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.
Adult in home bible study is starting up again. This bible study will cover Luke: The Good News of God’s Mercy. The group will meet for six weeks. You have your choice of Tuesdays from 6:30 – 8:00 PM, Wednesdays from 7:00 – 8:30 PM or Thursdays from 7:00 – 8:30 PM. The sessions will start September 13th and end October 20th. Sign-up for the bible study is taking place after Mass August 27th & 28th. The cost of materials is $8.00 per person. For more information, call or email Bob & Chris Ullmann at 634-2059 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Select registration form below:
TMIY Begins in September: The 2nd year of "That Man Is You" will begin on Saturday morning September 10, beginning at 6:30 a.m., at St. Joseph's (Hanover) Msgr. Gribbin Hall. All men are invited to attend, whether you participated in the first year or not. This invigorating 13-week spiritual journey assists men with reflecting upon their relationship with God, with family, and with themselves. The program lasts until 8 a.m. each Saturday; and, includes morning refreshments, a video, and table discussion. Please contact Dan Mlinek (698-0044; or email@example.com) to register; or to indicate that you will be attending for the second year.
St. Joseph Parish will be celebrating a Blue Mass on Tuesday September 13 at 7PM. This Mass is to honor and pray for our First Responders and Military. All parishioners are welcome to attend this service.
The 2nd annual Biathlon Built for 2 and Mason Brady 5k will be held Saturday, Oct. 1st, starting at 9am at Codorus State Park. Registration and sponsorship information is available on the website at http://biathlonbuiltfor2.weebly.com or by contacting Rodney or Denise Markle at 717-633-7158. Proceeds will be split between the Mason Brady Scholarship Fund and Kurt Riser Medical Fund.
“SWING FOR THE SISTERS” – time to mark your calendars! The 9th Annual “Swing for the Sisters” Golf Tournament, to benefit the Sisters of Saint Joseph, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016 at Flatbush Golf Course, Littlestown. For more information and/or to register, please call 1-800-482-6510 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.