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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




“This year Ash Wednesday coincides with Valentine’s Day (February 14), a largely secular celebration, particularly in the United States. There have been inquiries if a dispensation from the obligations to fast and abstain from meat will be given. As Catholics, we recognize Ash Wednesday as the solemn beginning of a period of prayer, penance, and works of charity. Its spiritual importance is evidenced by the large number of faithful choosing to attend Mass on this day. In view of the significance of Ash Wednesday, the obligations of fast and abstinence are naturally the priority in the Catholic community. Valentine’s Day can appropriately be celebrated on another day, such as Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, which happens to be Mardi Gras, a time of celebration prior to the Lenten journey.”  Office of Divine Worship, Diocese of Harrisburg. 



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.



St. Joseph Church in Hanover is seeking a part-time choir organist/pianist to accompany our Choirs during all Thursday evening rehearsals, regular weekend Masses approximately twice a month, and special occasions, such as First Friday Masses, Midnight Mass, Forty Hours, Easter Tridium, etc.

Requirements include professional organ training, experience playing for Catholic Masses, and experience accompanying choirs.  Interested parties should submit a resume and cover letter to Msgr. Lyons at  Questions regarding the position can be addressed to Mark Topper, Music Coordinator at 717-476-0187.



Annual Deb Loss Indoor Yard Sale- Saturday February 24 with a snow date of March 3.  8am - 1 pm.  Breakfast and Lunch Served.


Lenten Dinners will be served at St. Joseph Social Hall March 9th, 16th, and the 23rd from 5 to 7 PM.





Men's Diocesan Conference: registration is now underway for the annual Diocesan Men's Conference, held at the Bishop McDevitt H.S. The date is Saturday March 10, 2018.  Doors open at 7:15 a.m.  The conference includes a keynote talk from Fr. Chris Alar (Divine Mercy), breakout workshops, reconciliation, adoration, continental breakfast and lunch, and afternoon Mass with Bishop Gainer.  Early bird cost is $30 (by Feb. 26). To register, go online at, and follow the instructions.



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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The Parish Pastoral Council has (3) openings for the 2018-2021 term.  Elections of selected nominees will be held on the weekends of (April 14th & 15th and April 21st & 22nd) 2018.  Parishioners interested in serving or in nominating another individual are encouraged to submit a Nomination Form by (February 25th).


Duties of Council Members:


  • Be available to parishioners to ascertain their needs and desires regarding parish life and be their voice at the Council.
  • Act in a consultative role to the Pastor in evaluating and setting the direction and goals of the parish community.
  • Establish broad policies and set priorities for the parish.
  • Actively participate in monthly meetings of the council and serve a three-year term.
  • Support and encourage planning, creativity and accountability in our parish organizations, committees and boards evaluating their activities, recommending changes, and encouraging the undertaking of new programs which are responsive to the needs of St. Joseph Parish.


Criteria for Candidates for nomination for election to the Parish Pastoral Council:


  • Must be a practicing Catholic in good standing with the Church.
  • Be a registered member of the parish.
  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Be a participant in the ongoing life of the parish.
  • Because of the possibility of a conflict of interest, paid employees of the Parish and their immediate family members may not serve on the Pastoral Council.


Current Pastoral Council members will be available after Masses on the weekend of February 10th and 11th in the Narthex to answer any questions you may have.  If you or someone you know has received a call to the ministry of leadership, the Nomination Forms will be available at the church exits and the Parish Office or on the Parish website under the Parish information/Parish Council tab: Completed forms are to be returned to the Parish Office by (February 25th) - Attention: St. Joseph Pastoral Council.



Weekly Homilies


New Chapter for Catholic Education at St. Joseph, Hanover

Use the link below to view the Catholic Witness write up on our new addition of  St. Joseph School.



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