A Journey from Atheism to Catholicism
This was an interesting article we thought was worth sharing. This article is written by Leah Libresco, who converted from Atheism to Catholicism. To read the full article, click here or on the image below.
Calling all Young Adults of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church between the ages of 21-35, married or single!!!
We will meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month from 7-8:30 in Meeting Room C. We continue series, “Catholic Apologetics - How to Explain our Faith” on October 28 with a look at “Mary, the Saints, and Purgatory.”
If you have any questions about any of the above items, please call John, through the Parish Office, at 208-0157 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Tithing Barber
Tithing removes the hit-or-miss hazard from our giving. The following story illustrates this: A Protestant minister was getting a hair cut at a parishioner’s shop. He expressed the hope that the barber would start giving more liberally to the local congregation’s missionary budget.
“The Church is always asking me for help,” the barber retorted. “All I hear is money, money, money!” I think people should give what they please. I’m sick of hearing about systematic and proportionate giving.”
After the haircut, the minister forked out 50 cents. “I think I should give as I feel inclined,” he said.
The barber exploded, “But I can’t pay the rent or take care of my other expenses if people just give me any amount they happen to have in their pockets.”
The minister agreed, then went on:
“Nor can the Lord’s work be carried on if we don’t appreciate his blessings and give back to him what his rightly his.”
The barber got the point - and the balance due to him.
CCW Christmas Bazaar 2015
Coats for Kids Drive
Coats for Kids Drive- In union with the Knights of Columbus, Life Teen and EDGE are collecting new and gently used coats for local kids in need. From October 24th- November 10th, collection bins will be placed in the back of the church, outside the school office and parish office, or can be dropped off in the youth office.
Children Learn Divine Love
From The Pastor 10-18-2015
This past Tuesday we welcomed Bishop Gainer to our parish to confer the Sacrament of Confirmation upon our 9th Grade students. What a beautiful moment in the life of our parish but, especially, in the life of these young men and women. Pray for them! I want to thank all those who were involved with their preparation for this sacrament: parents, sponsors, family members and catechists. Continue to be good role models to our fully initiated members of the Church and encourage them to depend upon the Holy Spirit in their lives.
A special thanks goes to our DRE, Mrs. Connie Egan. Connie has been our Director of Religious Education for the past ten years and has done a wonderful job in coordinating our Religious Education Program. Connie is a natural teacher and her presence in our parish and as a member of the parish staff has been a great blessing to all of us. It is with sadness that I announce that Connie will be leaving her position as DRE at Saint Joan’s in a few weeks. She has accepted a new and challenging position both with the Cathedral Parish of Saint Patrick in Harrisburg and for the Diocese in the Office for Divine Worship. We congratulate Connie on her new position and promise to pray for her as she begins this new endeavor. Thank you for all you have done for Saint Joan of Arc Parish. Keep us in your prayers.
SJA School 2015 Race For Education
Thank you to all of our parishioners who supported the School's Race for Education this year. The students had a great day on Friday with amazing weather. So far $33,000 has been raised of the $38,000 goal. Thank you all!
We would like to express our gratitude to this week's bulletin sponsor, Andrew D. Gould, DMD Family and Sports Denistry. Thank you for your support!
An Expression of Gratitude
An Expression of Gratitude…
Stewardship is an ethic that embodies the responsible planning and management of resources. As Christians we are called to use these resources - often thought of as our time, talent and treasure - by sharing them with others to honor God.
If you look around our parish it does not take long to witness parishioners who are; friendly, compassionate, kind, benevolent, generous, helpful, genuine, and talented.
Your friendliness, compassion and kindness enable us to welcome visitors and friends to SJA. Your genuine desire to help is a blessing when we are in need of more hands. Your time spent in our church community is a valued gift to our parish.
Your many talents and experience shared enable us to do more and be better than we were before. Your talents are valued gifts to our parish.
Your benevolence and generosity enable us to have the funds needed to maintain the church facilities and financially support our many programs. Your treasure is a valued gift to our parish.
We are truly grateful for all of these many gifts. As a result of all of these gifts we are continually growing and improving.
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