Beyond our Parish: Retreats and Opportunities

RED MASS: The Most Reverend Timothy C. Senior, Bishop of Harrisburg, will be the principal celebrant for the Annual Diocesan Red Mass on Thursday, September 28, 2023 at 5:30 p.m. at the Cathedral Parish of St. Patrick, Harrisburg.  The Most Reverend Ronald W. Gainer, Bishop Emeritus of Harrisburg, will be the homilist.   At the Red Mass, lawyers, law students, judges, lawmakers, and public officials gather together to pray for God’s wisdom and guidance in their pursuit of justice.  The Red Mass originated in medieval England at the time of King Edward I, when the twelve judges of the High Court attended Mass as a group on the opening day of the judicial calendar.  Today, the Red Mass coincides with the time period in which the U.S. Supreme Court begins its new term.  The Saint Thomas More Society of Central Pennsylvania, an organization of Catholic lawyers, sponsors the Red Mass each year.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend! 

2023 CURSILLO GRAND ULTREYA: The Diocese of Harrisburg Cursillo Movement will host its Grand Ultreya for English and Spanish speaking communities on Saturday, September 30, at the Diocesan Conference Center (4800 Union Deposit Road, Harrisburg). Doors open 8:00 a.m.;  Holy Mass 9:15 a.m. with Bishop Ronald Gainer. Cost is $20 (includes lunch). Please register by September 25th. You can pay at the door, or through PayPal at  If paying by check, please make it payable to the Harrisburg Cursillo Movement and send to: Lisa Rowe, 208 Wilbur Street, Liverpool, PA 17045. For help or more information, email or call 717-736-3866. Bring your spiritual books for the Book Swap!

JOIN US FOR THE PENNSYLVANIA MARCH FOR LIFE! Join St. Joseph Parish, Danville on Monday, October 16 to participate in the PA March for Life! Bus will leave from St. Joseph School at 7:15 a.m. and return around 3:30 p.m. We will participate in morning Mass at 9:30 a.m. at St. Patrick Cathedral, followed by a Prayer & Praise Gathering. The Rally starts at 11:00 a.m. on the steps of the Capitol and culminates with a peaceful march around State Capitol grounds. We’ll leave by 2 p.m. to return home. Please contact St. Joseph Parish at 570-275-2512 to reserve your spot on the bus now. Cost is $5.00 per person. To carpool to St. Joe’s or ask a question, call Rhonda at 570-441-3732.

A solemn novena for St. Jude Thaddeus, an Apostle and Patron Saint of Hope and Hopeless Causes, will be held at Our Lady of Hope Church, First and Chestnut Streets, Coal Township, on Thursday, October 19 to Friday, October 27 (9 consecutive days).  The novena will begin at 6:30 p.m. each evening. An opening novena Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, October 19, Very Rev. Michael Heine, OFM, Conv., Provincial of Our Lady of the Angels Province, will be the celebrant; on Wednesday, October 25; Bishop Senior will be the celebrant and bless the new icon of St. Jude; and on Friday, October 27, the closing Mass, Father Emmanuel Vasconcelos, OFM, Conv. will be celebrant.  On the other nights of the novena, there will be prayers, a brief reflection, music, and the veneration of the true relic. Please join us. All are welcome

SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR MISSION TRIP TO MEXICO:  The Franciscan Sisters of the Divine Providence, with the support of the Diocesan Secretariate of Catholic Life and Evangelization, are in search of tradesmen and tradeswomen willing to assist them in improving their convent facilities. Projects include concrete work, carpentry and painting. This journey is a continuation of trips by parishioners from  Hanover, York and Lancaster, led by Father Joseph Gotwalt and now by Father Michael Reid. Mission trip location is the Convento Franciscano Tlalixtaquilla, Guerrero, Mexico, January 16-27, 2024. Please text Mary Reid Graci at 717-756-9689 for info.

PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND – LENT, 2024: Please join us on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land from March 1-10, 2024, with Fr. John Szada, priest of the Diocese of Harrisburg.  Join us as we travel to Bethlehem, Jericho, Cana, Nazareth, Galilee, Mount Tabor, Jerusalem and more. Pricing includes: Basic Tour and Guided Sightseeing, Round-trip International Airfare, Entrance Fees, First Class Hotels, Daily Breakfast and Dinner, Deluxe Motor Coaches, Hotel Gratuities and more!  Price from Philadelphia is $4,196, Pittsburgh is $4,246. Other departure cities available. Please call for price. For more information or to register, please visit or call 1-800-213-4295.

Hits: 87

St. Columba Catholic Church