This weekend we received into Full Communion in the Catholic Church three people who have been part of the RCIA process since last summer. We welcome Wayne Davidson, Helen Greening, and Caitlyn Hoffman as the newest members of the Catholic Church and as members of Saint Joan of Arc. Wayne, Helen, and Caitlyn were all baptized in other Christian churches and therefore they were formally received into the Catholic Church, and received the Sacrament of Confirmation and their First Holy Communion. I thank Earl Tropp and the RCIA Team for being faithful to their formation these past couple of months.
Speaking about being fully initiated, if you remember from last year the Bishop gave permission for us priests to confer the Sacrament of Confirmation on baptized Catholics from Ash Wednesday until Pentecost Sunday. If any of our parishioners were baptized and receive Holy Communion but were not confirmed for some reason, give us a call and we can help you receive this wonderful Sacrament of Confirmation.
This weekend we sadly mark the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision Roe V. Wade which legalized abortion in this country. As Catholics, we are all called to be great defenders of human life from the moment of conception to the moment of natural death. Please check out the bulletin for resources to direct pregnant women to, so as to avoid this grave sin of taking the life of a child in the womb, or to find healing from a past abortion. The Church is here to help! Every child is a blessing no matter the circumstances in which he or she was conceived. May we always be aware of the great blessing of children in our lives!
On February 3, a special collection will be held for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith Membership Appeal. This is the means through which the Holy Father supports more than 1,100 mission dioceses throughout the world. It assists with faith formation, the selection of native bishops, and the formation of seminarians, religious sisters and brothers, and lay catechists. As mission dioceses struggle to take root, SPOF also provides critical education, health, and social services.
It is registration time for the 2019-2020 school year at St. Joan of Arc School!
St. Joan of Arc School provides a quality education of high academic standards in a nurturing, Christian environment. Effective student/teacher ratios, state certified faculty, and a faith based approach to education are a few of the reasons families choose St. Joan of Arc School!
Financial Aid is available.
Contact Deb Rizzotto at firstname.lastname@example.org or (717) 533 - 2854 (ext. 123) for more information.
The Spring semester of That Man is You, the Revelation of the Father, begins on January 12 and will run every Sunday morning from 6:30 - 8:00 am in Meeting Room C until April 6.
This group is open to all Catholic men, young and old alike, who want to learn more about their faith, as well as meet some amazing men from the parish. Coffee and donuts are provided.
We watch an inspirational video and follow it with a group discussion. The meetings are finished promptly at 8:00 am.
Contact Bill at (717) 877-1193 for more information.
Please join us to learn more about St. Jean D’Arc and how we, as a parish, support their school and parish on February 21 at 6:30 pm. Your $20 donation will cover a simple homemade international dinner for you and 40 meals for a child at the school. Currently the children are only fed 3 meals per week; our goal is to increase that to 4 meals per week, which will cost an additional $3,500.
RSVPs are preferred.
Contact Julie at 717) 566-5838 if you’d like to prepare a dish or donate to the cause.
DISCOVER FREEDOM FROM SIN...
Do you suffer or find yourself falling in to the same bad habits of sin, have an addiction or have a friend/family member who suffers an addiction; or simply trying to live with as little anger and turmoil in your life as possible? Do you wonder why it is so difficult to brake the bad habits of sin? Many of us have deep rooted wounds from our past that keeps one spinning in the cycle of sin and bad habits that hurt others and ourselves.
I Thirst Prayer Group presents: UNBOUND: Freedom in Christ: a two-part series of spiritual prayer to discover the basis of sin and to eradicate it from your life! Join us Wednesday evening on January 16 & 23 at 7:00 pm in the cafeteria.
Contact Lou at 717-583-0240 for more information
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