The Christmas Giving Tree Program, sponsored by the St. Vincent de Paul Society, is underway! St. Joan of Arc parishioners have been very generous in the past creating a blessed Christmas for our neighbors in need!!! Trees decorated with ornaments listing recipient names and suggested gifts will be placed in the church on Saturday, Nov. 25th and remain until Dec. 3th.
Gifts will be collected in the Cafeteria ONLY during these times: December 9th before and after the 5:15 pm Mass and December 10th before the 7:30 am Mass until 1:00 pm. Please note: Gifts will not be accepted in the parish office. We cannot collect after the Sunday 5:30 Mass as the organizations pick up the gifts earlier in the day.
We are starting to advertise for a new Parish Manager to take the place of Dr. Barbara Hasson. I have purposely not hired someone right away so that I can get an idea of the real needs of the parish and what this position will entail. One of the responsibilities of the Parish Manager was the directing and supervising of all matters pertaining to buildings and grounds. Dr. Hasson did a fine job doing this and before her retirement taught our Maintenance Director, Matt Dunkle, what this part of the job involved. I am naming Matt as the new Director of Facilities starting at the beginning of the new fiscal year in July. (He is already doing the work now as Director of Maintenance.) Matt will be in charge of not only buildings and grounds but also the custodial staff.
As we move forward with the Parish Manager position, we want to get the best possible person and that may necessitate flexibility regarding hours, salary, benefits, etc. The position will be responsible in assisting the pastor in the overall administration of the parish with respect to all matters pertaining to personnel, finance, parish committees and organizations, and scheduling. Look forward to an advertisement about this position soon. It might be just the opportunity you are looking for!
Next week at the Noon Mass, Bishop Gainer will be with us as our Celebrant and afterwards will bless our new Parish Center and new Convent. There will be a light reception to follow. I have heard so many good things about our renovations and I know that the priests, the deacon and our staff are all acclimated to our new space and we are enjoying it just fine. The Sisters have told me that they love their new home and I am so happy about that as well. We have alleviated some of our space issues but we still have a few more to address, as well as addressing the fact that our Education Center (for REP and our parochial school) is 70 years old next year. I know that I have been talking about my vision for the future in bulletin columns and informally to parish organizations and individuals over the last two years but soon we (the Parish and Finance Councils, the Development Committee and the Building and Planning Committee) will give the parish a more formal presentation about our needs and ideas about where to go in the future. Look forward to more conversation about this in the new year! Until then, hope to see you all next week as we celebrate with our bishop this wonderful project of which we can be justly proud!
Once again, congratulations to Rev. Mr. Matthew Morelli, our parishioner, who was ordained to the diaconate this past Saturday at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. We are blessed to be having seven ordinations to the priesthood next spring. Please keep all of our seminarians in your daily prayers.
This past week we celebrated the wonderful Solemnity of All Saints as well as the Commemoration of All Souls. These two days begin the month of November in which we remember in a special way all of our beloved dead and also those who have been forgotten. We remember (with sobriety, not morbidity) the fact that all of us must die one day but it is our Christian hope that one day we shall see the Lord face to face. It is truly a Christian sentiment to “Remember death!” (Memento mori)
The month of November is truly the month of the dead but also the time of changing weather. Please be patient as we move from cooling to heating the church. It is hard enough to negotiate “thermostat wars” at home, much less for such a big space as ours! Wear layers if necessary. It is in things like this that we learn patience.
On All Souls Day, November 2nd, the St. Joan of Arc Parish Family remembered our deceased loved ones with a Mass of Remembrance. Those who were buried from St. Joan of Arc Church during this past year (Oct. 1, 2016-Sept 30, 2017) were remembered in a special way. During the month of November please pray for them, and all departed souls.
On Sunday, November 5th, Deacon Matthew Morelli will be preaching his first homily at our 10:30 am Mass here at SJA. A light reception will follow in the cafeteria. Please plan to come and congratulate Deacon Matt as we celebrate his ordination.
Holy Day Reminder! Tomorrow, November 1st is All Saint's Day, a Holy Day of Obligation.
Masses will be celebrated at: 6:45am, 9:00am, 7:00pm.
The Vigil Mass will be celebrated tonight, October 31st at 6:00pm.
A message from our Youth Coordinator...
Every year, I'm blown away by the generosity of the people of St. Joan of Arc. Last week Life Teen had our annual clothing drive to support the ministries and missions of Harrisburg. We collected over 140 bags of clothes and that was awesome.
The weekend and the week that follows is always a rush, physically and emotionally. Parishioners don't get to see the teens work really hard sorting the clothes and bagging them up to get them ready for delivery. Teens don't get to see the fruit of that labor as I deliver the needed items to the Catholic Worker House, Silence of Mary, Downtown Daily Bread, Shalom House, and Shining Light.
A couple of these places, it's a drop and go with little to no interaction with anyone. With Downtown Daily Bread and Shining Light, I was able to sit and talk with 10 gentleman and 4 women who would be getting these much needed warm clothes and coats. They were eternally grateful. Being able to sit and talk with these men put a face on why we have this clothing drive every year. With that I thank you for your continued support of this yearly event. Without you this wouldn't be possible. I pray for God's peace and grace to all.
Next Sunday at the 10:30 Mass, Matthew Morelli will preach his first homily as a deacon of the Church. It is wonderful to have Matthew as part of our parish. I encourage you to come and hear him and then gather in the school cafeteria immediately after Mass for a light reception. May we have many more vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and religious life from our parish!
The former parish office space (we still need a name for it!) has been painted and new carpet installed. We will begin to use this space by mid-November for parish ministries and organizations. The rooms will be:
When you are booking rooms, keep the number of people in your group in mind. We won’t know what to do with all this new space! (Only kidding… I know we will!)
*Note: Room information can be found on our parish website under the parish menu by selecting “Facilities & Scheduling”.
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