An update on things happening in the parish:
Listen to this week's daily readings and watch the reflection videos, provided by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Click on the date to listen to the audio recording of the day's reading, then click the play button to view the reflection video for that day.
To listen to more readings, visit the USCCB website here.
View the August daily reflection videos on the USCCB youtube channel here.
It has been a year since the Pennsylvania Attorney General issued the report on Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Clergy in the state. It was a gut-ripping experience and the Church will be affected by the revelations of crimes and cover-ups for years to come. In our bulletin today, we have an insert from the Diocese of Harrisburg listing some of the actions it has taken to address this horrendous scandal. Please read it and, as usual, I am always open to your thoughts and comments. Here at Saint Joan of Arc, we have tried to address some of the issues with our town hall meetings last fall and the various adult education and prayer opportunities over the past few months. In September, I will present the following nights of education and discussion:
I received quite a bit of input into keeping our Summer Schedule as our regular Mass Schedule throughout the year. Usually, when I ask for feedback about changing something in the parish, I rarely get such a response from those who think it is a great idea. Normally it is the people who oppose a change who write or call. But in this case, it was the vast majority who said they liked the new schedule. Therefore, the Schedule of Masses here at Saint Joan of Arc will be the following:
The Milton Hershey School students attended Mass at 10:30 AM. Starting this Fall, they will attend the 5:00 pm Mass on Saturday.
Thanks, everyone, for your comments and suggestions!
Do you know a college student in our parish who is graduating this Summer? Submit his or her name to be listed in an parish-wide acknowledgement! Deadline to submit is August 30, 2019.
Submit a graduate here
Sweaters and jumpers are $5. Everything else is $2. Large sized khaki pants, which can be worn at McDevitt, are available.
Thank you to the generous parishioners who have helped many families realize their dream of providing a Catholic School education for their children. This year more than ever, the school has received requests for financial assistance.
Parishioners may contribute by sponsoring a child’s, or children’s, tuition for the year or by contributing any amount to this necessary fund. We hope to help everyone who needs it. Please prayerfully consider a donation today.
Contact Deb Rizzotto at (717) 533-2854, ext. 123 or email@example.com for more information or to make a contribution.
"We often assume parenthood happens easily after ‘I do,’ but for many married couples, it does not… If you experience difficulty bringing a child into your family, know that you are not alone. God is with you, and his Church desires to walk with you.”
-Seven Considerations While Navigating Infertility, USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities
Our Religious Education Program includes a class that supports students with special needs. This class meets on Sundays for one hour (10:15-11:15 am) and utilizes a small group instructional format. Other options available for students include a helper to provide 1:1 assistance in the regular REP class based on the needs of the child, or identifying a volunteer to provide instruction to your child outside of the classroom.
For more information, please contact Earl Tropp, Director of Religious Education.
Earl: (717) 533-7168, Ext. 122 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn more about our Religious Education Program here.
It was rather disturbing to read a recent Pew Survey on the knowledge that Catholic Americans have on various religious issues. It was revealed that only 50% of Catholics in the United States have a correct understanding on the Eucharist, which is the center of our sacramental lives of us Catholics. Fifty percent correctly stated that the Eucharist is truly the “Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity” of Jesus Christ that we receive each week in Holy Communion. The other 50% thought the Eucharist was merely a symbol! (Seventy one percent of American Catholics knew correctly what Purgatory is and that is not one of those doctrines that we talk about all the time!) I always wonder if when they do these surveys whether they make any distinction between active and inactive Catholics, meaning those who regularly go to Mass and are involved with the life of the Church. To make it clear, this is a brief teaching on what the Church teaches about the Holy Eucharist from the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
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