Week of January 15, 2023
1) 9 Days for Life Novena
9 Days for Life is a novena for the protection of human life. Each day’s intention is accompanied by a short reflection and suggested actions to help build a culture of life. Click on the button below to sign up for daily emails to pray the novena.
2) Rachel's Vineyard
Rachel's Vineyard weekends for healing after abortion are offered throughout the year in locations across the United States and Canada, with additional sites around the world. Rachel’s Vineyard is a ministry of Priests for Life.

The program is an opportunity to examine your abortion experience, identify the ways that the loss has impacted you in the past and present, and helps to acknowledge any unresolved feelings that many individuals struggle with after abortion. Because of the emotional numbness and secrecy that often surrounds an abortion experience, conflicting emotions both during and after the event may remain unresolved. These buried feelings can surface later and may be symptoms of post-abortion trauma.

Married couples, mothers, fathers, grandparents, and siblings of aborted children, as well as persons who have been involved in the abortion industry have come to Rachel's Vineyard in search of peace and inner healing. The weekend is a lot of work but yields a fruitful harvest for all who are willing to labor there. To learn more, watch the video below and click on the button below the video.
3) Walking with Moms in Need
Driven by the nationwide United States Catholic Conference of Bishops’ Walking with Moms in Need initiative, the Detroit Walking with Moms in Need initiative is a partnership between the Archdiocese of Detroit and Catholic Charities of southeast Michigan, which equips and assists Catholic parishes and parishioners in raising awareness about resources that assist pregnant and parenting moms in need. The initiative seeks to make each parish in the Archdiocese a place where moms and their babies are welcomed and supported and where the dignity of every human life is upheld and valued.

Through Walking with Moms in Need, Catholic parishes and communities "walk in the shoes" of local pregnant and parenting women to connect them with the help they need.

As members of the Body of Christ, we are called to help moms in difficult circumstances, and we should know how we can best support them. While not trying to turn Catholic parishes into pregnancy centers, we can support local pregnancy centers where they exist. We can also find and share other resources with pregnant and parenting women that will serve them and the young lives entrusted to them.
What does it really mean to walk with moms in need? Watch this 5 Minute Video
4) The Catechism in a Year with Father Mike Schmitz
In response to countless requests, Ascension is launching The Catechism in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz).

With this podcast, Catholics will:

  • Read the entire Catechism of the Catholic Church in 365 days
  • Understand the essentials of the Catholic Faith and why they matter
  • See how Church teaching is rooted in Sacred Scripture
  • Absorb over 2,000 years of Sacred Tradition
  • Encounter God’s plan of sheer goodness
  • Transform their relationship with the Church that Christ founded.

If you have ever wanted to understand what it means to be Catholic and allow those truths to shape your life—this podcast is for you!
5) Join SJA's Moderated Facebook Group for the Catechism in a Year Podcast
SJA is moderating a Facebook group for our parishioners and friends embarking on the Catechism in a Year podcast with Fr. Mike Schmitz and Ascension Press.

You can find the link to join on the SJA Facebook page or click the button below. We already have 90+ participants!
6) Virtual Baby Bottle Drive for Pregnancy Aid Detroit
7) Join us for Holy Hour on Thursdays at 7 PM
8) CSA 2022
Dear Friends in Christ,
This year’s Catholic Services Appeal (CSA) theme comes from the First Letter of Peter: “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” (1 Peter 4:10). It’s a call for hospitality and service, and to “let love for one another be intense.”
The Catholic Services Appeal is an opportunity to celebrate the ways our Church in Detroit responds to the material and spiritual needs of individuals and families. Our parish alone could not meet these many needs. It is through the sharing of our gifts and our service that we, together, can be the Church Christ wants us to be.
Would you consider making a gift to this year’s CSA?
Your generosity makes it possible for more than 170 ministries, services, and programs to love intensely and to bring the indescribable joy found in Christ to our communities.

