Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Each October, the celebration of World Mission Sunday leads us to the heart of our Christian faith – leads us to mission, as Pope Francis explains in his message for this year’s celebration on October 22.
Joining their voices in prayer and lending their honor of the Blessed Mother to strains of Marian hymns with hundreds of clergy, religious and lay faithful, the bishops of the dioceses of Pennsylvania concelebrated a solemn Mass at St. Patrick Cathedral in Harrisburg Sept. 27 to consecrate the state’s Catholic dioceses to Our Lady of Fatima in this 100th anniversary year of her apparitions.
In his 67 years as a priest of the Diocese of Harrisburg, Father Walter Sempko cultivated the faith lives of countless people as a parochial vicar, priest and chaplain, and did so through his work ethic, his Marian devotion and his love for the Church.
At age 12, while visiting Padre Pio of Pietrelcina during a school trip to San Giovanni Rotondo, Fortunato Grottola squeezed the hand of the friar, who bore the wounds of Christ. Young Fortunato pressed so hard that his thumbs entered the sores of the stigmata on the priest’s palm.
The community of Our Mother of Perpetual Help School in Ephrata is sharing the good news of Catholic education there, as educators, students and parents celebrate its 60th anniversary.
“Bridges” is a welcoming and inclusive Catholic faith community at St. John Neumann Parish in Lancaster, designed for those living with an intellectual or developmental disability and their families/caregivers, regardless of religious affiliation.