The Book of the Month - May
"The Book of the Month series here at Our Lady of the Visitation Catholic Church is a faith formation opportunity for anyone at anytime! 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. With the current restrictions, there will be a Zoom meeting to hear a summary and then discuss the book towards the end of each month, and you can simply join the email list to receive this Zoom meeting information by contacting the office. You can certainly join the Zoom meeting even if you didn't read part or any of the book, and the basic summary and Q&A will be published afterwards on our Facebook and YouTube webpages. Reading books is one way God can transform our hearts! God Bless you, and let's pray for each other during this time! - Fr. Ben Dunkelberger."
Since we are now entering into the month of May, which is traditionally a month dedicated to Mary, this month's book by Fr. Michael Gaitley is a beautiful introduction to growing in our devotion and understanding of Mary. Fr. Gaitley uses four saints and their lived relationship with Mary and life of holiness, Pope St. John Paul II, St. Teresa of Calcutta, St. Maximilian Kolbe, and St. Louis de Montfort, in order to lead us into a greater understanding of how Mary is praying for us in heaven and so deeply desires to lead us to her son, Jesus. This book is ideally meant to be read over the span of 33 days, and it ends with the encouragement to consecrate yourself to Mary. This simply means that we would entrust ourselves over to Jesus through the prayers of Mary. We will have the discussion on this book on Wednesday, June 2nd at 7:00 pm. 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!
May – 33 Days to Morning Glory - Wednesday, June 2nd at 7:00 pm on Zoom.
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Parish Office Hours:
Monday - Thursday
Knights of Columbus & Ladies Auxiliary Scholarship
Applications for the Our Lady of the Visitation Knights of Columbus and Ladies Auxiliary Scholarship are now available in the back of the church or you may download an application by clicking here. Any high school senior who is a member of OLV parish and will be attending an institution of higher learning this fall is eligible to apply. Completed applications must be submitted by June 7, 2021.
Diocesan Young Adult Day of Reflection
The Young Adult Day of Reflection is June 12, 2021 at St. John Neumann Parish, Lancaster. If you are a Catholic Young Adult, or a non-Catholic who has some interest in the Catholic Church, and are 18-39 years old, this day is for you! The theme is: To Jesus through Mary. Father Benjamin Dunkelberger, Pastor of Our Lady of the Visitation Church, Shippensburg, and the Catholic Center Chaplain at Shippensburg University will be the Retreat Leader. There will be two spiritual talks by Fr. Dunkelberger, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with Benediction, recitation of the Rosary, opportunity for Confession, and the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. There will also be some time for solitude and quiet reflection. Light breakfast fare and a catered lunch are included in the registration cost, which is $15 per person. To register, see the following link: https://hbgdiocese.formstack.com/forms/young_adult_day_of_reflection. Registration Deadline is June 8 at 4 pm.
The 43rd Annual Men’s Retreat, sponsored by Corpus Christi Parish, will be held on the July 30-August 1 weekend on the beautiful campus of Mt. St. Mary’s University, Emmitsburg Md. It is open to all men in the Diocese, age 14 and older. MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW, so you’ll remember this weekend to renew your spirit, and His love in your life. Father Michael Rothan, Chaplain, Bucknell University, will lead us this year. Reservations require a minimum of $60.00 deposit and should be made early to ensure a room is held for you. Check the vestibule for more information and/or contact Tom Bradley at 717-331-6312.
Please mark your calendar for Saturday July 10th. The parish will be hosting a mini retreat from 9am-3pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.
More information will be coming.
5:00pm 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: Tuesday at 6:15pm & First Friday from 7:30am-8:30am
40 Hours Retreat and Adoration
This year we will be having our 40 hours retreat for the parish on Sunday, May 30th through Tuesday, June 1st. The Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist is the very source and summit of our faith because it is Jesus himself, His body, blood, soul, and divinity. The 40 hours retreat is a powerful opportunity for us as a parish to first pray and encounter this reality in silent prayer and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament as well as in the evening retreat reflections throughout these three days. Our retreat master for this year will be Fr. Matthew Cannon, who is the parochial vicar of Holy Name of Jesus parish in Harrisburg! Fr. Matt served here as a seminarian a number of years ago, so we are very excited to have him return to lead us in reflections of our faith during this parish retreat.
Silent prayer with Adoration begins with Exposition on Sunday, May 30th immediately following the 11:00 am Mass, and all events will take place in the Main Church. See bulletin for more information.
The month of May is dedicated to the honor the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Holy Rosary is one of the most popular devotional prayers among Roman Catholics worldwide. For the past year the Harrisburg Diocesan Council of Catholic Women has led the Rosary (virtually) every Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. As an expression of our faith and deep devotion to our Blessed Mother, we warmly extend an invitation for all to join us as we come together to pray the Rosary. There will be special guests who will lead a decade of the Rosary. If you have a Marian Shrine in your home, perhaps you would like to share pictures during the May calls. For more information to log-in, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the group list. We look forward to praying with you."
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