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July 30, 2020

Musician at St. Joseph Parish in Mechanicsburg Shares Gift of Music with Two Published Compositions

From the choir loft at St. Joseph Church in Mechanicsburg, Randy Rhoades has shared his gift of music for several decades.

He has assisted with pre-school music activities and music for Vacation Bible School over the years. Currently, he is a member of the Sanctuary Choir and the director of the Contemporary Music Ensemble.

And now, he is sharing his musical gifts beyond the church sanctuary.

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July 22, 2020

Hospitality from the Front Porch: St. Anne’s Adapts Lunch Program to Continue Serving Nearly 200 Each Day

When Chris Whalen received an e-mail in mid-March that St. Anne Parish’s Brown Bag Lunch Program in Lancaster would be ceasing operations due to the pandemic, her heart sank.

Whalen is a 15-year volunteer with the ministry, which was been providing free lunches to people in the Lancaster community five days a week for more than 30 years.

Handing out lunches through the Dutch door adjacent to the parish’s kitchen for so many years, she’d come to know many of the recipients. And she knew how vital the ministry had become to the people it served.

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July 16, 2020

Excitement Swells in Catechumens at St. Peter’s in Elizabethtown, Even through Virtual RCIA Classes

The joy and exuberance among the instructors and catechumens in the RCIA Class at St. Peter Parish in Elizabethtown is undeniably palpable – even though the group members are miles apart.

The caring community they’ve formed through prayer, reflection and study over Zoom, coupled with the anticipation of receiving the Sacraments next month, beams from their four-inch faces populating the “gallery view” of the online videoconference platform.

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July 15, 2020

York Native and Mount St. Mary’s Senior Named Röpke-Wojtyła Fellow

Rachel Lyter, a senior business major and theology minor at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md., is one of 15 students nationwide to be awarded the Röpke-Wojtyła Fellowship for 2020-21. The highly-competitive Röpke-Wojtyła Fellowship, sponsored by The Catholic University of America, educates future Catholic intellectuals and business leaders in social thought, especially as it pertains to society, economic systems, business and religion and in regards to Catholic social thought.

Lyter is a graduate of York Catholic High School, and a member of the Fan the Fire 2019 York Youth Ministry Team. She is a parishioner at the Mater Dei community in Harrisburg.

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June 11, 2020

Education Department Awards Ray Tyo Scholarship to Nine Students

The Diocesan Secretariat for Education recently awarded nine Diocesan high school students with the Ray Tyo St. Ferdinand Scholarship. The scholarship was founded by Mr. Ray Tyo in gratitude for his Catholic education. It is made available to students who graduate from a Catholic high school in the Diocese and who wish to attend a Catholic college or university. The foundation provides a scholarship of $1,000 per semester for four years of undergraduate study. Applications are made available to the guidance offices at Diocesan high schools in the fall, and the school nominates the students for the scholarship to the Foundation Board.

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June 10, 2020

Harrisburg Catholic Elementary School Teacher Earns National Crystal Apple for Classroom Innovation

Sara Wrightstone’s fifth-grade classroom at Harrisburg Catholic Elementary School is a student-centered combination of faith, hands-on activities and the challenge to meet their potential.

In the course of a normal school year, there are ancient history lessons that involve the mummification of hotdogs, language arts activities on iPads, and science experiments with rain gauges in the school yard.

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June 4, 2020

St Joseph’s Church, Hanover, Adds Striking Crucifix to Sanctuary

A few days before Pentecost Sunday, an 11-foot crucifix was raised and mounted on the right side of the sanctuary at St. Joseph Church in Hanover. The old adage, “Easier said than done,” was never truer in this major engineering feat, which was expertly completed by Conewago Enterprises on May 28.

Originally planned to be installed prior to Easter, the Covid-19 pandemic delayed the project, according to Mgsr. James Lyons, pastor. The current church was built in the 1970s, and its sanctuary is flanked by a massive brick wall in which a large statue of the Good Shepherd is center mounted over the altar. To remove this depiction would have involved substantially altering the foundation of the church building, so the decision was made to add a large crucifix to the right to augment the sanctuary above the tabernacle.

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June 4, 2020

Good Shepherd Announces Suspension of School Operations

In September of 1953, the doors to Good Shepherd Catholic School in Camp Hill opened for the first time. Through the more than 65 years since then, the school has seen thousands of students pass through its doors. As was announced this week, the doors to Good Shepherd Catholic School will close permanently for grades first through eighth this month. After a time of transition, an early learning academy for pre-K and kindergarten students will open in 2021.

Father Neil S. Sullivan, pastor of Good Shepherd Parish, said this decision was made after considerable effort, discussion and prayer. Decreasing enrollment and the financial stress it brings, along with the unexpected COVID-19 pandemic, left the parish with little choice.

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June 1, 2020

Cooking up Comfort at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

A contactless seafood chowder meal cooked up by volunteers at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Mechanicsburg earlier this month was the perfect way to offer community outreach and make use of the parish’s food supply from its Lenten dinners earlier this year.

The Bayley Seafood Chowder Meal – Bayley is the maiden name of Elizabeth Ann Seton – was the idea of parishioner Chris Uvick and his team of volunteers as a means of using the remaining frozen seafood for a good cause. Donning masks and ensuring safety in the parish kitchen, the team chopped the ingredients for a hearty seafood chowder meal, complete with crackers, rolls and cookies. They packaged the meals for contactless drive-through service as community members pulled their cars up to the church portico for delivery.

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