Second Sunday of Advent (December 5, 2021)

Rorate Caeli Mass

Madonna and Child

A Rorate Caeli Mass will be held on the First Saturday of December, Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 6 a.m. This is a traditional Advent devotion wherein the Votive Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary for Advent is offered just before dawn. Accompanied by candlelight in an otherwise dark church, the interplay of light and darkness speak to the meaning of Advent and the coming of the Light of the world.

Our first Rorate Caeli Mass was offered in 2019 by Fr. Olkowski.  We  are grateful to Fr. Tcheou for restoring this tradition once again and hope you can join us!

Apps Available

The Hallow App, created by a Bishop McDevitt graduate, now includes the Rosary in Latin as well as the Pater Noster, Salve Regina, Angelus, and several others.  These prayers are led by Fr. Matthew Schuster, SJC, a member of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius and associate pastor at St. John Cantius Parish in Chicago, IL.

The MyParish App, an app with information pertaining to St. Joseph Parish, now includes a button that takes you to the TLM daily readings.  Text App to phone number 88202, visit, or search for “myparish” on your phone’s app store to download.

Parish Registration

Interested in joining St. Joseph Parish? To register, please contact Joanne Bauer at the St. Joseph’s Rectory: 717-397-6921


Confessions will be heard in the main church Sunday 12:15-12:45 pm.

On Sundays please remember the following to avoid parking complications for those who are leaving the 10:30 am Mass:

·         Please do not arrive before Noon.

·         Please park in the school lot located at 47 S. Mulberry St.


Helpers Needed to Clean Church

The parish is in need of two crews of 5 people to clean the church once every other month for 2 1/2 hours. If you are able to help, please contact Donna D’Agostino at [email protected].

Mass Intentions Available

If you would like to schedule a Traditional Latin Mass intention for someone, living or deceased, please drop your intention along with a stipend of $10.00 per Mass in the collection box at Mass or mail to St. Joseph Church, 440 St. Joseph St., Lancaster, PA 17603.  Please mark the envelope Mass Intentions c/o Donna. Or email requests to [email protected]. This is a wonderful way to remember family members or others at birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions.