Saint Joseph School

Blue Ribbon School

School News:

OPEN HOUSE!- Parents, students, and friends of Saint Joseph School are invited to visit the school on Sunday, August 20th, from 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM for a “sneak peek” at the 2017-2018 school year. Acquaint yourself with the school building and visit the classrooms.

Saint Joseph School has some spaces available in grades preschool through 8. Please call the school at 766-2564 for information on registration.

Recycled Uniforms- School jumpers, skirts, pants, blouses, sweaters, shirts, and gym uniforms may be available.  Please visit the uniform closet at the school to drop off or pick up items in good condition, or call the school office for more information.


HELP SAINT JOSEPH SCHOOL!!! – You can purchase grocery cards (Giant, Karns, and Weis) in the school office or after most weekend Masses. Scrip cards (for most any retail stores or restaurants) may be purchased in the office where we have a selection of in-stock cards. Buying grocery and scrip cards is an easy way to make FREE money for SJS and also to earn tuition savings for yourself or someone else. To celebrate it being back-to-school month, August 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 this month!

The school office is open this summer Mondays through Thursdays from 9:00 AM until noon.  



Aug. 20- Open House 10:30 AM– 12:30 PM

Aug. 21- First Day of School for Grades 1-8

Aug. 23- Back to School Night for Preschool (6:30 PM)/ Music Information Night (6:30 PM)

Aug. 24- First Day for Kindergarten



Employment Opportunity – Saint Joseph School

Early Learning Program Classroom Aides:  – 3 – 5 days per week.  Approximately 3 – 6 hrs/day.  Aides will be working closely with the lead teacher in assisting with our 3 & 4 year old preschool students.  Any hired employee will need ALL necessary clearances completed (PA State Police Criminal Record Check; Department of Public Welfare Clearances; FBI Clearance from PDE; Youth Protection Training Clearance from the Diocese). 

Cover letter, resume and copies of all clearances should be submitted to Mrs. Rebecca Bamberger, Principal, Saint Joseph School at 420 East Simpson Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 or by e-mail:

Saint Joseph School has some spaces available in grades preschool through 8. Please call the school at 766-2564 for information on registration.

Recycled Uniforms- School jumpers, skirts, pants, blouses, sweaters, shirts, and gym uniforms may be available.  Please visit the uniform closet at the school to drop off or pick up items in good condition, or call the school office for more information.

HELP SAINT JOSEPH SCHOOL!!! – You can purchase grocery cards (Giant, Karns, and Weis) in the school office or after most weekend Masses. Scrip cards (for most any retail stores or restaurants) may be purchased in the office where we have a selection of in-stock cards. Buying grocery and scrip cards is an easy way to make FREE money for SJS and also to earn tuition savings for yourself or someone else.

The school office is open this summer Mondays through Thursdays from 9:00 AM until noon.  The office is closed on Fridays.


Aug. 15- Kindergarten & New Families Info Night w/ Ice Cream Social (5:45 PM) Aug. 16- Back to School Night for Grades 1-5 (6:30 PM) Aug. 17- Back to School Night for Grades 6, 7, & 8 (6:30 PM) Aug. 23- Back to School Night for Preschool (6:30 PM)


Congratulations to the class of 2017!  We are so proud of you and wish you the best of luck in high school! You will always be part of the SJS family. God bless!

The school office will  be closed on Monday, July 3rd, and Tuesday, July 4th, for the Independence Day holiday.

Other than the dates above, the office is open this summer on Mondays through Thursdays from 9:00 AM until noon.  The office is closed on Fridays. 

Several SJS students received their All Star Student award at a recent Harrisburg Senators game. Students were nominated by SJS staff for showing improvement throughout the year. Great job! We are proud of you!





The 3rd grade students used candling to learn if the chicken eggs they have on loan are fertile and will hatch into baby chicks. Candling helps them to determine if the fertilized eggs are still developing. The students illuminate the interior of the egg to be able to see what is inside the shell.

Our 7th grade girls attended the annual ESTEEM conference on May 18th at Shippensburg University.  The girls participated in a number of STEM-based labs and activities that promote women in the STEM fields.  It was a fun day of learning!

While the 7th grade girls participated in Shippensburg University’s ESTEEM event on May 18th, the 7th grade boys helped to plant vegetables in the school garden. The students planted tomatoes, peppers, beets, celery, zucchini, snow peas, and bush beans which join a variety of perennial herbs already in the garden.  Our students enjoy watching the plants grow, and they enjoy harvesting and eating them!


Third graders Jackson Walker, Bridget Edwards, and Brady Sprenkle took turns reading to their 4-H chick.  Our third graders enjoyed reading to the chicks after waiting patiently for them to hatch!

SJS held its spring band concert recently.  Shown with their instructor,   Mrs. Delaney, are 8th graders Carter Lazarus, Vanessa Wacker, Grace Duggan, Brayden Cortellini, and Matthew Bowman at their last grade school concert.  We thank them for their music and wish them much fun in high school band!

Two SJS students have been recognized in the 2017 Diocesan Art Contest. Seventh grader Aviana Abbas won 2nd place in the junior division for her work, “Tree of Faith”, and eighth grader Hanna Salus won honorable mention for her work, “Ichthys”. Congratulations, Aviana and Hanna!


Congratulations to Cole Lazarus, the 2017 valedictorian at Trinity High School. Cole is a graduate of Saint Joseph School.  He will be attending the University of Delaware in the honors college studying biochemistry. This will be the third straight year that a graduate of SJS is the valedictorian at Trinity High School.  We are proud of you, Cole!  Best of luck to you and all the graduates!

The SJS May Crowning Ceremony took place on Monday, May 8th.  The 2nd graders looked wonderful in their First Communion outfits.  The 2nd and 8th grade students placed blue and white carnations in front of the statue of the Blessed Mother.   Marian hymns were sung, and the rosary was said in English, French, and Spanish.


Congratulations to the SJS Girls on the Run and Heart and Sole Teams!  They recently completed their program and 5K run.  All the girls beat their goal for the finish! 


Thank you to Mrs. Mary Heimbuch (Branch Manager), Mrs. Pat Miller (Assistant Manager), and “Penny” (Mr. Jeff Kreamer) of the Members 1st Federal Credit Union on Market Plaza Way in Mechanicsburg for visiting the second grade to read the story, Alexander, Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday.  The students enjoyed listening to the story and discussing components of financial literacy, meeting the costumed character “Penny”, and receiving a pen and a piggy bank.  Each of the three 2nd grade classrooms as well as the library received a copy of Alexander, Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday. Thank you, Members 1st!

Eighth graders Carter Lazarus and Matthew Bowman participate in the Trinity Drum Line and the Trinity High School Indoor Percussion. The middle school drum line took 2nd place at the regional championships, and the high school took 1st place.  Congratulations to all! 

Eighth graders Spencer Britt, Ansh Shah, Anne Spila, Michael Azubike, and Adam Warren attended a symposium of sciences presented by students of science at Messiah College.  Accompanied by Mr. Sansone and Mrs. Kerstetter, the eighth graders attended engineering sessions in addition to the admissions session, took a tour of the labs, spent time with the game design class presentation (playing the video games that were created in the game design class), and attended the engineering poster session.  It was a great STEM experience!




Congratulations to 7th grader Chelsea Fink who won 3rd place in the Diocesan Faith Bee on April 24th  behind two 8th graders and out of 32 participants. She received a participation certificate, a rosary, and a crucifix. We are very proud of you, Chelsea!

SJS will be celebrating Grandparents Day from 9:00-11:00 AM on Monday, May 8th.

SJS will also be holding its May Crowning at 1:00 PM on Monday, May 8th, in Saint Joseph Church.  All are invited!

Job Posting: Director of Early Learning Program- Saint Joseph School is seeking a full-time Early Learning Program Director for our extended day preschool program for the 2017 – 2018 school year.  Please see the SJS website for the job description.

Congratulations to James Redmond (7A) who is a member of The Hershey Symphony Festival Strings, a middle school string orchestra. This orchestra was selected to perform for the All-Eastern Division of the National Association for Music Education Conference in Atlantic City, on April 7th. In addition, they were asked to perform at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Alice Tully Hall, on April 10th. They played three times with the Hershey Symphony-most recently on April 21st, to end the season.

The Middle School Drama Club gave wonderful performances of a student version of the Tony Award-winning musical, Pippin, to the student body as well as to their families.  Thank you to moderators Mrs. Rosanna Ellis, Mrs. Denise Auriemma, and Ashlyn Auriemma for their guidance!

K9 Merit and her handler from Summit Search & Rescue visited SJS to give an anti-bullying  presentation, “Be a Buddy…Not a Bully”, and also to demonstrate what bloodhounds do to help find missing persons and to find criminals.  

Students in the after-school “Garden” Enrichment Club recently painted birdhouses and planted flower and vegetable seeds while the Science Explorers “Kitchen Chemistry” Club performed experiments with materials found in the kitchen. 

