He became poor,
so that by his poverty you might become rich
(cf. 2 Cor 8:9)
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
As Lent draws near, I would like to offer some helpful thoughts on our path of conversion as individuals and as a community. These insights are inspired by the words of Saint Paul: “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich” (2 Cor8:9). The Apostle was writing to the Christians of Corinth to encourage them to be generous in helping the faithful in Jerusalem who were in need. What do these words of Saint Paul mean for us Christians today? What does this invitation to poverty, a life of evangelical poverty, mean for us today? Click here to read Pope Francis’ letter in its entirety.
You won’t want to miss Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio, also known as Dr. Italy for St. Joan of Arc’s Lenten Parish Mission, March 23-25! As you recall, he was a main speaker at the 2013 Indiana Holy Family Catholic Conference and received some of the highest ratings of any of our speakers! He is enthusiastic, energetic, and at the same time is a scholar in the Catholic faith. He has so much to share with us!
We will kick-off our 3 day mission with a pizza dinner in the Blessed John Paul the II room on Sunday, March 23 at 5:30 pm. The mission talks are 7:00 pm each evening. There will also be a talk on Monday morning at 9:00 am. There is free babysitting – but you must call the parish office at 765-865-9964 to reserve a spot!
This Lent you can journey with Fr. Barron! Click here to register to receive his daily Lenten reflections.
Support Life! Support Life in Indiana!
The 6th Annual Indiana Right to Life Legacy of Life Banquet will be at St. Joan of Arc on Monday, March 31. Doors open at 6:00 pm; Dinner is at 6:30 pm.
Tickets are $25/person or $20/person if purchased before February 28. Consider hosting a table of 8 for $200. Dinner will be catered by Rozzi’s catering. St. Joan of Arc and St. Patrick is reserving tables for parishioners. Please contact Jan Marrah 765-865-6684, to purchase a ticket at a reserved table.
Christoph Cardinal Schonborn once said, “Everything you need to know about abortion is in the 5th Commandment [You shall not kill].” In other words, abortion is the taking of an innocent human life — period! There is no grey area! Not even “my” life belongs to me – but instead to God, for He alone is Lord over life and death. Since Roe v. Wade nearly 55 million innocent lives, temples of the Holy Spirit, have been taken. Either you see that as acceptable or you do not. The SJA Pro-Life Committee is hoping you will join us in being a visible presence who view this as wholly unacceptable and that you desire to see a change and are willing to ACT to make that happen. How can you help? Simply sign up today at the Pro-Life table to be a part of the Lenten “40 Days for Life” campaign. Starting March 5, you will be asked to pray and fast in support of life. You will also be invited, but are not required, to participate in occasional peaceful prayer vigils in front of various Planned Parenthood facilities, where the taking of human life is the core of their business. And if you add your email address beside your name, you will receive daily email updates from the central “40 Days for Life” campaign. Won’t you please consider making “40 Days for Life” a part of your Lenten obligation? Be a voice for the voiceless! Isn’t life worth it?
- 4 week DVD series during Lent
- Tuesdays – March 18 and 25, April 1 and 8 from 7 pm – 8:30 pm
- School Art room at SP
- No Cost
Join Fr. Robert Barron for a challenging presentation concerning the Seven Deadly Sins, those great spiritual blocks that inhibit our flourishing in relationship with God and one another. But that’s not all! Father Barron shows us how to counteract these seven sinful patterns through conscious process of opposition, which are the Seven Lively Virtues. Come to one session or all four sessions. Call 452-6021 to RSVP or more information.
It takes a team to provide VBS for the children of St. Joan of Arc and St. Patrick parishes. Typically 40-50 volunteers are needed throughout the week. We are blessed that so many of our volunteers help out year after year. They are such a blessing and an asset to the program! Without our volunteers, there IS NO PROGRAM.
This year we are in NEED of a LEADERSHIP Team.
We are looking for a group of individuals who want to lead the planning and preparation for VBS. We have a very handy, teacher-friendly VBS kit that comes with a wealth of information and ideas. This group will be the key element of a successfully VBS for 2014 and your help is needed! Whether it’s a group of 5 or 15, it will be a blessing! Contact Lisa at 454-7172 or Tami at 480-0185 to join the Leadership Team
General VBS Volunteer Call-Out Meeting:
Wednesday, March 12 at 6:00 pm
School Art/Music Room – St. Patrick School Campus
Safe Conduct Training at 7:00 pm
in the St. Patrick parish office for anyone who has not yet completed it
or needs to renew their training
Come be a part of the TEAM!
Pope Francis has issued a letter to families today in which he calls on Catholics to pray for October’s Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops. The synod is being convened to discuss the theme of “pastoral challenges to the family in the context of evangelization”.
In the letter the Pontiff wrote that the extraordinary synod is an “important meeting (that) will involve all the People of God – bishops, priests, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful of the particular Churches of the entire world – all of whom are actively participating in preparations for the meeting through practical suggestions and the crucial support of prayer.”
He continued: “Such support on your part, dear families, is especially significant and more necessary than ever. This Synodal Assembly is dedicated in a special way to you, to your vocation and mission in the Church and in society; to the challenges of marriage, of family life, of the education of children; and the role of the family in the life of the Church. I ask you, therefore, to pray intensely to the Holy Spirit, so that the Spirit may illumine the Synodal Fathers and guide them in their important task.”
In the letter, Pope Francis said that the extraordinary synod will be followed a year later by the Ordinary Assembly, which will also have the family as its theme. The World Meeting of Families is due to take place in Philadelphia in September 2015, he added. Read more…
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