NASA Rover Carries St. Joseph School in York on Mars Expedition

St. Joseph School in York has successfully landed on Mars.

NASA’s rover, Perseverance, descended on the red planet on Feb. 18, bearing three microchips etched with more than 10 million names, including that of the PreK-6 parochial school in east York.

The venture was part of NASA’s “Send Your Name to Mars” campaign, which invited people from around the world to add their names to travel aboard the rover. The 10,932,295 submitted names were etched by an electron beam onto three fingernail-sized silicon chips and placed onto a plate mounted on the rover.

USCCB Chairmen Say Equality Act Would Discriminate against People of Faith and Threaten Unborn Life

Five committee chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) wrote a letter to members of Congress opposing the recent reintroduction of the Equality Act (H.R. 5), which is scheduled to be voted on by the U.S. House of Representatives this week. The bishops warned of the threats posed by the proposed legislation to both people of faith and of no faith, with respect to mandates impacting charities and their beneficiaries in need, health care and other conscience rights, taxpayer funding of abortion, freedom of speech, women’s sports and sex-specific facilities, and more.

The Equality Act, the USCCB warns, would uphold transgender ideology by requiring “girls and women to compete against boys and men for limited opportunities in sports, and to share locker rooms and shower spaces with biological males who identify as women.”

Do We Want to Get Back to Normal, or Does Lent Call Us to Something to Deeper, Bishop Asks on Ash Wednesday

“Do we need Lent this year?”
That’s the question Bishop Ronald Gainer posed as he celebrated noon Mass on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17, at St. Patrick Cathedral in Harrisburg.
“It may well be that you and I are less eager this year for Ash Wednesday and to begin the season of Lent than we have been in past years. After all, it seems like we’ve been living Lent for 11 months now,” he said in his homily.

Trinity High School Announces Verbal Acceptance of Jordan Hill as Head Football Coach

Trinity High School in Camp Hill announced on Thursday, Feb. 18 that Jordan Hill has verbally accepted the position of Head Football Coach for the Trinity Shamrocks.
Hill is a 2009 graduate from Steelton-Highspire High School, where he was a member of their 2007 and 2008 PIAA Championship teams. He went on to play defensive tackle at Penn State University. As a senior at Penn State, Hill was selected as first team All-Big Ten (2012).

Greensburg Welcomes New Bishop

The relatively small crowd inside Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Greensburg, Pa., erupted with applause on Feb. 11, after newly ordained Bishop Larry J. Kulick was ordained and installed. Despite COVID-19, the faithful of the Diocese of Greensburg celebrated the much-anticipated event. Thousands watched the live stream and left hundreds of comments wishing him blessings.

During his remarks, Bishop Kulick recalled the very moment in his life that ultimately lead to his Episcopal Ordination: becoming an altar server at the age of 9 at St. Martha’s Parish in Leechburg.

Did ‘the Roman Catholic Church’ Unjustly Collect Federal Aid? AP Story Misrepresents Church Finances, Expert Says

A Feb. 4 investigative story from the Associated Press inaccurately portrays “the Roman Catholic Church” as a “giant corporate monolith” that raked in federal aid while sitting on billions of dollars that they could have used to pay employees, a canon and civil law expert told CNA.

In reality, “the Roman Catholic Church” in the U.S. is made up of tens of thousands of separate nonprofits, most of which did not have legal access to liquid cash necessary to pay their employees when the pandemic took hold last year.