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Bishop Gainer’s Easter Letter

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Christ is Risen! Alleluia!

These words of celebration are heard many times throughout the Easter season, but they were not the initial reaction experienced that Resurrection morning. When Mary Magdala approached the tomb of our Lord early that morning and found it was empty, her words to the Disciples were those of fear – “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they put him.” (John 20:2)

SYNOD 2021-2023

The entire Catholic Church is called to participate in “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission.”

The Synod opened in Rome on October 9, followed by the opening in each diocese on October 17. This process is calling together all the people of God – clergy, religious and laity – to listen, dialogue, discern and pray. The goal of the Synod is not to create a new pastoral plan, but rather to be present with each other, learn from each other, and grow closer to the Lord and His Church.

Featured Programs

COVID Guidelines

As Covid-19 recommendations continue to be modified, the Diocese of Harrisburg has produced guidelines to help our parishioners and parishes return to active, in-person faith lives. Please read our latest updates as of March 8, 2022.

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Diocesan Annual Campaign

The theme for the 2022 Diocesan Annual Campaign, One Faith, One Family, encourages us to demonstrate our love of God when we reach out in love and mercy to those in need.

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Mass of Thanksgiving

As the RCIA season draws to a joyful conclusion for candidates and catechumens, the Church of Harrisburg gathers together parish RCIA teams, participants, and their families for a Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday, May 22, 2022 at 4 pm at Saint Patrick Cathedral Harrisburg. All are welcome.

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Synod

The entire Catholic Church is called to participate in “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission.” The Synod opened in Rome on October 9, followed by the opening in each diocese on October 17.

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One Church, One Family

Calling all young adults – join us May 27 - May 29 for One Church, One Family. This retreat for young adults (20s and 30s, married or single) includes daily Mass, Adoration, Confession, group discussions, fellowship, and praise and worship.

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An Evening of Prayer for Ukraine

Join us on June 8th for an evening of personal stories, heartfelt prayers, and open discussion on the continuing crisis in Ukraine. Rev. Mykola Ivanov, pastor of Transfiguration of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church in Shamokin, and Matthew Kenenitz, a current professor of English at Ukrainian Catholic University, will provide first-hand accounts of the continued conflict and humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, and how we can help.

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Cemetery Flower Program

As a service for those who are unable to visit the graves of loved ones in Diocesan Cemeteries, a program is offered each spring for flowers to be placed at gravesites. Floral arrangements are placed for Easter, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Father’s Day, and for early autumn.

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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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