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Update of Friday, August 7, 2020:

Sunday Masses at St. Anthony of Padua Church
in the "Green Phase":


Saturday:  4:30 p.m. (doors will open at 4:10 p.m.)

Sunday:  8:30 and 10:30 a.m. (doors will open at

      8:10 and 10:10 a.m.)


o The weekday 8:00 a.m. Mass has been suspended and will restart on Monday, August 31. Doors will open (Orange St., center only) at 7:45 a.m.

      Mass begins at 8:00 a.m. no rosary or group prayers preceding the Liturgy; communion will be distributed after the Liturgy (just as Sunday Mass).

     The Tuesday evening Mother of Perpetual Help novena has been cancelled until further notice.

o Attendees must continue to wear masks upon entering the church.

o If you are aware of or are displaying signs of any communicable disease, please do not enter and join the others in the church.

o The elevator is now available for service.  The diocesan offices have directed that there be 1 occupant at a time in the elevator.  Please be responsible and follow that directive.  The elevator will be cleaned before each liturgy, a disinfectant spray will be in the elevator for the rider's added protection.

o Father O'Brien has opted that lay lectors will NOT read at the Masses until further notice.  The "Green Guidelines" make this at the discretion of the pastor.

o Altar servers and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion will not participate in Liturgies.

o The distribution of communion will continue to take place after the liturgy of the Mass.

o There is no established schedule for confessions in the church. Continue to call the rectory for an appointment.

o The use of musicians and group singing will not yet take place.

o Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion will NOT take communion to shut-ins at this time.

Link to Father O'Brien's letter to parishioners explaining new procedures in the "Yellow Phase."

If you did not receive a copy of the letter in the mail, please obtain a copy from the link.




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





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.






August 7, 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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