We would appreciate donations of the following items. They can be dropped off in the parish office lobby during office hours now through November 1st.
JEWELRY: All jewelry, new, old & antique Aura Bunn
BASKET RAFFLES: Sue Whitman
Children’s, Hershey Candy, Bath & Body, Rebecca Bomgardner
Pasta, Coffee/Tea, Money Tree 566-3490
Gift Cards for “Basket of Cheer” Barbara McCarthy
CRAFTS: Knitted, Crocheted & Wood Items Sue Grab
RELIGIOUS ITEMS & PLANTS: Ed & Jan Meyers
CHRISTMAS ITEMS: Old or New Christmas Gloria Whitman
Gift Items & Trim-A-Tree Decorations 566-3490
ATTIC TREASURES: New or Almost New Dorothy Hess
Gift Items 566-8854
BAKE SALE: Please bring baked goods to the Helen Olaf
Cafeteria on Nov. 4th & 5th 534-1748
BREAKFAST & LUNCH: Maggie Wetherhold
World Mission Sunday, this year on October 23, 2016, celebrates the mercy of God as we extend His loving heart to our neighbor half a world away, through our prayers and sacrifices.
What is the Origin of World Mission Sunday?
In 1926, Pope Pius XI instituted World Mission Sunday. He asked for prayer, animation, celebration, and offerings for the Missions. His concern was to engender a sense of responsibility in people for supporting the Missions throughout the world.
The first commemoration was in 1927 and the Pope asked that it would be observed in every diocese, parish, and institute. It was to be a true World Mission Sunday. The collection on the first World Mission Sunday, like today, is for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, providing support for the life-giving and hope-filled work and witness of priests, religious, and lay pastoral leaders in mission churches.
What happens on World Mission Sunday (October 23, 2016)?
Your prayers and generous support on World Mission Sunday directly benefit the Mission Church today. That support reaches clinics caring for the sick and dying, orphanages providing a place of safety and shelter, schools offering education from kindergarten through high school. Your help provides for seminarians preparing for the priesthood, and religious Sisters and Brothers in formation programs. All of this takes place in 1,111 mission dioceses, mostly in Africa and Asia, where the poorest of the poor receive an education and health care while experiencing the loving heart of our Lord through the service of priests, religious, and lay faithful.
FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT: www.IAmAMissionary.org.
This information was obtained from our Diocesan website: http://www.hbgdiocese.org/evangelization/the-diocesan-office-of-the-missions/world-mission-sunday-next-to-last-sunday-in-october/
Exciting news in this week’s message from Father Al...
Congratulations are in order! This past week, Sister Eileen Marie, Principal of our parish school, was informed that St. Joan of Arc School was named a National “Blue Ribbon” School by the United States Department of Education. This is an amazing honor for our school and parish community.
A “Blue Ribbon” School designation means that we have been recognized as a school with “a tradition of excellence and a history of achievement.” These awards are given to many public schools each year, but only 50 private schools (Catholic, Christian, charter, etc.) are named each year. Over the years, less than 6% of private schools in the country have achieved “Blue Ribbon” status! We are only the fourth Catholic school in the Diocese of Harrisburg to receive this award. It is a great privilege and speaks of the high quality of our parish school. Special thanks goes to Sister Eileen, the faculty and staff, and especially the parents and students who make up our school family. Special recognition and gratitude is extended to Susan Hampton, former president of our Board of Education, who spearheaded the process and in many ways made it happen.
St. Joan of Arc is a wonderful school and offers a fine academic and religious education. Consider sending your child to our school. The Blue Ribbon doesn’t make it special; the Blue Ribbon recognizes that it is and always has been special! God bless St. Joan of Arc School!
Last evening was a very blessed day in our parish! 84 students (7th & 8th graders) received the Sacrament of Confirmation from Bishop Ronald Gainer. As a parish community we rejoice and send prayers of thanksgiving in honor of these students:
If you did not have a chance to see the ABC 27 news interview with Deacon Mortel last evening, they captured some great clips live during Confirmation. You can read the article or watch the video here.
Last evening ABC 27 was interviewing Deacon Rod Mortel about the Hurricane touching down in Haiti. You can read the full interview and watch the video clip here. Following the interview, the News team set up in the Church and captured some live footage of 84 seventh and eighth grade students receiving Sacrament of Confirmation from the Bishop Ronald Gainer.
Once again we are reminded how blessed we are to have Deacon Mortel as part of our parish family!
Annual Mission Trip Support: Fr. Beiting Appalachian Center
There will be six men traveling to Father Beiting Appalachian Mission Center in Louisa, KY on October 30, 2016.
The Mission Center has not assigned us our fall project yet, but we will let you know in further bulletins as soon as we know what we will be asked to do.
As usual, our volunteers take along all their own tools and
pay for their own meals, travel and incidental expenses. In addition, we almost always buy a variety of items needed to complete the jobs we have accepted. If you would like to help with these expenses, please send your donation to:
Larry & Jan Duckart
5455 Ridge Road
Elizabethtown, PA 17022.
For our records, please note on your check that this is for FBAMC. Thank you in advance for your generosity & support.
Two weeks and counting! On Oct. 15 and 16, the SJA Living Our Faith ministry will be accepting your donations for our 2nd annual Caring Cards and Calendars collection.Look for our table outside the church at all masses (in case of inclement weather, our table will be under the portico leading to the school entrance across from the front of the church).
Please consider cleaning out that drawer or box in your home containing leftover new or unused Christmas cards and envelopes, and any-occasion greeting cards with envelopes.
We also accept 2017 wall calendars. All items will be donated to inmates in our Pennsylvania prison system. Your donated items will brighten the lives of our incarcerated brothers and sisters, who will appreciate them more than you could imagine. Questions? Contact Anne Searer at 717-533-9636 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
We welcome to our parish Father Modestus Ngwu, OP, who will be sharing chaplaincy duties with Father Michael at the Hershey Medical Center. Father is a Dominican Friar coming from Nigeria and while his main ministry will be the hospital, he will also be helping with Masses here in the parish as all chaplains have done in the past. I know that you will welcome him with kindness and hospitality.
October is Respect Life Month. We pray that the sanctity of all life will be upheld from the moment of conception to the moment of natural death. We Catholics must be Pro-Life! The world is becoming ever more complicated and complex situations (unplanned pregnancies or end-of-life issues) cannot be addressed by simple answers (abortion or euthanasia). We must recognize that the choices we make are often irreparable. We must walk with and support those contemplating abortion and euthanasia so that they can always make the choice for life. We see death all around us in this broken world of ours. Do we really want to contribute and be responsible for more?
A special thanks to all who made our Eucharistic Devotions a joy this year: Beth Palmer & her choir, Joe Gusherowski and his skills as MC, lectors, servers and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, and all the people who came for adoration each day.
God bless you!
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