How to Set Up OnLine Giving

How to set up for Online Giving to support the work and Mission of St. Joan of Arc Parish.

1.     Visit our website at 

2.     At the top of the page, click on “Church”

3.     On the drop-down menu, click on “Donate”

4.     Now click on the black box that says “Donate Online Today”

This will take you to “Welcome to Online Giving” (

Now it’s time to set up your new account in 5 easy steps!

1.     Click on “Create New Account”

2.     Enter your Profile information and when complete click on “Enter Credentials”

3.     Choose a User Name and Password and click on “Continue”

4.     Under “Payment Method” choose how you would like to set up your contributions.   

a.     You can directly debit your checking account or click on the “Add Charge Card” if you would prefer that option.   (Remember if you choose either a debit or credit card you will need to go in whenever your card expires and enter the new expiration month and year.) 

5.     Continue by clicking on “Create Payment”

a.     Continue by choosing the “Gifts” you would like to donate to.  Each one will ask you if this is a one-time, or a reoccurring, gift.

If you have any trouble please contact Our Sunday Visitor at (800)348-2886 and choose Option 1 for Customer Service.   Their business hours are 7:30 am to 5 pm Eastern Standard Time.

Thank you for choosing On Line Giving and supporting the work and Mission of St. Joan of Arc parish!

Pastor's Column

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Members of the parish finance council met on May 24th and we decided to keep our Kid Kare program going. We’ve had some success with this program over the years and while we’ve had some staff turnover and some building issues recently, we’re committed to providing this service to the young families of our parish and neighborhood. A healthy percentage of Kid Kare children will be joining the Kindergarten class at South City Catholic Academy for the upcoming school year. The summer program is at capacity. We’ll be making some improvements and repairs to the building over the summer months.  Please help spread the word: St. Joan of Arc Kid Kare is open for business!

The school year at South City Catholic Academy has ended. Enjoy summer break, everyone!  And a big THANK YOU to all those who support the mission and ministry of Catholic Education here at SJA. It takes a parish to make it all go- it’s a beautiful thing when, moved by Grace, we work together to BE and DO Church!

And finally, THANK YOU to all those who made a gift to the Annual Catholic Appeal. Once again, SJA has surpassed it’s goal. THANK YOU to the Farkases and Provazniks for their leadership in coordinating our efforts. We’ll have a final number in a couple of weeks after we wrap up the last few requests.

OK- I’m in California this weekend for a wedding of some SJA parishioners who are originally from Modesto, CA. I’ll be back on Monday, June 4th. You’ve got the good Monsignor all weekend!

Know that you are loved dearly and prayed for daily.

With Peace and Prayer for you,
Fr. Craig Holway

Holy Thursday Homily

Some have asked about that quotation from Romano Guardini on Humility. Here it is. It come from his book called, The Lord.

"The attitude of the little man who bows to the greater is none not of humility but of truth; genuinely humble is the greater man who bows before the lesser because in his eyes the little man has a mysterious dignity. To recognize this dignity, to gather it up and bow before it- that is humility."

(Romano Guardini, The Lord, Gateway Press reprint, 2014 pg. 423)

Pastor's Column - Link to Survey

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Dear Friends,

I’d like to introduce the second part of the ALL IS GIFT Program: the Parish Survey.
Firstly, though: many, many thanks to those who responded to the ALL IS GIFT Offertory Increase Appeal. My thanks also to those who couldn’t make an increase, but promised to pray and participate in the life of the parish! Many parts; many gifts; ONE BODY! Thank you!

The second part of the ALL IS GIFT Program is much easier and comes at NO COST to you!  Well, this will cost you some time- 10-15 minutes to be exact. The Parish Council and I are asking you to please complete a survey. The Parish Council and I would like to get a reading of where we are, where we’d like to go, and what kind of tools do we need to get there. I want to be certain that the parish is providing the necessary tools for her members to live out the apostolic commission of Jesus to grow in holiness and engage the community both within the parish, and outside.

The survey had its genesis at a parish council meeting back in September. Since then, in December we enlisted the help of a parishioner, Liz Boyd, who does surveying/marketing analysis for a living. She helped to formulate the survey for maximum effectiveness and created the survey on line. My gratitude and appreciate for all of Liz’s help!

