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Update of Friday, May 29, 2020:

Sunday Masses at St. Anthony of Padua Church
Will Start Saturday/Sunday June 6 and 7
in the Yellow Phase:

Link to Father O'Brien's letter to parishioners explaining new procedures in this "phase."

Registered parishioners will receive this letter in the US mail as well.



Update of Thursday, March 26, 2020:

Link to a message from Bishop Gainer


Consult the "PARISH NEWS" web page on this site for current updates, cancelations, and revisions to parish events.


Saturday, March 21, 2020:

From the Diocese of Harrisburg, Office for Divine Worship

Link to a

"Prayer in Time of Illness"

Link to

"Live Broadcasting/Recordings of Masses Throughout the Diocese"


Bishop Gainer Joins Fellow Pennsylvania Bishops in Temporarily Suspending Masses

March 16, 2020; Harrisburg, PA — Today and effective immediately until further notice, Bishop Ronald W. Gainer, out of great concern for the health of the faithful and in union with the Bishops of Pennsylvania, has temporarily suspended all daily and weekend Masses in the Diocese of Harrisburg. Additionally, Bishop Gainer has suspended all public liturgies and devotions, and has asked that all churches and chapels be closed, including all perpetual adoration chapels.

MMBishop Gainer made this decision after careful consideration of the recommendations from public health officials, and out of great concern for the health and well-being of the faithful, our clergy and parish staffs, given the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.





Welcome to St. Anthony of Padua Church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. St. Anthony is one of the oldest Catholic churches in Lancaster. Our parish was founded in 1870. The church was completed and dedicated in 1875. At that time the congregation was German speaking. All the Masses were celebrated in Latin and the sermons were preached in German. After World War I, the use of the German language was discontinued. During the 1920’s a growing Italian population joined the parish. At that time, the Mass in the Lower Church included some Italian. St. Anthony of Padua has always welcomed and accommodated parishioners of varied ethnic backgrounds.

The upper church was restored in 1987 and the lower church was restored in 2019. St. Anthony has helped Catholic immigrants establish themselves by having Mass in the lower church in other languages. During the 1960’s and 1970’s Mass was celebrated in Spanish. Mass was celebrated in Vietnamese from 1986 until June 2015.

We are glad that you have chosen to visit St. Anthony of Padua in Lancaster. Our parish is a continuation of the life of Christ in the lives of our parish members. May the Lord’s grace and peace remain with you today and always.






May 29, 2020

Current Schedule

Sunday Mass
Saturday evening - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday morning -   8:30 a.m.
                             10:30 a.m.

Holy Day Vigil – 6:30 p.m.

Holyday–8:00 a.m.

               9:30 a.m. (during school year)

               6:30 p.m.

(Consult bulletin for changes.)

Weekday Mass
Monday through Saturday 8:00 a.m.

Reconciliation (Confession)
Saturdays: 3:30–4:15 p.m.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Novena
Tuesday evenings: 7:00 p.m.

Liturgy of the Word for Children

During the 10:30 a.m. Mass, September through May. Grades 1–4

Parish Religious Education

(Grades K, 1–12)

Sunday mornings from 9:00 to 10:15 a.m., September through May, (includes 10:30 a.m. Mass)

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

Mondays at 7:00 p.m. in the lower church meeting room

Sacrament of Baptism

(Preregistration required.)
Instructions – First Monday of the month.
Baptism – Fourth Sunday of the month

Sacrament of Marriage

Contact the pastor at least one year in advance.  We follow the Common Policy of the Diocese.

Anointing of the Sick

Call the rectory at any time.

Visitation of the Homebound

Call the rectory.

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Welcome from Father Mitzel Parish News
St. Anthony’s History by Decades Extraordinary Ministers Schedule