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I’m Father Job, and I serve as the pastor of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church. We at St. Paul are here to help you encounter Jesus and grow in a personal relationship with him. We are a Catholic parish community that wants to be disciples of Jesus and wants to help others become disciples as well. There are five essentials in our community:

  • Discipleship: We strive to grow in our faith daily.
  • Evangelization: In growing closer to Jesus, others encounter him through our lives.
  • Community: We support and encourage each other in small faith communities centered in Christ.
  • Liturgy and worship: As Catholics, we encounter Jesus through the Liturgy and the Sacraments.
  • Mercy: We are compassionate toward each other and those in need.

I pray that our website helps you to find answers to your questions. I look forward to welcome you in person soon!

I invite all Christians everywhere at this very moment to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them; I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day. — Pope Francis

Non-Catholics

If you’re a non-Catholic, going to Mass might feel intimidating! Please know that you are welcome and no one is judging on whether or not you know when to kneel or stand. Our atmosphere is casual yet reverent. To follow along using the Order of Mass, look for a copy of The Breaking Bread Hymnal and Missal in the book holder of the pew. If you want to learn more about the Mass, this helpful guide by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops explains all the parts. Of course, you can always ask one of our parishioners for guidance. We’re here to welcome you!

During Communion, you may remain seated or you may come forward to receive a blessing. To indicate that you wish to receive a blessing from the priest, simply cross your arms over your chest by placing your hands on opposite shoulders and bow your head. After you’ve received your blessing, you may return to your seat. You can learn more by reading the Guidelines for the Reception of Communion.

New Arrivals

Just moving to Annville? We’re glad to have you! Here is everything you need to know to get settled and become involved in parish life at St Paul.

  • Parish registration forms can be downloaded here.
  • Visit our Ministry pages (in the menu above) to find volunteer and ministry opportunities.
  • Got kids? Sr. Mary Cronin is our Director of Religious Education. She can help you enroll your children in our programs or for preparation for First Communion and Confirmation.
  • Got middle schoolers or teens? Get in touch with our Youth Minister, Mary Langan, to learn more about our programs, or visit our ministry page.
  • Check out our most recent bulletin to find programs, Bible Study groups, and events for all ages!
  • Want a tour? We can provide tours and information customized for your needs. Contact contact Mary Langan at 717-867-1525.

Jesus Christ is the blessing for every man and woman, and for all of humanity. The Church, in giving us Jesus, offers us the fullness of the Lord’s blessing.–Pope Francis

Returning Catholics

As your brothers and sisters in Christ, we long to welcome your return to the Catholic faith. There may have been trauma that caused you to feel that you weren’t welcome or led you to separate yourself from the Church. We join with Pope Francis in asking your forgiveness and in praying for mercy and justice. Whatever your reason for leaving the Church, we rejoice in the hope that you’ll soon be with us once more.

Here are some resources and suggestions for ways you can return to full Communion in the Catholic Church:

  • Meet with our pastor, Fr. Job Foote or chat with our Parish Secretary, Mary Langan. Fr. Job can be reached at 717-875-3369 or Mary can be reached by calling the parish office at 717-867-1525.
  • Begin attending Mass. We have several Masses each weekend.  You can learn more by hovering over “The Mass” (in the menu above).
  • Receive the Sacrament of Penance. Please know you will be welcome and that you won’t be judged if you’ve been away for a long time.
  • Visit Catholics Come Home for resources on returning to Catholic life.