The Bishop McDevitt Chamber Choir will be singing at the 10:30 Mass on Sunday, March 26. Under the direction of Mr. Chad Reed, the ensemble will present special Lenten choral selections. St. Joan of Arc cantor Sandy McInerney is a member of this choir. We thank them for the wonderful opportunity to hear such a talented choir!
The newly formed Haiti Committee is working on bringing awareness to St. Joan of Arc regarding our Sister Parish in Haiti, Our Lady of Lourdes. We are excited to announce we have added more information to the Haiti section of our parish website, including a short video which provides a glimpse into the humble parish community that we have supported over the years. Please take a moment to visit the Haiti Ministry Page here or watch the video on our YouTube channel here.
Reminder: Please join us on Friday, March 31 from 6-7 PM in the school cafeteria before stations for soup and a short presentation highlighting our efforts so far, as well as the current needs of this humble parish and school.
The Diocese of Harrisburg is once again working with Hersheypark® to offer tickets at a
substantial discount, to parishioners and their families. If you would like to order tickets for the
2017 summer season (valid any public operating day), complete and submit the order form along with full payment by Monday, May 1, 2017.
Full information is available on the parish website here
Just a few thanks this week:
Thanks to all who contributed to our first-annual Haiti Collection on Ash Wednesday. The response was fantastic! We collected more than $8000 and all the money hasn’t been counted yet. This will go so far in helping our sister-parish of Our Lady of Lourdes in Tarasse. The first thing we are doing is buying and installing a generator to provide much needed SAFE electricity to the parish and school. God bless you all for your generosity. And thanks to the Haiti Committee for all you have done already!
Thank you for all the kind notes and emails from many of you after I wrote about some anonymous correspondence I received. I really wasn’t try to say “poor me” but simply explaining that it is impossible to respond to anonymous letters but I am really appreciative of all your kind words and support!
A special thank you for all the prayers offered for Sister Eileen’s recovery to good health. Sister is really growing stronger with each passing day and I know she will be back in the school full-time. Prayers are an amazing thing and I know Sister is grateful.
And while I am at it—I am going to sneak this in—a big thank you for what I know will be a really successful Bishop’s Annual Lenten Appeal this year. I know we haven’t even started yet but I know how generous you have been in the past and I know we will surpass our goal this year! The work the bishop and the diocese does is important. This is our way of saying “Thank You!”
Finally, thank you God for the many gifts in our lives, our families and in our parish! God will never be outdone in His generosity. It is just a matter of recognizing how good God truly is!
Please note: Due a publishing error in this week's bulletin, Father's article did not appear in full as it appears here.
It's not too late to register for the upcoming conference "Bringing Church Home: Reimagining The Family On Mission" taking place at the Diocese on March 15-17.
Bringing Church Home: Reimagining the Family on Mission
The Amore Project helps the whole Church rediscover the family as the domestic church and the New Testament ‘oikos’ as a center for community and mission. Amore trains married couples to embrace their marriage as a sign of the gospel and a calling to minister among those who are far from God.
The theme of the 2017 conference, “Bringing Church Home: Reimagining the Family on Mission” focuses on the goal of releasing a movement of married couples who live as agents of Christ’s self-giving love. Believing that mission often arises when the people of God seek reconciliation in the broken places, the conference will help attendees seek a great awakening in homes, networks, neighborhoods and families.
The conference is a partnership and collaboration between the Diocese of Harrisburg, Mistero Grande, Truro Anglican Church, the Baptist General Association of Virginia and the Fresh Expressions Team.
Full information is available here: freshexpressionsus.org/AmoreLaunch
Join us tonight for dinner between 5 - 8pm!
Fish, Fries & Coleslaw: 1pc Dinner $7.50, 2pc Dinner $8.75, 3pc Dinner $10.00
Mac & Cheese: $4.50, Desserts: $2.50, Drinks: $1.25
This event is graciously being hosted by the Knights of Columbus
The St. Joan of Arc Youth Choir will rehearse on Saturdays March 25, April 1, and April 8 at 10 AM in the choir loft in preparation for the 10:30 AM Mass on Easter Sunday, April 16. All young people are invited to sing in this choir. There are no auditions nor age limits. All youth are welcome! Questions: Contact Beth Palmer, Director of Music, in the parish office.
This year the Feast of Saint Patrick falls on a Lenten Friday. Since Saint Patrick is the principal patron of our diocese, I hereby grant a dispensation from Friday abstinence to all Catholics who reside in the diocese and all who are present within the Diocese on March 17th. Those who take advantage of this dispensation are urged to substitute another suitable form of personal penance, possibly choosing another day within the Second Week of Lent as a Day of Lenten abstinence.
~ Most Reverend Ronald W. Gainer, Bishop of Harrisburg
If you would like to memorialize flowers for a loved one at Easter, please fill out the form below and return it to the parish office no later than Monday, March 27th by 3:00 PM.
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