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: http://bit.ly/SJASurvey2018. 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

Friends,

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

2018 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.

Weekend Update at SJA!

Masses this weekend
Saturday, 4:30p- Fr. Craig
Sunday, 8am - Msgr. Dempsey
Sunday, 10:30am - Fr. Craig

Donut Sunday!
All are welcome at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church
5821 Pernod Ave.

Pastor’s Column
Sunday, January 21, 2018

Dear Friends,
Thank you so much to those who made a commitment to the ALL IS GIFT Offertory Increase Appeal. On behalf of the entire parish, thank you. If you’re still thinking about it, no worries. Turn in your card whenever you’re ready.  If you’re unable to make an increase, thank you for what you already do. In any case, to our parish community: thank you for what we do, and we are, here at SJA!

If you’re in a position to do some systematic and long term financial planning, look elsewhere in this bulletin for a brief paragraph some Deacon Dan about Planned giving. Also, if you’d like more information about On-Line Giving, feel free to give me a call at the parish office and I’ll walk you through the steps.

The next step of our ALL IS GIFT Project is the Parish Survey/Feedback Appeal. This survey is now complete and is ready to be mailed. It will also be available on-line on a website called Survey Monkey. I’m going to be working on that this week, so you can expect to receive the survey during the last week of January. Please take time to respond with your honest and constructive feedback and assessment of our parish ministry. The Parish Council and I, along with a professional marketing analyst will review the results to determine next steps. More information forthcoming.

And finally, save the dates: SJA Lenten Mission. Mondays during Lent: February 19 & 26; March 5, 12, 19, and 26. 7-8pm in church. Our Mission Speaker: Dr. Randy Rosenberg. Professor of Theology at St. Louis University and member of the SJA Community. Randy will present 6 inspiring and educational topics to nourish and enhance our Lent and prayer lives. More information forthcoming.

As always, know that you are loved dearly and prayed for daily.

Peace and prayers for you,

Fr. Craig T. Holway

 

 

Masses this Weekend

January 13 & 14
Saturday, 4:30pm - Fr. Craig
Sunday, 8 & 10:30am - Fr. Craig

We welcome to St. Joan of Arc Fr. Chi Tran. A priest from Vietnam who will be living at St. Joan of Arc while he studies theology at the Aquinas Institute of Theology. Welcome Fr. Chi. 

All are welcome at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church.

Pastor's Column

Sunday, January 14 2018
Dear friends,

Thank you for participating, in whatever you can, with the ALL IS GIFT Increased Offertory Program. This weekend we will, as a community, recommitted to supporting the mission and future of SJA in this way. Please know how remarkably grateful I am for all the ways in which you contribute and energize the life of the community.

The second part of this process is a survey that will be going out at the end of the month. I’d like to get the lay of the land: where we are excelling and where we can grow and improve. Hopefully the survey will show whether or not the parish community is empowered with the right tools to grow in Faith, Hope and Love with God and neighbor and is nourished by the apostolic and social life of the parish. The survey will be mailed to every registered household; it will also be available on the parish website and Facebook page as a link to Survey Monkey, an online survey service. Please take the time to provide your thoughtful and constructive feedback.

The survey results will be studied by the parish council with the help of a professional marketing consultant. We’ll then have a roadmap forward to continue to the SJA tradition of Prayer, Service and Community.

I’ll announce in church when the survey will be available both as a hardcopy and electronically.

If you have any questions or concerns about either the ALL IS GIFT Offertory and Survey Program, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly.

And know that you are loved dearly and prayed for daily.

Peace and prayers for you,