Devotions

Blessings

Epiphany Blessing
Fr. Olkowski visits homes of the faithful upon request to impart the Epiphany blessing over the lintel.

Devotions to the Sacred Heart

Enthronement to the Sacred Heart

Enthronement to the Sacred Heart of Jesus was begun in France in 1907 by Fr. Mateo Crawley-Boevey, SSCC.  He believed that in order to win souls for Christ and build a civilization of love, it must start with the evangelization of the family. One way to accomplish this goal is to enthrone the Sacred Heart of Jesus in one’s home. It is very simple act that will bring countless blessings to your family.

Much more than a blessing of a picture of Jesus for your home, it is the dedication of a person and family to the Divine Heart of Jesus, to live in union with Him by love, grace and obedience to His Commandments.

The Sacred Heart of Jesus enthronement ceremony was approved by Pope St. Pius X in 1908, and since then has enjoyed much success as homes all over the world have enthroned Jesus as their Lord and King.

For those families who are spiritually prepared to elevate their home to a higher state by formally enthroning the Sacred Heart in a prominent location, the Church offers a beautiful rite that is typically shared with friends and neighbors and followed by an appropriate feast and social gathering to celebrate.  Contact Fr. Olkowski to make arrangement for your enthronement.  The protocol for the enthronement is available here.

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First Friday Devotions to the Sacred Heart
Following 8:15 a.m. mass on First Fridays, Fr. Olkowski leads the faithful in Devotions to the Sacred Heart that consist of the Litany to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and several other prayers.

Lenten Devotions

Prayer before a Crucifix
Following 8:15 a.m. mass on First Fridays, Fr. Olkowski leads the faithful in Devotions to the Sacred Heart that consist of the Litany to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and several other prayers.

Stations of the Cross
Fr. Olkowski leads three of our Knights of the Altar (crucifer and two acolytes) in the traditional Way of the Cross by Saint Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787) on select Fridays in Lent.

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Picture courtesy of Mark O’Neill

Marian Devotions

Rosary
The Rosary is prayed before each Sunday Mass, beginning at 1:00 p.m. Members of our community take turns leading us in this devotion to Mary.

May Crowning
Yearly in May, a May Crowning is held to honor Mary. At the May Crowning, children present flowers to Our Lady and a recent First Communicant crowns Mary. Click here to view the program from a past May Crowning.

May CrowningPilgrim Virgin of Fatima Home Visitation
The Latin Mass Community invites you to welcome into your home St. Joseph Church’s Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima. You may sign up to have the statue in your home for a period of one month.  For more information and to sign up, please CLICK HERE.

Our Lady of Fatima

Rosary Rally
In October, a public rosary rally is organized by members of our Latin Mass community on behalf of America Needs Fatima, an apostolate of the TFP (Tradition, Family and Property).  Other public rosaries occur locally throughout the year.

Rosary Rally

Picture courtesy of Brenda Asso

Public Square Rosary

In Reparation for the Sins Against the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary 

“The Rosary will be a very powerful armor against hell; it will destroy vice, deliver from sin and dispel heresy.” —Our Lady to Saint Dominic

When:      Saturdays on select months throughout the year
Where:     Longs Park, 1441 Harrisburg Pike Lancaster, PA (Across from Wegman’s Shopping Center)
Time:        12 noon   (Typically 30-40 minutes)

For questions contact Rosary Captains: Mark Asso or  Brenda Asso

717- 293-1384 (Home)

Pilgrimages

Carmelite Pilgrimages

On what started out as a rainy Saturday morning on September 14th, the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, twenty two pilgrims journeyed to the Carmel of Jesus, Mary and Joseph in Fairfield for our first ever ladies’ pilgrimage. The pilgrimage began with High Mass offered by Fr. Olkowski with the angelic voices of the sisters singing Gregorian chant throughout the Mass. Pilgrims then had the opportunity to meet with five of the sisters in the speak room and ask questions to learn more about the Carmelite vocation while Fr. Olkowski also offered a talk about vocations in the temporary chapel. The rain ceased by lunchtime, offering the opportunity to picnic outside, followed by service projects for the sisters. Groups sewed bed sheets, weeded and planted a garden bed, and cleaned the farmhouse, which houses workers who are helping build the monastery.

A men’s pilgrimage is in the planning stages for late spring 2020 (probably after Easter) and the next women’s pilgrimage will be the autumn of 2020. Questions should be directed to our pilgrimage coordinator Kris Keck at krishan.keck@gmail.com. You can read an article about the Fairfield Carmelites here.

