Daily and Sunday Mass Update

As counties across Pennsylvania begin to see Covid-19 restrictions lifted, the Diocese of Harrisburg has produced guidelines to help our parishioners and parishes return to active, in person faith lives.  

So if you plan on attending Mass in person familiarize yourself with these guidelines by going on-line at H B G Diocese dot Org ( ) and follow the links on the home page.  Check with your local parish as well.

In any event, the Diocese strongly recommends that those who are sick, have compromised immune systems, or considered more vulnerable, continue to remain home at this time.  

The dispensation from the Sunday Mass obligation is still in place.  Mass livestreams are available via video and radio.  Don’t forget that Mass is live-streamed right here on Holy Family Radio every day at 8 AM.


  • Daily and Sunday Mass are available from EWTN right here on WHYF Radio at 8 AM and 1 PM, Comcast channel 291 in the Harrisburg area, and on-line at  Traditional Latin Mass is available on  And, Check with your parish too as they may have resources to stay connected.


  • The Diocesan website, , will have resources by which the faithful can continue to keep holy the Lord’s Day, a Health Alerts page for the most up-to-date information regarding the Diocese’s response to COVID-19, including a listing of Diocesan event cancellations and postponements, and additional COVID-19 prevention measures and recommendations.


  • The annual Corpus Christi Men’s Retreat, will take place online, Saturday, Aug. 1, 8AM to 3:30PM.  Father Luis Rodriguez, pastor of Corpus Christi Parish in Chambersburg, will lead the virtual retreat.  Register free of charge at  To join in the live retreat on Aug. 1, go to the Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church YouTube Channel.


  • After years in the making, Saint John Neumann Catholic School will open for this coming school year (2020/21).  A pre-K through eighth grade school, Saint John Neumann Catholic School will open its doors in August.  To learn more about Catholic education in the Diocese of Harrisburg, visit


  • Resurrection Catholic School in Lancaster will hold its annual Golf Outing on Sept. 15 at Meadia Heights Golf Course.  For information on registering, or being a sponsor, contact Amanda at 717-475-6330.


  • Women of Grace studies and events at Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Harrisburg begins this autumn with “The Rosary: Your Weapon for Spiritual Warfare.” To find out more about this study group and other Women of Grace events, contact Chris at 717-379-6041.


  • Rachel’s Vineyard retreats in are for women and men struggling with grief and loss from an abortion. The next retreat is scheduled for September in Columbia.  For more information contact Becky at


  • 15-decade Rosary for Life, every third Saturday of the month following the 9 a.m. Traditional Latin Mass at St. Lawrence Chapel, Harrisburg to pray for an end to abortion. For information, contact Chris, 717-432-5415.


  • Can you spare three hours a month to assist in a prison ministry at Dauphin County, Camp Hill Prison or Keystone Work Release? No experience necessary and orientation will be provided. Call Bob: 717-571-4217.


  • Project Rachael opens the door to compassion and healing to both women and men suffering in the aftermath of an abortion.  No matter what you are feeling you are not alone.  For confidential care after an abortion call 717-857-2282.  Project Rachel: Peace starts here.


  • You can help Catholic Charities' Foster Care Program by donating unused car seats and booster seats (Note: thay must be new).  Better still, consider becoming a foster parent.  To donate or to explore the possibility foster parenting call Nicole or Kathy at 717-564-7115.


  • Parents interested in obtaining home schooling support in the Classic Catholic Tradition through Regina Caeli can contact Candice at 717-476-4054.  The Academy information is at


  • If you are hurting after abortion, consider attending a weekend Rachel's Vineyard Retreat!!  For information go to  or call 877-HOPE-4-ME (877-467-3463)


  • 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.


  • Mychal’s Message seeks to meet the basic needs of the homeless while restoring dignity with love.  To learn more visit or call Sharon at 717-203-0746.


  • 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.



A Prayer for Peace of Mind

Throughout history the Catholic Church has faced persecutions, epidemics and even worse. Even so, as Jesus promised, the Church has survived.  Today it is as if history is repeating itself: pandemic, violence in the streets, and culmany issued against Christians.  For our own safety and peace of mind, we must remember that we are in Jesus’ loving hands holding us closed to His most Sacred Heart.  We place our hope and trust in Him.  Let us, therefore, pray a prayer to His Sacred Heart for peace of mind in this time of trial (Prayer from the Sacred Heart Southern Missions):


Sacred Heart of Jesus,

I place all my trust in you 

knowing that you love me, 

care for me,

and will never abandon me. 


I want to be like Mary,

who, in spite of her sorrows and great pain, 

was able to enjoy peace of mind

in the midst of her suffering,

confident that God was at her side

to give her courage. 


Help me to know

that my suffering and pain too will pass, 

as you guide me along the right path 

and that only goodness and kindness 

will follow me all the days of my life. 


Jesus, heal my heart

and grant me peace of mind. 



Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us. 

Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.

St. Joseph our protector, pray for us. 

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us.


(And remember to pray your Rosary everyday to stay on Jesus' and Our Blessed Mother's team!)


VOCATIONSQuo Vadis and Fiat Days

Quo Vadis Days is a time of recreation, fellowship, prayer, and discussions to help young men ages 15 to 25 explore our Lord’s call to the priesthood or religious life.

Fiat Days is a retreat for young Catholic women ages 15 to 25 who want to learn more about consecrated life, to deepen their faith, and to better discern God’s call in their lives. 

Unfortunately due to the pandemic these events have been cancelled.  But there is an alternative.  You can talk to a vocation director and receive advice on the discernment process.  Just contact the diocese of Harrisburg’s vocation office at 717-657-4804 ext. 282. OR email your questions to vocations 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!


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


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