We welcomed Father Steven Arena to our parish Monday, June 22, 2016. The Diocese of Harrisburg recently featured a great article about him if you would like to learn more about our new Parochial Vicar.
This article appeared on the Diocesan website June 15, 2016. Read it here
For Father Steven Arena, a reluctant yes to his catechist’s invitation to attend the Mount 2000 retreat eventually led to a resounding yes to God’s invitation to the priesthood.
Father Arena describes his upbringing in the faith as a relatively normal Catholic family life. When his family moved from the Frederick, Md., area to Mont Alto when Steven was in elementary school, they joined St. Andrew the Apostle Parish in Waynesboro.
“I was going to Sunday School and my family was practicing the faith, but we weren’t what you would call very devout Catholics,” he said.
During his junior year at Waynesboro Area Senior High School, Steven received a phone call from his Confirmation catechist, Judy Clement, asking if he would assist her at the Mount 2000 retreat for the incoming Confirmation students.
“I was thinking, ‘Oh boy. I don’t really want to do this, but I can’t say no to her,’” Father Arena recalled.
The retreat enlivened his faith.
“All of the things I had learned in religious education stuck in such a way that I began to take my faith very, very seriously,” he said.
By the time of his high school graduation, he had been accepted to Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, where he planned to major in History and become a teacher. But then the Lord called him.
“Here I am, ready to head off to college, and the idea just kind of popped into my head, ‘What about the priesthood?’” Father Arena said. “I was confused. I wasn’t certain where to go. But what made me realize that I had to take this call seriously was that it wasn’t going away, and I knew it wasn’t coming from me.”
He went to Quo Vadis Days, and in the silence and prayer, he heard the Lord clearly calling him. He put aside his college plans and eventually entered St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.
“I can honestly say that there is nothing else I’d rather do with my life than be a priest,” Father Arena said.
Click here to read Five Men Give Themselves to God’s Call to Priesthood
Please Save The Dates!
CCW Flea Market and Rummage Sale
St. Joan of Arc Cafeteria
Friday, August 5 from 8 AM to 3 PM
Saturday, August 6 from 8 AM to 11 AM
Donations will be accepted at the SJA Cafeteria, starting weekdays Thursday,
July 21 until Wednesday, August 3 from 8 AM until 6 PM, Saturdays, July 23 and July 30 from 8 AM to 12 noon. Anyone who is able to help with unpacking, sorting and pricing of articles is welcome to come to the cafeteria during those hours to work.
Please note: No large appliances or TVs will be accepted.
June, in the Catholic Church, is the month dedicated to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. The feast day usually falls sometime in June and thus the whole month is dedicated to it. Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus has a long history. It really begins in the Middle Ages with devotion to the human suffering of Jesus and veneration of the Wounds of Christ suffered in his Passion.
There was a great mystical tradition in the Church at this time and many saints reflected intensely on the great outpouring of love Jesus offered in his suffering and death. Saints such as Francis of Assisi, Bonaventure, Gertrude, Mechtilde, John Eudes and others brought attention to the humility and compassion of Jesus in his suffering. His physical heart became a symbol of that great compassion. Of course, most of us are familiar with devotion to the Sacred Heart through the story of Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque in France during the early 17th century. This young nun had visions of Jesus in which he spoke of his great mercy and love and his promise to be with those who had devotion to his Sacred Heart. This devotion continues today in the lives of many Catholics.
Look at the beautiful statue of the Sacred Heart in our church. Know that there is no sin that is greater than the mercy and love of Jesus!
On Tuesday, June 28, Living Our Faith ministry will make our next visit to The Vineyard. This will be our last Visit to God’s Vineyard until fall. We will travel to the Joshua Learning Center and meet with the teens who find refuge there. Joshua Center offers hope and support for at-risk city youth through educational and vocational opportunities. This proactive program serves preschoolers through high school teens. This summer, they will employ former participants who now are college students to run the program and mentor the students.
