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St. Rita Parishioners Unite for Parish Centennial

Rooted in a faith foundation grown a from a small chapel in the pastoral land of southern Franklin County a century ago, the Catholic community at St. Rita Parish in Blue Ridge Summit is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Several decades before St. Rita Parish was formally established, Catholics…

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2019 Matthew 25 Grants Awarded

Food. Clothing. Shelter. We may often find ourselves taking these three basic needs for granted, never having to wonder when we will eat again and where we will sleep. But for far too many men, women, children and families throughout the Diocese of Harrisburg, these three basic needs are challenging…

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Bishop Gainer Appoints New Chancellor

Barbara Roth has served the Diocese of Harrisburg’s Tribunal office for 40 years. She has worn many hats during this time; secretary, office manager, case manager and advocate are all titles she has carried. But as of July 1, Roth can add another “hat” – chancellor. “Last week, Bishop Gainer…

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Giving Life for Love

Some time ago, I was listening to Catholic radio and the host told the following story that is worth repeating. A young couple, Patricia and Tom, with a four year old named Jimmy, excitedly waited for the birth of another child. Unfortunately, Patricia went into premature labor, and their little…

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Resurrection School Announces New Principal

Jeffrey Hughes will take over as principal of Resurrection Catholic School in Lancaster at the start of the 2019-20 school year July 1. Hughes was most recently superintendent of South Eastern School District in York County. He previously served as principal of Manheim Central High School from 2010 to 2017.…

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The Sacred Heart

Some time ago, while I was teaching in the Bronx, a Redemptorist priest from Japan who was staying in the rectory and studying in Fordham University came to the convent for Mass. It was the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Most feast days within the Church’s calendar are…

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