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The Arms Proper

The Parochial Arms for the church of Saint Catherine Labouré of the Diocese of Harrisburg in the commonwealth and the ecclesiastical province of Pennsylvania are unique to the parish, no one else may ever adopt or assume them as their own and yet because the rubrics of the Catholic Church require that parishes have a coat of arms that depict images directly associated with the titular saint or patron of that place, the arms of St. Catherine Labouré must naturally incorporate images found on the Miraculous Medal which had been first entrusted to her by the Blessed Virgin Mary.  With this said, the exact image on the Miraculous Medal may not be assumed by anyone as it is owned and protected by the Congregation of the Mission and the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul.  And so, with this said a new shield had to be created but at the same time it had to be one that was immediately identified with the titular of the parish.

The shield of the new parish coat of arms incorporates four images found on the Medal, the Marian monogram, the stars from Sacred Scripture (as ascribed to Mary in the Apocalypse: 12-13), and the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary side by side.  These emblems speak for themselves in the Catholic world and take no new significance in this parish design.  As emblems, known in heraldry as charges, these are the closest images associated with St. Catherine Labouré.  The shield is worked in blue and in gold.  Gold represents the Divinity of the Trinity and is the most precious of all metals and the most important in Catholic heraldry.  Upon this gold field is found the Marian cipher, a letter “M” surmounted by a Christian Cross, an image presented to St. Catherine by the Virgin Mary Herself.  It is worked in Marian blue as it represents the BVM specifically.

The blue field above represents the Blessed Virgin, of course, but more so in Her title of Our Lady of Grace.  Upon this field will appear the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, linked theologically as Mary always stood beside her Son.  They are rendered in gold to elevate them to the importance of their place in the Church. These two images associated with the Miraculous Medal are surrounded by the twelve stars that surround Mary’s head as a halo in many Marian images, most definitely those associated with Her as Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal as seen on the obverse of the medal itself.  Both hearts suffer and bleed for the world.

The shield has been divided by a device known in heraldry as per chevron embowed.  This device creates a center peak inside the shield.  There is no spiritual or theological purpose for this division line in this parish design; it was selected by the designer for beauty and balance more than anything else.

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Welcome To Saint Catherine Laboure Roman Catholic Church

 

Whether you are visiting online, planning to come experience the beauty of our Shrine, or searching for a Spiritual home; we hope you will find Saint Catherine Laboure' Parish to be a welcoming community of Catholic Christian witnesses who daily live out the Gospel.

 

Nestled in the heart of Central Pennsylvania, Saint Catherine Laboure Church receives visitors from around the world who are uplifted by the beauty of the shrine and prayerful atmosphere created in our liturgies. Because of our status as the Shrine of the Miraculous Medal, the parish reflects a special devotion to Our Lady in prayer and liturgy.  May Mary, conceived without sin, intercede for us and for all who join us in prayer.      

 

Reverend Neil Sullivan, Pastor

Weekend Masses

Saturday (Vigil) 4:30 pm

Sunday: 7:30, 9:30 & 11:30 am  
7:00 pm

 

Weekday Masses

Mon. - Fri. 6:45 & 9:00 am

Saturday 9:00 am

 

Confessions

Saturday: 3:30-4:15 pm and
6:00-6:30 pm

Sunday: 8:45-9:15 am

Monday: 7:30 pm

 

Miraculous Medal Novena

Mondays at 7:00 pm

 

 

Parish Office Hours

Monday- Friday: 7:30 am to 5:00 pm

Saturday: 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Sunday: 8:30 am to 12:00 pm

 

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On the weekends of June 20/21 and June 27/28 we conductd an in-pew and online parish survey to ask for your feedback on the priorities identified by our parishioners engaged during a Concept Study who looked at what should be addressed in a possible Refurbishment Project for our Shrine church.  Much thought and prayer went innto discerning the needs of our building and grounds to provide the Shrine Church the loving attetion it needs and deserves.  716 parishioners responded to this survey.

 

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Parish Mission | October 18-21

Father Lawrence A. Rice, CSP, Presenter

 

Father Rice is currently the director of vocations for the Paulist Fathers, as well as director of Saint Mary's on the Lake Retreat House in Lake George, NY.  He is a nationally known speaker, has produced media for Catholic radio, and television and has won the prestigious Gabriel Award for his Catholic radio news show.  He is a regular contributer to the "Busted Halo" radio show on Sirius Radio with his "Facts of Fath" feature.

 

Read Father Rice's complete bio here.

 

We are thrilled that he will be with us for our mission.  Please plan to attend any or all of the evenings.

Calendar of Events

 

Wednesday, August 26- SCLS School begins for Grades 1-8

Monday, September 7 - Labor Day  Parish Office is closed: no school, Adoration or Novena

Saturday, September 12 - Parish Leadership Retreat

Sunday, September 13 - PREP begins

Sunday, September 20 - New Parishioner Meet & Greet - 12:30 pm

Sunday, September 27 - Papal Mass in Philadelphia

 

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