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The Traditional Latin Mass Community
of St. Joseph Catholic Church

living the traditional Roman spirituality
with the Missal of 1962

in the Diocese of Harrisburg
Announcements for March 22, 2020
Laetare Sunday

During this Coronavirus pandemic, while Masses have temporarily been suspended, we bring to you a special edition.  Below you will find links to live streaming of the Traditional Latin Mass, prayers for making a Spiritual Communion, praying the Penitential Psalms, Prayer in Times of Epidemics, invocations to the patrons of plague and pestilence, and a reflection from the Hermits of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.  

In the near future we hope to have information about outdoor Confession options and of having more Masses broadcast, with homilies from Fr. Olkowski to help sustain us all during this great anxiety and suffering.  Please note that the Mass for the Anniversary of the Blessing of the Church Bells will be live streamed on March 23rd.  See below for the link. 

Have a devotion that is working well for your family during this time?  Please share it with us at
May God bless you! 
Traditional Latin Mass for the 166th Anniversary of the Blessing of the Church Bells by St. John Neumann
will be live streamed on
Monday, March 23rd at 7:00 p.m.  

You do NOT need a Facebook account to tune into this live streaming.  Just click here.
Other Parish Masses and Devotions
to be live streamed:

Sunday, March 22 at 10:30 AM -Ordinary Form Mass
Friday, March 27 at 7:00 PM - Stations of the Cross
Sunday, March 29 at 10:30 AM -Ordinary Form Mass

Click here to access the live streaming.
Click here to view this week's bulletin

During this temporary suspension of Holy Mass, consider the following live-stream options to assist at the Traditional Latin Mass and keep the Lord's Day holy:
Fr. Olkowski highly recommends reading the scripture readings out loud as a family and having parents share a reflection, in addition to praying together.
How to Receive Spiritual Communion

St. Leonard of Port-Maurice offers this advice for receiving Spiritual Communion:
In order to facilitate a practice of such great excellence, ponder what I have to say. When the priest is about to give himself Communion in holy Mass, do you, keeping composed externally and internally, excite in your heart an act of true contrition, and humbly striking your breast, in token that you acknowledge yourself unworthy of so great a grace, make all those acts of love, of self-surrender, of humility, and the rest, which you are accustomed to make when you communicate sacramentally, and then desire with a lively longing to receive your good Jesus, veiled in the sacrament for your benefit. And to kindle your devotion, imagine that most holy Mary, or some saint, your holy advocate, is holding forth to you the sacred particle; figure yourself receiving it, and then, embracing Jesus in your heart, reply to Him, over and over again, with interior words prompted by love: “Come, Jesus, my Beloved, come within this my poor heart; come and satiate my desires; come and sanctify my soul; come, most sweet Jesus, come!” This said, be still; contemplate your good God within you, and, as if you really had communicated, adore Him, thank Him, and perform all those interior acts to which you are accustomed after sacramental Communion.

Source: Fish Eaters
Act of Spiritual Communion
by St. Alphonsus Liguori 

My Jesus, I believe that Thou art present in the Blessed Sacrament. I love Thee above all things and I desire Thee in my soul. Since I cannot now receive Thee sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As though thou wert already there, I embrace Thee and unite myself wholly to Thee; permit not that I should ever be separated from Thee.
Act of Spiritual Communion
As I cannot this day enjoy the happiness of assisting at the holy Mysteries, O my God! I transport myself in spirit at the foot of Thine altar; I unite with the Church, which by the hands of the priest, offers Thee Thine adorable Son in the Holy Sacrifice; I offer myself with Him, by Him, and in His Name. I adore, I praise, and thank Thee, imploring Thy mercy, invoking Thine assistance, and presenting Thee the homage I owe Thee as my Creator, the love due to Thee as my Savior.

Apply to my soul, I beseech Thee, O merciful Jesus, Thine infinite merits; apply them also to those for whom I particularly wish to pray. I desire to communicate spiritually, that Thy Blood may purify, Thy Flesh strengthen, and Thy Spirit sanctify me. May I never forget that Thou, my divine Redeemer, hast died for me; may I die to all that is not Thee, that hereafter I may live eternally with Thee. Amen.
Source: Fish Eaters
Praying the Penitential Psalms
A practice highly recommended to us by Fr. Olkowski during this time of the Coronavirus pandemic is the praying of the Penitential Psalms: Psalms 6, 31, 37, 50, 101, 129, and 142.  To download these Psalms in pdf format, in both English and Latin, with Antiphons and Glorias, click here.
Prayer in Times of Epidemics
It is recommended to pray this in Latin.
For a PDF version, click here.
Special Patrons against Plague and Pestilence

St. Adrian
St. Cyprian
St. Sebastian
St. Roch

Pray for us!