 

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Annual Pilgrimage for Restoration

The annual Pilgrimage for Restoration — a traditional walking pilgrimage in the footsteps of the North American Martyrs, in the majestic Adirondacks of New York State in late September. Pilgrims walk from the Lake of the Blessed Sacrament at Lake George Village, NY to the Shrine of Our Lady’s Martyrs of New France at Auriesville, NY

Modeled on the pilgrimage to Chartres that takes place in France each year, the Pilgrimage for Restoration has enriched the faith of thousands of Catholics of all ages over the last 25 years. The Traditional Latin Mass is offered each day, and there are opportunities for confession, prayer, and fellowship with Catholics from around the country and around the world. Discounts are available for groups and families.

Annual Buckley March for Men and Boys

Each year, priests, seminarians and laymen undertake the Buckley March, an annual Traditional Latin Mass pilgrimage from Barnesville, Maryland to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.  Named after its founder, Father James Buckley, FSSP, the march is now over a decade old.

Several men and their sons from our Lancaster Latin Mass community have participated in this grueling, but spiritually rewarding event.  Our Knights of the Altar Society servers joined their fathers for the march which has a strong component of promoting vocations to the priesthood.  The boys are able to interact with priests and seminarians as they hike 20 miles each day singing songs, praying all the decades of the rosary and observing periods of silent contemplation.

The purpose of the march is to make reparation for our own sins and the sins of our nation, to beg God’s mercy upon us and to pray for the conversion of hearts.

There are different ways to participate in the march. Men and capable teenage boys (able to walk 20 miles each day) are invited for the entire march and stay at the campsites.  Everyone else can join the last leg of the pilgrimage, which begins at the Georgetown Waterfront Park in D.C. for the final uphill march to the Bascilia.

The three-day march typically held in late May/early June comprises nearly 60 miles in total, following the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal route.  The schedule begins with a sung Mass at St. Mary’s Church in Barnesville on the first morning and concludes with a Solemn High Mass at the Basilica in D.C. For additional information, visit the pilgrimage website: http://fsspdcpilgrimage.com/index.html

An EWTN News story about the March can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/MwA4fBgr6Ew

Sacramentals

Brown Scapular
Following the reception of their First Holy Communion, children are invested in the brown scapular.

Sacramentals for Expectant Mothers
There are certain Sacramentals in the Roman Ritual through which we request God’s blessing that an expecting mother can have a safe delivery and also the grace of having her child baptized. Fr. Olkowski would be happy to provide the following to any expecting lady at her request. Please do not hesitate to ask.

  • Blessing of Expectant Mother
    Can be given at any time during pregnancy
  • Candle in Honor of St. Raymond Nonnatus
    To be taken home and burned, and especially when the time of delivery approaches.
  • St. Torellus Water
    Special Holy Water which can be sprinkled, used to bless oneself, drunk, or used in small amounts in cooking.

Rite of Betrothal

Fr. Olkowski is happy to offer the Rite of Betrothal for any newly engaged couple.  An article about this ancient custom can be found here.  A program for the rite is found below.

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Benediction

BENEDICTION is a short ex­position of the Blessed Sac­rament for adoration by the faith­ful.  Benediction began in the 14th century with the custom of exposing the Blessed Sacrament for reverence and adoration. By the 16th century, blessing with the Sacred Host was added. The rite usually consists of:

  1. Exposing the Blessed Sacrament for reverence in a monstrance
  2. Incensation
  3. Singing the O Salutaris Hostia (O Saving Victim)
  4. Incensation during the singing of Tantum Ergo (Down in Adoration Falling)
  5. The Priest wearing the humeral veil makes the Sign of the Cross over the people with the Blessed Sacrament in the monstrance.
  6. Recitation of the Divine Praises
  7. Replacement of the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle during the recessional.

Please note: Whenever a rite such as benediction or a procession or any other separate event from Holy Mass takes place following Mass, the rubrics call for the Final Blessing and Last Gospel to be omitted and the servers immediately prepare the altar with the twelve candles on either side of the tabernacle while the priest removes his chasuble and replaces it with a cope.

Benediction is permitted on Sundays, feast days, twice a week during Lent, at the Forty Hours Devotion, and every day during a parish mission and on other days designated by the Bishop. Our community celebrates Benediction on the third Sunday of each month.

Benediction