It should come as no surprise to you that Fr. Brian Wayne is doing great things! Since being reassigned from St. Joan of Arc 2 summers ago, he is now Millersville University's Chaplain of Catholic Campus Ministry. You can check out their new website here. Great things are happening all around us!
This Sunday we will bid a fond farewell to Father Brian Wayne who has served our parish faithfully as parochial vicar for the past three years. All parishioners are welcome for light refreshments and fellowship with Fr. Wayne after all Sunday Morning Masses. Our hosts for the social is our Festival Committee and CCW.
You will also have an opportunity to volunteer to help at this years festival during the event.
A message from Father Wayne:
Those of you in the Diocese of Harrisburg have discovered/are discovering that priest changes are being announced this weekend, thus for those interested,...
Effective June 23rd, I will be the parochial vicar at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Carlisle and Catholic chaplain at Dickinson College. I have had a blessed 3 years at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Hershey...I hope that I have led you closer to Jesus and helped form you in the Holy Spirit half as much as you have formed me and led me to Jesus and His Most Sacred Heart.
Thank you for everything!
It is especially painful to also be leaving as chaplain for Bishop McDevitt High School...there are few things that have filled my heart with more joy than being permitted to be an instrument for God to bring His life and His love to you. Nothing helped me grasp the spiritual fecundity of celibacy quite like high school ministry! You'll always have a place in my heart! Thank you!!!
Because I'm not a huge fan of those awkward goodbyes (you know, where you have that teary goodbye...then you see each other two minutes later...and you're all like "do I look at you again?!"), here's my schedule:
Next weekend (June 7/8), there's a coffee/donuts reception after all the Masses (I think), all of which I'll be at.
June 14/15, I will preach and greet at all the Masses at St. Joan's
June 19/20/21, our Parish festival in which I will subject myself to the dunk tank for anyone who feels the need to take out aggression for anything I might have done these three years
June 22, Corpus Christi procession following the noon Mass - couldn't think of a more appropriate conclusion to my ministry here
Please keep me in your prayers, as always, that I might be a good and holy priest after the heart of Christ.
The school PTO has been spoiling the teachers this week in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week. They took great photos of the teachers with their theme this year of Dr. Suess. We thought we'd share Fr. Rothan's and Fr. Wayne's pictures with you. Feel free to stop in the school lobby to check out all the others!
A Message from Fr. Wayne:
As Christians, sometimes we struggle to know what gifts the Holy Spirit has poured into our lives. In less than two weeks, St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church will host a Called and Gifted workshop!
Our upcoming parish mission is an opportunity for each of us to deepen our relationship with Jesus and to discover God’s plan for our lives. In the Called & Gifted discernment process you will learn that every lay Christian - each baptized person without exception - has been given a unique and deeply personal call to work with our Lord. Discerning your call will give you a new perspective on your life and will help you to be more fulfilled in your work and in your relationships. Our parish is sponsoring a teaching team from the Catherine of Siena Institute in Colorado Springs to offer the introductory Called & Gifted workshop, which will be on Friday, May 16, 7-9 PM, and Saturday, May 17, 9 AM - 4 PM.
Everyone is invited to participate. This event is open to the entire Diocese. Please register at http://www.stjoanhershey.org/called--gifted-workshop.html or call the office at 717-533-7168.
Sending many Birthday wishes to Father Wayne today!
If you would like to leave a comment below, we will be sure to pass it onto him.
All the Homilies from the Easter triduum & Easter Sunday are now available to view on our website.
Visit the Homily Blog to view these Homilies: http://www.stjoanhershey.org/homilies-blog.html
Father Wayne gave a series of children's homilies during Advent. They were all absolutely wonderful! If you missed any of them, they are now available! We extend our apologies, the recording for the Second Sunday of Advent was inadvertently cut off and we were unable to produce a video.
First Sunday of Advent
Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqN5z6nnGqc
Third Sunday of Advent
Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIgl8rgB3ns
Fourth Sunday of Advent
Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-2V5ag49Dg
The bible recommended during this Homily is the Catholic Children's Bible by St. Mary's Press. http://www.smp.org/series/81/The-Catholic-Childrens-Bible/
If you missed Father Wayne singing this weekend... the video of his Homily Sunday is now available! This video and all other recorded Homilies are available on the Homilies Blog
Here is the list put together and given to the children:
A Guide to Preparing For Advent
The Advent Wreath: http://www.scborromeo.org/prayers/adventwreath.pdf
The Advent Calendar: A surprise calendar - http://bustedhalo.com/features/advent-calendar-2013
The Jesse tree: The Jesse tree tells about Christ’s ancestry through symbols and relates Scripture to salvation history, progressing from creation to the birth of Christ.
Preparing the manger: Whenever a child does acts of service, sacrifice, or kindness in honor of Baby Jesus as a birthday present, the child receives a piece of straw to put into the manger. Then, on Christmas morning, “Baby Jesus” is placed in the manger. Encourage your children to make Jesus’ bed as “comfortable” as possible through their good deeds. In the process, explain Christ’s incomparable self-gift at Christmas and Easter that enables us to be part of God’s family.
St. Nicholas Day: The feast of St. Nicholas is on Dec. 6th. It is a highlight of the Advent season. Each child puts out a shoe the night before St. Nicholas Day in the hope that the kind bishop — with his miter, staff, and bag of gifts — will pay a visit and fill the shoe with candies. The current “Santa Claus” is modeled after St. Nicholas. Many families give gifts on both Dec. 6 and Christmas. Read about St. Nicholas in your favorite saints book.
The Christ candle: Any large white candle can be used for the Christ candle. The idea is to decorate it with symbols for Christ. Use old Christmas cards, sequins, holly, etc. The candle can be lit on Christmas Eve to show that the Light of the World has arrived. Then continue to light the Christ candle throughout the Christmas season (until the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord) each night at dinner to remind your family of our continued celebration of His Birth.
The Mary candle: On December 8th, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, place a candle with a blue ribbon before a statue or picture of the Blessed Virgin, whose “yes” to God enabled our Lord’s coming at Christmas. The candle is lit during meal times until Christmas to serve as a delightful reminder of Mary’s eager expectation of the “Light of the World.” It can also serve as a reminder to each family member to keep their own light of grace burning as a preparation for Christ’s coming.
St. Lucy cakes: The feast of St. Lucy, virgin and martyr, is on December 13th. This marks the opening of the Christmas season in Sweden. Her life story can be found in most books of saints, as can the recipe for the traditional cakes. The symbolism is rich and her life story worthwhile reading.
The Nativity scene: This is the event in which the entire family shares — setting up the Christmas manger. Mary and Joseph should be far off traveling and their approach to Bethlehem can be adjusted daily. Older children can make life-size Nativity models, carve them, cut them out from cardboard, or set up pre-made figurines. The creative ideas are without limit. Make sure to place the Nativity scene where many can admire the children’s efforts to give God glory.
Blessing – http://www.usccbpublishing.org/client/client_pdfs/creche.pdf
Blessing of the tree:
Blessing – http://www.usccbpublishing.org/client/client_pdfs/xmastree.pdf
Movies: The Nativity Story and Mary of Nazareth
Prayer: Parish evening prayer each Friday of Advent at 6:00pm
The daily Mass readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/
Confession: Parish Penance Service on December 15 at 7:00pm; also available every Wednesday at 5:00-5:30pm and Saturday at 4:00-4:45pm
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