About the Traditional Latin Mass Community of St. Joseph Catholic Church

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The Traditional Latin Mass Community of St. Joseph Catholic Church, located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, is a Latin Mass Community in the Diocese of Harrisburg.

The Mass and Sacraments are performed in the Latin usus antiquior of the Roman Rite, in accordance with the liturgical books of 1962, as expressed in the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

History of Our Community

Established in 2008, the Lancaster Latin Mass Community is entering its second decade serving the faithful in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  We were established by his Excellency Bishop Rhoades as a second location in the Diocese of Harrisburg in addition to Mater Dei at St. Lawrence Chapel, the apostolate of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter (F.S.S.P.)  At that time, Father Frank Parrinello, then a member of the F.S.S.P, drove from Harrisburg each week to offer the Traditional Latin Mass at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Lancaster.  After some time, the Lancaster Latin Mass was changed from a mission of the F.S.S.P to a diocesan apostolate.  Father Pang Tcheou, then the chaplain at Millersville University, became our first diocesan celebrant. Over the years our community has been shepherded by a number of diocesan priests.  In August 2016, we transferred from St. Anthony of Padua Church to St. Joseph Catholic Church, also in Lancaster City, and now more than two years later in our new home, we continue to flourish and we enjoy the yearly visitation of His Excellency, Bishop Ronald Gainer, who comes to offer a Solemn High Mass and give First Holy Communion to young members of our community.  

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