A great article was recently shared with us and we wanted to pass it along! You can find the article titled "More Than Just A Title: How to Be A Godparent" can be found on the CatholicLink website here
Congratulations to parishioner Mike Milunic on receiving the Knights of Columbus Knight of the Year Award
All catechists and REP parents: Please know that we have updated the REP page of our website to include the revised class dates through the Holidays. You can find it here
This past week on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (December 8th), Pope Francis inaugurated a Jubilee Year of Mercy. We are called to cultivate the virtue of mercy in our lives, our families, our parishes and in our world. What does it mean to celebrate a “jubilee” year?
In biblical times, jubilees were years (usually every 50 years) when mercy would reign supreme: slaves were emancipated; alienated lands were returned to their owners; debts were forgiven. Can you even imagine those kinds of things happening in today’s world? Even among Christians this seems extraor- dinary. And yet this is the kind of mercy that has been shown to us through Jesus Christ our Lord! Saint Paul tells us: "God demonstrates his love for us in this way: While we’re still sinners, Christ died for us!”
All that Christ did for us is undeserved. We didn’t do anything to earn God’s love! Rather, God freely loves us and is always, at all times, in all situations, offering us his mercy. It is a pure gift! What is our response to this kind of mercy? Two things: gratitude and the resolve to be more merciful in our own lives. This Jubilee year, feast in God’s unending mercy. Accept it with gratitude and then bring it into this broken world of ours!
We would like to express our gratitude to this week's bulletin sponsor, Companions In Care. Thank you for your support!
Advent is here already and Christmas is fast approaching. It’s around this time people begin to consider what changes or goals they personally want to commit to for the coming year. We would like to take this opportunity to encourage you to consider enrolling in our parish’s Online Giving program. Taking advantage of Online Giving can save you and the parish time and money. We invite you to join the 231 parishioners who are already enjoying the benefits!
If you are not currently giving to the Church, this is a great way to start, with minimal effort! It does not take much of a financial commitment - even a small amount is appreciated and adds up quickly over the course of the year.
Creating an account only takes a few minutes. If you do not have access to a computer or prefer to automate your giving even more, it would be our pleasure to manage your account for you. Everything you need to get started is on our parish website at www.stjoanhershey.org or call the parish office at 533-7168.
The Christmas Giving Tree Program 2015, sponsored by the St. Vincent de Paul Society, is underway!! The parishioners of St. Joan of Arc have been very generous in the past in creating a blessed Christmas for our neighbors in need!! Trees decorated with ornaments listing recipient names and suggested gifts will be placed in the church on Saturday, Nov 28 and remain until Dec 6. Gifts will be collected in the Cafeteria ONLY on the weekend of Dec 12 & 13 until 1 PM Sunday, Dec 13 (Please note we cannot collect after the Sunday 5:30 Mass as the organizations pick up the gifts earlier in the day) and then they will be distributed to local families in need, Spring Creek Manor, Morningstar, Catholic Worker House, and various Catholic Charities: Lourdes house, Interfaith Shelter, Foster Care, Shalom House, Evergreen, Hershey Food Bank. Thanks for your continued support.
Please consider joining us tonight in the Cafeteria at 6:00pm for an Advent Series presented by Father Al on "Signs & Symbols in the Church". The evening will also include pasta and conclude with prayer in the Church.
The video of Father Rothan's presentation for the Women's Night of Reflection is now available on YouTube. You can watch it here.
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