A note to all of our treasured volunteers:
Please remember to join us at the Saturday Mass (5:15pm) where the Mass intention will be for the volunteers of our parish and school. We would be honored if you attended! There will also be another Mass for these intentions next Wednesday, April 20th at 9:00am.
Thank you for your great example of stewardship during our recent parish mission. Here is the thank you note that Father Al received from Father DeSiano...
Dear Father Al,
I am so appreciative of your parish’s gift of $2524 to Paulist Evangelization Ministries for the parish mission I was privileged to conduct in Hershey during Lent. Thank you, and your parishioners, so much for this support.
This greatly helps us with our ministry... All the things we try to develop to help parishes reach out to inactive Catholics and unconnected people without a church. Mission is not easy - you cannot ask the people you are trying to help. You have to ask active Catholics, and your parishioners are now part of our mission.
I pray that the mission can serve as a resource to help orient your parishioners to their ability to renew their faith and reach out to others. The only way our church can survive is through a heightened sense of discipleship; and greater discipleship means a greater capacity to witness our faith and share it with others.
May God continue to bless you and all your wonderful parishioners.
Sincerely in Christ,
(Rev.) Frank DeSiano, CSP
According to Diocesan regulations, all Extra-ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
need to have their mandate renewed every three years. For those ministers who had their mandates renewed in 2013 or earlier, it is time to have your mandate renewed. This requires filling out paperwork and attending a training session. Please call the parish office or go to the Extraordinary Minister page of our website for information.
We'd like to say it again... Thank you to ALL of our wonderful & amazing volunteers! Our parish couldn't accomplish all we do in a week without you! During National Volunteer Week... We are feeling blessed!
Calling All Nurses!
Nurses, you can share God's love through your time and talent within the Parish of St. Joan of Arc. If you are a licensed Nurse and would like to join or have questions about our Ministry, please call the Parish Office, leave your name and number and someone will get back to you.
You can learn more about our Parish Nurse Ministry by visiting their ministry page on our website here
It is National Volunteer Appreciation Week and we would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude for your time and talents you so generously share with our parish and school. Please know that your gift of time contributes to our thriving parish community!
Mass intentions will be offered for the volunteers of St. Joan of Arc on Saturday, April 16th (5:15pm) and Wednesday, April 20th (9:00am). We would be honored to have you present at either of these Masses.
This week I will be traveling with six men from the parish to the Father Beiting Appalachian Mission Center in Kentucky to work with the poor. We will be working on repairing and renovating houses for the desperately poor.
Carpentry and construction is not part of my skillset but I can carry things, hit a nail reasonably well and cook a pot of chili if needed. I am sure I will be able to put some of my priestly skills to work as well. I appreciate the wonderful work we do here in our parish to help the less fortunate.
When I arrived here at Saint Joan’s, I was told that we focus our charitable activities locally, (places like the Food Bank, Birthright, Lourdes House, etc.), nationally (The Father Beiting Mission), and internationally (our sisterparish in Haiti). I think this is a great approach because it makes us look beyond our own neighborhood and see the needs of others. I look forward to going to Haiti in the future to see all the good being done there. Pray for us as we go to Kentucky. Know that these kind of activities are something I consider very important in the life of our parish.
We would like to express our gratitude to this week's bulletin sponsor, W. Paul Eichman, DMD. Thank you for your continued support!
Visit their website here
For the past week we have been celebrating the Octave of Easter. Running from Easter Sunday to The Second Sunday
of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday), we celebrate each day just like Easter Sunday. It is as if the Church needs eight days to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead!
The number eight has a great tradition in the liturgical life of the Church. The day of the Lord’s Resurrection was referred to in the early Church as the “Eighth Day”. We all know of the seven days of creation. By referring to the day of the Lord’s Resurrection as the “Eighth Day”, early Church Fathers were linking Easter to a ‘new creation” in Christ. This is much more than symbolic language. The fact is that the world was changed forever on that first Easter Sunday. Jesus Christ, through his death on the cross and rising in glory, broke the power of sin and death and the world has a new hope, a new beginning.
Something new and wonderful has been accomplished in Christ. Through his Incarnation, his Crucifixion, and his Resurrection, heaven is indeed united to earth. The gates of heaven are opened and the grace and mercy of God are available to all who seek it. May this Easter Season be a time of grace for each of us, a new beginning, a new placing of hope in the Risen Lord!
Laudato "Si" Revealed
Holy Spirit Parish in Palmyra is offering a 7-week study of Pope Francis' encyclical “Laudato Si: On Care For Our Common Home.” Addressed to all the people of the world, Pope Francis' letter calls for a radical transformation of economics, politics, and individual lifestyles to confront environmental degradation, pollution and climate change.
On Monday, April 4, 2016, at 7:00 pm, Rev. James Podlesny, Pastor of Holy Spirit, will provide an overview and summary of Pope Francis' letter.
On April 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, and 23 from 7 - 8:30 pm, a parishioner-led study group will read and discuss how Pope Francis' benchmark statement, the biblical texts, and the scientific consensus on major environmental change, might inform and impact our local community, and how we might once again treat this world as our beloved home. Participants will read each of the six chapters prior to the discussion session. Both the overview and the 6-week study are free and open to all interested. Please enter at the East Entrance of the Social Hall/Classroom Building.
To register, call the Holy Spirit Parish Office: 717-838-3369, x9; or email: Church@HolySpiritPalmyra.com. To arrange a car pool from St. Joan of Arc parking lot, contact: Anne Searer, firstname.lastname@example.org, 717-533-9636.
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