Please remember to update your contact information with the parish office when you have a change in address, phone number or email, or if you have an addition to your family.
Pastoral Assignments - Summer 2018
6-4-2018: With the ordinations on Saturday, the new priest assignments have been announced and will become effective June 18, 2018. Read about these changes here
Online Giving Program Service Interruption
6-4-2018: Please be advised there is currently a service interruption with our Online Giving Program processing donations.We are working closely with our vendor to resolve a connectivity issue that is causing transactions to return “Transaction Declined by Processor.” The issue began at approximately 3:00 pm EDT on Friday, June 1, 2018.
We apologize for this inconvenience and we are actively working to restore service as quickly as possible.
Altar Server Enrollment
5-29-2018: Do you want to be an Altar Server?Parishioners entering the 3rd grade in August are invited to be a part of this important liturgical ministry. To learn more, or to enroll for summer training, click here. Enrollment deadline is JULY 8, 2018.
June Change for First Friday Eucharistic Adoration & Holy Hour Invitation
5-25-2018: First Friday Eucharistic Adoration will be held in the Church following the 9:00 am Mass on Friday, June 1st with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. There will be no healing prayers due to a special Holy Hour.
At 6:00 pm Deacon Matthew Morelli will celebrate a Holy Hour in preparation of his Ordination to the Priesthood on Saturday. All are invited and encouraged to attend.
FESTIVAL VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
5-24-2018: The tradition of celebrating Faith, Family & Fun continues this year with our 44th Annual Parish Festival! This is our parish’s only major fundraiser and we need your help to make it a success! Our online volunteer sign up is now live and easier to use than ever before! Please consider giving a small amount of your time to help out this year. www.sjafestival.com
Help Wanted - Religious Education Program
5-17-2018: REP is looking for volunteers. We are always looking for people to help as hall monitors, classroom aides and catechists. No experience is necessary - just a desire to help in the faith formation of our youth. If you are interested, please contact Earl Tropp at (717) 533-7168 Ext. 122 or email: email@example.com
Hersheypark Pre-Ordered Tickets Ready For Pick Up:
5-10-2018: HERSHEYPARK tickets are here! If you pre-ordered tickets they can be picked up in the parish office Monday - Friday (between 8:00 am & Noon or 1:00 - 4:00 pm) and Sundays (9:00 am - Noon).
New to St. Joan of Arc since October 2017?
5-10-2018: Father Al and our parish'sWelcome Ministrywarmly invite all individuals and families, who are new to St. Joan of Arc since October 2017, to attend a special Welcome Reception being hosted on Saturday, June 2nd following the 5:15 pm Mass. Read more here
Want to learn more about the Catholic Faith? Know someone else who does?
5-10-2018: Are you interested to know more about the Catholic Faith? Perhaps you know someone that is searching for a Church home. If so, the RCIA program might be just what you are looking for. RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) is a program that prepares individuals to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church. If interested, please contact Earl Tropp(Ext. 122) or or learn more on the our R.C.I. A. page
Ordination Information for Matthew C. Morelli
4-27-2018: Deacon Matthew Morelli will be ordained a Diocesan Priest on Saturday, June 2, 2018. He will be celebrating his first Mass on Sunday, June 3 at 2:00 p.m. Please join us as we congratulate him with a dinner reception immediately following Mass. For details about these events, please click here
SJA Vocations Ministry Now Active!
4-27-2018: We are thrilled to announce that our parish's vocations ministry is now active! The SJA Vocations Ministry will regularly provide vocation education through our bulletin and parish website. To learn more about this ministry, their mission or to volunteer - please visit their ministry page here
Centennial Project Update from Father Al
4-20-2018: From Father Al - We submitted our plans and drawings to the diocese this past week to gain permission to move ahead with our Centennial Project. The Diocesan Building Committee will meet on May 1st to review the plans and the College of Consultors (one of the bishop’s advisory councils, of which I am a member) will meet on May 17th. We should have our answers about when and how to proceed from there. The plans look good and I will be presenting them in the near future to the parish.
New Staff Changes Announced
4-20-2018: Marcie Warner, our Co-Director of Religious Education will be leaving us at the end of June. She will continue to volunteer in our Religious Education Program but wants to take time for family at this time. We thank her for the great job she has done in REP! Earl Tropp, our other Co-Director, will become full time Director of Religious Education and will also take on the added position of Coordinator of our RCIA program.
John Triscik, our Parish Youth Minister, will now represent the parish of St. Joan of Arc on the Derry Township Ministerium. John will be the liaison with the other Christian communities in our area. Ecumenism is essential in our Church today as we pray with Jesus “that all may be one.”
Notice of Change: Monthly Blood Pressure Screenings
4-13-2018: Beginning in May the Nurse Ministry will no longer be offering blood pressure screenings following the Saturday evening Vigil Mass. Blood pressure screenings are held in the Library on the first Sunday of the month (unless it is a holiday weekend and then it will be the second Sunday) after these Masses: 7:30 am, 9:00 am, and 10:30 am.
Inclement Weather Protocol
2-8-2018: In the event of inclement weather, the parish will follow the schedule of St. Joan of Arc School for all delays and closings.If the school is closed, the Parish office and all facilities will also be closed with all scheduled events/meetings being cancelled.
REMINDER: Reporting Broken or Faulty Items to the Parish Office:
1-25-2018: · If you see anything broken or not working correctly, please notify the parish office so it can be addressed in a timely manner.
Volunteers Needed for Transportation:
11-17-2017: We are looking for a few kind volunteers who are willing to provide transportation to fellow parishioners on occasion for Mass, doctor’s appointments, or the grocery store. If you can provide this much needed act of kindness to help a fellow parishioner in their time of need, please email Odette at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Parish Office. We will contact you as requests are received. Thank you!
Mobile App - Stay Connected to Parish Life at SJA
If you have a smart phone and have not yet downloaded our parish mobile app, please consider doing so! It is a great resource specific to our parish. Information is available here
Option For Mass Intentions
Frequently our priests celebrate a private Mass in the rectory. If you have an intention that you would like to have them celebrate, but would not be present for, please contact the parish office.
Mass Intentions for 2018 may be scheduled beginning Tuesday, October 24th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm in the Parish Office.
Volunteers Needed for EDGE & Life Teen
10/16/2016: Volunteers Needed!!! EDGE and Life Teen are in need of some help. Please pray about volunteering with the High & Middle School Youth Ministries and if you are interested, please contact John Triscik, call 717-533-7168 ext. 128 or email.
New Community Board
9/2/2015: We are excited to announce a new feature on our parish website! There is now a community board page located under the communications menu. Click here to check it out.
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Promote Your Church Events & Activities
We added a form to our website that allows you to communicate Church happenings to the office so we can help you promote your activities to the parish community. Visit theCommunications Page or select the "Request: Publicity" tab under "Contact Us" menu.
NEW Ministry Communication Pages!
When we began the endeavor of developing a new website, one of the primary objectives was to find an option that would allow us the opportunity to give each individual ministry their own page on our website. We are thrilled at how well this )notion is being received. If you lead a ministry that does not yet have a Ministry Page up, please contact Jackie Abel at (717)533-7168 Ext. 121 or email