Our CSA goal this year is $211,447. Anything raised above the goal will return to the parish, while any shortfalls must be covered by the parish. Thus, your support is greatly needed and appreciated.

You may have already received a mailing from the Archdiocese of Detroit. If you did so, please make a contribution to the CSA as indicated in that mailing.

You can also easily give by visiting: sja.aodcsa.org or by clicking on the button below.

Also available at the Church exists, in the bins outside the Sr. Carol Center, and at the Parish Center are general CSA brochures and envelopes that can be used to make a contribution to the CSA.

Assuring you of my prayers, I remain,

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Msgr. Mike

9) CSA Update as of January 15, 2023
I am grateful to those who have already contributed to CSA 2022. As of today, we have $208,521 in pledges and gifts toward our $211,447 goal ($208,521 has been paid thus far toward our total pledged amount). This amount represents gifts from 621 families (we have 3,345 families registered). We have thus achieved 99% of our goal!

Here is a breakdown by gift range:
$2,500+ (10)
$1,000+ (38)
$500+ (43)
$250+ (103)
$100+ (217)
$75+ (10)
$50+ (84)
$25+ (82)
$10+ (29)
$0+ (5)
As stated above, the easiest way to give is electronically by clicking on the button above. If you wish to give by check, feel free to contact the Parish Center and we will mail out an envelope and related material.
10) This Sunday's Readings: January 15, 2023 - The 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
11) Sunday Reflections by Jeff Cavins
In this week’s Encountering the Word video, Jeff Cavins explains why Ordinary Time is actually a very exciting part of the year because it reminds us of the promises God has in store for us.

The readings for the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time are:

First Reading: Isaiah 49:3, 5-6
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:1-3
Alleluia: John 1:14A, 12A
Gospel: John 1:29-34
12) Bishop Barron's Reflection for the 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Friends, we return this Sunday to Ordinary Time, and the Church gives us a rather extraordinary reading from the first chapter of the Gospel of John. Seeing Jesus, John the Baptist says something that we repeat at every single Mass: “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” Many Christians don’t know what this phrase means; they think that it has to do with Jesus’ gentleness or innocence. But John is drawing our attention here to who Jesus was—and the Good News of what he did for us on the cross.
13) Grow+Go for the 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Grow+Go, content is designed to help you understand what it means to be an evangelizing disciple of Christ. Using the Sunday Scriptures as the basis for reflection, Grow+Go offers insight into how we can all more fully GROW as disciples and then GO evangelize, fulfilling Christ's Great Commission to "Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit." (Matthew 28:19) The concept behind the weekly series is to make discipleship and evangelization simple, concrete, and relatable.

Click on the button or image below to download a PDF copy of this Sunday's Grow+Go.
14) Giving to SJA:

I'm truly grateful for all of your support of SJA during this pandemic. Your support means so much. The increase in electronic giving has been tremendous. Giving electronically, whether on a one-time or recurring basis is pretty simple. For more information on online giving, please click on the following button.
15) This Week's Edition of TALLer Tales
‘Twas the “Night” Before Christmas: Yes, ‘twas the “night” before Christmas, when all through the Church, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. The wreaths were all hung by the balcony with care, in hopes that the Christmas crowds soon would be there; the parishioners were nestled all snug at their homes; with visions of warmer temperatures dancing in their heads; and Father Andrew in his sweater and I in my long winter coat, walked over for early confessions before the long day was soon to commence. When out in the Church a few complained it was shivering; I sprang from the sacristy to see what was the matter. Away to the boiler room, I flew like a flash, tore open the doors and threw up the sash. When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, but no boiler light and nothing but alarms! Nooooooo! Not on Christmas Eve! Seriously, why on Christmas Eve? Don’t the gremlins know we’re busy?

Father Andrew headed over to hear confessions while I surveyed the issues in the boiler room. I checked our temperature probes, and they only showed 45 degrees inside the Church. Pete, our maintenance staff member, was working on refilling the candles in the Pieta Chapel, and he reported it had to be even colder back there. UGH! “I don’t have time for this,” was the first thing I yelled to myself … okay, maybe it wasn’t “to myself!”

