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11th Annual Catholic Homeschool
Conference & Curriculum Fair

April 9, 2005
Holy Name of Jesus Parish
Route 22, Harrisburg

   12th Annual Catholic Homeschool Conference & Curriculum Fair, April 1, 2006 -- More info to come at a later date!



8:30 a.m. Holy Mass*
9:00 a.m. Registration
Free continental breakfast
9:30 a.m.

The Privilege of Being a Woman
by Dr. Alice vonHildebrand

The wife of the late Dietrich vonHildebrand, author, philosopher, and frequent quest of EWTN discusses the role of women in the context of God's plan.
10:30 a.m.

Friendship: The Key to the Teen Years
by Dr. John Cuddeback

The author of Friendship: The Art of Happiness will define true friendship as it aids and inspires us to become better people and Christians.
11:30 a.m.-
1:00 p.m.
Participants may bring packed lunches or visit Route 22's eating establishments.
1:00 p.m. Door prize drawing in vendor area (gym)
1:30 p.m.

Spiritual Warfare in Life and Family Issues
by Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer

Father Euteneuer is the President of Human Life International of Front Royal, Virginia.
2:45 p.m.

Music, Entertainment, and the Culture of Death
by Dr. John Cuddeback

This Christendom College philosophy professor will point out concerns of modern media as well as addressing appropriate entertainment.
5:00 p.m. Conclusion of Conference

*The parish offers confessions at 3:30 - 4:30 and 6:00 - 6:45. Parish evening Masses are at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. for those unable to attend the morning Mass.


if postmarked by 3/25/2005

$15 first family member**
$8 spouse or grandparent**
$8 per child/student**

if postmarked after 3/25/2005
or at the door:

$18 first family member**
$8 spouse or grandparent**
$10 per child/student**

Clergy & religious may attend free of charge

Most affordable Catholic event to attend!
** Current and new subscribers to the network newsletter receive a discount of $3 per person!

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Frequently Asked Conference Questions

Who can attend this event?  Anyone may attend -- veteran or new Catholic homeschooling parent, those discerning homeschooling, those encouraging and supporting Catholic home education, Pennsylvania residents and those from out of state. Parents typically attend this event from throughout PA and the northeast United States.

Do I have to pay if I only want to look at books? Yes. Unfortunately, this is necessary to meet expenses such as facility rental, insurance, promotion, etc.

Will I be able to take home next year's curriculum?  Because of the vast array of vendors invited, families who organize their own curriculum could find virtually all of their materials at this one event AND save on shipping charges. Even the full-service curriculum providers will have quantities of individual books available. NOTE: Due to pre-testing requirements and space limitations in transport, families choosing to use full-service curriculum providers will not be able to take home their entire curriculum. However, discussion with them and reviewing their materials will be most invaluable, and supplemental items may be purchased at this time.

Will these vendors be attending the other curriculum fairs in the state?  Catholic vendors do not attend non-Catholic/Protestant sponsored events.

Can we trust the choices of materials available to choose from?  You can feel confident that we are very careful to select vendors who are providing materials and/or lesson plans that are loyal to the Holy Father and the Catholic Church teaching. Catholic parents who attended this event in the past have expressed their appreciation that the 75+ vendors invited will assist them in giving their children a thoroughly Catholic faith and education. However, some vendors carry other popular items such as Saxon math, phonics programs, and many other supplemental materials as well.

Will there be materials for my special needs child?  Vendors are requested to bring an adequate supply of materials to meet these needs. Some vendors may cater to special needs students more than others. Veteran homeschoolers also will be available throughout the day to answer your questions.

Please note that some vendors do not accept credit cards.

Child/Student Attendance Policy: Nursing infants are welcome and attend free of charge. Due to the manpower and amount of responsibility involved, childcare is not provided. Most parents find it easier to concentrate on the speakers and vendors knowing that someone familiar is watching their children at home. However, any students who desire to assist their parents in choosing their curriculum or meeting with the college representatives are welcome to attend.

Parents who are unable to make other arrangements must accompany their children at all times, unless those students are attending the High School+ Program. Since all talks are being recorded, parents are requested to remove noisy children from the conference room.


From PA Turnpike (I-76): Take PA Turnpike exit 19. Take Route 283 North. Look for I-83 North and I-81 North. Take I-81 North to Paxtonia exit 72. Turn left at first light (Route 22). The church is on the left about 1/4 mile.

From Route I-81 (North or South): Take Paxtonia exit (Exit 72 northbound, Exit 72A southbound). Turn left at first light (Route 22). The church is on the left side of the road approximately 1/4 mile.


Harrisburg facilities fill up well in advance, especially due to a major event in town that weekend. Make your reservations early to guarantee a room. Ask for the "Catholic Homeschoolers" rooms when making reservations. Some additional discounts may apply.

Howard Johnson (formerly Sleep Inn), off exit 77 of I-81, Harrisburg, (717) 540-9100
$58.50 + tax; ask for "Catholic homeschoolers" rooms; must call before March 11 or while rooms are available

Comfort Inn, off exit 77 of I-81, (Linglestown Road) Harrisburg (717) 540-8400
$79 + tax; ask for "Catholic homeschoolers" rooms; free continental breakfast; 24-hour coffee; must call before March 18 or while rooms are available.

Holiday Inn Express, on Route 22, (5680 Allentown Bouldevard) Harrisburg (717) 657-2200
$89 + tax; ask for "Catholic homeschoolers" rooms; must call before March 18 or while rooms are available.

Area Activities

For information on nearby sites (i.e. state capitol, National Civil War Museum, other museums, Hershey Zoo, Hershey Chocolate World and other attractions) to visit while in the area or for parents who wish to occupy the children while their spouse attends the conference/curriculum fair, please see their web sites or the site for the Harrisburg Welcome Center.

Please do not call the parish for conference information.

Please note: To save on expenses, no confirmation is sent for registrations. Nametags will be available at the door for those who pre-register. If you need to confirm your pre-registration or for any other questions regarding this conference, please e-mail us at conference@catholichomeschoolpa.org.

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This page was updated on February 7, 2005.