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August 14, 2016

Coffee and Donuts – All guests from other parishes are welcome to join us after the 10AM Mass for coffee and donuts.

Fr. Flick Transfer – Fr. Flick is being assigned to the FSSP apostolate in San Diego.  His last Sunday with us will be August 28.  Please join us in the parish hall after the 10AM Mass  on August 28 to thank Fr. Flick and say goodbye.

Feast of the Assumption—Aug 15 – On Monday, August 15, is the Feast of the Assumption.  Although normally a Holy Day of Obligation, it is not this year.  However, we will have an additional Mass in the evening.  Our Mass schedule for August 15 will be as follows:

  • 7:10am—Low Mass
  • 7:00pm—Sung Mass

Rosary for the Unborn – Following the 8AM Adoration and 9AM Mass on Saturday, August 20, you are welcome to pray the Rosary in front of Hillcrest abortuary at 2709 N. Front Street, Harrisburg.  We pray on the 3rd Saturday of each month for the protection of the unborn.  Please join us and pray, united with our Lady, for an end to abortion and the closing of Hillcrest abortuary.

Confessions—Only One Priest on Sundays – Beginning in September, there will only be one priest at Mater Dei until next summer.  It will be difficult on Sundays for many Confessions to be heard as confessions will only be heard until 10 minutes prior to each Mass.  However, confessions are available prior to Mass every day of the week.  Please take advantage of these opportunities.

Friday Evening Mass Schedule – Because the Friday classes offered for children will no longer be in the afternoon, we are considering switching our Friday evening schedule so that Simple Adoration precedes Mass.  The schedule would be as follows:

Current Schedule:

  • 5:30: Low Mass
  • 6:15: Holy Hour

Proposed Schedule:

  • 5:30: Holy Hour
  • 6:30: Low Mass

If you do or would plan to attend Mass and/or Adoration on Friday evening’s please let us know whether you prefer the current schedule or the proposed schedule, by emailing or calling the office.

Youth Group Field Day – Our next Youth Group event will be a Field Day with athletic and other outdoor competitions on Saturday, August 20th, from 6PM – 9PM.  The Youth Group is open to young people ages 13 – 18.  For more information contact us at

Catechism Registration – Registration for children’s catechism will be available starting Sunday, August 21st.  We will offer four classes: 1st Communion, Post-Communion, Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, & Confirmation.  Classes will be on Sundays from 9:10AM—9:45AM beginning September 18th.  If you have a child who you would like to enroll, but are not registered members of Mater Dei, please contact Fr. Eichman.  The cost is $45 for the first child and $20 for any additional.

2017 Confirmation Ceremony – Bishop Gainer will be conferring the sacrament of Confirmation on those currently preparing for this sacrament on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 11:00am.  Those with children who are not enrolled in our Confirmation Class should contact the parish office for verification that they are on track to complete all requirements and also to be placed on our confirmandi contact list.

Adult Convert Class – In September we are beginning a Convert Class taught by Fr. Eichman which will be held Tuesday evenings at 7pm in one of the classrooms behind the Church.  The class will run approximately 90 minutes, is designed to cover the basic teachings of the Church, and will use the Third Baltimore Catechism.  While designed for those entering the Church and adults who have not yet received the Sacrament of Confirmation, this class is open to all.

Fall 2016 Children’s Academic Program – Friday morning classes will be offered from 8:20AM – 9:10AM beginning September 16.  Church History will be taught by Fr. Eichman for ages 12 thru high school.  A Lives of the Saints class will be taught by parental volunteers for ages 7-11.  Registration forms are currently in the back of church.  These can be mailed to the church office or handed in at the registration table which will be set up on Sunday, September 4th, after each Mass.

Mass Intentions – On account of the large number of Mass intentions currently scheduled, we will not be taking any new intentions until later this fall.  When we begin taking intentions again, an announcement will be placed in the bulletin.