As a pastor, you learn how to deal with minor boiler issues quickly. You may not have a boiler operator’s license, but you know enough to get things going, to hit resets, and when you need to call in the pros. But the boiler wasn’t the only issue. The air handler was also down (which was good because we didn’t need any additional cold air pumping into the Church). So, I called Dina and Vern, and we quickly assessed that we needed to call in the pros in the form of De-Cal; they handle all of our boiler issues. It was now 1 PM, and I knew I was going to ruin a few people’s Christmas Eve, but we had no choice. De-Cal had someone out within an hour and got the boiler back up and running. It turned out that a motor that controls the ventilation system of the boiler was having issues, so the system shut the boiler off as a safety precaution. Once the boiler was up and running, we turned our attention to the air handlers. That turned out to be an easy fix. The air handlers have a temperature cut-off threshold. If the air gets too cold inside the air handlers, it shuts the unit off. It’s basically a freeze reset. And that would continue to pop until the boiler reached its normal operating temperature.

After a few hours of messing around with all of that, I went home to change and called my family to let them know they would have to deal with the final set-ups for our family dinner at the Parish Center after the 4 PM mass. At this point, I had no time to deal with all the last-minute stuff. So, after getting dressed in my good suit, crisp white shirt, and formal clerical attire, I headed back to Church. Thankfully, the boiler was pumping out some heat, and eventually, the air handlers stopped needing to be reset, but it would have been quite the picture with me in my suit and good white shirt climbing a ladder near the big air handlers on a Christmas Eve trying to keep things on until the boiler rose to its normal operating temperature. Usually, in these moments, I ruin my good clothes; but I’m delighted to report I didn’t rip anything … I only got grease on my cuffs! Not bad.

It was 2:45, and crowds were starting to roll into Church for the 4 PM mass. I already needed a nap (and a good glass of chocolate wine at this point). But it was still pretty cold in Church and even colder in the choir loft. The Church was slowly inching toward 55 degrees, and I was hoping some body heat would help warm things up. But it was still cold upstairs in the Choir loft. I saw someone … and for the sake of this story, let’s say her name was Catherine … start to lug a heater upstairs. I somewhat rolled my eyes because I was confident it would get warmer by the 4 PM mass, but this was the Choir loft. And since we had a bunch of extra musicians and the children’s choir, she wanted to make it comfortable for all of them to do their best … after all, it was Christmas Eve. Dumb gremlins, check your calendars and leave us alone! So, to the choir loft the heater went, and I turned my focus on the Mass in the Emmaus Hall, hoping beyond hope that things would settle down. Little did I anticipate all that was yet to happen.

It was now 3:45 PM. Crowds are pouring into the Sr. Carol Center and either going into the Church or the Emmaus Hall for Mass. Suddenly, I get all these mayday calls and texts. Now what? Well, a breaker popped and shut down the computer that controls the screens and all the streaming equipment. Noooooooo. Not on Christmas Eve. Seriously, on Christmas Eve? Do you see a pattern here?

Even though the breaker was reset, the streaming equipment wasn’t going live. I ran upstairs to the choir loft and frantically tried to diagnose with Kristine Hass what the problem might be now. Most of the power was on, but none of the streaming equipment was responding, nor were any of the cameras. UGH! There was power, but we lost all network functionality and connectivity. This wasn’t fair. It was now 3:53 PM, and my brain was on overload trying to determine the issue quickly. And, in a rare moment, I gave up! I rarely give up! But this was Christmas Eve, after all! Even though I wanted to stay upstairs to get the streaming equipment going, I had to get back downstairs, vest, and get Mass started in the Emmaus Hall. But my brain was on overdrive because what was happening didn’t make sense. But then again, this was SJA, and things often happen around here that don’t make any sense.

