"To love and serve our neighbors as ourselves."

Each day, parents and caretakers are tasked with taking care of their children’s every need. But when children need help beyond what you can provide, how do you know? More importantly, what can you do about it?

Catholic Charities counselor Hannah Hartswick, MS, NCC, says that listening to children, both through their actions and their words, is the first place to start. Sometimes children are simply going through an adjustment period, but at other times, if your child isn’t behaving or reacting in a way you consider typical, it may be the sign of a deeper struggle.

To our loyal donors and those who have joined us in recent years for new projects like the Martha & Mary House and to honor our 75th Anniversary, we are grateful for your generosity and your support for our staff and the individuals and families we serve.

In addition to Emergency Financial Assistance, Catholic Charities offers...


  • A place to turn for a family dealing with the loss of a loved one
  • Counseling for people who have undergone trauma

Hannah Hartswick, MS, NCC, joins the Catholic Charities counseling team and brings with her a specialized type of counseling skill aimed at treating individuals, especially adolescents and children, dealing with the aftermath of trauma in their lives.

What is she most looking forward to in her new role?

“Relatively few therapists specialize in child counseling, and even fewer include play therapy as the main technique of treatment,” said Hannah. “I am incredibly excited to be able to offer services to a population that typically struggles to obtain therapeutic services.”

In her previous role as a Reunification Counselor with Family Intervention Crisis Services, Hannah worked on several cases with Sharon Felson, MSW, from the Catholic Charities Bellefonte office. Through that work, she developed an appreciation for Catholic Charities and the services we provide to populations who might otherwise struggle to identify support and resources.


VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A jubilee year that does not open people’s wallets to share what they have with others is not a true jubilee, Pope Francis said.

“This pope isn’t inventing that,” he insisted. “It’s in the Bible.”

At his weekly general audience Feb. 10 in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis spoke about the description of a jubilee year in the Book of Leviticus. The religious feast also had serious social implications, he said, because it proclaimed a forgiveness of debts, the freedom of indentured servants and special generosity toward the poor and the stranger.

“It was a kind of ‘general amnesty,’ which permitted everyone to return to their original situation with the cancellation of every debt, the restitution of land and the possibility of enjoying once again the freedom proper to members of the people of God,” he said.

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