Students are preparing for the upcoming Math 24 Tournament.


Congratulations to the following middle school students who made the Honor Roll for the second trimester: SIXTH GRADE 1st Honors- Alexandra Arnold, Ben Bonsall, Molly Boylan, Maya Caicedo, Teresa Hoellman, Tyler Kerstetter, Sydney Manning, Ava Quagliani, Sophia Quagliani, and Alina Tran. SIXTH GRADE 2nd Honors- Hope Geisel, Samual Horne, Joey Koranda, Paige Kiarie, Leeann Magel, Declan Raniowski, Sydney Russell, and Olivia Sekyi-Aidoo. SEVENTH GRADE 1st Honors- Catherine Britt, Erin Gnall, Marie Bernadette O’Brien, James Porter, Gracie Sprenkle, Isabela Wilson, and Christian Yeager. SEVENTH GRADE 2nd Honors- Aviana Abbas, Aidan Appleby, Kimberly Azubike, Isabella Bebe, Kyle Blum, Sophia Cirelli, Michelle Dominoski, Chelsea Fink, Jacob Learish, Bryce Montgomery, Gemma Pykosh, James Redmond, and Robert Root.  EIGHTH GRADE 1st Honors- Ryan Crowell, Grace Duggan, Matthew Jones, Carter Lazarus, Hanna Salus, Eden Skreppen, and Vanessa Wacker.  EIGHTH GRADE 2nd Honors- Michael Azubike, Spencer Britt, Aidan Casey, Ben Hare, Natalie Koranda, Campbell May, Aubrey Quagliani, Margaret Reagan, Sophia Sak, Nick Schiffer, Zach Serafin, Ansh Shah, AnnaMarie Starvaggi, and Adam Warren.

Congratulations to our students who competed in the Capital Area Intermediate Unit Middle School Computer Fair on Wednesday, March 29th. The results are as follows. Animation: 1st place- Hanna Salus, Annie Starvaggi, and Ryan Crowell; 2nd place-Tyler Kerstetter. Digital Movie: 1st place-Gracie Sprenkle, Isabella Bebe, and Izzy Groves; 3rd place Molly Boylan.  Programming: 2nd place-Michael Azubike and Ansh Shah. The first place students will compete on May 24th at the State Computer Fair at Dickinson College. Way to go!

SJS students did an excellent job this year at the Capital Area Science and Engineering Fair (CASEF). The following students won the following awards: Anne Spila-American Association of Highway Engineers Award; Spencer Britt- Engineering Week Council Award; Erin Gnall – Dr. Love Excellence in Presentation Award; Adan Warren-Dr. Love Excellence in Presentation Award; Adam Warren- NASA Award; Catherine Britt, Vanessa Wacker, and Adam Warren- Eligible for Broadcam Masters; Vanessa Wacker- Category Winner of Plant Sciences, Grand Champion Finalist; and Adam Warren- Category Winner of Physics, Grand Champion Finalist, 3rd overall. Congratulations to all!  First Place Awards-Catherine Britt, Vanessa Wacker, and Adam Warren.  Second Place Awards- Spencer Britt, Grace Duggan, Erin Gnall, Natalie Koranda, Marie Bernadette O’Brien, Eden Skreppen, Anne Spila, and Annie Starvaggi.  Third Place Award- Konnor Beard.

Pictured:  Vanessa Wacker, Mr. Sansone and Adam Warren: 

Kimberly Azubike of 7B was the 3rd place winner in the American Legion Essay Contest, “What Does the American Flag Represent?”  Kimberly read her essay to legion members and their guests. Post 109.  Congratulations, Kimberly!

Thirteen eighth graders took part in a Science Symposium at Hershey Medical Center sponsored by the Dauphin County Medical Society Alliance. This program is designed for 8th grade students who have exhibited an interest in medical sciences or research. The day included an overview of opportunities within the medical field as well as speakers, a Life Lion Hangar tour, and instruction in Hands-Only CPR.

Congratulations to seventh graders Chelsea Fink and Isabela Wilson for earning first place and second place, respectively, in the Saint Joseph Parish Faith Bee.  Chelsea will represent Saint Joseph Parish at the Diocesan Faith Bee on April 24th.  Good luck, Chelsea!


