“Voiceless” is a gripping and powerful film which displays faith and devotion, as well as the need the for our involvement in a sacred cause. It gives a voice to those who have yet to be heard. What the film tells us is that it’s time to take a stand for the “Voiceless”.
One Showing Only!
Sunday, April 30th at 1:00 PM
Allen Theatre: 36 E. Main Street, Anneville *Doors open at 12:30 PM*
Sponsored by St. Paul The Apostle RC Pro-Life Committee
Free Will Donations accepted at the door to benefit “Save The Storks”. All donations will be used for the purchase of a mobile ultrasound unit to provide women with free ultrasounds and counseling. Four out of five women who board one of these mobile ultrasound units choose life for their baby!
It's not too late to register for the upcoming conference "Bringing Church Home: Reimagining The Family On Mission" taking place at the Diocese on March 15-17.
Bringing Church Home: Reimagining the Family on Mission
The Amore Project helps the whole Church rediscover the family as the domestic church and the New Testament ‘oikos’ as a center for community and mission. Amore trains married couples to embrace their marriage as a sign of the gospel and a calling to minister among those who are far from God.
The theme of the 2017 conference, “Bringing Church Home: Reimagining the Family on Mission” focuses on the goal of releasing a movement of married couples who live as agents of Christ’s self-giving love. Believing that mission often arises when the people of God seek reconciliation in the broken places, the conference will help attendees seek a great awakening in homes, networks, neighborhoods and families.
The conference is a partnership and collaboration between the Diocese of Harrisburg, Mistero Grande, Truro Anglican Church, the Baptist General Association of Virginia and the Fresh Expressions Team.
Full information is available here: freshexpressionsus.org/AmoreLaunch
This year the Feast of Saint Patrick falls on a Lenten Friday. Since Saint Patrick is the principal patron of our diocese, I hereby grant a dispensation from Friday abstinence to all Catholics who reside in the diocese and all who are present within the Diocese on March 17th. Those who take advantage of this dispensation are urged to substitute another suitable form of personal penance, possibly choosing another day within the Second Week of Lent as a Day of Lenten abstinence.
~ Most Reverend Ronald W. Gainer, Bishop of Harrisburg
We have exciting news! There was a great response to our series "Catholicism: The Pivotal Players" so we have added another session! This session will begin March 8th and will meet on Wednesday afternoons in the St. Lucy House. Only 12 seats are available, so please register today!
UPDATE: We have experienced an overwhelming response to the 6 week series we will be hosting beginning in February “Catholicism: The Pivotal Players”! Due to the number of registrations received, we had added a Monday afternoon session. You may still register for this session if you would like to be added to the waiting list. There is still space available in the Tuesday evening sessions, however space is limited.
Due to overwhelming interest in this series we hope to run the program again in the near future.
For more information, or to register, please click here or contact Earl Tropp in the Religious Education Office - Phone: 717-533-7168 Ext. 121 or Email: email@example.com
The Catholic Company recently published "Teaching Kids How to Pray: Pope Francis' Five-Finger Method". You can read it here.
Since 1974, National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. It starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week, which is January 29th - February 4th, 2017. The theme for the National Catholic Schools Week 2017 is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” Schools typically observe the annual celebration week with Masses, open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and
community members. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our church, our communities and our nation.
Registration for 2017-2018 School Year
St. Joan of Arc - Elementary & Middle School
Registration for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year at St. Joan of Arc will be held during Catholic Schools Week. PreK for 3 and 4 year olds (full day option available for 4 year olds), as well as full day Kindergarten to 8th grade registrations begin on January 29th from 10 am -1pm in the school cafeteria. School tours will be available. Come and see what our nationally recognized 2016 U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School has to offer you. For more information, please visit the school's website or email Deb Rizzotto. Give your child the gift of a Catholic school education.
High School Registration Information:
Bishop McDevitt High School: Visit Website
Lebanon Catholic High School: Visit Website
Supporting Our Catholic Schools
Are you a CPA or Tax Professional?
The St. Joan of Arc School is in need of your assistance to help us educate local businesses about the state's Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC). This program provides generous business tax credits in return for tuition scholarships at St. Joan of Arc School. Please volunteer to help tomorrow's youth by contacting Jason Pennypacker (email). Our students thank you!
Do you own a business or know someone who does?
Instead of handing over your business taxes to the state wouldn't you rather exchange the tax burden today into an investment in tomorrow's youth right here in Hershey? If making a difference appeals to you then you need to learn about the state's Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC). This program provides generous business tax credits (up to 100% credit) in return for tuition scholarships for eligible students at St. Joan of Arc School. Please email Jason Pennypacker to learn more about the program and stop throwing your tax dollars away. Our children thank you!
Holy Hour for Life: An Hour Of Prayer With Exposition Of The Holy Eucharist. In an effort to unite the Diocese of Harrisburg in prayer, the Respect Life Office invited parishes to host a Holy Hour on Respect Life Sunday, January 22nd. An hour of Eucharistic Adoration and prayer for the sanctity of human life in observance of Roe v. Wade will be held in the Church at 2pm.
The Feast of the Epiphany was this past Sunday, January 8th. This is traditionally the time people will Epiphany House Blessing or chalking the door.
Typically a family gathers to ask God’s blessing on their home and on those who live in or visit the home. It is an invitation for Jesus to be a daily guest in our home, our comings and goings, our conversations, our work and play, our joys and sorrows.
A traditional way of doing this is to use chalk to write above the home’s entrance, 20 + C + M + B + 17. The letters C, M, B have two meanings. They are the initials of the traditional names of the three magi: Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar. They also abbreviate the Latin words Christus mansionem benedicat, “May Christ bless the house.” The “+” signs represent the cross and 2017 is the year.
If you prefer not to use the traditional chalk, there are signs available in the back of the church or the parish office. You are most welcome to pick one up.
Blessing the Chalk:
V. Our help is the name of the Lord:
R. The maker of heaven and earth.
V. The Lord shall watch over your going out and your coming in:
R. From this time forth for evermore.
Let us pray:
Loving God, bless this chalk which you have created, that it may be helpful to your people; and grant that through the invocation of your most Holy Name that we who use it in faith to write upon the door of our home the names of your holy ones Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar, may receive health of body and protection of soul for all who dwell in or visit our home; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Offer the following prayer:
Visit, O blessed Lord, this home with the gladness of your presence. Bless all who live or visit here with the gift of your love; and grant that we may manifest your love to each other and to all whose lives we touch. May we grow in grace and in the knowledge and love of you; guide, comfort, and strengthen us in peace, O Jesus Christ, now and forever. Amen
“Chalking the door” is a way to celebrate and literally mark the occasion of the Epiphany and God’s blessing of our lives and home. With time the chalk will fade. As it does we let the meaning of the symbols written sink into the depths of our heart and be manifest in our words and actions the Latin words, Christus mansionem benedictat, “May Christ bless the house.”
ST. JOAN OF ARC VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL!!!.
Would your family be interested in participating in a late June VBS here at St. Joan's? Would you send your child, sign up to volunteer (adults and teens), help to plan and execute (many hands and ideas are needed)? Mornings or Evenings?
We'd like to hear from you. Please send your thoughts - make your voice heard! Those who express an interest in planning will be invited to a meeting in the new year. Contact Marcie at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 533-7168 Ext. 112. Thanks!
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