To learn more about the above painting of St. Sebastian interceding for the plague stricken, click here.

A Reflection from the
Hermits of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

The Only Adequate Remedy
"Da, quaesumus, omnipotens Deus: ut, qui in tot adversis ex nostra infirmitate deficimus: intercedente unigeniti Filii tui passione respiremus."
"Grant, we seek, Almighty God, that we who falter and fail through our infirmity in trials and adversities, may find rest and refreshment through the interceding of the Passion of Your Only-begotten Son."
-Collect from Tuesday in Passiontide

Today we are surrounded by much suffering, loss, chaos, and sickness, and we are reminded of our own death, which will eventually meet each one of us. What are we to do? Where are we to turn for a truly adequate remedy and for the restoration of true peace? To Him Who alone can truly say "I am the Lord thy Healer" (Exodus 15:26) Jesus Christ Crucified and Risen.
"Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed: save me, and I shall be saved, for thou art my praise."
-Jeremiah 17:14

But how does the Cross of Jesus Christ the one Savior of the human race transform our suffering in this life? We must first remember that human suffering and death have their radical root in sin—in the fall of the human race from right order with God...the culture around us today does not understand or admit this fact. Some evils can befall us as a result of our personal sins. However, many sufferings are not the result of one’s personal faults, but ultimately come from the profound disorder introduced into a world that was created by God as good, pleasant, and beautiful—a true Paradise—but is now very deeply wounded by the sin of our first parents, Adam and Eve, and by the negative accumulating effects of countless sins throughout the ages, as souls turn away from God’s perfect order.

Sin, as the obstacle to right order and friendship with God, is therefore the source of suffering. To expiate sin in the souls of fallen creatures is to eradicate the ultimate root of their suffering. As the Apostles testify, through His self-oblation on the Cross, Christ “is the expiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world” (1 John 2:2). “For there is one God, and one mediator of God and men, the man Christ Jesus: Who gave himself a redemption for all” (1 Timothy 2:5-6). “Christ died once for our sins, the just for the unjust: that he might offer us to God, being put to death indeed in the flesh, but enlivened in the spirit” (1 Peter 3:18). By freely taking our suffering and death upon Himself, our Savior became the source of our healing. He consummated on the Cross the work of our redemption, transforming human suffering and mortality for man’s forgiveness and redemption through the grace and love that were in His Soul in His voluntary self-sacrifice for us. When redeemed from sin, a soul makes the first step towards the eventual recovery of the perfectly ordered state in which there will be no sufferingHeaven.

"For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost."
-Luke 19:10

Through the Cross of Christ, we receive the redemption of our souls, restoring right order towards God and our neighbor—even as we await the final healing of our bodies in the Resurrection. Therefore we have a sure source of interior consolation and strength in this sure hope, if we persevere. "Rejoicing in hope, be patient in tribulation" (Romans 12:12).

However, Christ's redeeming work on the Cross is not only an event of the past: the saving fruits of that true tree of life continue to powerfully operate in hearts for the conversion of those in sin and their restoration to the divine life from which they have fallen. As members of the Mystical Body of Christ, the Church, we are also called to cooperate with Christ our Head and great High Priest in the mystery of His saving Passion for the conversion and salvation of others.
"But because being one with Christ is our sanctity, and progressively becoming one with Him is our happiness on earth, the love of the cross in no way contradicts being a joyful child of God. Helping Christ carry His cross fills one with a strong and pure joy, and those who may and can do so, the builders of God’s kingdom, are the most authentic children of God...Only in union with the divine Head does human suffering take on expiatory power. To suffer and to be happy although suffering, to have one’s feet on the earth, to walk on the dirty and rough paths of this earth and yet to be enthroned with Christ at the Father’s right hand, to laugh and cry with the children of this world and ceaselessly to sing the praises of God with the choirs of angels: this is the life of the Christian until the morning of eternity breaks forth."
-St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

