Is this your first time to St. Joseph’s and the Traditional Latin Mass?
Welcome! Let yourself take everything in! Watch the priest, servers, and those around you. Listen to the choir. Don’t be afraid of making a “mistake” or understanding the Latin. Immerse yourself in the beauty of “The Mass of Ages.”
The terms Traditional Latin Mass and Extraordinary Form of the Mass are both terms used to describe Masses offered in the Roman Rite in accordance with the liturgical books of 1962. The term “Extraordinary Form” was expressed in the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum issued by Pope Benedict XVI. Here is an explanation by our pastor, Father Wolfe, on the differences between the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms of the Roman Rite.
The priests and members of our Lancaster Latin Mass Community are always happy to welcome those new to the Traditional Latin Mass. Please feel free to ask questions about the Catholic faith as well as elements of the Latin Mass that may be confusing or different. We especially invite you to join us for food and fellowship on the first Sunday of the month for our Monthly Potluck Social, which is held immediately following Holy Mass in the Social Hall.
We look forward to meeting you and getting to know you!
Some helpful tips for those visiting St. Joseph’s for the first time
Parking is available in the lot directly across from St. Joseph’s Church, in the school parking lot located on the corner of Vine & Mulberry Streets, and in the loop around the church. If you park in the loop around the church, kindly leave promptly after Holy Mass, so as not to block anyone in.
The church is handicap accessible by a ramp located on the front right-side of the church. If you require any assistance or would like Father to bring Holy Communion to you in your pew, notify an usher and they will be happy to help you.
Materials for the Traditional Latin Mass are available in the Communications Center located in the left rear of the church by the image of the Pietá. There you will find Adoremus hymnals & the Parish Book of Chant books, red missalettes that contain the Ordinary texts side-by-side in Latin and English, bulletins with the proper texts/readings for Holy Mass, and chapel veils.
The restroom is located on the left-hand side of the vestibule This restroom is also equipped with a changing table. An additional restroom is located in the Good Shepherd Room, located in the building immediately to the side of the church.
Music sung at our Traditional Latin Mass is taken from the red Adoremus Hymnal and the blue hardcover Parish Book of Chant, both of which are available in the vestibule and the Communications Center located in the left rear of the church. Please join the choir in singing if you are inclined. Hymn numbers, as well as the numbers for the Mass Propers and Credo are posted on the song boards at the front of the church. Their respective page locations can be found using the Table of Contents at the front of the hymnals and the Parish Book of Chant.