Happy Father’s Day to all our fathers, grandfathers, step-fathers and godfathers (and, I might add, to all the priests who are your spiritual fathers!). When we think of fathers I think many adjectives come to mind: strong, faithful, loving, wise, patient, a good provider, a role-model, a gentleman, etc. I wonder if most of us fathers realize that one of the best things we can be for our children is to be deeply spiritual? A deeply spiritual man is truly what our world and our families need now. To be spiritual is not to be weak but to have the strength that comes from being in right relationship with God. It means to know the right thing to do and then to do it. It means that we put others - wife and children - first and find satisfaction in living a sacrificial life. It means not having all the answers but having the wisdom to turn to God for the answers. It means that we have our priorities straight and strive to put them into practice. I hope all of us have known good, holy, deeply spiritual men in our lives. And fathers, I hope your children see all these things in you!
We wish you safe travels and much fun during your summer vacations! We know you’ll be out of town for a few Sundays this summer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t participate through your regular tithes. With our Online Giving Program you can contribute from wherever you are - and you can even set up payments in advance if you like! When you give online, it helps our parish to meet our budget, even when attendance is low, which ensures we can continue our services and programs throughout the entire year.
Please keep us in mind this summer!
Attention all Catholic young men ages 15-25. Our Lord Jesus Christ has a great plan and mission for you! You are invited to attend the Diocese of Harrisburg’s Annual Quo Vadis Days vocation discernment retreat to spend time with other young men your age as you listen to the Lord’s call in your life while having fun. Activities include – Holy Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, sports, games, great food, talks and more.
Quo Vadis Days will be held from June 24-27, 2018 at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary. There is a registration fee of $50; all other expenses are funded by the Diocese of Harrisburg. Registration forms can be found on their website at www.hbgdiocese.org. You may also contact the Office of Vocations at (717) 657-4804, ext. 282 or email: email@example.com for a registration packet or if you have questions. Registration deadline is June 17, 2018.
We congratulate and rejoice with these couples of our parish community whom recently united in marriage:
Christopher Josef & Abigil Podany,
Liggins & Stephanie Zemba,
Ryan Ridenour & Allison Carter
Our parish community welcomes these newly baptized children of God:
We congratulate Fathers Arena and Dijo on their new assignments.
Father Arena will be the parochial vicar at Saint John Neumann Parish in Lancaster and school chaplain at Lancaster Catholic High School. His new address will be: Saint John Neumann Parish, 601 East Delp Road, Lancaster, PA 17601
Father Dijo will be the new pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish and Saint Bernadette Mission in Duncannon. His new address will be: Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, 121 William Street, Marysville, PA 17053-1438
We thank both Father Arena and Father Dijo for their faithful ministry here at Saint Joan of Arc. Let us pray for them!
The new parochial vicar at St. Joan of Arc will be newly ordained priest Father Kenneth Roth. We welcome him and assure him of our prayers!
“Dear altar boys and altar girls, the closer you are to the altar, the more you will remember to speak with Jesus in daily prayer; the more you will be nourished by the Word and the Body of the Lord, the better able you will be to go out to others, bringing them the gift that you have received, giving in turn with enthusiasm the joy you have received.”
- Pope Francis, August 2015
Parishioners who have received First Holy Communion and are entering at least the 3rd grade in August are invited to be a part of this important liturgical ministry within our parish. To enroll for the summer training, click here. The deadline for enrollment is July 8, 2018.
The full listing of Priest Assignment Changes in the Diocese is now available on the Diocesan website - click here
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.
Our Festival Plant Table is in need of donations! Anything from annuals, perennials, vegetables, bulbs, seedlings, anything! This is a great time to thin out your beds and donate some plants to a good cause! Please drop off your donations at the entrance of the school between June 10th and June 14th.
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