We will depart from St. Joan of Arc lower parking lot (corner of West Granada and Glen Rd.) at 9 AM and will adjourn about 2 PM after our post visit social gathering. Space is limited so please sign up as early as possible. Car pools will be arranged. Please contact Anne Searer at 717- 533-9636 or firstname.lastname@example.org for further information or to sign up.
COLLECTION OF HOUSEHOLD ITEMS FOR HABITAT FOR HUMANITY - SATURDAY, JUNE 25, 2016
St. Joan of Arc Parish is again sponsoring, with Habitat for Humanity, a special one day collection of household items, which will be sold at Habitat’s ReStore located in Harrisburg. All proceeds benefit Habitat’s activities to promote safe, decent and affordable housing for lower income persons and families.
This special collection will occur on the St. Joan of Arc parking lot along Areba Avenue on Saturday, June 25 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Items to be collected include appliances, furniture, cabinets, building materials, tools, hardware, light fixtures, home décor items, and household electronics. All items must be in working order and in useable condition. Examples of items NOT collected include clothing and shoes, mattresses/box springs, faucets, used anti-freeze and motor oil, unframed glass, carpet, wood with nails, water heaters and dishwashers.
This event is a good opportunity to get rid of unwanted items for a good cause and receive a donation receipt for tax purposes. We urge your participation in this event. Questions may be directed to Chuck Gassert at 566-5058.
Is tithing still necessary in the Catholic Church today?
Yes, tithing is absolutely necessary in the Church today. When God introduced the concept of tithing in the Old Testament, He told the Israelites this contribution was necessary from them to support the work of the Levites and the poor in the community.
Today our Church still needs this support. In addition to being called to care for the poor among us, the need exists to cover the expenses and financial obligations we incur as the Church operates in a commercial society. Salaries, benefits, insurance, maintenance, utilities and service fees are all expenses that result as we work to fulfill the mission of our parish and meet the needs of our parish community.
“Each year you shall tithe all the produce that grows in the field you have sown... So that the Levite who has no share in the heritage with you and also the alien, the orphan and the widow who belong to your community, may come and eat their fill so that the Lord your God may bless you in all that you undertake.” Deuteronomy 14:22, 29
Hearts to God, Hands to Work - At the Prayer Shawl Ministry our hands are very busy as we knit or crochet prayer shawls and lap robes. Our hearts are very generous as we create these beautiful items and give them to those in need.
If you would like to join us, we meet the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 1:00 to 3:00 at St. Lucy's Hall.
Questions contact: Kathy Palmer at 566-1481 or Norberta (Bert) Curran at 302-228-9735
Last evening 24 students from our parish school graduated from the eighth grade. The celebration began with a Mass, followed by an award ceremony, and then a dinner in the cafeteria.
We wish them well as they begin a new phase of their educational development in a variety of High Schools. 17 students are going to Bishop McDevitt, 2 to Lancaster Catholic, 3 to Hershey High, 1 to Palmyra, and 1 to Lancaster Mennonite.
Please join us in sending prayers and congratulations. May God continue to bless them all!
There is now another opportunity to say farewell to Father Sahd. Please join us after the Saturday evening Mass or Sunday morning.
The Second Sunday Social Committee & Knights of Columbus will host a “Farewell Celebration” as we send Father Sahd off with our prayers and well wishes.
Please join us:
Saturday evening following the 5:15pm Mass for hotdogs, refreshments, and fellowship in the cafeteria.
Sunday morning following the 9:00am and 10:30am Masses for pastries, fresh fruit and fellowship in the cafeteria.
*Father Sahd will be reappointed to Saint Mark the Evangelist Parish, Greencastle and Saint Luke the Evangelist Mission, Mercersburg effective June 20th. He will be greatly missed by our parish community.
The new Directors of Religious Education will be introduced after all Masses this weekend, and they SO look forward to meeting everyone! Please stop by and say "Hi!"
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