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Mychal's Message is accepting donations through Christmas, 2018, for it's 17th annual distributuon of new underwear and socks to the homeless.  A donation of $9.11 will provide a "Blessed Bloomers" package to a homeless person living on the streets.  Tax deductable donations may be mailed to Mychal's Message, PO Box 6404, Lancaster, PA  17607 or made on line at  For information contact Sharon at 717-203-0746.


Prepare your heart and mind for Christ this Advent with resources available at You will find daily suggestions for prayer, reflection, action and blessings that can be used during the Advent Season.  A lists of Advent Penance Services and the top Christmas movies from Catholic News Services is also on-line at  May this Advent Season be blessing for you and yours!


The Office for Family and Respect Life of the Diocese of Harrisburg requests that you mark your calendars to attend two very important pro-life events on Sunday January 20th :

First, A respect for Life Mass, 9:30 AM at Good Shepherd Church, Camp Hill.  Fr. Stephen Kelly, Chaplain to the post-abortion ministry Rachel’s Vineyard will be the celebrant and homilist.

The second is the March For Life Baby Shower, supporting local pregnancy resource centers, 2 to 4 PM at Holy Name of Jesus Parish, Harrisburg.  The day includes traditional baby shower games, refreshments and fun.  To RSVP for this event and for more information call Kathy at 717-448-8899.



St. Theresa’s Annual Beef and Beer Fest, supporting their sports programs will be January 20th.  For sponsorship opportunities or for tickets email Kristi at 


Catholic men and women are needed to volunteer for a prison ministry team to visit Dauphin County and Camp Hill.  The commitment is about 3 hours monthly. Call Terry at 717-512-0144 for more information.


Are you choosing a school for your child? Consider Catholic Schools. To find out more contact a school near you by using the school finder at  You’ll be happy you did!


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.


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.


There are many more spiritual, volunteer, event, and educational opportunities throughout the Diocese of Harrisburg.  Do you want to find out where they are? Go on-line to the Catholic Witness Newspaper at 

VocationsQuo Vadis and Fiat Days

Information for Quo Vadis and Fiat Days for 2019 will be posted when the information becomes available.



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.


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!


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.


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