Date: Sunday, December 18
Time: Drop in 1:00 - 4:00pm
Father Al warmly invites the faithful volunteers of our parish to a very special Christmas gathering in honor of the time and service you graciously contribute throughout the year. We would like to thank each of you on behalf of our entire parish community.
We hope you can drop in to join us for some food, drinks and companionship as we celebrate and thank you for the blessings of time, talent, and treasure you bring to our parish of St. Joan of Arc.
On Monday, December 19th we will be decorating the Church for Christmas. Decorating will take place following the 9:00am Mass and at 7:00pm that evening. All help is welcomed and needed. Please remember many hands make light work! Thank you for your support in making our church beautiful as we celebrate the Christmas Season.
Please join us on Sunday, December 18th at 7:00pm for an Advent Penance Service. Several priests will be available to hear confessions.
There will be no confessions on Saturday, December 24th.
Saint Joseph can help us to live a most fruitful Advent, and for many reasons. Let us quietly meditate upon five extraordinary virtues of this greatest of all saints so that we can live a most fervent Advent season and allow Jesus to be born in the depths of our hearts this Christmas!
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Again we confront the charismatic figure of Saint John the Baptist in our gospel this weekend. The person of Saint John the Baptist loomed large in the life of the early Church because of his importance as a bridge between the Old and New Testaments. He is the one who is the great prophet who, like he prophets of old, look forward to the coming of the Messiah and who privileged to see him in the flesh! Aren’t the ways of the Lord a marvelous thing to behold! For thousands of years, prophets and kings and people awaited the dawn of salvation but it was this wild man from the desert who prepares his way. The mighty and the powerful sought him but it was to a young virgin to whom he is to be born. I think John the Baptist (and Mary) remind us that we are called to both be patient as the Lord reveals his plan for humanity but also full of hope that the plan will be fulfilled. Patience and hope! Those are probably two things that we modern day Christians need in abundance.
This Season of Advent calls us to be patient as we prepare for the birthday of our Savior. It also calls us to be filled with hope that the deepest longings of our hearts will be fulfilled!
If you would like to memorialize flowers for a loved one on Christmas, complete the form below and return it to the parish office no later than MONDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2016 before 12:00 PM.
Please do not return this request through the collection basket. Christmas flower requests will not be accepted over the telephone.
A little Hershey Christmas trivia involving St. Joan of Arc appeared on the Inside Hershey Facebook page this weekend.
In 1935, Milton Hershey gave each of the five churches in Hershey $20,000. Though he did not affiliate with a particular denomination as an adult, he felt churches were important for the community.
People often wonder why the Season of Advent begins with warnings about the end days and with the proclamation of John the Baptist in the wilderness? Isn’t Advent all about preparing for Christmas? Well, yes and no. The Season of Advent is concerned with the two “comings” of Jesus (Advent means “coming”). We prepare at the beginning of Advent for the Second Coming of Jesus at the end of time (and perhaps more personally, to our individual end of time here on earth). That is why we hear the Gospel readings in which Jesus cautions us to “stay alert” or “stay awake”.
Each day we should remember that we are given only such much time in this world and that we “do not know the day nor the hour” when the Lord will call us home. That is also why we hear the preaching of John the Baptist. We are called to “prepare the way of the Lord” in our lives and in our broken world. It is only on the Fourth (Last) Sunday of Advent that we begin to get around to the Christmas story. I think it is wonderful that when the rest of the world is celebrating Christmas right after Halloween (and in the stores even before!), we as Catholics are learning patience in the time up to the real season of Christmas. Remember, for us Christians, Christmas is a weeks-long celebration, not just one day! If you make Advent special, savoring its unique message and flavor, Christmas will be even sweeter this year! Happy Advent! Prepare the way of the Lord!
The St. Joan of Arc Youth Choir will begin practices on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 10am in the choir loft and will rehearse every Saturday morning until Christmas.
The choir is open to all young people of the parish in second grade through ninth grade. The Youth Choir will be singing at the first Mass on Christmas Eve at 5pm in the church. All are welcome! There are no auditions. Questions? Contact Beth Palmer, Director of Music.
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