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Weekend Masses:

  Saturday Vigil:  4:00 p.m.

  Spanish Vigil:    6:30 p.m.


    8:00 a.m.

    10:00 a.m.

   Noon--Spanish Mass



Weekday Masses:

 Daily: 9 am


 We will continue to 

live stream all Masses:

 Live streamed Masses 


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page: St Joseph Parish,

Hanover, Pa






5055 Grandview Road

Hanover, PA 17331


Office: 717-637-5236
Fax: 717-637-6615



School:  717-632-0118




Holy Mass is OPEN at St.Joseph’s Church in Hanover



6:30pm (Spanish)




12:00 noon (Spanish)

‼️Covid 19 Precautions:

🌟Please arrive  no earlier than half an hour before mass

🌟Please wear a mask, enter main door only

🌟Please allow the USHER TO SEAT YOU; do not seat yourself

🌟Please remove your mask for communion and pls do not wear gloves if u are receiving in the hand

🌟Please be patient and understanding if you are not admitted into Holy Mass; as we do have a limited capacity; IF YOU ARE NOT ADMITTED due to full capacity In the church, you may be directed by the Ushers to Social Hall (based on social hall capacity). We will have overflow live-stream projected in social hall. And priest will come to social hall with holy communion.



Corpus Christi Men's Retreat

Held virtually August 1, 2020


Our retreat master will be Father Luis Rodriguez, V.F.


The theme of the retreat is 


"2020 Vision in Christ, Healer of Our Interior Life "


Enjoy Spiritual refreshment while viewing the retreat in your own home. 





Registration: Online at  (available now and until the retreat begins)



The retreat is offered free of charge.  If you wish to donate to help defray the costs of the retreat master’s honorarium and technological equipment, you may send a check payable to ‘Corpus Christi Men's Retreat’. Our address is: 320 Philadelphia Avenue, Chambersburg, PA 17201. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!






  • Welcome — Saturday at 8 AM online at:
  • 8:00 a.m. Welcome - Live 
  • 8:05 a.m. Morning Prayers - Live
  • 8:15 a.m. Conference I – Live
  • 9:00 a.m. Scriptural Rosary – Taped
  • 9:30 a.m. Conference II - Live
  • 10:15 a.m. Meditation - Live
  • 10:30 a.m. Mass - Live
  • 11:30 a.m. Lunch Break (on your own)
  • 12:30 p.m. Conference III - Live
  • 1:15 p.m. Stations of the Cross - Live
  • 2:00 p.m. Conference IV - Live
  • 2:45 p.m. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament - Live
  • 3:30 p.m. Benediction and Closing - Live


For more information, contact your parish coordinator, or mail a request to: 

Keith Smith, c/o Men's Retreat, Corpus Christi Church, 320 Philadelphia Ave. Chambersburg, PA 17201

Phone number: (717) 263-3442.  Email:



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 on line 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.




Novena for Protection in Time of Pandemic


Select the above link for the prayer



2020 Diocesan Annual Campaign

Update as of July 1, 2020

Saint Joseph Parish, Hanover

Parish Goal for 2020:


Total Paid:


Over/(under) goal in cash:


Total Pledged:


Outstanding Pledges:


% toward goal cash rec’d:


Average Gift:


Number of Donors:


Registered Households:


Percentage of Participation:





As you can see with above information we are short by over $71,000.00 in meeting the assessment of $195,500.00 for the Diocesan Annual Campaign (DAC).  That is a lot of money.  However, only a little over 15% of our parishioners have given any money to DAC.  If the other 85% of our parishioners give then it will be much easier for us to reach that assessment.  


DAC raises money for diocesan programs.  It is an operating budget, meaning the money is spent only for particular ministries.  As mentioned before, our parish benefits directly from the DAC by financially helping seminarians studying for the ordained priesthood, retired priests, the formation of deacons, college chaplains and more.  Diocesan staff also helped our parish obtain $275,500.00 this year from the Payroll Protection Program to continue to pay our parish and school staff and not have to furlough them. 


I know some of you are struggling financially through this pandemic so you may not be able to contribute at this time.  I ask that you contribute in prayer for our parish to be able to meet the amount of money we will pay.  For those who can afford to give even a little I would appreciate it.  The 2020 DAC will close on January 31, 2021, a little more than 6 months away.  DAC forms are available in the vestibule of the church and outside the parish office door.  For those of you who already gave to DAC, thank you very much. 


                                                                                                By the Grace of God, Fr. Lyons













As I know many of you are aware, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg filed for chapter 1 1 bankruptcy in February of this year. We made this decision in an effort to ensure our financial ability to both provide fair and equitable compensation for survivors of past sexual abuse and ensure the future of the missions and ministries of the Roman Catholic Church within our Diocese's territory.

