Christmas and New Year’s Schedule

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Mass Schedule:

Christmas Eve, Sunday, December 24:
4:00 PM   Children’s Mass – with American Sign Language
6:30 PM   Christmas Mass
10:00 PM Christmas Mass with Choir 

Christmas Day, Monday, December 25:  9:00 AM and 11:00  AM 

New Year’s Day Mass – The Solemnity of Mary

Monday, January 1, 2018:              8:00 AM (only one Mass)


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Eucharistic Adoration – January 7, 2018, 12:30-3 PM


Next Monthly Eucharist Adoration will be held on Sunday, January 7, 2018, following the 11:30 AM Mass.  Benediction will be at 3:00 PM.  When is the last time you spent some prayer time with Our Eucharist Lord?  All are invited!


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Saint Joseph School

Blue Ribbon School

School News:

On Wednesday, November 15th, sixty-two science fair projects were judged by students and professors from the Science Department at Messiah College.  They were very impressed by the creative ideas that the seventh and eighth grade students from SJS had to offer.  They chose 12 projects to move on to the Capital Area Science and Engineering Fair in March.  These projects include:

  1. Bridges over Troubled Water- Catherine Britt 2. Stop Eroding This Instant- James Porter 3. H2O Low – Sophie Cirelli 4. Basics and Acidics of Water pH- Ben Bonsall 5. My, What White Teeth You Have- Gracie Sprenkle 6. Mind Music- Christian Yeager 7. Mint on the Brain- Molly O’Brien 8. Do You Hear What I Hear?- Maya Caicedo 9. How Hot is Your Spot?- Tyler Kerstetter 10. Make Your Sleep Count- Jacob Learish 11. Freeze- Gemma Pykosh 12. It Takes Guts To Be a Hero: Go Probiotics- Erin Gnall


Congratulations to all the students for their fine work!


Saint Joseph School students and staff recently held a food drive to stock the shelves of New Hope Ministries in Mechanicsburg. The school’s contribution was close to 1000 pounds of food! Thank you, students, parents, and staff!  Pictured are members of the school’s Student Service Council who gathered the donations from the classrooms and loaded them onto the New Hope Ministries truck.  



The Sixth Annual Tree of Lights Ceremony will take place at SJS on Tuesday, December 5th, at 6:00 PM.  Music will be provided by the SJS liturgy choir and band ensembles. 

A social with light refreshments will follow the ceremony.

The Liturgy Choir and Handbell Choir will be participating in Saint Joseph Parish Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 10th.

Nurses from the Geisinger Health System joined us for two days of “Germ City” presentations.  Students in Preschool to 3rd Grade had the opportunity to see the presentations and learn about the prevention of germs. This is the eighth year we have participated in this program.

Students and staff made 34 wreaths for the fundraiser, “Wreaths for a Reason”, to benefit Shalom House in Harrisburg. Shalom House is a temporary shelter for women and children who have nowhere else to go, and it provides for their basic needs: a bed, food, clothing, health and hygiene supplies, and a temporary address and telephone number. Thanks so much to the teachers, aides, and students who made the wreaths! This was our seventh year participating in this fundraiser.

SJS held its first annual Veterans Day Assembly on Nov.10th at which we honored our veterans and those currently serving our country.  Our gathering included prayer, music, and speeches from veterans and an active duty officer who all have connections to our school.  Additionally, there was a slideshow of veterans and those who are actively serving, who are related to SJS families. SJS donated the funds from the day’s red, white, and blue dress down in order to present “Wreaths Across America” with a check for $1,000 to help place wreaths on the graves of veterans at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.  Thank you to our SJS families who helped to contribute to our Veteran’s Day Assembly. God Bless America, and God Bless our veterans and active-duty military personnel!

The annual SJS food drive to help stock the shelves of the New Hope Ministries food pantry is underway and will end on Tuesday, November 21st.


Grocery Card BONUS Month – November is a BONUS MONTH for all grocery card sales. That means that your credit percentage toward tuition will be doubled on all purchases of Giant, Karns, and Weis cards during November! 



The Liturgy Choir and Handbell Choir will be singing and playing at the 9:45 AM Mass on Sunday, November 19, 2017.  Both groups will also be participating in Saint Joseph Parish Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 10th, in the evening.


Students in grades 1-5 were treated to a Science Explorers assembly especially designed for their grade levels.  In the presentation, “Crazy Chemistry”, students learned about states of matter, chemical changes, and endothermic and exothermic reactions.  

The SJS Science Fair will be held on November 15, 2017.  Student projects will be on display in Brindle Hall. 

The SJS Fall Book Fair will be open during Christmas Fest from 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM on Saturday, November 18, 2017, in the school library. 

The annual SJS food drive to help stock the shelves of the New Hope Ministries food pantry is underway and will end on Tuesday, November 21, 2017.

