Grief Support Group Begins May 1st

Parishioners who have experienced the loss of a loved one are invited to
participate in a five week Grief Support Group program on Wednesdays,
beginning May 1 until May 29, 2019.  The meetings will be held in Emmaus Room 109 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

This program is based on the Grieving with Great HOPE series developed by John and Sandy O’Shaughnessy.  Facilitators are gentle, caring individuals who themselves have experienced the loss of a loved one.

Light refreshments are built into the schedule for relaxed fellowship. Participants need not attend all sessions. Pre-registration is not required but requested for planning.

If interested, please contact the parish office at 717.564.1321 or  parish@sclhbg.org

New Parishioner Meet and Greet

Are you new to Saint Catherine Labouré Parish? Our staff and organizational leaders would love to meet you! Please join us for an informal social on Sunday, April 28, 2019 from 12:30 p.m.—1:30 p.m. (after 11:30 a.m. Mass) in Leo Hall. Members who have joined the parish since November 2018 should have received an invitation in the mail, however all are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served.

Families are welcome. Please reply by Tuesday, April 23 to Kathy Panza at kpanza@sclhbg.org or call 717.564-1321 x 133. We look forward to seeing you!

Divine Mercy Sunday Holy Hour

The Saint Catherine Laboure Council of Catholic Women is hosting a Eucharistic Holy Hour of Prayer on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 28. A showing of “I Can Only Imagine” will take place at 12:45 in  Emmaus Room 109.

We will proceed to the Shrine Church at 2:00 p.m. Our speaker will be Mrs. Eva Gontis. The Holy Hour will include Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, confession and the praying of the Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3:00 p.m., the Hour ofDivine Mercy. All are welcome to attend!

Important Announcement: Priest Changes at Saint Catherine Laboure

 

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ Jesus:

This Lent we have traveled the Road to Redemption together to the solemn celebration of the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus during the Easter Triduum.  The Lenten journey reminds us that we are all pilgrims making our way to our ultimate destination – Eternal Life with God in Heaven.   Sometimes we walk together, sometimes on our own.  Some people journey with us along the way for a time and then their journey leads them to another point on the path.  As we walk with Jesus this Holy Week, I share with you some important news about my own path and Father Coyle’s path of priesthood and where our walk with Jesus is leading us.

In the second reading today, we hear that Jesus is obedient.   Priests are configured to Christ in a special way and share in His life by our ordination promises of prayer, celibacy, and obedience.   Obedience is lived out particularly in our “yes” to the Bishop regarding priestly ministry assignments.   This “yes” will involve Saint Catherine Labouré Parish this year.

To meet the needs of the People of God, Bishop Gainer, in consultation with the Priest Personnel Board, has announced a number of priest appointments and transfers.  These changes are being announced earlier than usual this year to help with preparations and transitions.  They are being announced in the parishes involved this weekend.

Bishop Gainer has appointed me the Pastor of Good Shepherd Parish, Camp Hill effective June 17, 2019. I have been blessed to have served two assignments here at Saint Catherine’s.   First, as a Parochial Vicar for four and a half years from 2002 to 2006.   Then, in 2010, I was humbled to return and serve as your pastor for the last nine and a half years.  Fourteen years of my twenty-two years of priestly life have been shared with and enriched by you, the amazing people of this amazing parish.  These fourteen years have been filled with countless graces, growth, renewal, joy, and happiness.  You have nurtured me with your goodness, holiness, and love.  We have worshiped, worked, and celebrated; laughed, cried, and mourned; served, shared, and grown – together.   We have prayed, believed, and lived as disciples – together, as a parish family.

Even in saying “yes”, I am still taking this news in and processing it. There are many emotions and thoughts in my mind and heart right now and I’m searching for the words that completely articulate how much you and this parish mean to me.  Over the next two months, I hope to be able to fully express my profound love and thanks to all of you.  Please know my heart overflows with gratitude. I am so grateful for your love, kindness, support, and patience.  I also ask your forgiveness for any way I have fallen short or missed the mark because of my humanness. You have been so good to and for me.  The journey we have shared together at Saint Catherine’s will strengthen and inform the next phase of my service to God and the Church. For that, I am eternally grateful.

