Friday, February 28, 2014

A message from the Admininstrator of St. Patrick Church

Brothers and sisters,

               This afternoon there was an incident in the area of Penn Park during the time of dismissal.  During that time St. Patrick School was placed on lockdown from about 3pm – 3:40pm as a precaution.  All of our students are safe!!! 
               Please allow me to thank all our staff and teachers who responded appropriately during this situation. 


Fr. Keith Michael Carroll

Monday, February 24, 2014

Mark your calendars...Ash Wednesday is Wednesday March 5th!

On Wednesday March 5th we begin our Lenten Season with Ash Wednesday. Tuesday March 4th will be our last day in the week of 8th week of Ordinary Time. However, I will offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation from 4pm - 5pm and 6pm - 7pm for those who wish to kick off Lent in a good way. I will also hear confessions on Ash Wednesday from 5pm - 6pm. 

The Mass schedule for Ash Wednesday will be 8:30am and 6:30pm. There will be a liturgy of the word with the distribution of ashes at 12:15pm to accommodate those who need to return to work. 


Phone Lines are Back Up!

Good this point the Phone Lines are back up and running! 

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Important information in regards to Parish/School phone lines

Important information in regards to Parish/School lines

Late this afternoon I noticed an issue with our phone line.  I have called Comcast and they will be sending a technician out tomorrow during the day.  Right now individuals are able to call the parish and the school, however it is a possibility the set up could fail in the meantime especially if we get high traffic of calls.  If for some reason you cannot get ahold of the parish or the school tomorrow morning/early afternoon please be patient…we are working to have the problem fixed!

Thank you!!! 

Fr. C.

Catholic Faith Bee

So proud of the students in our parish who participated in the Catholic Faith Bee. 
It is such an encouragement to see how well they know their faith! 
Thank you Mrs. Varholy for organizing this event!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Everyone is Invited...

Everyone is invited to celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass with us this weekend and every weekend.  The Mass Schedule is...

Saturday Evening
Confessions 4pm-5pm, Mass at 5:30pm
Father Carroll administrator of Saint Patrick Church will be presenting to the Parish at all weekend Masses the "State of the Parish" address. 

Thursday, February 20, 2014

A priest's experience of the Sacrament of Reconciliation!

In a follow up post to yesterdays blog post on the Sacrament of Reconciliation I decided to post a reflection from the priests side in the confessional.  If you have a few moments I encourage everyone to take some time to read it.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Pope Francis says "Be courageous and go to confession"

Today Pope Francis at his Wednesday Audience spoke of the importance of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  Here is a link to the National Catholic Registers article on todays general audience.

Please allow me to reecho our Holy Father's words if its been a long time "do not let another day pass by."  The Sacrament of Reconciliation is an awesome gift which is why I offer it so often. 

Saint Patrick Church York Confession times 
4:30pm - 5pm and after Mass - 6:30pm
4:30pm - 5pm
4:30pm - 5pm
Noon - 1pm
4pm - 5pm

While we don't have a light outside our confessional when the door is open and the light is on inside during the above hours please come inside...don't be afraid...experience the Lord's abundant love and mercy.  Comfort and peace awaits you!!! 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Grade 3 Students Featured in the York Daily Record

Mrs. Moyar and the third grade students 
of St. Patrick Catholic School 
were featured in the York Daily Record this morning.
Click on the link below and enjoy!

Saint Patrick School...2 Hour Delay 2/18/14

St. Patrick Catholic School will operate on a 2 hour delay today, 2/18/14.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Review of "Son of God" from the Catholic News Agency

Here is a link to the Catholic News Agencies review of the movie "Son of God."  Please check it out

First Annual Catholic Bee!

Sunday, February 23 at 12:30 pm  our first annual Catholic Bee. Ten of our 7-8th graders will compete and the winner will represent us at the Diocesan Bee on March 25. Please come to  support our young people and learn more about our faith.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Don't Forget...tomorrow February 16th!

The York County Junior Honors Choir
will be here at
Saint Patrick Church
219. South Beaver Street
York, Pa 17401
at 3pm

Mission Trip to Guatemala

Dear Friend's in Christ,

As a result of a flight cancelation and the difficulty of getting the mission team down to Guatemala, it has been decided to cancel the mission trip.  While this is certainly disappointing, I am looking forward to working closely with our mission team in finding another way to support the mission in Guatemala. 

Fr. C. 

Friday, February 14, 2014

Vitural Pilgrimage, Lourdes France

On Sunday March 9th we will be hosting a Virtual Pilgrimage, Lourdes France at 1:30pm in the Church.  Confessions will follow after the virtual pilgrimage.  All are invited to attend!!!  Please check our Parish Website for more details! 

Many thanks to Deacon Michael and the E-Team for making this possible! 

The Movie "Son of God" coming to the York Area

In a couple weeks the movie "Son of God" will be coming to the York Area.  Please check our website... for more information. 

Oremus...Let us Pray

Our Parish Evangelization Team invites the faithful of St. Patrick Church to consider this 8 week program the Lenten and Easter Season to help one learn about the power of prayer and how to recognize God's presence in one's life. 

Please check our parish website for more information and schedule of presentations. 

Prayers for the Mission Team

The prayers of the faculty, staff, and students of St. Patrick Catholic School are with our Mission Team members who will head to Guatemala tomorrow. The team will carry crayons, notebooks, toothbrushes, and socks donated by the school community during Catholic Schools Week. We look forward to hearing about the trip upon your return!

