Women’s Ministry Network

The Women’s Ministry Network (WMN) is a coalition of women’s ministries and groups offering support and coordination among activities so that women parishioners will grow in their Catholic faith and in their love and service to one another and to our church.

The Network provides a forum for discussion and coordination among its members; identifies the needs of the parish and women parishioners, and plans and supports activities that address those interests and that increase women’s participation in church activities. WMN activities include monthly meetings, retreats, and a combination of religious and social gatherings.

If you are interested in joining us or need more information, please contact Ann Donnelly at WMN@hspalmyra.com.



April 6- April 14. 

Babies are on the way, and we want to give them and their moms-to-be a happy, healthy start. Women’s Ministry Network has been working with Catholic Charities’ Lourdeshouse Maternity Services to organize and have a baby shower for 8 expectant mothers currently under their care, and it’s just around the corner! Lourdeshouse has collected needs lists from the women with items including: diapers, wipes, onesies and other clothing, bottles, strollers, car seats, books, etc. We will have tags with the needed items written on them available April 6-14 in the narthex. Simply pick up a tag, purchase the item and return the wrapped gift with the tag attached by April 21. Please contact Ann Donnelly at WMN@hspalmyra.com if you have any questions.




Facing an unplanned pregnancy is a frightening and lonely experience.

Lourdeshouse, located in Harrisburg, is the only facility that provides specialized, comprehensive maternity care and residential services to women in need in South Central Pennsylvania.

The 16-bedroom facility houses up to 16 residents at a time. Our clients are typically single women who have no family support, including homeless women or women coming out of prison.

The program closely monitors medical care and nutrition to ensure a healthy mother and child. Through counseling and case work services, women are helped through pregnancy and learn how to care for their family.

Women can stay at Lourdeshouse throughout the term of their pregnancy and up to six months after the birth. Mothers and infants continue to receive support through the baby’s first year.

Lourdeshouse provides alternatives to women considering abortion by offering counseling and support services.

Program Services

  • Housing
  • Intensive case management to address barriers to self-sufficiency
  • Childbirth education
  • Parenting classes
  • Hot, nutritious meals provided on site
  • Access to other Catholic Charities services such as free, licensed outpatient counseling and adoption services for those unable to care for their babies
  • Transportation to pre-natal and post-delivery medical appointments
  • Aftercare
  • Pantry items for people in the community with children twelve months or younger

Services at Lourdeshouse are offered at no charge to the client.