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The Bishop McDevitt Softball Coaching Staff will host a youth softball camp the weeks of June 19th and 22nd.  For information contact Coach Bowen at


Are you looking for good family fun with great food, music and games?  Come to St. Joan of Arc Church, Hershey for its Annual Parish Festival Thursday through Saturday, June 14th, 15th, and 16th, 5 to 10 PM.  For information go on-line:


The St. Thomas Moore Society of Catholic lawyers and judges is sponsoring a Feast Day Mass for their patron, Saint Thomas Moore, 9 AM, Friday, June 22nd  at Saint Catherine Laboure Parish, Harrisburg. 


Our Lady’s Missionaries of the Eucharist, Birdsboro, invites you to a very special Fatima Evening of Prayer for Peace and Protection of the World lead by Father Harry McCreedy, prominent Fatima expert and guide, July 11th, 6 to 8 PM. For information and registration call 610-582-3333.

It’s Parish Festival and Picnic time!  There is even a “Food Truck Fest”!  Be sure to consult The Catholic Witness Newspaper or on-line at and look under the News and Events Tab for dates and times.  

The Diocese of Harrisburg seeks a full-time financial controller. If interested send resume and cover letter to 


Children ages 3 to 10 can come to the Vacation Bible School, St. Rose of Lima Parish, York, June 25th through 28th, 6 to 8 PM.  Simple dinners for one dollar start at 5 PM.  Call 717-843-3043 to register.

Reverend Canon Jordan, the Postulator for the cause of the Servant of God, Father Augustus Tolton will speak on “the Suffering Servants of Faith”, Saturday, June 30th, 10 AM to 3:30 PM, Cardinal Keeler Center, Harrisburg.  The event is open to all.

This summer 30 Catholic missionary organization will share their experiences and seek support in parishes through the diocese of Harrisburg.  For more information call 717-657-4804.


The Interfaith Shelter for Homeless Families needs fresh fruits and vegetables, cleaning supplies, trash bags, and more. Donate at the Diocesan Center or the shelter, 120 Willow Road, Harrisburg.  Call 717-652-8740 before delivering.


For information on attending World Youth Day, Contact Robert Williams at the Diocese of Harrisburg – 717-657-4804.


Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Diocese of Harrisburg with Bishop Gainer and visit Ireland, the land of St. Patrick, the Diocese’s Patron Saint.  For a brochure, call 800-713-9800.


Join the St. Columba Voyagers as they travel in September to the Canadian Rockies and Glacier National Park. For more information, contact Dianne, 570-204-2082.


The Diocese of Harrisburg has several opportunities for adult Catholics to study and grow in the Catholic faith.  Among them is the “Kingdom of Happiness,” Jesus’ plan for our living the Beatitudes. For information call (717) 657-4804.


The Diocese of Harrisburg’s 2018 Adult Faith Formation Program is being offered on-site and via webinar.  Call Ryan at 717-657-4804 for more information.


Is there stress in your marriage?  Maybe a program specifically for married couples can help – It’s called Retrouville.  For confidential information call 1-800-470-2230.


VocationsQuo Vadis and Fiat Days

If you are a young man ages 15 to 25 you have the opportunity to spend some time with other young men who like you are discerning the voice of Jesus in their lives.  It is called Quo Vadis Days.  During Quo Vadis Days there will be talks and discussions, Holy Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, sports, games and great food.  Quo Vadis Days will be held from June 24th to the 27th at Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary.  To register before June 17, go on-line:  www.HBGDiocese.Org or call the Office of Vocations at 717-657-4804.


Fiat Days is open to all Catholic young women Ages 15 to 25.
Fiat Days will be held July 1st through 3rd at Mount Saint Mary’s University and Seminary, Emmitsburg, Maryland.  During Fiat Days there will be talks and discussions, Holy Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, sports, games, great food and more!  To register before June 24, go on-line: www.HBGDiocese.Org or call the Office of Vocations at 717-657-4804.




Pro-Life Mass

A Pro-Life Mass is celebrated on the first Saturday of every month at 8 a.m. at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church in Harrisburg. Following Mass, participants gather at Hillcrest Clinic, 2709 N. Front Street, Harrisburg, to pray the Rosary and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. Breakfast follows. Call 717-432-5415 for information.

Women of Grace Study Program

Looking for Facilitators. The Women of Grace Study Program is designed to teach women about God’s mission and purpose in life for them. It is taught in a group study format with video lectures by Johnette Benkovic, host of Women of Grace, to explore the gift of prayer, Sacred Scriptures, Church documents and teachings, the Catechism, the lives of women saints and the example of the Blessed Mother. No special training or academic degrees are necessary. Contact Chris Arnold, Regional Coordinator, at or 717-671-9256.