We’re going to start out by offering it on-line. Here’s the link: Just enter this URL into the address bar at the top of your internet browser and it’ll take you there. I’ll also make it available on the Facebook page and parish website (blog page).  Later, after the initial gathering of data, we’ll assess and figure out a way to make the survey available to those that don’t have access to the internet. We’ll certainly use the bulletin and perhaps even a targeted direct mailing. Stay tuned for that portion of it.

If you have any questions or concerns or if you know for certain that you won’t be doing the survey online and would like a paper copy, please feel free to contact me directly or Jane in the parish office.

Know that you are loved dearly and prayed for daily.

Peace and prayers for you,
Fr. Craig

Weekend Update at SJA!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

 Dear Friends,

The Young Catholic Musicians will be at St. Joan of Arc on Sun. Feb. 18 to celebrate with us as a parish and to provide the musical liturgy for the 10:30 am Mass.  All are welcome.  The Young Catholic Musicians (YCM) are the archdiocesan group of young singers and instrumentalists from the Metro area, including three SJA parishioners.  YCM is celebrating 43 years of service to Christ with young people serving the Church through musical prayer. A free will offering is requested to help in their ministry.

Ash Wednesday is February 14. Our Mass times are 8am and 5:30pm.  There is NO dispensation for Valentine’s Day celebrations. So, enjoy your romantic steak and lobster dinner on Tuesday!

A few things to keep in mind as we approach Lent:

-Our Mission Mondays: each Monday during Lent, 7-8pm, Dr. Randy Rosenberg will present on the life and teachings of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits. Dr. Rosenberg will give insights and points for prayer and learning about spirituality, prayer, theology and the apostolic life. Monday evenings in church. All are welcome.

-Fish Fries: Fridays during Lent in the school cafeteria. Volunteers are always needed so look elsewhere in the bulletin if you’re able to work a few hours.

-Almsgiving Project: this Lent we will once again partner with our Sister Parish in Guatemala. More information will be forthcoming but for now: several years ago, our Sister Parish opened up a health clinic. Now, that health clinic needs some new supplies: a new microscope, a centrifuge, and additional disposable daily goods. We’re going to raise money to buy these things and then buy them we our mission team goes down there this summer. More information coming.

Know that you are loved dearly and prayed for daily.

Peace and prayers for you,
Fr. Craig


Weekend Update at SJA!

Pastor’s Column Sunday, February 4, 2018


Happy Super Bowl Sunday! I’m taking the Pats over the Eagles by 10 points.

A few things today:

Firstly, our Lenten Mission.

Lent with St. Ignatius Loyola

The 2018 St. Joan of Arc Lenten mission invites you to pray, meditate, and reflect on the spiritual wisdom of the founder of the Jesuits, St. Ignatius Loyola.  These weekly one-hour sessions will engage vibrant themes from the life and work of St. Ignatius with an eye to their relevance for our lives in the contemporary world. Our presenter will be fellow parishioner, Dr. Randy Rosenberg, who is also associate professor of systematic theology at Saint Louis University. Randy teaches undergraduate and graduate courses at SLU and is the author of The Givenness of Desire: Concrete Subjectivity and the Natural Desire to See God (University of Toronto Press) and The Vision of Saint John XXIII (Paulist Press).

Save the date and give yourself the gift of time with God learning and praying. Mondays during Lent, 7-8pm: February 19 and 26. March 5, 12, 19, 26.

Secondly: my deepest gratitude for your participation and generosity during the ALL IF GIFT Offertory Request. The response was wonderful so thank you for that!

Finally, a point for prayer. St. Teresa of Avila wrote the following: “Let nothing disturb you. Nothing frighten you; all things are passing; God never changes; Patient endurance attains all things; Whoever possesses God is wanting in nothing; God alone suffices.” This is one of those little prayers that you just want to cut out of the bulletin, make copies of and put on the fridge; computer screen; a copy in your wallet; taped to the dash board of your car; write on the mirror in the bathroom…

Know that you are loved dearly and prayed for daily.

Peace and prayers for you,

Fr. Craig Holway