The Sisters will be selling their annual raffle tickets the weekend of May 21 & 22 after every Mass. For details stop and talk to Sr. Eileen, Sr. Jo Ann or Sr. Salvatoris. The raffle benefits retired Daughters of Mercy.
Father Al’s 25th Ordination Anniversary Celebration on May 15th was hosted by the ladies of our parish’s Council of Catholic Women (CCW). Julie Groh welcomed everyone to the event and introduced herself as the new CCW President for the 2016-2018 term. Philomena Krosmico (CCW President 2014-2016) then joined her on stage and explained how the CCW supports our parish community throughout year. She thanked everyone for the continuous support of their annual events - the Christmas Bazzar and Rummage Sale. She explained how proceeds from all of their fundraising efforts are used to support initiatives within our Diocese as well as our parish.
Father Al then joined Julie and Philomena on stage to accept a very generous donation of $20,000 for the Heart of the Parish Fund. This contribution will be used for the renovation of the Chapel in the former convent once construction begins for new parish office space there.
Father graciously accepted the gift and thanked the ladies for all that they have done, and continue to do for our parish. Our gratitude is extended in the fullest to the CCW not only for this gift, but also for the countless hours that these women so humbly devote to our parish. They truly exemplify the virtue of Stewardship within our parish.
Father Al observed his 25th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood on Sunday, May 15th (Pentecost). The parish community was invited to celebrate with him following the noon Mass.
The ladies of the CCW did an amazing job preparing a wonderful event that everyone enjoyed!
Thank you to all who came out and shared the day with our Pastor.
What Does the Catholic Church Teach and Believe? This process of learning the faith is a part of the Adult RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults). These Inquiry Sessions, starting in June, are designed for adults, either unbaptized or baptized in another faith tradition, who would like to know more about the Catholic Church. To sign up for the Inquirers sessions, complete the form below. The RCIA Coordinator will be in touch with you. Read more
Happy Birthday! Today, Pentecost, we celebrate the birth of the Church. You may ask why today marks the beginning of the Church? What about Good Friday? Easter Sunday? Certainly from the cross or the tomb the Church was born? But the Church is not fully the Church until it receives the fullness of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. It is the Holy Spirit who gives life and energy to the Mission of the Church. To be honest, without the Spirit of Jesus in our lives and in our Church, we can do nothing. It is only through the power of the Holy Spirit that we can proclaim the Good News; heal the sick; forgive sins. It is only through the power of the Holy Spirit that the Church… and each of us as Christians…that we “live and move and have our being”. One of the greatest prayers of the Church is also one of its most simple: COME HOLY SPIRIT! In many ways, those three simple words says it all!
Did you know we received almost $15,000 in gifts last year that benefited our parish thanks to the Charitable IRA Provision?
The Charitable IRA Provision allowing for qualified charitable distributions of up to $100,000 per year was been made permanent in July of 2015.
Many parishioners who are IRA holders benefit from this giving opportunity through RMD’s each year. In 2015 St. Joan of Arc graciously received almost $15,000 in gifts related to RMD’s that benefited our parish community.
A required minimum distribution (RMD) is the minimum amount, required by the IRS, you must withdraw from your IRA each year once you have reached the age of 70½. This creates a win - win scenario for parishioners and our parish. By making a donation from your IRA directly to a charitable organization, you avoid the penalty of the tax and are able to use the charitable contribution as a tax deduction.
Please keep in mind anything you choose to give is always greatly appreciated. Even the smallest gifts can make a significant impact.
If you have questions or would like to discuss designating your gift to benefit a specific cause, please contact Jackie Abel in the parish office at 533-7168 ext. 121 or email email@example.com. More information is also available on our website here.
With praise and gratitude to Almighty God, the Diocese of Harrisburg joyfully announces the ordinations of:
Steven John Arena, Samuel Isaiah Dubois, John Michael Kuchinski, Richard Joseph Mowery, Brian Thomas Olkowski
to the Order of the Presbyterate through the imposition of hands by His Excellency, the Most Reverend Ronald W. Gainer, Bishop of Harrisburg.
Date - June 4, 2016
Time - 10:00am
Location - St Patrick Cathedral, 212 State Street, Harrisburg
Event Link - http://www.hbgdiocese.org/event/ordination-to-the-priesthood-2016/
We are so blessed to have an active Council of Catholic Women (CCW)! They do so much for our parish so often. We would like to congratulate the new officers who will soon begin new terms:
President, Julie Groh; Vice-President, Maggie Wetherhold; Secretary, Mary Parsons; and Treasurer, Janet Polto. Congratulations ladies!
A special thank you is extended to Philomena Krosmico & Kathy Hill. Philomena faithfully served as President and Kathy Hill as Secretary. We are very appreciative of all you have done for our parish community during your service.
All ladies of the parish are invited to join the CCW for the final meeting before summer vacation this Thursday, May 12 at 6 PM. This is a Covered Dish Social and will be followed by Installation of the new officers for 2016 to 2018.
“Whoever acknowledges me before men,
I will also acknowledge before my Father in Heaven”
Often we feel pressured to keep our faith “ a private matter”. Yet Jesus calls us to publicly show our faith and be the light of the world. So, like the apostles at the first Pentecost, together let us stand tall and show our faith on the feast of Corpus Christi.
Please plan to join the 0.8 mile street procession with the Blessed Sacrament. Immediately following the noon mass on Sunday, May 29th, the Corpus Christi procession with the Blessed Sacrament will begin. We will stop for adoration at the home of two parishioners, one on W. Granada Ave. and one on W. Areba Ave., before ending at the grotto with solemn benediction. Everyone is invited to participate.
If you cannot make the walk, you may wait for us at one of the two stations for adoration or at the grotto for benediction.
Deacon Mortel is making headlines yet again! We are blessed to have him in our parish family!
You can read the article and watch the Deacon Mortel's interview on ABC27's website here.
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