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March 26, 2020

Bishop Gainer Suspends Holy Week and Easter Masses

At 4 p.m. today, Bishop Ronald Gainer will join Pope Francis and the faithful throughout the world in praying the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary, for the protection of our families. During his general audience on March 18, Pope Francis announced he would join this initiative promoted by the Italian bishops and encouraged all the faithful to join as well.

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March 16, 2020

Bishop Gainer Temporarily Suspends All Masses

Today and effective immediately until further notice, Bishop Ronald W. Gainer, out of great concern for the health of the faithful and in union with the Bishops of Pennsylvania, has temporarily suspended all daily and weekend Masses in the Diocese of Harrisburg. Additionally, Bishop Gainer has suspended all public liturgies and devotions, and has asked that all churches and chapels be closed, including all perpetual adoration chapels.

Bishop Gainer made this decision after careful consideration of the recommendations from public health officials, and out of great concern for the health and well-being of the faithful, our clergy and parish staffs, given the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

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March 12, 2020

Bishop Gainer Grants Dispensation for Sunday Mass Obligation

The Diocese of Harrisburg, at the direction of Bishop Gainer, has requested that all parishes and institutions temporarily suspend the distribution of the Precious Blood by way of the Chalice and omit the exchange of peace, effective immediately. This decision was made out of an abundance of caution due to the serious nature of the influenza virus this season and due to public concerns regarding the Coronavirus. The Diocese often asks parishes to suspend the sign of peace and distribution of the Precious Blood during serious flu seasons. This temporary suspension will be lifted once medical professionals indicate the high risk has passed.

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March 2, 2020

Bishop Gainer Temporarily Suspends Distribution of the Precious Blood, Omits the Exchange of Peace

The Diocese of Harrisburg, at the direction of Bishop Gainer, has requested that all parishes and institutions temporarily suspend the distribution of the Precious Blood by way of the Chalice and omit the exchange of peace, effective immediately. This decision was made out of an abundance of caution due to the serious nature of the influenza virus this season and due to public concerns regarding the Coronavirus. The Diocese often asks parishes to suspend the sign of peace and distribution of the Precious Blood during serious flu seasons. This temporary suspension will be lifted once medical professionals indicate the high risk has passed.

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December 18, 2019

Christmas Letter from Bishop Gainer 2019

Dear Friends in Christ,

As Advent hymns give way to Christmas carols, we cannot help but think of the song of the angels at Bethlehem 2,000 years ago: “And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly hosts praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men  (Luke 2:13-14).” It is a scene that returns again and again to our imaginations as we sing the music of this holy season to remind ourselves of the promise of Christmas.

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June 24, 2019

Bishop Gainer Reflects on June USCCB Meeting

My dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I recently returned from the General Assembly meeting for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and I am encouraged by the progress that was made during this meeting. Many topics were discussed, but at the forefront of our discussions were ways to hold   bishops accountable for abuse and/or negligence in reporting abuse.

This past year has been a very difficult one for our Church and I wish to share some of the important steps that were taken during this meeting.

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April 17, 2019

Bishop Gainer Announces Clergy Changes for Diocese of Harrisburg 2019

Bishop Ronald Gainer and the Diocese of Harrisburg recently announced changes to clergy assignments. These changes will take effect June 17, 2019. Every year, Bishop Gainer, working with the Priest Personnel Board, makes assignment decision for the Diocese’s clergy in an effort to meet the needs of our parishes and fulfill the mission of the Church.

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