So, I quickly hobbled downstairs, pretended I was in a good mood for all the people wishing me a Merry Christmas, and got vested for Mass, knowing I had to get the streaming equipment back up and running for the next Mass. We have too many people dependent on our streaming to give up too quickly, especially on Christmas Eve!

After Mass, I had a brilliant light go on, and I realized the potential problem. Sure enough, I was right. An auxiliary piece of networking equipment was on the power strip that somehow also got fried, so I just needed to reroute that power cord to another outlet. Voila, it worked! Crabby pants here started to breathe a sigh of relief, and wandered over to the Parish Center for dinner with his family. Dinner was important, but we still had to place the 2,000 tea lights outside. I enjoyed my dinner and being with my family and looked forward to a nice calm rest of the evening. Little did I know what was still on the horizon! Darn Gremlins, didn’t they know it was Christmas Eve?

Oh yes, there’s more to come; after all, it was Christmas Eve!
Enjoy the week. Know of my prayers.
In Christ,
Msgr Mike Simply Signature
16) Tire Tracks in the d’Arc
Bloomin’ Winter!: Horticulturist, I am not. I was concerned about the little pine trees I planted in the Fall not making it through the winter (or even to the winter) but they seem to have survived the transit and planting and are doing okay.

The same cannot be said for my cactus. I kind of like the little planter so I keep it, but this thing is now at least a year and a half past the end of its life. It is not only spikey but now crunchy too! Have you ever seen such a sight as this for interior décor?!
Sad doesn’t even begin to cover it. But it’s the only plant I have. You’d figure I could keep a cactus alive… but no. I wrote previously about my coffee plant that lives in the office now. I claim no agency over the life and times of that plant now. It still refuses to produce coffee beans and the one flower it managed to squeeze out last year never gained a friend.

I do have the annual poinsettia, which last year I kept until Easter, but this one isn’t showing signs of wanting to hang on until then.

My fake Christmas tree went back in its box last weekend and my house is back to looking a little bare and barren.

So, I thought, maybe it’s time to “bring the Spring.” And without a whole lot of sun since before the New Year, we could all do with a little encouragement. Maybe the Spring needs it too, or at least my house could fake it for a while. While I was at the grocery store I saw these and decided it would be a good idea. What could go wrong? No planting, just replenish the water as it evaporates. So I bought these tulips, and who knows, I could soon have something that looks alive and intentional. They are already beginning to hatch (that’s probably not the right word, is it?!) And when the outside sees them, just wait, I bet the Spring will get its boots on too.
Monsignor mentioned this week that he would not be opposed to a snow day or two right about now. Those are always helpful as catch-up days, but at the time of writing, no dice. But a teacher friend of mine frequently reminds me that she once really wanted a snow day and even prayed for one. It was March 2020… the next day, no snow, but the world shut-down for the pandemic. She doesn’t pray for snow days anymore!

Even the hint of possible snow on Friday has thought better of it and turned into wind instead, at least according to the weather app on my phone. I am tending to believe the app more than I believe the weather station in my back-yard now, which for a couple of weeks has been reporting some unusually gusty conditions behind my house, as you can see…
I suspect that a 199mph wind gust may not be entirely accurate! I think the recent hibernation of the sun forced the weather station to run on its battery, which is now drained, leaving the sensor confused, so it has turned to making it up to get by.

All of which leads me to the same conclusion…. Michigan weather will do whatever it wants, but I hope it wants what I want soon!

Moving Forward: After the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, the Church has now entered into Ordinary Time, called "ordinary" not because it is common, but simply because the weeks of Ordinary Time are numbered. The Latin word ordinalis, referring to numbers in a series, stems from the Latin word ordo, from which we get the English word order. The numbered weeks of Ordinary Time represent the ordered life of the Church—the period in which we live our lives neither in feasting (as in the Christmas and Easter seasons) or in more severe penance (as in Advent and Lent), but in watchfulness and expectation of the Second Coming of Christ.

