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A Message from Father Snyder

Dear Parishioners,
When I first heard the news on Thursday morning that John Allen had been arrested, my first thoughts were for you. Once again we come face-to-face with the horror of crimes committed against our children by someone we should have been able to trust, someone charged with caring for God’s little ones with the love of a father and the heart of a shepherd. How painful to have to revisit such a harsh reality and all of the difficult emotions that accompany that reality. I share many of those emotions with you.

I would like to encourage you, as I have been reminding myself, that we cannot allow ourselves to retreat to a place where seething with anger or cowering in fear impedes the progress we have made together in facing the reality of this horror. We must always acknowledge with radical honesty and transparency the crisis we face as it continues to manifest in different ways. We must also keep the deep concern we have for those who have been victimized front and center praying that the wisdom of the Holy Spirit will guide them and all of us in the ways of healing as we do the work of Jesus in our parish community.

The arrest of Mr. Allen, for me, is a sign that bringing a perpetrator to justice for at least some of the crimes he has committed is, finally, what should have been happening during these many years, as courageous men and women came forward to tell their stories. I encourage anyone who has suffered abuse at the hands of anyone in the church, in your families, in your schools causing you pain and struggle, to seek out someone you trust to help you to tell your story. Jesus reminds all of us that only the truth will set us free.

Once again, please know that I will be of support to you or a loved one who wants or needs to talk. Know that I have great admiration for your faith and a deep appreciation for your goodness.


“Jesus took Peter, John and James and went up to the mountain to pray. While he was praying his face changed in appearance and his clothing became dazzling white.” (Luke 9:28-29)

For an instant our eyes have glimpsed your glory: here you are radiant with splendor. Lord, our joy, you have seen the Father, your face is light. In the night of times your face was hidden… Lord, today we recognize you at your Father’s voice. We must continue to endure trials. We must go with you through other nights. Lord, Son of God, lead us to the Father. Transfigure our lives. (Commission Francophone Cistercienne, La nuit le jour)




Holy Week Schedule April 14-21

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion
Saturday, April 13 – 5:00 p.m. Vigil
Sunday, April 14– 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.
Palms will be blessed at all Masses

Monday of Holy Week
8:30 a.m. Mass (Church)
5:00 p.m. Chrism Mass (Cathedral)

Tuesday of Holy Week
8:30 a.m. Mass (Church)
7:00 p.m. Living Stations (Church)

Wednesday of Holy Week
8:30 a.m. Mass (Church)

Holy Thursday
7:00 p.m. Mass of the Lord’s Supper (Church)
Visitation until 10:00 p.m. concluding with Night Prayer

Good Friday
3:00 p.m. Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion

Holy Saturday
12:00 Noon Blessing of the Easter Food (Church)
No Confessions on Holy Saturday
8:00 p.m. The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night

Easter Sunday
The Resurrection of the Lord
Masses: 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.


Beginning October 14, 2018, we will now be posting the homilies from Fr. Snyder. Simply click on the link below for a pdf version.

March 17, 2019
March 10, 2019
March 3, 2019

February 24, 2019

February 10, 2019
February 3, 2019

January 27, 2019
January 20, 2019
January 13, 2019
January 6, 2019
January 1, 2019

December 30, 2018
December 25, 2018
December 23, 2018

December 16, 2018
Bishop Gainer Homily, December 10, 2018
December 9, 2018
December 8, 2018
December 2, 2018




Parish First Friday Devotions to the Sacred Heart Beginning on December 7th

Parishioners are encouraged to join together in prayer for 9 consecutive First Fridays to pray for parish unity, healing for the faithful, and wisdom for Bishop Gainer in selecting a new pastor for St. Margaret Mary.  This prayer initiative, which began in October, includes praying the Litany of the Sacred Heart at the end of the First Friday 12:15 Mass, and also includes a First Friday Holy Hour in the Sacred Heart Adoration Chapel from 7 - 8 p.m.  There will be time for private and shared prayer in this way that brings honor to the Sacred Heart as encouraged by our patroness, Saint Margaret Mary.  The First Friday devotion usually includes reception of Holy Communion for nine consecutive First Fridays.  Even if you are not able to be with us in person, please join us in a spirit of prayer.

Message from Our Pastor

Readings for the Week of March 3, 2019

Sunday Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sir 27:4-7; Ps 92:2-3, 13-14, 15-16; 1 Cor 15:54-58; Lk 6:39-45
Monday - Saint Casimir
Sir 17:20-24; Ps 32:1-2, 5, 6, 7; Mk 10:17-27
Sir 35:1-12; Ps 50:5-6, 7-8, 14 and 23; Mk 10:28-31
Wednesday - Ash Wednesday
Jl 2:12-18; Ps 51:3-4, 5-6ab, 12-13, 14 and 17; 2 Cor 5:20—6:2; Mt 6:1-6, 16-18
Thursday - Saints Perpetua and Felicity, Martyrs
Dt 30:15-20; Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6; Lk 9:22-25
Friday - Saint John of God, Religious
Is 58:1-9a; Ps 51:3-4, 5-6ab, 18-19; Mt 9:14-15
Saturday - Saint Frances of Rome, Religious
Is 58:9b-14; Ps 86:1-2, 3-4, 5-6; Lk 5:27-32
Sunday - First Sunday of Lent
Dt 26:4-10; Ps 91:1-2, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15; Rom 10:8-13; Lk 4:1-13

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Mass Schedule

Weekly Mass Schedule

Saturday Vigil: 5:00 p.m.

Sunday: 7:30 and 9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.

Monday: No Mass
Tuesday – Saturday: 8:30 a.m.

Friday Daily Mass at 8:30 a.m. is celebrated at St. Margaret Mary School Gym 2826 Herr St, Harrisburg.

First Friday is celebrated monthly at 12:15 p.m. at the church.

Holy Day Vigil: 5:30 p.m
Holy Day: 8:30 a.m. & 7:00 p.m.

Penance: Saturday from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. or by appointment. A parish penance service is held during both Advent and Lent at announced times.


For directions to the church and rectory located at 2800 Paxton Church Road in Harrisburg, click here to enter your starting address.

The parish office and St Margaret Mary School remain at 2848 Herr Street in Harrisburg.


UPDATED: 1/5/18 @ 9:00AM

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