Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
“Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.” John 6:54-55
On June 19th of this year, a multiyear National Eucharistic Revival began in the dioceses across the United States. This revival is not another new program, but rather an intense, purposeful focus on the Real Presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist.
Recent studies have indicated an alarming trend that a small percentage of Catholics, possibly as low as 30%, truly believe that the Holy Eucharist is the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ. This is a fundamental teaching of our faith. Without the Eucharist, the real Body of Christ, we cannot be the People, the Catholics, nor the Church that we are called to be.
We believe that “the Eucharist is the ‘source and summit’ of the Christian life. The other Sacraments and, indeed, all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the Blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Pasch.” (CCC, 1324)
Today, our society is plagued with fear, doubt, war, hatred, and an overall indifference to the sanctity of human life. There is desperate need to experience the love and truth of Christ. Now, more than ever before, we need this belief of the Eucharist celebrated with renewed vigor in our parishes, Catholic schools, apostolates, ministries and programs. The Revival aims to do just that. Clergy, religious, laity, apostolates, movements, parishes and Diocesan leadership will work together with one common goal – to celebrate our faith in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist that all might come to believe.
Throughout the Diocese of Harrisburg, I am grateful to the many faithful who already commit themselves to Holy Mass and to Eucharistic Adoration. In a special way, I see the great love for our Eucharistic Lord alive in so many and invite you to join me in praying fervently for that love to fill the hearts of all Catholics.
As we begin the Diocesan phase of this Revival, I encourage you to frequent our www.hbgdiocese.org/eucharist and visit our app (MyParishApp – Diocese of Harrisburg) for the latest information on our Revival activities. We will be updating these platforms throughout the year, including ways you can be involved in this important work.
Together, let us respond to Christ’s invitation and open our hearts to Him, present in the Most Holy Eucharist. United in faith and invoking the intercession of Mary, the Mother of the Eucharist, let us pray this Eucharistic Revival bears fruit for the glory of God.
Sincerely in Christ,
Most Reverend Ronald W. Gainer, DD, JCL Bishop of Harrisburg
We are currently seeking candidates for a Parish Secretary position at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Lebanon. This person will be welcoming, providing administrative and office support, publishing the weekly bulletin and updating content on the parish calendar. In addition, the successful candidate will perform various clerical duties as needed to support the Pastor and the Director of Religious Education. Qualified candidates should possess a High School diploma, or a GED, have previous office experience, and be proficient with Microsoft Office, Excel, and Publisher. Applicants should possess strong organizational skills. Also, the successful candidate should have respect for and an ability to uphold Catholic Church teaching. To apply, please send cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 717-270-2734.
Our dear secretary , Pat Young is retiring in July. We wish her joy and health and rest!
NOTICE: Parking restriction
Beginning the weekend of April 23/24, parking will no longer be permitted in the parking lot on the west side of the old Wells Fargo Bank. (Note: where the drive through banking was) . The business that is located in the building (just west of Wells Fargo) has rented that lot and has indicated they will tow vehicles that park there. This has been made necessary because that business opens at 10:00 am on Saturday and Sunday. They are open till 6:00 on Saturday and Sunday. We are very sorry for this inconvenience.
Assumption Blessed Virgin Mary Live-streamed Mass.
The 10:30 AM Mass is now available to view on the St. Mary’s/ Fatima Facebook page for those unable to attend Mass in person. ( If inclement weather occurs, one of our other Masses may be recorded.)
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” ~ Isaiah 41:10
Please pray for those who are homebound, in nursing homes, or who are sick:
Please continue to pray for the Homebound and the sick.
Please continue to pray for the Homebound and the sick.
Darlene Gingrich, John Eck, Ruth Mish,
Charles McConnell, Patricia Barry, Anna
Walter, John Ritchey, William & Fred Eisenhauer, Rita Banko, Diana Stopinski,
Eleanor Houser, Catherine Lazorcik, Cecilia
Jordan, Genevieve Batdorf, Dolores Dishong, Penny Frank, Janice Burkholder, Charles Drake, Cole Emrich, Mary Faust, Stan Hartzell, Elizabeth Wile, Connie Bowman, Joseph Kury, Alene Swisher, Marion Kelly, Ed Wentzel, Jim Wentzel, Loretta Davis, Dianne Stott, Virginia Plumby, Melody Boltz, Lynette Heckard, Anna Shields, Megan Stefonich.
Please inform us in the parish office so we can publish the names of those who are sick in our parish bulletin.
Call the office at 717-272-5674 or place a note in the collection basket or fill out our online form here.
Prayer Request to be Published in Bulletin
These parishioners are sick or homebound. Please keep them in your prayers.
Prayer Request to be Published in BulletinThese parishioners are sick or homebound. Please keep them in your prayers.
Prayer request Update: Name Removal Form
The third weekend of each month is the designated date for collection of food for Lebanon County Christian Ministries (LCCM) and Jonestown Outreach Pantry (JOY). These community outreach centers really depend on your contributions. Keep your food items coming and thank you in advance for your generosity. Please remember the poor boxes when you leave Church as this money goes to help the poor who come to our door . Thank you so much and God bless you!
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