It's appropriate, therefore, that the Gospel for the Second Sunday of Ordinary Time (which is actually the first Sunday celebrated in Ordinary Time) always features either John the Baptist's acknowledgment of Christ as the Lamb of God or Christ's first miracle—the transformation of water into wine at the wedding at Cana.

Thus for Catholics, Ordinary Time is the part of the year in which Christ, the Lamb of God, walks among us and transforms our lives. There's nothing "ordinary" about that!

The normal liturgical color for Ordinary Time, when there is no special feast, is green. Green vestments and altar cloths have traditionally been associated with the time after Pentecost, the period in which the Church founded by the risen Christ, and under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, began to grow and to spread the Gospel to all nations. But it only began—this work is not finished and will not be finished until we are all on board and doing our part to spread the Gospel. Having Christ at the center of your life make life anything but ordinary. It is a roller-coaster maybe, but it’s the best way to travel through this year.
You are in my prayers this week.

Fr. Andrew

17) Ascension Presents: Father Mike Schmitz
The Stories We Tell Our Children Have Consequences

Stories matter. We tell them to help us understand the world around us. But what if the stories we tell don’t mirror our Catholic morals? What if the lessons that they teach don’t agree with our values? Should we keep telling those stories?

Today Fr. Mike wrecks your childhood version of the Little Mermaid and spoils the ending of the real story. Spoiler: It doesn’t have a happy ending.
18) Words on the Word: January 15, 2023 - I Come to Do Your Will

Christmas trees are, for the most part, either put away or thrown away.

Holiday decorations are, in most cases, either packed up or soon will be.

The last of the Christmas cookies have been eaten.

And life is returning to more of a routine. The church, for its part, has shifted back into Ordinary Time, where we will be until the Lent begins at the end of February.

But the needs of our less-fortunate neighbors, so acutely felt and addressed during the holiday season, haven’t suddenly disappeared. If they were hungry then, odds are good they are hungry now.

So it was refreshing, a few weeks ago, to see a sponsored story in The Detroit News about the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign – so ubiquitous and recognized during the holidays – and its lasting impact over the course of the entire year. Through that campaign, support is provided for disaster recovery, rehabilitation and after-school programs, legal aid, and more.

It’s a giving mindset that people of goodwill should strive to carry out whether it’s December, January … or July.

“Families in our communities are struggling to make ends meet,” a Salvation Army spokesman is quoted as saying in the story, adding the reminder that a really effective charitable contribution “not only supports our community’s most vulnerable through the Christmas season, but 365 days a year.”

And so, whether through prayer, financial contributions or volunteering, may we all keep in mind the ongoing needs of our brothers and sisters, and act accordingly.

“In the written scroll it is prescribed for me, to do your will, O my God, is my delight, and your law is within my heart,” we pray in today’s responsorial psalm. “Here am I, Lord, I come to do your will.”

© 2023, Words on the Word
19) The Bible in a Year Podcast by Father Mike Schmitz
If you’ve struggled to read the Bible, this podcast is for you.

Ascension’s Bible in a Year Podcast, hosted by Fr. Mike Schmitz and featuring Jeff Cavins, guides Catholics through the Bible in 365 daily episodes.

Each 20-25 minute episode includes:

  • two to three scripture readings 
  • a reflection from Fr. Mike Schmitz
  • and guided prayer to help you hear God’s voice in his Word.

Unlike any other Bible podcast, Ascension’s Bible in a Year Podcast for Catholics follows a reading plan inspired by the Great Adventure Bible Timeline®  learning system, a groundbreaking approach to understanding Salvation History developed by renowned Catholic Bible teacher Jeff Cavins.
Tune in and live your daily life through the lens of God’s word!
20) FORMED Pick of the Week:
Our parish has a subscription to FORMED, a premier online platform filled with over 4,000 Catholic studies, movies, audio dramas, talks, e-books, and even cartoons for our children. FORMED has content from over 60 apostolates, including Augustine Institute, Ignatius Press, and the Knights of Columbus, with material that is professionally produced, engaging, and solid in its catechism. Best of all, this material is free to you because of our parish subscription.

