A gift to the Bishop’s Annual Lenten Appeal supports the ministries of the Diocese of Harrisburg to meet the social services and ministerial needs of the people in our 15 counties.
“Your generosity has enabled us to provide caring homes to children through our Foster Care program; we have increased our capacity to provide bridge housing for women who are recovering from addiction; we continue to provide the only shelter for homeless families; we have supported married and family life; celebrated the sacramental life of the Church; ministered to those in prison; brought the healing power of Christ to those suffering from illness; spread the Gospel through efforts of evangelization, education and formation; shared our mission and ministry via television, radio and print media as well as provided for the temporal and administrative needs of the diocese and our parishes, schools, campuses and institutions. These are just a few of the ways your contribution is transforming lives and becoming Christ’s instrument in meeting the needs of others, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.”
At the Parish: Your parish office is ready to accept your pledge via cash or check. Checks are to be made payable to the parish and are to be mailed or delivered to the parish office directly.
Online: To charge your donation to Mastercard or Visa, simply click the “Donate Now” button above.
Phone Assistance: Still not sure which way you’d like to participate this year? Give your parish office a call, or contact the Diocese of Harrisburg’s Lenten Appeal Office at 717-657-4804, ext. 336.
COMMUNICATIONS The Church makes use of various forms of communication in today’s world to share the Good News with others. The Lenten Appeal directly supports the diocese’s diverse communication efforts to evangelize with today’s media. These vehicles include the diocesan Web site www.hbgdiocese.org, The Catholic Witness newspaper in print and on the Web, social media efforts such as an active Facebook page and YouTube channel accessible via the diocesan Web site, the Insight monthly e-newsletter, radio broadcasts and television programming. These vehicles of communication yield countless opportunities to spread the Church’s mission and to support the good works of the various ministries of the diocese and its parishes.
EDUCATION The Lenten Appeal provides support for a variety of educational opportunities, whether in a school, parish or diocesan setting, regarding instruction in the faith. The Diocese educates 11,606 in its 35 elementary schools, 7 secondary schools, pre-school and kindergarten programs. 16,633 attending public schools received religious instruction in 89 parish programs of religious education. Adult education is provided through the Diocesan Institute, in parish-based programs as well as through the Rite of Christian Initiation and the continuing education for priests and deacons.
EVANGELIZATION Evangelization is fundamental to the overall mission of the Church. It is always rooted in faith and involves a personal encounter with Jesus Christ that leads to a profound experience of conversion. All are called to know Christ and to make Him known to others. This is the responsibility of the entire Church and is securely located in the activity of the local Church, both at the parish and diocesan levels. This is accomplished in a myriad of opportunities: from Bible study; to retreat experiences; through youth programs and activities; by chaplains in hospitals and prisons; through missionary activity both at home and abroad; through marriage preparation and sacramental formation; as well as outreach in soup kitchens, food pantries, refugee resettlement and in meeting cultural needs of those from other lands.
HUMAN SERVICES Support for the Lenten Appeal provides funding for the programs and activities of Catholic Charities, including Adoption and Foster Care programs, Homes for Healing – Lourdeshouse, The Interfaith Shelter for Homeless Families, Evergreen House and Hope House – Paradise School and the Bishop Dattilo Retirement Residence for priests. Funding is also provided to meet the temporal needs of the diocese and to assist parishes in becoming good stewards with sound financial practices and review.