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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


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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. The Program is free of charge for parishioners.


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.



Delayed almost an hour by a storm related power outage, the Dedication Concert for the new St. Joseph Parish 4-manual Buch Organ took place on Sunday, June 5, 2016. Gregory Zelek, 24, one of the brilliant, young stars of the organ world, a Juilliard graduate and Music Director and Organist at the Episcopal Church of St. Matthew and St. Timothy in New York City, wowed the audience with his virtuoso performance. The concert was presented at the church, 5125 Grandview Road, Hanover, in conjunction with the Buch Organ Company of Ephrata.

Greg Zelek opened the concert with the rousing Carnival Overture by Dvorak. Pieces by Bach, Mozart, Liszt and others followed and a Mendelssohn Sonata closed the performance which demonstrated the superior sound of the new organ. The appreciative audience gave Mr. Zelek a standing ovation. Pastor Monsignor James Lyons thanked Mr. Zelek for his recital and all who helped make the event possible.


            Mrs. Susan Mummert is retiring after 19 years as principal of St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School in Hanover. At a farewell ceremony held in the church on June 1, 2016, Mrs. Mummert was recognized for her dedication and service to the school and its students, parents, and staff.  She leaves a legacy of always placing “children first”.  

            Mrs. Mummert began her career 39 years ago at West York Area School District. She began her 36 year career with the Diocese of Harrisburg at St. Rose of Lima School in York, PA where she taught for 16 years. She has been principal at St. Joseph’s since the beginning of the 1996-1997 school year.    

            Under her supervision, the school has achieved the highest recognition and full accreditation at all levels. A mentor to beginning teachers and principals, she counseled them to embrace their ministry. Mrs. Mummert’s commitment to organization and engagement led to expansion of the parish school board and faculty and advisory teams. Her gentle manner and deep respect for all permeated the school causing all to seek her support and guidance.

            Present to commend Mrs. Mummert for her service were Livia Riley, Harrisburg Diocese School Superintendent; Sister Anne Marie Wierman, retired principal of St. Rose of Lima School; Home and School Representative Lisa Elsner; Advisory Board Representative Annie Kilkelly; Acting Principal Marlene Blake; and Monsignor James Lyons, Pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Hanover. Margaret Sheridan, school secretary, was Master of Ceremonies.

            In her closing words to the children of St. Joseph’s, Mrs. Mummert called on them to live their faith, strive for excellence, and care for one another.





Two parishioners were elected to membership to the St. Joseph Parish Pastoral Council:  John Gindlesberger and Pamela Carta.  Their membership is for three years, ending June 30, 2019.


In addition, three parishioners were assigned as one-year members:

John Jurasic, Mark McCusker and Paul Seymour.  Their one-year assignment can be reconsidered for each of the next two years, 2017 and 2018.



Corpus Christi Men's Retreat: Registration is now available for the 38th annual Diocesan Men's Retreat at Mount St. Mary's, Emmitsburg, MD, on August 5-7, 2016. It is open to all men 14 years of age and older. Fr. Glenn Sudano, Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, will be this year's retreat master. Cost is $150 ($180/single), with a $60 deposit due with your application. Cost includes: 6 meals, 2 nights lodging, and all the spiritual blessings of a Retreat. Contact Deacon Tom (637-5236/office, 632-1794/home) for registration/details.  



Hershey Park tickets: the HAMMI mission group (Deacon Tom) is offering Hershey Park tickets at a reduced cost, to support mission projects.  Tickets are available through Deacon Tom at the parish office (637-5236), or at home (632-1794). Adults (ages 9-54) are $43; Junior/Senior (ages 3-8 and 55-69) are $33.  Tickets are good anytime during the 2016 season.  Ticket sales are open to everyone.




Members of the Parish Council of Catholic Women honored Msgr. James Lyons at their annual Pastor Appreciation Dinner held on June 16 at Utz Terrace.
Front row, left: PCCW President Helen Taylor; right: Msgr. Lyons; center: Msgr. Lyons' mother, Mrs. Sara Lyons.


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