Contact Us

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:

Saturday, Jun. 11th @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Saturday, Jun. 18th @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 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. 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.



Saturday, June 25th after the 5pm Mass, Msgr. James Lyons will be offering a blessing to dedicate The Father Joseph F. Gotwalt  Administratrion Center.

Come and join the celebration as we honor Father Gotwalt. The building will be open for a tour and light refreshments will be served.



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.






   Deacon’s Corner by Deacon Tom Aumen  January 2016.

Ten CRS travelers (among several hundred) sit for 5 hours on the Dulles Int’l airport tarmac, waiting for their Air France plane to be de-iced, in the midst of Washington’s worst snow storm ever. These pilgrims, 2 priests, 6 deacons, and 2 staff members of Catholic Relief Services, know that their journey to Greece and Serbia will eventually come to fruition, and they will come to a better understanding of the plight suffered by refugees from wartorn Middle-Eastern nations.  The refugees come from all over northern Africa and SW Asian countries; but, only those from Afghanistan, Syria, and Iraq are permitted to continue travelling the long, and arduous journey, towards settlement in a European country. Some pay up to 5000 euros to make the trip; some pay less and put their lives in the hands of smugglers; some will die from drowning—some from illness—some from starvation, before they reach their ‘promised land’ – likely Germany, whose borders, at this time, remain open.  Survivors, who reach Greece from Turkey with their life in bags, board a ferry to Athens, where volunteers (like us) distribute scarves, hats, and warm clothing for the cold weather. They board buses for their trip to the Macedonian border and beyond. We head to the warehouse where some might shower, eat a meal, receive needed personal supplies. We head to a soup kitchen where we will assist CRS/Caritas Athens in serving up a meal to stranded travelers, or those unable to get to the buses.  We will visit Victoria Square where refugees sleep in the cold, not all are able to find a place indoors. We visit Caritas/CRS centers where refugee families receive medical help, supplies, and counseling; also, where young children receive a glimmer of education.   We’ll travel to Serbia to visit a detention center for those who must be deported back to their native lands because they don’t fit the profile of the “ASI” refugees. It is marked with sadness and despair. We visit the train station at the Croatian border, where jubilation reigns – the weary and hopeful refugees will now board the train (and travel through Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, and into Germany), in their life-changing journey.  We will leave the Balkans and fly home, having put faces to the travesty experienced by hundreds of thousands of displaced persons, whose greatest desire is to live in peace. To a person, they would just as soon return to their native lands, if only there wasn’t the civil strife that forces them to flee for their lives, and for a future where their children can grow up in security, love, and peace.







Below are photos of our first session with this new program.

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