Benjamin Watson & Baltimore
Our friends over at Catholic Vote have a great article up about Benjamin Watson and the current events in Baltimore. Check it out!
There are six seats open on St. Joan of Arc’s Parish Pastoral Council. Each position will serve a three year term. At this time, we ask you to consider volunteering to serve or nominating a candidate to fill these Council positions.
What does the Parish Pastoral Council do?
The role of the Council is to:
To learn more about this opportunity, visit the Parish Pastoral Council Nomination page on our website here
Time, Talent & Festival!
You will soon begin to see items popping up for festivals all around you... And all around our Diocese! If you haven’t already, Mark your calendars for June 18, 19 & 20th to join us in celebrating 41 years of Faith, Family & Fun at our Parish Festival!
Please keep two things in mind:
(1) There are several festivals happening in our area. This one is the ONLY festival that supports our parish. Each year, this fundraiser is only one we do and our parish community counts on the support from this event to meet our fundraising goals to sustain us throughout the rest of the year.
(2) As always, our Festival would not be successful without YOUR help! There are a number of ways you can be involved. The last few years there was not enough volunteer support and some games had to be closed to accommodate the shortage. A few short hours of your time would make a difference!
All festival information is available on the new parish festival website page!
Mission Trip Sponsors Needed
A few of our parish youth have not been able to fundraise the full amount needed to cover the cost of their Mission Trip to Groton, MA this summer with our LifeTeen group. This is a great opportunity to help a teenager make a difference while offering them the unique experience of serving and growing alongside their peers. If you would like to make a contribution to sponsor one of these teens, please donate online, send a check to the parish office marked "Mission Trip" or contact John Triscik. All donations are greatly appreciated and 100% tax deductible.
Pictures and a summary of the Mission Trip will be shared once the group returns in July. We are excitedly awaiting to see all they will accomplish this year!
Congratulations to Father Edward Malesic, a priest of the Diocese of Harrisburg, who has been appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Greensburg, PA by Pope Francis.
He will be introduced at a news conference in #Greensburg at 10 a.m. today.
Currently Father Malesic is serving as Judicial Vicar for the Diocese of Harrisburg and as Pastor for Holy Infant Parish, York Haven, PA.
Read more: www.hbgdiocese.org/2015/04/24/pope-francis-appoints-father-edward-c-malesic-bishop-of-greensburg/
Prayer Needed Around the World
Please pray for our Christian brothers and sisters around the world who are being persecuted for their faith. As Pope Francis has affirmed, their blood cries out to be heard.
Our parish was featured in the customer spotlight this month for our recent development efforts. The article focuses on Best Practices for Church Development with Online Giving. You can read the full article on the ParishSoft website here
Award Recognition: Deacon Mortel
We were informed our own Deacon Rod Mortel was recently honored with a local prestigious award! Penn State Hershey emeritus faculty member, Dr. Rodrigue Mortel, received a 2015 Honorary Alumni Award.The Honorary Alumni Award was created to recognize outstanding individuals who, though not graduates of Penn State, greatly enhance the welfare, reputation, and prestige of the University through their service.
As a parish community, we are blessed to have Deacon Mortel among us. It is not uncommon to see him buzzing around the parish office on a mission or giving a wonderful homily at a Sunday Mass. One of the most profound things he has given to our parish - among many - is the coordination of our Corpus Christi Procession each year. Deacon made news last year after he made a very generous donation to the school - creating an endowment fund to aide with tuition assistance.
Thank you Deacon Mortel for your service to St. Joan of Arc Church and our community!
2015 SJA Festival Dates
If you have not already done so, please mark your calendar for June 18th, 19th and 20th so you remember to join us at the SJA Parish Festival as we celebrate 41 years of Faith, Family and FUN!
If you missed, the Festival now has it's website and Facebook page. Check them out!
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