Pastor's Column

Sunday, April 14, 2019

This weekend we celebrate Palm Sunday- the beginning of Holy Week.  You’re all invited to attend our Holy Week Services which are listed elsewhere in the bulletin.  Make this sacrifice of time to the Lord and you will not be disappointed! 

Also this weekend we are kicking off our celebration of the 2019 SJA Dinner Auction- At Bat for SJA!  Join us after Sunday Masses for Donuts, drinks and fellowship in the school cafeteria. There will be information about the dinner auction including display boards detailing our Fund-a-Need- a renovation of the Parish Center/School Gym.  There are still a couple of weeks to register to attend the auction or assist in other ways. You can go to http://atbatsja.givesmart.com to register.  Or, if you don’t do computers, just give us a call at the parish office and we’ll get you signed up and ready to go!

Finally, I want to say thank you to parishioners Francie and Steve Valenta. For nearly two decades they’ve coordinated our efforts with the St. Patrick Center Casserole Program.  Steve and Francie have decided to step aside and pass along the ministry to someone else.  Please join me in thanking Steve and Francie for their many years of service to the poor and the St. Joan of Arc community. And welcome John and Mary Beth Fisher who have graciously agreed to take over coordinating our efforts. We’re going to introduce some new elements into our ministry with St. Patrick’s Center- but that’ll come in another email.

So, the Spirit is moving here at SJA. There’s more to come following our first round of meetings following the Parish Life Initiative. Keep an eye on the bulletin for more information regarding outreach to new parishioners, social justice concerns and an increased emphasis on caring for our planet and natural resources.

Happy Holy Week. Know that you are loved dearly and prayed for daily.