Bishop Senior’s Black History Month Letter

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As we begin the annual commemoration of Black History Month, with our fellow Americans we honor the legacies of African Americans throughout history, including noted civil rights pioneers such as Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Rosa Parks. Because of their profound witness, we embrace the innate human drive to affirm the dignity of every human person and to celebrate the rich diversity of races and ethnicities that fashion our national identity.

A Lenten Message from Bishop Senior

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Lent is the Church’s annual retreat when we are invited to focus on our relationship with Jesus Christ, to center our lives on Him, to deepen our knowledge of Him “in whom we have believed” and to “stir into flame the gift of God” that we have received (2 Timothy 1, 6-12). In his message for Lent 2024, Pope Francis recalls that Lent provides the context for renewing our faith and our friendship with Jesus.

Featured Programs

Diocesan Annual Campaign

The theme for the 2024 Diocesan Annual Campaign, Nourished by Faith, encourages us to live our faith more vibrantly; to be more visibly and recognizably Catholic Christians.


Faith, Elections, and Citizenship

Join us on Monday, April 8, 2024, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for a discussion with Eric Failing, Executive Director for the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference, on, “Faith, Elections, and Citizenship” at the Diocesan Conference Center.


Lorica Awards

Join us on Sunday, March 17 at 4 p.m. at Saint Patrick Cathedral, Harrisburg, for Solemn Vespers for the Solemnity of Saint Patrick. After vespers, the Most Rev. Timothy C. Senior, Bishop of Harrisburg, will present the Diocesan Lorica Awards.


Scouting Recognition Mass

All Scout families are invited to attend the Scouting Recognition Mass on March 17. Boy and Girl Scouts who have completed any of the Catholic religious emblems between March 2023 and February 2024 will be recognized at the Mass.


Chrism Mass

The Chrism Mass offers the faithful a solemn occasion to witness the blessing of the oils and the consecration of the Sacred Chrism that will be used in the celebration of the sacraments throughout the coming year. Bishop Timothy Senior will celebrate the Chrism Mass at 4PM on Monday, March 25, at Saint Patrick Cathedral, Harrisburg.


Lenten Resources

Lent this year begins on Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2024. Lent is the forty day period before Easter, excluding Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Thursday. During Lent, we are asked to devote ourselves to seeking the Lord in prayer and reading Scripture, to service by giving alms, and to sacrifice through fasting.


Lenten Fish Dinners

Reel-in some delicious meals this Lent at a number of fish dinners hosted by parishes and Knights of Columbus councils. Check back often, as more events will be added when their information is received.


Upcoming Events

The Diocese has a number of great events, activities and programs planned in the coming months. Check out all our upcoming events and make your plans to join us.


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