The 2015 Coats for Kids campaign was a huge success. In total, St. Joan of Arc Parish & School collected 301 new and gently used coats. Led by the Knights of Columbus, the Boy Scouts, and Youth Minister John Triscik, these coats were distributed to the Hershey Food Bank, Hershey Plaza building, Silence of Mary in Lemoyne, Catholic Worker House in Harrisburg, Shining Light in Harrisburg, as well as members of the parish. Thank you to everyone who participated this year!
We would like to express our gratitude to this week's bulletin sponsor, Accord Restoration. Thank you for your support!
We would like to express our gratitude to this week's bulletin sponsor, Enhanced Hearing Solutions. Thank you for your support!
One of the things I noticed almost immediately when I arrived here in our parish was the fact that we have space issues! I guess you could say that we are “spatially challenged.” The beautiful addition that Monsignor Bierster added in 1995 was originally intended for parish offices and meeting spaces but has gradually been taken over by the needs of our school, REP and youth ministry. And, of course, we have grown through the years in parish staff, ministries and organizations. Don’t get me wrong!
Growth is a good thing and is a sign of vitality in a parish. But it is becoming more and more difficult to schedule our facilities because so many groups are vying for the same number of limited rooms. How does the CCW set up for their Christmas Bazaar when the school children are having lunch in the cafeteria? How does RCIA or Pastoral Council or the Boy Scouts meet when there are ten other groups wanting to meet the same night? If only we could find more space!
One of the spaces that has been underutilized is our parish convent. There are three Sisters living in a convent that was built for at least 18. That is roughly 11,000 square feet of space that is not used. In the past month or so, a wonderful opportunity has arisen for our parish. At the corner of our property is a small house owned by a longtime parishioner, Rose Resanovich, who is graciously offering to sell us her house. She would love to see the parish use her family home as a convent for our three Sisters. They are excited about living in a small, cozy home as well! The vision is to buy the house from parish savings for the Sisters and to renovate the convent to be used as office and parish space.
The school offices would move into our present parish offices and would help alleviate some of the space issues that both the parish and the school are having. Let’s move forward with confidence as we plan for the future and make Saint Joan of Arc Parish the best it can possibly be!
Ken Hensley, a former Baptist pastor, recently wrote an article titled "Faith Alone" Is A Conceptual Mess. To read the full article, click here
We are honored to support the Hershey Food Bank and Community Outreach again this year. Thank you to all of our parishioners who also support this ministry through your time, talents and treasure.
Devotion to the Heart of Jesus has existed throughout much of the history of the Church, however in France in June of 1675, Jesus instructed Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque that
He wished devotion to His Sacred Heart to be made known to the world. He gave her Twelve Great Promises for those devoted to His Sacred Heart. One of those promises is, “I will bless the homes in which an image of My Heart is exposed and honored”.
It is this promise that forms the basis of the parish’s Enthronement Weekend. At all of the Masses on November 21 & 22, Enthronement Packets will be distributed, which will include beautiful pictures of Jesus and Mary. You are encouraged to get the pictures framed and then come together as a family to put the pictures in a place of honor while saying prayers to enthrone the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the home and consecrate your family to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. This is a simple, yet very powerful way to obtain blessings and graces for your families.
If you would like to attend this event, please RSVP here
Please join us in saying farewell to Connie Egan, our Director of Religious Education for more than 10 years. You are invited to stop by the cafeteria for coffee and donuts following the 9:00am and 10:30am this weekend.
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