You have easy access to all of the material on FORMED to support your own faith journey and that of your family members.

You can enjoy FORMED on your computer or on your television with an inexpensive Roku device or Apple TV. You can even listen on your phone as you commute to work or do chores. 

To gain access to all of FORMED’s content, follow these simple steps:

  • Go to https://signup.formed.org/ 
  • Enter our parish’s zip code 48080 or enter St. Joan of Arc
  • Enter your name and your email address
That’s it! You’re in. Now you can get the free FORMED app for your phone by searching FORMED Catholic in your app store.

21) Hallow App:
Are you looking for a one-stop app for prayer and meditation? Look no further than Hallow. Hallow is an awesome prayer app. Hallow is a Catholic prayer and meditation app that helps users deepen their relationship with God through audio-guided contemplative prayer sessions. The app launched 2 years ago and is already the #1 Catholic app in the world.
We have a number of parishioners who are already using the app and loving it (my mom being one of them and she is on the app most of the day). Great for praying alone or together with your spouse/family, Hallow truly has something for everyone, no matter what you are going through (see below for their different content categories).
Hallow is free to download and has tons of permanently free content, as well as a premium subscription, Hallow Plus.

To get started, simply click the button above/below to activate your free account on the Hallow website. Make sure to select “Sign Up with Email” when registering. For step-by-step instructions, you can visit this process guide. Enter the code stjoanofarcmi to obtain a discount on individual pro plans.
22) Mass Intentions for the Week:
Monday, January 16, 2023, Weekday (Green) 
7:00 a.m., For the deceased members of the Calisi Family who died in the Month of January

Tuesday, January 17, 2023, Saint Anthony, Abbott
7:00 a.m., Pamela Gervasoni

Wednesday, January 18, 2023, Weekday (Green)
7:00 a.m., Ricky Sanders

Thursday, January 19, 2023, Weekday (Green)
7:00 a.m., Geraldine Rogier

Friday, January 20, 2023, Weekday Saint Fabian, Pope & Martyr; Saint Sebastian, Martyr (Green/Red/Red)
7:00 a.m., Paul T. Daudlin

Saturday, January 21, 2023, Vigil Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (Green)
4:00 p.m., Joan Weber, Dr. Lori Karol, Bonnie Batche, Joseph Calus, Mark DeKoekkoek, and a Special Intention for the J. Champine Family, and for Catherine Lovasco

6:00 p.m., George J. Bugarin

Sunday, January 22, 2023, Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (Green)
8:00 a.m., For the Intentions for St. Joan of Arc Parishioners

10:00 a.m., Joseph Paluzzi Jr.

12:00 p.m., Denise Allossery and Dee Allor
23) This Week on St. Joan of Arc LIVE:
This week's LIVE Stream
Schedule at St. Joan of Arc:

Monday (January 16)
7:00 AM - Mass

Tuesday (January 17):
7:00 AM - Mass
8:30 AM - School Mass

Wednesday (January 18):
7:00 AM - Mass

Thursday (January 19):
7:00 AM - Mass
7:00 PM - Holy Hour

Friday (January 20):
7:00 AM - Mass

Saturday (January 21):
12:00 PM - Wedding of Mary Lou Caluzzi and Ernest Domenick
4:00 PM - Mass
6:00 PM - Mass

Sunday (January 22):
8:00 AM - Mass
10:00 AM - Mass
12:00 PM - Mass

Please note that all of our masses and events can be accessed through the ARCHIVE section of our Live stream page if you cannot watch it live!

We also have our own ROKU Channel. Search for "CATHOLIC" in the ROKU channel store, and you will find SJA's channel. A Fire TV Channel is also available.
24) SJA's Latest Parish Bulletin
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