Congratulations to Kate Naughton for earning the National Girl Scout Religious Award, “Spirit Alive”
recently. This award program is designed to assist girls in grades 9-12 in discovering how the Holy Spirit
moves within their lives, calling them to a greater participation in the ministry of the Church. Kate will
be recognized by Bishop Gainer for achieving this award at the annual Scout Mass on April 22, 2018 at
Good Shepherd Church. Because Kate has earned at least three National Girl Scout Religious Emblems,
she is now a recipient of the prestigious Region 3 Scout Award.
All families with children currently enrolled in REP should have received a letter regarding our simplified plan for 2018-19 registration. If you did NOT receive this letter, contact the REP office. *Don't forget the "Pre-Registration" tuition discount ends March 31st!
Those NEW to REP: If you have a student in grades K-8 for the 2018-19 school year, who will not be attending a Catholic school or be taught in a Catholic homeschool program, registration materials can be found on the parish website, in the rear of the church, or in the parish office. Please contact the REP Office with questions or concerns at (717) 533-7168, Ext. 306 or REP@stjoanhershey.org
A meeting to begin planning this year's Vacation Bible School will take place in the school library at 11:30am on Feb. 11. Please come and share your ideas!
VBS is June 25-29, 2018!
A message from our Youth Coordinator...
Every year, I'm blown away by the generosity of the people of St. Joan of Arc. Last week Life Teen had our annual clothing drive to support the ministries and missions of Harrisburg. We collected over 140 bags of clothes and that was awesome.
The weekend and the week that follows is always a rush, physically and emotionally. Parishioners don't get to see the teens work really hard sorting the clothes and bagging them up to get them ready for delivery. Teens don't get to see the fruit of that labor as I deliver the needed items to the Catholic Worker House, Silence of Mary, Downtown Daily Bread, Shalom House, and Shining Light.
A couple of these places, it's a drop and go with little to no interaction with anyone. With Downtown Daily Bread and Shining Light, I was able to sit and talk with 10 gentleman and 4 women who would be getting these much needed warm clothes and coats. They were eternally grateful. Being able to sit and talk with these men put a face on why we have this clothing drive every year. With that I thank you for your continued support of this yearly event. Without you this wouldn't be possible. I pray for God's peace and grace to all.
The Diocese of Harrisburg requires two years of religious education before reception of the sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation. If your child is not in a Catholic School, you need to register for REP, our Religious Education Program, as soon as possible. Our program covers grades K-8, so any new families should also consider prompt registration so that you receive all information on the coming year's program. For more information and registration options click here
Please keep in prayer the following teens and adults who will be serving the community of Mishawaka, IN with Catholic Heart Workcamp from June 10 - 16:
Victoria Corado, Sophia Drobnock, Zach Gazzio,
Lydia Gould, Meredith Gould, Santina Gutshall,
Connor Kurzenknabe, Sandy McInerney, John Meridionale,
Mark Sickler, Nick Silvis, Zoe Stapleton,
Lily Strader, Justin Swinko, Giorgi Heanue,
Christopher Grudi, Denise Grudi and John Triscik.
Do you want to be an Altar Server?
Parishioners entering the 5th grade in August or are at least 10 years old, are invited to be a part of this important liturgical ministry. If interested, submit a completed enrollment form by JULY 2, 2017.
Age requirements: Those who are entering 5th grade in August 2017 or are older than 10 years of age.
Training Dates: In the Church from 2:15 to 4:15pm on: July 16, 23, 30 and August 6 & 13.
Scheduling: New Altar Server schedules will be sent at the end of August.
Youth from our parish Life Teen group will be traveling to Mishawaka, Indiana with Catholic Heart Work Camp to assist those in need from June 10-16th. A few of our parish youth have not been able to fundraise the full amount needed to cover the cost of their Summer Mission Trip. This is a great opportunity to help a teenager make a difference while offering a teen the unique experience of serving and growing alongside their peers.
If you would like to make a contribution towards sponsoring one of these teens, you can donate online, send a check to the parish office marked "Mission Trip" or contact John Triscik. All donations are greatly appreciated and 100% tax deductible.
Pictures and a summary of the Mission Trip will be shared once the group returns in July. We are excitedly awaiting to see all they will accomplish this year! As always, your prayers are also much appreciated!
*The donation link above will direct you to our Youth Donation page. If you prefer to contribute through your Parish Online Giving account, please click here.
Join our SJA School PTO this Saturday, April 8th at 1pm for the Annual Easter Egg Hunt! Bring your basket and meet up with your friends on the back lawn of SJA School. The forecast isn't calling for anything but sunny skies, but just in case, the rain Date: April 15th, 1pm.
Are you a parent of a child entering 1st or 7th grade? If so, and you intend for your child(ren) to receive the Sacrament of First Holy Communion or Confirmation in 2019, please remember to register your child for R.E.P. (our Parish Religious Education Program). There is a 2 year preparation required by the Diocese to receive these Sacraments.
Registration is open now. Information can be found on the parish website here or by contacting the Religious Education Office at 533-7168 Ext. 306 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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