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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.

      Anytime by request



5055 Grandview Road

Hanover, PA 17331


Office: 717-637-5236
Fax: 717-637-6615



School:  717-632-0118



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 Stringer 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.






On Sept. 1, 2017 UPMC Pinnacle Health acquired Hanover Healthcare Plus, the parent company of Hanover Hospital.   UPMC Pinnacle Health’s interpretation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act 1996 (HIPAA) is different than what Hanover Hospital’s interpretation has been.  Among other things HIPAA requires the protection and confidential handling of protected health information.  While Hanover Hospital has been meeting the requirements of the law, UPMC Pinnacle Health’s interpretation is stricter regarding the dissemination of a patient’s health information. Here is what it means for you if you go into Hanover Hospital beginning in December 2018, next month.

  1. Clergy will not be able to view denominational lists of parishioners at the front desk. (We used to be able to do that but no longer come December).    
  2. Clergy will not be able to obtain patent information at the front desk unless they have the name of the patient they want to visit.  This will be the same for all visitors.
  3. If the patient indicates a congregational affiliation in the admissions interview, the Chaplain will call the congregation.  If the patent indicates to the Chaplain on his or her rounds that he or she belongs to a particular congregation and gives permission the Chaplain will call the congregation.
  4. In an emergency if the patient or family indicates a congregational affiliation to the Chaplain or other staff member and gives permission to call the congregation, every effort will be made to notify that congregation. 

If you become a patient at Hanover Hospital and want a priest and or deacon to visit you please let the parish office

know when you are going in and approximately for how long.  If you cannot do that then have a family member do it.  When you are in the admissions process let them know you are Catholic and belong to St. Joseph Parish.  In an emergency have a family member call the parish office.  To be safe tell us the name under which the person was admitted, not a nick name. 

A priest or deacon regularly visits Hanover Hospital on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday or Saturday.  Holy Communion is brought to St. Joseph Parish patients on Sunday by an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion.





Dear Volunteers,

Thank you and God reward you for your hard work and dedication to helping the nuns as they make their transition to Fairfield.  I am enclosing the new volunteer links for you to browse and decide if they are something you would like to do. Please use the links to volunteer. The information will go directly to the Sisters.
Needed items food for Bishop Mass with Nuns

Attention St. Joseph School Alumni:  Please join us for coffee and donuts on Sunday, January 6th after the 10:30 mass.  Come and reconnect with old classmates and help us share good news about our alumni.  Any questions - call Annie Kilkelly 717-637-0933 or email Josie Knobloch



150th Anniversary of the Diocese of Harrisburg

1868 – March 3 – 2018 Theme: “Ad futuram rei memoriam” “For a Lasting Remembrance” (Taken from the Papal Bull establishing the Diocese) On March 3, 1868, Pope Pius IX, accepting the recommendation of the Bishops of the Second Plenary Council of the United States of America, issued a decree establishing the Diocese of Harrisburg.  We...

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Diocesan History

On March 3, 1868, Pope Pius IX, accepting the recommendation of the Bishops of the Second Plenary Council of the United States of America, issued a decree establishing the Diocese of Harrisburg: “Wherefore, in keeping with the counsel of the aforementioned Cardinals, and exercising Our Full Apostolic Authority, We hereby establish and constitute in the City of Harrisburg a new Episcopal See,...

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Weekly Homilies



We are starting a new column from SJS alumni giving testimonials about how attending St. Joseph school has impacted them.

Why Saint Joseph’s school worked for me:

-Loved wearing uniforms because I didn’t have to figure out what to wear each day. (It also taught me appropriate attire for appropriate settings)

-Learned not only academics but the work ethic and critical thinking necessary to be successful

-Enjoyed community atmosphere where I felt safe and loved by peers and faculty 

-Respect, responsibility and discipline were an integral part of the learning experience 

-basketball program was competitive, fun and coached very well

Andy Redding 

Saint Joseph graduate 1998

Delone Catholic graduate 2002

Penn state BS finance 2006

Current occupation- Business owner



The Hanover Knights of Columbus recently held their annual Free Throw Championship for boys and girls ages 9-14 at St. Joseph Catholic School Gym in Hanover. Winners in the picture above include in front row from left: Age 9 - Brooklyn Horick and Lane Allen, Age 10 - Jillian Sherdel and Ben Goedecker, Age 11 - Teagan Funkhouser and Nickolas Holtz. Back Row: David Keating Jr., Deputy Grand Knight, Age 12 - Kathryn Keller and Owen Candeloro, Age 13 - Ava McKennie and Liam Allen, Age 14 - Jacob Sharrer, and Hanover K of C Free Throw Chairman, Dave Zinn.
Winners are eligible to compete in District, Regional, and State level competitions. Special thanks to St. Joseph Catholic School and St. Joseph Athletic Association for their support and assistance with the event.

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