Due to the pandemic and the recent, unfortunate, cut backs our parish had to take, we are looking for volunteers to assist with many aspects of keeping up with our parish. Please email email@example.com if you'd like to assist in any way. The email can also be found on the CONTACT US portion of the website.
Please contact Loretta Ness at (717)-669-1891 (call or text) or email firstname.lastname@example.org for your order and/or questions.
MMOC is hiring a coordinator of Parish Programs. Please CLICK HERE to see the job description and instructions to apply if you're interested!
Please click here to read the letter from Fr. Tcheou.
MMOC Parishioners and Friends:
This Friday, May 1, the Bishops of the United States will be reconsecrating our nation to the Blessed Virgin Mary under her title of Mother of the Church. Our Parish is blessed to be the only Parish in our Diocese with this title of Our Lady’s. We will live stream a special Mass this Friday, May 1, at 5:30 pm, here on our Parish Facebook page. Holy Mass will be followed by a few moments of Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament, then Benediction, and then end with the Prayer of Consecration to the Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church. Please make plans to join us via live stream this Friday! We will post hymns, etc., on Thursday. Stay safe and God bless.
You may access the parish Facebook page here. As a reminder, there is no need to create a Facebook account to view mass.
If you would like to drop off Church Envelopes and/or items for the Food Bank, PLEASE CALL THE OFFICE (717-653-4903) FIRST to make sure someone is there due to limited hours.
In preparation for tomorrow’s Sunday Mass, April 26, to be live streamed at 10:30 am, please either print out or have handy the following two hymns and Prayer of Spiritual Communion. God bless, and stay safe.
Hymns:(Please select the hymn and click on it to view or print it out)
***REMINDER-You do not need to join Facebook to enjoy mass on our public page.***
PRIMARY ELECTION - JUNE 2, 2020
PLEASE DO NOT FORGET TO VOTE
1. Lancaster County Voter information: https://co.lancaster.pa.us/299/Election-Information
Here you can learn about polling locations, absentee ballots, mail-in voting, etc. Closer to the election, you can preview a sample ballot for your precinct.
2. Voter Guide: https://ivoterguide.com/state/pa
Here you can see information on the candidates that will be on your ballot.
Per Bishop Gainer's latest directive, all public daily and weekend Masses, all devotions at MMOC, and any and all Parish meetings and events will be suspended temporarily until further notice. I will be offering the Mass intentions that have already been listed at private Masses in my house Chapel. Let us strive even more to pray for each other, especially for those who are sick. May Our Lady, Health of Christians, pray for us.
UPDATE 4/25/20: Since the COVID-19 shutdown happened during March, while the baby bottles were still out with families, please make sure to return filled bottles whenever we can start going back to church for Mass.
Starting March 1, our parish will conduct a BABY BOTTLE BLESSINGS campaign. A Woman’s Concern is counting on YOU! Fill a bottle—change a life! The Baby Bottle Blessings campaign for A Woman’s Concern helps women facing unplanned pregnancy to find the hope and support they need to welcome their babies into the world.
It’s easy to participate! Just pick up a bottle and fill it with coins, cash, or a check, and return by the end of the month. And know that your giving is making a positive difference for the women and children of our community.
A message to all Parishioners from Fr. Tcheou:
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
It is my prayer that all of us are in some way turning to the Lord during this time of need, especially for those who are sick. May Our Lady continue to pray for us and protect us.
Yesterday, the Bishop dispensed all of the faithful in the Diocese of Harrisburg from the obligation to attend Holy Mass on the weekends until further notice. This means that you are not bound at this time to participate at Sunday or Saturday evening Mass, however, the usual schedule for daily Mass and the weekend Masses will continue. All are still welcome to attend Holy Mass if you are able.
We do ask that you exercise due diligence and if you or someone in your home is currently sick, to avoid coming to Church. There will be no cantor-led music at the weekend Masses until further notice, and we ask at this time to avoid touching and using the hymnals and missalettes.
Religious Education classes on Sundays and Wednesday evenings have been suspended until further notice. Our dedicated volunteer teachers will be in touch with parents to explain ways that catechesis in the meantime could be carried out at home with your children.
