External Solemnity of St. Lawrence

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August 6, 2017

No Coffee & Donuts – Because of our Parish Picnic today, there will not be Coffee & Donuts after either Mass.

 Today – Feast of St. Lawrence & Summer Picnic – Our summer picnic is today, August 6th, at Siebert Park in Camp Hill following the 10AM Mass which will be the external Solemnity of St. Lawrence.

Directions from Mater Dei: Turn left on 2ND Street and then turn left at Forster to Harvey Taylor Bridge.  Once over the bridge go through the 21st Street light. Make the next right turn into Siebert Park. The tennis courts are on your right. Go past the courts and the playground and then go up the hill to the back of the park. Our Pavilion is on the top of the hill on your right.

Fall – Men’s Recollection – A Men’s Morning of Recollection will be given by Fr. Saguto FSSP on Saturday, October 7, 2017.  The Morning of Recollection will be open to all men including non-parishioners.

Meal Train – Still Seeking More Volunteers – We are starting a meal train for those in our parish who need meals – new mommas, those in an emergency, etc. If you are interested in helping cook occasionally or know someone who needs help, please e-mail Alyssa Showers at pianoteacher87@gmail.com

 Co-Op Classes & Choristers – This academic year Mater Dei will offer classes and our new Chorister program for children. Registration was last week, so if interested contact Dawn Forbeck ASAP at Forbecks@comcast.net

 Online Giving Now Available – You can now donate to Mater Dei online.  Go to our homepage at MaterDeiPA.com and click on “Donate.”

Feast of the Assumption  – August 15 – The Feast of the Assumption is a Holy Day of Obligation.  Our Mass times will be as follows:

  • 7:00am – Low Mass
  • 7:00pm – Low Mass with Hymns

Youth Group – Farewell to Graduates – Our next Youth Group event will be a farewell to all of our friends heading to college or who are moving onto the Mater Dei Young Adults group. Please join us on Saturday, August 19, 6- 9pm for organized games including disc golf and a talk by Father Franco followed by the rosary. Please bring a snack and a friend! The Youth Group is open to young people ages 13 – 18. For location details and more information contact us at youthgroup@materdeipa.com

YAG – Fall Events Lining Up – For the fall, the young adult group (ages 18-35) will be  increasing our events to twice per month.

  • Next Friday August 11th,we start with Mass at 6:30pm, then proceed downstairs for pizza and board games. Please bring a non-alcoholic beverage and a donation for pizza.
  • Saturday August 26th, we will meet at Adam Ricci Park at 2pm for soccer and/or volleyball; bring your own water.
  • Friday, September 8th, 6:30pm Mass. Then food and games downstairs.

We also have a new Facebook group: Mater Dei Harrisburg Young Adult Group, where this information will be posted. We are looking forward to seeing everyone!  Send questions to Fr.Franco@MaterDeiPA.com

Men & Women Sought for Mixed Choir

Sung Masses will begin again on September 10, and Music Director Patrick Torsell is forming a mixed choir to complement the schola.

The mixed choir is open to men and women of the parish interested in applying their voices for the Glory of God, and provides a rich opportunity to engage socially with like-minded Catholics. Formal musical training is not required to sing with the choir; but the ability to match pitch is necessary, and reading music (or a keen capacity to follow the notes and learn by ear) is required.

As the choir develops, it is hoped that the repertoire will grow to include many of the beautiful polyphonic works of the great composers such as Victoria, Palestrina, des Prez, Tallis, and many others.

The men’s schola is responsible for chanting the Propers of the Mass, while the mixed choir will sing processional hymns, the Ordinary of the Mass, along with chants and polyphonic works for Offertory and Communion. The schola and choir will rehearse together once during the week (day TBD), plus a warmup and run-through before each Sung Mass. The first rehearsal will be the week of August 28.

If you are interested in joining the choir and/or schola, or if you have any questions, please contact Patrick Torsell at Music@MaterDeiPA.com right away so that the ideal rehearsal day for the group can be determined.