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 […]
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 […]
The Diocese of Harrisburg extends its gratitude for the generous donations that the people of Central Pennsylvania and area the parishes donated to the special Collections for Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma Relief that were taken up in recent weeks. The total amount collected for both was $1,109,062.30. The total for Hurricane Harvey Relief was […]
The Catholic Church wants to hear candidly from youth and young adults on the topic of their faith. To do so the Diocese of Harrisburg and the Vatican have both released surveys. The responses will be incorporated into a working document for bishops when they gather next year at the Vatican. Links to the surveys are online at www.HbgDiocese.org/synod2018.
On Saturday, June 3, Bishop Ronald W. Gainer will ordain Joshua Cavender, Kevin Coyle and Michael Metzgar to the Priesthood. The service will begin at 10 a.m. in St. Patrick Cathedral, 212 State Street, Harrisburg, PA. Bishop Gainer will be the principal celebrant and perform the Rite of Ordination during the Mass. The Ordination Mass will be streamed live on the Diocesan website at www.hbgdiocese.org/live.
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.
May 13 marks the 100th anniversary of the Blessed Mother’s first of several appearances of three children in Fatima, Portugal. The message from Fatima is to pray the Rosary in order to obtain peace for the world, the conversion of sinners and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Several diocesan parishes will host events celebrating the anniversary of the first apparition.
Seven outstanding local Catholic school teachers and administrators have been selected to receive a Golden Apple award. It symbolizes a teacher’s professional excellence, leadership, commitment to Catholic values, and devotion to teaching in Catholic schools.