Extra prayers get you through the week…
Join the I Thirst Prayer Group in praise and music to our Lord and Savior and commune with the Holy Spirit! When two or more are gathered in His name, He is there. So, enhance your Lenten Season by spending extra time praying, giving thanks, and spending more time with God! Come on Wednesday, March 20 at 7:00 pm to the cafeteria. It will make a difference in your life.
The Harrisburg Diocesan Council of Catholic Women invites parishioners of the Diocese to join them in a 40 Day Lenten Challenge. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, March 6, add one item from the following list to a box each day: clothing, food, $1, or another item of your choice. At the end of Lent, donate your items to your favorite charities.
If you wish, take a picture and email it to us; we want to share your Lenten works of mercy!
Email pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Tribunal of the Diocese of Harrisburg will be giving two presentations about marriage, divorce, and annulment, according to Church teaching. The presentations will be held on March 21 at St. Joseph Parish in York at 7:00 pm and March 25 at the Diocesan Conference Center in Harrisburg at 7:00 pm.
These presentations will be helpful for divorced Catholics, those who are divorced and wish to marry Catholics, parish leaders involved in the RCIA process, and any others who may have a vested interest because of family or friends. No prior registration is required.
For more information: (717) 657-4804; 304 | email@example.com
The Tanger Outlets Subway will host a dinner for Dollars event on Monday, March 11 from 4:00 - 8:00 pm. Forty percent of your bill will go to our school PTO.
Every Monday for the rest of the year, Au Bon Lieu Bistro hosts dinner for dollars. Twenty percent of your meal will benefit our school's PTO.
All day, every day, Primanti Bros. will host dinner for dollars. You must show your Hometown Edge card. Ten percent of your bill will benefit our school's PTO.
After the Grand Jury Report was released last August, we here at Saint Joan of Arc held our own listening sessions early on to talk about our thoughts and feelings over this deep crisis in the Church. After the initial 3 listening sessions, we had a follow-up session in November to discuss some concrete actions we as a parish could do to bring healing and understanding to those who are hurting. There was a desire on the part of those involved to look at the subject of healing from a spiritual, educational and catechetical approach. As part of our parish follow-up, I am glad to announce the following activities for our parish during 2019. The whole series will be called “Toward Healing.” (All events will take place in the cafeteria unless otherwise noted):
"An Evening with Janet McNeal”, the coordinator of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg’s “Safe Environment” program. A retired captain in the PA State Police, Janet ran the Megan’s Law Section of the State Police.
April 19 (Good Friday, 12:30PM)
Outdoor Stations of the Cross for the Healing of Sexual Abuse Victims
“The Church’s Teaching on Human Sexuality: An Overview” (Adult Religious Education)
“Building Bridges Between Estranged Members in the Christian Family: A Family Therapy Perspective” led by Dr. Joseph Dreiss, PhD, clinical psychologist
Saints who have Endured Sexual Abuse” Presentation and Prayer Service
“Prayer as a Way Toward Healing” (Adult Religious Education)
Day of Fasting and Prayer for Healing of those Sexually Abused by Clergy—All day fast followed by Evening Prayer Service and Reflection
“Domestic Violence: A Catholic Perspective” by Susan Kelly-Dreiss, founder and former Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Exposition and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament. Holy Hour for those who have suffered Clergy Sexual Abuse
There will be more information in the coming months on these presentations/prayer services. Mark your calendar now! May we as a parish, Church, and society find a way “toward healing”.
A few updates on things happening in the parish:
I hope all of you have been as horrified as I was at the passage of the extremist abortion law in New York State. New York had the most liberal abortion laws in the country but now it is even worse. Proponents of the law accuse Pro-Lifers of exaggerating the law in order to place greater restrictions upon abortion but the reality is the law lifts restrictions in such a way that it is not hyperbole to speak of last-minute abortions and infanticide. The fact that a governor who claims to be Catholic would not only sign this bill but celebrate its passage is beyond the pale. If this can happen in New York, why can it not happen in Pennsylvania or throughout the country? We must be constantly vigilant against the total disregard for human life in our society. To be Pro-Life means to support life from the moment of conception to natural death. This means the poor, the marginalized, the disabled, the elderly, and all persons who have life. But to be Pro-Life means that we have to have a special concern for the child within the womb because it is within the womb that life is most vulnerable, and looking at the numbers (60 million plus since 1973), it is where life is snuffed out the most in this country. Yes, we have to be vigilant against discrimination and euthanasia, and caring for the poor, but if we defend life only after a human being is born, what good is that? Perhaps it is the passage of barbaric laws like we see in New York State that will get our ire up and really make us into the Pro-Life Catholics that we know we are called to be! At least I hope so!
March Madness is here!
Please help support St. Joan of Arc School by purchasing tickets for the March Madness Raffle. Drawings will be held every day during the month of March.
Prizes are $50 and $100 daily! Each ticket sold is eligible to win 2 times per day during the month of March. You have 62 chances to win per ticket! Winners do not need to be present to win.
Tickets are $10 each and are on sale now at the parish and school offices.
Call the school office at (717) 533-2854 for details.
View winners here.
In three weeks, we will kick off the 2019 Diocesan Annual Campaign, formerly known as the Bishop’s Annual Lenten Appeal with the in-pew solicitation. Faith Forward is the theme for the 2019 Diocesan Annual Campaign. Letters have been mailed from Bishop Gainer and you should also be receiving a letter from Father Al asking for your support. We have been asked by Bishop Gainer to prayerfully consider a pledge to this effort. As a parish we benefit in a number of ways: shared administrative services like payroll and accounts payable, Human Resources, and outreach ministries that are led by the Diocese and implemented at the parish level. By our collective efforts from parishioners and parishes throughout the Diocese, a multitude of programs and ministries are offered to those in need. We are relying on your generous support to ensure that these programs and ministries continue. I thank you in advance for your loyal and steadfast support.
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