The life of our Lancaster Latin Mass Community continues to grow through organizations that enrich parish family life by providing opportunities to serve our parish, to grow stronger in our faith, and to get to know each other. We invite you to be a part of these ministries and groups.
Altar Linen Care
Volunteers launder and iron smaller linens (purificators and corporals) weekly on a rotating basis. If you are able to help clean altar linens for our Latin Mass, please contact Mary Ellen Gardner in the parish rectory at (717) 397-6921.
Our choir is open to members 14 yrs. and older in all sections with an ability to sing and a willingness to commit to sing Sundays and attend Wednesday evening rehearsals. If you have an interest or know of someone who is interested in singing, please consider the Traditional Latin Mass choir. Just drop the choir director a line–Philip Crnkovich ([email protected]).
All our singing is Ad maiorem Dei gloriam.
“To the greater glory of God”
Sts. Gregory and Cecilia pray for us.
Te Deum Laudamus Schola
The Te Deum Laudamus Schola* was formed in the Spring of 1994 with the purpose of preserving and fostering the Church’s great treasury of sacred music particularly Gregorian Chant. The six men who comprised the original group sang in many of the parishes in the Lancaster area while occasionally venturing outside the diocese. The Sunday Latin Mass at the Basilica of the Assumption in Baltimore was often a favorite venue. Over a ten-year span the Te Deum singers sang at over one hundred liturgical and non-liturgical events.
Pope Benedict’s Summorum Pontificum changed the focus of the group as Mass in the Extraordinary Form (Traditional Latin Mass) became more accessible. The Te Deum Laudamus singers sang for the inaugural Traditional Latin Masses at St. Lawrence chapel in 2007 and St. Anthony’s church in 2008. For a time the group provided the Mass propers from the Liber Usualis while the TLM was celebrated at St. Anthony’s church in Lancaster City’s East End. Attrition and age has lessened the liturgical role of the group in recent years, but a new effort is about to begin to reboot the schola. Men interested in this effort should contact Philip Crnkovich.
* “We praise Thee O God” Opening words of the hymn of praise from the Divine Office
KNIGHTS OF THE ALTAR
Holy Trinity Chapter
Our Knights of the Altar Chapter, Most Holy Trinity #20094, was established on April 22, 2018. The chapter is open to boys, ages 6 and up. Our youngest servers may serve as torchbearers at High Mass and then gradually learn more roles as they get older. For more information, please contact Joseph Cunningham at [email protected]
St. Michael’s Guard
– Latin Mass Contingent –
St. Michael’s Guard, “[an] ecclesiastical movement of men who provide the highest level of discipline, reverence, and humility serving at the Lord’s Holy Altar, with fervent study and practice of the rites of the Roman Catholic Church,” has established a new Latin Mass Only Contingent. Membership is open to men ages 18 and older. If you are interested in joining, please contact Joseph Cunningham at [email protected].
Traditional Catholic Men’s Group
The Men’s Group is a means for Catholic Men, Husbands, and Fathers to come together on a monthly basis to strengthen, rejuvenate, and refocus our efforts to stay the course and fight the good fight, amidst the ongoing spiritual warfare we daily encounter, in order for us and those entrusted to our care, to hopefully one day be called a Saint. The Traditional Catholic Men’s Group meets the third Friday of each month at a different gentleman’s home to share a recorded homily followed by discussion. To learn more, please contact Chris Sloane at [email protected].
Sacristans arrange the liturgical books, the vestments, and other things necessary for Holy Mass. Our sacristans serve weekly on a rotating basis. To volunteer, please contact James Barbour at [email protected].
Pictures courtesy of Steve Shope
Ushers greet parishioners coming to Mass, collect offerings, pass out weekly bulletins, help with parking for special events, and straighten the church after Mass. They also carry out other duties before and during Mass. To volunteer, please contact our head usher, Jim Clavin, at [email protected].
Young Adults Group
Our young adults group is open to those ages 18 to 35 and seeks to serve both social and spiritual needs of its members. We meet every Wednesday evening from 7 to 8 p.m. for a Holy Hour in the adoration chapel followed by a social with food and drinks next door. Every second Wednesday of the month there is a designated topic for discussion. For more information, please contact our Young Adults Group Coordinators, Christin Miller, at [email protected]m or (704) 425-4177; or Patrick Morgan at [email protected] or (717) 823-3481.
Drop-In with Father (Teen)
New Monthly Homeschool Teen Event! – “Drop-In With Father” (6th to 12th grade)
Every Second Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Father Brian Olkowski will host “Drop-In with Father”. The goal of this informal two-hour meet-up is to provide a regularly scheduled time that teens can count on each month to connect with a priest and enjoy fellowship with his or her peers.
Father Olkowski was homeschooled and is a strong supporter of LACHE! This monthly event will be held immediately following the 8 a.m. Latin Mass held each Wednesday and all are welcome to attend both Mass and the event or simply come for the Drop-In.
Parents are not required to stay for the event, however, if you have both teens and younger children, parents are welcome to use the parish nursery (which is filled with toys) and is located next to the Drop-In room. Both rooms are in the building immediately to the left of St. Joseph church. Follow signs for “Tipitina’s” – the room where the Drop-In will be held. Tipitinas has a pool table and couches and chairs to provide a casual atmosphere. Due to expenses and allergies, food will not be provided, but kids are welcome to bring their own snack/light breakfast if they wish.
The Drop-In is open to kids from 6th -12th grade. Other Drop-Ins will be held:
Wednesday, Oct 9
Wednesday, Nov 13
Wednesday, Dec 11
First Sunday Potluck Social
Every month on the First Sunday, our community hosts a delicious potluck luncheon/early dinner after our 1:30 p.m. mass. Thanks to the efforts of Sally and Jim Morgan, the social hall is prepared for our amazing buffet each month.
This event continues to grow in size and length as there is ample room for both children to play on one side of the gym while the adults socialize for several hours on the other side.
Newcomers or visitors are warmly welcome and should not worry about not having a dish to share on your first visit!
Please bring something to share on a future month!
Food contributions both large and small help make our socials a success! Crock pot dishes are especially encouraged given that we are blessed with an increasing number of large families! (A good rule of thumb is to bring twice as much food as is typically required to feed your own family.)
Lasagna Baked ham
Meatballs in Sauce Chicken legs
Pulled Pork, Sloppy Joes Soups & Chili Fried Chicken. Mashed Potatoes
Sandwiches/Hoagies Pasta; Mac N CheeseSalads Chips; Pretzels
Fresh Cut Fruit Dips; Spreads
Cheese Cubes Antipasto
Veggies & Dip Bread/Rolls
Those available to help put away tables and chairs after the social and sweep up the gym are most appreciated. Multiple hands help everyone to get home before 6 p.m.
To assist with the socials or to pose a question, please contact Sally Morgan at [email protected]