Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
Join us as we celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary on Tuesday, Dec. 8. Masses will be celebrated at 7:15 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at Shalom Lutheran Church, with the 7:15 a.m. Mass also being streamed on Facebook Live.
This day when we commemorate the Blessed Virgin Mary being conceived without sin is a Holy Day of Obligation for Catholics.
Baby Roman prepares to celebrate his first birthday after his mom, Monica, made a life-giving decision.
Each Wednesday, we'll bring you stories of how people have found faith relevant to their everyday lives and how they are sharing the faith with others. We invite you to share your story with us, too! Just send us an email with your name and story. For past stories, we invite you to check out our Witness Wednesday archive.
Recognizing and acting upon God’s still, small voice proved to be a truly life-giving decision for Monica, one of Dcn. Glenn Ridder’s patients.
The year of 2019 felt like I was losing myself but I also found myself and a new love by the end of the year. I found myself countless nights praying to love myself, praying for someone to truly and holy love me. Little did I know my prayers would be answered in the most special, life changing way.
The day I read, “pregnant” on my pregnancy test, my eyes filled with tears as a million thoughts ran through my head. Pregnant. The whole thing was blurry, well, because it was unplanned. I called my partner and he was in disbelief also because, at the time, he was not ready to take on this lifelong journey. Although this was unplanned, my mind was in shambles. A little piece of me felt ready but still scared. We meet up the next day to talk and share each other’s thoughts. A few weeks later, we ended up at Planned Parenthood. The entire drive, something in me just didn’t feel right. We were in the lobby and the girl at the desk took my partner's payment. It ended up being declined. Finally, after a few tries it went through.
The nurse called my name to go back to the room where I got an ultrasound. Gel on my stomach and a teeny tiny heartbeat flashed on the screen above me; a thud sound was beating. I saw my baby for the first time–which looked more like a fuzzy bean on the screen, but tears fell from my face anyway. At that moment, I knew what I was about to do was not the right choice. We moved into a different room where the nurse explained the three sets of pills I was to take–one in the room and two the next day. She handed me the pill, and I almost felt pressured to take it because my partner and I had driven four hours out of town, and the nurse was in front of me with the pill in her hand. As I swallowed the pill, I was thinking of ways to stop it. We headed back to my partner’s, and from there, I had to drive two hours back home. As I was driving, I sobbed, feeling so much regret, Googling, and looking for ways to undo what I just had done. I came across a website discussing the reversal process, and immediately I called the phone number where I was in contact with a nurse who looked for doctors around my area who could help. She was so nice and texted me to keep me updated and told me not to lose hope. I was paralyzed with the fear that it was too late. As I waited, I prayed for a few hours for it not to be too late to save my pregnancy. The nurse finally texted me and connected me with Dr. Glenn Ridder, who I strongly believe was placed in my path for a special reason and saved me.
My son, Roman, is turning one in a few days. He is healthy, so smart, and the joy of my life. I’m happy I never lost hope, faith, and listened to the feeling I had inside of me all along. I have grown so much this last year. Not only have I become a strong mother to a beautiful baby boy, but I have been healing, loving myself, and becoming closer with the Holy Spirit.”
“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever–the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.” -John 14:16-17
Saturday Mass times
We recently changed our Saturday Mass times. Join us for the celebration of the Most Holy Eucharist at the following times and locations:
4 p.m. & 5:15 p.m. Saturdays at Shalom Lutheran Church
9:30 a.m. Sundays at Harrisburg High School
Please note that masks are required at Saturday Masses and strongly encouraged at Sunday Mass.
Mass via Facebook at 9:30 a.m. and drive-thru communion at the parish chapel from 10:30-11:30 a.m. will continue on Sundays for those who are covered under the bishop's dispensation.
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Welcome to Saint John Paul II Catholic Parish! We are a missionary people who desire to live the fullness of God’s plan for our lives and families. In our need for salvation, we witness to the world — through our ordinary lives — that we have encountered Christ in Person, in Scripture, and in Sacrament.
We strive to make faith relevant to our daily lives through the recognition that God has come to us through His Son, Jesus Christ! We believe He dwells among among us: in our hearts, our homes, and our community of believers. You will find us in many ordinary places, and you'll also find us gathered together at the extraordinary altar for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Come and see what is happening in Harrisburg!
Weekend Mass Times
Saturday: 4 p.m. & 5:15 p.m. at Shalom Lutheran Church, 1000 E. Maple St., Harrisburg. Facial coverings required.
Sunday: 9:30 a.m. at Harrisburg High School, 1300 Willow St., Harrisburg
Daily Mass Times
Tuesday & Wednesday: 5:30 p.m. Thursday: 7:15 a.m. Friday: 8:30 a.m.
Daily Mass is celebrated at the Parish Chapel, 220 S. Cliff Ave., Suite 126, Harrisburg
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available by appointment. Contact Fr. John at email@example.com.
Monday: Closed Tuesday-Thursday: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Friday: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
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