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.


Picture courtesy of Mark O’Neill

Marian Devotions

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


Thanks to an overwhelming response, we have filled all the spots on our first pilgrimage.  Regretfully, the space in the monastery chapel and speak room requires us to limit the number of pilgrims.  Stay tuned for a second ladies pilgrimage in 2020.  First preference will be given to those who were not able to attend this pilgrimage.   A Men’s pilgrimage is in the planning stages for late autumn. Questions should be directed to our pilgrimage coordinator Kris Keck at You can read an article about the Fairfield Carmelites here.

Ladies' Pilgrimage to the Carmelite Monastery in Fairfield, PA on September 14, 2019

Sample pilgrimage schedule for 30 pilgrims:

  • 9am: Mass offered by Fr. Olkowski (in the red barn)
  • 10:30am: 1st group speak with sisters about Carmelite life; 2nd group attend talk on the importance of vocations given by Fr. Olkowski
  • 11:00am: 2nd group speak with sisters about Carmelite life; 1st group attend talk on the importance of vocations given by Fr. Olkowski
  • 11:30am: Picnic Lunch (bring picnic lunch and blanket)
  • 12pm: Cleaning Farmhouse, Weeding & Gardening, Sewing simple Carmelite items (see below)
  • 1:30pm: Walking Rosary and Enrollment in the Brown Scapular of Our Lady followed by priestly blessing
  • 2:00pm: End of Pilgrimage

To serve the sisters, we will be completing three projects: cleaning their farmhouse, weeding/planting garden beds and sewing sheets and cloaks for the sisters.  We ask each pilgrim to sign up for one of these projects (cleaning, gardening, or sewing) AND to sign up to bring cleaning, gardening, or sewing supplies.

The GPS address of the monastery is: 327 Water St, Fairfield, PA 17320.  It is about 1 hour and 30 minutes from St. Joseph’s Church in Lancaster.  All pilgrims are asked to coordinate their own travels to the monastery.  Please note that our day will begin at 9 a.m. sharp with Holy Mass which will be offered in the red barn.  We ask all pilgrims to arrive early enough to be seated before 9 a.m.


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.