Art. 9, §1 The parish priest, after careful consideration, can also grant permission to use the older ritual in the administration of the sacraments of Baptism, Marriage, Penance and Anointing of the Sick, if advantageous for the good of souls.
We are grateful that Fr. Wolfe has granted permission for all of our celebrants to use the older ritual across all sacraments.
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.
To arrange a baptism in the Extraordinary Form, please contact Deacon Peter Jupin, at the St. Joseph Rectory, who will schedule time with Fr. Olkowski and secure at time in the church. Booklets that explain the Traditional Baptismal Rite and have Latin-English translation are located in the Communication Center located in the left rear of the church by the image of the Pietá. Approximately 30 copies are available for couples and their guests to use, but should be returned following the baptism. A traditional baptism video can be viewed here.
The Churching of Women and the Consecration of a Child to the Immaculate Heart of Mary will immediately follow the Baptismal Rite.
Our celebrants use the Extraordinary Form of Penance on Sundays at 12:45 p.m. and on Fridays at 7:30 a.m. At other times, you need only request the Extraordinary Form and they will be happy to oblige. Please note that Fr. Olkowski uses the confessional on the right-hand side of the church with his name on it, while all other celebrants use our pastor, Fr. Wolfe’s confessional on the left-hand side of the church next to the statue of the Pietá.
First Holy Communion
First Communions are as a group (usually once a year when the Bishop visits) or individually (at any time by arrangement). Contact Fr. Olkowski at least six weeks prior in order to make arrangements. Since 2015, Bishop Gainer has made an annual visit to our community to celebrate a Solemn Pontifical Mass. It has become a tradition for our children to receive the Blessed Sacrament for the first time from our bishop at that time if they choose.
Those who are to receive their first communion will need to provide proof that they are prepared for the sacrament (an interview with one of the celebrants), conduct first Penance (usually the Saturday before First Communion), and submit a baptismal certificate.
Confirmations are held when: a suitable number of Confirmandi are present, when arrangements can be made with the local bishop and when Fr. Tcheou is available to serve as Master of Ceremonies for his Excellency. All those to be confirmed will need to provide proof that they are prepared for the sacrament (an interview with one of the celebrants), and a baptismal certificate. Letters of suitability may be required of the sponsor. Dates will be announced approximately two months prior to confirmation. A priest-led course inspired by the Baltimore Catechism is being developed to supplement the primary instruction that occurs at home.
Please contact Deacon Jupin at the St. Joseph Rectory at least six months prior to your anticipated date of marriage to meet diocesan norms regarding the Sacrament of Matrimony. He will coordinate arrangements with the celebrant whom you prefer to conduct your preparation, officiate your nuptials and offer the Nuptial Mass. Latin-English Nuptial missals for all guests at a Nuptial Mass to follow the liturgy are in the Communication Center located in the left rear of the church by the statue of the Pietá.
To arrange for Fr. Olkowski to use the Extraordinary Form of the Anointing of the Sick, please contact him directly by phone at the St. Joseph Rectory: (717) 397-6921. This sacrament is often, but not always, given in conjunction with Penance and Viaticum (Holy Communion to those who are dying) and the Apostolic Pardon. Fr. Olkowski is prepared to offer all elements of what is informally known as the “Last Rites” to anyone in need.
To arrange a Requiem Mass, please contact Deacon Jupin, at the St. Joseph Rectory, who will coordinate arrangements with the celebrant whom you prefer. Latin-English Requiem missals are in the Communication Center located in the left rear of the church by the statue of the Pietá.