Monday, March 16, 2020

Temporarily Masses Suspended and Churches Closed

Today and effective immediately until further notice, Bishop Ronald W. Gainer, out of great concern for the health of the faithful and in union with the Bishops of Pennsylvania, has temporarily suspended all daily and weekend Masses in the Diocese of Harrisburg. Additionally, Bishop Gainer has suspended all public liturgies and devotions, and has asked that all churches and chapels be closed, including all perpetual adoration chapels.

Bishop Gainer made this decision after careful consideration of the recommendations from public health officials, and out of great concern for the health and well-being of the faithful, our clergy and parish staffs, given the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

“For Catholics, the Eucharist is the source and summit of our life in Christ, strengthening us to remain firm in our faith as we journey through this life. Making this difficult decision to temporarily suspend Masses and close our churches was not made lightly,” said Bishop Gainer. “Rather, this decision has been made after careful discussions and considerable reflection on the advice being provided from healthcare professionals. I deeply care for all those members of my flock. As chief shepherd, it is my duty to see to their spiritual health, and now in these challenging times, also to their physical welfare. I continue to pray for all those impacted by this virus, for our medical professionals caring for the ill and for all people facing these uncertain times. I also pray for the intercession of our Blessed Mother, Mary, health of the sick.”

A listing of live broadcasting and/or recordings of Masses from parishes throughout the Diocese is available on the Health Alerts page of the Diocesan website, Daily and Sunday Masses are also available from EWTN on Comcast channel 291 in the Harrisburg area, or online at

Additional resources for parishes and the faithful will be available, also on the Diocesan website, in the coming days. These resources will include ways the faithful can continue to keep holy the Lord’s Day.

Please visit the Health Alerts page of the Diocesan website,, for the most up-to-date information regarding the Diocese’s response to COVID-19, including a listing of Diocesan event cancelations and postponements, as well as additional COVID-19 prevention measures and recommendations.

In the coming days I will be looking for ways to bring you Jesus. I will be video taping my private Masses and posting them for you to join us spiritually throughout the day. Please stay tuned to our FACEBOOK page and Website during this time.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Important Parish Announcements

Important Announcements related to On-Going Parish Activities related to Coronavirus
(please read all)

Announcement #1:

Today and effective immediately until further notice, Bishop Ronald W. Gainer, in union with the Bishops of Pennsylvania, has dispensed the faithful of the Diocese of Harrisburg from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass. (Click Here to Read)

Despite the suspension of the obligation to attend Sunday Mass, all regularly scheduled masses will remain open to the public for those who wish to attend.
Bishop Gainer made this move out of great concern for the health and well-being of the faithful, their families, our clergy and parish staff, given the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Those still wishing to attend Mass are welcome, but are asked to be careful in their contact with others. The Diocese advises those who are currently ill, the elderly and those with a compromised immune system to remain at home.
In addition to the dispensation, the Diocese has also requested that all parishes suspend the sign of peace; suspend the use of holy water fonts; suspend the distribution of the Precious Blood by way of the Chalice; take great care when separating the Holy Eucharist into separate vessels by pouring the hosts from one vessel to another; frequently wash hands, especially for our Priests, Deacons and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion; and regularly wash and disinfect doorknobs, pews and other places of high contact.

Announcement #2:

Considering the directives from the Diocese regarding the dispensation of attending Sunday Mass until further notice, (see directives: Click Here)

Religious Education:

Religious Education Classes are canceled until after Easter. Classes will be scheduled to resume Sunday April 19th.
In preparation for Easter I encourage parents to bring their children to one of the scheduled reconciliation times.
Also, Confirmation scheduled for Wednesday March 25th is postponed.
Having conferred with Father Kuchinski a few moments ago, confirmation will be rescheduled and celebrated in our individual parishes with the pastors celebrating the sacrament.
I will be discussing this with Ms. Starceski and Mrs. Dietrich, and we will have a date for you by the middle of next week.

Meetings and Social Gatherings:

All meetings and social gatherings are cancelled until at least Friday April 3rd.
This includes all bible studies, Lenten programs, men’s and women’s groups, etc.
An evaluation on when to resume activities will be made that week. This is being done to make sure each area of the building is kept cleaned and sanitized regularly.

