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Weekend Masses:

  Saturday Vigil:  5:00 p.m. 


    7:30 a.m.

    9:00 a.m.

   10:30 a.m.

   Noon--Spanish Mass



Weekday Masses:

 Daily:  6:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.


8:30 a.m. only


  Saturday:  3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

    Sunday:  2:00 p.m. (In Spanish)
  Anytime by request






5055 Grandview Road

Hanover, PA 17331


Office: 717-637-5236
Fax: 717-637-6615
Thrift Shop: 717-630-9543



School:  717-632-1335 

Middle School:  717-632-0118


Mark your calendar:

Sunday, Apr. 23rd @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Welcome to St. Joseph Parish, Hanover, PA.

Thank you for visiting the St. Joseph Catholic Church website!


Here at St. Joseph Church, we promote stewardship by encouraging parishioners to acknowledge that everything we have is a gift from God.  We provide opportunities through our many ministries to express our gratitude to Him by using our marvelous gifts of time, talent and financial resources to be true disciples of Jesus Christ.  This message is conveyed in the parish Vision Statement:


To develop a parish whose culture enables each person to embrace the Biblical Mandate:  "Not  to be served but to serve"  (Mark: 10:45), to love the Lord with all his/her heart, soul and being and to love others in truth, justice, and charity.


St. Joseph is a diverse parish of Catholics who are united in their Catholic beliefs.  Our desire is that all parishioners, as members of the body of Christ, will feel personally connected to the parish, thereby growing in love of God and each other.  If you are a member of the parish but have not been attending Mass, please know that you are missed and we encourage you to join us in the celebration of the Eucharist as well as other activities.


Advocacy for People with Disabilities


The Diocese of Harrisburg is committed to working toward full participation of people with disabilities and their families in all aspects of the life of the Church.  The Diocesan Office of Ministry for People with Disabilities initiated the Parish Advocacy Program in 2007 to enable parishes to better respond to the gifts and needs of their parishioners with disabilities. 


Fran Strainer has been appointed by Monsignor Lyons to serve as our Parish Advocate.  A Parish Advocate works with the pastor and also the Office of Ministry with People with Disabilities in the diocese.   This person strives to assist parishioners with disabilities to become full participants in the life of the church – spiritually, physically and socially. 


If you or someone you know is limited in participation at St. Joseph Parish and this could be improved by special accommodations please let Fran know how we might work with you to remove roadblocks to full inclusion in our parish life.  She can be reached by calling the Parish Office at 637-5236.   Please leave your name, contact information and the most convenient time for a call back.  



St. Joseph Parish has enlisted Parish Giving to provide its members with the opportunity to use Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) as an alternative method for giving. 


Click on Parish Giving logo above to register for the program.


Parish Giving allows participants to donate a recurring contribution that is automatically transferred from your checking or savings account, or even credit card, on a monthly basis, and you select your own billing date. This Program can be utilized for your Sunday contributions, as well as any Holy Day Collection and all diocesan collections.


The use of EFT is not only time saving and convenient for you, but also allows our Parish to realize a more consistent level of support. By signing up for Parish Giving, you will know that you are doing your part to support the Parish even at times you are not able to be physically present to celebrate with the Parish Community.




St. Joseph Parish to hold Open House for New Addition

HANOVER, PA.  – March 27, 2017 On Sunday April 30th, St. Joseph Parish, Hanover, will hold a public open house of its new Parish Center addition.  Tours will be given after the 7:30, 9:00, 10:30 AM, and noon Masses. The Parish Center is located at 5125 Grandview Road. The nearly 12,000 square foot addition includes: eight new multi-purpose classrooms; new offices for the St. Joseph school principal, nurse, and School of Religious Instruction (SRI); new secure entrance vestibule and lobby; restrooms for students and faculty; new copy and storage rooms; expanded kitchen supply room; and new voice, data, and other advanced technology systems. The new addition was sorely needed to meet growing parish needs. To finance the facility, a building fund capital campaign of “Faith, Family, Future” was organized to raise $2 million over 3 years. To date, approximately $1.8 million has been pledged or donated outright by parishioners. In conjunction with the open house, the parish Knights of Columbus will be sponsoring a pancake breakfast fund raiser to which all are invited.


In addition to the open house, the parish will be holding "Time Capsule Sunday" which will take place earlier in April where the school and SRI students and families will bring photographs and notes on why they love St. Joseph parish.  The items will be placed in a sealed time capsule that will be buried in front of the new addition and reopened sometime in the future by the parish.


The Parish will be moving their elementary school classrooms to the new addition over the summer in time for the 2017-2018 school year.  The current elementary school building on Baltimore St. built in 1949 and expanded in the early 1960’s, is for sale. From 1963 until 1974, when the new St. Joseph Parish church was built on Grandview Road, the school gymnasium served as the parish worship center.

The expansion project will provide greatly needed space for the School of Religious Instruction (SRI) in the evenings, the elementary/middle school during the day, the year-round Boy, Girl, and Cub scouting programs in the evenings, and additional meeting space for all other parish organizations.  The additional multi-purpose rooms will also increase the availability of the parish social hall for use by larger groups, especially on weekday evenings and weekends.  








Diocesan Men's Conference: The 6th annual Diocesan Men’s Conference (theme: 'Fools for Christ: Men Called to Glorify God through His Catholic Church) will is coming soon.  Join hundreds of men as they gather on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Bishop McDevitt High School, Harrisburg, for uplifting workshops, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Confession, Mass with Bishop Gainer, and more.  Our pastor, Msgr. Lyons, will be one of the workshop presenters this year. The Keynote Speaker, Dr. Peter Kreeft, will present his talk: "Seven Reasons Why Everyone Should Be Catholic".  Lunch is included in the $30 registration fee for Early Birds.  Later registration is a bit more.  About 925 men attended last year; and the number continues to grow.  Join the many men who find this to be a very faith-filled event.  You can register on-line on the diocesan website at contact Deacon Tom (637-5236).



Message from Bishop Gainer


St. Joseph Parish has received final approval from the Diocese of Harrisburg and local township authorities to construct a $2 million multi-purpose building addition which is west of and connected to the present Parish Center. It will consist of eight large rooms, additional office and storage space, new restrooms, and an expansion of the present kitchen to meet our parish needs. The expansion will benefit most everyone in the parish with sorely needed space for the School of Religious Instruction (SRI) in the evenings, the elementary/middle school during the day, the year-round Boy, Girl, and Cub scouting programs in the evenings, and additional meeting space for all other parish organizations.  The additional multi-purpose rooms will also increase the availability of the parish social hall for use by larger groups, especially on weekday evenings and weekends.  A building fund campaign, “Faith, Family, Future” has been organized to fund the building project.


Status as of March 3, 2017:


Exterior construction of the building is basically complete and interior work is well underway.  Current work includes painting, HVAC, electrical rough-in, bathroom tiling, and drop ceilings. Photos of the new addition construction are shown below. The construction of the addition is still expected to be completed in early April.  Outfitting of the building with voice, data, and other advanced technology systems will be completed over the summer after the current school semester closes.  Use of the facility by various groups and our parish schools is expected near the end of summer 2017.








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