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May 28, 2020

At Baccalaureate Mass, Bishop Tells Graduates to Strive for Ultimate Achievement as Disciples of Christ

Bishop Ronald Gainer’s message to the Class of 2020 opened with an honest recognition of their loss at the end of their senior year, and the words on many of their minds: It’s just not fair.

“It’s not fair that every graduating class gets to walk to Pomp and Circumstance, and the Class of 2020 graduates, minus the pomp and under the most unconventional circumstances,” he said.

“I recognize and I sympathize with you, that almost all of the normal senior activities – activities that you looked forward to for years – were lost during this pandemic. Even the normal informal opportunities to say goodbye to classmates and friends have vanished during this time,” he said.

Diocesan News, News\Events
May 28, 2020

St. Patrick School in Carlisle Continues Field Day, Talent Show Traditions Virtually

Every educator and parent knows the end of the school year brings a special kind of energy. Booked with parties and special events, it’s often frantic, fun and filled with tradition.

This year, end-of-year celebrations couldn’t take their normal shape, but it doesn’t mean they didn’t take place.

At St. Patrick School in Carlisle, the last few weeks of school normally features a talent show, field day and class celebrations. Staff members wanted to make sure the students, from preschool to 8th grade, had many of the normal opportunities, even if they took a different form.

Local Parishes and Schools, News\Events
May 28, 2020

Diocesan High Schools Celebrate Three National Merit Finalists

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an annual academic competition for high school students to receive recognition and college scholarships. Nearly 1.5 million students enter the prestigious competition each year in the hopes of becoming a National Merit Finalist.

This year, three Diocesan high school students have been recognized as finalists: Giana Abbas and Megan Gouldy of Trinity High School in Camp Hill and Susan “Joy” Dawson of Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg.

Local Parishes and Schools, News\Events
May 28, 2020

Spiritual Crumbs

Many years ago, when I was only five or six, my father found a tourist attraction very close to where we lived in northeast New Jersey that he thought my brother and I would like. This attraction was called Fairy Tale Forest. Here, the fairy tales were brought to life. You could meet all the heroes and heroines as well as the villains in each of the stories. There was a tour guide who would introduce actors playing these characters. Needless to say, to meet the Wicked Witch was a bit frightening.

One of the keenest memories I have of that trip was walking through the forest of Hansel and Gretel. I do not know if it was actually a tunnel that was painted to appear to be a forest, but all I do remember was that it was SO, SO dark. I can remember holding on to my dad’s hand quite hard. I was happy to see the bread crumbs that the two children left for us. I can remember bending over to see if the white objects on the ground were indeed bread crumbs. To my dismay, I found out that they were rocks that were painted white and glued to the ground.

Catholic Commentary, News\Events
May 28, 2020

Pennsylvania Catholic Conference Calls for Adherence to Governor’s Moratorium on Evictions

The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference responded May 27 to reports of residents facing evictions from their homes for not being able to pay rent during the pandemic. The PCC is urging the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to instruct all courts to continue to follow Governor Wolf’s moratorium on evictions.

“We urge compassion in all instances, but especially now, when people may have lost their livelihoods through no fault of their own,” said Eric Failing, the Executive Director of the PCC.

Catholic News from the Capital, News\Events
May 28, 2020

Diocesan Notebook – May 28

Fundraisers & Events

The St. Pauline Center in Kulpmont is lighting candles that can be purchased in memory of loved ones. While the doors of the center remain closed, volunteers are lighting candles offered for prayers for loved ones. A large candle can be lit for $5, and a small one for $1. Mail your selection and payment to the St. Pauline Foundation, P.O. Box 115, Kulpmont, PA, 17834.

Resurrection Catholic School in Lancaster will hold its annual Golf Outing on Sept. 15 at Meadia Heights Golf Course in Lancaster. For information on registering as a foursome, or if you would like to become a sponsor, contact Amanda Lyda at 717-475-6330. 

Diocesan Notebook, News\Events
May 28, 2020

Obituaries – May 28

The names of the following deceased persons have been submitted by their parishes. Please remember in your prayers the happy repose of these recently departed souls and the consolation of their loved ones.

News\Events, Obituaries
May 26, 2020

Deacon Martin C. Light, Sr.

Deacon Martin C. Light, Sr., 79, of Lancaster, died peacefully with family by his side on April 26, 2020. Born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late Martin L. and Carcena (Engle) C. Light and the beloved husband of Helen (Schreder) Light.

A 1959 graduate of J. P. McCaskey High School, Deacon Light worked in local banking for over 35 years. He was a volunteer with the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, American Heart Association, and St. Anne Parochial School.

News\Events, Obituaries
May 26, 2020

Father Joseph C. Carolin

Father Joseph C. Carolin, 79, of Chambersburg, passed away on Saturday, April 11, 2020, in the Chambersburg Hospital.

Born on Nov. 15, 1940, in Conshohocken, Pa., he was the son of Joseph and Mary Keller Carolin. An only child, he grew up in Lemoyne and graduated from Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg.

News\Events, Obituaries