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Funeral services set for Bishop Joseph McFadden

Written by Tim Lambert, witf Multimedia News Director | May 2, 2013 4:10 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- Funeral services have been set for Bishop Joseph McFadden of the Harrisburg Catholic Diocese, who died unexpectedly this morning in Philadelphia.

McFadden was taken to a Philadelphia hospital after waking up and feeling ill.  He passed away at approximately 7:40 a.m. The bishop had been attending the Catholic Bishops of Pennsylvania meeting.

Several parishes have organized the following events:

  • St. Benedict the Abbott, Lebanon will have a Holy Hour this evening after Mass at 7 PM, for the soul of Bishop McFadden.
  • At Sacred Heart Parish in Spring Grove a "shrine" is being set up with the portrait of Bishop, flowers & candle. The church will be open round the clock for people to come and pray for him.
  • Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Church (Northumberland Deanery), Elysburg, will hold a Holy Hour with Evening Prayer and Benediction for Bishop McFadden on Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. in the Chapel.
  • St. Joseph parish, Hanover  - For the time being they have placed the bishop’s picture in the sanctuary of the Church draped in black. Sacred Heart Basilica, Conewago, and St. Joseph parish, York has done likewise.

 

The funeral services will begin on Sunday at 7:00 p.m. when the Body will be received at St. Patrick Cathedral in Harrisburg. 

Bishop McFadden will lie in state that until Tuesday evening, when a Rite of Transfer of the Body will be held. The coffin will be closed during all services and viewings will end at the conclusion of the evening prayer services.

The funeral service will be held at the Holy Name of Jesus Church in Harrisburg, the following day, May 8. Services will begin at 8:00 a.m. The Solemn Funeral Mass will begin at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery in the Bishop’s Circle area.  

All Services are open to the public: 

 

Sunday, May 5 – St.  Patrick Cathedral, 212 State Street, Harrisburg

7:00 p.m.    Rite of Reception of the Body with Solemn Evening Prayer

 Monday, May 6 - St.  Patrick Cathedral, 212 State Street, Harrisburg

8:00 a.m.     Rite of Gathering in the Presence of the Body

                    Viewing of the Body

12:00 p.m.   Mass

12:45 p.m.   Viewing of the Body

7:00 p.m.     Solemn Evening Prayer

 

Tuesday, May 7 - St.  Patrick Cathedral, 212 State Street, Harrisburg,

 8:00 a.m.    Rite of Gathering in the Presence of the Body

                    Viewing of the Body

12:00 p.m.    Mass

12:45 p.m.    Viewing of the Body

 4:00 p.m.     Rite of Transfer of the Body to Holy Name of Jesus Church

7:00 p.m.       Solemn Evening Prayer

 

Wednesday, May 8 - Holy Name of Jesus Church,

6150 Allentown Blvd, Harrisburg

           

8:00 a.m.    Rite of Gathering in the Presence of the Body

                   Viewing of the Body

10:00 a.m.   Closing of the Coffin

10:30 a.m.   Solemn Funeral Mass

                    Burial in Holy Cross cemetery

The Diocese of Harrisburg was established in 1868 and covers 15 counties and 7,660 square miles. The counties include: Adams, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder, Union and York.

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