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.
DISCOVERING CHRIST PROGRAM
Below are photos of our first session with this new program.
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.
Photos of the recent Family Picnic held at St Joseph’s picnic grounds.
MEET FATHER RYAN FISCHER
“Awesome” is the first word that came to Father Ryan Fischer’s mind when asked his impression of St. Joseph’s Parish. Our new parochial vicar arrived at St. Joseph’s on June 22, 2015, soon after his ordination to the priesthood in Harrisburg on June 6, 2015. He is most appreciative of the warm reception he has received from the parish congregation and feels St. Joseph’s is the ideal parish in which to begin his priesthood career.
A native of Lancaster, PA, Father Fischer is the middle of three sons. His parents and brothers continue to reside in the Lancaster area. He attended elementary school at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish and graduated from Lancaster Catholic High School where he participated in the Science Club, Literary Club, Model UN, and intramural basketball. After graduation from high school, Father Fischer worked in retail for Toys R Us before attending Franciscan University in Steubenville, OH, graduating in 2009. He then completed his studies for the priesthood at St. Vincent’s Seminary in Latrobe, PA. Some other jobs Father held while attending college were security guard, tire changer, assistant handyman, and short order cook.
Father Fischer admits he is a Philadelphia Eagles fan but he realizes he will be serving many Ravens and Steelers fans here at St. Joseph. He likes to hike in his free time and has taken up kayaking since moving to Hanover.
Father Fischer credits his homiletics teacher at St. Vincent’s for his skills at delivering a homily. He uses a white board and/or a sketch book to organize his homily after a close study of the scripture text and what he calls “stewing” on its central theme. If you have experienced one of Father’s homilies, you will probably agree that his preparation formula is working extremely well.
Our new parochial vicar is a very personable young man who says he enjoys “one on one” conversations the best. Take the opportunity to speak with Father Fischer and you will conclude that he is pretty “awesome” too. Welcome Father Ryan Fischer, pleased to have you with us!
STATIONS PILGRIMAGE TO HARRISBURG
Two busloads of St. Joseph Parish members travelled to the PennsylvaniaStateMuseum in Harrisburg on Saturday June 14, 2014, for a special viewing of the fourteen Stations of the Cross paintings which previously hung in their original parish church on Baltimore Street in Hanover. The paintings are not normally on display, but the Museum set up a special one-day viewing exclusively for St. Joseph parishioners and friends as part of their year long 150th Anniversary observance. Anniversary Chairman Dan Ernst coordinated the event with Museum Director David Dunn.
Prior to the Museum visit, the pilgrimage group attended Mass at St. Patrick Cathedral celebrated by the new Harrisburg Diocese Bishop, Most Rev. Ronald W. Gainer. Bishop Gainer then accompanied the group to the StateMuseum for the special viewing.
The beautiful, inspirational, and life-like 4x6 feet Stations of the Cross were painted by Lorenzo Scattaglia from 1877-1880. Mr. Scattaglia was a renowned Italian-born artist who then lived in Philadelphia.
In 1963, the old church on Baltimore Street was condemned by the State as unsafe and razed. The Stations were saved and stored in the basement of the St. Joseph Rectory along with many of the stained glass windows and other artifacts since reused in the new church on Grandview Road. In 1977, in view of their deteriorating condition, the station paintings were donated to the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg with the understanding that the Museum would pay to have them restored and preserved. They have been housed at the Museum ever since.