Announcements for the Coming Week

1. “Mass times for the Holy day of Obligation next week on August 15 have been changed. Please check the bulletin! “

 2. “Please join us on Thursday, August 10th to celebrate the opening of our new partnership school, South City Catholic Academy. The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will begin at 5:00 pm on Pernod Avenue.  Come meet staff, faculty, families and share in special activities and treats.  The Welcome Home Celebration will end at 8:00 pm.”

Pastor's Column

Sunday, August 6 2017

Dear Friends,

On this feast day of the Transfiguration I can’t help but to think of the ‘transforming’ that’s been happening at St. Joan of Arc this summer. SJA School has been transformed into SCCA: our heritage and traditions melding with that of OLS to create something new. The building itself transformed via paint and lighting; reconfigured walls, etc. New landscaping around the campus to refresh the curb appeal.  But even more than that: our parish community is changing too! We are getting younger. Since January (or halfway through the year) we have had 24 Baptisms! We have crying babies and squirming toddlers at Mass and I couldn’t be happier about that. I want us to share that excitement and get the word out there that we are a young, vibrant and viable parish: our Sunday worship, adult faith formation, young adult ministry, SVDP outreach, and community life are signs of our vitality and dedication to our call to be disciples and apostles of Jesus. All are welcome at SJA: both new parishioners and those parishioners who may have wandered from regular attendance. This week, let’s invite them to our praying, serving, welcoming and vibrant community!

Know that you are loved dearly and prayed for daily.

Peace and prayers for you,
 

Pastor's Column

Pastor’s Column
Sunday, July 30, 2017

Dear Friends,

First, an update on South City Catholic Academy.  As of today, Monday, July 24th the enrollment is 230 students, plus another 25 or so in the Learning Center. We are so excited to be partnering with Our Lady of Sorrows parish and the Archdiocese to provide this excellent opportunity for the children of our parishes and the neighborhood. The work being done in the building is moving right along.  We are on schedule to be finished by the first day of school: new drop ceilings and LED lights; reconfigured walls; new playground and landscaping; new STEM lab on the third floor; new paint, etc. We will be having an Open House sometime after the first day of school so the parish can see the “new” school. (A word also about the air conditioner in the gym: we are in the process of bidding and scheduling the replacement of those units. They are shot: they need to be replaced. We’ll be working with the archdiocese to make that happen. I’ll keep you posted.) And finally, in regards to South City Catholic Academy: many have asked about my part in the new school. I’ll be serving in a few different roles: a member of the Board of the Directors and the ‘pastor designate’. I’ll be present every day; teaching religions classes; celebrating sacraments; assisting the principal where and when needed, etc. Whatever I can do to help, that’s where I’ll be.

 

Continue your prayers for South City Catholic Academy- teachers, staff and administration. And our students and their families! Our Lady of Sorrows- pray for us! St. Joan of Arc- pray for us!

 

Secondly, I am so pleased to announce the kick off of our new Young Adult Apostolate: VISIONS. St. Joan of Arc received VISIONS from the Lord to be of service to her country and her Church. She was committed to a VISION of Peace, Justice and Freedom. She had a VISION for the Church in her country built on prayer and commitment to the Gospel. It is in this spirit that we invite the young people of the St. Joan of Arc parish community to be a part of VISIONS: A young adult group. We’ll be having a BBQ following 4:30 pm mass on Saturday, August 12th in area behind church, at the back entrance of the rectory. As our church community continues to engage and minister to young adults and families, we are looking for new ways to bridge the gap between the youth and our senior parishioners. VISIONS is looking for young, enthusiastic parishioners and their families, between the ages of 18 and 40, who are looking for a way to get involved within the church community. Parishioners of all ages are welcome to attend the BBQ and learn more about our group!" More details to come in next week’s bulletin.

Know that you are loved dearly and prayed for daily.

Peace and prayers for you.

Fr. Craig 

Introducing A Young Adult Apostolate: VISIONS

I am so pleased to announce the kick off of our new Young Adult Apostolate: VISIONS. St. Joan of Arc received VISIONS from the Lord to be of service to her country and her Church. She was committed to a VISION of Peace, Justice and Freedom. She had a VISION for the Church in her country built on prayer and commitment to the Gospel. It is in this spirit that we invite the young people of the St. Joan of Arc parish community to be a part of VISIONS: A young adult group. We’ll be having a BBQ following 4:30 pm mass on Saturday, August 12th in area behind church, at the back entrance of the rectory. As our church community continues to engage and minister to young adults and families, we are looking for new ways to bridge the gap between the youth and our senior parishioners. VISIONS is looking for young, enthusiastic parishioners and their families, between the ages of 18 and 40, who are looking for a way to get involved within the church community. Parishioners of all ages are welcome to attend the BBQ and learn more about our group!" More details to come here, Facebook and the parish bulletin.

Masses this Weekend

Masses this Weekend:

Saturday, July 29, 4:30pm - Fr. Craig

Sunday, July 30, 8am - Msgr. Dempsey

10:30am - Fr. Craig

All are welcome at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church

5821 Pernod. 63139

This weekend we'll hear about Solomon and the Gift of Wisdom. And Jesus seems to ask a question: What would you pay for "SuperPowers"?!

St. Joan of Arc Parish Book Club

St. Joan of Arc Parish Book Club
New Book: "Silence: A Novel" by Shusaku Endo. Along with a commentary called "Faith Stripped to its Essence"
Next Meeting: Monday, July 17 at 7pm in the Naeger Room
We have space for 8 more people. Contact Jane Lafentres at jlafentres@stjoanfoarcstl.com or (314) 832-2838 to reserve a book. Or if you want to buy and bring your book and join us- that'd be cool too! All are welcome!

Masses this Weekend

Saturday and Sunday, June 24-25
Masses this Weekend:
Sat, 4:30pm - Monsignor Dempsey
Sun, 8am - Father Peter
Sun, 10:30am - Father Craig

We'll also celebrate three baptisms after the 10:30am Mass.

In our readings this weekend Jesus invites us to Courage for the sake of the Community. Come and be nourished and strengthened by our great SJA community.

All are welcome at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church

5821 Pernod Ave, 63139