Visitations to parishes will be scheduled on a 2-year rotational cycle. The schedule will be published every 2 years. The list will be posted and kept updated on the diocesan website: http://www.diocesecpa.org/
PLANNING THE VISITATION:
Bishop Scanlan hopes to spend her time on visitations engaging the life and ministry of the parish. This includes time spent in worship, meeting with clergy and lay leaders, participating in activities for children and youth, adult formation and fellowship, and learning how the church interacts with the community in service and mission. To that end, each visitation will require significant advance planning on the part of the parish and bishop’s office to make the most of the episcopal visitation:
Confirmations and receptions will be a part of visitations in each parish with advance notice and following the protocol and guidelines for confirmation and reception in our diocese. The Customary for Confirmations is available from my Assistant, Carolyn Patterson (firstname.lastname@example.org/dioc) and on the Diocesan website. Confirmation and receptions can also take place at one of the scheduled regional confirmations during the calendar year. Inquire of the Bishop’s office for dates.
In the absence of confirmations and receptions, a renewal of baptismal vows will take place at the time of the episcopal visitation. Normally, baptisms will not be part of an episcopal visitation. Baptisms may be done on Feast Days during the bishop’s visitation, but only with sufficient advance notice.
Unless planned otherwise, the Bishop will preach and preside at all services during a visitation.
Bishop Scanlan will preside over a said or sung Eucharist, as is the parish custom.
On the bishop’s first visit to the parish, the ritual for the Seating of the Bishop will precede the service.
The Bishop will bring and wear cope and mitre for the opening and closing part of the service, if it is a service that includes the Seating of the Bishop. She will wear the parish chasuble (in the appropriate seasonal color) for other services.
The loose plate offering on the day of the episcopal visitation will be for the Bishop’s Discretionary Fund and submitted by cheque to: Bishop’s Discretionary Fund, The Episcopal Diocese of Central PA 101 Pine St. Harrisburg, PA 17101.
DIOCESE OF CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA EPISCOPAL VISITATION WORKSHEET