St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church
Issue No.5
In This Issue
Save the Date
10/5: Blessing of Pets

10/12: Public Square Rosary Crusade

10/12: Mass of Healing for the Sick

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Our Mission
We, the Eucharistic Community of St. Joan of Arc Parish, by the grace of God and throughout our participation in His Word, the church's sacraments, and prayer, seek our eternal salvation.


We live out the doctrines and traditions of our Faith in communion with the holy, catholic and apostolic Church, established by Our Lord, Jesus Christ.


With courage, we follow the example of our patron saint and invoke her intercession as we strive to know God, love God and serve God which moves us to actively promote and live the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the midst of our every day life.

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Parish Life Newsletter
 Photo courtesy of Christine Chardo
A Note from Father

When a passenger on a Greyhound bus shouted, "There's a bum in the bathroom," He probably set a world record for misunderstandings.

Other passengers relayed the message to the front where the bus driver heard, "There's a bomb in the bathroom." The bus was evacuated. Interstate route 95 southbound was closed. Traffic was backed up for 15 miles. Then police and bomb sniffing dogs searched the bus until they found the poor bum still in the bathroom.


The "Whisper down the lane" game is fun when we're kids; but can create havoc when we are adults.  When we consider all the issues we encounter in our dealings with other people, at the root is often simply a lack of communication.  As hard as we try, we can never be 100% effective at communicating, but the effort requires two willing parties:  The one who speaks and the one who listens.  Most often when communication breaks down it is because we are not so much listening as we are just "hearing." 


The same is true with prayer.  Our communication with God is not just talking at Him, but listening to Him.  If we decide not to listen or don't take the time to listen, well then...a bum in our bathroom will be the least of our problems!

Father Rothan

Quotable Saints
Forty Hours Celebration
September 29th through October 1st

Forty Hours Eucharistic Devotion is a special 40-hour period of prayer made before the Blessed Sacrament in solemn exposition. The focus of this devotion is the Holy Eucharist. Forty Hours Devotion can be seen almost like a parish mini-retreat or mission.

Record Breaking Festival Numbers!
The Parish Festival broke records all three nights this year. The Festival Committee presented Father Rothan with a check in the amount of $49,795!

Thank you again to all of the committee members, volunteers, donors and patrons who supported us this year. We are extremely grateful for your generosity!

New Website Features
The new website has launched and we would like to thank everyone for their patience throughout the process. We are very excited about many of the new features that are now available, including:
  • An easy to navigate layout on your PC or Smart Device
  • Communication pages for Announcements & Upcoming Events
  • Designated pages for each of the Ministries
  • A platform for our Growing Into Christ Initiative
  • Improved Online Forms & Registrations
  • Online Photo Galleries
  • Our own SJA Blog 
There are even more improvements in the works, so check back often!
Litany of Humility
A few weeks ago Father Wayne mentioned the Litany of Humility during his Homily. Some of you have been requesting the name of this prayer. Here is the link if you are interested: click here

Annual Parish Picnic

On Saturday, September 21st we celebrated the annual Parish Picnic and Father Chuk's 70th Birthday! You can see photos from the event here.
School News



The annual St. Joan of Arc PTO Spaghetti Dinner will be held this year on Saturday, November 23rd from 4pm to 8pm in the school cafeteria.  


Please join us for a delightful evening of delicious Italian food, scrumptious desserts, live entertainment and basket raffles. Ticket information will be coming soon!  


The PTO is also looking for volunteers to help with the event. You can sign up online. If you any questions, please contact Heather Tressler. We hope to see you there! 

Recommended Reading
Forgiveness: A Catholic Approach

From the foreword by Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl:

In "Forgiveness: A Catholic Approach," Father R. Scott Hurd writes of the spiritual, psychological, physical, and social benefits of learning how to forgive and find peace.

Author: R. Scott Hurd

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