Most Reverend Ronald W. Gainer, Bishop of Harrisburg, invites the faithful to join him in-person and via live stream for Holy Week celebrations from Saint Patrick Cathedral.
On Thursday morning, February 23, we all learned the tragic news that Russia had invaded Ukraine. Although talks are underway to find a peaceful solution to this conflict, the violence continues to escalate, inflicting damage to buildings as well as wounding and killing men, women, and children.
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.
Six teachers and one principal from Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Harrisburg were recently honored with the 2022 Golden Apple Award. The highest recognition given by the Diocese to principals and teachers, this honor commends the educator’s professional excellence, leadership, commitment to Catholic values, and devotion to teaching in a Catholic school.
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.
Enjoy a variety of fish sandwiches, seafood and pasta dinners at the numerous fish dinners hosted by parishes this Lent.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Another year has come and gone, and we find ourselves navigating the hustle and bustle leading up to Christmas. Recently, our Diocesan Center staff gathered for our annual Advent Mass and Christmas Lunch. A favorite activity during the lunch is singing Christmas Carols, especially the 12 Days of Christmas. Each table takes on one of the days and is encouraged to be creative in how they portray that day. Along with many traditions in our families, we had to forgo our singing again this year.
Adams Deanery Annunciation BVM Parish, McSherrystown and Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Hanover 7:45 am Mass at Conewago Chapel 8:30 am Departure from Conewago Chapel Stop off at…
Catholic Charities, in conjunction with the Diocese of Harrisburg, is pleased to announce that Kelly A. Gollick has been named the Executive Director of Catholic Charities for the Diocese.
Most Rev. Ronald W. Gainer, Bishop of Harrisburg, and Mr. Daniel Breen, Secretary for Education and Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese, announced today the start of a strategic vision process to strengthen Catholic education in the Diocese of Harrisburg.