February 5, 2018 Bishop Ronald W. Gainer has released the following message regarding the Ash Wednesday obligations of fast and abstinence and its coincidence with Valentine’s Day this year. This year Ash Wednesday coincides with Valentine’s Day (February 14), a largely secular celebration, particularly in the United States. There have been inquiries if a dispensation […]
Lent is often seen as a time of penance and self-sacrifice as in “giving up something for Lent.” These are worthy practices, yet Lent is also a time to reflect upon the magnanimous love of God for each one of us in sending His own divine Son to suffer and die for us so that we might be freed from sin and death.
Christmas 2017 Dear Friends in Christ, As we quiet the hymns of the Advent Season for another year and begin the Carols of Christmas, there is a thought from one of the most common Advent hymns that keeps coming to my mind. In “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” we sing: “O come, desire […]
The Diocese of Harrisburg is happy to announce the winners of our 2017 Christmas Card contest along with the winning artwork. The contest was open to students in the 39 Catholic Schools in the Diocese representing over 11,000 students. The winning artwork, which was selected from 57 submissions, will be used to illustrate the Christmas […]
A special collection will be held in all parishes of the Diocese of Harrisburg this weekend, September 23 & 24, for Hurricane Irma relief efforts. This is a part of the U.S. Catholic Bishops emergency collection to assist the millions of persons affected by this unprecedented catastrophic weather event. This includes the humanitarian and recovery efforts of Catholic Charities USA and pastoral and rebuilding support to impacted dioceses.
A special collection will be held in all parishes of the Diocese of Harrisburg this weekend, September 2 & 3, for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. This is a part of the U.S. Catholic Bishops emergency collection to assist the millions of persons affected by this unprecedented catastrophic weather event. This includes the humanitarian and recovery efforts of Catholic Charities USA and pastoral and rebuilding support to impacted dioceses.
The Bishops of Pennsylvania voted to approve a recommendation that each Catholic diocese and eparchy in the Commonwealth be dedicated to the protection of the Blessed Mother.
An interfaith message was delivered by Bishop Ronald Gainer of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg. He said, “The crimes of the Nazis began with a false understanding of humanity – that there are different “grades” of being and worth among people. This misguided idea that human beings differ from each other in terms of dignity, importance, or worth.”
Bishop Ronald Gainer will be taking questions from listeners during a special live radio program on Holy Family Radio, AM 720. This will happen on Monday, May 8 from noon-1 p.m.
The theme of the lunch hour broadcast will focus on ways that people can increase the practice of their faith and grow closer to Jesus.