A couple of updates on what’s happening in the parish:
1. 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.
2. We have a few staff changes in the parish. 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. I know Earl will do a great job!
3. I have asked John Triscik, our Parish Youth Minister, to represent the parish 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.” Thanks, John, for representing me and the parish!
4. I am looking for a part-time Coordinator of Parish Ministries here at St. Joan of Arc. This paid, part-time position (10 to 15 hours a week) will help us organize and coordinate our many organizations and ministries in the parish. If you are interested, please complete the online application or submit a resume to the parish office (or to me, Father Al).
Lots of good things going on in our active parish. Changes, yes, but change is good!
Today we celebrate World Day of Prayer for Vocations. Pray for vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life, especially for our diocese. Also, please consider praying for vocations or spiritually
adopting a priest as a part of your daily prayers.
If you are considering such a vocation, please talk with Fr. Al or contact Fr. Brian Wayne (717) 657-4804,
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Joan of Arc Parish is accepting applications for the position of Coordinator of Parish Ministries. This paid, part-time position (About 10-15 hours a week) will be responsible for coordinating and organizing the many organizations and ministries in our parish.
If you are interested, please submit the online form at: www.stjoanhershey.org/cpm or submit a resume to the parish office (or directly to Father Al).
Please note that Matthew C. Morelli, a seminarian of the Diocese of Harrisburg, is being considered for the order of Priest.
This announcement is made in accordance with the law of the Church. If anyone knows of any reason why this person should not be ordained, they have an obligation in conscience to contact the pastor of this parish or Father Brian J. Wayne, Director of Vocations in the Diocese of Harrisburg as soon as possible.
Were you married in 1968?
If the answer is YES, then this year is your Golden Wedding Anniversary!
A Golden Jubilee Mass will be celebrated on Sunday, July 8, 2018 at 2:00 pm by the Most Reverend Ronald W. Gainer at Good Shepherd Church in Camp Hill.
To receive an invitation to attend, please complete the online form here or contact Mary Butch at (717)533-7168 Ext. 115 or email. If you are unable to attend, please submit your information and we will be happy to mail you the certificate that would have been presented to you at this special Mass.
As you are by now aware, the Grand Jury report on clergy sexual abuse will be released soon. I myself do not know what is in the report but will be open with you when it is made available. The protection of our children should be our highest priority. Let us pray for all victims of sexual abuse.
Once again, to report the sexual abuse of a minor, call the following number: 1-800-626-1608
May we never be afraid of doing what is right no matter what the consequences!
Congratulations to Kate Naughton for earning the National Girl Scout Religious Award, “Spirit Alive”
recently. This award program is designed to assist girls in grades 9-12 in discovering how the Holy Spirit
moves within their lives, calling them to a greater participation in the ministry of the Church. Kate will
be recognized by Bishop Gainer for achieving this award at the annual Scout Mass on April 22, 2018 at
Good Shepherd Church. Because Kate has earned at least three National Girl Scout Religious Emblems,
she is now a recipient of the prestigious Region 3 Scout Award.
Our parish community welcomes these newly baptized children of God:
On Friday, April 20th at 7:00 pm, a Vigil will be held in remembrance of the victims of school violence from 7:00 - 8:00 pm at Chocolatetown Square. The event is part of a national effort to say “Enough is Enough” as we remember the 13 victims of the 1999 Columbine tragedy as well as the many others killed since then. The vigil is planned to last about an hour with speakers, songs, some musical accompaniment and a presentation of a sign for some of the many school shootings that have occurred since Columbine. Participants are encouraged to bring electric candles as wind conditions could make real candles a challenge.
Contact: Anne Searer (717) 533-9636, email
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