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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.


EWTN contributor and bioethicist, Rev. Tad Pacholczyk, and, award winning author and legal consultant to the Patient Rights Council, Wesley Smith, will discuss “The Problem of Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide” at the Eden Resort, Lancaster, October 24th, 7 PM.  Sponsored by the Order of Malta.  Questions? Contact


Sister Joan Noreen, EWTN Host of “Eucharistic Journey,” will lead a retreat at the Ave Maria Retreat House, Doylestown, November 2nd to November 4th.  For more information call 610-582-3333.

St. Ann Byzantine Catholic Church on Locust Lane in Harrisburg is holding a Craft Show, November 3rd, 9 AM to 3 PM.  All are invited.


The Tribunal of the Harrisburg Diocese will present the Catholic teaching on marriage, divorce and annulments.  Anyone interested in the teaching and process is invited to the Diocesan Conference Center, November 5th, 7 PM.  For information call 717-657-4804, extension 304.


On November 5th at the Diocesan Center, Harrisburg, the topic of “A Christian Response to Violence will be discussed.  The event runs from 9 AM to 3 PM.  To attend or for information go 

A “Beginning Experience” Weekend for those suffering the loss of a spouse through death, divorce or separation will be Nov. 9th  to 11th , Camp Hebron, Halifax.  For information contact Julie, 717-379-0800 or Eva, 717-495-9586.


The Harrisburg Cursillo Movement invites everyone to the Grand Ultreya celebration, October 27th, 9 AM to 3 PM at the Diocesan Conference Center, Harrisburg.  To attend, call Roseann at 717-248-4328.


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.

VocationsQuo Vadis and Fiat Days

Information for Quo Vadis and Fiat Days for 2019 will be posed when the informations 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.

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

The Shining Light Thrift Shop, a clothing ministry of the Cathedral of St. Patrick is an inner city ministry assisting individuals who are in need of clothing and domestics. This all happens because of your generous donations. 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