In support of this effort, I have asked your Pastor (Parochial Vicar) to read this letter to all of you this weekend and again in September to ensure that we reach as many survivors as possible before the claims filing deadline. The claims filing deadline is November 13, 2020. Claims can be made confidentially. Information on how to submit a claim has been posted at every church and school within the Diocese. We have also made this information available on the Diocese's webpage and the webpage maintained by the Diocese's claims and balloting agent, Epiq Restructuring, at Additionally, information will also be published at least twice in your parish's weekly bulletin and you can ask any priest within our Diocese for more information as well. I ask that you please share this information with your family and friends who are not here today. Thank you in advance for your cooperation. Please be assured of my continuing prayers and I ask that you please keep me as well as all of the priests, deacons, and consecrated religious of our Diocese in your prayers as well.

Sincerely in Christ,

Most Reverend Ronald W. Gainer




United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania In re: Roman Catholic Diocese of            Harrisburg Case No. 1:20-bk-00599 (HWV)

Claims Notice for Victims of Sexual Abuse and Others with Claims Against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania In re: Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg Case No. 1:20-bk-00599 (HWV) If you were sexually abused by any person connected with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg, a Roman Catholic parish or Roman Catholic school within the geographical area of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg, or have any claim against  the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg, you must file a claim by November 13, 2020. 

 For more Diocesan information, visit: or

 For U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania information, visit:







A brief list of resources for the Holy Rosary (you may know of others):

  1. A simple guide on "how to pray":
  2. Apostolic Letter of St John Paul II on the Rosary:
  1. Meditations from St John Paul II Society:
  2. Meditations by Archbishop Fulton Sheen:









 Kentucky Mission Project: As you might expect, the April mission project to the Diocese of Lexington, Kentucky, will be cancelled until sometime in the fall. Given that Covid/19 hasn't yet peaked; and, given that President Trump has extended the distance spacing till April's end; and, given that our Bishop has closed all parish public liturgies/gatherings through Easter, it seems wise for us to postpone our mission trip. We are VERY grateful for the many non-perishable products and toiletries that we have received from parishioners, and from Costco.  Several parishioners have contributed financially to the project. With your permission, we will retain these monies until our project is re-scheduled. At a future time, we will once again collect non-perishable goods and toiletries for use in Appalachia.  Some of the current products, especially those collected from Costcos, will be distributed (as needed) locally to assist families who are in need. This is a necessity because some products have an expiration date prior to the fall. Please continue your prayers for those affected by this health crisis; and that God will grant us a second opportunity to attend to the poor in the Diocese of Lexington.





During this challenging time, many of the faithful may be unable to attend Mass.  Magnificat is honored to provide complimentary access to our online version to help people pray from home.  





Also, Formed is now available on Roku devices.



One is an Act of Spiritual Communion:


The second is a Sunday Prayer at Home:



Prayer to Our Lady Imploring Her Protection

O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick.
At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’ pain, with steadfast faith.
You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need.
We are certain that you will provide, so that, as you did at Cana of Galilee, joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform ourselves to the Father’s will and to do what Jesus tells us:
He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and bore our sorrows to bring us, through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.
We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test – and deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.


Information concerning a prayer app.


We know this is an incredibly busy and challenging time. With dioceses across the country (and world) suspending the celebration of the Mass, we can only imagine the stress that you and your parishioners are experiencing. 

I wanted to pass along a note from our friends at Hallow. They've been scrambling to figure out how they can best support you and your parishioners.

As a quick introduction - Hallow is a Catholic prayer and meditation app that guides users in deepening their relationship with Christ through audio-guided contemplative prayer & meditation sessions. It launched in Dec-2018 and as of now have over 150,000 downloads in over 50 countries, 750,000 prayers completed, and are now the #1 Catholic app in the US.  

The app comes recommended by a number of Bishops, priests, families, and teachers across the country (see endorsements below).  You can see a video walk through of the app here.  

Welcome to St. Joseph Parish, Hanover, PA.



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 Stringer 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.  





We are starting a new column from SJS alumni giving testimonials about how attending St. Joseph school has impacted them.

Why Saint Joseph’s school worked for me:

-Loved wearing uniforms because I didn’t have to figure out what to wear each day. (It also taught me appropriate attire for appropriate settings)

-Learned not only academics but the work ethic and critical thinking necessary to be successful

-Enjoyed community atmosphere where I felt safe and loved by peers and faculty 

-Respect, responsibility and discipline were an integral part of the learning experience 

-basketball program was competitive, fun and coached very well

Andy Redding 

Saint Joseph graduate 1998

Delone Catholic graduate 2002

Penn state BS finance 2006

Current occupation- Business owner


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