Grocery Card BONUS Month – November will be a BONUS MONTH for all grocery card sales. That means that your credit percentage toward tuition will be doubled on all purchases of Giant, Karns, and Weis cards during November! 


SJS offers various after-school enrichment clubs. Students are enjoying learning to write different types of poems in the after-school poetry enrichment club.

Red Ribbon Week, a nation-wide, anti-drug campaign, was celebrated October 23rd-27th at Saint Joseph School.  The theme for this year was “Your Future Is Key, So Stay Drug Free”. Students and staff were given special red ribbons to wear all week. A poster contest for grades 1-8 was also held. These posters were on display throughout the school. A dress down day was awarded to the winners of the poster contest.


Interested in learning more about Saint Joseph School? Join us for our open house to learn more about our programs, tour our school, and have the chance to meet our teachers and administrators. SJS is committed to providing preschool through eighth grade students with a Catholic, faith-filled education that helps our students develop spiritually, intellectually, and physically. Please contact us at 717-766-2564 with any questions. We look forward to meeting you at our open house!

We’ve had a GREAT Socktober!  2,702 pairs of socks were donated by SJS families and staff during our Socktober drive! The breakdown for the grades is as follows: Preschool: 72 pairs; K-2: 629 pairs; 3-5: 1,045 pairs; 6-8: 956 pairs. The socks collected were donated to the Interfaith Shelter for Homeless Families. Our SJS community certainly is generous!  Thank you!

After-school enrichment clubs are underway for our students in grades 1-8. One of the clubs, the Chess Club, challenges students to concentrate, think logically, and strategize.

Elections for the SJS Student Service Council were held recently, and the induction ceremony for the officers and homeroom representatives was held after Mass on Oct. 12th.  Congratulations to these 6th, 7th, and 8th graders who will serve the student body for the 2017-2018 school year!

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Mass Celebrating the Gifts of People with Disabilities

The annual Mass Celebrating the Gifts of People with Disabilities was held on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 5 PM at Saint Joseph Church in Mechanicsburg. Bishop Ronald Gainer was the celebrant and homilist for the Mass celebrating the participation of parishioners with disabilities throughout the diocese. Bishop Gainer blessed a special icon picture depicting Saint Francis de Sales teaching Martin the Mass in sign language.  Jody Cole, one of our parishioners wrote the icon.  

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Now Available: MYPARISH APP for Saint Joseph Parish!

Saint Joseph Parish App: MYPARISHAPP is for Apple and Android phones. Your phone must be equipped with either the APP STORE or PLAY STORE installed on your device, to enable this feature and best of all this app is FREE! There are two ways to get the myparishapp on your smart phone. #1. You can download the app by texting the letters “A-P-P” to the phone number 88202. You will be texted a link to tap on, to download the app. OR #2. You can access the internet from your phone and type in then select INSTALL. If you receive a message to ALLOW access, please select ALLOW. If you receive a message to select YOUR PARISH enter the zip code 17055 and select: SAINT JOSEPH CATHOLIC CHURCH.

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That Man Is You!

That Man Is You! is kicking off its fall session!    

Click here for details!

 THAT MAN IS YOU! is an interactive men’s program focused on the development of men in the modern world.  This session, entitled “The Unveiling of Love”, helps men grasp the depth and beauty of the Church’s vision of love and marriage, provides a vision of love that lies hidden behind the “mundane details” of everyday life, and relates stories from around the globe of couples who have lived the mystery of love to its very end. 

It’s not too late to join…  Contact Tony Devlin at

Daytime option: Saturdays, Sept 16-Dec 16, 6:15 AM

                                   Brindle Hall


Evening option: Tuesdays, Sept 19-Dec 19, 6:30 PM

Parish Life & Education Center,

Saint Joseph Hall

Fee: n/a

 … and click here for weekly updates. 



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Welcome to Saint Joseph Parish!

Welcome to Saint Joseph Parish! We are delighted that you’re worshiping with us! If you are a new member and have yet to register, please fill out this Parish Registration Form: and submit it to the Parish Office. Check out our list of ministry opportunities (listed under Parish Life) and get involved! Please feel free to call our Parish Office at 766-9433 with any questions!

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Legion of Mary meeting every Wednesday at 7 PM in the John Paul II Room – Come Join Us!


The Legion of Mary is a world-wide organization and one of the best in the Catholic Church for us lay people!  The Legion of Mary is the perfect combination of the 3 things that all all Catholic life should be about: deepening prayer life, continuous learning about the truths of our Faith (as Matthew Kelly said!) and sharing the beauty of the Faith with others in our community on a regular basis.  The Legion of Mary is for men and women, and we meet every Wednesday evening at 7 o’clock in the parish office.  You are welcome any time to come and see what we are all about.