Second grade students recently visited the Whitaker Center in Harrisburg. They viewed the 3D IMAX film “Dream Big,” from which they learned about the creativity, problem-solving, and problem-finding that it takes to be an engineer, as well as ethical and ecological questions presented to them. Students also explored the science center exhibits which included forces of nature, sound and light waves, wind and rain power, pulleys, levers and ramps, and the Carnival of Health (where they learned about healthy living and the human body).

Mrs. Mann, a 3A parent, visited 3A to give the students an introduction to children’s yoga. She showed the students breathing techniques and poses for relaxation, focus, and calming which can help with stress, feelings, and emotions at school and at home. The students loved it and took to it instantly. 3A is looking forward to their next mini class with Mrs. Mann very soon!

Several 8th graders participated in the National History Day Regional Competition on Saturday, March 4th, at Messiah College. Kneeling (left to right) are: Rena Charles, Sophia Sak, and Natalie Koranda. Standing (left to right) are: Adam Warren, Matthew Jones, Eden Skreppen, Vanessa Wacker, Aubrey Quagliani, Ryan Crowell, Michael Azubike, and Annie Starvaggi.


Seventh grader James Porter scored 1st place at the school level of The National Geographic Geography Bee. We wish James good luck as he moves on to compete at the next level.

S.M.A.R.T.S. is the acronym for Students Making Appropriate Decisions in Tough Situations, a safety curriculum offered by the Mechanicsburg Police Department and which began at Saint Joseph School in SY 2010-2011. Some of the program topics in grades K-4 include: “Who am I?” (a discussion of what the police do and how to get help in an emergency), What is a Drug?, Safe at Home, Stranger Danger, Computers and You, Cyber Safety, The Law, Halloween Safety, and Summer Safety. Sergeant Brian Curtis of the Mechanicsburg Police Department delivers the lessons in grades K-4. Sergeant Peter Beauduy of the Upper Allen Township Police Department delivers the S.M.A.R.T.S. lessons in grades 5-8. Some of the lessons include Cyber Bullying and Cyber Safety, Interpersonal Safety, Smoking, Drugs and Alcohol, and Halloween Safety.  Pictured is Sgt. Curtis who visited with students earlier this week.



Facebook – SJS is on Facebook. Be sure to like the official Saint Joseph School of Mechanicsburg page #sjsblueribbon.   There is also a direct link to our FB page on our school website.


Middle School students enjoyed a Mardi Gras celebration on February 24th. Pictured are some of the eighth graders with beads and masks.

SJS celebrated “Read Across America” the week of February 27th-March 3rd.  Some of the activities included a Harrisburg Senator’s “Hit the Books” assembly, Book Bingo for grades 1-5,  Bishop Gainer reading Last Stop on Market Street during one of the morning news shows, a green eggs and ham lunch, a “wear green” free dress down day, a Green Eggs and Ham  video during the morning news, mystery readers in all of the classrooms, and making “ooblek”.

 Congratulations to Cassidy Montgomery in 4th grade who will be the SJS representative to the Diocesan Spelling Bee (grades 4,5,6) on Wednesday, March 29th. Good luck, Cassidy!

The following eight SJS students scored among the top ten Saint Joseph Parish students in the written assessment of the Diocesan Faith Bee and will have the opportunity to participate in the Saint Joseph Oral Faith Bee.  Congratulations to: Ryan Crowell, Chelsea Fink, Matthew Jones, Carter Lazarus, Molly O’Brien, James Porter, Annie Starvaggi, and Isabela Wilson.  Good luck in the next round!

Congratulations to the following seven SJS students who were selected for this year’s Cumberland County Junior  Honors Band which recently performed at Messiah College: Matthew Bowman, (mallet percussion), Vanessa Wacker, (flute), Carter Lazarus, (tenor sax), Chelsea Fink, (trumpet), Robert Root, (baritone), Aidan Appleby, (trombone), and Grace Duggan, (bass clarinet). The students rehearsed with approximately 125 other students from 17 Cumberland County middle schools all day on a Friday and the following day wowed audience members with a fantastic concert! Thank you to our students for representing SJS so admirably!

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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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Eucharistic Adoration – September 3, 2017, 12:30-3 PM


Next Monthly Eucharist Adoration will be held on Sunday, September 3, 2017, 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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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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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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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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CHOSEN meets on Wednesdays, at 6:30 PM in the Lee Horan Rm. We will start back in the Fall!


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A Day of Reflection for Harrisburg Diocese Deaf Community here at Saint Joseph!

Father Michael Depcik, OSFS, a deaf priest from Detroit, spent an afternoon of reflection with the deaf community.  Well over 30 deaf Catholics attended from all over the Diocese.  Father celebrated Mass in American Sign Language, with Ginny Duncan and Father Rozman voicing Father Mike’s prayers and homily.  It was a very uplifting event for our deaf friends.

