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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.

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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.

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May 21, 2020

Parishioners Overjoyed in Returning to Mass as Churches in “Yellow” Counties Re-Open

A facial covering couldn’t mask the joyful expression on Puanani Griffith’s face as she and her husband Ed returned to Mother Cabrini Church in Shamokin on May 17.

The Northumberland County church was one of 13 that re-opened for public Masses that weekend, alongside churches in Montour, Snyder and Union counties. They were deemed by Governor Tom Wolf to be in the “yellow” phase of gradual re-opening.

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May 12, 2020

Lancaster Catholic High Senior Earns Scholarship for Artwork Portfolio

Lancaster Catholic High School senior Ziyi (Sunri) Song earned the 2019 CX Carlson Scholarship, as announced by the Red Raven Art Company in Lancaster.

Song was judged on her entire 2019 portfolio, which included works titled My Lunch, Green Vase and SummerVibes. Song also worked on an animation project in which she worked primarily on the school’s new Wacom Cintiq creative pen displays.

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May 11, 2020

St. Joseph Church in Lancaster Consecrated to Patron

St. Joseph Church in Lancaster was consecrated to its patron saint on May 1, the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, during Vespers and a Holy Hour.

Father Allan F. Wolfe, pastor, said, “Continuing the observances for our 170th anniversary as a parish, it brings me much joy to consecrate our parish to St. Joseph! During this unusual pandemic year, many bishops and priests are consecrating their dioceses and parishes to St. Joseph, asking him to intercede on behalf of the Church and the whole world. St. Joseph is very much one of THE saints of our time, and we need his intercession now more than ever.”

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May 6, 2020

2020 Golden Apple Recipients

The Diocese of Harrisburg has announced the seven Catholic school educators who are recipients of the Golden Apple Awards for 2020. The annual program recognizes educators for their outstanding devotion to Catholic schools and the students they teach. The awards are based on nominations from school principals, parents, students and fellow teachers, and symbolize an educator’s professional excellence, leadership, commitment to Catholic values, and devotion to teaching in Catholic schools.

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April 29, 2020

Bishop Leads Live Rosary for Carlisle Students

Bishop Ronald Gainer led the community of St. Patrick School in Carlisle in an online Rosary on April 8, connecting in real time through the Zoom video conferencing app. Nearly 130 students, teachers, parents and staff joined in praying the Rosary, which the school has prayed every morning on the app since the statewide closure of schools in mid March.

From his office at his residence, the bishop led the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary as the community asked the Blessed Mother’s intercession to keep them safe, to heal those who are suffering from COVID-19, and for the protection of medical staff, first responders and other essential personnel.

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April 23, 2020

St. Joan of Arc School Raises More than $8,000 to Feed Medical Staff

St. Joan of Arc School in Hershey has launched a Meal Donation Program to benefit their local hospital, the Penn State Hershey Medical Center. The private, Catholic elementary and middle school is collecting donations from school families and community members in order to buy meals from local restaurants to feed the healthcare workers at the Med Center. In less than 48 hours of the program’s launch on March 31, the school raised more than $8,000, enough for 700 lunches for medical staff.

This program is beneficial because it not only helps to support the workers at the Med Center, but it also supports local small restaurants that are struggling right because they have been shut down for dine-in services during the coronavirus pandemic.

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