‘Vaccination of God’s Grace and Love’ Needed against the Culture of Death, Bishop Says at Diocesan Respect Life Mass

Responding to society’s deep division over the fundamental right to life, Bishop Ronald Gainer spoke in his homily at the Diocesan Respect Life Mass of the need for a vaccination of God’s grace and love against a culture of death.
Celebrating the Mass two days after the 48th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion, the bishop celebrated the pro-life liturgy Jan. 24 at St. Patrick Cathedral in Harrisburg.

Diocese Accepting Applications for New Diaconate Formation Program Aspirancy Year to Begin this Fall for 2026 Ordination

Building on the momentum of the ordination of 35 permanent deacons this past September, the Diocese of Harrisburg is accepting applications for a new class of men for the Permanent Diaconate Program.

Candidates – and their spouses, if married – will be admitted to a year of aspirancy (exploration and discernment) beginning this fall. The program will culminate with ordination in 2026.

U.S. Bishops Respond to President Biden’s Orders and Proclamations on Abortion, Sex Discrimination, Immigration and Climate Change

Amid a number of executive orders and proclamations during his first days in office, President Joe Biden made changes to immigration policy, re-joined the United States to the Paris Agreement, and praised the Supreme Court’s decision on Roe v. Wade in marking the 48th anniversary of the landmark decision to legalize abortion.

U.S. Bishops Release Statement on Biden Inauguration, Express Hope in Working with New President

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops released a prepared statement Wednesday afternoon, after President Joe Biden’s inauguration.
“Our commitments on issues of human sexuality and the family, as with our commitments in every other area — such as abolishing the death penalty or seeking a health care system and economy that truly serves the human person — are guided by Christ’s great commandment to love and to stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters, especially the most vulnerable,” Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said in the statement.

Pro-Life Events this Month Include Diocesan Mass, Days of Prayer and Virtual March

Whether you’re a longtime March for Life participant, a witness for life on public squares, or someone who prays for pro-life intentions at home, late January offers a variety of ways to promote and pray for a culture of life.

A number of activities and days of prayer fill the calendar through the end of the month. Some offerings are in person, and others are virtual – but all of these occasions for prayer and reflection, coinciding with the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 decision legalizing abortion.

Holy Trinity Students Keep Martin Luther King’s Dream Alive with Day of Service

Holy Trinity Catholic School in York was a hub of community service on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The entire student body – from PreK to sixth grade – spent the holiday in various volunteer efforts that supported the community and honored King’s legacy.
The school’s annual Day of Service paid tribute to the civil rights leader and his nonviolent activism for racial equality. Martin Luther King Jr. Day was first observed in 1986, 18 years after his assassination. The federal holiday has become an occasion for volunteer service in King’s name.

Mid Penn and First National Banks Contribute $265,000 to Diocese’s Scholarship Foundation for Catholic School Students

Two local banks presented donations this month to the Diocese’s Neumann Scholarship Foundation, which offers scholarship assistance to families whose children are enrolled in Catholic schools in the Diocese of Harrisburg.
The donations were made through the banks’ participation in Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and Opportunity Scholarship programs, which provide tax credits to businesses that contribute to scholarship organizations, like the Neumann Scholarship Foundation.

Diocesan Schools Continue Successful In-Person Instruction; Administrators Credit Resolve, Sacrifice of Staff and Families

It’s the halfway point of the academic year, and the midterm report on Diocesan schools illustrates a largely successful continuation of in-person education since classes began in the fall.
The doors of the 36 Catholic schools across the Diocese remain open for in-class instruction. Administrators credit the monumental achievement to the resolve and sacrifice displayed by the teachers, staff, students and families of the school communities.