• St. Patrick Church Carlisle will hold an Outdoor Mass, September 27th, 11 AM in the school parking lot. Bring your lawn chairs or listen in your car via radio. A food truck event after Mass, Noon to 3 PM. For more details go to 


  • A Silent, Directed 24 Hour Retreat, presented virtually by Lois Landis Miller from 7:00 pm, October 2nd to October 3rd.  Pray, and then meet privately for one individual session with a spiritual director to discuss your experience of God in prayer. For details, call (570)275-0910.


  • The Diocesan Virtual Conference for Women Featuring Catholic writer and speaker Emily Stimpson Chapman, October 17th from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM.  For information go to


  • Golf tournament benefitting Misericordia Nursing and Rehab Center, October 16th, Heritage Hills, York.  For more information, call 717-894-5385


  • 40 Days for Life Fall Campaign in York, September 23rd to November 1st on the sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood, South Beaver Street, York. For more information or to sign up contact Tom at 717-235-8833. 


  • The 16th Annual Catholic Charities Shelter Shuffle 5K Run/Walk will occur October 10th in a virtual format.  Register by September 21st in order to receive an event shirt – the supply is limited. For more information, including online registration or donations, visit Proceeds benefit the Interfaith Shelter for Homeless Families in Harrisburg. 


  • Upcoming Women of Grace studies and events at Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Harrisburg. Fall 2020: “The Rosary: Your Weapon for Spiritual Warfare.”   December 12th: Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Rosary, Mass, and Eucharistic Adoration.  Winter 2021: Women of Grace Foundational Study. For more information, contact Chris at  717-379-6041.   


  • Diocesan Mass for Young Adults, October 3rd, 7 PM, St. Catherine LaboureĢ Church, Harrisburg. Celebrated by Bishop Ronald Gainer. Young adult Catholics in their 20s and 30s are welcome and encouraged to attend. 


  • If you listen to Holy Family Radio you are probably a fan of Mother Angelica, the founder of EWTN.  But did you know that there is a “Mother Angelica Tour & Museum?”  Well there is!  In Mother’s home town, Canton, Ohio!  For information visit and call 330-492-7018 to plan your visit.


  • 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.


  • 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.



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.


St. Therese of Lisieux’s Prayer for Priests

O Jesus, eternal Priest, keep your priests within the shelter of Your Sacred Heart, where none may touch them.

Keep unstained their anointed hands, which daily touch Your Sacred Body.

Keep unsullied their lips, daily purpled with your Precious Blood.

Keep pure and unearthly their hearts, sealed with the sublime mark of the priesthood.

Let Your holy love surround them and shield them from the world’s contagion.

Bless their labors with abundant fruit and may the souls to whom they minister be their joy and consolation here and in heaven their beautiful and everlasting crown.



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