Bishop Gainer’s Easter Letter

This stained-glass window at St. Patrick Cathedral in Harrisburg depicts The Risen Christ revealing Himself to Mary Magdala on Easter morning.Photo by Chris Heisey, The Catholic Witness. 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…

Lenten Penance Services

Penance Services are taking place in churches across the Diocese this Lent, in preparation for the celebration of Easter. These services typically include an opening hymn, Scripture readings, and time for an examination of conscience prior to the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The following is a list of services that parishes submitted to The Catholic Witness. Call your parish for the date and time of its Penance Service if you don’t see yours listed below.

A Lenten Message from Bishop Gainer

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
In my visits throughout the Diocese, especially around Lent, I have sometimes heard it said that, “This Lent, I’m giving up ‘giving up.’” While this may be said humorously by Catholics and our Christian brothers and sisters this time of year, there may be some truth in these words. What if we give up on giving up? As we read in the words from Pope Francis, even through all the challenges and difficulties we face, the promise of Christ’s love and our salvation are sure to come if we are faithful and persevere. In essence, if we don’t give up.