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2017 Bishop’s Annual Lenten Appeal

Thank you to all who have volunteered in helping and for those that participated in the 2017 Bishop’s Annual Lenten Appeal.  The following is our current progress:  Assessment Amount $202,300:  Pledged to Date – $227,748.94; Paid to Date – $150,053.94;  Balance remaining – $77,695.00. 

If you did pledge, please continue to follow through on your pledge payments.  Every dollar over our assessment comes back to our Saint Joseph Parish Family to assist us in providing important ministries which aid in the sacramental life of our parish. 

Thank you for your continued support and generosity!   

Father Rozman


Thank you to all who contributed thus far to our goal!

A gift to the Bishop’s Annual Lenten Appeal supports the ministries of the Diocese of Harrisburg to meet the social services and ministerial needs of the people in our 15 counties.


How You Can Donate
  • At the Parish:   Your parish office is ready to accept your pledge via cash or check. Checks are to be made payable to the parish and are to be mailed or delivered to the parish office directly.
  • Online:  To charge your donation to Mastercard or Visa, simply click the “Donate Now” button above.
  • Phone Assistance:   Still not sure which way you’d like to participate this year? Give your parish office a call, or contact the Diocese of Harrisburg’s Lenten Appeal Office at 717-657-4804, ext. 336.


COMMUNICATIONS The Church makes use of various forms of communication in today’s world to share the Good NBishop Ronald Gainer speaking on the radio.ews with others. The Lenten Appeal directly supports the diocese’s diverse communication efforts to evangelize with today’s media. These vehicles include the diocesan Web site, The Catholic Witness newspaper in print and on the Web, social media efforts such as an active Facebook page and YouTube channel accessible via the diocesan Web site, the Insight monthly e-newsletter, radio broadcasts and television programming. These vehicles of communication yield countless opportunities to spread the Church’s mission and to support the good works of the various ministries of the diocese and its parishes.

122112-LOURDES-girl-praying EDUCATION The Lenten Appeal provides support for a variety of educational opportunities, whether in a school, parish or diocesan setting, regarding instruction in the faith. The Diocese educates 11,606 in its 35 elementary schools, 7 secondary schools, pre-school and kindergarten programs. 16,633 attending public schools received religious instruction in 89 parish programs of religious education. Adult education is provided through the Diocesan Institute, in parish-based programs as well as through the Rite of Christian Initiation and the continuing education for priests and deacons.

EVANGELIZATION Evangelization is fundamental to the overall mission of the Church. It is always rooted in faith and involves a personal encounter with Jesus Christ that leads to a profound experience of conversion. All are called to know Christ and to make Him known to others. This is the responsibility of the entire Church and is securely located in the activity of the local Church, both at the parish and diocesan levels. This is accomplished in a myriad of opportunities: from Bible study; to retreat experiences; through youth programs and activities; by chaplains in hospitals and prisons; through missionary activity both at home and abroad; through marriage preparation and sacramental formation; as well as outreach in soup kitchens, food pantries, refugee resettlement and in meeting cultural needs of those from other lands.

 Babies at Catholic Charities HUMAN SERVICES Support for the Lenten Appeal provides funding for the programs and activities of Catholic Charities, including Adoption and Foster Care programs, Homes for Healing – Lourdeshouse, The Interfaith Shelter for Homeless Families, Evergreen House and Hope House – Paradise School and the Bishop Dattilo Retirement Residence for priests. Funding is also provided to meet the temporal needs of the diocese and to assist parishes in becoming good stewards with sound financial practices and review.



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Alpha… Come & See!

Alpha is an opportunity to explore the BIG questions of life & faith in a friendly, open and informal environment.  Give Alpha a “test run” by attending the Come & See Lunch on Monday, January 23 at noon in Brindle Hall.  There will be food, a short talk, and small group discussion.  Questions are encouraged; discussions are lively!  To register, email Mary Vukelich at  (Please register by Wednesday, January 18th so we can be sure to have enough food and arrange for childcare if needed!)

If you like the Come & See Lunch, then come back the next week!  There are 11 sessions in all.   Topics include:

 * Who is Jesus? * Why should I pray? *

* How does God guide us today? *

Alpha is for anyone who is looking for something more in life!

You don’t have to be Catholic or Christian to attend.  Intrigued?…. then Come & See!

Click here for a complete schedule of topics & dates.


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