Protecting God's Children

Protecting God’s Children Workshop

Saturday, September 24 at 8:00 am

Tuesday, October 4 at 7:00 pm

Saturday, October 8 at 8:30 am

Monday, October 10 at 7:00 pm


In order to protect the safety of all children, the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has mandated compliance with the Protecting God's Children Program by all employees and volunteers who work with children in any way. Therefore, if you have any contact with children at St. Joan of Arc Parish whether it is through the school or any organization, you must complete ALL of the following requirements to be in FULL compliance.

1. WORKSHOP:  Attendance at a Workshop is required.  If you cannot attend one of the on-campus dates, workshops are presented throughout the Archdiocese several times each month at various other Parishes and locations.  To attend any workshop you’ll need to pre-register, first, at Click on Registration, seen on left side of page.  You’ll select the St. Louis, MO Archdiocese and then all the classes held in the archdiocese will be listed.  The classes will be listed as CLOSED, so please compare the dates and times and please look in the comment notes for St. Joan of Arc to make sure you are signing up for the correct class.  Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to complete necessary paperwork so you can be credited for your attendance and class can start promptly at the times listed.

2. BACKGROUND CHECK:  Submit a completed signed copy of the Worker Registration form which you will receive at the workshop. The Protecting Gods Children Program requires a background check every 2 years and the worker registration is your authorization for that to be completed.

3. CODE OF ETHICS: You will read the code of ethics on line during the registration process and sign a hard copy to be kept in your file.

Until all THREE requirements are completed you will not be in Compliance with the Protecting God's Children Program and will be ineligible to volunteer in any capacity where there would be contact with children.

NOTE: If you have any questions please contact Heather O'Keefe at or at the St. Joan of Arc Parish office 314.832.2838


A Weekly Bible Study with Father Craig

Introducing a weekly Bible Study with Father Craig
When: Thursday mornings beginning October 6 and meeting weekly
Time: 9:30-11am
Where: Naeger Room
Cost: Free and no reservation needed

Together we’ll break open the upcoming Sunday readings in a way that provides not only historical and scriptural context, but will also help apply the Word of God to daily living, the Life of the Church, and our experience of the human condition. In other words, it’s gonna be great!  Bring your self, your Bible, maybe something to write on, and an Open Heart and God will do the rest.   Questions, contact Father Craig directly at or (314) 832-2838.

Becoming Catholic

Are you or someone you know interested in becoming a member of the Catholic Church? God calls all men and women to know the fullness of God revealed, through Jesus Christ, in the Catholic Church. If you or someone you know may  be interested in learning more about the Catholic Church and what we believe and teach about the fullness of God revealed, please contact Father Craig Holway at (314) 832-2838 or Classes for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) are starting soon! 

This Weekend at SJA

This weekend at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church

All are welcome to pray and celebrate the Eucharist with us.

Saturday, July 30, 4:30pm - Father Craig will preach: "What exactly is the Savior's job?

Sunday - 8am - Father Rafi

Sunday - 10:30am - Monsignor Dempsey


Also with us this weekend, Brenda Harter from the Fellowship of Catholic University Students.


All are welcome!

5821 Pernod Ave.

Choosing "The Better Part"

As a follow-up to the homily yesterday at the 10:30am Mass, I forgot to mention an awesome book entitled "The Better Part: A Christ-Centered Resource for Personal Prayer". It's written by Father John Bartunek and is available on either Amazon or at Catholic book stores.

Father Bartunek takes the four Gospels and breaks them up into their Weekday and Sunday readings and then gives brief meditation points. It's a great resource and tool to assist in sitting at the feet of Jesus and receiving from Him food for the Interior Person; the Me that Stands Before God.

Check it out!

A Brief Reflection for Today's Solemnity Celebration

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul. The brief reflection below was (kind of) the Point for Prayer from today's homily at Mass.

"Vocation is deeper than either married or religious life. Vocation is individuating God's call to holiness and discipleship and living out that call in my daily life- wherever I go, whatever I do, whoever I'm with.

"Cooperating with God's Will in my life is the challenge of the Christian life. Embracing the Father's Will is the Cross in the Christian life. Remaining faithful to the Father's will is the Joy of the Christian life."

Sts. Peter and Paul, pray for us.