Annual Christmas Concert at St. Joan of Arc

You’re Invited!

Please join us for the Fourth Annual Christmas Concert,

Sounds of the Season: An Afternoon of Song and Prayer

on Sunday, January 1, 2017 at 2:00 pm

at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 5821 Pernod, 63139.

Featured performers include: Joy Boland, Tamara Campbell, Emily DePauw, Abbey Fronick, Peter Merideth, Jill O’Brien, Matt and Mary Pentecost, Clara Richter, and Mark Saunders, plus other talented, surprise guests. The St. Joan of Arc Children’s Choir will also sing!

No admission charge.  A free will offering can be made to support the music ministry at St. Joan of Arc Parish.

2nd Monday of Advent Holy Hour Points for Prayer

2nd Monday of Advent Holy Hour
Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming: The Beauty of Life In, For & With Christ

Lo, How a Rose e’er blooming                                  Isaiah ‘twas foretold it,
From tender stem hath sprung.                              This Rose I have in mind.
Of Jesse’s lineage coming,                                        With Mary we behold it,
As those of old have sung.                                        The Virgin Mother kind.
It came, a flower bright,                                           To show God’s love aright,
Amid the cold of winter,                                           She bore to us a Savior,
When half spent was the night.                              When half spent was the night.

O Flow’r, who fragrance tender
With sweetness fills the air,
Dispel in glorious splendor
The darkness everywhere;
True man, yet very God,
From sin and death now save us,
And share our ev’ry load.

First Meditation Point: Using my imagination to pray, visualize holding the Baby Jesus. Now, knowing that He is the Son of God, my Savior and Redeemer, what would I say to the child? What would I whisper to the One who is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, the Source and Summit of my life; this beautiful baby Jesus who is also the Human Face of God? What would, what could I possibly, say to Him? Or would I just remain silent or perhaps cry at His untainted beauty.

            Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; 1 Corinthians 2:9-10

Second Meditation Point: In the Book of Genesis, God pronounces all He creates, including us, ‘good’, or put another way, “beautiful”. Where do I see the beauty of God’s Creation? How do I enjoy it? Thank the Creator for it? Protect it? Preserve it? Now, go deeper: do I see the beauty of God’s creation in those people around me? Not only my family and friends, but strangers, those that are different from me in any way? In what ways do I ignore or forget their God-given beauty and dignity and where can I ask for a metanoia, a change of heart?

            Scripture Passage: I Corinthians 6:19-20; Acts 20: 28-32

Third Meditation Point: What ways, big and small can I be an instrument to bring beauty into the world, my home, my workplace? In a world that is more and more dark with division and vitriol, where can I bring something beautiful wherever I go to dispel darkness?

            Scripture Passage: Matthew 5:13-16; Ephesians 5:6-20

2nd Sunday of Advent Parishioner Reflection

“Prepare the Way of the Lord, make straight his paths.”  (Matthew 3:3)

The holy season of Advent is a time of waiting with eager anticipation of Christ’s coming in a few short weeks.  Caught between the two comings of Christ, we receive light from the past and the coming of Christ into human history, as well as light from the future at his second coming. I use these events as guiding lights for my continuing journey towards heaven.

In my own life I remember that the Christ child is coming. I need to prepare for his coming by “clearing the path.”  I must remind myself it’s not about the commercialism of Christmas but about the birth of Jesus.   I am not only clearing a path to Earth for Jesus, but also a path for Him into my heart. Remembering the less fortunate, giving not only physical gifts but the spiritual gifts of love and forgiveness.

As I mark the historical birth of Christ, I am a continuing witness of our faith.  It reminds me that what I recite in the creed did indeed really and truly take place.  And I take special effort in liturgy and life to receive our Lord in a fitting spiritual way as I answer the call of John the Baptist to “ make ready the way of the Lord, clear him a straight path”.

Nancee Nocchiero

Shepherd - the 3rd stop!

 I am tired, ran all the way across Hampton and Watson to the 6600 block of Oleatha to the house of some old friends of mine! I am fulfilling my poem:  'He runs from home to home spreading the reason....Jesus our Savior is why we celebrate this season!'

I am tired, ran all the way across Hampton and Watson to the 6600 block of Oleatha to the house of some old friends of mine! I am fulfilling my poem:  'He runs from home to home spreading the reason....Jesus our Savior is why we celebrate this season!'

I am tired, ran all the way across Hampton and Watson to the 6600 block of Oleatha to the house of some old friends of mine! I am fulfilling my poem:  'He runs from home to home spreading the reason....Jesus our Savior is why we celebrate this season!'