Bishop Ronald W. Gainer has announced his invitation to pastors to nominate men who wish to consider the Permanent Diaconate.
Approximately 20 men, and if married, accompanied by their spouses, will be admitted to a year of aspirancy (exploration and discernment) beginning January 2021. The program will last a total of five years. Participants will be selected taking into account projected needs of the parishes, ministries, and geography of the Diocese.
Nominees must be faithful Catholic men, between the ages of 35 and 62, Catholic for at least three years, if married, in a valid and stable marriage of at least seven years and known to the pastor of their parish. In addition, they must possess an undergraduate degree, or its equivalent, be able to undertake graduate level studies, and be gainfully employed.
Applications must be obtained from the parish pastor after an initial discussion with him. Applications cannot be obtained directly from any Diocesan office.
The Diaconate is an order of the Catholic clergy open to married and single men. As such, the Permanent Deacon is a member of the Church’s hierarchy, who is configured to Christ the Servant through the Sacrament of Holy Orders.
Applications for the Permanent Diaconate will be accepted until September 15, 2020. A rigorous interview process will lead to admission for the 2021 – 2026 program.
If you have a claim against the diocese, including , without limitation, a claim related to sexual abuse committed by any person connected with the Diocese, you must file a claim on or before the Bar Date, November 13, 2020.
Rachel A. Bryson
Executive Director of Public Relations
Diocese of Harrisburg
This year’s Fun Festival is now cancelled .
Stay tuned for other possible events.
Fun Festival August 21- 22 : now cancelled
Call Bob Mettley for more information
If the Mass you are attending is being requested by you or a family member, and you wish to participate in the Offertory Procession, please see the ushers before Mass.
THE SANCTUARY CANDLE
If you are interested in having the sanctuary candle burn before the Blessed Sacrament for a week for your intentions:
1) ABVM main church,
2) ABVM daily Mass chapel or 3) Our Lady of Fatima Mission
Please contact the parish office for available dates at 717-272-5674. The cost is $15.00