Please feel free to come, there is no obligation!  Membership in the Legion is a great way to undertake great things for God and the salvation of souls!  For further information, please contact Nancy Hudock, 421-0250.

Our Lady of Fatima

The apparition of Our Lady of Fatima is truly one of the most remarkable of all the major Marian apparitions.  The year 2017 marks the 100th Anniversary of her appearances to the 3 shepherd children of Fatima: Jacinta, Francisco, and Lucia.  She came to them six times starting on May 13, 1917.  The heavenly visits culminated on October 13, 1917, with the great Miracle of the Sun, a miracle witnessed by more than 70,000 people.

As always, when Our Lady comes to us, her desire is to draw us closer to her Son and to His Church.  Some of the truths of the Fatima apparitions are:

  1. the need for conversion of the world
  2. the reality of Heaven, Hell, Purgatory 
  3. the necessity of self-sacrifice and prayer, especially the Rosary

The Legion of Mary has a beautiful statue of Our Lady of Fatima, that we would love to bring to the homes of our parishioners!  Each family would be able to keep the statue for a week — a week of amazing blessings and grace! 



Family Spirituality: Enthronement of the Sacred Heart

The Legion of Mary has an apostolate at Saint Joseph Parish: Enthronement of the Sacred Heart in the homes of our fellow parishioners.

“Enthronement” means to place on a throne in recognition of someone’s authority. To enthrone the image of Christ in our homes thus means to recognize His rule over us. “Heart,” when applied to Christ, refers to His physical heart as a symbol of His person and nature, which is love. “Sacred Heart” signifies that Our Lord’s heart is that of God.

Enthronement of the Sacred Heart means the recognition of Jesus as the King and friend of the family by placing a picture or statue of Jesus showing His beautiful heart in a special, prominent place in our homes. It means giving our Lord the first place in our family life.

From the approved apparitions of our Lord to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque come many powerful promises to those who honor His Sacred Heart, including:

· I will give them all the graces necessary for their state in life.

  • I will establish peace in their families.
  • I will console them in all their difficulties.
  • I will be their assured refuge in life and most especially at death.
  • I will pour out abundant benediction on all their undertakings.
  • Sinners will find in My Heart the source of an infinite ocean of mercy.

The Legion of Mary will be happy to schedule a time for you and your family to enthrone the Sacred Heart in your home.. The Legion of Mary will donate all the prayer information, the images of the Sacred Heart and Immaculate Heart, and a beautiful certificate to commemorate the day. Families need only supply flowers, candles, and a Bible.

As you invite the Lord into your home in such a special way, this will undoubtedly be some of the best spiritual time your family will ever spend together!


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Electronic Giving


Stewardship is a Way of Life

“It is in giving, that we receive” – Saint Francis of Assisi


2 Corinthians 9:6-11:

Brothers and sisters, consider this:

whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly,

and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.

Each must do as already determined, without sadness or compulsion,

for God loves a cheerful giver.

Moreover, God is able to make every grace abundant for you,

so that in all things, always having all you need,

you may have an abundance for every good work.

As it is written:

 He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor;

his righteousness endures forever.

 The one who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food

will supply and multiply your seed

and increase the harvest of your righteousness.

 You are being enriched in every way for all generosity,

which through us produces thanksgiving to God.


Each registered family at Saint Joseph Parish is automatically enrolled to receive monthly envelopes for their weekly contributions.  Some families have opted to set up a “bill payer” system.  This is where you can request an automatic payment from your financial institution, to be sent directly to our church (410 E Simpson Street, Mechanicsburg, PA  17055) at your requested date of the month and the amount you choose.  The financial institution will then generate a paper check and send to the parish on that date. This is not as electronic as we had previously, but the best news of all is that this service for almost all people is free to both the donor and the parish.  Thank you for your continued support of the parish and if you have any questions, please contact the parish Finance Manager at 766-9433.










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Annual Men’s Retreat at Mount Saint Mary’s August 4-6th!

Attention Men of the Parish: Sign up now for the 39th  Annual Diocesan Men’s Retreat at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, MD.  (Only 45 minutes down Route 15!)  

The men’s retreat will be held from Friday evening, August 4 to early Sunday afternoon, August 6, 2017.  The cost for this vacation for your soul is $150 for 2 nights lodging and 6 good meals. A deposit of $60 will hold your reservation with the remainder due upon arrival.

Our retreat master this year is Monsignor Charles Pope, and his theme is “Journey to the Normal Christian Life.” He is currently a dean and pastor in the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.  Along with publishing a daily blog at the Archdiocese of Washington website, he has written in pastoral journals, conducted numerous retreats for priests and lay faithful, and led weekly Bible studies in both the U.S. Congress and the White House. For full information and a reservation form, see or call Jim Folmer at 717-697-0426, or Tom Andrews at 717-802-9000, or pick up a packet from the parish office during our office hours.


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