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May the Lord help us to live in a holy way during this Holy Week in the remembrance of his holy Passion. We bless you, Lord Jesus; you loved us and offered yourself for us. Give us the grace to take part in your Passion by taking our part in the pain and suffering of the world. And on the day of your eternal Passover, when you will come again in glory, awaken us for the feast of your love. We ask this humbly, Lord, you who suffered with us and who reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit in joy forever and ever. Amen. (Lucien Deiss)




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)

Tuesday of Holy Week
8:30 a.m. Mass (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
8:30 a.m. Morning Prayer (Church)
3:00 p.m. Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion

Holy Saturday
8:30 a.m. Morning Prayer (Church)
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.

April 19, 2019
April 17, 2019
April 14, 2019
April 7, 2019

March 31, 2019
March 24, 2019
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 April 14, 2019

Sunday - Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord
Lk 19:28-40; Is 50:4-7; Ps 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24; Phil 2:6-11; Lk 22:14—23:56 or 23:1-49
Is 42:1-7; Ps 27:1, 2, 3, 13-14; Jn 12:1-11
Is 49:1-6; Ps 71:1-2, 3-4a, 5ab-6ab, 15 and 17; Jn 13:21-33, 36-38
Is 50:4-9a; Ps 69:8-10, 21-22, 31, and 33-34; Mt 26:14-25
Thursday - Holy Thursday
Chrism Mass: Is 61:1-3a, 6a, 8b-9; Ps 89:21-22, 25 and 27; Rv 1:5-8; Lk 4:16-21
Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper: Ex 12:1-8, 11-14; Ps 116:12-13, 15-16bc, 17-18; 1 Cor 11:23-26; Jn 13:1-15
Friday - Good Friday of the Lord's Passion
Is 52:13—53:12; Ps 31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-16, 17, 25; Heb 4:14-16; 5:7-9; Jn 18:1—19:42
Saturday - Easter Vigil: Gn 1:1—2:2 or Gn 1:1, 26-31a; Ps 104:1-2, 5-6, 10, 12, 13-14, 24, 35 or Ps 33:4-5, 6-7, 12-13, 20 and 22; Gn 22:1-18 or Gn 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18; Ps 16:5, 8, 9-10, 11; Ex 14:15—15:1; Ex 15:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 17-18; Is 54:5-14; Ps 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11-12, 13; Is 55:1-11; Is 12:2-3, 4, 5-6; Bar 3:9-15, 32—4:4; Ps 19:8, 9, 10, 11; Ez 36:16-17a, 18-28; Ps 42:3, 5; 43:3, 4; Is 12:2-3, 4bcd, 5-6; Ps 51:12-13, 14-15, 18-19; Rom 6:3-11; Ps 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23; Lk 24:1-12
Sunday - Easter Sunday of the Resurrecton of the Lord
Acts 10:34a, 37-43; Ps 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23; Col 3:1-4 or 1 Cor 5:6b-8; Jn 20:1-9 or Mt 28:1-10



Readings for the Week of April 14, 2019

Sunday - Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord
Acts 10:34a, 37-43; Ps 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23; Col 3:1-4 or 1 Cor 5:6b-8; Jn 20:1-9 or Mt 28:1-10
Acts 2:14, 22-33; Ps 16:1-2a and 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11; Mt 28:8-15
Acts 2:36-41; Ps 33:4-5, 18-19, 20 and 22; Jn 20:11-18
Acts 3:1-10; Ps 105:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8-9; Lk 24:13-35
Acts 3:11-26; Ps 8:2ab and 5, 6-7, 8-9; Lk 24:35-48
Acts 4:1-12; Ps 118:1-2 and 4, 22-24, 25-27a; Jn 21:1-14
Acts 4:13-21; Ps 118:1 and 14-15ab, 16-18, 19-21; Mk 16:9-15
Sunday - Second Sunday of Easter/Sunday of Divine Mercy
Acts 5:12-16; Ps 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24; Rev 1:9-11a, 12-13, 17-19; Jn 20:19-31

Our History

On March 1, 1948 the Most Reverend George L. Leech, Bishop of Harrisburg, established the Parish of Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque to serve the overflowing Catholic community of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Father Francis A. Kirchner, then the assistant at Saint Patrick Cathedral, was appointed as pastor and celebrated the first Mass on March 7, 1948 in the Studebaker Automobile Show Room owned by parishioner Paul Camplese. Throughout 1948 and 1949 the parish raised funds for the original church. On October 29, 1949 Bishop Leech celebrated the first Mass in the church on Herr Street. With committed leadership from its pastors, the parish expanded its focus to education, establishing the parochial school 1958. The School, Convent and Chapel were staffed by the School Sisters of Notre Dame from 1949-1985. In response to a shortage of diocesan priests, the Oblates of Mary Immaculate were invited to serve the parish from 1970-1995. The parish has grown from serving 350 families when formed, to today’s membership of 1500 households.

St. Margaret Mary’s original church was located in on the southernmost boundary of the parish’s geographical territory. The original church had limited seating and inadequate parking and the property is landlocked, preventing the type of new construction and expansion required to support a vibrant and growing parish. To address the existing needs and accommodate the expected population growth in the area, the Diocese of Harrisburg and St. Margaret Mary Parish responded with a new church and plans for athletic, social and multi-purpose activity space—amenities that are deeply needed for a thriving parish and academically competitive school. The new church is located on a spacious 19 acres at the northwest corner of Paxton Church and Crums Mill Roads, straddling Susquehanna and Lower Paxton Townships.

The new church was planned with extensive input by the parishioners of St. Margaret Mary; it reflects their desire for traditional styling and incorporates current needs and amenities. The design of the new church is Romanesque. The interior is 14,240 square feet, with a seating capacity of 800 and design features to accommodate two 120-seat additions, finishing the transept characteristics of a traditional church. It features a meeting room, bride's room, children's room, priest's sacristy, church sacristy, two confessionals, shrines, and is fully accessible for people with mobility impairments.

The groundbreaking for the new church occurred on April 22, 2009. Construction was completed and the new church was dedicated on April 10, 2010. The new rectory was completed in the fall of 2010. We have been blessed throughout our history with dedicated priests, religious, lay ministers and parishioners and significant growth which led to the construction of a beautiful new church dedicated by Most Reverend Kevin C. Rhoades on Saturday, April 10, 2010.

The parish now spans two campuses: a centrally located site at 2800 Paxton Church Road with a large church on the Susquehanna/Lower Paxton Township border; and the Penbrook campus at 2848 Herr Street with enhancements that will allow for a multi-purpose facility attached to the school. The new spacious, geographically central location of the larger church, together with the renovated gymnasium and fellowship space, allows for the parish’s growth and viability to serve families, students and faith community well into the future.

To view photos from the construction retrospective, click here.


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.


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