Letter from Bishop Gainer

Updated Lent and Easter schedule for 2021

Satan in the Time of COVID-19


A Lenten Retreat with Father John A. Szada, Jr.

Exorcist of the Diocese of Harrisburg & Chaplain at the Carmel of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, Elysburg


Sunday, February 28 -- “The Devil's Master Plan”


Monday, March 1 -- “How He Attacks You”


Tuesday, March 2 – “How Do We Respond”


Saint Joseph Church, Hanover, PA

6:30 p.m.


The Lenten Retreat will be live streamed on our parish Facebook page: "St. Joseph Parish, Hanover, PA" https://www.facebook.com/St.JosephHanover/


Satan does not take a break during a pandemic.  He will use all his power to make it worse.  We are in a spiritual battle.  Come to this retreat to be strengthened in your faith 

St Joseph Registration Form

We welcome all visitors to St. Joseph Catholic Church and we hope that you will find a safe and welcoming environment here to worship and grow your faith. Often, people attend Mass at a parish for months or sometimes years, but never officially register. Registering with us helps us account for how many people are part of our community. It also makes it much easier when it’s time for receiving sacraments, registering for religious education or faith formation, sponsoring a sacrament recipient (such as becoming a Godparent), and even planning funerals. A registered parishioner also receives all parish mailings. If you are ready to take that step, you can access our registration form here. Drop it off in a collection basket or at the parish office. We are happy to have you here with us!



Men's Conference Registration Now Open

Registration is $10 per man. For more information and to register visit the Diocesan website at  



2020 Diocesan Annual Campaign

Update as of January 7, 2021

Saint Joseph Parish, Hanover


Parish Goal for 2020:


Total Paid:


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% toward goal cash rec’d:


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Welcome to St. Joseph, Hanover, Pa

 Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete the parish climate survey. Please stay tuned while the results are analyzed. More information will be forthcoming. 



 Letter from the Bishop on covid19





We are following all recommended COVID 19 guidelines and precautions:

🌟 Please arrive no earlier than half an hour before mass.

🌟 Please wear a mask and enter through the main door only.

🌟 Please allow the usher to seat you; do not seat yourself.

🌟 Please remove your mask for communion and please do not wear gloves if you receive in the hand. 

🌟 Volunteers are needed to sanitize after every mass.

🌟 If you are not feeling well, please stay home and watch us on Facebook! The dispensation from Mass is still in place.





How to Pray the Rosary

Prayer for Protection in Time of a Pandemic





Please know you are all in the prayers of the priests and deacons here at St. Joseph Parish.  Like your home, our parish expenses continue during this difficult time.  Since some people are not coming to church on a regular basis due to the virus, we have seen a great reduction in giving.  We need your support now more than ever.  You may drop off your contributions at the parish office, under the door is fine.  However, now is a great time to register for “Parish Giving”.  Please see below and register for online giving.  Thank you for your continued support.



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.