It's that time to clean out your closets! Our annual Life Teen Clothing Drive is almost here. You will be able to drop off clothing before or after masses on the weekend of October 20-21. The Life Teen banner will be attached to a white truck. You are welcome to place items in the back of it.
All the clothing collected will be delivered to shelters and ministries in the Harrisburg area.
2018 Vacation Bible School
It is hard to believe our Vacation Bible School is already coming to an end! Thank you to all those who supported us this year making this a memorable event for our youth!
Grade 8: Collin Jackson, Alessandra Rizzotto, Leah Ruiz-Velasco
Grade 7: Maddelynn Brooks, Anna Burke, Ella Hession, Alexis Kain, Andrea Sampson, Juliana Silber
Grade 6: Gia Garrett, Rebecca Mize, Kelly Mosier, Dominic Wolfe
Grade 8: Leila Mae Barros, Alexis Boyle, Alek Panchik, Alexandra Hamilton, Oliver Lowden, Kiersten Starner
Grade 7: Penelope Foley, Thomas McInereny, Megan Sitowitz, Matthew Waning
Grade 6: Emily DeCristofaro, Rosalie Miklos, Mia Seaton, Sophie Tunks, Sienna Veith
Grade 8: Christianna Harchuska, Alfred Miklos, Elizabeth Perrotti, Jayla Tate-Harding
Grade 7: Delani Kulina, Share Mimnagh, Rory Smullen
Grade 6: Jacobi Hamn-Tate
Quo Vadis Days - June 2018
Attention all Catholic young men ages 15-25. Our Lord Jesus Christ has a great plan and mission for you! You are invited to attend the Diocese of Harrisburg’s Annual Quo Vadis Days vocation discernment retreat to spend time with other young men your age as you listen to the Lord’s call in your life while having fun. Activities include – Holy Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, sports, games, great food, talks and more.
Quo Vadis Days will be held from June 24-27, 2018 at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary. There is a registration fee of $50; all other expenses are funded by the Diocese of Harrisburg. Registration forms can be found on their website at www.hbgdiocese.org. You may also contact the Office of Vocations at (717) 657-4804, ext. 282 or email: email@example.com for a registration packet or if you have questions. Registration deadline is June 17, 2018.
“Dear altar boys and altar girls, the closer you are to the altar, the more you will remember to speak with Jesus in daily prayer; the more you will be nourished by the Word and the Body of the Lord, the better able you will be to go out to others, bringing them the gift that you have received, giving in turn with enthusiasm the joy you have received.”
- Pope Francis, August 2015
Parishioners who have received First Holy Communion and are entering at least the 3rd grade in August are invited to be a part of this important liturgical ministry within our parish. To enroll for the summer training, click here. The deadline for enrollment is July 8, 2018.
Our VBS program is looking for a few folks who can sew simple costumes for our children to wear in our Bible lesson activity: simple tunics and sashes that can be pulled overhead and tied at the waist similar to what is pictured here.
If you can help, please contact Marcie Warner at (717) 533-7168 Ext. 112 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations To Kate Naughton
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!
Life Teen Clothing Drive THANK YOU!
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.
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