Godspeed and Blessings!

Saint Patrick Church Parish Office and Winter Weather Advisory

Our Parish Office is now closed for February 14, 2014 due to some members of our staff clearing off the snow.  Please be patient in the coming weeks...we have had plenty of snow in recent weeks and the snow mounds are starting to pile up. 

Please note a Winter Weather Advisory has been issued till tomorrow at 4pm.  We are doing our best to keep the lot clear, however due to the amount of snow it is becoming increasing difficult to clear the lots.   

Thursday, February 13, 2014

NO 8:30AM Mass

As per our policy when school is not in session due to the weather there will be NO 8:30AM Mass

Saint Patrick School closed tomorrow February 14th!

St. Patrick Catholic School will be CLOSED tomorrow, 2/14/14.

Happy Valentines Day! A wonderful opportunity for acts of love and kindness for family and neighbors. 

Let us remember in prayer all those who provide long hours of service in this weather and all those suffering as a result of the cold and snow!

Confessions and 5:15pm Evening Mass for Thursday February 13, 2014

In light of the Declaration of Disaster in York County I have decided to cancel confessions at 4:30pm.  While I will still celebrate Mass at 5:15pm I am STONGLY encouraging everyone to stay home and pray for those affected by this winter storm.  At this point there is about a foot of snow in our parking lot and since York City declared a snow emergency there is no street parking.   With the declaration of disaster in York County people are advised "to avoid unnecessary travel."  The parking lots will most likely not be cleared to this evening since the storm is still ongoing and most snow removal companies priorities are to keep clear parking lots that service hospitals and medical facilities.    

And as you can see by our cars...we aren't going anywhere anytime soon!  :)  

Students Express Gratitude to the Parish for the Gift of a Catholic Education

Photo: "Together We Can Do Great Things"

Thank you to ALL who helped to make our celebration of Catholic Schools Week so wonderful! It was a true testament to the family spirit that exists among our students, staff, and families. In the coming weeks, letters that students wrote expressing their gratitude for the gifts and blessings of our school will be published on the website and in the parish bulletin.

St. Patrick Catholic School truly is "a collaborative ministry of the parish and school community". "Together we can"...provide our children with quality Catholic education...that IS a great thing! No family, truly desiring a Catholic education for their child(ren) is turned away from our school. This is possible because of the tremendous prayerful and financial support received from our Parish Family.

Let us pray in gratitude for this commitment to the future of our children!

Students from St. Patrick Catholic School wish to express their gratitude for the blessings of a Catholic Education. 

Letters written by students during Catholic Schools Week 2014 can be found on the

While there may be spelling or grammatical errors, the children express from their hearts the blessings of a Catholic education that they experience.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

In addition to Saint Patrick School being closed , the parish office will also be closed tomorrow Thursday February 13th!  Please stay safe!!! 

The Thursday Evening Mass at 5:15pm will still be celebrated (since of course I live here), however I strongly encourage everyone to remain home and join me in prayer at that time for those who are suffering in anyway as a result of this storm. 

Fr. C.

School Closing

St. Patrick Catholic School will be closed tomorrow, Thursday, 2/13/14. PLease be safe and prayerfully remember all those without shelter in this weather!

York County Jr. Honors Choir will be performing at St. Patrick Church Sunday February 16th at 3pm

York Catholic Musical

York Catholic Presents:

Disney's Beauty and the Beast
York Catholic High School presents the Spring Musical, “Disney's Beauty and the Beast,” Friday, February 28 at 7 PMSaturday, March 1 at 7 PM, and Sunday, March 2 at 2 PM in the high school auditorium.  General admission tickets are available at the door at a cost of $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and students ages 6-18.  For more information, call 717-846-8871 x10.

Tea & Story Time with Belle
Children are invited to enjoy tea and story time with Belle from York Catholic's production of "Disney's Beauty and the Beast" on Saturday, March 1, from 1-2:30 PM in the York Catholic Cafeteria.  The event includes high tea, story time, arts and crafts, and singing by Belle.  Each child receives special gifts to take home.  Cost is $6 per child.  Space is limited to 50 children, so don’t delay in registering for this awesome event!  RSVP by February 24 to

St. Patrick Catholic School - January Virtue Recognition

Congratulations to our students and staff recognized for their practice of the Virtue of Wisdom in the month of January: 

Kindergarten -  Giovanni Caputo
First Grade -  Sara Temple
Second Grade - Juan Rivera
Third Grade - Danny Giesselbach
Fourth Grade - Sequina Keleta
Fifth Grade - Ryan Perch
Sixth Grade -  Jonathan Shellenberger
Staff - Mrs. Javitt

Our Virtue for the month of February is Prudence!

Welcome to the Saint Patrick Church Blog

Dear parishioners and visitors,

Welcome to the Saint Patrick Church York Blog!  It is my hope to use this tool as another form of communication.  Please check our blog regularly for important updates.  I look forward to working with you as we continue to move forward.  My theme moving forward is the very same one we are using for our school promotion "Together We Can."  Praying for one another and working together we can together continue to build and nourish our parish family. 

Our faith is centered on Jesus Christ.  It is in our Lord we find our strength.  He is the Good Shepherd and our parish is very blessed with the Good Shepherd Adoration Chapel that serves the faithful of the York deanery.  May we always turn to our Lord who is the Good Shepherd and may we go forth modeling His example laboring in His vineyard! 

Fr. C.