Father Coyle will also transition to a new assignment.  Bishop Gainer has appointed Father Coyle the Pastor of Saint Paul the Apostle Parish, Annville and Campus Minister at Lebanon Valley College effective June 17, 2019.  We have all witnessed Father Coyle’s tremendous gifts and the joy he brings.  The Bishop recognized it too and has entrusted him with a wonderful first pastorate.  It has been a magnificent blessing for me to be with Father Coyle these past two years.  He has been – and will continue to be – a real brother and true friend.

Bishop Gainer has named Father James Lease the next pastor of Saint Catherine Labouré Parish.  Father Lease is currently the pastor of Saint Joseph Parish, Danville and the Director of the Diocesan Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs.  He is a good, holy priest.  You will love him and he will love you! The new Parochial Vicar will be announced in June.

We will have much time to pray, talk, and be together over the next two months.  This will be a very special Easter Season here at Saint Catherine’s with new life and new beginnings. There is much to do, enjoy, and celebrate.  Let us continue to pray for and with each other during this holy time.   God has great things instore for all of us.

With every best wish and prayers, I am

Yours in Christ,

 

Father Neil Sullivan

Easter Egg Hunt April 20

Saturday, April 20, 2019
10:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.  Parish Pavilion

The SCL Council of Catholic Women and Knights of Columbus are sponsoring an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 20 at 10:00 a.m. at the Parish Pavilion. The egg hunt is for children ages 3 to 10 years old, with age specific groups.  Other activities include games and face painting.  We hope you will join us for a fun filled morning!

 

Discounted Hershey Park Tickets Available

Purchase your Hersheypark tickets today, and save 49% off the regular admission price of $69.80 (ages 3 plus).  Our discount  price is only $35.50.

Also available, Meal Tickets for $11.99, Prepaid Parking Passes for $7.50, and Snack Vouchers for $3.50.

Orders due by Monday, April 29, 2019.

Place your order today in the parish office by cash, check or credit card, or place your order online. There is a minimal convenience fee for credit card and online orders.

Download the paper order form here.

Checks payable to Saint Catherine Labouré Parish.

 

Final Fish Fry for the year on April 12th!

LAST CHANCE TO JOIN US FOR FRIDAY NIGHT LENTEN FISH FRY DINNERS

APRIL 12, 2019
4:30 P.M. — 7:30 P.M.
MURRAY HALL

If you haven’t been able to enjoy our fabulous Fish Fry this is your last chance (until next year.)!

Dinner Platters include:
 Deep fried beer battered Pollock
 Baked Swai fillet (mild white fish)
 Deep fried beer battered Pollock bites (for the smaller appetite.)

All dinners come with choice of French fries, baked potato or macaroni and cheese, plus choice of Cole slaw or applesauce and a dessert. We are also featuring home made pierogi dinner served with choice of Cole slaw or applesauce, plus a dessert.

You may dine in with family and friends or take out to friends and neighbors.

Through March 29, we have served over 1100 dinners! Help us surpass our goal of 1500 dinners for our first year.

An added treat is homemade chocolate eggs. We will be selling milk chocolate peanut butter, dark chocolate peanut butter, and dark chocolate coconut eggs at the fish fry.

We’re still accepting donated baked goods. You may drop them off in the narthex beginning 9:30 a.m. on Friday.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Attend the Chrism Mass with us!

Join us at the Chrism Mass on Monday, April 15, 2019 at 5:00 pm at the Cathedral of Saint Patrick.  Seats are still available on the bus that will depart Saint Catherine’s at 4:15 p.m. and return immediately following with dinner and fellowship in Leo Hall.

Please click here to register or contact Deb at 717.564.1321 x 132 to sign up.

Parish Penance Service Thursday, April 11

The Lenten Penance Service is a special opportunity for us to prepare and renew our hearts for Easter with the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation.  Several priests from the area will be here to celebrate the Sacrament with us by hearing our confessions and sharing with us Jesus’ forgiveness.

Thursday, April 11, 2019
7:00 p.m.
Shrine Church

There will be several Priests available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation:

Fr. Donald Bender
Fr. Philip Burger
Fr. Joshua Cavender
Fr. Paul Clark
Fr. Kevin Coyle
Fr. David Danneker, VG
Fr. Samuel Dubois
Fr. Samuel Houser
Fr. Javed Kashif
Fr. Edward Keating
Fr. Michael Metzgar
Fr. James O’Brien
Fr. Edward Quinlan
Fr. Kenneth Roth
Fr. Alfred Sceski
Fr. Paul Shuda
Fr. Kenneth Smith
Fr. Chester Snyder
Fr. Neil Sullivan, VF