• The “Lititz 5K for Life and 1 mile Fun Run Walk”supporting Lancaster County pro-life ministries, will be Saturday October 19th, 7 AM, St. James Catholic Church , Lititz.  To register or for details call Kara 717-575-7072.


  • Come to ChiliFest &Cook-Off, October 19, 11 AM to 2 PM Holy Spirit Church, Palmyra for good food and fun!


  • The Harrisburg Cursillo Movement is holding its annual Grand Ultreya, 9AM, October 26th,  at the Diocesan Conference Center.  Register by October 21stby calling Roseann, 717-248-4328 (Oh – and bring a spiritual book for the book swap!)


  • Catholic Charities’ annual “Come and See Dinner” benefiting their residential maternity, recovery and shelter programs will be October 23rd at the Diocesan Center, Harrisburg.  Featured guest speaker will be the famous EWTN personality and bestselling author, Teresa Tomeo!  To purchase Tickets or for information call Chris, 717-657-4804, ext. 284.


  • Holy Spirit Parish, Palmyra is hosting the motion picture “Unplanned” in Agape Hall, October 26, 7 PM, Admission is free.


  • The Pentagon band concert and dinner show will be held at Lebanon Catholic School, October 26th, 5:30 to 10:00 PM. To purchase tickets, call Bob, 717-507-6508 or the parish, 717-272-5674.


  • A Holiday Craft Fair, sponsored by the Corpus Christi Council of Catholic Women will be held November 2nd, 8AM to 3PM, Corpus Christi Parish Center, Chambersburg. For more information contact Kathy at 717-352-7354.


  • The Program “Beginning Experience” is conducting a weekend at Camp Hebron, Halifax, November 8th to 10th for those suffering the loss of a spouse with the goal of providing help, healing and spiritual restoration. For information call Julie at 717-379-0800.


  • Saint Anthony of Padua Church will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar November 9th and 10th in the Resurrection Catholic School cafeteria, Lancaster. For complete information contact Livia at 717-299-6617.


  • Our Lady Help of Christians Council of Catholic Women is holding a Christmas Bazaar, November 9th, 9AM to 3 PM at our Lady’s Social Hall Lykens. Questions?  Call Carol at 717-362-3039.


  • Saint Catherine Laboure Knights of Columbus is holding an Indoor Yard Sale Saturday, November 9th, Murray Hall, 8 AM to 12 Noon.  Make your table reservations now by calling Bill, 717-564-1520.


  • 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


  • A solemn high Traditional Latin Mass will be celebrated every Sunday at 1:30 PM at St. Joseph’s Parish, Lancaster.  For more information visit


  • All are invited to join St. Joan of Arc’s pro-life committee every 1st Friday 6:00 - 7:00 pm in the St. Lucy Chapel praying for all the innocent unborn children lost to abortion.


  • 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)


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


  • 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 Thought for Ordinary Time (Time after Pentecost)

Perhaps this is a good time to examine who or what it is we really serve.  Your friends at  Holy Family Radio suggest that we, and you, meditate on the Gospel of Matthew 6:24-33 and St. Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians 5: 16-24.  These passages of Holy Scripture teach us that there are two masters that we cannot serve at the same time: The flesh and the spirit.  The spirit, or grace, given us by the Holy Ghost, inclines us to supernatural and holy things.  The flesh, or man with his bad and carnal instincts, makes us commit all manner of sins.  Even our temporal interests should be attended to without exaggerated preoccupation, for such anxiety offends our Father in Heaven.

Galatians 5: 16-24:

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you would. But if you are led by the Spirit you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are plain: immorality, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger, selfishness, dissension, party spirit, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and the like. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

Matthew 6:24-33

“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O men of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.

VOCATIONSQuo Vadis and Fiat Days

Quo Vadis Days is for all young men ages 15 – 25 who may be discerning a vocation to priesthood or religious life.  Quo Vadis Days for 2019 has already taken place. Quo Vadis Days for 2020 will be posted here when the information becomes available.  Of course you can always call the Office of Vocations at 717-657-4804, for information on the priesthood.

Fiat Days is for all young women ages 15 – 25 who may be discerning a vocation to religious life.  Fiat Days for 2019 has already taken place. Fiat Days for 2020 will be posted here when the information becomes available.  Of course you can always call the Office of Vocations at 717-657-4804, for information on Religious Life. 



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.



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!


Prison Ministry

Prison Ministry Volunteers are needed for prison ministry including 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


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