First Friday Eucharistic Adoration and Prayers

Will be held each First Friday at St. Matthew Church in Dauphin from 7–9 pm. Holy Mass - 7pm; Exposition and Prayers - 7:30 pm; Silent Prayer and opportunity for the Sacrament of Penance – 8 pm; Night Prayer followed by Benediction – 8:45 pm–9 pm For more information, call the St. Matthew Parish office at 717-921-2363.

Rosary for America and the World

A Rosary for America and the world is prayed every second Saturday of the month at noon on the square in New Oxford.


Parish and School News

St. Joan of Arc Young Adults Ministry

All young adults of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church between the ages of 21-35, married or single are invited to the Young Adults Ministry meeting on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month from 7-8:30 pm in Meeting Room C. For more information, contact John in the Youth Office at 533-1721 or at




Donations Needed For Interfaith Shelter

The Interfaith Shelter for Homeless Families (located in Harrisburg) is in need of the following donations: computer/copy paper, pens, Ziplock bags (gallon, quart, and sandwich sizes), napkins, paper towels, toilet tissue, Pine Sol, and bathrooms cleaners. For more information, contact the shelter at 717-652-8740. Thank you for your generosity!

Surrendering the Secret

Surrendering the Secret is a Bible-based 8-week recovery program for those who have had an abortion. The program is confidential. For more information, contact Diane at Morning Star Pregnancy Services 717-920-0411.

Little Flowers Girls Clubs

Little Flowers Girls Clubs in Adams County are accepting new members (Moms and girls ages 5 and up). The clubs use prayer, stories, activities and projects to learn about Saints and virtues, based on the spirituality of St. Thérèse, the Little Flower. For more information or to register, call Michele at 717-965-5381 for the group at St. Aloysius in the Littlestown area, or Katie at 717-576-0424 at St. Francis Xavier in the Gettysburg area.

Volunteers Needed

St. Anne’s Retirement Community in Columbia is seeking volunteers to transport Catholic residents in their wheelchairs to and from Sunday morning Mass at 10:30 am. Requested: 2 hours of volunteering once a month, from approximately 9:45 am -11:45 am. To volunteer, contact Ken Giovanelli, Director of Pastoral Care, at 717-285-6121, or

Prison Ministry

Prison Ministry Volunteers are needed for prison ministry communion services at Dauphin County Prison on Thursdays and Saturdays. Other days are also appreciated. Contact Deacon Jim Doyle (343-1102) or e-mail to volunteer.

Shining Light Thrift Shop

Shining Light Thrift Shop Celebrates 25 Years - St. Patrick Cathedral Parish, Harrisburg. A big thank you for your donations to the Shining Light Thrift Shop, a clothing ministry of the Cathedral of St. Patrick. We are celebrating 21 years as an inner city ministry. We have 38 free agencies who send us individuals who are in need of clothing and domestics. Each person receives approximately $170 worth of free clothing, etc. This all happens because of your generous donations. We are currently taking winter clothing and lots of other items. Questions, call Marianne at 234-2436.

St. Margaret Mary Thrift Shop

Check The "Great Deals" that St. Margaret Mary Thrift Shop (or Flea Market), Harrisburg has. Open the 1st Saturday of each month from 8:00 a.m.- Noon. Donations are always needed. Any questions, please contact the St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Parish Office at (717) 233-3062.

Read The Catholic Witness Online

Now You Can Read The Catholic Witness Online, wherever you go! Through a free e-mail service, you can receive the diocesan newspaper in an electronic format. Sign up for the e-mail service on the diocesan Web site at Follow the News/Events tab to The Catholic Witness page and click on Catholic Witness E-mail Sign Up. Once you complete the form, you will be added to our e-mail list. Each Friday that the newspaper is published, you will receive an e-mail with a direct link to the latest edition. Registration with the e-mail service will not cancel your mailed subscription. If you prefer to receive the online version instead of a copy in the mail, contact Circulation Coordinator, Susan Huntsberger, at

Interpretive Mass

Interpretive Mass for people who are deaf. St. John Neumann Church 601 E. Delp Road, Lancaster, PA. Please join us on the first Sunday of each month at our regular 9 o'clock Mass for sign language interpretation for people who are deaf. Please sit in the center aisle, front row, left side facing the altar so that you may be visually in line with the interpreter. All are welcome. Marilyn Hoffman, Parish Advocate with Persons with Disability 569-8531

Catholic Charities Specialized Foster Care Training

Does Your Heart Break when the news of the day highlights how the traumatic events in a family affects the lives of their children? Our foster care children are victims of these tragic events. Will you take a stand and help us in providing permanence for them? Please join us for our next Training Series at Catholic Charities Specialized Foster Care with people just like you, who need to know more before they are ready to become a support for these children. Let the children know they are wanted. Please call Jeff at (717) 564-7115 or (800) 777-7003 or email