepting new clients our four office locations throughout the Diocese. Catholic Charities Counseling is for anyone: (children, adolescents, adults, and couples).  Services are provided in a confidential office setting. Services include individual and family therapy, marital counseling, and parent-child counseling. We accept Medical Assistance, or clients can pay for services (discount fee schedule available).

Just call for an appointment: Capital Region 717-233-7978; Lancaster 717-299-3659 or 717-392-2113 (Espanol); York 717-845-2696; Paradise School Office (Abbottstown) 717-259-9537. Visit for more information.

Divorce Ministry
St. John the Baptist Parish in New Freedom, PA, is pleased to announce another session of Surviving Divorce, a ministry that will bring hope and healing to those who have experienced the pain and loneliness of a broken marriage.  This program includes 12 video presentations featuring a psychologist, priests, and personal testimonies from Catholic men and women who have experienced the breakdown of their family.  Topics covered include shock and grief, anger and forgiveness, money issues, dealing with children and a former spouse, and annulment and remarriage.  Surviving Divorce is for the newly separated and divorced as well as those who are still struggling many years later.  It will help them find answers to their questions, restore their hope, and begin authentic healing.

This program is based on the teachings of the Catholic Church and is open to anyone who needs comfort, counsel, and clarity after divorce.  For more information about the Surviving Divorce program, visit and the parish website

The 12-week Surviving Divorce program begins on February 6, 2019, at 6:45 pm in the St. Elizabeth Center at St. John the Baptist Parish.  A $25 fee includes the Surviving Divorce Personal Guide and all program materials.  Please email facilitators, Deb Cousin at or Pat Smith at or call the parish office at 717-235-2156 for more information

St. Teresa of Calcutta Lock-In/Workshop – March 15/16
Join us for an overnight event learning about Mother Teresa. Church of  the Good Shepherd, 3435 Trindle Road, Camp Hill –  Friday, March 15, 4th grade and up – $15.00  Movie, Anyway Prayer Plaques, and Snack.
Saturday, March 16, K-3rd grade – $7.00.  9:00 am – Noon:  Soup Jars, Story, Take Home Craft, Snack and Stations of the Cross.
Register at by March 1, 2019.  For more information contact OYYAM at 717-657-4804 x327

Authentic Friendships in Christ – April 26-28
A young adult retreat for anyone in their 20s and 30s, married or single.
Refreshing Mountain Camp, 455 Camp Road, Stevens, PA  17578.  Friday, April 26, 2019 – Sunday, April 28, 2019.  Retreat Directors, Tom Fertal and Karen Bruskewicz –
Daily Mass, Adoration, Confession, Presentations, Group Discussions, Fellowship.  $90 per person.

Register online at

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Bishop’s Annual Scout Recognition Mass – June 16
Bishop’s Annual Scout Recognition Mass, June 16, 2019, at 2:00 p.m., Good Shepherd Church, Camp Hill.
All Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, American Heritage Girls, and Trail Life USA Members are invited to attend.
Scouts who have completed any of the Catholic religious emblems in the past year will be recognized at Mass.  All scouting families are encouraged to attend.  Register online at until June 1, 2019.  For more information contact: Office for Youth and Young Adult Ministry, 717-657-4804 ext 327.

Basilica of Saints Cyril and Methodius Patch
This special patch for youth in grades K-12 recognizes the Basilica of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Danville, PA.  The patch activities are designed to teach participants about the Basilica of Saints Cyril and Methodius, and the two Saints after whom the Basilica was named.
This activity is for scouts, confirmation retreats, and anyone who wants to learn more about the Basilica.  To learn more about this activity, go to or contact the Sisters of Saints Cyril and Methodius at 570-275-3581.

Saint Katharine Drexel