September is set to be a big month for the Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg with events wrapping up with the highly anticipated visit from the Pope.
From Tuesday to Friday during the week of September 23, the International Meeting of Families will take place for the first time ever in the United States. That’s happening in Philadelphia and is expected to draw in tens of thousands of people.
Bishop Ronald Gainer says there will be services, prayers, discussions, celebrations and Masses, all focused on the importance of family and marriage. That event will conclude with a Mass given by the Pope himself. It is set to take place on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and more than 1 million people are expected to attend.
The Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg will begin selling bus tickets for the papal Mass on Tuesday, click here for details. Tickets are $30 a piece and there is a limit of four tickets per family. Those buying tickets must be a member of one of the parishes within the Diocese of Harrisburg. Ticket sales will start at 10 a.m. and the bishop is encouraging people to participate.
For anyone interested in attending the papal Mass who is not a member of the parishes of the Diocese of Harrisburg, there will be tickets on a “space available” basis but no other details have been given.