Saturday Vigil: 5:00 p.m.
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
Thrift Shop: 717-630-9543
Middle 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 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.
NEW BUILDING APPROVAL
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. Groundbreaking is scheduled for this August with completion scheduled for March, 2017. 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.
The new building will be west of and connected to the present Parish Center. It will consist of 8 large rooms, additional office and storage space, new restrooms, and an expansion of the present kitchen to meet our parish needs.
A building fund campaign, “Faith, Family, Future” has been organized to fund the building project. A floor plan and rendering of the new building appear below.
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.
ADMINISTRATION CENTER DEDICATION
The St. Joseph Parish Administration Building was officially named the Father Joseph F. Gotwalt Administration Center, in honor of our former pastor, after the 5:00 PM Mass on Saturday, June 25. Monsignor Lyons assisted by Deacon Aumen blessed the new signage on the building. A short reception for Father Gotwalt was held after the blessing and the center was open for viewing. The Admin Center and priests’ residence were constructed in 2000 while Father Gotwalt was pastor.
PASTOR APPRECIATION DINNER
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.