Attention All Seniors!
The Areba Club (Senior Ministry and Travel Club) will hold it’s first meeting of the year on Tuesday afternoon, September 20, 2016 in the school Cafetorium from 4:00 to 5:30 PM. All Seniors (over 50) are invited to attend. In addition to our brief meeting we will be playing BINGO ($100.00 in prizes). We will have Cake, Coffee or Tea for dessert.
SJA’s REP program supports all students, including those with special needs. Our program includes a special needs class that utilizes a small group instruction format on Sunday mornings at 10:15. Another option for students would include a helper to provide 1:1 assistance in the regular REP class based on the needs of the child. A third option would be to help identify a volunteer to provide 1:1 instruction to your child outside of a classroom.
Parents and guardians, for more information, please contact: Marcie Warner or Earl Tropp, 533-7168 ext. 122 or email email@example.com
Volunteers: If you have a background in special education and willingness to learn and volunteer for this important ministry, we would welcome your support. Please contact Marcie or Earl at their phone number or email listed above. Thank you!
A Catholic “Blue Mass” To honor, pray for, and bless all Policemen and women, Firefighters, and EMS Responders.
All those in attendance will be given a special blessing towards the end of Mass. You are encouraged to wear your uniforms.
When: Saturday, September 24th at 5:15PM
Where: St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 359 West Areba Ave, Hershey, PA 17033
The “Blue Mass” is a tradition where the Police, Fire and EMS Responder personnel gather for a special celebration and blessing for their work on behalf of the community.
History of the “Blue Mass:” In 1934, a Catholic Priest by the name of Thomas Dade from Baltimore initiated the Catholic Police and Firemen’s Society while stationed at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Washington, D.C. About 1,100 police and firemen dressed in blue uniforms marched into St. Patrick’s Catholic Church for the celebration of the first “Blue Mass” on September 29, 1934. Since then, the “Blue Mass” has become a tradition in which the local community gathers to celebrate and thank those who serve their community as policemen and women, firefighters, and EMS responders as well as to offer prayers to God for their continued protection.
At St. Joan of Arc, we celebrate the “Blue Mass” on the Sunday closest to both the Feast of the Archangels (September 29) and of our Guardian Angels (October 2). According to our long-held faith, the angels possess a great power to protect and defend those in danger as well as to heal and console those in difficulty. Thus, for us it is most appropriate to recognize, honor, and bless those policemen and women, firefighters, and EMS responders in conjunction with the Church’s celebration of the Archangels and Guardian Angels.
Some great insight from our friends at Catholic-Link...
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They put together a great video too, if you have a Facebook account, you can see it here
Full information is available on our parish website here
If you have a student in grades 9-12, please encourage them to consider Life Teen! This Sunday they begin a new series "(Censored)" with "Beggar: Jesus and the Poor." Life Teen meets on Sunday nights after the 5:30 Mass from 6:45-8:30 in the Youth Room (Meeting Room C).
Full information is available on the Youth page of the parish website here
Our parish community welcomes these newly baptized children of God:
We congratulate and rejoice with these couples of our parish community whom recently united in marriage:
Lucas Grudi & Alyssa Tully
Manuel Isherwood & Julia Keefer
Francis Nessel & Jennifer Banas
Christopher Marks & Kristin Lipinoga
Next weekend (September 10th & 11th), I would like to invite all of you to come and tour the former convent after all of our Masses. The Knights of Columbus did a great job in cleaning out the building and while it is still a little dirty (carpets pulled up and wallpaper pulled down brings a lot of dust!), it is pretty much a blank canvas for us to begin our renovations. I encourage you to walk through the first and second floors (the basement with the pre-K classrooms will not be open) and see what wonderful space we have available for our use.
We will have a chapel that holds roughly 30 people, some large meeting spaces (the former dining room and community room for the sisters), a kitchen, offices for the priests and staff, and a whole lot of storage space. I hope everyone gets the chance to see the “before” before we see the “after”. Hope to see you next week!
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