Not willing to let go of your marriage?
Many couples continue to struggle in a marriage but are not willing to give up on each other. There is hope. Retrouvaille is a program designed to help struggling marriages regain their health. It helps a husband and a wife rediscover or re-awaken the love, trust and commitment that originally brought them together. The program is highly successful in saving hurting marriages, even bringing reconciliation to couples who have already separated or divorced. For more information about the September 10-12, 2021, Weekend for Couples, contact the registration team at 717-356-2185 or visit

The Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage in Honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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The Beginning Experience Team for the Harrisburg Diocese announces that they have booked Camp Kirchenwald, Lebanon, PA for a Beginning Experience Weekend, Nov 12-14, 2021.

The weekend is led by persons who have lost a spouse through death or divorce and are trained in facilitating a weekend. Each Beginning Experience Team is certified by the International Beginning Experience Organization.

Beginning Experience is your Church at work to provide help, healing and spiritual restoration. Check the Harrisburg Diocesan   WEB SITE: and go to marriage and family or check Information can also be obtained by contacting the Harrisburg Beginning Experience Team at phone 717-379-0800 or 

All CDC recommendations will be followed. Anyone sick will have to leave the weekend. The number of attendees for the weekend may be limited due to current COVID regulations. As with all Diocesan sponsored events, this program could be cancelled pending changing pandemic circumstances.

The Book of the Month for July & August

The Book of the Month series here at Our Lady of the Visitation Catholic Church is a faith formation opportunity for anyone at any time!  The book will be selected by Fr. Ben and published about two weeks before each month begins, and this gives everyone time to purchase it if they so desire for that particular month.  There is no commitment, and you may join in or choose to forego any month and at any time.  The meeting for each book is at the end of the month, and it will be offered both in person and on Zoom.  The details and reminder for each meeting are sent out via email.  To join this email list, please contact the office or myself directly (if you join this email list, there is no commitment to have to come to each meeting!).  You can always join the meeting even if you did not read the book, and the basic summary and Q&A will be published afterwards online.  Reading books is one way God can transform our hearts! God Bless you, and let's pray for each other during this time!  --                ​​

​This personal testimony of Fr. Walter Ciszek is one of my favorite books of all time!  The narrative follows a Pennsylvania native from Shenandoah, through a remarkable journey of training to become a missionary priest destined for Russia, his journey into Poland and then Russia during the beginning of World War II, and his eventual capture and imprisonment in Russia for over 20 years.  This book is written partly as a narrative of the story but much more focused on Fr. Ciszek's spiritual reflections on his experience.  His incredible passion and determination, honesty and authenticity about being broken down through this experience, and especially his deep spiritual insights into how God is always working for the good of our souls, will change how you view the world and bring you face-to-face with God's closeness, mercy, and transforming love.  Because this book is a bit longer than others (about 200 pages...even though I think it may read faster than other books) and because of my own schedule (among other things), I've decided to give us two months to read and reflect on this book before our final meeting, which means we will meet towards the end of August 2021.  I will be reaching out to maybe have a meeting with those interested towards the end of July, but I encourage everyone that can to read this book or even just come to this discussion because this story of suffering, hope, mercy, and faith is certain to help you on your journey.  God Bless you!

 Book Discussion Times and Dates: Please email or call the office to be put on the list and receive the Zoom meeting info towards the end of every month. 

The next meeting will be September 1st at 7pm.


Donations Needed for Interfaith Shelter for Homeless Families 
Interfaith Shelter for Homeless Families (a Catholic Charities residential program in suburban Harrisburg) is in need of the following donations: laundry detergent, Pine-sol, paper cups, and paper bowls. Donations can be taken to the Diocesan Center (4800 Union Deposit Rd.) or to the shelter (120 Willow Rd.) in Harrisburg. Please call 717-652-8740 in advance if bringing items to the shelter. Thank you for your generosity!

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                                       Interfaith Shelter Golf Classic  Monday, September 20th
Rescheduled because of the coronavirus pandemic, the 19th Annual Interfaith Shelter Golf Classic will take place on Monday, September 20th at Colonial Country Club in Harrisburg.  Registration starts at 11:30 a.m. with golf beginning at 1:00 p.m. The day includes a registration gift, a boxed lunch, practice area and putting green, 18 holes of golf (scramble format) with cart, and a buffet dinner after golf. Various team and skill prizes available as well as a fantastic sports memorabilia auction and other door prizes. Golfers of all skills and abilities are welcome. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Interfaith Shelter for Homeless Families.  Registration is $100 per player, and various sponsorships with additional benefits are available.  Visit or contact Christopher Meehan at 717-657-4804 or

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Monday - Thursday



Our Lady of the Visitation, Shippensburg

305 North Prince Street.  Shippensburg, Pennsylvania  17257-1321

(717) 532-2912                       Fax:  (717) 532-3905


A Day of Prayer for World Peace through Conversion will be celebrated at the National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, Emmitsburg, Maryland, on Thursday, August 5, 2021, the Memorial of the Dedication of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major. This year, to accommodate our brothers and sisters in northern tier of our Diocese, the planned start time is 10:00 a.m. 

Diocesan Camp at Kirchenwald

Volunteers Needed! The Diocesan Summer Camp for Adults with Developmental Disabilities is seeking volunteers to assist at its residential camp, August 15-20, 2021.  Of particular need this year are adult female volunteers who are able to remain overnight.  The camp takes place at Camp Kirchenwald in Lebanon County and serves the needs of approximately 30 adults.  The camp has been held annually for the past 35 years and is primarily dependent on volunteer support.  All volunteers are required to complete the Diocesan Clearance process and to provide proof of full vaccination from the COVID-19 virus (vaccination waivers may be granted).  Attendance at a brief training session prior to helping at camp is also required. There is no cost to volunteers; all meals, events, campground activities, etc. are included.  For more information or any questions, please contact Larry Kiley at 717-657-4804, Ext. 322, or email 

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by Fr. Walter J. Ciszek, S.J.


  • BAPTISMS: Your child becomes God's child in baptism. To request baptism for your little one, contact us.  We will help you.

  • WEDDINGS: Getting Married? Congratulations!  We want to help you have a successful and blessed marriage.  Give us at least nine months to help you prepare for this lifelong commitment.  Call or email us ASAP after your engagement in order to get started.

  • RCIA: Interested in Catholic Christianity? God is calling all to unity in the faith.  We would love to hear from your experience and walk with you on your spiritual journey back to God and His Church.  He awaits you with open arms! Contact us

  • THE SICK & HOMEBOUND: If someone is sick or homebound and needs the sacraments, please call the parish office for help.

 Saturday:                  Sunday:

  Saturday Vigil Mass - 5:00pm            Sunday - 8:00am & 11:00am


                            Daily Mass:   Tuesday – Friday 8:30am

                               First Saturday of the Month 9:00am

                           Confession:   Saturday 3:30pm – 4:30pm 

First Friday of the Month from 7:30am-8:15am

First Saturday of the Month from 8:00am-8:45am

                         Adoration:  First Friday from 7:30am-8:30am