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Knights of Columbus

Council #8891 was founded in 1985 on the idea of helping those in need. Ever since our organization was established, we have endeavored to provide help where the need is greatest.  Our Council serves the parish of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church of New Freedom, PA., the local Southern York County area, and the Diocese of Harrisburg.  We have provided manpower and have donated funds to the Special Olympics of PA, the Southern York County Food and Clothing Bank, New Life Center Home for Women and Children, the Lourdeshouse Pregnancy Center of Harrisburg, and many other local, regional and statewide charities.


CONTACT: Tim Schott,


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Secular Franciscan Order

The St. Joseph Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order of York County, PA, seek to live the Holy Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi by daily conversion and a change of heart. Our Rule of Life impels us to take courageous initiatives to bring about the Kingdom of God in the secular world through prayer and apostolic works. We believe that Jesus Christ is present to us more fully in the poor, the broken, the disenfranchised, and the lonely when we reach out and serve them. We believe that we are truly Franciscan when guided by the Holy Spirit, we deepen our sense of community in a fraternal bond and acknowledge that all creatures are our sisters and brothers, gifts from God the Father.


Rich Erdlen, Minister;



Sheila Krause, OFS;

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Little Flowers

The Little Flowers welcome girls in Kindergarten through 6th grade. We meet monthly with the primary goal of helping kids further develop and deepen their faith through a strong catechesis-based program; we learn about some of the great Catholic Saints as well as further define and develop strong Christian values and virtues.

CONTACT: Kara Starceski

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Blue Knights

Blue Knights is a fun and faith-filled program for boys ages five and up. They will learn about the Catholic Faith and the lives of the Saints while becoming “Crusaders for Virtue.” The group meets on the third Monday of each month starting September 19th from 6:30-8:00pm in the Social Hall.

CONTACT: Christina Steidle

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School PTO

The Parent-Teacher Organization of St. John the Baptist Catholic School teams parents and the school to help nurture a faith-based community, support school programs, and harmonize the parent body. All parents, grandparents, guardians, and/or family members of all current students, faculty, and staff are members of the St. John the Baptist Parent-Teacher Organization and are encouraged to participate in PTO event planning and activities.



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