How can we access the Cross? Christ instituted the holy Sacrifice of the Mass to perpetuate in a sacramental, unbloody manner His saving Sacrifice on Calvary. As the Council of Trent teaches, the Mass and Calvary are one and the same Sacrifice, the difference being only in the manner of offering. Through holy Mass—even joining ourselves to it interiorly by an act of Spiritual Communion when we are prohibited from being present in body—we have access to the Cross and can personally receive its saving power, so that our own crosses and sufferings are transformed and become means of salvation. Hence, united to the Sacrifice of the Redeemer through Holy Mass, our humble prayers, sacrifices, personal sufferings and needs can partake in the value, merit, and efficacy of Christ’s saving Sacrifice and mediation and so be presented to Heaven with the divine Love of Christ’s Sacred Heart that is infinitely meritorious and so pleasing to God.

Those who take refuge in Christ Crucified through faith in the depths of their soul and the Sacraments He instituted in the Church find an unfailing source of spiritual consolation and divine hope: the intimate, powerful presence of a God close to them in their weakness and suffering, and even in the face of bodily death. Thus, St. John of the Cross counsels us: “when you experience something unpleasant, look at Jesus Crucified and be silent.” In the Cross, we find the ultimate remedy and the instrument for authentic healing of each individual and of the whole human race, as we discover the divine love and power that quietly works for the salvation and final transformation of a fallen and mortally wounded world. “Behold the tabernacle of God with men, and he will dwell with them...And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes: and death shall be no more, nor mourning, nor crying, nor sorrow shall be any more, for the former things are passed away. And he that sat on the throne, said: Behold, I make all things new!” (Apocalypse 21:3-5)

Therefore, in this sacred time of Lent, as we face much evil, sickness, death, and chaos around us, let us keep the eyes of our heart intent on the Divine Physician and thus allow His instrument of healing—His Cross—to more deeply purify and heal our souls in the communion of His Mystical Body, the Church, converting us to God in more generous and faithful love and service, even as we await the final redemption and healing of our bodies through the power of His glorious Resurrection. Such is the joy of Easter in the soul, even as we await its flowering also in our resurrected bodies and in a fully redeemed and regenerated world.
Please continue to pray and sacrifice for the appointment of a traditional chaplain to lead our community and for a morning Mass time.
Confraternity of Christian Mothers
Next meeting - April 21st!
On March 17th the Confraternity of Christian Mothers launched with a virtual meeting hosted on Zoom which was very easy to log onto.  Gathering by phone, smart phone and computer, eight attendees and Fr. Olkowski, our Father Director, gathered for an evening of prayer and instruction.  Father spoke about how the Church is dealing with the corona virus and gave practical ways to keep the Faith alive in our families during these trying days.  He highly recommended praying the Seven Penitential Psalms, which are part of the procession during times of plagues.   

We will continue to meet virtually on 3rd Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. until the Coronavirus pandemic is past.  Please join us for our next meeting on Tuesday, April 21st!  

This group is especially suited to married women, whether or not they have children, and single ladies are welcome to join as associate members. For more information, please contact Carina DeBakey.


Please contact our pilgrimage coordinator,
Kris Keck
In your charity, please remember the following members of our community:

Donna Chmiel
Ronald R. Chmiel
Joan DeBakey
John DeMarco
Marion Levandowski
Marcie Powl

To be added to this list, please email
Auxilium Christionorum

This association provides "prayer for priests associated with Auxilium Christianorum so that their apostolate in driving out demons is efficacious" and "prayers for the members – priests, laity, family and friends – so that they are not adversely affected by the demonic."  CLICK HERE to learn more.  Fr. Ripperger has written a book of prayers for this association and members pray these daily prayers.
First Annual
Pennsylvania March for Life

May 18, 2020

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St. Joseph
Catholic Church

440 St. Joseph Street
Lancaster, PA 17603

Rev. Allan F. Wolfe


Rev. Brian Olkowski

Rev. Pang Tcheou

Sunday 1:30 p.m.

Wednesdays 8:00 a.m.

First Fridays 8:15 a.m.

Holy Days 12 Noon
Sunday: 12:45 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Wednesday: 7:30 a.m. - 7:55 a.m.
First Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 8:10 a.m.

Prayed every Sunday
1:00 p.m.

Monthly Potluck Social
Typically held on the 1st
Sunday of the month in
the social hall.
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