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
Elementary School: 717-632-1335
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.
Chris Ransier 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 Chris 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 or at email@example.com. 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.
With the Universal Church, Bishop Gainer will celebrate the opening of the Jubilee Year of Mercy on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary with the celebration of the Most Holy Eucharist at 6 PM at Saint Patrick Cathedral, Harrisburg. All faithful of the Diocese are invited to attend. The South Street Parking Garage is available free of charge to all participants.
Bishop Gainer will solemnly open the principal Diocesan Door of Mercy at Saint Patrick Cathedral on Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 4 PM in the context of Solemn Vespers for the Third Sunday of Advent. All the faithful of the Diocese are invited to attend. The prescription for the solemn ritual involves gathering at a stational church with a procession to the Door of Mercy: we will gather at Saint Lawrence Chapel, State Street, and process together to the Cathedral where Bishop Gainer will solemnly open the Door of Mercy and lead us through into this year of grace. Participants able to make the small pilgrimage are asked to gather at St Lawrence Chapel by 3:50 PM. Those unable to walk in process are invited to go immediately to the Cathedral. The South Street Parking Garage is available free of charge to all participants.
The Amici D ’Italia club is selling authentic Italian Lasagna to support St. Joseph Church and provide needy families with a warm holiday meal. Enjoy homemade lasagna with your family and/or provide a special treat for a family in need.
Select the order form listed below:
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.
UPDATED ENTRANCE TO ST. JOSEPH CEMETERY
The eastern entrance of the St. Joseph Cemetery was recently renovated with a new arch, wall and gates. The project began in 2012 when Adrian “Abe” Aumen, St. Joseph parishioner, visited the cemetery to repair damage to his grandparents’ tombstone and noticed the deterioration of the old entrance. Abe brought this to the attention of the parish staff but learned that funds were not available at the time. Earlier this year, Abe did research with local contractors and manufacturers to determine what materials were available and, giving thought to John 16:24 “Ask and you shall receive”, asked if they would consider donating them to the parish. Six different local companies donated their time, talent and materials to make the project a huge success. Various local organizations, including the Knights of Columbus and Holy Name Society, along with several businesses and individual parishioners contributed financially to cover other costs. Our thanks go to Mr. Aumen, the generous companies, the supportive organizations and individuals for creating the new and beautiful cemetery entrance.
Old entrance photo
New entrance photo