The Friday Soup and Scripture tonight, followed by Stations of the Cross, WILL occur tonight, but there will NOT be any future Soup and Scripture nights for the rest of Lent. Because the handling of the Stations booklets may pose a risk of any germs transfer, we will also not have Stations after tonight for the rest of Lent.
The holy water stoops have already been removed, but you may of course always take some blessed and exorcised Holy Water home with you. You may bring your own bottles or take one of the plastic bottles underneath the Holy Water dispenser (if they are still available), which stands by the right hand wall of the Church.
Bulletins will be placed on a table in the Narthex for you to pick up if you wish.
The offertory collection will not be collected as usual; we will have baskets by the entrance of the Church for you to place your offertory envelope or donation as you enter or leave the Church. If you cannot make it to Holy Mass, you are most welcome to mail to us your weekly offertory donation.
We are doing our utmost best to sanitize and clean all door handles, door knobs, pews, etc. To those who are assisting in distributing Holy Communion or engaging in any activity in the Parish that allows you access to physical contact with others, we ask that you wash your hands thoroughly before and after such activity.
For those who will be staying at home and cannot attend Holy Mass, please try your utmost best to reserve some time on Sundays to worship the Lord with your loved ones through prayer and praise. You may watch the Holy Mass on cable television, spend a few moments reading from Sacred Scripture, pray the Rosary or other devotions, etc. Most importantly, it is a beautiful Catholic tradition to make what is called a Spiritual Communion, a prayer to be united to Christ spiritually since one cannot receive Sacramental Communion at this time. A form of a prayer for Spiritual Communion may be found below at the end of my message.
Lastly, please pray for all those who are sick: those who have been afflicted with this latest strain of the Coronavirus, or any other ailment, and please pray for all of our dedicated and selfless men and women in the various medical and emergency professions. May Our Lady, Health of the Sick, pray for us and protect all of us.
An Act of Spiritual Communion by Saint Alphonsus Ligouri
My Jesus, I believe that You are in the Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I long for You in my soul. Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As though You have already come, I embrace You and unite myself entirely to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
****PLEASE CLICK ON THE PHOTO AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE FOR THE PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF GOOD HEALTH****
This message was posted on Facebook, however, if you do not have social media, please read the below that is from the Diocese.
Today and effective immediately until further notice, Bishop Ronald W. Gainer, in union with the Bishops of Pennsylvania, has dispensed the faithful of the Diocese of Harrisburg from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass. Despite the suspension of the obligation to attend Sunday Mass, all regularly scheduled masses will remain open to the public for those who wish to attend. Bishop Gainer made this move out of great concern for the health and well-being of the faithful, their families, our clergy and parish staff, given the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Those still wishing to attend Mass are welcome, but are asked to be careful in their contact with others. The Diocese advises those who are currently ill, the elderly and those with a compromised immune system to remain at home. In addition to the dispensation, the Diocese has also requested that all parishes suspend the sign of peace; suspend the use of holy water fonts; suspend the distribution of the Precious Blood by way of the Chalice; take great care when separating the Holy Eucharist into separate vessels by pouring the hosts from one vessel to another; frequently wash hands, especially for our Priests, Deacons and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion; and regularly wash and disinfect doorknobs, pews and other places of high contact. Additionally, at this time, the preferred method of reception of Holy Communion is “in the hand.” This is not a theological but rather a practical recommendation. However, no one is forbidden from receiving Holy Communion on the tongue.
MMOC Parishioners and friends:
In preparation for tomorrow night’s Holy Thursday Mass to be live streamed at 6:30 pm here at the Parish’s public Facebook page at https://m.facebook.com/.MMOCmountjoy, please either print out or have on your smart phones the following hymns and prayer. You may also follow along with the Scripture readings at: https://us.magnificat.net/skin/frontend/default/theme278k/images/site/semainesainte/1-Celebration_HolyThursday_April20.pdf?fbclid=IwAR288MNZ5_dqlCS_oOxbi2aL_gNVCWKsY_ZQlHWPgHK2vx-Rwn4Q-k_qubA
Lift High the Cross: Click Here
Glory to God: Click Here
Pange Lingua Gloriosi: Click Here
Spiritual Communion: Click Here
***PLEASE NOTE-You DO NOT need a personal Facebook account to view anything on the parish's public Facebook page.***