Church Masses, Confessions, and Devotions

As noted in the previous post, although the dispensation from Mass on Sunday is granted until further notice, regularly scheduled Masses, Confessions, and Devotions will be celebrated. Note: Devotions include, Stations of the Cross, Holy Hours, and the Adoration Chapel.

We have just installed four hand sanitizer stations throughout the Church
(1 by the side door off the main parking lot, and 3 in the back as you walk in the Church).


You are welcome to come to any Mass or devotions during the week and on the weekend. The Church will continue to be open for private prayer. We do not live in fear but walk in the light of faith.
For those unable to join us I invite you to please join us in spirit.

Watch the Mass online or on television. Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet, the Most Holy Rosary, and the Stations of the Cross and offer it for those who are sick.
Also consider the Spiritual Communion Prayer (Click Here)
Do not underestimate the power of prayer!

For those coming to Mass, offer your reception of Holy Communion and each Mass for those who are sick and suffering. 
Never underestimate the power of the Eucharist…for it is the Lord!

In addition, if you have symptoms of a Cold, Cough, or Flu in charity it is appropriate to remain at home.

Sincerely in Christ,
Fr. Keith Carroll

Sunday, March 8, 2020



Our Parish Lenten Study Program
“No Greater LOVE”

A Biblical Walk Through Christ's Passion

Can be Viewed Online
right from your Home.

Click Here to Learn How

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Lenten Companion

Lenten Companion with
Fr. Mark Toups
Weekly Mini-Reflections for Lent

As Lent begins and we begin a journey together, we want to say welcome! Lent is an opportunity for God to do something really special, personal and life changing in your life. Right now, God is looking at you in your heart and asking you
"Do You Want More?"
This Lent give God permission to speak to you about your heart!

Fr. Mark Toups, an experienced spiritual director, leads you inward to invite the Lord to heal those areas where you need it most.

Ash Wednesday
"Do You Want More"
16:45 Min

Week One: The Temptation in the Desert
" We find God with us in the struggle, and the temptation.
God wants to teach us how to resist."

5:30 min

Week Two: The Transfiguration
7:05 min

Week Three: The Samaritan Woman

Week Four: The Man Born Blind

Week Five: The Raising of Lazarus

Holy Week

Any Questions:
Contact Deacon Michael at or

Saturday, February 1, 2020

February - Month of Holy Family

In February, we celebrate the Holy Family—Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.
In sending His Son to earth as a Baby, born into a family, God elevated the family beyond a mere natural institution. Our own family life reflects that lived by Christ, in obedience to His mother and foster father. Both as children and as parents, we can take comfort in the fact that we have the perfect model of the family before us in the Holy Family.
Pray this Family Prayer during this Month:

Reflection: Click Below

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Remembering 9/11

There was a Darkness that set over New York City,  Shanksville, PA, & Wash DC. And a Horror that this was happening. But in the Midst of this Tragedy there was LIGHT. The LIGHT of OUR LORD shining through the People HE CREATED.
Spend 11 minutes on 9/11 Remembering this LIGHT that shown through the Darkness that Day! WE WILL NEVER FORGET all who GAVE THEIR LIFE AND OFFERED THEIR HELP FOR THE LIGHT!
View Video Below for an Example of this Light:

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Right Now in our Country we need to Remember who we Are and Bring this Light into our Country and World Today!

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019



Walking with Purpose
Walking With Purpose (WWP) is an exciting ministry transforming the lives of all women (single, married, mom’s etc.) in all age groups. WWP is a Scripture-based program that focuses on growing in knowledge as well as conversion of heart. It offers practical Bible teaching for modern situations through home study and small group discussion. 
St. Joseph Church, York is offering WWP beginning Thursday, September 19 at 9:15 am. They also provide childcare, and this year are pleased to offer Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) for children ages 3-6, an outstanding Montessori-based, hands on program for teaching our Catholic faith to young children. The CGS Program is Highly recommended by Deacon Michael.
For additional questions or to register, contact Leigh Oppedisano at (717)-578-6537 or
You can also visit for more information. Come and See how Walking with Purpose can help you grow in your relationship with Jesus!
If you are also interested in being a small group facilitator, please register asap so you can be prepared to so you can attend their facilitator training session on Sept 12th.

Interested in an Evening Session, please contact Deacon Michael at 717-347-7350 or to discuss options